Last week, Elon Musk released the first prototype of his Tesla Cybertruck – and, let’s be honest, the internet reacted like we’d expect. Now, Lego has got in on the act, announcing their new truck design which they describe as ‘guaranteed (to be) shatterproof’. Lego Australia announced the news on their official Facebook page and it’s already racked up 17,000 shares and 5,000 likes. Here’s the post in all it’s glory:
If you haven’t kept up to date with the Cybertruck memes on social media – if not, then where have you been? – Lego’s redesign is just the latest mockery of it. Some people have referenced video game graphics from Lara Croft games in the 1990’s when talking about it’s angular design. It’s sharp sides are a far cry from the sleek, futuristic designs of other Tesla models, such as the 3. And, if that wasn’t enough, the launch show for the Cybertruck was just as farcical. In such an electric cars focused age, with the amount of technology covering the event, Tesla were never going to get away with this faux pas.
So, what went wrong at the Tesla Cybertruck launch?
During the event, Musk made a big deal about the toughness of his prototype, saying “You want a truck that’s really tough, not fake tough.” He invited his lead designer, Franz von Holzhausen, on stage to test this toughness – with a sledgehammer. What could have gone wrong with that?
Nevertheless, the Cybertruck did survive the bludgeoning assault. After that, it went sharply downhill as not one but two windows cracked after impacts from metal balls. A less than ideal result for Musk’s scratchproof, dent proof, shatterproof truck there.
But would a Lego version be tougher? Well, if you’ve ever stepped on a Lego brick, or tried to pull two bricks apart with your bare hands, you might agree. And, while the design is simplistic, it’s far less angular than the Cybertruck itself.
Would it be tougher than Tesla’s bounceability though? Even with a personal loss of $768 million for Musk and a 6% share price drop for Tesla, over 200,000 interested customers have already placed their order for a Cybertruck. It costs just $100 to go on the order list and production starts in 2021 – so long as nothing else goes wrong. And the cost of a Cybertruck? Well, prices start from $39,900 (£30,700).
Imagine how many more orders Musk would have had without all the issues around the launch. Or, was it all just a publicity stunt to go viral? If it was, it’s certainly worked – even if it’s safe to say Lego has trumped Tesla on this occasion.
Which design looks better? Have your say in the comments!