LEGO Goes Vintage with a 1960s VW Beetle Set
Two especially meteoric rises to fame occurred in the 1960s. The American automotive scene went VW Beetle crazy, and the first LEGO building block toys were sold on US shores. Today, both institutions remain industry icons, and now they’ve come together to celebrate one another.
LEGO fans, here’s your newest big build—a 1960s VW Beetle set. The toy company announced the Volkswagen set this week, planned to arrive on store shelves on August 1st, and we can think of about 1,100 different reasons to want one (there’s over 1,100 pieces in the set).
Designed with the California surf style in mind, the ‘60s era Azure Blue Beetle set features a roof rack, surfboard, and cooler, plus four different stickers to change the license plates, including a vintage California yellow plate. All in all, the attention to detail on the Beetle’s body is quite extraordinary, especially considering rounded features aren’t easily reproducible with the angular blocks. From the rounded headlights and curved fenders up front, to the dual exhaust and metal bumpers in the back, it all looks incredible. In fact, pop the rear hatch and you’ll even find a tiny LEGO flat-four cylinder engine.
Inside, LEGO equipped the teeny VeeDub with beige forward-tilting seats, a steering wheel, dashboard, and a spare tire tucked under the hood. It may not be large enough to fit a family of five, as the original Bug was intended, but perhaps a few clever mods could turn this set into a “Baja Beetle” for your LEGO mini figures. Fancy building your own VW Beetle? The LEGO Creator Expert set will cost $99.99 when it hits store shelves in August.