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Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:15 AM

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Name: Grand Carousel
Set Number: 10196
Theme: Creator
Year: 2009
Pieces: 3263
Minifigs: 9
Price: $US249.99, EUR249.99, GBP166.35, AUD$399.99
Resources: Brickset, Bricklink, Shop @ Home

1. Introduction

When pics of this set first surfaced in early May, I wasn't initially impressed. My first thought was that it was a 'hot mess' - an over the top blend of colours  with generic Stepford-type minifg civilians. I'd heard rumours of a fairground set in the Trains & Town forum, but expected it to be more like 10184 Town Plan - a mix of smaller-scaled rides which would integrate within a standard layout. Instead, the Carousel seemed out of step with the largest modular buildings like 10182 Cafe Corner and 10185 Green Grocer. I had a difficult time imagining who the target market was - 'Lego carnie enthusiasts? Carousel aficionados?' :laugh: Ouch! :blush:

Parts-wise, the set also didn't seem that amazing. All the dark blue and dark red pieces could either be found in Star Wars, Indy or Castle (such as the inverse dark red slopes in 7627 or metallic gold bowls and crystals). The hoopla over multiple Jester hats and tan beards also seemed unjustified - why get so excited over a bit of facial hair in a standard (if new) colour when all of the amazing Indy and Agents figs with revolutionary pieces and colours were coming out? :wacko:

Three months later, what changed? Why did I decide to buy this set? Price, largely :grin: When this set was initially released on Shop at Home, it was listed at $AUD299.99 (about US$240, GBP146, EUR170) - making it $AUD100 less than the 10195 LAAT/ AT-OT to which it was priced equivalently in other markets. (This deal didn't last long; the day after I placed my order it jumped 33% over its original list price to $AUD399.99.)

So now that I have the set in my hands, has my opinion altered? Is the Grand Carousel a baroque joke or (crazy) paving the way for future Exclusives? Read on and find out!

2. The box

The large box has the tape-sealed sides, so you can easily flatten and store it without damage. With less parts than 10189 Taj Mahal, it does not have the three sturdy trays provided in that package. My box was slightly squashed, but I think that was more to do with bad shipping rather than the weight of the parts distorting the cardboard.

The front of the box. Notice the orange Power Functions artwork - the set includes 1x small motor, 1x battery box, and 1x annoyingly catchy sound brick! :tongue: (Seriously, by the end of the build, the cheery ditty will have eaten into your brain :laugh:).  Click here for a closer pic of the PF stuff from the side of the box.
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The rear of the box:
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The citizens of Stepford, all 9 of the generic little beings, God bless 'em:
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The artwork on the back is largely the same as the pics on Shop @ Home, with some background detail such as tree boughs added in:
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[Detail fans, click here for a larger sized version of this pic]

We also get to see an intriguing cross-section of the completed set, showing part of the turning mechanism:
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And also the measurements - 39cm (15.4")  x 33.5cm (13.2") (slightly different to Shop @ Home, which states that the baseplates dimensions are 38.4cm or 15.1"):
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The side of the box illustrates the recurring Jester motif:
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As with the other large Creator sets, the parts are listed on the top of the box - they're too hard to see in one 800 wide photograph, so I've linked to the instruction pages inventory below :wink:

3. The box contents

Is there any purer joy in life than slicing open a freshly sealed Lego box and gently easing the contents onto a flat surface? The crinkle of polybags! The tang of newly minted cardboard! The scent of fresh Billund air! :cry_happy:

Like any rush, it can all end rather nastily when you disocver the mangled sticker sheet, minus a sticker which has already peeled off (see the top left corner)! You would think Lego would have some method of ensuring stickers in a $US250 set would survive the packing process, but presumably the cost of sending replacement sheets to irate customers is less than the cost of specialist factory machinery to pack these properly. This is a shame as they seem to have managed to seal canvas pieces such as sails and specially moulded/ painted minifig parts in the same way - perhaps those ones are all made in China?
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There are 2 instruction books - at 64 pages they feel surprisingly short, but there are many steps which are 4x or 8x. (Instructions download:Book 1/ Book 2)
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Let's take a closer look at the instructions. Amusingly, there's a blooper pretty much on page one. On the left, is this Lego's first official drag king minifig? (If so, I like to think the character next to her is her cranky midget girlfriend.) This gender-bending error is later repeated in Book 2 when positioning the figs on the horses.
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The instructions do show some colour printing issues. Navy blue looks darker than black, especially in dim light. I don't normally have a problem distinguishing between colours in the manuals, but here Lego has managed to make the same piece look like entirely two different colours in between the end-user picking up the part (the inset box) and placing it in position on the set :wacko:
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Next, the parts - there's 25 main bags (not including baggies within bags), as well as the separately sealed Power Functions motors and canvas roof pieces. They're all unnumbered! Prepare to devote the start of your 10196 experience with some good old-fashioned sorting.
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(For parts fetishits, there's an unresized large pic for closeup, click here.)

