I can make you ice cream / We could be a sweet team (New young pony club - Ice cream)
6402: Sidewalk cafè
Pieces: 40 + 2 extra
Price: 7,25 USD (source: Peeron)
Building time: less than 10 minutes
MISB on review: Yes
More info: Brickset - Peeron - Bricklink
Box front: On a seaside background, the Sidewalk cafè welcomes you.
Box rear: Ingenious alternative models: girl shows us she works in a circus and can play banjo (that's too tiny to be a guitar)
Box sides and comparison: Caution and everything. Most important: the Troll impulse set came in a box not much smaller than this set's. Click on these thumbnails for larger pics.
Box content: One bag, two loose plates, instructions, miniposter, sticker sheet.
Instructions and miniposter: Only one piece call-out, for the dispenser. Most of the poster is female-oriented, focusing on Paradisa and Belville. Click on these thumbnails for larger pics.
Sticker: 6 wide, 1 and 1/3 high; a fine decoration.
Loose pieces: White and pink for the building itself, plus grey for the sidewalk and green for the plants.
Minifigs: Paradisa lies on the sea, so it's no surprise both figs wear swimsuits and tanktops.
Building - Step 4: Pillars in the rear, space stand and ice cream desk in the front.
Building - Step 6: Moustache man at work, we're close to complete the building.
Building - Step 8: Most everything is there, here comes the riding girl.
Building complete - Corner views: And now the sticker's there too
The final shot: Set and extra pieces.
First things first. When I started building this set, I had a great feeling, because of the "click". The click you could year some years ago when putting together two Lego bricks. The click that got lost because pieces are now slightly thinner. That and the rise of stickers and fall of printed pieces are two of the reasons that make me like many old sets and fewer of the new. (Oh, and I loved antennas that came in one color -stick and base-).
I had a chance to buy a bunch of such old sets for really cheap, including this one and another one in the theme (review will follow later this year/decade), so I finally put my hands on a Paradisa model.
It's white and pink. Well, Paradisa was the most female-oriented theme in Lego history amongst those minifig scaled, so it could fit in any town.
Long before Agents vs. Dr. Inferno and his bunch or Power Miners vs. Rock monster, here's a small set with two minifigs
The man is working at the ice cream desk; he has one of those "something added to the standard grin" head pieces; back then it would have been ok, now it would look lame to only have one pattern with a few variations. The moustache head has been used since 2005, and later came back in Minifig Collections. His shirt is not so popular, but there's something much rare in this set. The two printed
As for the girl, here face was introduced that year, and her skirt is rarer than the man's. The flower pattern on pink background should have hit on YoungSFOLs. She is riding a red bicycle; I'd have to say, 60% of the bicycles we've seen were red. Pink were later used for Team Telekom promos.
Another nice feature is the small table under the beach umbrella. The antenna would usually lie in the center of the space stand, while it was wisely put aside this time so that people could pose their cups while standing and having a talk. And I also liked the use of arches (that make you think of a porch) and plants.
It's hard to find a con in this set. Maybe kids could have thought this was too girlish, but that's probably it. This set is: 1) small (and that means cheap) 2) civilian 3) including 2 minifigs, and one is a girl 4) including plates and some sort of building. That's a lot of pros.
Color scheme: 4/5. Girls should have loved it.
Minifigs and accessories: 4/5 Don't we all like sets that have at least two figs?
Pieces: 3/5. Probably not the set one will buy for the pieces. Except for those ultra-rare printed tiles.
Playability: 5/5. Doesn't every Lego town need a Sidewalk Cafè?
Design: 4/5. Nice with the arches and green.
Overall rating: 4/5. A nice small set that gets the job done.
The final words: Please, TLC, we want civillian sets!.