Ratings and Reviews for 10220-1: Volkswagen T1 Camper Van

10220-1: Volkswagen T1 Camper Van

Overall Score

8.62
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  • First Impression Feelings after first look? 9.00
  • Unique Parts/Minifigures Unique parts? Increase resale? 7.33
  • Playability/Build Experience Is this a "FUN" set to build? 9.11
  • Value for money (NEW) "Bang for your buck"? 8.67
  • Theme Popularity Will theme help with resale? 7.89
  • Exclusivity Unique production aspects? 8.56
  • Packaging Does this set stand out? 8.33
  • Growth Potential Possibility of revenue growth? 8.89
  • Display Attributes Does this set stand out? 9.44
  • Conclusion Your final analysis.. 9.00

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Review from: azlan75
Reviewed on: Sep 25, 2013
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Join Date: 09/10/2013
# of Reviews: 1

Overall Personal Score

9.70

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

I drive a VW Polo as a daily driver, and I have a VW Beetle (1970 model) as a weekend toy. 

This set clearly creates an awesome first impression, due to the "cleanliness" of the lines of the van, as seen on the photos. 

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 8

No minifigures for this set.

 

In terms of unique parts, the clear 1by1 brick used in the engine bay area (although hidden once built) is a nice unique part, although would have preferred it to be more visible in the set.

The cloth used for the pop-up roof and also the "curtains" as well as the "Make Lego Models Not War" sticker is also a nice touch to the overall theme of the set.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

I'm an AFOL, and I think this set is more suitable for those aged 16 and above.

The build was very enjoyable. Don't rush into the build (Mine was built over a period of 2 weeks, spending 2 hours per nite after work building it). You'll appreciate what the Lego designers have taken into consideration in coming out with a very awesome finished product.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

I bought my set from a reseller in Malaysia. At current exchange rate of USD 1 to Ringgit Malaysia 3.20, my set was priced at equivalent of USD143.75. 

I truly feel that my investment to purchase and build this set is totally worth it. 

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

This set is a "Must-have, own and build" for any AFOLs.

Being a VW fan, I chose this set to begin my collection of Large Lego sets instead of the Beetle.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10

This set is expected to be EOL soon, and there seems to be a growing interest of the set among Malaysian Lego enthusiasts. I was lucky to get mine at equivalent to USD143.75, as most Malaysian resellers are selling their sets at around USD170 price range.

PACKAGING | Score: 10

Love the packaging on the set.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 9

I strongly feel that the set, among Malaysian Lego enthusiasts, have just begun its growth potential. It's getting much harder to find the set among the resellers in Malaysia.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

I'm getting a custom display set made for this set, as I love the detailing (Not 100% perfect, but very high 90%++). People love the VW splitties.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10

Without a doubt, a "must-have"....


Review from: Quacs
Reviewed on: Apr 24, 2013
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# of Reviews: 10

Overall Personal Score

9.10

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10
Everytime I pass the VW Camper Lego model that's proudly displayed on my office shelf, I marvel at the spirit and meaning of this vehicle, and how well the model captures the essence of this iconic camper. The VW camper itself has legions of fans and to this day it kindles a nostalgia of the 60s for many people that lived through this transformational decade. Even though I was never a part of the 60s, both my father and mother were baby boomers, and the VW camper made both of them lifelong fans of Volkswagen. 40+ years later, this vehicle still represents the idealism and freedom of the 60s, and passion for this brand is bound to bring fans to a Lego model that fails to disappoint.

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 4
The fundamental concept of Lego is simple: the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The VW Camper model embodies this - while there is only one exclusive piece to the set (the cloth "tarp" surrounding the pop-up from the roof of the camper), few rare pieces, and no minifigs, the set itself still shines because of the final model. There are a few rare colors (light blue and maroon top the list) included in the set, but not enough to buy the set for them. The intelligent design, playful era-specific details, and accuracy of the components are what make this set shine instead of any rare piece of minifig.

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10
First, this can't be stressed enough - this set is NOT intended for play. The camper itself was likely selected among other vehicles to appeal to AFOLs, so the set was designed to be a display model, not a play model. WIthin that context, the rich detail provided by the designer gives the model a depth not matched by many Lego sets past or present, and discovering this set's depth is really what makes the build experience unparalleled. For example, the interior details go beyond folding seats and a table: there is a wardrobe w/ functioning door, modeled drawers, a sink, a potted plant, and yes, even a lava lamp. The engine is nicely modeled as well, and placed in the correct location under the back-end of the camper. And with such a deceptively odd shaped exterior (it's almost bubble-like in the front) containing so much glass, the designer brilliantly solved the trickiest design challenges of the model. Through use of curved slope pieces and ingenious connection techniques (in some cases different ones right next to each other), the final design is accurate and beautiful. In a nod to the original VW camper design, the designer also used the most representative exterior color scheme - the red bottom with the white "V" top and the black tubing. While some may have small quibbles with the black tubing, and the transition between the red and white coloring on the front, I believe the design is as seamless as one should expect of such a complex shape.

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 9
The price per piece comes in less than $.10/piece, but since this set is comprised of a lot of small pieces, the price per piece isn't as meaningful as it is for other sets. Yet while the model size isn't huge, the detail and effort put into the design make this set a great value for your money.

This set is NOT good for parting out. Very few exclusive pieces and no minifigs make this one of the poorest sets to part out. Even the iconic VW logo badge on the front of the car is actually a sticker (one of the only downsides to this model), so you can't even part out the badge unless you apply the sticker yourself.

