Release Date: August 1st, 2016
Piece Count: 1167
Minifig Count: None
Age Rating: 16+
Cost: $99.99 USD / $129.99 CAD / £69.99 GBP / €89,99 EUR / 799,00 DKK
Official LEGO Product Description
Celebrate the iconic VW Beetle with this awesome LEGO® Creator Expert reproduction. This detailed model comprises a number of special features and elements that help recreate the distinctive Beetle characteristics, including an azure-blue colour scheme, curved fenders, flat windshield, VW logo, and an authentic 4-cylinder air-cooled engine and fuel tank. The accessible interior features beige-coloured, forward-tilting seats, dashboard and steering wheel, and the roof-mounted surfboard and a cooler box can be removed. This model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia.
• 1960s VW Beetle with surfer theme features an array of brick-built details including an azure-blue color scheme, curved fenders, white rims with distinctive hubcaps, round headlights, wing-mounted turn signals and opening hood, trunk and doors.
• Choose from four different license plate stickers to customize your model.
• Remove the cooler box and surfboard from the roof rails.
• Tilt the rear seat forward to access the storage space with fabric beach towel.
• Lift the hood to access the spare tire and fuel tank.
• Open the trunk to reveal the authentic, 4-cylinder air-cooled engine.
• Open the doors or remove the roof section to access the detailed beige-colored interior with dashboard, steering wheel and tiltable front and back seats.
• Check out the awesome brick-built details!
• Special elements include a round tile with printed VW logo, arched fender elements and an updated windshield design.
• This set includes over 1,000 LEGO® pieces
• This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.
• VW Beetle including surfboard and cooler measures over 5” (15cm) high, 11” (29cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide.
The Volkswagen Beetle set is one of the latest LEGO modular vehicles to be released. Like many of the other LEGO Creator Expert sets, this was originally only available for sale exclusively at LEGO Brand Stores and LEGO Shop at Home. However, it became available at major retailers (online) a few months later. An alternative of the Beetle would be LEGO 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van. Forum member dr_spock has written a review for that set here.
There's also a mini version of 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van as well. This set is known as 40079 Mini Volkswagen Van and the review for the mini set is available here. Will LEGO make a mini version of 10252 Volkswagen Beetle as well? Only time will tell!
The other modular vehicles that are currently available for purchase from LEGO includes 10242 MINI Cooper and 10248 Ferrari F40.
So what features does 10252 Volkswagen Beetle have and what makes it different compared to the other modular vehicles? Read on below to find out!
This is the box for the set. It has a nice depiction showing the Beetle near a beach along with a closer look at the surfboard and the top view of the Beetle.
The top of the box showcases the various pieces in this set. It does not show the minifigures because there is none in this set. Instead of a 1:1 minfigure image, there's a 1:1 image for a LEGO piece.
Another side of the box - this time, its showing the LEGO version of the Beetle compared to the actual one! Looks quite similar except the LEGO one has a shorter length and higher height.
This side of the box shows the LEGO Volkswagen Beetle along with different languages for it. I believe there's French, Danish and a few others.
Bottom of box. Nothing too special here!
The back of the box shows the various features of the set. Yes, you can open the doors, the top, the truck and the front storage.
Here are the contents of the set. The build is separated into three stages (1,2,3) as identified on the bag packaging. The instruction booklet and sticker sheet does not have protective packaging like in some of the other LEGO sets. Did LEGO stop having protective packaging for the instructions now? Unfortunately, there's a sticker sheet for the set which means many pieces are not printed.
The instructions booklet teaches you how to use the brick separator that is included in the set. It also tells you that you start with bag packaging 1 incase you aren't aware what the numbers on the bags represent.
There's an interesting little box here in the set. What could it be?
In the box, its a little white elastic piece!
The Build - Bag 1
The build quickly escalates into solidifying the base of the model. The white elastic piece goes between two pieces - potentially one the functions later on?
After the base build, you start covering up the set with smooth pieces.
The back of the set, now with backlights.
These are the remaining pieces after bag 1 has been completed.
The Build - Bag 2
Here's the bag 2 contents. Lots of blue, beige, grey and black pieces!
There's a nice orange cloth which we would use later on. We also have a few small printed pieces as well. Included are a Volkswagen symbol along with driving meter pieces. Looks like its not all stickers! (:
This is where the LEGO cloth piece fits. Additional pieces are added on to the model.
A typical page of the build. I like how they make the instructions easy to understand by building smaller pieces and then putting it into the model.
Above, you can see that the model is starting to look more like the one in the box.
End of bag 2 remaining pieces. Suprisingly, we only used 1 driving meter and 1 Volkswagen symbol piece.
Here is the driving wheel along with where the tiny Volkswagen piece goes. You can move the driving wheel up and down.
Details for the driving interior includes a gear stick along with the driving meter.
As mentioned earlier, you can move the driving wheel up or down.
The back of the Beetle with all four seats built. This is after bag 2 has been completed.
The Build - Bag 3
Stay tune for the bag 3 build along with the finalized model!
Thank you to the LEGO Group for providing us with this set for review. Opinions from this review are directly from Toys N Bricks and do not represent the LEGO Group.