Vespa 125 (10298) Revealed

Buon giorno fellow AFOLs! Today The LEGO®️ Group reveals the Vespa 125 (10298) as the newest addition to its line-up of famous vehicles. This staple of Italian life is modeled on the Vespa Piaggio from the 1960’s. The 60’s were an iconic time for Italian fashion, film and style. And the Vespa is, still to this day, synonymous with the every day transport of people all across Italy. It’s not at all what we see zipping around cities in Canada or the United States. But chances are almost everyone is familiar with this personal scooter or seen one on film or TV. I certainly won’t say no to driving around Rome or Florence on one. But, until that time, let’s take a quick look at some details.

Photos used with permission. ©2022 The LEGO® Group.

From the Official Press Release:

The new LEGO model pays tribute to the original Vespa with its pastel pale blue colour, one of the first colours this Italian icon was made in. Fans can further celebrate the heritage of the set by adding a classic 1960s Italian license plate and the Vespa logo. 

Like the original this model is full of beautiful details and sophisticated design touches. From a bunch of flowers in the bike’s basket and spare wheel to the removable engine cover, brick-built engine, kickstand and working steering….

Photos used with permission. ©2022 The LEGO® Group.

VESPA 125

  • SET #: 10298
  • THEME: Creator / 18+
  • COST: $129.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 1106
  • RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2022
  • COST/BRICK: $0.12 (good value)
  • DIMENSIONS: 22cm high x 12cm wide x 25 cm deep

Collaborazione

Like many sets modeled on real world brands/vehicles, the creation of the Vespa 125 (10298) was a collaborative effort. You can see this approach in many Technic and Creator sets like the Lamborghini Sian (42115), Porsche 911 (10295) and the upcoming McLaren Formula 1 Race Car (42141). Both companies make special note of the great experience working together in the Official Press Release:

“Working with the Vespa team to create this stunning automotive masterpiece was an incredible experience. Recreating the details of the original model to celebrate the classic 1960’s Vespa was one of my favourite parts of designing this set. The set offered me a chance to step back in time and let my imagination flow while designing, and we hope the experience is the same for fans.”

Florian Muller, Senior Designer at the LEGO®️ Group

“Working with the LEGO Group was an extraordinary experience, because it brought two dreams – the LEGO brand and Vespa – together, which have the unlimited expressive potential that they offer their fans in common. Two outstanding brands able to span different ages, always able to reinvent themselves because they have the capacity to unite and to build in their DNA.”

Marco Lambri, Head of the Piaggio Group Design Center

I really like the sentiments expressed by Marco Lambri. Reinvention and expression are key in keeping a brand alive throughout the years. The Vespa has certainly done that. And the same is more than obvious about The LEGO®️ Group.

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Italian Style

This model is pretty fun and I love the colour choice. There’s a fair amount of detail since the scale of the Vespa is much smaller than your average car. Smooth curves are not easy with bricks, but I think they did a very nice job recreating all those shapes. And shout out to that adorable helmet design because it is spot on. It might not land on as many wish lists given it’s predominantly European market, but it’s right in keeping with recent 18+ sets in terms of displayability and nostalgia. The price point is decent and I think it will find it’s fans quite easily, especially in Italy and much of Europe. The LEGO®️ Group has quite the catalogue of Italian vehicles and locations and I’m totally great with that!

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But what do you guys think? Have you ever ridden a Vespa? Will you be adding this to your shelf of classic rides? Do you think we might get more colour options similar to the Fiat 500? Comment in all the usual spots and as always, keep on brickin’. 🧱

-Frank

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