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Review: 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van

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As soon as we got proper pictures of this set, I knew I wanted it … and as soon as it became available, I ordered it (in the process getting some money off and a free Atlantis set).

This review is brought to you with the assistance of “cool” surfers Brad and Deborah … with Sally the Lifeguard on hand to ensure safety ;)

First up … the obligatory box art shots and parts in bags and stuff :

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VM Camper 01 by bigospedros, on Flickr

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VM Camper 02 by bigospedros, on Flickr

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VM Camper 03 by bigospedros, on Flickr

I was very glad to see that the instructions and stickers were housed in a bag with card backing. No more mangled instructions & stickers for me! (at least not in this set)

No numbered bags though, so, it was off to the sorting I went … using old advent calendar trays as a handy sorting tool …

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VM Camper 04 by bigospedros, on Flickr

And now onto the build …

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VM Camper 05 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Brad, Deborah and Sally look on … clearly just supervising at this stage … you start with the back end and since this includes the engine, Brad took over … being the man, whilst the girls gossiped in the background.

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VM Camper 06 by bigospedros, on Flickr

At this point, noticing the similarity to the Falcons’ hyperdrive, Chewie turned up to lend a hand!

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VM Camper 07 by bigospedros, on Flickr

As a short aside, here’s a close up of the instructions … which had a nice glint on the studs that were the shiny kind. A nice feature I’d not seen before in any previous instructions …

Once complete … the engine looks pretty good. So much so, Brad got the approval of Fernando … the local race car driver ;)

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VM Camper 08 by bigospedros, on Flickr

At this point in the build, the size of the model starts to take shape … including the addition of the black and white floor. Thus providing ample opportunity for the surfer dudes to organise a PAAARTAAY!

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VM Camper 10 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Clearly someone didn’t read the invite though, since they turned up in fancy dress … tsk, students ;-)

Party over and Brad and Debs help fit the engine cover, whilst Sal checks for safety …

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VM Camper 11 by bigospedros, on Flickr

With the interior now starting to take shape, Brad and Deborah check out the facilities … including watering the “questionable plant”

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VM Camper 13 by bigospedros, on Flickr

With the seats in, the chaps check out the space available …

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VM Camper 14 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Including the folding down bed … nudge nudge, wink wink

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VM Camper 15 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Brad, being the sharing type, then decides to test out the facilities with wine with Debs!

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VM Camper 16 by bigospedros, on Flickr

With most of the main part of the back end built, we turn to the front of the van …

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VM Camper 17 by bigospedros, on Flickr

and then the upper part, including the lovely curtains!

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VM Camper 18 by bigospedros, on Flickr

When more detail was added to the interior, especially this cool surf art, there was a moment of worship …

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VM Camper 19 by bigospedros, on Flickr

And the upper part is complete!

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VM Camper 20 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Here we see the opening front windows … and here is where I have a minor complaint! That sticker, which shows the split in the window is pretty much unecessary … the model could happily exist without it. It wasn’t easy to apply to get central since you’re applying a clear sticker (mostly) onto a clear piece!

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VM Camper 21 by bigospedros, on Flickr

And now we move onto the roof … the extending roof mechanism is your basic scissor mechanism. Although my friendly little helpers just saw it as an excuse to practice their surfing!!!

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VM Camper 22 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Now finished, the chaps were loading up …

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VM Camper 23 by bigospedros, on Flickr

And here’s the roof installed …

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VM Camper 24 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The penultimate part of the build is the front end … getting the VW sticker lined up right was a bit of a pain, I have to say. I was a bit worried about the black tubes from the photos, but it looks pretty decent in “the flesh”, as it were.

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VM Camper 25 by bigospedros, on Flickr

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VM Camper 26 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Obligatory spare parts photo

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VM Camper 27 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Completed build shots :

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VM Camper 28 by bigospedros, on Flickr

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VM Camper 29 by bigospedros, on Flickr

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VM Camper 30 by bigospedros, on Flickr

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VM Camper 32 by bigospedros, on Flickr

(excuse the bit where the roof isn’t quite attached properly :P )

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VM Camper 33 by bigospedros, on Flickr

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VM Camper 34 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Interior shots

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VM Camper 35 by bigospedros, on Flickr

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VM Camper 36 by bigospedros, on Flickr

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VM Camper 38 by bigospedros, on Flickr

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VM Camper 39 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Brad, Debs and Sally all thought it was rather cool, if a little big, for their needs!

What I liked

I loved all the little details of this model … the t-shirt, the art, the “questionable plant”, the whole interior … and the fact that they’d captured the shape of the vehicle very very well. There were some interesting building techniques along the way too.

What I didn’t like

I would’ve preferred some of the elements to be printed and as I said before, the stickers on the front and read windows were a bit of a pain. Especially the ones at the back were completely pointless, since they just added a small bit of white on the outer edges?! (see photo 30 for what I mean)

Other than that, I really can’t fault it. This set is going to be on display in my Lego room for a very long time! I’d recommend every gets this whilst they can :)

Value: 10/10 (I thought this was a steal, even at full RRP, but my added bonuses and savings made it all the better)
Build Quality: 10/10
Accuracy: 8/10
Swoosh Factor: 7/10 (no steering means it can pretty much go forwards and backwards)
Play Features: 9/10
Minifigs: n/a
Final Score (Average): 9.2

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Final Score: out of 5 stars.