I first saw this in a Lego catalogue and didn't see any interest in this set and ignored it, I am only 17 at the time of reviewing this and had no interest in Volkswagen in any way, after 2 years since its release it really grabbed my attention after seeing reviews and the LEGO designer video. I purchased it ahead of the other 2013 exclusive sets.
This is a must have set for every Volkswagen fan and for people who grew up in the 60's. This is an impressive recreation of the iconic Volkswagen Camper Van from the 1960's, this is an iconic and popular LEGO set as its one of LEGO's best seller.
This set contains four unique pieces: Tr. Yellow Plate 1X1 W/Tooth, Pc used as interior lights in the Camper Van. Curtain Vw "No. 1" is a brand new element used as 6 curtains in the Camper Van. Bright Orange Pop Up Roof is another brand new element used for the Pop-Top. Brick Yellow Frame F. Train Window 1X2X3 only appears in this set in this colour.
This set does not include any minifigures. This set is not intended for play and is only a display set with features like the actual Camper Van.
This set is not really made to play, it does have features like: opening doors (4), Opening engine door which reveals the realistic engine design, opening rear window, opening safari windows, the iconic "V" front with the Volkswagen logo, front and rear licence plates, Gas tank, front and rear lights, Pop-Top, luggage rack, fold down table, seats can be changed into a bed, sink, lava lamp, plant, photo, "Make LEGO Models Not War" t-shirt, drivers area details.
This set contains fifteen unnumbered bags. The two instruction booklets are thick which come in a cardboard sleeve to keep them straight with the stickers.
The build is very enjoyable and not too repetitive starting at the bottom and working your way up, the stickers where the only down side to the build which stressed me out. The build is very study when complete.
Value for Money:
This retails for £79.99 in the UK and contains 1334 pieces. Volkswagen fans will really appreciate this model, however people who are not familiar may not be drawn to this set other than it is a bright vehicle which stands out from other Lego models on my shelve. It delivers a different build experience, compared to your average set as its aimed towards adults.
Volkswagen is iconic and can be recognised all over the world as this will be a fine addition to your collection and will make a great collector’s item.
This set is available at Lego Stores and http://shop.lego.com/ and other selected retailers.
The box is very classic and 60's style, with snapshots of features on the Camper Van.
This will do very well as a long term potential as for adults who are from the Volkswagen Community.
Yes, this It is a great collector’s item and display piece with minor flaws like:
Pop-Top is uneven, gaps in some areas, the stickers were a real pain and could have been printed, grill lines are suppose to be inside the van, engine door sticks out, small kitchen needs to be bigger, no turning axle (Even the wheel doesn't move) It could of have brick built luggage.
Final Analysis/ Conclusion:
Overall this set it is a must have set for every Volkswagen fan. If you’re a Lego collector of cars this will also be a unique and it will stand out from other Lego cars of this scale. This set has four unique pieces. Is it worth the money: for “Volkswagen” fans is a must buy. This set is a best seller so get you hands on it when you can.
I have built many of times large lego models and by far this has been the best model I have built. The detail in making the Volkswagen was outstanding the detail designer but lots of hard work and hours to get this looking exactly the same as a real camper van. The curtains had to be my favourite idea surprised to see that they aren't stickers! For £80 I must say that this is well worth the money and they building is ever so fun! Does take a few hours but it keeps your mind on the roll of what your building and where it's going next! I loved this and wish lego did a few more of these type builds maybe a caravan or a trailer for this camper van model!!
I just completed the Death Star this afternoon while watching through all 6 Star Wars movies (I pace my building efforts) over the last week, and if I had to choose a word to describe the experience it would be along the lines of "masterpiece" or simply "epic".
The moment I laid eyes upon the box and picked it up off the shelf my jaw dropped. I built Tower Bridge a month or so prior which contains a lot more pieces but the Death Star box dwarfs it in comparison and weighs a good amount as well. This immediately removed any doubt in my mind that the price to piece count ratio might not be the best. There are quite a few larger plates in this set so don't be (quite) alarmed at it's expensive price tag.
Upon opening the box my jaw dropped again as the instruction booklet for the DS is massive. 260 pages and larger then a regular piece of paper, I've never seen anything quite like it. My only complaint and this seems to be something common with many sets is that the dark grey and black can sometimes be hard to differentiate between. As long as you pay close attention and have a lot of light in your building space you'll be fine.
