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24 January 2022

LEGO® Creator Expert review + MOC: 77942 Fiat 500

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Kev Levell (@kevlevell) dives into the blue of the colour-changed LEGO® Creator Expert set, 77942 Fiat 500, and creates his own model too. Buying this UK-only set? Consider using our UK LEGO Shop affiliate link, New Elementary may get a commission. Products in this article were provided by LEGO; the author's opinions are their own.


The original LEGO® Creator Fiat 500 introduced a phenomenal number of recoloured elements; please see Tom Loftus’s comprehensive review of the lovely lemony Luigi. So, it is perhaps unsurprising that the contentious UK-exclusive baby blue cinquecento also comes with many recoloured elements too.

The Parts

Obviously there are no new moulds. So it’s just a case of ordering the frankly breathtaking volume of new Light Royal Blue/ Bright Light Blue elements. I’ll start with the exclusive parts in the greatest quantities. Some may have lost their exclusivity since the time of writing this article!

Exclusive parts in 77942

  • 22x Brick Curved 1 x 2 x 1 No Studs in Light Royal Blue (6372135 | 37352)
  • 20x Slope Curved 2 x 2 x 2/3 in Light Royal Blue (6372227 | 15068) [correction, is actually available in a couple of other sets]
  • 18x Plate Special 1 x 2 Rounded with 2 Open Studs in Light Royal Blue (6372122 | 35480)
  • 13x Plate 1X3 in Light Royal Blue (6372138 | 3623)
  • 10x Plate 1X8 in Light Royal Blue (6372125 | 3460) 

  • 9x Slope 30° 1 x 1 x 2/3 (Cheese Slope) in Light Royal Blue (6372124 | 54200) +1 spare
  • 9x Tile 1X8 in Light Royal Blue (6372121 | 4162)
  • 8x Hinge Plate 1 x 4 Swivel Top / Base [Complete Assembly] in Light Royal Blue (6372367 | 19954)
  • 7x Slope Curved 2 x 1 Inverted in Light Royal Blue (6372146 | 24201) 

  • 6x Bracket 1 x 2 - 2 x 2 Inverted in Light Royal Blue (6372222 | 99207)
  • 6x Tile Special 2 x 2 Inverted in Light Royal Blue (6372230 | 11203)
  • 6x Bracket 1 x 2 - 1 x 2 in Light Royal Blue (6372231 | 99781)
  • 6x Bracket 1 x 2 - 1 x 2 Inverted in Light Royal Blue (6372232 | 99780)
  • 5x Slope 30° 1 x 2 x 2/3 in Light Royal Blue (6133293 | 85984) 

  • 4x Slope Inverted 45° 2 x 1 in Light Royal Blue (6288284 | 3665)
  • 4x Wheel Arch, Mudguard, 1 1/2 x 6 x 1 [Arch Extended] in Light Royal Blue (6372133 | 62361)
  • 4x Brick Curved 1 x 2 x 1 1/3 with Curved Top in Light Royal Blue (6372136 | 6091)
  • 4x Tile 1 x 1 Half Circle in Light Royal Blue (6372233 | 35399) +1 spare
  • 4x Tile Special 1 x 1 with Clip with Rounded Edges in Light Royal Blue (6372256 | 44842)
  • 4x Slope Curved 4 x 2 No Studs in Light Royal Blue (6372262 | 93606)
  • 4x Plate Special 2 x 2 x 0.667 with Two Studs On Side and Two Raised in Light Royal Blue (6372342 | 99206) 

  • 3x Slope Curved 2 x 1 with Stud Notch Right in Light Royal Blue (6372226 | 29119)
  • 3x Slope Curved 2 x 1 with Stud Notch Left in Light Royal Blue (6372228 | 29120)
  • 3x Tile 1X4 in Light Royal Blue (6372255 | 2431)
  • 3x Tile 2X4 in Light Royal Blue (6372257 | 87079)
  • 3x Plate 4X8 in Light Royal Blue (6377679 | 3035) 

  • 2x Slope Curved 4 x 1 No Studs [Stud Holder with Symmetric Ridges] in Light Royal Blue (6058766 | 11153)
  • 2x Plate Special 1 x 2 with Pin Hole on Top in Light Royal Blue (6372223 | 11458)
  • 2x Tile 1X3 in Light Royal Blue (6372225 | 63864)
  • 2x Wedge Plate 2 x 2 Cut Corner in Light Royal Blue (6372229 | 26601)
  • 2x Brick Special 1 x 4 with Groove in Light Royal Blue (6372234 | 2653)
  • 2x Panel 1 x 1 x 1 Corner in Light Royal Blue (6372235 | 6231) [correction these were available in two Friends sets from 2012 & 2013]
  • 2x Plate Special 1 x 2 with Handle on End [Closed Ends] in Light Royal Blue (6372259 | 60478)
  • 2x Plate Round 1 x 1 with Hollow Stud and Horizontal Bar 1L in Light Royal Blue (6372261 | 32828) + 1 spare
  • 2x Plate Special 1 x 2 with Door Rail in Light Royal Blue (6372277 | 32028)
  • 2x Brick Special 1 x 2 with Studs on 2 Sides in Light Royal Blue (6372328 | 52107)
  • 2x Brick Arch 1 x 6 x 3 1/3 Curved Top in Light Royal Blue (6372329 | 30935)
  • 1x Wedge Plate 4 x 2 Left in Light Royal Blue (6372331 | 41770)
  • 1x Wedge Plate 4 x 2 Right in Light Royal Blue (6372333 | 41769)
  • 1x Wedge Curved 6 x 2 Left in Light Royal Blue (6372336 | 41748)
  • 1x Wedge Curved 6 x 2 Right in Light Royal Blue (6372339 | 41747)