The full parts list from the instructions is available from the following links (1400 pixel wide pics):
Page 1 / Page 2 / Page 3

The first thing you notice about the parts is the sheer variety of them. Compared to other huge 3000+ showstopper sets, which seem to be endless bags of white (Taj), light bley (Death Star), or dark bley (Eiffel), the Grand Carousel spills out as a diverse sea of colour! The four main shades are white, tan, dark red and dark blue, but there are plenty of other accents such as primary red, primary blue, metallic gold, medium blue, lime green, yellow, and so on. Not to mention all the sparkling gems and suchlike. It can be a bit giddy-making! Eg, who'd ever have thought we'd see an individual polybag of 96 dark red inverse slopes :laugh: It really is an embarrassment of riches. Impressively, despite a large number of Technic pins, axles, and angle connectors, this is far less of a Technic build than I thought it would be and is largely and solidly brick built :thumbup:

The 8 Jester hats are bagged inside another bag:
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The canvas sails also come separately packed:
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Normally I toss all the parts together, but I'm not a masochist when it comes to these enormous Exclusives :laugh: Half an hour was spent transferring the contents of sealed polybags into ziplock bags. I would advise you to do the same! :wink: Once you 'learn which parts are likely to be in which bag, the build zips along. Due to the large number of colours, there's less confusion than with something like the Taj, where you were constantly checking how long plates were etc.

The 48x48 baseplate is very cool (I neglected to take a separate pic of it before commencing the build :blush:) This is the first official set it appears in, although it presumably has been produced for some in-house purpose as it previously has been available to buy via bricklink. Immediately you start thinking of things to plonk onto its vast and soothing green expanse!
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The large plate looks a lot better than attaching a series of 16x32 or 32x32 plates. It's necessary, too, as the huge weight of the set means that separate baseplates would fall apart if you moved the set.

4. The minifigs
If you thought the figs couldn't get more boring than the 8401 City collection, you'd be wrong! The 9 figs included in this set are a real let-down. Don't give me that bull about how expensive minifig parts are to produce blah blah blah economies of scale mean we need 2x of each torso print blah blah. If licensed sets like 7195 Ambush in Cairo can give us *4* new minifigs for under $AUD20 or non-licensed sets like 8970 Robo Attack can give us three of the best City civilian minifigs ever seen, I don't see how hard it can be to throw us a bone in the form of a few different face or torso prints! It must be said - the City line figs overall are in dire need of a revamp - they're outdated and unattractive :sick:

Let's look at what we get. The first batch:
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- 2 ginger-bearded men in flannel shirts. If I saw these in real life, I'd think they were a couple from San Francisco. In the 70s!  :tongue:
- 2 kids in the same overalls that City mechanics wear. Good to see a realistic depiction of child sweatshop labour from Lego! I admire this young girl's deft hand with lipstick and mascara too - what a role-model! :thumbup:

The second batch of figs are as follows:
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- Dorky teen and his younger, identically dressed dorky brother
- An angry girl, probably annoyed she's wearing a hand me down shirt from 1994
- Bland couple - actually these are my favourites. At least they look like they're enjoying themselves! :laugh:

10185 Green Grocer uses a similarly limited palette of pre-produced parts, but there Jamie Berard managed to cleverly combine existing prints to give us individual characters who felt like they had their own personalities - boy scout, businessman etc. I don't think it helps here that the minifigs are all produced in red, blue and white colours - exactly the same as the set itself! They should have at least mixed it up with a variety of hues in the parts.

