LEGO 10242 Review Creator Mini Cooper John Lewis Partners

The 1x6x6 ‘tray’ at the back is for the spare wheel. The floor of the boot is hinged to enable access to the spare wheel.

Lego 10242 Review

The drum lacquered silver parts form the ‘chrome’ bumpers. Bags numbered two provide parts for the rear end of the vehicle. The 1×4 curved bricks have a double white line printed along their length. There are 12 of these in total in the set, and overall, some 290 dark green parts (27% of the total number of parts).Bag 2 construction begins with the seats, front and back. The pattern is made from white, tan and dark tan tiles and bricks and looks very effective. Next, the rear side panels are added, which utilise the printed 1×4 curved bricks to give the vehicle its distinctive body shape. Here’s what the boot looks like before its covered over. Note the exhaust pipe: a minifig neck bracket with pin. Next, the backs of the front seats are added, and the rear windows.

Stickers are applied to the 1x2x3 slopes at the back to give the impression of thin pillars. The boot lid, hinged at the bottom, looks suitably curved and bulbous. Finally, bag two provides parts for the picnic. Who’d have thought about using 1×1 slopes as cheese!

Bag three contains parts for the front of the car and the roof. The 1×1 round tiles with dial printing are very cool. Minifig ice skates are used for the door handles. The steering wheel is added on the right side of the dashboard and the engine fitted at the front. Black ‘claws’ are used for the exhaust manifolds which look great, particularly when they are boxed in, as shown in the photo below. It would be easy enough to move the steering wheel to the left and in fact provision has been made to facilitate it — a gap has been left where one is needed. Next, the front grille is fitted along with fog lights, and the dashboard. The dash has three (identical) dials and centre ‘control panel’. The doors are constructed and the front wings are beginning to take shape. The doors have tiled panels inside which finish them off very well. They make use of four 2×2/1×4 plate hinges in dark green which are new in this colour this year.

You can just see how the round minifig shields forming the headlights are mounted, using yellow 1×1 clips. Next, the windscreen, which is hinged to mount it at the correct angle. Again, it uses stickers to ‘thin out’ the pillars, not entirely successfully. The roof is detachable and held in place by four studs at the back, on the rear window. The mudguards match the diameter of the wheels perfectly. The picnic basket, blanket and water bottle fit snugly in the boot. It has lots of interesting and realistic features and details.

You have a feeling, while building it, of ‘no expense spared’ on parts, which isn’t usually the case with regular retail sets. There is also lots of interesting parts usage throughout which helps keep the build entertaining.

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Also, it’s a shame about the gear stick having its movement restricted by the steering wheel. A smaller wheel, or shorter gear stick would probably solve this problem. Having seen it from all angles above, what do you think now?

The distinctive wings and headlights, the curved side panels, the bulbous boot, the protruding mudguards are all present and capture the essence of the prototype well in my opinion.

I interpreted it as a 2×2 plate and 1×4 plate connected by hinge. Looking at the photos, though, it seems it’s part 73983. Can’t wait to build a few myself, and in dark blue and maroon, if the right parts are available!

I hadn’t noticed the pillar stickers till now. They look like they wrap around on two sides of the parts they are on?

As pretty as it looks though, those green bricks are earmarked for my winter village. It’s finally built, and it was highly enjoyable!

Lego 10242 Review

There’s also a nice textile square , for the picnic blanket. This has never been seen in a set before, and it’s a very welcome addition. The two large 3x10x3 windscreens are very nice, and there’s also some surprising elements. Many of the parts are printed, such as the 1x4x1 bowed bricks, but building this set still involves you placing a sticker on top of a printed part. There’s a fair amount of movement to this set. Underneath this is a little hatch that contains a spare wheel. The chassis is built first, and then working the way up the body. It’s quite fun, and interesting to see how they’ve decided to do a few things, such as how the doors fit nicely, as it’s missing a plate’s thickness.

It matches to near perfection with the real thing, and the detailing on this version is exquisite. The black parts indicate that they shouldn’t be there, but the upright had to be made from something, so that’s what they’ve come up with. It’s a shame, but also not very noticeable. With some great elements, and a beautiful display piece at the end, it’s well worth the cash. It’s the little details that make a set all that more memorable. To maximise passenger space within its short body, its engine was transversally mounted and drove the front wheels, which is a configuration copied in pretty much every small family hatchback built since. The front of the car is spot-on, with the shape of the radiator grille, front-mounted fog lights and the silver bumper pieces. The curved elements used below the windows have neatly-printed thin white lines on them, that run the length of the car. Small details such as the fuel filler cap and indicator lights are nicely represented. The model is not without faults, however. Especially when seen from behind, it does not look quite round enough.I also don’t particularly like the way the pillars supporting the corners of the roof are built, using 75-degree slopes covered with stickers marked with a black triangle. In fairness, though, alternative solutions would either require completely new part shapes or would add greatly to the complexity, parts count and cost of the set. Most of the construction is fairly straightforward, but there are a few really clever features. The one that struck me in particular is the construction required to create a small gap (of half a plate in width) that allows the doors to open easily. Another neat feature is the spare wheel, which neatly fits into a 6x5x1 panel mounted in the bottom of the car and is covered by a hinged panel that also forms the floor of the car’s boot (trunk). Unfortunately, the front wheels don’t steer and their width, combined with the small clearance around them, suggests that fitting the model with working steering yourself will not be easy.

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For me, the interior is the highpoint of the model. There is a lot of detail throughout, with a dashboard with a glove compartment (that doesn’t open, however), speakers and a few dials. The seats have a neat chequered pattern built out of tan, dark tan and white elements. The insides of the doors are covered in tan tiles, adding to the classy look. The interior can be appreciated by removing the roof. This is held on by just a few studs at the back, which allows it to be easily removed. Because of the strength of the chassis, this construction doesn’t seem to weaken the model much. Opening the bonnet (hood) reveals a faithful representation of the engine, including its two carburettors. Military builders who like camouflage, in particular, will definitely love this one. It has several elements that previously were not available in dark green, including plate hinges, 1×1 plates and 1×1 bricks with a stud on the side. It also includes a fair few 1×1 tile pieces in dark green and in dark tan. Mini lovers may want to build their own car in a different colour, but this will require a fair bit of creativity, since the elements used for the mudguards and for the curved boot lid (trunk lid) are available in only a handful of colours. Car builders often base the scale of their models on the size of the available wheels and that also seems to be the case for this set.The model is a bit too boxy, but it shows great attention to detail and the colour combination is simply classy. The colour is also the main attraction if you are looking for useful parts for your own builds. It would make for a great birthday present.

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