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This article is about the minifigure. For the set, see 5813 Lightning McQueen.

Lightning McQueen is a car from the Cars theme of the same name. He was first released as a DUPLO version in 2010, but was later remade as a standard brick-built system car in 2011. To date, Lightning McQueen has eight designs, both System and DUPLO.


To date, LEGO has made 11 variants of Lightning McQueen over the three years since LEGO Cars and Cars 2 were released.

DUPLO Cars racing variant

In June 2010, LEGO made their two first Lightning McQueen cars in DUPLO. One of these was the Cars racing design. This variant had two pieces. One was the basic DUPLO Cars wheel piece, and the other was the DUPLO Lightning McQueen mold that fits over the wheels. This piece had many markings including a smile, lights, '95' printed on flames and exhaust pipes on the side panels, 'Rust • eze logo, eyes, and windows among other things.

DUPLO Radiator Springs variant


DUPLO Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen

Of the two variants of Lightning McQueen that were made in June 2010, the second of these was the DUPLO Lightning McQueen Radiator Springs variant. This variant featured McQueen's Cars Radiator Springs design. This variant had the same basic mold as the racing design, but the Radiator Springs design had different markings. This variant had white-wall tires instead of red, a smile, lights, 'Ka-ciao' stickers, eyes, windows, exhaust pipes and other side panel printings.

System Radiator Springs 1st variant


Lightning McQueen's System Radiator Springs variant.

Hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen didn’t care about anything but fame and racing…until he got lost in Radiator Springs and met his new friends!–

Lightning McQueen's first System variants were released in May 2011. There were many System variants released at this time. The first of these was his Radiator Springs design from 8200 Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen. This variant features many sponsor stickers, red wheels, as well as his other printings–smile, eyes, windows, '95,' lightning sign, exhaust pipes, and lights. His back tail is hinged up vertically, and he has no backlights, given the make of the tail.

System Radiator Springs 2nd variant

Hotshot rookie race car Lightning McQueen didn’t care about anything but fame and racing…until he got lost in Radiator Springs and met his new friends!–
The second System Radiator Springs variant of Lightning McQueen was released in 8487 Flo's V8 Café. While this variant outwards looks the same as the one from 8200 Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen, it is not completely the same. The difference between the two is while the Lightning McQueen from 8200 Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen had light grey 1x4 pieces helping to connect on the side panels, the Lightning McQueen from 8487 Flo's V8 Café has dark grey 1x4 pieces. Otherwise, the two Lightning McQueens are the same.

System Cars racing variant


Lightning McQueen's Cars racing variant.

With his shiny new red rims, Lightning McQueen is back on the racing circuit and ready to burn rubber. Can he beat the odds and take home the championship?–
Another of his first System variants is Lightning McQueen's Cars racing variant. This variant featured an open mouth, '95' printed on flames on his side panels, exhaust pipes, lights, eyes, and windows. This variant, like the radiator Springs variant, has a hinged back tail, but unlike the Radiator Springs variant, McQueen has markings on his tail.

Ultimate Building

One of the first System Variants of McQueen is an "Ultimate Build", 8484 Ultimate Building Lightning McQueen. For information about this variant, please see the set.

1st System Cars 2 racing variant

Fitted out with golden rims and new body paint, Lightning McQueen is in for the biggest, toughest race of his life! He’ll have to out-drive his rivals all over the world if he wants to win in the World Grand Prix!–

Lightning McQueen has three Cars 2 system variants. The first of these was released in 8423 World Grand Prix Racing Rivalry. This variant has a red 2x8 baseplate with a blue 2x6 baseplate on top, and green 1x2 inside pieces. In this variant, McQueen has a redesigned tail than from his Cars variants. Lightning McQueen in this variant has back red lights, a flat 1x4 red brick, with 'World Grand Prix' printed on the top as his tail. He also has another 1x4 flat red brick on his back, this one printed with 'Powered by Allinol.' The wheels of this variant are white, rimmed with gold. McQueen's side panels are printed with '95' printed on flames, and exhaust pipes. He has lights, a frowning mouth, 'Hudson Hornet Piston Cup' printed on his hood, side windows, half-closed eyes, and printings on his roof.

