Thursday, October 2, 2014

Unbox Build: LEGO® VW T1 Camper Van!

It’s "Throw Back Build Day" and at Pinoy LEGO® Users Group we’re not only interested to share you what’s new from the pioneer of construction toys. But also we look back at some interesting sets that you might not have heard or seen in person.

For the first unofficial #TBBD set review we’re featuring the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van (set #10220). Volkswagen a German car maker popularly known for the classic Beetle (LEGO® also released a set in 2008) is not popular with the T1 Camper Van. But for those who were born in 1970s its connected to the “Hippie Era.”

The Volkswagen T1 Camper Van is designated “Volkswagen Type 2” with different names depends on the body type. It was called the Transporter, Kombi, or Microbus. Some times Bus (US) or Camper (UK). But depends on your perspective its Volkswagen’s first van after the success of the VW Beetle (Type 1), which was introduced in 1950 as one of the forerunners of the modern cargo and passenger vans.

LEGO® introduced the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van in the episode of “LEGO® Design” in August 2011. The designer who was part of the project for the VW T1 Camper Van explains the challenges in building Volkswagen’s iconic van and he explains more details of the design process below:

The press details and description of the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van can be read below:

This authentic camper van is a replica of the classic Volkswagen Camper Van from 1962. Every iconic feature is here! On the outside, the terrific detailing includes 'V' shape three-way color split at the front, rounded roof and window frames, opening 'splittie' safari windshield, opening doors, iconic pop-up roof with textile curtain surround, roof rack, rear side air intake vents and lots more! The detailing is equally impressive on the inside, from the authentic VW air-cooled flat four cylinder boxer engine, front cabin bench seat, gear stick, angled dashboard and iconic spherical speedometer, to custom LEGO® features like folding rear bench seat, folding dinette table, closet with mirror and even a painting! Ages 16+. 1,322 pieces.

• Features 11 windows, authentic plaid-print textile curtains and wing mirror!
• Rear door opens to reveal detailed engine!
• Interior also features rear bench seat that transforms into a bed, 'Make LEGO Models, Not War' T-shirt and rear shelf with plant!
• Measures 11.8" (30cm) long and 5.5" (14cm) high!

Rose one of the members of the Pinoy LEGO® Users Group made an unboxing clip of the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van that also includes putting it together in this time lapse video shared the following year.

LEGO® Volkswagen T1 Camper Van can only be found in selected specialty stores in the Philippines or through online sellers. LEGO® also released an exclusive scaled down version (40079 Mini VW T1 Camper Van) as an impulse pack as a Creator Promotional set released in 2013. It is included with any order over £50/$75 at LEGO Stores and LEGO Shop at Home.

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