It’s not until you actually try to build a VW Camper out of Lego that you understand it’s not as square and boxy as it seems. You do not have to worry about that, as the tough design work has been done for you. Instead, you can just spend £100 and then take care of construction when the bag of plastic bricks drops into your post box. The red Volkswagen T1 Campervan Van is a Lego set that was released in October 2011. This Volkswagen Van is based on the classic T1 version also known as the ‘Combi’ or ‘the hippie van and contains 1332 pieces.
This authentic Lego camper van is a reproduction of the classic Volkswagen Camper Van from 1962 and has been officially licensed by the German car manufacturer for the first time.
The camper van’s cabin includes 2 bench seats, a steering wheel, a gearstick, a radio and a tachometer which uses the clock piece. In the back are 2 seats which folds down into beds, a fold down table, a sink, curtains, a photo of the beach, a pot plant, a lava lamp and a closet with a shirt which says ‘MAKE LEGO MODELS NOT WAR’. At the back of the van is a door which opens up to the meticulous engine. On the top of the van is a pop top partly made out canvas and some roof racks.
Every iconic feature is here. On the outside, the terrific detailing includes ‘V’ shape three-way color split at the front, rounded roof and window frames, opening ‘splittie’ safari windshield, opening doors, iconic pop-up roof with textile curtain surround, roof rack, rear side air intake vents and the VW air-cooled flat four cylinder boxer engine.
Lego kits are tremendously fun and testing to assemble, and this model was no different. While pieces of similar size are usually packaged together in the same bag, in general the pieces are probably only sorted by some design of the manufacturing process. Small pieces are usually together, and larger pieces are usually together. Often similar pieces are in different bags and the pieces needed for steps are scattered around but this is probably to keep costs down and searching for just the right piece is not the most fun part of the building process.
It is recommended for ages 16 and older but much younger children can do just fine if they build it together as part of a group and a perfect complement to their 165-piece Lego City Camper or Preschool Caravan. A symbol of the sixties counter-culture and beloved by hippies, surfers and campers around the globe. A real Volkswagen camper van can still sell for up to £25,000.