I really wanted to get the original Beetle that Lego produced, but kept on putting it off because it proved to be too expensive on the used market. So when I saw this was being released, I jumped at it.
The first thing that struck me about this model is the amount of new pieces in it. As I'm sure most AFOL's do, I have a pretty good idea, with every set I buy, how many pieces are new to me; either in just a new colour, or a new piece all together. The amount of dark blue azure pieces is incredible, and makes this set fun from a "Hey! I don't have THAT piece!" point of view. I would have liked to see more printed elements and less stickers, but that's a pretty small gripe.
The instructions and numbered bags were all pretty standard. I noticed that the pages of the book felt much thinner than usual. Maybe a weird thing to notice, but I found myself having to be a bit careful not to rip the pages. During the build itself I found myself being surprised many times with the building techniques used. This model is full of clever SNOT (Studs Not On Top) techniques, and many keys areas of the model have pieces in three different directions. The way that the back rest on the back seat goes together is something I have never seen before, and was completely unaware that those pieces could fit like that.
The finished model:
When compared to the T1 Camper, it seems a bit larger in scale, but all in all it's a great addition to the collection. All the moving bits work very well, and the surfboard, picnic basket, and the blanket make for a fun display model.
In conclusion, I'd say that this model is not only a must have for fans of Lego cars, but this is also a great model for a collector who geeks out about new pieces and clever building techniques. I'm sure I'll be finding myself pulling this one apart every so often and building it again.