So, for me, the figs are huge disappointment. If I wasn't building this set accurately for the review, I would have already busted out my Agents civilians, City Camper girl and a few other zingers to make these fun-lovers instantly more appealing. About the only fun that can be had with them is to subvert their boring appearance with a little social mischief...

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5. The build - base & motor

First up is the tiled base which the spinning carousel will sit atop. Note how all these pieces, which will end up for the most part invisible, still come in rare or popular colours such as dark blue or reddish-brown :thumbup: This is a great bonus, as I hate sets where all the interior structural detail is produced in primary cheap colours (like the infrastructure of the 7778 Midi Falcon or the Taj Mahal.
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While I thought it was an eyesore from the original pics seen online, the engine section doesn't look so bad in person. As many have pointed out, fairground attractions often juxtapose the ornate detail of the ride with the clunky machinery that drives it. As you push the PF battery box switch, the lever on the control platform moves too, giving the impression that the ride operator has switched it on - a great touch! I even like how the orange battery box switch colour coordinates with the Technic pin handle! Notice how the 1x8 dark blue Technic bricks (recycled from Agents Turbocar Chase) have been used to ensure the whole of that section is colour consistent - lovely attention to detail:
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Now onto the large turntable itself. The build, while repetitive, is made more palatable as it is made of lots of little sections, rather than large complex ones (Compare with the Taj Mahal, where the incredibly detailed centre section had to be constructed 4x). So, there isn't such a long wait between the start of the build and a reward, which is a spur to efficiency! It also helps that the build isn't linear, so if you like, you can skip ahead and make a few horses or jester decorations, and then jump back whenever you feel like.

To start, we build up the rotating base with 8x of these segments:
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Four become a semi-circle:
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Eight form the complete circle. Notice the alternating lime and medium blue bricks in the middle - they're not hugely visible in the final product, but this is another example of the designer's attention to detail:
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The underside - basically the motor drives the large wheel pictured a few steps above, which in turn runs the small wheels pictured here. They run smoothly along the tiled section of the baseplate and will eventually drive the whole carousel. It's a fantastically simple and elegant solution!
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The rotunda in position:
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Next up we add some detail, and again these are small repeat builds which aren't too mentally taxing:
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The completed section, in position. I neglected to take pics, but if you had some snacks or sushi, you could totally use this as a motorised lazy Susan! :laugh:
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I've included this vital step from the instructions out of interest as it shows how the motor propels the Carousel. 1 - Push the large wheel in so it is touching the tan rotunda. 2 - The small Technic axle connects the wheel assembly to the piston, to ensure constant pressure of the wheel against the rotunda as it turns. 3 - switch it on! 4 - The assembly rotates in a clockwise direction!
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6. The build - central supports & top ring

Next up, the inverted sloping centre section of the carousel is built.

The first step is to place 24x of the gold decals onto 1x2x5 white bricks. It is a shame such large, expensive sets can't include printed parts, but that's the way Lego is these days. You'd think it would be possible with the aforementioned economies of scale to run off 12x of the top and bottom sections without breaking the bank :sceptic: Probably the parts would look more metallic gold than mirrored, but it is still a painstaking and nervewracking task to delicately apply all the stickers - it's an expensive set and you don't get second chances!

