Iconic Volkswagen Camper Van Memorialized by LEGOŽ +video

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LEGO version of the VW Camper

• Features 11 windows, authentic plaid-print textile curtains and pop-up roof

• Rear door opens to reveal detailed engine

• Interior also features rear bench seat that transforms into a bed

‘Make LEGO Models, Not War’ T-shirt and rear shelf with plant

• Measures 11.8" (30cm) long and 5.5" (14cm) high

Looking to catch the next big wave? The LEGO VW Camper is just the exclusive model for you.

BILLUND, Denmark - August 14, 2011: The iconic VW Camper Van, an icon of the sixties counter-culture and loved by hippies and surfers around the world, has been recreated as a LEGOŽ Exclusive model.

The red LEGO VW Camper Van is a loving recreation of a T1 Camper from 1962, also known as the ‘Combi’ or ‘the hippie van’. It includes features such as the 'V' shape three-way colour split at the front, rounded roof and window frames, opening 'splittie' safari front window, opening doors, and of course, the instantly recognisable pop-up roof.

”Its unique character and charm have made it loved all over the world, which has also meant that it has become one of the most customisable vehicles ever produced,” says LEGO designer John-Henry Harris. “It has come in so many different shapes and sizes, interiors and exteriors that it really lent itself to a LEGO model.

”There is lots of technical building within the model that I think LEGO fans will enjoy. I’m also hoping that it will appeal to a wider audience, not just LEGO fans. I think the Volkswagen community out there will really appreciate this model,” he adds.

Watch the LEGO Volkswagen Camper Van video

Although the Camper Van looks quite square in profile, it is actually subtly curved, presenting John-Henry with an interesting challenge – especially the iconic front. “It’s not until you look closer that you actually see that there are three curves on the front of the van, but we think we’ve managed to get everything right.”

The characteristic flat-four air-cooled Volkswagen boxer engine is also squeezed in above the rear axle, exactly as in the original. Inside, care has been taken to reproduce an interior that is as close to the original as possible. There’s a sink unit, a bench that folds down into a bed, a folding dinette table and an opening cupboard with a mirror.

The model also embraces the counterculture with a hippie-inspired interior colour scheme, a lava lamp and a T-shirt in the window that says ‘Make LEGO models, not war’.

The 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van is on sale from October 1, 2011 via http://shop.lego.com/ or LEGO Brand Retail Stores. Find your nearest store here: http://stores.lego.com

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