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 15.15% 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.
First of all, I'll admit that I'm by no means a car expert, however, I think that LEGO has captured the essence of the mini cooper very well; it's superbly sculpted with the smooth curves, the patterned seats, the grill and the lights and all the extra details, for example- the picnic basket, the gearshift, the engine and the spare tyre compartment are also great. I also think the stickers are worth mentioning as despite they're a pain to put on they do contribute a lot to the realism and authenticity of the model. Finally, the colour choices LEGO have made are excellent; the classic British racing green for this model looks awesome, the tan interior complements the outside very well and the silver metallic pieces were also a great decision in terms of the aesthetics. The build was very enjoyable and some of the part uses are ingenious: the minifigure ice skates used to make the door handles and the shields used to make the lights were the best. Nevertheless, this set does have some minor flaws. For example, I appreciate the fact the mini steering wheel was big but I don't know if it's quite to scale- it touches the seat in it's resting position so how could someone sit down and actually steer this thing? Another aspect of the mini cooper I found slightly puzzling was the fact this model is built at a larger scale than the VW T1 campervan...even though it's quite empty inside. The T1 campervan interior is packed with cool details, but then again, I suppose this is a different kind of vehicle and model. Furthermore, the mini has limited playability as it's quite difficult to drive and it's not really suitable for minifigures -this is a display model.Finally, there are a lot of stickers in this model so you have to be really careful when putting them on-they're fairly important in adding to the mini cooper's authenticity and they're in quite conspicuous places so if you want your model to be perfect then make sure the stickers are applied correctly. To round things off, I definitely recommend this awesome model but primarily to slightly older and more experienced builders who will probably enjoy the build more and appreciate the model.
I had a blast putting this together--I never really played with Legos as a kid, but now that I'm heading into Seniorville I'm ready to make up for lost time! This was my first kit and although it is labeled "expert," I didn't have any trouble with assembly. It's like putting together furniture from that big Swedish store that starts with an "I" and ends with an "A"--only without the back pain afterwards <grin>. So if that sounds like something you'd enjoy, by all means give one of these kits a try. I've got my eye on the VW camper next, but I really wish they'd release a teardrop trailer kit....
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.