Once assembled, the decals do look lovely. They're very elegant and Art Decoish, and could be used in all sorts of architectural MOCs or even as part of an LOTR Elvish Rivendell, for example. Actually the first thing that jumped to my mind was how suitable they could be for a carnival Hall of Mirrors to complement the Grand Carousel. It's my alternative model since Lego sadly no longer provides them! :laugh:
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The sloped effect is created using an interesting technique. (**Note that I built one half of this centre section before doing the other, so it doesn't look exactly as it does in the instructions **). Firstly, the decal-clad pieces are placed in position:
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These are then folded out, and the internal architecture of inverse slopes and arches is built up:
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The inside architecture with its circular plan and linked arches kind of resembles a Classical Roman stadium. Fight to the death! Mon Mothma adjudicates the first inter-theme Gladiatorial Games, as inspired by the recent 'Star Wars: Invasion' contest :laugh: That poor cow - it doesn't stand a chance!
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And we keep on building this Babel baby up...
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When the internal part is complete, the decalled sections fold back up like a closing lily, and the top modified tile on their tips sit inside the void of the dark red arches, which hold them all sturdily in place. Clever!
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Time to add some detail and some tiled bricks to the top of the central section:
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The next stage is to construct a wheeled ring to sit above this tiled section and which will connect with the Technic axle in the middle. Like other stages of this build, this is made of a series of small joined segments. There were so many of them, they kind of reminded me of blocky nanobots!
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The completed outer ring and centre framework:
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Now we need to add the wheel sections. Important note! Pay absolute attention when constructing the following small wheel sections. If you place the half Technic pins in the wrong spots on the short white beams, when the motor is later activated, these moving sections will hit and lock against the larger Technic beam superstructure we will see in the next few steps. I say this as a public service to future builders, because I made this error myself and it took me a chunk of frustrated time to work out what I'd done wrong! :laugh: Kudos to the designers - it isn't too tricky to disassemble any of these parts to work out what you've done wrong :wink:
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Next we add the Technic frame which holds this wheel array to the solid central structure. You can the sound brick on the right there which is added at this stage:
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The Technic frame and wheel are now connected:
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And after this small sectionis added to the central inverted supports, the wheel section can now be added to the rest of the structure. Modified Technic axles lock the wheel in place by connecting with the long white Technic axles on the turntable:
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Now let's see our Grand Carousel in operation! You can see the white Technic beams flipping and flopping around - obviously they behave differently once the rides are added. And listen to the soft, subtle purr of that Power Functions motor! I also try and show how the sound chip is operated in this video, but you will have to excuse my horizontal detour - I'm not an expert in videography and I got carried away :laugh: :wink: (Too late to disassemble and reshoot now.) Basically, there's a piece connected to the central Technic axle, so as the wheel rotates, it nudges the sound brick button and activates the music loop. You have to hand it to the designers - the timing is brilliant, as one loop stops, the brick is immediately bumped and that catchy tune starts playing again! :wub: Amazing!


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Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:38 AM

7. The build - Pony Personalities!

We are approaching the end of the build. All that's really left is to add the carousel rides and canvas top!

All of the rides are attached by long grey bars to the 2 Technic half-pins on those vital white pieces seen in the previous section. They are all beautifully detailed and colour-coordinated, and felt very 'Classic Lego' to me, even if they used pieces like cheese slopes which have only recently been available:

The first ride contains 2 rare 1x1 medium blue clips (horizontal):
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The second ride is a girly sled in blue, medium blue with pink gems. I :wub: the simple curved shape:
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We have 2 horses in dark bley. Notice the craptastic colour matching with the stickers! :sick: The dark area around the eyes makes me think of these as the 'Ninja Ponies' :devil::
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The white horses have a flirtatious curl of the eyelashes. Trampy Ponies!:
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And the bley horses have bulging anime eyes that make them looked like a carrot went down the wrong way. Choking ponies!:
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I really like these brick-built designs and I'm glad we didn't get the massively oversized regular horses. I have enough of those anyway. These have a very elegant and simple design, and I like the raised forelegs which do make them look as if they're galloping along :sweet: They can be a pain to attach though - you have to hook the hole from the circular tab piece over the bley bars on the tan rotunda and then attach the top of the bars to the white Technic parts. It can be a little fiddly. Because of the reduced clutching power in some bricks like the 1x1 white cylinder used in the first piece, you may find that the  heavy rides drop off occasionally :sceptic:

Here, a view of the rides added to the turntable:
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Next up we add the ornate, diamond encrusted, over-the-top detail which goes around the rim of the Carousel.

