Download: Lego Mini Cooper 10242 Build Review

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This Lego 10242 Mini Cooper Set is a faithful rendition of the Mk VII Mini which were assembled in Britain between 1996 to 2000.
The Mini is an iconic British car which revolutionised the motor vehicle industry in the 1960's. With its transverse front wheel drive engine and its extremely compact size, the Mini changed the small car paradigm.
The Mini was voted the second most influential motor car of the 20th century behind the Ford Model T.

This Lego 10242 Mini Cooper set comes in a box packed full of parts. There are several bags which are numbered into building stages 1, 2 and 3. The instructions come in two books; book 1 is for building stages 1 and 2, with book 2 finishing off with stage 3. The instructions come in a plastic sleeve which is lined with a card that also protects the two sticker sheets.

Lots of unique pieces in unique colours. I'd guess this set has more Earth Green bricks than any other out there.
Whilst there are not that many stickers, I'm never been a fan of them on any sets (as they have perished slowly on many of my older sets). Here you get number plates and you can choose from a few regions, front and rear Mini badges, left and right Mini badges and stickers for the front and rear pillars that hold the roof. Would be nicer if they were printed on, although even if they do perish as a whole they are unlikely to diminish the impression of the model too much. Also there is a big number of silver parts, which looks great.

The Lego 10242 Mini Cooper Set is finished off with a picnic basket with a freshly baked loaf of bread, a bottle, glasses and two wedges of cheese. A picnic blanket offsets this and all can be fitted neatly into the boot. The completed model of Lego Mini Cooper looks great, would have been nice to have front wheels which steered, but would have been difficult in the compact form.