This new (old) Mini joins Lego's challenging Creator series of kits - many of which, by virtue of parts that number in the thousands, are recommended for "children" ages 16 and up. The Mini's box contains a hefty 1,077 pieces (a daunting count to a novice, but a trifle to enthusiasts who survived Lego's 4,295-piece Tower Bridge kit, or 5,195-piece Millennium Falcon kit).
The British racing green Cooper's doors, white-striped hood and trunk open, and the roof pulls off to reveal a nattily trimmed interior, complete with patterned seats and a veneer-style dashboard. Beneath the bonnet, there's a Lego-ized version of Mini's 1.3-litre engine, complete with twin air cleaners for the dual SU side-draft carburetors. At the rear, the boot lid opens to reveal a blanket, a picnic basket and a bottle.
The Lego Mini Cooper debuts on 1 Aug, priced at $99.99 in the US, $119.99 in Canada, $149.99 in Australia and £74.99 in the UK. Check out Lego's video tour of the car below.
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