September 29, 2023

V is for Volkswagen

It just so happens that the letter “V” in the April A-to-Z challenge fell on my usual LEGO review day, so I get to hit two birds with one stone. Last time I went the LEGO store, I got a free Volkswagen Beetle set (40252) with my purchase. Today, I will review that little set and get my A-to-Z challenge post done all in one shot! Since this set was free, I will not follow my usual format for reviewing sets. But, I will share my thoughts on it.

LEGO freebie Volkswagen Beetle (40252) box art

This set comes with 141 pieces. A set of this size from the City of Speed Champions themes (where most car related sets come from) would cost you in between $17.99 and $24.99 in Canada. So, as a freebie, this is a pretty decent one in terms of value. You had to spend $50.00 to get it, but that is still roughly the equivalent of quadruple VIP points if you think about it. After all, $1 gets you one point, and 100 points gets you $5 off. So, you would have to have 400 points to get $20 off.

Front view of LEGO’s freebie Volkswagen Beetle (40252)

My major point of contention with this set is that it is not Minifigure compatible. I would have liked it much more if it was. As it is, the interior is completely sealed off, and there are no car doors. I also don’t like the use of the translucent bricks as a windshield. A regular, transparent windshield would have been much nicer. I do like the surfboard on the roof. The overall look of the finished product is also nice for purely display purposes.

Rear view of LEGO’s freebie Volkswagen Beetle (40252)

Overall, for a free set, this one is not bad. I am not crazy about it, but once I get a beach going in my LEGO city, I will probably park this car next to it. I will, however, try to modify it so that it can accommodate a Minifigure. What do you think of this freebie?

This post was written as part of the April A-to-Z blogging challenge. You can read more about the challenge by visiting the official website. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my LEGO themed letter “W” post!

Until next time,


LEGO’s freebie Volkswagen Beetle is Minifigure size, but not Minifigure compatible 🙁

6 thoughts on “V is for Volkswagen

  1. Yeah, it’s a nice little set, and as a freebie it’s a great value, but it is annoying that the scale is off. In a universe where every person is exactly the same size, the scale of everything else is wildly variable. :-/

  2. You are the LEGO expert, but from the point of view of a laywoman, that is really nice (free?!?). It seems to me that the minifigure is more interested in surfing that in driving…
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