As with the majority of the LEGO Group’s formerly-Creator-Expert vehicles, this brand new camper is based on a specific vehicle that actually exists in the real world. (That’s really true of all of them bar the upcoming 10290 Pickup Truck.) In this case, it’s the classic late-‘60s/early-‘70s version of Volkswagen’s iconic camper van.
As part of its launch campaign for 10279 Volkswagen T2 Camper Van – and to presumably help us better appreciate the design that’s gone into the set – the LEGO Group has photographed the finished model next to the real-life vehicle on which it’s based. Click on any of the images below to zoom in and browse the entire gallery.
Ironically, the real-life and LEGO models aren’t an exact match, so what this gallery really serves to do is highlight where the brick-built version loses a little of its authenticity. The actual camper doesn’t hide its Volkswagen logo behind a spare wheel, for instance – although that’s not unheard of on real-life vans – while the orange headlights are totally absent from the LEGO set.
You can see how the designers have strived to replicate the slight curvature to the mostly-angular body of the T2, though, and how at least one of the functions in the real-life van has been translated into LEGO in its sliding door.
Click here to learn more about 10279 Volkswagen T2 Camper Van, including its price, piece count and release date, or head here for another gallery of official product images and lifestyle photos. Better yet, check out Brick Fanatics’ in-depth verdict on the surprisingly fragile set in our detailed review.