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10
The VW Camper is part of a Large Scale Model line that includes some of the most sought after and popular sets on the secondary market. It's close cousin, the VW Beetle, has realized nearly a 300% gain over MSRP with a CAGR of 31%. Most Lego enthusiasts know and lust after the Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower sets that are both part of this theme. All in all, this line is probably the best performing theme Lego has ever released, and there's no reason the VW Camper will not follow suit.

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10
According to Lego S@H, the VW Camper is a Lego Exclusive. so it is not easy to find this set in brick and mortar retailers. The easiest and least expensive way to purchase a VW Camper (without a discount) is either through an online retailer (Target.com, Amazon, Walmart.com) or through Lego S@H. The limited distribution channels serve to depress supply, and will likely raise post-EOL prices. This set is not exclusive to one retailer, so strategically targeting your online vendor with a discount credit card or points is likely your best bet to getting this set at a discount to MSRP.

PACKAGING | Score: 8
The box to this model is excellent. The front prominently displays the model, giving the buyer an accurate depiction of the exterior of the car. The back of the box also shows the model set with all doors (and the roof) open in front of a picturesque mountain scene, adjacent to photos depicting the functions of the van and one showing an image of the original camper van. It doesn't have the alluring, loud colors of a typical children's set; instead the gray/blue background provides a subtle backdrop that allows the bold red, white and black Lego bricks of the model to righfully proclaim it the star of the show.

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10
Analyzing the performance of the VW Beetle, the VW Camper's close cousin, may provide some insight to how the camper will perform post-EOL. Both sets are VW vehicles, so both will likely pull from the same fan bases. Both sets have/had an identical MSRP, and both are/were relatively rare with the VW Camper currently marked as "Hard to Find" on Lego S@H. The one benefit the VW Camper has over its cousin is the loads of charm and exquisitie interior detailing it possesses as discussed in the Playability/Build Experience section. While the Beetle's charm comes from the exterior, the camper's charm exudes from both its exterior and interior details. That may drive post-retirement returns on the VW Camper even higher than the Beetle. For these reasons, using the Beetle's performance as a model for the camper's appreciation will likely provide a good forecast.

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10
This set was designed to be a display piece, and there isn't a person who sees this model on my shelf that isn't immediately captivated by its accuracy and detail. Both the exterior and interior were designed to be inspected, prodded and poked. Consequently, the designer made accessing the details and charm within simple. Four doors on the camper open: the two front doors provide access to the driver cab, while the two doors that open on the right side of the van provide access to the living space. The roof over the back of the camper was also designed to be easily removed to show the back living space, and transparent "glass" bricks ring the entire vehicle to allow easy view and light to illuminate the interior. The roof over the driver side is very fragile and not intended for removal.

The set is small enough to fit on a shelf, yet large enough to contain all of the design elements that give the camper its realism and charm. And the "cherry on the sundae" is the top roof compartment that extends up to simulate the original pop-up roof offered on the actual VW Camper. The only downside to the roof pop-up is that it's a simulated element - there is no hole underneath the pop-up tent to provide more head space in the back of the van. With that said, it still adds to the charm and accuracy of the overall model and is a welcome addition.

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10
This is my favorite Lego set of all time. It oozes charm and detail while still remaining accurate and true to the original form of the camper. From an investment perspective, this camper will likely appreciate in step with the performance of its cousin, the VW Beetle, with an outside chance of outperforming it. Expect double digit CAGR, and an overall return in the 100-200% range given a long enough holding period after EOL with the potential for more upside.

One warning - if you purchase this set for investment, you will be tempted to build it! For that reason, make sure to buy two.


Review from: Ludorip
Reviewed on: Mar 9, 2013
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# of Reviews: 4

Overall Personal Score

9.40

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 9

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10

PACKAGING | Score: 8

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9


Review from: Jervismun
Reviewed on: Feb 2, 2013
Join Date: 01/21/2013
# of Reviews: 2

Overall Personal Score

6.30

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 7

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 6

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 5

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 5

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 5

PACKAGING | Score: 5

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 7

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 9

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 7


Review from: Brick_BreakDown
Reviewed on: Feb 1, 2013
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Join Date: 12/05/2012
# of Reviews: 12

Overall Personal Score

9.20

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 9

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 9

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 10

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 10

PACKAGING | Score: 10

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 10

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 9

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9


Review from: kmanalo
Reviewed on: Jan 30, 2013
Join Date: 01/16/2013
# of Reviews: 2

Overall Personal Score

9.50

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 10

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 10

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 9

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 9

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 9

PACKAGING | Score: 10

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 9

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 9

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 10


Review from: groomylego
Reviewed on: Jan 28, 2013
Join Date: 01/26/2013
# of Reviews: 3

Overall Personal Score

8.40

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 6

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 9

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 5

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 9

PACKAGING | Score: 9

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9


Review from: Ed Mack
Reviewed on: Jan 2, 2013
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Join Date: 09/22/2011
# of Reviews: 49

Overall Personal Score

7.20

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 8

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 7

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 7

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 7

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 7

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 6

PACKAGING | Score: 6

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 8

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 8

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 8


Review from: Hansolo55
Reviewed on: Dec 21, 2012
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Join Date: 12/18/2012
# of Reviews: 1

Overall Personal Score

8.80

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FIRST IMPRESSION | Score: 9

UNIQUE PARTS | Score: 8

PLAYABILITY/BUILD EXPERIENCE | Score: 10

VALUE FOR MONEY | Score: 10

THEME POPULARITY | Score: 6

EXCLUSIVITY | Score: 8

PACKAGING | Score: 9

GROWTH POTENTIAL | Score: 9

DISPLAY QUALITY | Score: 10

CONCLUSION & FINAL ANALYSIS | Score: 9