Wednesday, 27 November 2013

60026 Town Square mini review.

I've had this built for about three weeks now so I think it's time I did a little review of the set! One of Lego City's big sets for 2013, it consists of 914 pieces and has 8 minifigures, 3 vehicles, 2 buildings and a statue.

The population of the Town Square
(I don't count the statue as a minifigure, though it actually is!)
The vehicles consist of a road sweeper, a bus and a mobile crane. The sweeper is a cool little vehicle, looking like a pimped up version of a ride-on lawn mower. Nicely designed and quick to build with a refreshing green/grey/yellow color scheme.

The bus is similar to other Lego versions from the past few years with a few design tweaks and many more stickers! With room to fit a driver and seven passengers it is a nice, solid vehicle. It has two doors but if you want to place the passengers in it, you have to resort to the good old Lego solution of taking the roof off!

Side, front and back view.
The mobile crane is a bit of a beast, beautifully designed and a bit more of a challenge to build (especially where string is concerned, my ham fists can't seem to do a small, neat knot no matter how careful I am!) There are a few great working parts on this, obviously the crane arm raises / lowers / extends / swivels and the hook can be raised and lowered, there are four swivel-out stabilizers to stop it overbalancing when lifting heavy stuff and the cab has opening doors (Yay!) Again it is a bit heavy on the stickers.

On to the buildings! First we have 'City Pizza', a nice little restaurant in lime green (!) Small but with some nice touches. This is the first Lego City building that possesses a ceiling fan! Inside there are a table and chairs, a computer on a counter top and the pizza oven / grill with an  extractor hood. Outside there is another table with chairs and a parasol and on the other side of the restaurant is a menu wall poster, just above two rubbish bins! Flowers and flags complete the building.

The bike shop is a nicely designed corner building with two floors selling bicycles, motorbikes and clothes. The bottom floor is mostly taken up with a cute revolving door that barely fits a figure through, a sales counter and items for sale. There are helmets, hats and jackets on display. I ought to mention the 'jackets' are minifigure torsos, without legs or heads....scary! The top floor has the bicycles and a motorbike on display with more hats. The floor has eye-catching orange / black checkered tiles To top it all off the roof has a revolving sign, though this is partly obscured by small spotlights!

Finally there is the centerpiece of the Town Square - the statue! A knight with a sword and shield, which is a minifigure in light gray with no printing, mounted on a small column with frogs on each corner for added interest I think! There is a plaque with '1432' on the front of the column.

This is quite an expensive set (79.99 GBP / 119.99 US$) but you do get a lot for your money and there are so many different scenarios that can be made. It is a great set that will keep the kids / adults occupied for hours.
A must buy for City fans!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Some seasonal sets!

I recently managed to get hold of four small seasonal sets, all hard to find and none that can be found in general stores unless you're really lucky! Three of the sets are in poly bags and one is boxed, but as they're all special the collector in me is urging me not to open them... 
  I'll describe them in chronological order, for no real reason other than I want to! 

Fall Scene set 40057.  72 pieces including 3 figures, which is
pretty good for a small set. The typically blocky,
hardly-any-branches type trees are used but that doesn't
detract too much from the set. Obviously everyone likes
clearing up leaves, they're all smiling!
Thanksgiving Feast set 40056. This is a smaller set containing
46 pieces but still has two figures and two cats! For your
money you get some wine, a turkey, a cake, a large sausage,
 a carrot and a loaf of bread. It was originally thought this
would only be available in North America but Lego let the rest
of the world enjoy it too!
Christmas Tree Stand set 40082. This 'Limited Edition' set has
115 pieces and is part 1 of this years Christmas special.
The second part is a old style pick up truck to deliver the
trees. Sadly it is not available yet. This should fit in well with
the Winter Village Market set which I now possess but haven't
had the time to build yet.
Decorating The Tree set 40058. Quite a big set for a bag,
containing 110 pieces. The usual style Christmas tree with
a small pile of gifts for the young girl to enjoy. I like the
step ladder, made from pieces usually used for fences!
Lego has produced more seasonal sets this year than ever before, there must be a market for these as small gifts, even though most of them are in the 6.99 GBP / 7.99 US$ price range (except for the boxed set, where you have to spend quite a lot with Lego to get it 'free'.)
  Hopefully there will be many more years of special sets, and who knows I might actually open them and build them in my old age!