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#1 WideWiiLover

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:53 PM

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Review: 1894 VELUX Promotional House

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This old System set has a rather interesting story, (which I will get to in a minute) but it certainly brings back that old time town feeling, which most of us remember from when we were kids.

The Stats
Name: VELUX Promotional Set - House with Windows
Number: 1854
Theme: Classic Town
Year of Release: 1996
Pieces: 212
Figures: 2
Price: Free*

Links: Peeron and Instructions

*Now to the interesting story. I was randomly searching Peeron, and noticed that this set was in the town category. Now, I knew some people had had luck of getting free promotional LEGO sets, by emailing the sponsor, and asking kindly. So I did. And 7 days later this arrived in the mail, in a large brown padded envelope.

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Thanks Tom!

This set really is a great addition to your old style town, and gives some great tips, on how to use roofing elements, as a core design piece.

The Box
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The Box is relatively medium sized, which is mostly to accommodate, the instruction book and the baseplate.
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Nice shot of alternate models
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You can tell this is a System set, because the back pain is full of rebuild options. I like this, because you can get some really good ideas from them, and honestly I wish they did this with the new City sets...It would show that designers aren't building for one shape and that’s it.

The Contents
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This set came with 2 Bags, one large and one small, the green 16x16 base plate, a sticker sheet, and the following extras floating about (It also came with a tray which is something you just don’t get as much now in City sets.)

The Instructions
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Here is some more alternate models on the back of the instruction book
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Here we can see a random page. Piece Callouts are used spraingly which makes a nice change

The Pieces
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Large Bag
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Small Bag
Some cool pieces are the blue windows of course, and the inclusion of a flag pole for a residential house.

The Figures
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You get two minifigs in this set. A Boy (whom is now named Tim) and a girl, (whom is now named Gill) and they both work well with this set. Here we can also see the accessiores you get, which include 2 Coffee Mugs, and 2 Wine Glasses. Also included is a brown hair brush <not shown>

The House
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A relativly simple build, uses very old techniques, of doing a lot at a time.

The Extras
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This set came with quite a few extras, including plenty of red slopes, and an extra printed 3 tile, an extra yellow 1x1 stud, and an extra 1x1 brick.

The Complete Set
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Same shot as shown on Instruction book. Additional Photos can be found here.

Conclusions
Personally, I kinda like the old town feeling of this set, but it could still fit easily into the City designs of today. I also like how it is now giving me and idea on how to build something I have always wanted to build for a while.

Design: 9/10 Definitely unique idea, and well integrated with the brand, VELUX.
Build: 8/10 Simple, but fun build. Nice to have only bricks, and not prefabricated pieces like City is moving too
Playability: 8/10 Integrates well with old Town or new City, and has several re-configurable options that work well
Figures: 7/10 Nothing fancy, but nice to see the classic faces.
Price: 10/10 I would say it’s great for a Free set from VELUX. But there is not guarantee you will get a copy, as these are out of production, and may no longer be stocked. Some sellers do have it on Bricklink and eBay for about $30-60 so be wary for a free set, you might want to just ask VELUX.

Overall a solid 84%. Definitely a great set for classic towns.

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#2 Ricecracker

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:05 PM

Hi there! Welcome to Eurobricks! Please resize your photos to 800x600 or less, as per the site guidelines. Thanks. :sweet:

So does Velux still have some of these sets? That's impressive. I may need to email them about that. Great review!

#3 WideWiiLover

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:07 PM

View PostRicecracker, on 12 April 2012 - 08:05 PM, said:

Hi there! Welcome to Eurobricks! Please resize your photos to 800x600 or less, as per the site guidelines. Thanks. :sweet:

So does Velux still have some of these sets? That's impressive. I may need to email them about that. Great review!

Ok. I'll resize those photos, when i figure how to on Photobucket :)

Apparently so. I just sent an email to their Contact Us Address. And 7 days later a brown envelope arrived with that in it.
I guess they have so many, and when they run out they'll run out.

