REVIEW: 6411 Sand Dollar Café
Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:27 PM
Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:32 AM
Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:45 AM
This was indeed a great set. The baseplate that is included is definitely one of the best ever in my opinion. The beauty of these sets was the simplicity and color selection. The small cafe combined with the nicely placed foliage and life guard look-out create a very splendid beach scene. Combine that with a quality selection of minifigs and accessories and we have a pure nostalgic town set.
Overall I would rate this set as outstanding.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:07 AM
I have bought this set in particular the year it was released and I didn't have those pairs of round plates! Until today, I didn't know that TLC has made that!
And as far as I can remember, I never had those pairs in any set, in about 25 years of LEGO experience!
If somebody has some explanation about that, it would be nice...
Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:09 PM
I felt intensely calm just reading through this and looking at the pictures - everything in this set is just so peaceful and happy. Though the cafe itself is rather small, and the rest of the set is comprised of small things here and there, there is still a nice cohesiveness to everything. I suppose it's the baseplate that really makes this set something special. As opposed to just having the cafe on a plate the size of the structure itself, and some of the other odds and ends left sitting out on their own, the inclusion of the baseplate grounds everything in a tangible environment. I recently picked up the 2011 Marina, and while it's a lovely set, it's just begging to go on a larger baseplate. Oh well, times change, and financial and environmental needs change with them (aka gone are the days of extravagant packaging and an abundance of large baseplates). While TLG is certainly in a good spot these days with its set designs, it's still mesmerizing to look back upon sets from the past.
I really loved checking out your recreations of the alternated builds, much appreciation for taking the time to do those!
Thanks for sharing!
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