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A New Selection of Kids Toys from The Mini Lifestyle Collection Has Something for Little Ones of All Ages

A New Selection of Kids Toys from The Mini Lifestyle Collection Has Something for Little Ones of All Ages

There’s some for us adults and children-at-heart too

MINI’s known for offering cars that offer more personality than they probably should. The German automaker’s latest business venture isn’t going to be as expensive as buying a new car, but the products still exude MINI’s quirkiness. Care for a MINI Coloring Car Set? Perhaps the brand can interest you in a Knitted Car? how about MINI Baby Gift Set? You need to see the set because it’s beyond adorable. All these items from the MINI Lifestyle Collection can be yours, provided you pay for them, of course.

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$100 Buys You a New Mini Cooper: Some Assembly Required

$100 Buys You a New Mini Cooper: Some Assembly Required

When Lego announced the Ultimate Collector Series Batman Tumbler, we thought that was pretty cool. There are some issue though. It is massive, it costs $200, and Lego can’t keep it in stock, so its impossible to find.

What is a car-loving Lego enthusiast to do? Just buy a different Lego set of course!

Lego has a long history of cool car-related creations. You can get a replica of the old
Volkswagen van, multiple version of F1 cars and the Cadillac-based Ecto-1 wagon from the Ghostbusters film. And then they have set 10242; the classic Mini Cooper.

For $99, you can grab one of these kits that has almost 1,100 pieces, and is extremely detailed. The car is bricked out in British Racing Green, has a full interior, working doors, trunk and "bonnet," and it comes with a complete picnic set as well.

You can watch me build the entire thing in time-lapse mode by pressing that little play button. The kit was a lot of fun to build, and it took me about 3 hours. It was a pretty awesome way to spend a Saturday morning. If you want to see some more photos of the finished kit, just check after the break.

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MINI launches latest Lifestyle Collection

MINI launches latest Lifestyle Collection

Enterprising as always, MINI never seems to run out of ways to make some money. Sure, they have those things called cars that they usually sell a lot of, but apart from that, the company has other knick-knacks that are available for purchase.

Head over to the MINI shop website and you’ll see what we mean. The BMW-owned outfit has released a slew of new items for its Lifestyle Collection, all of which are available at pedestrian prices. Or at least MINI seems to think so.

Among the things that you can scoop up as part of their new Lifestyle Collection includes a Baby Racer push car, bags, baby onesies, stuffed animals, rain boots, a Sonoro Internet Radio, and a Cuckoo Clock. Yep, a cuckoo clock. Don’t ask us why.

All of these items should make for fancy holiday gifts this coming Christmas season. From the little tykes to the adult MINI aficionados, MINI’s new Lifestyle Collection has everything that should cover your entire list.

Press Release after the jump.

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2010 Mini Countryman Getaway Package

2010 Mini Countryman Getaway Package

With a name like "Countryman", the soon-to-be launched Mini can have some relaxing accessories added to the mix. What kind of marketing team wouldn’t take advantage of that? Mini announced today the Getaway Package just in time for the market launch of the Countryman crossover.

Picture this. Driving down the countryside with the top down and the breeze whipping past you as you sail down the road watching the picturesque viewing streaming by. What’s that? A nice spot for a picnic? Be prepared with the Getaway package consisting of a seat set (€89.00), a pair of boots (€39.00), and a t-shirt (€29.00).

The seat set includes two comfortable folding wooden chairs with a canvas surface in an easy Racing Check or stylized Union Jack look. Both of these accessories come in dark grey against a black background. The package also includes a Five-In-One Cover: a poncho, sleeping bag, awning, picnic blanket ,and bed cover.

Might be a nice little package for Mother’s Day, but you might want to buy her the car first!

Press release after the jump.