Rare parts in 77942

  • 35x Plate 1X2 in Light Royal Blue (6362254 | 3023) in three previous sets
  • 17x Plate 1X4 in Light Royal Blue (6361988 | 3710) in two previous sets
  • 12x Plate 1X6 in Light Royal Blue (6361985 | 3666) in two previous sets
  • 12x Slope Curved 2 x 1 No Studs [1/2 Bow] in Light Royal Blue (6335524 | 11477) in three previous sets
  • 7x Brick 1X1 in Light Royal Blue (6285271 | 3005) in three previous sets
  • 6x Slope 45° 2 x 1 with 2/3 Cutout [New Version] in Light Royal Blue (6361987 | 15672) in two previous sets
  • 6x Slope Curved 2 x 2 Inverted in Light Royal Blue (6336860 | 32803) in two previous sets 

  • 4x Tile 1X2 in Light Royal Blue (6097861 | 3069) in two previous sets
  • 4x Plate 2X6 in Light Royal Blue (6132422 | 3795) in two previous sets
  • 4x Tile Round 1 x 1 Quarter in Light Royal Blue (6316571 | 25269) +1 spare in four previous sets
  • 4x Plate Special 1 x 3 with 2 Studs with Groove and Inside Stud Holder (Jumper) in Light Royal Blue (6331339 | 34103) in four previous sets
  • 2x Brick Special 1 x 2 with Studs on 1 Side in Light Royal Blue (6361990 | 11211) in two previous sets
  • 2x Brick 1X4 in Light Royal Blue (6287903 | 3010) in six previous sets

Rare Parts in... Other Colours!?

  • 6x Bracket 3 x 2 x 1 1/3 with Bottom Stud Holder in Dark Stone Grey (6395363 | 73562) in six previous sets
  • 4x Arm, Short, with Technic Pin in Medium Nougat (6259768 | 28660) in five previous sets
  • 2x Brick Curved 1 x 4 x 3 in Trans-Clear (6288587 | 65734) in four previous sets
  • 1x Windscreen 1X10X4 in Trans-Clear (6288588 | 65735) in five previous sets

Unique to the Fiats

  • 2x Tile Round 1 x 1 with White 'FIAT' Logo on Red Field, Black Border in Medium Stone Grey (6296244 | 67340) +1 spare
  • 1x Roof, Car, Four Holes in Black (6296972 | 67503)

Remoulded

There is also one final notable part, a redesign of Plate Special 2 x 4 with Pins (30157). The new part (40687) just features a more reinforced support for the technic pins, and as a result prevents some connections that were previously possible.

Moc inspired by 77942 - Atomic Robotman!

I almost always build a spaceship or something Sci-Fi, and with the inspiration of the era that the Fiat 500 epitomises hanging around in my brain, I decided to channel it into a 1950s / '60s style wind-up tin robot, or at least a static representation of one…


At size it might be possible to add some motion but I was trying to mostly limit myself to parts from the set or parts that were already available in Bright Light Blue.


With a few other fairly inexpensive parts added to the mix, you can build this little fella.


Authentic Japanese tin toy robots from this era can be worth astounding sums of money. I found a pretty interesting article about them, dealing with a lot of what influenced the creation of these charming and occasionally eccentric toys. The article also features a few of the dazzling variety of designs and original packaging for some of the robots too.

Conclusion

Will this be the last we see of the concept of recolouring existing products, or will we be revisiting this model for a “tricolore italiano” or Neopolitan (of sorts) with a Pinquecento in the not too distant future? I doubt it, although it would be interesting to hear some of the results of this trial from LEGO.


At time of publishing, the set was still readily available at the UK LEGO Shop (affiliate link, New Elementary may get a commission) for £74.99 and I believe international collectors have had success buying from Zavvi for the same price too (international shipping may vary). Both this and the yellow fellow are great parts packs; awesome parts packs in fact. I can definitely recommend getting at least one and supplementing it with parts from Bricks and Pieces.

Editor: Chris Baginski

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12 comments:

  1. That MOC looks a lot more interesting than the original model, I love it!

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  2. Nice review! Love the MOC as well!

    I'd expected (and hoped) that many of the Light Royal Blue parts introduced for this set would see future use elsewhere, but it looks like quite a few are still exclusive to this set. I suppose given how uncommon a color Light Royal Blue can be in general, that's not too surprising...

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    1. Thanks!
      I think a handful have made it into other sets, but yeah, you're right it's a fairly uncommon colour normally.

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  3. Who made the drawing of the robot? I assume the drawing is based on the MOC and not the other way around.

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    1. I figured Kev himself did, and if there'd be someone else, he'd be on the level...

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    2. Yes, I was inspired by the tin toy article and decided to make a 'vintage' looking box for the robot.

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  4. Dang, a mocked-up box and a moced-up bot in the same picture. That's something!

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  5. Loving the robot, especially the little pincers and the winding key on the back!

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  6. Cheers Eero, that means a lot to me.

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