The LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen T1 Camper Van is an amazing rendition of one of the most iconic vehicles in the world. People that had one in the past have great memories of it. And many people these days would love to get one, maybe restore one, or go on a road trip with one.
Building this set did not feel at all like building a set from 2011 at all. Well, it did but it didn’t. I will tell you more about it in the rest of the article.
The Build & Features
As always… bags and instruction booklets! You will get two quite significant booklets and 15 bags! As I said, this set did and didn’t feel like a 2011 set. The only part that did feel like one was the fact that the bags aren’t numbered. Now some people might like to build like that and some people don’t. I belong to the latter but I thought the set would at least be put together bag by bag. Yeah….no. Not at all. It’s all a big random pile of bricks in the end. Which was fine for eventually though, but it is something to keep in mind.
When I got into the swing of things I don’t think I had to look for parts long, so all was good in the end. Speaking of the end, you will start building the backside of the car first creating the engine and the drive belt. That’s what it looks like anyway. You are not building the complete engine but the parts that can be displayed when opening up the backside of the van.
It’s a great start to a really fun build. There are quite some cool pieces in this part of the build like pipes and rubber bands and it looks awesome! The same goes for the bumpers which are one of the many stand-out features. This also goes for the red, black, and white color scheme and the tiling all around the vehicle.
I do have some issues with the back windows though. Or at least with the stickers that go on them. Now I’m not a fan of stickers in the first place, but these make no sense at all and only make your model look more smudgy. You need to put the, mostly transparent, stickers on these windows for only two tiny white lines. And a lot of smudges. I am very aware that using my hands to put the stickers on was not the best idea. Normally this works fine for me, but for mostly transparent stickers I would advise against it.
Still, this is what I did, and besides the smudgy fingerprints, the small white lines don’t add much at all to the overall look and feel anyway. I can always take them off though. Oh well, moving on!
The top and roof of the LEGO Volkswagen T1 Camper Van is amazing and so very well done. The roof can be taken off to look at the incredibly detailed inside of the van (more on that later). On top of the roof, there is a sleeping compartment that includes a nice piece of cloth and is integrated really well. Apparently, some people didn’t like this part and it didn’t seem to fit well, but I haven’t encountered any of these issues. It was a real breeze for me and the cloth and the system that makes sure the compartment moves up and down works great!
Another amazing feature of this Camper Van is the front of the vehicle. The slightly sloped front and the details that make sure the car actually looks like a VW T1 Camper Van are excellent. Once again I want to remind you that this is a 2011 model. The front windows open up just like the ones of the real-life van. And the red and white colors with the black accents work amazingly well on this part of the set.
The one thing that I didn’t like was again the sticker. It’s arguably the most important sticker of the set and it’s a horrible one, to be honest. The VW logo goes dead center and is iconic to the van. It also has the least amount of margin of any LEGO sticker I’ve ever encountered, making it really hard to put on straight. Also, my sticker wasn’t printed particularly well as the left silver stroke was more narrow than the one on the right side. Other Camper Van sets might not have this issue, but mine has.
In terms of details, this set is packed! There is so much going on in this set it’s hard to even display. Doors closed it looks great. But opening the doors looks amazing as well. As said, the roof comes off and reveals the inside of the van which features a small kitchen, a seating area (which can be turned into a sleeping area), cupboards, lighting, paintings on the wall. It’s all in there!
I particularly like the “make LEGO models, not war” poster. That’s a fun little touch.
There are a total of four doors that can open. Two in the front that reveal the dashboard, steering wheel, gear shifter, and gas pedals. The two in the middle will give you a better look at the interior. So if you don’t want to take the top off you are still able to look inside.
On the back, there are two things that can open as well. The big window opens up to give you a view of the inner backside. And the engine hatch reveals those engine details I wrote about at the beginning of this article.
You should handle this model with a bit of care though as some parts aren’t meant to be grabbed too firmly. But as this should mainly be a display piece I don’t have a big issue with that.
The LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen T1 Camper Van is an exceptional piece of history and an exceptional LEGO set. It is packed full of great little details and there is always something different to look at. The red and white colors with the black accents look super good. Building this is a challenge because the bags are not numbered, but when you get into the swing of things it should not cause too many issues. There aren’t that many stickers for a bigger sized model like this, but the ones that are there could cause some trouble. Try to put them on with some tweezers or maybe a brick separator.
The Camper Van is an older set and deserves maybe even more credit than it already gets. It still looks awesome and the build doesn’t feel dated at all!
- Looks amazing
- Packed with details
- Amazing building techniques used
- Love the colors
- Great piece of history
- Some stickers don’t add anything and are tedious to put on
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