Release Year: 2014
Just like last week’s review of the Sopwith Camel, this set brings in a lot of new elements in earth green. There’s 1x4x1 bricks with bows, 1×4 SNOT bricks, 1x2x3 roof tiles, wheel arches, and more. There’s also a nice textile square, for the picnic blanket. This has never been seen in a set before, and it’s a very welcome addition. The two large 3x10x3 windscreens are very nice, and there’s also some surprising elements. Metallic shields that are used in the lights, minifigure skates as door handles, and of course the picnic items.
There’s a fair amount of movement to this set. With openable doors, bonnet, and boot, a removable roof, and adjustable chairs, it’s a pretty great way to check out the beautifully detailed interior of the vehicle. Inside the boot you’ll find a packed lunch, with a picnic basket full of bread, cheese and glasses, a water bottle, and the picnic rug I mentioned before. It’s a fantastic little addition. Underneath this is a little hatch that contains a spare wheel. It’s all nicely hidden away. There’s no steering, but that’s fine. There’s plenty of other awesome things to do.
The build process is really interesting, with not much repetition. The chassis is built first, and then working the way up the body. It’s quite fun, and interesting to see how they’ve decided to do a few things, such as how the doors fit nicely, as it’s missing a plate’s thickness. I also love the bumpers. They’re so simple, and yet so clean. The pinstriping too, is very neat. The only downside of the build that I experienced was the seats. Whenever there’s 1×1 tiling to be done, I’m never happy with it. It’s always crooked!
One of the things that people have said the most with this set, is that it doesn’t look like LEGO, because there’s no visible studs on the bodywork. In my opinion, this is a huge compliment to the set, and they’re right. It’s stunning as a studless set. It matches to near perfection with the real thing, and the detailing on this version is exquisite. it’s really a beautiful set.
This set is still available from the LEGO Shop Online, so get in while you still can. For $149.99, it’s a pretty good deal in my opinion. With some great elements, and a beautiful display piece at the end, it’s well worth the cash.
The 14 stud wide vehicles are exceptionally collectible, and with 10252: Volkswagen Beetle coming out on August 1, it’s going to make it even more so. There’s been a few of them over the years, with the first one dating back to 1986, with 5540: Formula 1 Racer. These are great to have on a shelf, and will catch the eyes of both LEGO and car fans alike.
Next week I’m heading back into the Pirates sets from 2015, with 70410: Soldiers Outpost. There’s treasure ahead!