As the title says; the #10242 LEGO Creator MINI Cooper set is now available at the Online LEGO Shop. If you are a LEGO VIP member make sure you are logged in to LEGO’s website to have early access to the LEGO MINI Cooper. If you are not a LEGO VIP member, you will be able to purchase the set on August 1st. 🙂
Although we have talked about the LEGO MINI Cooper before (official press-release and preview video here: LEGO MINI Cooper Coming Soon!) here is the official description again for your convenience: Take this MINI Cooper for a nostalgic drive down memory lane! Take the iconic MINI Cooper for a drive! This beautifully crafted LEGO brick replica of the classic MINI Cooper Mk VII is full of authentic details, from the classic green and white color scheme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes, to the opening doors, hood and trunk, sporty fog lights, detailed engine and separate spare tire compartment. You can even remove the roof to access a tan colored interior with patterned seats, veneer-style dashboard, turning steering wheel, and moving gearshift and handbrake. And of course, no MINI Cooper would be complete without a picnic basket and blanket, the perfect accessories for a fun day in the countryside!
- Features opening doors, hood and trunk, spare wheel in separate compartment, detailed engine and 2 fog lights
- Accessories include a picnic basket, bottle and blanket for nostalgic picnic theme
- Authentic replica of the MINI Cooper Mk VII
- Classic green and white color theme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes
- Lift the hood to reveal the detailed engine
- Remove the roof and access the detailed interior
- Go on a countryside picnic with this iconic classic!
- MINI Cooper measures over 4” (11cm) high, 9” (25cm) long and 5” (14cm) wide
The LEGO MINI Cooper turned out to be one really sweet set. I love the colors and those checkered seats, and the picnic basket is such a nice addition. If you are into larger, accurate LEGO models I think you will be really pleased with this one. As I have mentioned, it is now available at the Online LEGO Shop for LEGO VIP members. (If you are not a VIP member I would suggest you sign up; it is a free and you will receive points with each purchase, as well as perks like early access to exclusive sets.)
Also, right now with your purchase of the #10242 LEGO MINI Cooper you will also receive the mini version #40109 LEGO MINI Cooper as a freebie (pictured below): BUY MINI COOPER AT THE ONLINE LEGO SHOP
Some people got early access to the LEGO MINI Cooper and have been tinkering with the set. My favorite modification is by Eurobricks member Dirk1313 who converted his MINI Cooper into a convertible (pictured below). He also posted some comparison pictures of the MINI Cooper with the #10220 LEGO Volkswagen Camper, as well as some really cute picnic scenes: LEGO MINI Cooper Convertible at Eurobricks
And another LEGO fan, Miro, made his own mini LEGO MINI Cooper and built several different color versions. As you can see, no matter what size, the MINI Cooper is quite fun! 😀
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO MINI Cooper? Is this a set you are planning to get? Are you looking forward to get the mini version too? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
And you might also like to check out the following related posts:
- LEGO MINI Cooper Coming Soon! (press-release & video preview)
- LEGO Volkswagen Camper Mini in Every Shape & Style!
- Feelin’ the Sixties with the LEGO VW Camper!
This is yet another set I would enjoy to have, once I have an unending supply of money.
I wish Lego Bricks were accepted as a form of currency.
You might be on to something there. LEGO certainly looks more valuable than pieces of paper (at leat to me). This may be the solution to the global financial crisis. 😉
How much is a gallon of milk? 4Bricks, please. 🙂
I also think Lego parts are more valuable than paper-money. I (who is unreasonably biased) detest money, as it’s worth is never equal, and has no logical backing. I understand that gold backs the US dollar, but to me gold has no worth. It seems that you can take advantage of the system that way. 😕
Gold haven’t been backing the US dollar since the 1930s. Just thought to mention that. The only thing behind the dollar is our faith in it. 😉
Generally speaking, money has very little or no value in and of itself – it’s only value is that it’s something other people will exchange for an item that you want.
The initial motive behind money is simplification – for 1 thing, it’s a lot easier to carry a few pieces of money for a trade than, say, a basket of eggs; 2, it’s easier to find someone who has what you want and will take money than someone who wants your basket of eggs & has what you want (they’re likely to want something different – say fish, and then you’d have to go get fish from someone who wants eggs, but if there were no fishermen who wanted eggs, you might have to go farther along the line and get milk for a fisherman… it gets like that pig that wouldn’t jump over the style!). 3, money isn’t perishable – you can’t keep eggs or bread or another commodity forever, but you can keep a dollar bill for – well, at least a long, long time! Of course the drawback is, yes, money isn’t worth a whole lot intrinsically – but as long as everyone takes it, that’s not a problem!