It's pretty cool too. :)
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:44 PM

I love this old fashion set!  :wub:
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#5 prateek

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:57 PM

Pretty cool set! BTW, how do you go about contacting them? The only thing I can see is for inquiries about windows :tongue:

#6 WideWiiLover

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:45 PM

View Postprateek, on 12 April 2012 - 08:57 PM, said:

Pretty cool set! BTW, how do you go about contacting them? The only thing I can see is for inquiries about windows :tongue:

I just used this link: http://www.velux.co....elux_gb/contact

Fill it out and see what happens. Best of Luck! :sweet:
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#7 lightningtiger

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:44 PM

Nice review 'WideWiiLover' and how lucky can you get, they gave you one for free ? *oh2*
I wonder if they'll send one to Oz ? :laugh:
A wonder classic town feel set, back towards the end of getting regular releases of houses for your town.....only a small glazier's truck would have completed it for me. :wink:

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:01 PM

View PostWideWiiLover, on 12 April 2012 - 09:45 PM, said:

I just used this link: http://www.velux.co....elux_gb/contact

Fill it out and see what happens. Best of Luck! :sweet:
So I'm assuming this is only for UK? :sceptic:

EDIT: Nevermind, I'll try the Canadian contact form and see what happens.
Also, how did you approach this situation? Did you just say, "hey I saw this set and I was wondering how to get it"?

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:50 AM

Thank you doing this review. :thumbup:

I have to say that this a surprising and interesting story. I decided to also give it a try, so I sent them an email (US Site). I hope they reply soon with good news because I would love to purchase one of these direct from them, if they have any left. :grin:

This set is pure nostalgic Town, I have always admired it myself.

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#10 MadManMingo

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 08:54 AM

To great danish products with worldwide succes  :classic:

Never knew this set eksisted...

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:14 PM

View PostMacoco, on 13 April 2012 - 03:50 AM, said:

I have to say that this a surprising and interesting story. I decided to also give it a try, so I sent them an email (US Site). I hope they reply soon with good news because I would love to purchase one of these direct from them, if they have any left. :grin:

This set is pure nostalgic Town, I have always admired it myself.

I tried the US contact as well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed cause I'm a sucker for classic town.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:10 PM

I emailed the UK site and got this reply

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Good morning,

Thank you for your email.

The VELUX lego sets are something we rarely have and in the past gave out to our customers as gifts. I am afraid you will not be able to get a set.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance.

Kindest Regards,

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#13 lelee

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:45 AM

i got mine about 6 years ago by filling in a form on their website and sending them a couple of pound s for postage and £5.99 lol I would have happily paid about 10x that as it was the final piece in my classic town buildings. Its a prized piece and fits in well in "classic" Brickside bay ;-)

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 02:04 AM

I was able to get one in the U.S. about 12 years ago direct from the company for around $15, I think. It has extra red sloped roof pieces for building the alternate models, too.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 02:42 AM

I too was unable to get a set.  From the Canada office, they said they only got a limited supply and don't have any left to give
away.

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:27 AM

Wow, they were giving away this set as a gift? That's so nice from them! Luckily I found this set in my older brother's LEGO box some years ago  :classic:

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:30 PM

Excellent review, 'WideWiiLover'! :sweet:
A couple years ago, I was going on a major kick just to track this set down. It's definitely one of the best official LEGO houses. Your lucky to have got one for free. :thumbup:

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 05:05 PM

Great Set, Great Review...I love the Town sets...

I contacted the USA VELUX office about the set and received this response:

Thank you for choosing VELUX Roof Windows and Skylights.
VELUX's objective is to delight our customers by assisting them in a timely and efficient manner.

The Lego sets are no longer available.

If you need further assistance, our Customer Service Team is available at 1-800-88-VELUX.

With kind regards,

VELUX-America Customer Service


No gift set for me... :sad:

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:42 PM

And I contacted Velux.dk in Denmark. They don't have it anymore. Consider yourself a lucky man!  :laugh:

(Hands up, how many EB members wrote a similar email to Velux.xxxx, haha?)

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:00 PM

Alright, I admit it. I can reveal that there aren't any left in Norway, either :)

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 10:15 PM

BL is gonna explode, I tell ya  :tongue:

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:21 PM

No VELUX House for me either unfortunately. :sad:

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Thank you for choosing VELUX Roof Windows and Skylights.
VELUX's objective is to delight our customers by assisting them in a timely and efficient manner.

I am sorry but we do not have those available any longer.


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:30 AM

I bought mine from the Velux website a few years ago. Cost me about A$45 all up posted (from memory).

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:40 PM

They sold out :(

I wonder, do you think they might do this again next year? It could be once a year thing

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:41 PM

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Dear Mr. ....

Thank you for your message and thank you for your interest in the Lego house /
Unfortunately, this is no longer available.

I hope you sufficient information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or my colleagues.

Sincerely,
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Well the Dutch Velux doenst have them anymore :( too bad, i wanted one xD



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