Part 5: Barn
The last and final part of this review is the Barn. The first thing that I'd mention is that just like the silo, the building is much larger than one would expect. This is a good thing in that it is proportionate to the large blue tractor:
Here's a shot from the front left. I think the choice of tan and red colors work well:
At the barn's top is a pulley/hoist mechanism (standard spool on black technic beam assembly) that can be used to lift hay or other items to the barn's loft:
The large roof pieces lift open on both sides to access the loft. I like the loft, although some additional accessories would have been nice, perhaps even another fence piece near the center. The hay is simply 2x3 yellow bricks:
For additional playability, the two center plates open allowing a minifig to climb through (they can open upward or downward):
The back side is pretty much the same as the front but without the pulley:
Here's a nother shot of the front with figs for size comparison:
And the barn pictured with stable and silo:
And lastly, the complete set with all vehicles, figs, tools, and accessories:
: The new farm set was an enjoyable build. I particularly enjoyed the ease at building each component(s) from the numbered bags, yet felt that particular assemblies weren't as easy as one would think (esp. the tractor) that has a lot of pieces and an interesting design. When building these City sets with the numbered bags, I sometimes get that feeling that the set is made for very young children (which they are), but this set seemed to have a nice balance of easy to moderate components. None were difficult or really used advanced building techniques, but as mentioned above, the tractor had quite a few different pieces.
: This set is all about tan and red. Accent colors include some yellow, black, and grey; plus dark red/maroon used on the grain silo. Having the tractor in blue to offset the main color theme was a nice choice; and for those of you who remember Green Acres, Oliver's tractor was a blue one. In addition, I have a very old Matchbox tractor that is blue, reminding me of these classic-style tractors.
: While price per piece is extremely high for this set (nothing new among Lego's new 2009 set prices), I really like the parts in this set. They're what one would expect in a set like this. The pieces don't seem to be overly sized, there's a nice selection of small and large parts, and a good selection of baseplates and red roof pieces (very useful for future MOCs). Minifigs are limited at three as someone pointed out above in comparing this set to the new Medieval Market, yet I'm OK with this. A few children with dwarf legs would have been a nice inclusion though. Farmer John (pictured throughout this review) has the new tan hat which is an excellent piece for future Wild West MOCs.
I love the cows which are just fantastic, and in a way, I'm glad that the Medieval Market chose brown cows making these even more rare; although I think we may be seeing these in future farm sets (perhaps on a transport truck or other farm accessory pack). The set does have a pretty good selection of tools and other little accessories. While this set does have a Classic Town charm, it is definately NOT a Classic Town style set. The big difference is the size and the open and airy feel of the barn. In addition, while standard bricks are used, I don't think that there are enough to build alternate models with this set.
: The overall design of this set is nice. The stable(s) work well and the liftable roof adds a great degree of playability. While the silo looks good, I don't like the fact that 1x1 round bricks get stuck inside (I think this is a design flaw). I do like the height of the silo though that allows large vehicles (perhaps even a train) to drive under it. The barn design is OK. The liftable roof sections are superb for play, and the trap door to the loft adds interest. I suppose the walls are just a bit too open, but this has to be balanced with play and how one wants to place other items (like cows and other animals) inside. The tractor is excellent, and the trailer adds a great deal of extra fun.
All things considered, I would definately buy this set again. I really enjoyed building each component and plan to display this set in a future tabletop scene. I also have something interesting planned as additions to the tabletop display. This set will also fit in nicely with future Grave Stone creations; Farm being the closest to Wild West sets at the moment.
ABOUT THIS REVIEW:
I hope that you've enjoyed this review, and breaking it up into sections has helped me take the time needed to cover each of the components. There's a total of 52 pictures shared within this review. Brickmaster: I'll share a picture of those pieces for you soon.