2nd System Cars 2 racing variant

Fitted out with golden rims and new body paint, Lightning McQueen is in for the biggest, toughest race of his life! He’ll have to out-drive his rivals all over the world if he wants to win in the World Grand Prix!–

The second of Lightning McQueen's Cars 2 variants released in 8679 Tokyo International Circuit. This variant has a red 2x8 baseplate with a blue 2x6 baseplate on top, and yellow 1x2 inside pieces. All of the three early Cars 2 variants have the same printings.

3rd System Cars 2 racing variant

Fitted out with golden rims and new body paint, Lightning McQueen is in for the biggest, toughest race of his life! He’ll have to out-drive his rivals all over the world if he wants to win in the World Grand Prix!–

Big Bently Bust Out McQueen

The colour of bricks in Lightning McQueen from 8639 Big Bentley Bust Out.

The third of Lightning McQueen's Cars 2 variants released in 8639 Big Bentley Bust Out. This variant has a light grey 2x8 baseplate with a black 2x6 baseplate on top, and green 1x2 inside pieces. All of the three early Cars 2 variants have the same printings.

DUPLO Cars 2 racing variant

In May 2011, McQueen was also released in his Cars 2 DUPLO variant. While the same two molds were used, this variant had different printings. These printing consists of eyes, mouth, windows, 'Hudson Hornet Piston Cup', lights, exhaust pipes, light grey/silver, black, and yellow wheels, along with '95' printed on flames.

4th System Cars 2 racing variant

McQueen is not about to let Francesco steal the victory that is rightfully his. So if Francesco wants to insult him, McQueen is more than ready to get him right back with a bumper sticker of his own! “Ka-ciao, Francesco!”–

In 2012, LEGO released a final to-date system Lightning McQueen. This McQueen was a newer Cars 2 variant. While it was similar to his older Cars 2 variant, there were a few changes made. The wheels in the old variant had gold hubs, whereas the wheels in the newer variant had red hubs. This variant also had a new face expression, the lights are turned on, and he has a plate displaying 'Ka-Ciao, Francesco!' at his rear. Lightning McQueen's tail in this variant was also built differently to the one from the last variant.



In Pixar's Cars movie, Lighting McQueen, a Piston Cup racecar, had a dream to be the first rookie ever to win a piston cup. He was haughty and stuck up in the beginning of the movie, and didn't like his sponsors, and wanting everything to his own way. He competed in the annul Piston Cup race, which, after McQueen refusing numerous times not to get new tires, ended up in a three way tie between him, the present Piston Cup Champion, Mr. The King, and Chick Hicks, another race car.

A tiebreaker race was declared, and Lightning McQueen set out to California where the race was to be held. Chick Hicks challenged him to a race to California, and Lightning took it.


Lightning with Mack

After being refused by McQueen to take a rest, Lightning's hauler, Mack, drifted off to sleep, and veered to the side of the road. The bumping around opened the door of Mack's trailer, where McQueen was, and Lightning accidentally fell out without Mack noticing. Lighting woke up and raced after Mack, but he followed the wrong truck, and after realizing his error, found out that he was lost. He decided to go to California by himself, and set out.

As he raced along, he came to Radiator Springs, where the local police car, Sheriff, tried to pull him over. Sheriff was an old car, and because he wasn't used to rushing around a lot, given that Radiator Springs was hardly ever visited by anyone, Sheriff got engine trouble. Lightning McQueen thought that Sheriff was shooting at him, so he sped up. He got tangled in the statue of Radiator Spring's founder, Stanly, and pulled in of its base. Then he zoomed away, ripping up Radiator Spring's main road in his wake.

Sheriff eventually caught McQueen, and took him to court, from which he was sentenced to fix the road, thanks to the ex-lawyer Sally. The going was slow, and McQueen hated it, even more so when he heard that Chick Hicks had got to California, beating him. He raced to get the job done, but then had to do it again, this time a better job.


Lightning & Co. at Flo's V8 Cafe

He eventually finished the road, and befriended all of the other cars at Radiator Springs, especially Mater, a rusty old tow truck, whom he became best friends with, and Sally, who became his girlfriend. There was one car, however, who didn't like him: Doc Hudson, who turned out to be the missing racecar champion, the Hudson Hornet. Doc Hudson called Lightning's manager, who came with a whole lot of TV reports and Mack, and took Lightning to California.

