Worst polybag ever?

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30183 Little CarHaving read that the polybags first seen in Sweden had been found in Danish Netto stores, I thought I'd try and track some down whilst in Copenhagen.

Normally Google Maps can be relied upon to find the location of specific stores in strange cities but on this occasion it was useless. The nearest one to my hotel was apparently 2 miles away. But, I had time to kill so I walked to it, only to find when I got there it was not a 'proper' Netto but a small food-only store. Being close to the city centre by this time, I walked into town, and on the way stumbled across another small branch. Still no joy.

Later that evening, I met up with Chris, wiredforsound, in the city and told him of my failure. He then said that there was a large Netto right next to the place he was staying, just 10 minutes from the hotel! So, on our way back home, we took a short detour to this branch and arrived just before it closed at 10pm. We found three solitary, lonely, polybags left: three 30183 Little Car, and, according to a shelf stacker, no more out the back.

30183 Little Car Now, I like a polybag as much as the next Brickset administrator but, really, it's pathetic isn't it!

The windscreen in particular is terrible and to make it worse there's a white plate in the middle underneath, making it look very un-uniform.

It fills a gap in my collection, but other than for that reason, I really can't recommend you take the trouble to track this one down. It's rubbish -- no wonder it was the only one left in the store!

62 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

It's actually not that bad. There's only so much a designer can do with 30 to 50 pieces. I like polybags but I'm more into the ones with minifigures such as the Ghost or Thor.

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By in United States,

Calling it the worst is kind of harsh. I actually think it is pretty cute.

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By in United States,

I don't know what the big fuss is about. Polybags are worthless little sets that cost too much for too little. (No offense, atkinsar and other Brickset administators) :|

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By in United Kingdom,

I cannot understand your upset, I mean you are right with the windshield, but it is still a polybag - no more, no less. There is not so much creative space for the designer and I mean what did you pay for this? I think it perfectly serves the purpose of a mother trying to calm her child with something very little to play with, while not making a huge investment. I just like it. It even reminds me a bit of the black Ferrari Daytona from Miami Vice. Okay, that requires A LOT of imagination...

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By in Germany,

That's actually pretty cool in a late-70s kinda way, isn't it?
Reminds me of 608 or 644 somehow.

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By in Russian Federation,

I actually like this set.
All in all, this one is not as bad as described. I suppose, that overall negative opinion about this cutey may be heavily iwarped by this "Google-glitch" and following wearyness after desperate search of right shop.

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By in Norway,

I think the car looks nice. Another cool little poly. As @brixton says, its limited what a designer can create out of a small amount of bricks as in the polybags. :)

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By in Germany,

Looking at the pictures, I like the car very much. Perhaps it looks worse in reality?

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By in Denmark,

Ha... I kindly ignore it too!

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By in United Kingdom,

It could be worse, but not altogether inspiring I would agree. It has at least got some of those 1x1 round tiles in trans-red (three I presume including the spare).

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By in United States,

I think this set was made for a child. Hard to believe, I know! I had a tiny police car when I was 5 or 6 that must've been all of 15 pieces. I loved it and played with it forever.

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By in United States,

Why exactly is it the "worst ever"? The only specific you mention is the windshield, so I'm curious what rubbed you so raw about it.

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By in United States,

^ He was probably just disappointed that he spent all day looking for a car which isn't THAT impressive. I sorta like it, but I wouldn't go to a store to get it.

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By in United States,

The only thing I see wrong with this, is that it is nearly identical to 6910 Mini Sports Car. That aside, I still like the look of both sets.

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By in United States,

How many did you get?

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By in Belgium,

I think it would be better if it had proper mudguards, besides that it looks good to me.

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By in United States,

Useful for parts. I could use those black slopes, sloping grills, and black parts.
I would say those Shell Promotion sets are the worst. with Disney CARS pieces

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By in United States,

I like it! Would love to get my hands on one at some point...

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By in United Kingdom,

Seems I've caused some controversy :-)

Cars are always the worse type of polybag because once you've allowed for wheels, tyres, axles and so on there aren't many parts available to make the actual car.

Designers can and do make some good ones, though, such as the Shell promos, and this does not compare favourably with them, IMO.

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By in United States,

I like it, it's cute, and it's a POLY!

(besides, I thought worst ever was statue of liberty?)

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By in United States,

You did create controversy! I think the polybag cars are the best. But that is because my frame of reference is to buy them for my boys. If there is something lost, it's easily replaced, it's cheap, and usually they are pretty solidly built. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, my friend!
On a side note, if this was in a grey color, it might look like the Delorean from BTTF!

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By in United States,

Have to agree with Margot. Statue of Liberty in the wrong green is the worst poly I have.

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By in United States,

I'd rather see a polybag like this than those with a minifigure and a few accessories (recent examples: 30085, 30163, 30167, 30261). And really, the car doesn't look too bad for the size. 1x2 cheese slopes could improve the windshield, I suppose. I imagine the white plate beneath is supposed to simulate an interior. But it's a toy car for kids; the details aren't particularly important as long as it generally looks like a car and can roll.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like it. Black parts for train MOCs. I'll take it (them) off your hands Huw!