The Jester head assemblages are probably the most repetitious part of the build, as they're kind of complex and you need to do 8 of them. There are 4 different heads - 2 of each. Here's a closeup of one:
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The rear - the 2 1x2 Technic bricks simply sit on the edge of the rim. From the rear, you can work out some of the SNOT work which holds them together:
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With a little bit of simple modding, I thought these would make great carts for a 'Love Canal' ride to sit along with the Carousel in the Lego Fairground :laugh:. Beware, I think this couple has attracted a stalker :look::
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The smaller stickered bowl sections are next. Again 8x of these. The front:
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The rear, to attach to the frame with Technic pins:
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The full, terrifying assortment. They remind me of unshucked oysters for some reason :laugh::
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In position:
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And now the full aesthetic of the Grand Carousel starts coming together:
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The roof section is next. These red stripes clutch on to the centre of the roof:
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The holes in the bottom of the canvas sit over the spherical-ended Technic pins. The first four are put into place:
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At the top of the canvas, the half-Technic pin is supposed to go through the hole. This kind of works. They seem to pop out very easily. Again, clutching power is an issue and while putting the final canvas pieces on the Carousel, I lost three of the half-Technic pins down the middle of the apparatus. Let's hope they don't get caught in something and cause a problem with the running of the wheel as they would be near impossible to find without severely disrupting the model  :sceptic:
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Still, once they're in place they seem to hold OK. The final touch is this circular dish and the flag:
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The finished roof! Doesn't it look splendid?
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8. Final Gallery
And there we have it! The Grand Carousel! Finally complete, 5 nights and countless hours later! I was going to end this review with a mod or two, maybe with some Castle figs (skele-horses), Star Wars (an Endor themed Carousel with speeder bikes and Ewoks) or even Harry Potter (Hippogriffs and Thestrals!) but I'm too exhausted :laugh: I do look forward to seeing what the community comes up with :classic: Instead, let's finish up with a gallery of images and a short video to boot!

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I guess the big question is - it looks good, but does it work? It does! Brilliantly! It's really a very impressive effect. To prove it, here's a clip of the Carousel in action - front-on view, no special tricks!


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Here you can see the ride operator imitate the human user when flicking the on/ off switch:
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And a bonus crazy art-directed clip, with lots of nauseous swooping and spinning around :laugh:


9. Extra Pieces

The extra pieces, minus 2 1x1 round plates I substituted when I couldn't find  a 1x2 plate, and 3 1/2 Technic pins which I used as replacements when they dropped off the sails. That 1x1 extra bley brick is a proper extra! The inventory lists 4 and I definitely had 5 (the rest are used as horsey legs)! So odd - I never believe it when people have proper bricks or plates listed as extras, but clearly it can happen! :tongue:

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10. Conclusion

It's very difficult to capture and assess a set of this magnitude and size, as there are so many competing factors at work. Price vs parts! Build vs boredom! Intention vs execution! And so on. Anyway, let's give it a go. How does the 10196 Grand Carousel finally measure up?

Parts - 8/10 - This is a great parts pack with a variety of amazing colours. No monotone monolith this! Lots of dark shades and even the parts hidden beneath the frou-frou shell are in rare colours such as dark blue and dark red. That said, apart from the baseplate, tan beards and medium blue 1x1 plates with clips there isn't really anything you couldn't find somehwere else. The sound chip is nice but it sounds tinny and tends to be drowned out by the loud motor.
Minifigs - 3/10 - Sorry. They're so boring I fell asleep looking at the box art. It would help if they weren't colour coordinated to match with the set (they're all red, white, blue). As I said, Jamie Berard should have been called to consult to infuse some individual personality and verve!
Build - 8/10 - A bit repetitive, but not nearly as much as the Taj Mahal. All the subsections are small and so not time-consuming, and if you feel like a break, there is no harm in skipping forward, doing 4x Jester hat assemblages, and skipping back (unlike the Eiffel Tower which has to be done linearly). Some colour issues in the manual and the Technic frame section could be explained a bit better so if you run into problems (like I did) you would have a better idea of what to check for. However I still give the build a high score as you do learn lots of tricks and it is generally quite enjoyable. You certainly feel as if you're building too a spectacular climax!
Playability - 9/10 - It's a working merry-go-round! How much more playable can you get? :tongue: This is definitely much more fun than either of the monument-style Exclusives. The potential for customisation is great, and I would expect to see various Theme versions in appropriate colour schemes cropping up soon! The wheel concept of the Power Functions is simple and wouldn't be tricky to replicate for other uses (such as a lazy Susan, or even something Lego related!). The potential to expand the Fairground, even with simple ideas such as my Tunnel of Love or Hall of Mirrors, is great too!

