10298 Vespa Review

Theme: 18+/Icons
No: 10298
Release Year: 2022
Cost: AU $169.99
Pieces: 1106

The latest addition to the Creator Expert large scale vehicles range is a second bike! Namely, the Vespa 125. It’s an iconic scooter that’s used across the world, and one of the most famous brands, although not many people would be able to say that it’s Piaggio that make them! The real deal has some sleek curves, but knowing the rest of this line, I’m sure LEGO knows what they’re doing. Decked out in the beautiful Light Royal Blue colouring (also known as bright light blue), the set embodies cruising through the back streets of Italy in the summer. The colour was also the only colour the Vespa 125 was available in, back in 1960, so another nice hark back to the past. There’s 10 stickers in the set, to give it the little details. The instructions are chock full of interesting facts, and there’s also a version of the text in Italian too. A nice touch. There’s a series of numbered bags across six build stages.

To give the set that iconic curved shape, the set includes a great amount of SNOT and clever techniques. It’s an extremely enjoyable build experience. Some of the cleverest design features were in the neck of the scooter, where the angled section joins the frame. Using hinged plates and building it up in stages was fascinating, and all in the one, quite rare colour. That was a nice bonus! Not only are the colours great, but the various curved parts as well. I’ve seen more and more of the 3x3x1 curved rounded slopes in sets, and they are great for getting the subtleties just right.

The extra builds include a basket with flowers, and a helmet. The helmet is a bit odd but works as a vintage style one (those goggles are very awkward), and the flowers are just exquisite. It’s these subtle details that just make this set what it is. The pop of yellow really shines, and I really appreciate that it’s been clipped in. Some other great details include the grip in the footwell, made with the tracked plates, two colour white walled tyres – a great effect using a dual-moulded rim in grey and white,  the chromed shock absorbers in the front, and the little brake pedal as well.

The cowling over the engine can also be removed to show off the fantastic details in the engine, and the handlebars and front axle can be rotated 360 degrees. I’m not exactly sure it’s a good thing, as it can tend to fall back that way by itself. The seats do look odd when seen at the profile view – I think they should be more flat, but it’s a minor thing. The kickstand is also great, with the rubber feet on the bottom to stop slipping. You do see a few exposed plate bottoms under the neck of the scooter, which is a real shame. I feel they could have mostly been hidden.

This is a set that’s been really well thought out. The design is nearly flawless, the colour is spot on and the techniques are interesting and keep you engaged. There was honestly no part of this build that I thought was tedious or boring. It’s a beauty. There’s hardly any studs too. The only areas that have a few together are the centre mat in the footwell. That’s it. There’s one or two here or there, but it’s so minimal. It’s a theme that is well known for going next level, and this is another beautiful example of it. Well done LEGO on another fantastico set!

A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.