LEGO Creator Expert: MINI Cooper

The MINI Cooper set came out in 2014 and is somehow a set I was never interested in getting, even though my dream as a teenage girl was to own one and live in Notting Hill – like in a Richard Curtis movie. Go figure.

I got this set during the Black Friday promotion – along with a bunch of Architecture sets. It comes with 2 instruction booklets, 3 sets of bricks and over 1,000 pieces. I love how compact it is, even with so many pieces: a great nod to the original MINI Cooper Mark VII model, the last of its kind (it was produced from 1996 to 2000).

To list a few of the cool features and details:

  • the doors open,
  • the hood opens to reveal the engine,
  • the trunk opens so you can store stuff,
  • there’s a hidden trap in the trunk to store the spare wheel,
  • the steering wheel and the dashboard are located on the right-hand side of the car,
  • the set comes with a picnic basket (water, glasses, cheese, bread, and a checkered blanket),
  • it comes in a traditional dark green with a white roof and stripes,
  • the roof can be removed easily to access the inside of the car,
  • you can fold the seats to let passengers get to the back of the car,
  • and you get a choice of registration plates: UK, Germany, Denmark, Australia, and the US.

I went with the UK plates of course. 🙂 Overall it’s a great build. The only element that bothers me is the roof, which they weren’t able to nail: the angles are too sharp in my opinion, but then again, it’s made of bricks so what can you do?

Here are a few pictures:

ModelMINI Cooper Mk VII
SeriesCreator – Expert
Set number10242
Pieces1077
Year released2014
Size11 cm x 25 cm x 14 cm

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