Final rating - 8/10. There's no doubting that this is an impressive and amazing set! Who could have predicted even 5 years ago that in 2009 Lego would be producing this kind of functional, parts-intensive, aesthetically detailed model? I sincerely admire the technical ingenuity of the designers and the miracles in factory parts sorting which can bring us these kind of 3,000+ piece behemoths. It feels churlish to nitpick such a triumph of design and really, a sign of faith by Lego in the consumer power of its AFOL base. That said, this set isn't perfect and the grinding of the motor over the music of the sound chip would be a major disincentive to non-Lego carousel collectors who might otherwise be interested.

The intricate Grand Carousel is undeniably beautiful, and although hugely sized, could successfully be integrated as part of a show-stopping Town or City layout. I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those sets that in 10 years time will fetch zillions of dollars MISB, that many collectors will regret not buying since it didn't personally interest them at the time, and one which will definitely be looked back upon as a sign of Lego's new millennium Golden Age :thumbup:

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 10:02 AM

Awesome review :thumbup:. The amount of minifigs is great although the parts used to make them are quite widely available. however. The Jester hats make a great addition. Looks like a very repetitive build :tongue:.
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 10:18 AM

Congratulations again on this terrific review.
I ended up voting "Good". I don't think this set is perfect, and surely not appealing for everyone, yet it shows outstanding piece use and building techniques.
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 10:25 AM

Wowsa, that looks epic. I'm so jealous. I agree, the first thing I noticed was how poor the minifigures are, I mean if LEGO can come up with great figures for a £31 set (like Agents Robo Attack), why is a £166 set full of crappy mini figs?

How long did it take to build?  I would love one of these sets.  Great review, pictures and videos. T :thumbup: hanks.

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 10:29 AM

Very informative and well made review.  Thanks.

The thing moves much faster than I expect!  Is it possible to adjust its speed?

Your new toy has spun so fast that one of the horses has broken its neck...  :laugh:  :laugh:  :laugh:
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 10:40 AM

First of all, thanks for taking your time to do and present this excellent review once more, to our Eurobricks Community. I am lost for words, especially when it took alot of your time to ensure that this review is enternaining, informative, and great to look at, more importantly, the videos at the end are just splendid.  :wub:

I must admit that the minifigs didn't fare well, but the overall built, plus in action, certainly tempts me to get this, and placed it in front of me, and make it start just like that, listening to the reptitive music. In this case, I think its an excellent display set. I sure noted that the speed of this carousel moved much faster too. Judging from your building process, there are lots of repeated steps, and I am sure you get quite bored and kind of tedious to continue doing it.

You sure somehow convinced me, to get this, if I happened to have spare cash. At this moment, this set is exclusive to Shop@Home. We shall see if it ever appear in Singapore in the future.

By the way, your review also made it in Classic-Town.net.  :wink:

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 10:42 AM

Thanks for this fantastic review!  :thumbup: It's a beautiful set, for sure, but this review hasn't convinced to ever buy it. But I am tempted to buy it, but I don't think I ever will. The pieces included are awesome, the whole carousel is also pretty nice, but the price is way to much for me to afford. I'd rather buy some smaller and nicer sets than this one. Like, the minifigures in this set aren't impressive at all, and when you look at that Robo Attack set, you would know which to buy. And it looks a bit empty overall, actually. Maybe more fences, a waiting line or something on the empty baseplate would make it cooler. And the tan beards are some great new colored pieces. I must buy some!

Oh, and it seems like a horse has fallen apart in your little movie.  :tongue:

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 11:19 AM

Wow! What an outstanding review! :oh:  Very hilarious too, as always! :laugh: Thanks, and good job!
That said, this is a pretty neat set. However, since I don't collect City, I'll pass on buying this.
The minifigs are very boring, but the set itself certainly isn't!
And you are right, I too can see different theme variations made out of this. Perhaps if I get bored sometime, I'll make an Adventures themed one with the printed tan 1x2x5 hieroglyph bricks instead of the mirrored ones and little jeeps and Anubis statues instead of the sleds and horses. :grin:

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 12:39 PM

Excellent review, I do enjoy reading about sets i'm never going to buy if only to see the fun things you do with them on the building process. I have to say I enjoyed the horror of the decapitated horse as it whirled merrily round.  :tongue:
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 12:59 PM

Whoa, one of the best reviews I've ever seen!  :thumbup: Fully detailed and with nice comments and explanations, very interesting so, thanks for sharing!  :wink:

