• Oct 11, 2008
There's likely to be no shortage of VW Beetle owners who can relate to this new kit from Lego. It's a box with 1,626 parts in it that one day, after hours of work, will resemble a classic Bug. Three differences: This box of bits will only cost you $120 and a successful build is probably not above your skill level. Oh, and your spouse probably won't mind you building this one on the kitchen table.

When completed, the VW measures 16 inches long by 6.5 inches tall. Its tiny stick shift moves, the glove compartment opens and the seats fold forward. The engine is in back where Beetle engines belong and up front is the spare tire. When you're done, finish off the car with the included VW logo decal.

It's too bad the Beetle's curvaceous roofline and nose are made jagged by the blocky Logos, but on the other hand, it's kinda cool, too. Thanks for the tip, Andy!


[Source: Auto Trader Blog]




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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm glad they put the 16+ on the box. There is NO way a 15 year old could handle that.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or you are my son and build it with no help at age 10 ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is nice, I just agree with everyone else who says they should have worked on making the hood rounder. Otherwise, a neat way to honor a great car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hey Autobloggers.. Lego is both singular and plural - like Moose. You don't see a 'bunch of mooses' in the woods. It's 'one piece of Lego' or 'a pile of Lego', not Lego's.

      But, we know you guys are tongue-in-cheek and did it for effect, right?

      Anyways, you either 'get' Lego and it's collectable and special edition kits or you don't.

      I agree though, no special pieces should be allowed. Keepi it simple and classic, by the bucket-load please!
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      no thanks, i actually do stuff with my time
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        Well I for one perfer to build a Chrysler 300.

        I wonder how many TECHNIC motor sets You'd need to make it actually able to drive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        like make comments which contribute nothing to the discussion?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        Like sit on the internet and complain about other peoples' hobbies?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why not?

        The thing is....I'm sure a lot of us know that Lego has been offering car sets with functional transmissions, steering, and suspensions for years. I had one when I was 12, and I am 38 now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have one, it's pretty badass. I built it sitting home after a surgery.

      Lego does a great job with their bigger models. I also have the Ferrari F1 car and the Enzo. Both cool as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I WANT ONE!
      • 6 Years Ago
      after my car got repo due to bad economy, finally $120 i can afford and i am driving again........
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honey, I broke the world record. It took me 3 years to build the Lego Beetle and the box says 16+....
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should have made custom fenders, hood, trunk, and rear quarter panels, to give the round look of the bug. It's looks like a Body-in-White, rather than a complete car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        geo.stewart, I can say as a serious LEGO designer and an AFOL that LEGO should neither have made custom bricks for Star Wars nor made custom bricks for this Vee-Dub.

        Except for the new lightsaber elements, Darth Vader's mask, and the minifig suits there was no reason to add new parts to the LEGOverse.

        • 6 Years Ago
        oh please PB,
        Look at all the custom pieces built for Star Wars kits.
        besides, Lego makes a variety of sloped smooth top pieces that would have given a better resemblance to the hood than the bare nubs shown in this kit.

        aside from the parts inside, this is like an amateur kit someone built and submitted and Lego decided to make a go of it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Although I will argue that sloped bricks would do better. They probably didn't use them because such slopes would just make the $120 or so MSRP even higher.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sue this is a customer-designed set that Lego elected to put into production. Lego has only been doing that in the last couple of years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh no way. LEGO is not about using fancy, custom pieces to make something-there's no fun in that. I'm glad that this is old school brick-on-brick construction.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah! What he said!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its a good idea, but the ones I saw at the VW Automuseum in Wolfsburg, Germany were more detailed as they were bigger (more than two feet) and one even had the hood open for the engine to viewed.

      Take a look:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/30065838@N08/2932454630/
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/30065838@N08/2931594779/
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/30065838@N08/2931594779/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't someone increase the resolution on the pics?
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