In case you haven’t seen it already, the LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle (10252) just got a smaller cousin. Mostly reported by several European sites, this miniaturized chibi aptly named as the LEGO Creator Mini Volkswagen Beetle (40252) is very much the same as its larger counterpart both in color and design, and comes in at 139 pieces.
According to LCC, via Hoth Bricks, the Mini Volkswagen Beetle will be available at LEGO Stores both online and in-store starting January 16-31, 2017 with a purchase of any set from the LEGO Creator Expert theme such as, of course, the Volkswagen Beetle (10252), Assembly Square (10255), and Big Ben (10253) among many others. The Brick Fan has also reported that the miniature Volkswagen (40252) is now available in various LEGO Stores in Hong Kong as you can see from the photo below.
We also hope to see the same in Northern America anytime soon. It is a nice addition alongside the Volkswagen Beetle (10252), and thankfully, if you want to give this set a try, LEGO has uploaded the building instructions for the Mini Volkswagen which you may download in PDF format right here. You may want to check out first its parts inventory, which comes in at 140 pieces, to see if you have the existing parts needed to build the mini Volkswagen.
UPDATE: Thanks to the info provided by Sophie of LCC, we just learned that the Mini Volkswagen (40252) will only be available (sadly) as a promotional offering in LEGO Brand Stores in Italy from the promo date mentioned above. However, we’re still keeping our fingers crossed that this lovely set will make its way to North America soon. Thanks once again to Sophie for keeping us in the loop.