On April 23, 1946, Enrico Piaggio filed the patent for the first Vespa. Now, over 75 years later, LEGO is celebrating this iconic scooter with a pair of brick-built tributes. The Creator Expert 10298 Vespa set we reviewed yesterday features a powder blue Vespa 125, while the LEGO Creator 40517 – Vespa Scooter presents a smaller and more modern version in red. Like its bigger cousin, this 117-piece set will be available March 1 from the online LEGO Store for $9.99 | CA$12.99 | UK TBD . Let’s take a spin together and see what this set has to offer!

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.


Unboxing parts, instructions and sticker sheet

This set comes in a small box sealed with a tab. The front and rear are quite similar, with a central image of the Vespa seen from either side. Interestingly, there are no product photos or teasers for any of the other, smaller Creator sets, like the 40518 Bullet Train. This seems like a missed opportunity.

There is a license bit on the bottom of the box, where a small holographic sticker identifies this set as an official Vespa product. This practice has been around since at least 2018, when we saw one on the packaging of the Speed ​​Champions 75890 Ferrari F40 Competizione.

Inside the box are two unnumbered parts bags, a 40-page staple-bound instruction booklet, and a small sticker sheet.


Our review copy saw the manual and sticker sheet arrive with some pretty heavy bending. The sticker sheet suffered the most, with one sticker slipping completely off the sheet.


The parts

For a small set, there are some nice pieces to have. The red rounded corner slopes are new for this set, as is the red modified brick with Technic connection. It also includes some of the new 1×5 plates that are making life difficult for overly organized LEGO part sorters around the world. (I love them, but now I have to move all my plate storage bins. I know… Moan, moan, moan.)


building

Building this set is quick and easy, taking advantage of some SNOT connections to create a nicely rounded body.

The details are sticker based which is fine for a smaller set like this. The rear number plate bears the Vespa logo and “1946” – the year of Vespa’s patent.

The front of the scooter also features a sticker-based Vespa logo and lots of smooth curves created from angled tiles and bricks.

The floorboards have an interesting connection – they clip onto modified 1×1 round plates to create a smooth angle from the front hood to the rear of the vehicle. There’s no steering to be had, however, as the front end attaches securely to the main body with a 5-liter Technic stem. On the plus side, that fixed front wheel means the model can sit upright without the need for a kickstand.


The finished model

The quote “Sembra una vespa!” (“It looks like a wasp!”) is attributed to Enrico Piaggio’s first impression of the scooter’s design. This look has continued since 1946, as this version of the Vespa has the same antenna-like handlebars and streamlined shape.

The scale of this Creator set is great for standalone display, but it doesn’t fit in very well with the figures. Unless you like hilariously oversized RWD vehicles.

When you compare this model to the Creator Expert 10298 Vespa 125, you can see how the design has evolved over the years. Personally, I like the wider hood of the red scooter, but that dusty blue makes me smile a bit more. Hopefully, LEGO will eventually release all of the pieces in this set in other shades, so fans can create their own hybrid models.


Conclusion and recommendation

If you’re looking for a budget version of the 10298 Creator Expert Vespa 125, you’ll be pretty happy with the Creator 40517 version. This updated Vespa stands out with its bright color scheme, realistic detailing and reasonable use of stickers. The minor downside is that it’s more of a show piece than a playable vehicle, as the scale doesn’t match well with the current miniature offering. But if you’re looking for a nice little dust catcher with lots of character, pick this one.


LEGO Creator 40517 – Vespa Scooter will be available on March 1 in the online LEGO Shop for $9.99 | CA$12.99 | UK TBD . It may also be available through third-party sellers on Amazon and eBay.

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.


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