About this set what can I say? Even if the MFs are not really exciting the Carousel is a designer's masterpiece. As you, at first I was not very impressed but after some reviews and detailed shots (specially yours) I only wish I had enough money to spend in LEGO and buy it  :sad:  :tongue:

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 01:26 PM

Thanks for the review!! I really enjoyed reading it and seeing it in action with the little movie clips. This review has confirmed that I'm not buying this set; its too big and bulky for me. Having said that though, there are some awesome build techniques and a vast array of parts and colours, so that's a big tick for Lego. Thanks again for the review and enjoy your Caruosel!!  :pir-laugh:
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 02:05 PM

Thanks for the review! Unfortunately, I can't get this big set without blowing the budget for all the other sets I'm buying this year. :cry_sad: I would love to get it any day, I just love all of those rare colored pieces. I actually stumbled upon the Brickshelf folder for this and I started thinking, "Here comes another review!" :laugh: Thanks again, you did a great job. :thumbup:
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 02:10 PM

What a wonderfully detailed review! I really enjoy your humor and insight. I didn't get your Stepford criticism of the minifigs (after all, the classic smiley could be deemed the ultimate Stepford), but reading further I began to understand your disappointment. The repetitive torsos seem ... eh?

I doubt this set will ever be in my budget, but this review makes me feel like I practically saw it firsthand. Thank you.

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 03:56 PM

This is a beuty. If I had the money, I would get this. mY only regret would be that music brick. Make it stop!
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 04:07 PM

Oh how I do love this set, but it brings me down. I want to destroy the idiot who made these minifigs! I apologize if they're on this site, but these are terrible! A man-woman and woman-man! Two kids in mechanics outfits? The rest are good, but those four are just hideous! And could the two guys at least have different shirts?  :tongue:

The rest of the set is great! I love the hugeness and design.

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 05:41 PM

A top notch set!  My 2 yr old daughter was dancing to the carousel music.  I have to agree about the disappointment of the mini figs.  At least Bricklink can take care of that.

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 05:52 PM

Svelte, let me tell you, this review is one of the best I ever read; the set is awesome as well, I ended up voting "Outstanding."  :classic:

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 05:57 PM

I rated this set poor because thats what I'll be if i bought it :tongue: .

Thank you Svelte for  making this review . I was waiting for someone to reveiw it so i could see the inner workings and the mess of gears inside.
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 08:26 PM

Thank you Svelte for the nice detailed review.
If I had the money and the room for this set I would want to buy one.

Two children with mechanics torso? Maybe it's a Steampunk set where the children can repair their own carroussel. :tongue:
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 08:52 PM

Awesome (and long!) review, Svelte!

This has to be one of your best reviews yet. :sweet:

I would buy this if I had the money and if I actually liked Creator sets.  :tongue:

It was hilarious seeing the decapitated horse in the last video. :laugh:

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:05 PM

I always love reading your reviews with all the humor in them. :laugh:

I won't be getting this set. It's very expensive and there are many other things I want to get this year. It has tons of detail but it would look out of place in an existing Lego city due to its size, and I don't think it would make a great standalone display piece either. The badly packaged sticker sheets are also inexcusable in something that costs this much. The mechanism for the horses is nicely designed though, and surprisingly similar to what I had suggested here a while ago.

The minifigs are odd. I think the strangest one is the girl who looks pissed off. Maybe she doesn't like carousels? :wacko:

Any thoughts on color quality in this set? I would especially be interested to hear anything about white and red.

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:27 PM

Great review :thumbup: And BTW, in the final two videos, the dark grey horse's head fell off :tongue:

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:28 PM

View PostSvelte, on Jul 11 2009, 10:38 AM, said:

I have a feeling that this is going to be one of those sets that in 10 years time will fetch zillions of dollars MISB, that many collectors will regret not buying since it didn't personally interest them at the time, and one which will definitely be looked back upon as a sign of Lego's new millennium Golden Age :thumbup:

aw damnit...now you make me feel bad not buying this set.  :tongue:

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 09:48 PM

Fantastic review. The pictures are stunning.
I'm not sure if i'm gonna get this one as it doesn't rely fit in with my town. ( Its too big)
The minifigs are shameful though.



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