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Monday, November 3, 2014

Build Your Own Classic Mini with LEGO

Creator Expert LEGO Mini
Photo Courtesy BMW Group
Yep, there’s now a LEGO set that allows you to make a classic Mini Cooper. At $119.99 Canadian, you may not be running out to buy one for your kids this Christmas, however. It’s really more of a collector’s item and it’s only available through the online LEGO store.

Based on the version of the Mini built between August 1997 to July 1998 (the 40th anniversary Mini), the Creator Expert LEGO set contains 1,077 pieces, which combine to make a car 25 centimetres long, 14 centimetres wide and 11 centimetres high. It comes in British Racing Green (of course), and has the appropriate body striping, checked seats, and even 40th anniversary emblems.

Creator Expert LEGO Mini
Photo Courtesy BMW Group
As you can see in the second photo, the doors, hood and tailgate all open and the roof comes off. Under the hood is a detailed, transversely mounted 4-cylinder engine. The steering wheel (on the right hand side as befits a British car) is movable, as are the gear shift, handbrake, backrests and headrests. It comes complete with a picnic basket and a spare wheel. Suggested age is 16 and up.

Also available is a 1962 Volkswagen Camper Van ($129.99) and a DeLorean time machine (not nearly as detailed) for $44.99.

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