While LEGO Technic gets a heap of praise for their expensive reproductions of supercars, the Creator Expert line has been pumping out amazing versions of iconic cars for years.
The latest addition to the Creator Expert car range is an icon of Italian motoring, the Fiat 500.
Dovresti comprarlo? Read on to find out (Google translate tells me that’s Italian for Should you buy it?)
If you are a fan of the Creator Expert vehicles then yes I think you should buy this one. If you are just looking to start collecting Creator Expert vehicles then I also think you should buy it.
There doesn’t seem to be as much hype online for this compared to some other recent releases. It’s a shame because the Fiat is a really great set. It’s possible that I am just missing all of the discussion that is taking place about this one.
Before you even get in to the build you are presented with a really great instruction booklet. There’s a few pages that provide some great history of the car as well as some information about the challenges that the designer had to overcome.
The main challenge is obviously that the Fiat 500 is a very curvy car. I don’t think there is a single straight line on it. Curvy things always present a challenge for LEGO builds. I think that LEGO have managed to do a good job of getting the overall shape pretty close. It’s not perfect but not terrible either. The front and rear side panels are actually built on hinge plates, so that they can taper inwards; I think it’s an interesting way to have overcome that particular challenge.
Long time readers of Bricking Around will know that I am not somebody that is particularly in to cars so I am not going to be able to tell you about the accuracy of the engine build. What I can tell you is that it looks cool, with lots of different bits and pieces.
The front doors feature some more curves but I have noticed that you need to be very deliberate with closing them or they will close not quite flush with the rest of the body. It’s possible that I just have something slightly out of alignment though.
The interior features really well built seats in dark red with white accents. The Fiat 500 is a two door, four seat car which means the front seats need to fold down to allow passengers in to the back. This functionality is replicated here by having the front seats clip on to a bar. It’s these sort of touches that really enhance a build.
The interior also features a detailed dash, including a printed Fiat tile in the centre of the steering wheel. One of my printed tiles was badly printed but thankfully there was a spare.
To help you soak up the Italian sun the cloth roof can open using a fairly simple hinge mechanism.
Inside the front luggage compartment you will find a spare tire.
The rear parcel rack comes with a brick built suitcase attached, with some great sticker details. The suitcase is quite nice and I like that these little touches add some personality and character to the build.
That sense of personality is further accentuated with the included easel and painting. The painting is of a the Fiat in front of the Colosseum and comes on a 6×6 plate. I really wish this was a printed element rather than a sticker.
Overall I really like this little yellow car. After my Mustang got smashed and my other Creator Expert sets got packed away for space issues, this is currently the only one I have on display. I intend to fix that though as this thing will look fantastic as part of the larger collection.
The Fiat 500 is currently available from LEGO Online and also Myer for $139.99. Unfortunately being a Creator Expert set it’s not going to show up in most Myer sales. Hopefully it comes to David Jones in the near future.