Officially the best LEGO set ever: the VW Camper Van


So, remember when I was ranting about the new LEGO Friends range for girls, and demanding to know when LEGO would get with the programme and make some cool LEGO?

The universe heard my plea.

The lovely people at Idealo know a thing or two about LEGO models and sent me what has to be the coolest LEGO set ever.

Look at this beauty. Okay, I know it costs £80 which is quite a lot of money, but you do get a lot for your pennies.

For starters, there are something like 1,300 bricks and the construction is a fair bit more challenging than the LEGO sets we’ve tried previously.  It says Age 16+ on the box, but with supervision it’s perfectly suitable for children younger than that.

I built this with Flea and her two cousins (aged 6 and 9) and it took us a week, spending an hour or two each evening on the project. My sister-in-law admits that she sometimes got a bit carried away, building while the kids were in bed, then having to undo her work before they woke up the next morning!

Once complete, the camper van has opening doors and windows, an authentic engine in the boot and lovely interior details including a camping table, a tiled floor, pop-up roof, curtains at the windows and (my niece’s favourite) retro surfing posters on the walls.

The model is pretty sturdy, if you want to keep it intact, and is currently occupying pride of place at the other Whittle household.

What did the kids make of it? More fun that regular LEGO, and a little harder to build, but this set is absolutely great for a family to build together.


After something as unbelievably cool as this, perhaps it’s not surprising that my niece wasn’t especially impressed with the LEGO Friends set we were also sent to review last month – she played with it, and said it was ‘quite nice’ but I have to confess, it’s the first time my niece has ever said she didn’t want to keep a LEGO set we’ve tested.

The camper van, on the other hand? I don’t think I’m ever getting THAT back – and who can blame her?



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. farfromhomemama
    4th February 2012 / 7:22 pm

    This is the coolest Lego set ever! I want it for myself never mind my son. I’m extremely jealous.

  2. 4th February 2012 / 7:26 pm

    Wow, I just wanted to say the same…it absolutely is the coolest LEGO set I have ever seen 🙂 @Kahanka

  3. 4th February 2012 / 8:07 pm

    It certainly looks fab! My daughter is getting her first LEGO tomorrow (her 2nd birthday!)

  4. 4th February 2012 / 8:27 pm

    That is a fabulous set of Lego! Far too good for the children though! Brilliant!

  5. 5th February 2012 / 1:05 pm

    Oooo, that is cool! Far too cool to share with the children though. LOL!

  6. 5th February 2012 / 8:24 pm

    I have total Lego envy now… when can I find someone to buy me one of these?

  7. Devyajoti
    6th February 2012 / 6:56 am

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  8. Tubbyandtattooed
    6th February 2012 / 10:47 pm

    This is great 🙂 I really can’t wait for my little one to be born so I can buy Lego with out getting told off lol

  9. Sian
    7th March 2012 / 7:30 am

    My kids bought me this set for Christmas. I love it!!

  10. catherine hooper
    8th March 2017 / 4:19 pm

    This is sooo cool! what a fab set