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REVIEW: 10220 VW T1 Camper Van

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#1 SONIC883


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Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:17 PM

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here is my first review. More pictures and less words because my english isn't very well.

In my childhood I collect VW modelcars in 1/43 scale. I had them all: Polo G40, Corrado VR6 and many busses. My dreamcars are still the T1 Samba and T3 Caravelle Carat. Over the years my collection moved to some boxes and now they are all gone.
But now with the Lego T1 Camper Van a good looking model - in a larger scale - came back to my living (room)! I wanted it, but not to the release date. But my wife couldn't wait for it. Now here it is

Set Name: VW T1 Camper Van
Set Number: 10220
Release year: 2011
Pieces: 1332
Price: 99,99 Euro

The Box

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Really heavy and feels mostly filled

The content

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All the bags are unnumbered.

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Have I told that I don't linke stickers? Okay, there arn't many. But when they don't glued exactly it doesn't look nice. And this happens often (to me).

Sample page from the instructions

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The Building of the Van

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The engine: Well designed. Looks like the Prototype

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The Chassis: The mounting for the flor

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First Bodyworks: It suggest what a huge model it is

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Engine Hood

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First Interieur

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The Interieur at the first level is finished

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The Drivers cabine and the mounting of the front

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More Interieur. I like the T-Shirt

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With Windows

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Bodyworks almost finished

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Mounted Pop Top

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Last Parts for the front

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Done! A view thru the open doors.

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Legos alms - The extra parts

My wife was build this model. Her first big Set. It tooks about 5 hours to build. I must say that she is really a Rookie and she made some small breaks.
There arn't many tricky passages. Here comment was "That looks so awesome!" and "Thats soooo cool!". So I can say that the model is very good.


Design: 9/10 - Really well designed.

Build: 8/10 - Some Sections are a bit tricky like the Pop Top when combining the Top on the mechanism with the fabric in there and some connections have a little stabilize problem.  

Parts: 8/10 - Don't ask me for speacial parts and colors... I mean that the most parts are very common.

Price: 10/10 - IMHO a very good price for a Set with more than 1300 pieces

Summary: 35/40 => 88%! I love it! It is a very good looking car and it is very close looking to the prototype. If you are a Bulli-Fan you MUST have it. It isn't a toy (some fragile parts like the roof at the front and the fabric at the Pop Top) - so there isn't any swooshability, biut it is really WOW.

I hope that you will have so much fun while building like my wife.

Aditional Pics

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Figures not included in Set 10220! :-P

- Kai

Edited by SONIC883, 10 October 2011 - 10:23 AM.

#2 Nightshroud99


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Posted 01 October 2011 - 08:23 PM

Nice review.  :classic:

This is a set that looks very good, and one I hope to pick up sometime. It was nice to see the build process, that swayed the set more in my favor.  :thumbup:
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#3 Roger Rabbit

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:10 PM

Great review - I want this set and I want it now!!  :laugh:

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Posted 01 October 2011 - 11:54 PM

Very detailed pics.
Thanks a lot.  :thumbup:
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#5 bricked one

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:04 AM

Nice review and pics. So how does the pop top work?
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 01:43 AM

Thank you for the review!
It looks like a very good set :wub:
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#7 SONIC883


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:17 AM

View Postbricked one, on 02 October 2011 - 12:04 AM, said:

Nice review and pics. So how does the pop top work?
It is an easy scissor mechanism. Nothing really special. Works fine

#8 Ogre


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:52 AM

Built this on Tuesday and I have to say, I was blown away by how great it was...and I'm not even a VW fan!

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#9 Drudoo


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 01:04 PM

Thanks for the review! Looks great, defiantly going to buy it =)

#10 BigOnBricks


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 05:19 PM

Great review, just ordered this set!

#11 alois


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 06:37 PM

I was wondering why this camper has Hannover license plates. Or does the H mean something else?
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#12 SONIC883


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 08:20 PM

View Postalois, on 02 October 2011 - 06:37 PM, said:

I was wondering why this camper has Hannover license plates. Or does the H mean something else?

You are right. H is for Hannover. The Hannover Factory builds Utility vehicles like the Bulli. So the 'home' is there.

#13 weltall1028


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Posted 03 October 2011 - 02:10 AM

Nice review, this set looks pretty sweet.

#14 Vincent Kessels

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 06:27 AM

View PostSONIC883, on 01 October 2011 - 08:17 PM, said:

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Have I told that I don't linke stickers?

So they are stickers. We couldn't tell at the unveiling!

Can't wait until mine arrives.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 02:38 AM

Great review thanks. I purchased this set on Saturday the 1st of Oct and haven't built it yet but I'm very excited to do so. Thanks again.
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#16 r1chard


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Posted 05 October 2011 - 10:20 AM

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Are those printed or stickers?

Kiddin'. Great review btw. Congrats.

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Posted 06 October 2011 - 06:52 AM

How Wonderful :)

#18 MMR1988


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Posted 06 October 2011 - 06:01 PM

Why there is one of sticker sheets in you box twice??
In my box I found only one :(

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 06:24 PM

I so want this set! An excellent review too - I had wondered about the difficulty of fitting the Camper's roof mechanism to the surrounding material too. Oh well, I had better start saving those pennies! :thumbup:

#20 into the blue

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 12:23 PM

Picked this up yesterday from the Lego store in Cardiff.
I normally stick to Star Wars kits, but when I saw this I decided I really needed to have it on my shelf.
It's a lovely model, and the attention to detail (especially the engine) is just superb.

Sonic883, looks like you have one spare part too many.
I didn't have that smooth white 1x6 plate left over when I finished.
See this? This... is my BOOMSTICK!

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