Review: 40252 Mini VW Beetle

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The latest promotion with a $50 purchase in the US is 30252 Mini VW Beetle. Fans have been waiting for this to complement the 10252 Volkswagen Beetle set issued last year, which was pretty terrific. Does the smaller version measure up?

Having seen all the promos associated with this as a polybag, I was pleasantly surprised when I checked out at the LEGO store to see that the Mini VW Beetle comes in a very attractive box, like the London Bus from last year. The front of the box shows the model in the same setting as the original set, on a coastline very reminiscent of California. Similarly, the back of the box shows the model on the beach, with the surfboard and cooler next to the car.

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The box does have one of those annoying thumb tab openings, but it's nothing a sharp knife can't fix. Inside the box we have two unnumbered bags, an instruction booklet and a small sticker sheet.

The build starts with the chassis and I think one of the best parts of the build was remembering how fun the build was for the larger set. I was reminded of this mostly when putting in the 1x2 cheese slopes that function as the back of the seats; as putting together the seats on the larger sets was one of my favourite parts of that build. In the smaller version the front detailing of the VW logo and the license plates are provided by stickers as opposed to printed tiles in the larger set.

Unlike the original set there is no choice offered on the license plates, and we get a classic yellow California license plate, which sort of spells out the first name of the designer -- Melody Caddick.

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The rear detailing is also provided with stickers - both the license plates and the rear tail lights. It's a little disappointing to have the tail lights as stickers as I did miss having the red translucent tiles.

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The windows are added by using clear tiles and bricks, and just like the original model, stickers are used to show the curves of the rear windows. 1x2 bow tiles are used to finish the curved shape of the roof.

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The model is finished by the roof rack and accessories. The surfboard colouring is provided by stickers, which are a little challenging to line up properly.

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Overall thoughts

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I think this a great little set for a promo. While the set is free with a $50 purchase in the U.S., this is considered a $9.99 set. At 141 pieces, this is a terrific value. While it's pretty near impossible to recreate all the curves of a VW Beetle on such a small scale, I think the designer has done a good job of recreating the iconic look of the Beetle. I particularly like the details that have been included, from the rear view mirrors to the roof rack and accessories. My only (minor) disappointment is that the tail lights are represented by stickers as opposed to translucent red tiles.

If you're in need of $50 (or £35) of LEGO the beginning of this month (and who doesn't?), this is worth picking up. Though I probably wouldn't wait long - considering the anticipation for this set, it may sell out quickly. It appears it may already be sold out on the U.S. [email protected], so your best bet may be a brand store. For those of you who are Friends fans, there's an opportunity to double up (as I did) - get a Friends set worth $20 or more and you'll get the Friends tic tac toe set - something else that's great for an Easter basket.

16 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Already gone in the US....great set though and I consider myself lucky to have picked one up through the promo. Great review!

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By in Czech Republic,

Has anybody already tried to make a Minifigure compatible MOD? Is it even possible?

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By in United Kingdom,

Picked up three of these today. Impossible to resist with triple VIP points and huge discounts on the (admittedly originally overpriced) Disney sets.

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By in United States,

If you're still wanting to get this, call a LEGO store and they can ship your order to your house with this promo if they have it in stock. I did last night, and he said he threw in a Nexo Knights polybag too!

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By in United Kingdom,

Don't you mean the Lego version of the Citroen 2CV...?

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By in United States,

I'm really disappointed that I missed out on this one. I got an email from the VIP program saying that it was out of stock so they switched the promo to the helicopter from the last one.

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By in United States,

While it looks amaizing I am saving my cash for R2-D2 and the Scarift Battle (skirmish is a better name).
Who wants Blue Leader X-Wing?

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By in United States,

A superb promo, with my only complaint being that the surfboard should have been printed like in the CMF line. However, since it's free we really have no right to whine :)

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By in United States,

I must be in the minority because this set didn't appeal to me at all. I realize the scale they're working with, but the shape is really throwing me off. I'm normally a sucker for the promo sets too.

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By in United States,

Can someone show how this compares in size to the mini versions of the Mini and VW Bus?

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By in United States,

I was lucky enough to get this; just put it together today. Saw that they'd switched to the helicopter and wondered if it was a different one or the same, since I already have two of those.

I do agree with supervir2, the shape is a bit off to me. I like it (I like all blue beetles), but it doesn't really speak to me as loudly as the larger VW beetle did.

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By in United States,

I had the opportunity to assemble mine today. I can say that it is a lot of fun to assemble and the detail is great. I don't like much that it comes with a sticker sheet and in order to give it the "look" intended you must use them. The stickers apply to the license plates (front and back) - California in my model, VW logo (front), brake lights, rear windows and surf board. A total of 9 pieces.
I think it is great mini model. It'll go together with my previous little cars :)

@BigDumbWookie the scale of this one is bigger than the VW Combi.

BTW, MeganL applied the wheels inside out ;) according to the LEGO instructions. I personally think they look nicer this way too :)

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By in United States,

Lego store in Orlando said they have enough to last them through the rest of the promotion in case that helps anyone out looking for them.

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By in United States,

Lego store in Orlando said they have enough to last them through the rest of the promotion in case that helps anyone out looking for them.

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By in Norway,

Wish it was without the stickers. But it`s a great model nonetheless.

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By in United States,

What way are wheels supposed to go on? I built it like the box, but feel the review looks better

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