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… 70816 Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! But the runner up surely has to be today’s set, 40109 Mini MINI Cooper. The name was lifted from Bricklink because this is one of those sets that didn’t have the name printed on the front.
This was a promotional set given away with a purchase of the larger 10242 MINI Cooper set. It was a great pairing. It was like getting parent and child versions of the same set. It was something LEGO did years earlier with the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van set and again years later with the second Volkswagen Beetle. It was a nice little gimmick that seems to have stopped. No mini Fiat set exists but that’s okay. That was an ugly set anyway.
But this mini MINI is a really nice rendition. The parts usage is perfect to really capture the curves and lines of the source material. The green color with the white roof is one of the most popular color combinations of the MINI, and it’s nice to see it redone here.
And this set does something that very few minis do at this scale and that is recreate the interior. There are front row seats, rear seats, and even a steering wheel on the right hand side of course. It is after all a British car but if an RHD car breaks your brain a bit, you can just stick the 1×1 round stud on the left hand side of the dash instead.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! Just a perfect mini model of both the larger MINI Cooper set as well as the real life car. Just flawless in its execution and appearance. And the interior is just killer. A perfect set.
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