Snow is fall all around, children playing, having. Up in his workshop a toy maker works away to finish something for Christmas
Set Name: Winter Toy Shop
Set Number: 10199
Number of Pieces: 815
List Price: £39.15 (GBP) $59.99 (USD) 59.99 (EURO)
10199 Bricklink Catalog
10199 Shop At Home
I got an e-mail this morning telling me this set was on shop@home so I just had to swing by the Lego store and see if they had it. It was on my way home honest!
Lets us begin with the box.
They're making a big point about the light up brick.
Showing the key details of the building.
Now for what’s inside.
The contents of the box, no numbered bags here. At least it isn’t like the Merry-go-round!
Right lets take a look at the people who populate this happy land, a good selection and with women and children. Lego seem to be doing much better at producing a realistic world. The only points I dislike is a lack of printed torsos, though I suppose they’re trying to represent jumpers and cold weather gear.
Here they are these hardly folks who like the snow and cold.
A close up on the new carol singing face.
From this point the review divides in three to look at the three different elements that make up the set.
The Bench and Snow Man
Carol singers sing and a child prepares to throw a snow ball at them. The bench and snow man are well executed but nothing to write home about, what I really like in this part of the set is the lamppost which is really well done and probably the best I’ve seen.
Kids these days.
The Tree and Gifts
The tree is one of the really highlights of the set for me, its much better than any of the brick built trees we’ve had before in my opinion and the fact that a large amount of it can be rotated at will makes it all the better. The ladder stands up well and looks great, it also about time we saw more brown ladder as a castle fan this will no doubt soon be being used to scale the troll fortress.
It’s one large tree and it even has lights.
The three gifts here are well made, the jack-in-a-box is the best offering here. I can’t decide what the third one is if it’s a teaddy or some form of robot any ideas?
The three gifts, I assume bought from the toy shop.
The Toy Shop itself
So we come to the main even the toy shop itself. First the fact that Lego has decided to like the Café Corner range not have a stuff floor is good it gives an impression of a wooden floor.
Nice use of tiles to make a wooden floor.
The build is fairly straight forwards thought the roof sections were a bit fiddeley for me, though that might just be me.
Attaching the roof caused me some problems.
When it’s completed the sets looks simple picture postcard, I love the look of it and despite quite a high piece count it’s still not really very large so it haves a nice petite quality to it.
The front of house.
This however doesn’t reduce the detail the workbench inside has a toy car being worked on but the windows have these two great little micro creations.
Great detail work makes this set for me.
Finally the much anticipated light, I personally don’t see the point in the picture below you can see in use. I wouldn’t have included it myself and I don’t this the set would suffer without it or that its that useful.
Did we need it?
All together now.
All in all a great collection of winter fun.
The Rating System
Figures: 8/10 (Excellent selection, but could use more printed torsos )
Parts 9/10 (Great selection of parts and a lot of brown.)
Fun Fun Fun 8/10 (There’s a lot you can do even with just this one set which is more than can be said for so many of them)
Design 9.5/10 (Apart from the light brick which I think is unnecessary I wouldn’t change a thing)
Price 9/10 (At £39.15 it’s a steal I was expecting 50+ for this little number.)
Grand Total 43.5/50 (A high rating but a fine set deserves nothing less)
As set that I’m happy to have in my hope, and I look forward to getting out my ‘Holiday’ train set from a few years ago and putting it along side. I hope we’ll see a few more winter buildings in the years to come though I don’t want to wait to long, hmm maybe a train station.
Edited by Cardinal Brick, 03 October 2009 - 07:18 AM.
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