At the end of last month, LEGO launched the LEGO Creator Fiat 500 (10271) which was pretty unexpected as the official announcement for it was earlier the same day. LEGO has had an affinity with European vehicles and the Fiat 500 is the latest addition to the lineup. The set has 960 pieces and retails for a modest $89.99. The content of the box include nine bags numbered to three, a bagged sunroof, and the instruction booklet along with the stickers.
The first part of the instruction booklet talks about the history of the Fiat 500. I do like the page where it shows the various Fiat logos starting from 1899 to its most recent logo from 2006. There’s also a two-page spread of the different styles of the Fait 500 finishing off with a short blurb from LEGO designer Pierre Normandin on the design of the set.
There are seventeen stickers that you will need to apply which is quite a bit. Some of them could have been printed pieces but they do give additional details to the Fiat. I do like that we don’t have to put the small Fiat logo on the 1×1 round tiles.
The first set of bags allow us to build the chassis of the Fiat 500. The frame is made prominently of Technic elements and you’ll quickly notice that the axles in the front are static because there is no steering in this set.
The back of the Fiat holds the engine and it is a great little build. It makes use of some interesting parts like the black minifigure head. It stays in place rather nicely especially in a small area.
The rear fender areas uses hinge plates to give it the slight angle. The whole section which includes the dedicated fender piece and 1×2 half bow pieces.
Lastly for the first set of bags, we have the interior floor which is made up of 1×2 grille pieces and 1×2 jumper plates with clips. You also have the gear shifter and the emergency brake.
With the second set of bags, we start filling the interior of the car with the back seats that clip on. The front seats are identical and they use Technic arm pins to connect the seats to the floor. Note that there’s a certain spot the seats have to be aligned at for the rest of the car to fit correctly. I do like that both of the front seats can move up independently of each other.
The last set of bags are used for the front of the Fiat as well as the upper detailing. The front fender areas use a similar build where they use the hinge plates to give it the small angle. The doors are slotted in the small area right under the windshield and is secured with the front fender sections.
Under the hood, there is ample space to put a spare tire with the rim along with the fuel tank. This is a nice addition even though LEGO didn’t have to do it. In the front part of the car, there’s another printed 1×1 round tile of the Fiat logo.
The roof has a spot for the fabric sunroof. It attaches on using the ball knob pieces and the black 6L bar clips on the secure it down.
Lastly we have the detailing for the back of the car which uses a majority of the stickers for the front and back license plates as well as the some of the vents.
There are also some accessories with the Fiat 500. The back of the car has a rack for the luggage that is filled with stickers of various countries. I use it to store the extra license plates as they fit good.
The other item is an easel with a painting of the Fiat in front of the Colosseum. The painting is a sticker and it is the largest one for this set.
Overall, the LEGO Creator Fiat 500 (10271) is a decent vehicle with details that fans of it will enjoy. The main thing I like is the color of it. LEGO calls it Cool Yellow which is more of a muted yellow so it doesn’t come off too bright. It was mentioned that it isn’t a color LEGO uses very often. There are a few parts in this color that are exclusive to this set.
I do appreciate the design of the Fiat as it is looks pretty close to the real version. It’s very difficult to do curves but I think it came out good especially near the fender areas using those hinge plates.
Some of the details and accessories are good additions as well such as the fabric sunroof and the the luggage rack. The easel and painting are just icing on the cake.
There is something that was a letdown with the Fiat 500 and that is the lack of steering. The Ford Mustang (10265) had it so I’m not sure why it wasn’t included with this one.
Also the interior of the Fiat is somewhat lackluster. There is a sticker on the dashboard but that’s about it for detailing. You do have the shifter and brake but it looks very bland alongside the seats. I suppose it is to replicate the early models of the Fiat 500.
Thank you to LEGO for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.