Lego Creator – MINI Cooper (10242) Review

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Lego Creator – MINI Cooper (10242): (Sorry no Maze, ran out of time on an idea) Anyway while I might be a 6 foot man – I still have a deep passion for neat little cars. (Most notably the original Golf GTI), but I am a big fan of Minis. I’m also glad that they’ve gone with British Racing Green for the color instead of something more ‘pop’, and the addition of a picnic basket in an already large set is a nice touch.

 

Time to Knoll: 74.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 119 Minutes (Just under 2 hours!)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 1077 and 76 Steps – Manual Part 1 (62 Pages) and Part 2 (50 Pages)
  • Price: $99.99 on Lego and $99.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 780 grams
  • Combo Points: (27X62X2X1) = 3,348 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 112mm x 198.0mm or 1066.6 cm³ with the extra putting it at 1110.2 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars (It does start to drag on, but if you have the time and beer)
  • Hoarding: 5 out of 5 Stars (I think any set 1000+ will just automatically peak here…)

 

Spectrum:


 

What Else?

So I knew there would be a lot of small pieces here, but I was genuinely surprised at how large the car actually was. It makes sense for how much detail and moveable parts there are why this is quite large, but it’s certainly not the largest. Of course then the question becomes ‘what is the largest Lego car?’

You could consider this Legoland Ford as the largest (being bigger in size that an older super car made by builders)

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However Guinness most recently has this Caravan as the largest (it does oddly specify caravan though)

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As far as a ‘car’ though I think the best example is this beast made by Raul Oaida which actually runs (although it does sputter out a few parts on occasion and has been described as “It might be the most uncomfortable car in automotive history”

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Remix: This obviously removes the blanket and bread, but the goal was a mountain vista trying to use the green as a grassy lead-up. It’s sort of worked, but the benefit of having a lot of pieces with these remixes is tempered by being forced to use nearly all of them so I’m not sure if I should have tried a different idea. Sadly this set is too large that I had to move onto the next. (And I wanted my Mini back)

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Final Thoughts: I bought this partially because again – I love the Mini. It was also a good test for TopBrick’s first 1000+ piece set. I have to say though this was definitely a hard set to manage – even the build gif has gaps and bad frames just because the camera started to overheat.

Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars

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