The 1,077-piece Mini Cooper, Lego's latest small wonder

On the heels of its 1962 Volkswagen Camper Van replica, Danish brickmaker Lego has unveiled the new Mini Cooper Mk VII set. Brimming with accurate details and a few surprises, the 9-inch-long car is an impressive (and adorable) facsimile of Sir Alec Issigonis' 10-foot-long classic. Just don't call it a toy.

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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