Lightning arrived at the racetrack, and the race begun. But Lightning couldn't concentrate: he was missing the others from Radiator Springs too much. Then Doc Hudson and the gang came to the racetrack and became Lightning's pit crew. Lightning McQueen was winning the race when Chick Hicks intentionally bumped into Mr. The King, making him crash. McQueen saw what had happened, and remembered what had happened to Doc Hudson. Lightning McQueen, to the astonishment of everyone, braked and stopped just before the finish line, letting Chick Hicks win in the process. Then he went and pushed Mr. The King over the finish line, losing the race. But Lightning didn't care: he had learned that winning didn't mean everything.

Cars 2

In the time between the two movies, Lightning McQueen won all the next Piston Cups, which were renamed the 'Hudson Hornet Piston Cup,' in honor of Doc Hudson, who died between the two movies. In Cars 2, Lightning competed in the World Grand Prix, thanks to Mater. He and his team went to a party, where Miles Axlerod, the creator of the World Grand Prix and Allinol, a new type of fuel, introduced all the cars competing in the World Grand Prix to everyone. McQueen told Mater that he had to act differently than how he usually did, which made Mater upset.
Lightning McQueen and his crew then traveled to the first racetrack of the World Grand Prix in Tokyo, Japan. All the World Grand Prix contestants were given Allinol to use as their fuel.


The first race, at Tokyo

Lightning McQueen won second to Francesco Bernoulli in the first race of the World Grand Prix because of a communication error with Mater, who unintentionally told him to do the wrong move. Two racecars flamed out in the first race, for some unknown reason. Lightning blamed Mater for his losing, and the two got in a fight, which resulted in Mater leaving.

McQueen and the remainder of his crew then traveled to Italy, where the second race was to take place. First they went to Luigi and Guido's hometown, where he told Luigi's uncle about Mater leaving. Then they went to the racetrack.

The second race of the World Grand Prix resulted in Lightning McQueen winning, followed closely by Francesco. For some strange reason, four racecars flamed out, which resulted in a huge crash. Allinol was blamed for the cars flaming out and cars stopped drinking it. The cars were then allowed to choose their fuel for the next race, and Lightning chose Allinol, saying that his friend Fillmore said that his fuel was safe, and that he hadn't believed a friend lately, and now he was sorry, and he wasn't going to make the same mistake again.


In London with McMissile, Mater, and Holley

Lightning and his crew then traveled to London, where the last race was to be held. He called Radiator Springs to talk to Mater, but Mater wasn't there. The other cars came from Radiator Springs to London. When McQueen came to the pits during the race, he found Mater there, but Mater drove away from him. Although McQueen didn't know it then, Mater had a bomb strapped to him. McQueen caught up to Mater, but Mater activated some set rockets and a parachute and flew away, Lightning holding on to Mater's tow cable all the time. The two finally landed, and were met by Holley Shiftwell, a British spy, who told McQueen that Mater had bomb strapped to him. British Spy Finn McMissile came with Professor Z, an antagonist lemon car. Mater unintentionally activated the bomb, but then they were surrounded by lots of antagonist lemons who wanted to kill Lightning McQueen and stop cars from using Allinol and every other type of non-oil fuel because they had found the biggest oil reserve in the world and wanted to become rich. The rest of the cars from Radiator Springs then rescued lightning McQueen, Mater, Holley Shiftwell and Finn McMissile. The remaining lemons retreated but were met by Sarge and his British army friends, who captured the remaining lemons.

Mater said that he knew who had strapped the bomb to him, and McQueen and Mater flew off. They landed at the place where the Queen was watching the race, and Mater accused Miles Axlerod of putting the bomb on him. It turned out the Mater was correct, and Miles Axlerod was captured.

Then McQueen and the others traveled home where they had their own World Grand Prix at Radiator Springs with the other World Grand Prix racing cars.

Cars 3

Lightning McQueen is now a veteran of the racing world and is challenged by the newer generation of race cars. After suffering a major defeat to newcomer Jackson Storm, McQueen begins reconsidering his career. He trains with Cruz Ramirez in hopes that he can make a comeback.


  • No System variant of Lightning McQueen is the same. While there may seem to be five System different variant outwardly, the colour of internal bricks is different for each one, adding up to a total of 11.




Other Physical Appearances

Video Game Appearances

Gallery of Variants

System variants

Lightning McQueen
Ultra Build McQueen
1st & 2nd Radiator Springs design(s)Cars racing design1st, 2nd & 3rd Cars 2 racing design(s)4th Cars 2 racing designUltimate Building Lightning McQueen

DUPLO variants

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Radiator Springs designCars racing designCars 2 racing design


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