There are some things you immediately associate with Italy – pasta, espresso and of course, the Vespa. For over 75 years, the iconic two-wheeled motor scooter has represented an effortlessly carefree European lifestyle, highlighted by the flexibility to go anywhere at any time. Now, Vespa is going more portable than ever, teaming up with LEGO for an all-new recreation of its most revered edition, the Vespa 125.
Inspired by the 1960s Vespa Piaggio, the new LEGO Vespa 125 arrives in the same trademark pastel blue finish, complete with a customisable Italian license plate and the Vespa logo. Just like the original, the LEGO model captures the vibrancy of Italian life with a host of sophisticated design touches. From the removable engine cover which exposes the brick-built engine, to the kickstand and working steering, the latest heritage model pays stunning tribute to an Italian icon. In fact, peek inside the bike’s basket and you’ll even spy a bunch of flowers.
“Working with the Vespa team to create this stunning automotive masterpiece was an incredible experience,” LEGO Group senior designer Florian Muller said. “Recreating the details of the original model to celebrate the classic 1960s Vespa was one of my favourite parts of designing this set. The set offered me a chance to step back in time and let my imagination flow while designing, and we hope the experience is the same for fans.”
According to LEGO, all 1,106 pieces of the new Vespa 125 set have been crafted in collaboration with the Piaggio team to ensure historical accuracy and quality. The result is a combined homage to Italian design that feel as authentic as it looks.
“Working with the LEGO Group was an extraordinary experience, because it brought two dreams – the LEGO brand and Vespa – together, which have the unlimited expressive potential that they offer their fans in common,” Marco Lambri, head of the Piaggio Group Design Center said. “Two outstanding brands able to span different ages, always able to reinvent themselves because have the capacity to unite and to build in their DNA. As designers, the challenge was to have the soft shapes of Vespa coexist with the form of Lego bricks, a challenge I believe we met with flying colours.”
The faithful recreation of the original 1960s urban commuter has been scaled down accordingly and measures 22cm high, 12cm wide and 35cm long. The new LEGO Vespa 125 set is priced at AUD$169.95 and is available to purchase via the link below.