VELUX Promotional Set
Set # 1854
Year Released: 1996
Piece Count: 212
List Price: $23.00 (USD)
Like the Vestas Windmill, this set was originally produced for employees of Velux. Velux was nice enough to actually sell sets on their company website to the general public, making this little house available to many AFOLs.
This is a fairly small house, and it’s one of the few city/town buildings that does NOT come with any sort of vehicle. No bicycle, no car, no truck, no nothing! I personally like that because I have way too many vehicles as it is!
Here is the box:
The box has several alternative models on the sides and on the back:
Here are the instructions:
In the back pages of the isntructions, there are also more photos for the alternative models, and even some instructions on how to build them.
I did not apply the stickers, but they are included for the windows, the flag, and for one minifig torso.
The house comes with two minifigures: A gent with a baseball cap and a lady with a black ponytail.
The minifigs have several fun accessories. There are wine glasses for kicking back on the front patio. Also, two pieces of mail: Are they bills to pay, or letters to loved ones?
A brown hairbrush is included so the lady can keep that ponytail looking sleek. Two mugs are for the morning coffee after the long nights of knocking back the vino.
The obvious detail of the exterior are the sloped windows. I've just realized by looking at the photos I've done a crap job on getting the roof together tight over the windows. I'll edit that once my camera batteries finish recharging.
I love the color scheme. Yes, it’s yet another white building, but the dramatic red roof makes it stand out, and I love the blue windows and the door. The exterior light and house number are nice touches.
The inside of the house has two floors. The ground floor has a hallway/foyer with a ceiling lamp, and then a living area with a table and two chairs. I love the shelf around the bottom of the room ready to be filled with knick-nacks.
The upper loft floor has a small bed big enough for just one minifig. I think the two lamps are another nice touch.
The set comes with a handful of extras, including more slopes to build the alternative models.
I also own the first ever town house, the vacation house, and the holiday villa, but this simple lean-to is really the standout of my town suburb!
I give it a 10/10 in terms of visual appeal and design. Playability is a 9/10. There are a lot of fun accessories that you can use to make a lot of at-home scenarios. For value, it's not great, I'd give it a 5/6 out of 10. If you got it from Velux originally, you got a deal. But at around US$50-$60 on ebay or Bricklink for this little house now, it's a bit much for what you get.
Again, this is my first review so I apologize if I’ve left things out. I’ll be happy to edit it if anyone has any suggestions.
Edited by Jones, 16 October 2008 - 09:23 PM.