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New Mini Cooper Lego Set Contains Over 1000 Pieces, Picnic Set

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 6/8/2014 Karla Sanchez

The Mini Cooper just got a lot mini-er. Lego has announced it'll be releasing a new 1077-piece Lego set that allows you to build your very own classic Mini Cooper. The model is packed with several detailed elements and functions, including a moving steering wheel, stick shift, and possibly the tiniest picnic set ever.

British Racing Green was the color of choice for the Mini model since it's the automaker's most iconic paint color. Lego had to specifically create bricks to match the color, meaning you won't find it in any other sets. In true Mini fashion, the model also features the contrasting white roof and white racing stripes on the hood. Other details include round headlights with the twin foglights, and the familiar front grille. Lift up the hood and you'll find a Lego-ized 1.3-liter engine. Mini Cooper LEGO Set© Provided by MotorTrend Mini Cooper LEGO Set

Keeping the model's overall profile similar to the classic Mini was a real challenge for designers, yet they pulled it off. The model keeps the curve up from the wheel arches to the headlights, and in an effort to keep the Mini's profile, designers had to use an unusual building technique that they say people will discover upon building the model themselves. Doors open up, while the roof can be removed, revealing bricks that mirror the walnut dashboard and tan-colored seats with a checkered pattern. The steering wheel, stick shift and the handbrake move, while around back, the tailgate lifts up to expose a tiny picnic set complete with a basket, water jug, and red-and-white picnic blanket. Designers even added a spare tire hidden underneath the load floor.

The Mini Cooper model measures 11 cm high, 25 cm long, and 14 cm wide. The set will become available on August 1 for $99.99.

Source: Lego

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