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't thinks its too bad. Looks a bit like nightrider from behind.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is bizarre! Huw, I completely agree, it looks like it was designed by committee! The front is okay, the back is okay, but they don't come close to matching, and the middle is atrocious regardless. But hey, I've been complaining a lot lately so maybe I'm just a sourpuss. ;)

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By in Canada,

@binaryeye: I actually like some of the polybags you dislike because I can get minifigures without buying a large set. I can pick-up a Thor or Iron-Man minifigure without buying large sets especially since I don't like any of the Iron-Man sets that have been released (or will be released). I keep the handful of pieces that they provide with the minifigure.

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By in United Kingdom,

@atkinsar, there's nowt wrong with that one: it's exactly what it's supposed to be.

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By in France,

I'm with Huw on this one. It looks awful. Front doesn't match the back. The cubic wheel arches.

Yes it's a car. Yes, my kids would play with it. But then they'd play with a 4x2 plate with two sets of wheels under it.

I cannot believe comments saying polys like the ones containing minifigs such as Iron Man and Tonto are the worst. If so, I'd gladly swap 20x featuring small builds and no minifig for 20x Iron Man polys.

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By in United States,

"^^^No, no no. Worst: http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=8748-1"

Ding ding ding.. we have a winner!

And I think polys with cool minifigs are the best. They need to make more Star Wars polys with minfigs!

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By in United States,

I am a huge Friends fan, but Stephanie poly bag, 5000245, has to be entered in the "Worst Polybag Ever" race. A common figure with a 2x2 brick to, what?, stand on. And the price was ridiculous unless you picked it up on promo.

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By in United States,

Huw, you should think of the car's feelings before you call it the worst ever. That little car loves you, and this is how you treat it?

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By in Canada,

I think it's ok...
I mean, if it was that bad, wouldn't there still be a lot of them in stock? If it was good, everybody would want to get one, and there would be none left

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By in United States,

The reason I don't like minifigure-centric polybags is because, to me, LEGO is about creativity. With a build-centric polybag, you can at least make something different with the parts provided. With some of the minifigure-centric polybags, there's not much else you can do with the parts beyond the build they are intended for. The campfire in the Tonto polybag is a good example. What else could be built with those few parts?

Even so, I do agree with the point that minifigure-centric polybags provide a less expensive option for acquiring certain minifigures.

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By in Hong Kong,

It looks ok to me. If anyone has access to this set and is willing to ship to HK, please let me know. My son would like one of these very much. Thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

worst bolybag ever? galidor polybag given away at mcdonalds.

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By in United States,

I understand that taste on this issue is subjective, but I'm not sure how you could consider it the worst or one of the worst. It looks fine to me.

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By in Ireland,

Google maps can be trusted to find you a street address. I've found it increasingly useless for finding anything else.

As for the polybag, you can do a lot with 50 parts on wheels. Can I just say 7803, 7876, 7602...

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By in United States,

Thought it was the BMW poly due out later and almost had a heart attack! Whew!

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By in United States,

I'm starting to wonder Huw if something is wrong with your eyes. First, you think the new Castle castle looks like the famous yellow one. Now you think this set is horrible. Go see a doctor, I think something is wrong.

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By in United States,

^ Just for a chuckle and hopefully no hard feelings, I like to add the recent memory that Huw called the amazing Friends Dolphin Cruiser an "eyesore" too!

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By in United States,

Even 7246 was only about 40-ish pieces, I should add to what Duq was saying.

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By in Poland,

Um - wut? Worst polybag ever? This is the BEST!

Maybe it's just me. Back in my wee newb days at MOCPages, I "pioneered" (if one can call it that) a scale called minigarage, which this fits perfectly into. I'm a car guy at heart. It seems to be to be one of those half-sports car half-muscle car automobiles, such as the Dodge Viper. The C-pillars in the back are very muscle car to my eyes, along with the NASCAR-esque tires.

Here's a minigarage of my own if anyone gives an >expletive<.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/32278639@N05/7990743677/in/photostream

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By in United States,

for a poly bag i like it if i find it in the USA i would buy it no problem. i can understand that some people will not find it worth buying and i am ok with that. every one is different.

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By in Canada,

Although I wouldn't go out of my way looking for it, I like it.

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By in United States,

I actually think it looks pretty nice, not the best, but not the worst.

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By in United States,

Gosh, this is quite a cute little set! I'm sad to see you give such bad reviews, but I do understand this is not worth so much trouble. If I see this, though, I'd certainly pick up one or two!

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By in United States,

Yikes; it doesn't really seem THAT bad... it's good; certainly not the best ever, but it's rather average/standard.

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By in United States,

I actually like it. I don't think there is anything bad about it. Not the best, but certainly NOT the worst.

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By in France,

I like the car it is sort of cute

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By in United Kingdom,

This is a great little car and I always admire LEGO builders who manage to put together something so small but detailed. This one kind of reminds me of a tiny, black Delorean.

... and Uhm, Huw, just because so many people like something you don't, doesn't mean you have "caused some controversy". You are entitled to your opinion and many times over on this website people (including me) do agree with you. But you won't "call it" right every time! No disrespect intended.

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By in Netherlands,

Personally, I like this polybag. I see nothing wrong with it.

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By in United States,

Anyone have the parts list and/or instructions? Should be easy to figure out how to assemble it if I had just the parts list. Thanks.

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By in Canada,

A good polybag, Huw was just clearly venting out a bad day.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ Yes, we all do. Just go to the set detail pages. They are right there.

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By in United States,

Thanks Huw! I didn't see that tab.

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By in Denmark,

thanks for that i looked in my local netto store and i find some Lego legend of chima polybag, city, hobbit, star wars, and that you have. But thanks for posting that :-)

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