Lego announced the launch of the first official brick version of the Vespa scooterthe classic and ubiquitous Piaggio motorcycle that saw millions of Italians motorized and mobilized in the post-World War II era.
The 1,106-piece kit is “designed to help style lovers find a moment of mindfulness through Lego construction” and is a detailed rendition of the Vespa 125, a version of the scooter from its 1960s heyday.
Finished in pale pastel blue, the Lego Vespa 125 features attractive little details such as a bouquet of flowers in the bike’s basket (which attaches to the luggage rack), rider’s helmet, kickstand, working steering and a removable lid to reveal the brick-built engine.
Other optional details to make the scooter period-accurate include a decal 1960s Italian number plate and Vespa badge.
“Recreating the details of the original model to celebrate the classic 1960s Vespa was one of my favorite parts of designing this set,” said Lego Senior Designer Florian Muller. “The set gave me a chance to step back in time and let my imagination run wild when designing, and we hope the experience will be the same for fans.”
With over 1,000 pieces and its 18+ designation, the Lego Vespa is aimed more at adults than kids, though assembling kits like this can often be a fun activity for parents and kids alike.
When fully assembled, the kit measures just over 22cm (8.5in) high, 12cm (4.5in) long and 35cm (13.5in) wide, making it an ornament impressive and attractive for any shelf.
This is not the first time that Lego has released an interpretation of such a typically Italian machine. His Lego Creator Expert Fiat 500finished in the same pale blue color, could potentially provide a companion to the scooter for Italophiles, even if the scooter model dominates the car.
Working with Lego on the creation of the officially licensed Vespa was “an amazing experience” according to Marco Lambri, Head of Design at Piaggio.
“As designers, the challenge was to make the soft shapes of Vespa coexist with the shape of the Lego bricks, a challenge that we rose to with flying colors,” he said.
After World War II, with supplies limited and wartime airlines such as Heinkel, Messerschmitt and Piaggio essentially banned from building aircraft, many turned to scooters to keep their factories open.
Piaggio’s scooter, the MP6, was known as a Vespa (Italian for “wasp”) thanks not only to the hum of its engine, but also to the shape of its body and handlebars, which are said to resemble the shape of the winged insect. .
Over time, in addition to being a fun and classless runabout for Italians, it has become a global design icon, thanks in part to films such as Roman Holiday, a picture of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck of 1953 which saw one of the scooters rolling through the streets. from Rome.
Other stars such as Marlon Brando, John Wayne and Charlton Heston were photographed riding Vespas while filming in Italy, making the utility scooter synonymous with style and glamor in much the same way as the Mini in Grande -Brittany.
Vespa clubs began to appear all over the world, and for a time in the 1960s the UK was Piaggio’s biggest market for the scooter.
Vespas, along with Lambrettas, had a starring role in the 1979 film Quadrophenia, the mods v rockers feature film set in 1960s London.
To date, nearly 20 million have been sold in addition to countless imitations and counterfeits from other manufacturers. Britain remains the company‘s second largest market for the Vespa.
The Lego Vespa 125 will go on sale from March 1 from Lego.comLego stocks worldwide and other stockists and is priced at £89.99.
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