LEGO Releases 1000-Part Mini Cooper Kit

LEGO isn't only good for constructing buildings and castles, as demonstrated previous car-related kits like a Unimog and a Volkswagen Microbus. Now you can use the small plastic bricks to bring a classic Mini Cooper to life.

The new LEGO Mini Cooper is based on the Mark VII car, sold in Europe from 1996 through 2000. Finished in a classic green paint with white stripes, the Mini Cooper is accurate to its life-size counterpart in nearly every way, including its rounded headlights, engine compartment, and tan-pattern seats. The steering while, shifter, and parking brake all move, and the doors and roof can be opened for better access to the car's interior.

To complete the set -- and to further stereotypes about how British drivers of the Mini Cooper spend their days -- the car also features a miniature picnic set replete with red-and-white blanket, picnic basket, and water bottle. The picnic accessories fit snugly inside the rear of the Mini Cooper, and are said to be perfect for, "a cozy day in the countryside."

Of course, this Mini Cooper is considerably smaller than both its contemporary real-life version and the 2014 Mini Cooper on sale today. The model measures just nine inches long and four inches high, whereas today's Mini Cooper is 151.9 inches long and 55.7 inches tall.

The LEGO Mini Cooper set goes on sale this August for $99.99. It contains 1077 pieces, so set aside several hours to snap all the bricks together.

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