Digging through my old stuff rekindled my interest in things that I loved to do back when I was younger. And in that room where my sisters kept our old toys, I dug up yet another favorite: Lego. I couldn't believe that most of the pieces from my old Lego sets from the early '90s survived. My wife and I immediately began building again, and the enjoyment hasn't changed. In fact, these little building blocks fascinate me even more now.
I can't wait to show you guys my own Lego creations, but I will save those for a later post. Here's something cool, though.
I first came across this set in 2011 at a local hobby store, and it totally blew my mind. I may not own a Volkswagen, but I am a big fan of the Beetle and the Type 2 bus. However, I was shocked by the original price of this thing. At my age, it doesn't make sense to buy a children's toy, so I just walked away from the shop window. But I never forgot this VW Camper.
After rediscovering and playing with my old Lego sets last Christmas, I knew I had to have one more crack at owning a modern Lego set. A little Internet research revealed that set number 10220 would be going out of production soon. So, I panicked and made a call to the hobby shop to ask if they still had any in stock. As it turned out, they had the last two boxes at their warehouse, and there was a significant price drop. I made a reservation and arranged to pick it up immediately. I know that some folks will call me stupid for buying a toy, but I didn't want to miss this chance. Game on, then!
Here are some details of the box, and as you can see, it is an officially licensed VW product. It also has 1,334 pieces, the most Lego I have ever laid my hands on. Two instruction booklets are included. Further Internet research revealed that this set was modeled after the Westfalia Camper conversion, which is why it has a very detailed interior.
I can't wait to get started! And because this set is such a huge deal for me, I want to share the build with you guys. Part 2 will be coming up soon!
Photos by Paulo Rafael Subido