One of my favorite sets this year is the #10252 LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle that was released recently. My family had a Beetle just like the LEGO version, so I was particularly excited to build this set. Below I will share with you some of my thoughts on it, and I will also include the video-review by JANGBRiCKS so you can see it in more detail. 🙂
Let’s start with the official description: Head for the beach with the VW Beetle! Build a LEGO Creator Expert replica of the world’s most popular automobile. This beautifully crafted LEGO model is packed with authentic details that capture the vehicle’s character and charm, including an azure-blue color scheme, curved fenders, white rims with distinctive hubcaps, round headlights and wing-mounted turn signals. Lift the hood and you’ll discover a spare tire and fuel tank, while in the trunk you’ll find a detailed 4-cylinder air-cooled engine. You can even open the doors or remove the roof section to access the detailed interior. Tilt the rear seat forward to reveal a storage compartment with beach towel. And of course, no 1960s VW Beetle would be complete without a surfboard and a cooler box, the perfect accessories for a fun day at the beach! VW Beetle including surfboard and cooler measures over 5” (15cm) high, 11” (29cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide. 1167 pieces. Price: $99.99 – BUY HERE
The shaping of the LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle is so much more accurate and sophisticated than the #10187 LEGO Volkswagen Beetle from 2008. While the older Beetle was more like a somewhat abstract sculpture, the new version is a lot more realistic recreation of the real vehicle. This is mostly possible because of all the new curved bricks LEGO has been releasing in recent years, including the large curved fender pieces that were specifically made for this set. Brackets, and bricks with studs on their sides also helped with creating the iconic look of the vehicle.
The LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle is instantly recognizable as a replica of the classic Beetle, so obviously LEGO designers did an excellent job. However I do have a few minor criticisms, where I feel LEGO could have done better. The real-life Beetle is well-known for its curved windows. The back passenger side-windows include stickers to help curve at least one of the edges. If these stickers would be just a bit bigger, they could have rounded two of the edges, or maybe even three. The windshield is rectangular, with nothing helping to make it look more round. The same is true for the front side-windows. There are a couple of small stickers at the sides of the windshield, which could have been curved a bit to give the illusion of more rounded side-windows. The same thing is true for the stickers on the back window, which are simply two blue stripes. If those stickers would have been a bit curved, they could have rounded the back window to make it look more accurate. Minor detail, but if LEGO decided to use stickers, why not make them the right shape?
I really like the shaping of the hood at the front and the trunk at the back. Some masterful techniques are used at both. The only thing I didn’t like is that at the back 1×2 tiles are used to smooth down the cover of the trunk. Tiles have very prominently visible edges, which makes them look a bit weird in this application. I have replaced some of them with tiles with grills, to create a second row of vents (some real-life VW Beetles have these as well).
While those new large curved pieces definitely help create the fenders, they did not make the designer’s job easier. What’s behind the fenders (especially the front ones) is one of the most impressive assembly of advanced building techniques I have ever seen. A great example of the mad engineering skills of LEGO designers. I sometimes take off the large curved pieces just to marvel how these sections were built.
But my favorite part of the Beetle is the interior. Building the seats was a very pleasurable experience, and I was surprised how they all came together and how good they look. The front seats can fold over to let the back passengers in and out, and the back seat can also fold to reveal a little hidden compartment (just like on the real Beetle). The addition of the beach-blanket is a nice touch. The only thing missing in the interior are the pedals, but you can just add a couple of cheese-slopes to simulate them. Also, if you are in the UK, it would be easy to switch the steering-wheel to the other side.
The roof is another section that I think looks great. It can be removed easily, and both the surfboard and the cooler are nice additions and interesting builds. I did add a couple of additional studs to hold down the roof section just to make it more secure.
Besides the window-stickers I mentioned above, there are also four sets of license-plate stickers for California, Germany, Australia, and the UK, and you can choose whichever you like. And you get a full set of extra window-decals, as well as an extra sticker for the cooler. The only printed part is the Volkswagen logo on a small 1×1 tile, which is unique to this set. There are two used in the set officially; one on the hood, and one on the gas-tank. And you also get two extras. I added one to the steering-wheel and one to the engine.
Speaking of the engine it is a very simple but cleverly built part of the Beetle. It was so satisfying to see it come together. Under the front hood there is a spare tire, which is actually too small for the vehicle, because the tire is smaller. So make sure your Beetle doesn’t get a flat tire, otherwise it will be wobbling along.
With almost being a foot long, the model is quite large and substantial, but not excessively. It looks good on a shelf all by itself as a focal point. It can also be displayed with some of the other LEGO Creator vehicles, although I should point out that they are not really on the same scale. It is a fairly good match with the #10220 LEGO Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, but not so good with the #10242 LEGO Creator Mini Cooper, which looks much too large next to the Bettle. Also, you might find it interesting that while none of these LEGO Creator vehicles are made to be standard minifigure scale, they are a good fit for the old LEGO Belville and LEGO Technic figures – just case you want to add a driver. Below is the video-review so you can see the set in more detail.
All in all I’m very happy with the LEGO Volkswagen Beetle. I normally shy away from LEGO sculptures and display-models that are not minifig scale, as their play-value is less and they tend to just collect dust. However the Beetle has enough interesting features on its own, and with a couple of LEGO Belville (or similar size) figures it can also be great for play. It is definitely sturdy enough and could handle some rough riding – just like the real Beetle. And the price is surprisingly good for such a large and detailed model. You can find it at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle? Did you get it already? Or are you planning to? Feel free to share your own review and thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
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