So, a LEGO part is more valuable than the a printed dollar-bill size piece of paper, but not more valuable than the dollar itself (well, unless it’s a very rare part).
And yes, the dollar is not backed by gold anymore!
That’s a perfect and very concise explanation. The scary part is that paper money has no intrinsic value, so if for some reason a lot of people loose faith in a paper currency, it becomes worthless. And in fact if you watch the financial news, there are some very serious concerns about the dollar in regards to this, which has been the international currency for decades. And of course not to speak of smaller currencies that have crashed many times. Now a LEGO brick is something else; even if you can’t trade it, you can build something practical with it. So I vote for LEGO as the future international currency. 😉
Therin lies my problem: I have no faith in the currency. As mentioned below, the gov doesn’t seem to be helping the problem, either. 😕
LEGO as the international currency would work, as everyone could use some bricks. 🙂
I agree that the dollar is easier to exchange than other items, like eggs.
But not being backed by gold means that it is worthless linen, that could be used for anything. And it doesn’t help that the government keeps printing more money, which raises the inflation, and lowers its value.
Tell me about it! Grocery prices have been going over the roof, which is always the first indication of inflation, as everybody has to eat. Along with fuel. It actually could make more sense to keep your wealth in valuables (real estate, jewelry, gold, even LEGO), then hide dollars under the mattress. 😛
Yes, inflation is one of the biggest problems when it comes to something as easily producible as paper money… Ultimately, inflation benefits the first few people through whose hands the money passes at the expense of everyone else (which is why it’s done).
Another (maybe even bigger) problem is the Fractional Reserve Banking system generally used… which basically means that there’s way more money down on paper (or electronically) than really exists (so money in a bank account doesn’t have even paper completely backing it – let alone gold!).
The problem with LEGO being an international currency would be that a brick’s worth would rise merely because of it’s value in trade… and we wouldn’t want that, would we? 😉
Yeah, I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to Economics… 😛
Economics is not an easy topic, so kudos for tackling such a big subject! 🙂
Wow! Love that red car! Will probably MOC up one of my own…
This would be awesome to get, but my brother called it. 🙁 So I’ve built it on LDD, using Brickset’s review and other pictures (no instruct-o’s). 🙂 I also built the mini Mini.
Are those MOC Mini’s being driven by Classic Spacemen?! 😀 Ok, I need to do that.
Also: http://brickset.com/article/11839/the-tumbler-press-release 🙂
Yeah, Classic Space guys! They are great drivers! I got the press-release as well (I get all press-releases), but I won’t be posting it until Friday as I have other subjects planned. 😉
I’ve been thinking about getting this… I do have the money, but I’m not sure I really should spend that much…
If you have it Admin, how much would you recommend it?
Hm… all I can tell you is that I’m not getting this set. It is really sweet and all, but once you build it there is not much to do with it but put it on a shelf for display. It is not minifigure scale, so you can’t put your minifigs inside (well unless you imagine them being midgets or something).
I personally prefer play-sets. I consider the most ideal configuration play sets that are also nice to look at – like the Modulars, or the Medieval Market Village, or my current favorite is Benny’s Spaceship. They look good on a shelf, but you can also take them down and have a blast playing with them. Does that help?
Also, I have sent emails to all the winners of the Chima DVD, and all of them sent me their mailing address already except one; Robert4168. I noticed that your IP address is the same, so I was wondering if you are related and if you are, would let them know to please send me their shipping address. 😉
Yes, he mentioned it to me (he’s one of my brothers), not sure why he hasn’t sent the address yet! I will tell him to get on top of that!
Thanks for checking! He did send the address yesterday. All addresses have been sent to Warner Brothers, and I was told they are shipping the DVDs today or tomorrow. So I think you guys should have it by the end of the week. 😉
Okay! Sounds good!
Yeah, I see that… compatibility with figs isn’t super important to me actually… maybe I’m just weird but it doesn’t make much difference to me if there’s a minifigure inside when I zoom it back and forth…
I’ll probably not end up getting it, mainly because it’s a big chunk of money to spend on one set, for me – and there are other things I should probably be saving for!
These are never easy decisions to make as long as we are limited by space and money. I just now putting together my shopping list for August. I would like to get a Research center and another Exo Suit. 🙂
Thanks for including my “Italian Job” minis in your article. For all of my versions of Minis, they are here. https://www.flickr.com/photos/miro78/sets/72157644669137898/
Some are earlier versions, before I finalized the design.
Miro, those are very cute! 😛