Lego isn't just for kids anymore. A while back, the company cleverly realized that adults liked its connecting blocks as much as kids but wanted a more sophisticated project to take on. It offers a whole set of Expert models, including a wickedly cool Volkswagen Bus from a few years ago. Now, it's taking aim at automotive enthusiasts again with the recently announced classic Mini Cooper set due to go on sale on August 1 for $99.99.

This is a seriously cool Lego model. At nine inches long, five inches wide and four inches tall, the car is certainly compact (as a Mini should be), but it contains 1,077 pieces. It's finished in the classic Mini look with a British Racing Green body with white roof, hood stripes and mirror caps. The doors, hood and trunk all open up, and there's even a little, simulated engine. The interior includes features like a turning steering wheel and movable gearshift and handbrake. In the boot, there is a cute picnic set, and even a spare tire hidden under the floor. If you want to show off your handiwork after it's built, the roof is removable to peer inside.

Expect dads around the world to be unwrapping these when the holidays roll around. Scroll down to watch one of Lego's designers detailing its latest set and read the full release about it, below. The gallery shows the Mini off from all of its blocky angles, as well.
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10242 MINI Cooper

Ages 16+. 1,077pieces.
Take this MINI Cooper for a nostalgic drive down memory lane!

US $99.99 – CA $119.99 – AU $149.99 – DE 89.99€ – UK £74.99 – DK 799.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit for regional pricing.

Experience the iconic MINI Cooper first hand, with its classic lines, detailed interior and fun picnic theme.

Take the iconic MINI Cooper for a drive! This beautifully crafted LEGO® brick replica of the classic MINI Cooper Mk VII is full of authentic details, from the classic green and white color scheme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes, to the opening doors, hood and trunk, sporty fog lights, detailed engine and separate spare tire compartment. You can even remove the roof to access a tan colored interior with patterned seats, veneer-style dashboard, turning steering wheel, and moving gearshift and handbrake. And of course, no MINI Cooper would be complete without a picnic basket and blanket, the perfect accessories for a cozy day in the countryside!

• Features opening doors, hood and trunk, spare wheel in separate compartment, detailed engine and 2 fog lights.
• Accessories include a picnic basket, bottle and blanket for nostalgic picnic theme.
• Authentic replica of the MINI Cooper Mk VII.
• Classic green and white color theme with white wing mirrors and racing stripes.
• Lift the hood to reveal the detailed engine.
• Remove the roof and access the detailed interior.
• Go on a countryside picnic with this iconic classic!
• MINI Cooper measures over 4" (11cm) high, 9" (25cm) long and 5" (14cm) wide.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Months Ago
      Definitely buying this model to add to my LEGO Car Garage... I've already got the VW Bus and the Mercedes Unimog. I might have to customize this Mini Cooper with a Union Jack though! ;)
      • 6 Months Ago
      I want this to park next to my Lego Enzo.
      • 6 Months Ago
      EXP Jawa
      • 6 Months Ago
      I am so buying one of these, I've so far resisted buying the VW van kit. Fortunately, there's a Lego store not far from my house, so at least finding it won't be hard...
        • 6 Months Ago
        @EXP Jawa
        dont resist let the lego flow through your veins and join us.... The lego camper van is awesome with details I got it as a present
          EXP Jawa
          • 6 Months Ago
          Oh, I've built plenty of Lego models. I just didn't want to spend the $120 on the VW. By the same token, I've also resisted spending the $140 on the Millennium Falcon model, but I may buy that still...
      • 6 Months Ago
      Screw Dad, I WANT ONE
      • 6 Months Ago
      This thing is so cute. We have an actual original mini and the front and back of this remind me of it. With Lego effect, if they could have stuck to this and possibly made it safer, this could have been the next type. Minis today are monsters as compared to the old ones. The new fiat 500s even look big as compared.