The minifigures are starting to look somewhat dated in terms of printing when compared to some more recent sets but that makes sense with the age of the DS (5+ years). I am more then satisfied with the 20 minifigures present as it allows something to be happening in every room.
I didn't find the build repetitive at all as Lego has you build platforms and then fill each room on that level each of which has different features. I didn't find myself thinking "really another 10 of these etc." like I have with some other sets recently.
As a finished model it is a nice display piece but the true feature of the DS is its playability. I found myself wishing I could be a kid again so it would be appropriate to re-enact Luke screaming at C3PO to "shut down all trash compactors on the detention level" or make "whoooosh" noises as doors opened and closed. This set is the perfect "Lego dollhouse" as I heard someone put it before. There is a near endless amount of playability to be found and my many nephews aged 5-11 were in awe when they discovered I had bought this.
With the release of Ewok Village I don't know how much longer the Death Star can stick around, and if like me you know how much you'll regret missing it then pull the trigger now. Trust me you won't regret it.
I have wanted to own this set for a long time and I finally got around to buying it. This set did not disappoint. This set took a long time to build; four days to be exact. The thing is, I think I could have completed the set in half the time if it wasn't for the set's one fault: the bag numbers. What I mean by that is that the bags are numbered 1-7 but there are at least 35 bags. I don't know if Lego will get in trouble for having more than 7 bags or what but it makes it very frustrating to sort through 5 bags at a time. I should also mention that I was missing a few pieces but most were replaceable with some extra pieces and the rest were replaced with pick-a-brick for free thanks to my VIP points. I also wish there were more trooper figures and maybe some officers to put in the meeting room.
-Great Mini Figs
-A Great Challenge
-Movie Accurate Rooms
-Needs More Troopers
-Throne Room Should Go Where the Droid Room is
The Death Star is a huge set. It is quite heavy, but still sturdy. The minifigures are chosen well and done well also. The set is incredibly movie accurate and I think the designers did very well this time. The minifigures are one of my favorite things along with the ease of access to the entire model. If anything, it could have used more stormtroopers, but this is easily remedied by converting Han and Luke in the stormtrooper outfits into soldiers. The potential for reenacting the events of Episodes IV and VI is enormous. The elevator works well and the many functions hidden in the floors mark this as a true UCS set.
Darth Vader's mini TIE Advanced
Not enough Imperials
Overall this is an excellent set. The only other problem is that Darth Vader's TIE is too small. However, it fits inside the Death Star and that is why it is too small. I think it works and is pretty cool besides.
Received this set as a Christmas gift probably as a goof. After a few months I decided to build it. Once I started I didn't want to stop, but I did so the build would last longer. Now I'm completely hooked on lego again (had a ton when I was a kid). A fun and challenging build, and looks great when finished. Any Star Wars fan should have this. Hope more detailed Star Wars sets like this are on the way.
I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of building this set.
The detail is unbelievable, from the swivelling head to the drop down third leg, this little beauty of a build has everything a lego fan and a star wars fan needs.
I would recommend this to any one.
From the outset you can tell that this is going to be a high-value set. Same price as the Fire Brigade or Grand Emporium, yet you get 2 separate structures. Each has it's own awesome "wow" factor. The detail level continues to impress with such considerations as the lofted bedroom w/ skylight, fireplace and kitchen area. The pet shop is so much fun. Dog pen under the stairs? I may use that at home. A wonderful addition to any collector's landscape. My streets will continue to grow for years to come.
I am a parent of two Lego fans. Recently, I bought them the Lego Pet Shop. My children were really happy when we brought this home . My oldest son said that it was hard to build the trap door on the brown apartment. My youngest son said the blue pet shop was a bit confusing at first, but later it became easy. So I would highly recommend the Lego Pet Shop because of its features. Also, I recommend this set to those who like challenges in building lego sets. If you enjoyed building the Green Grocer, the Cafe Corner, and the Fire Brigade, etc ., this set would be perfect for you!
This set really approaches perfection. Had so much fun building, love the look, and the many micro builds are very satisfying. The colours are great and the detail keeps bringing me back to look. Would love to see the next modular build off of the two building concept, maybe with a bank or something.