MINI Cooper MK VII is LEGO set 10242-1. It has a score of 90. This is average compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 2 reviews, based on 8 scored reviews and 12 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 14% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2014, and it is categorised in Creator Expert.
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I really enjoyed building the set, it was never boring or laboured, apart perhaps for having to line up the 1x1 tiles on the seats. It has lots of interesting and realistic features and details. You have a feeling, while building it, of 'no expense spared' on parts, which isn't usually the case with regular retail sets. There is also lots of interesting parts usage throughout which helps keep the build entertaining. It's not without its faults, though: I'm not convinced the stickers on the 1x3x3 slope window pillars work particularly well but I guess there was no alternative. Also, it's a shame about the gear stick having its movement restricted by the steering wheel. A smaller wheel, or shorter gear stick would probably solve this problem.
Ever since I saw my first Mini at an antique car show, I was hooked. Then I notice that Lego has one in my favorite color? I had to build it. Overall a very nice build that most people could do in an afternoon. It is nice to see that the engine was mounted transversely. A detail some might overlook that gave the original Mini its massive cabin. Being able to set up a Lego picnic after a morning cruise is a nice touch that could have just as easily been forgotten. As for things forgotten, an actual spare tire has been replaced in many cars, but not this Mini. I also thought that, since I am an US citizen, my Mini should be left hand drive. The swap was very easily achieved even if the instructions told me to make it right hand drive. I do have a few nits to pick though. The front windshield, while acceptable as a model piece, has some slop that means the kids will get pushed away from this build. The roof has a few sharp angles that, while trademark Lego, might leave some hard core model builders passing this up. On the side of the body, some of the printed pin striping doesn't quite match up. Not enough to throw off the aesthetic, but enough to notice. To me, the most grievous omission is the cabin floor. The plates stop a stud away from the door. I took a few plates and filled them in and I know the old real life Minis were not luxury vehicles, but this seems like an oversight. Overall, this is a fantastic build. I think this would keep a teenager engaged for an afternoon and it give me a very enjoyable two hours. This will be proudly displayed on my bookshelf. Thank you Lego for a wonderful model.
Fantastic!!! I'm an owner and I appreciate Mini's. This classic is well worth the build. It was a pleasable 3 hours of fun. All the pieces are there. I'm reminded every time I look at it, at the fun I have driving this vehicle. I have a 2015 Mini Cooper and love it! Mine is Grey, with a black top and strips. I regretted not getting this sooner. What the heck was I waiting for?
These are great to have on a shelf, and will catch the eyes of both LEGO and car fans alike.
Since the MINI has quite a few great details, building it is never boring. After every step it's getting better and better. When you have finished the model, you really get that WOW! feeling. Choosing dark green for the bodywork gives this model the characteristic British Racing Green look.
Overall, it's a good model. A nice thing to have if you're a Mini fan. It doesn't quite achieve the dizzy heights of quality of the Camper set, though. It's still a Mini and Minis make you smile.
Well, this set falls under the AFOL-friendly Creator Expert line and I'm yet to be disappointed by one of those. No exception here: the build is intricate and enlightening, even including a useful technique I've never seen before. It makes a wonderful display model but is worth breaking up into your parts collection as it has an excellent inventory, unless you don't use Earth Green. It has loads of new parts and ones only appearing in one other set... so many in fact that there are many more great parts in this set I haven't had room to mention.
The LEGO model is good, very good. The thing is that it is always easier to list the failures than the successes, and this car has many successes. The front is beautiful, the details are many and very well done, the overall look is spectacular. The English racing green is fabulous. My personal relationship with these cars may have made me see the model in a slightly different way from a normal builder, but I recommend this set without reservation.
If you like classic cars and Minis in particular, this is a great addition to your collection. It is not built to the same scale as the older camper van or the Beetle, however. Car builders often base the scale of their models on the size of the available wheels and that also seems to be the case for this set. The model is a bit too boxy, but it shows great attention to detail and the colour combination is simply classy. The colour is also the main attraction if you are looking for useful parts for your own builds.