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Original Wraps offers kick-ass vehicle personalization

Original Wraps offers kick-ass vehicle personalization

Did you like the Ford Fiestas designed by the American Idol contestants? Would you like to customize your vehicle in any wrap you desire? Turns out, the masterminds behind this ultra cool wrapping sensation (no, we’re not about to introduce a pseudo-rapper with a ridiculous name) are the ladies and gentlemen over at Original Wraps Inc. This international provider for vehicle personalization is about to turn the design world upside down by allowing a vehicle’s owner to personalize their ride. We are not talking about little stickers and spray paint cans here, but actual vehicle wraps that can make your car look like the wrapped up vehicles that are currently being sported across the pond. Think back to the Ferrari F430 Spyder wrapped in the cool black and white military-style wrap. Yes, we already called them and they can do it. Not just the black and white wrap, but the matte black (think Matte Black Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series) and the gold wraps as well. They can do pretty much anything your little heart desires.

Original Wraps Inc. use professional automotive grade 3M Scotchprint On-Demand vinyl laminated for protection and fade prevention. They handle all of the creative development, manufacturing, and distribution of their products and offer the program, with no upfront costs, to dealerships everywhere. Tom Stemple, CEO of Original Wraps, says he launched this type of vehicular personalization to offer drivers, auto manufacturers, car dealers, automotive retailers and wholesalers with a complete, on-demand vehicle customization program and already has partnerships with Ford and MINI USA to po wer their vehicular personalization programs.

Hit the jump for the full story.

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Mini launches 'Wash Me' book

Mini launches ’Wash Me’ book

MINI has never been one to turn a marketing opportunity into something tangible, and their latest creation, the ‘Wash Me’ book, fits all of it to a tee. Inspired by the seemingly mundane everyday scenario of cars with ‘Wash Me’ scribbled along fogged and/or dirty windows, the book features a collection of works from ten artists that took their own rendition of depicting a wide range of MINI cars with ‘Wash Me’ creatively scribbled in and around them.

Among the artist that were invited to participate in the project include Smash137, Fabian Bertschinger, Marisa Pichler and Gigi Burn, Tika, Euro, Aurèle Sack, Stefan Ege and Seak, August, Rémi Jaccard and, last but not least Dieter Meier, also famous as the singer in the band Yello.

The ‘Wash Me’ book is the latest in a long line of unconventional projects undertaken by MINI and it seems that this year – more than any other in recent time since the brand is celebrating its 50th year – MINI has been involved in some pretty zany projects with this one being their latest offering.

Video after the jump.

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MINI releases 2010 'Minimalism Calendar'

MINI releases 2010 ’Minimalism Calendar’

In a year filled with celebrations, new car releases, and out-of-this-world commercials, Mini has decided to get a leg-up for 2010 by releasing a calendar.

Calling it the Minimalism Calendar, Mini held a contest a few months ago for artists to submit their best minimalist artworks with the clause that submissions would need to have a silhouette of the car in the artwork. Out of the thousands that sent in their works, the lucky 12 that were chosen by a team of judges led by Gert Hilderbrand, the car brand’s head designer, had their masterpieces included in the Minimalist Calendar.

So if you’re a Mini enthusiast who just can’t seem to get enough of these lovable cars, the 2010 Minimalist Calendar can keep you company for a full year all for a fairly reasonable price tag of €21 – that’s around $30 in the US.

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Mini Cooper USB drive is the coolest thing in town

Mini Cooper USB drive is the coolest thing in town

It is raining retro here at Topspeed. The original Mini was the best city car- small, fuel efficient and easy to navigate in traffic and narrow lanes. Though it is out of production, people still look out for ones on the second-hand market purely for its looks and utility, pointed above.

In case you need one but you are uncertain or don’t have the necessary cash, you might want to take a look at this. A mini-Mini for your table, which actually is a USB device that can take in a chunk of your folders and mp3. But the best part are the headlights. They actually work!

The headlight on the USB drive replaces the normal LED but nevertheless it looks cute and would be the best birthday present for a Mini or Mr.Bean fan. Other variants include a police version and a racing version with decals for the hyper-enthusiastic soul. The USB connector folds into the car’s boot when you don’t need it. Follow the link to check it out.

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