40567 Forest Hideout Review

Theme: Gift With Purchase
No: 40567
Release Year: 2022
Cost: Free with purchases of US $150, AU $209 or £150 between the 15th and 22nd June.
Pieces: 258 (with two minifigures)

After an amazing announcement of two more vintage remake sets celebrating 90 Years of Play – LEGO’s 90th Anniversary, we’ve got the first of the vintage sets in the form of a gift with purchase!

There’s a few days left of this one, with purchases of US $150, AU $209 or £150 between the 15th and 22nd June getting you a copy while stocks last. This is going to be incredibly popular, so get in while you can! It’s an unmistakable remake of 1987’s 6054 Forestmen’s Hideout.

Fittingly, the box art links back to the vintage yellow packaging with the green hills, and the bright yellow banner with teal text, complete with “Castle System” in small text.

The two minifigures look great – a male archer with classic Forestmen cap, bow and quiver, and a swordswoman. The printing is limited to the torso and it’s had an upgrade with detail on the back too. The red sleeves and collars are great. They’re single sided heads but I wish they had the classic smiley face!

The set itself is still the iconic black tree with blue roofed stone structure on top, but it’s a bit rounder and smoother and taller too. The rest is still there – it splits down the middle to open for access, the red flag and blue roof, and even the target practice. There’s a couple more pops of colour with a toadstool and some yellow flowers next to the little pine tree.

The interior is simple but fun, with a barrel of coins, a ladder to the fortifications. The Forestmen crest has been given a bit of a facelift too, with a little more definition in the outlines.

I like the addition of the curved rounded branch at the top. It adds a bit more scale and natural-ness to it. A welcome addition. A quick build but highly enjoyable nonetheless. Bring on the vintage remakes! I really hope LEGO realise the popularity of this and have a LEGO Vintage theme planned, remaking some more iconic sets from the archives.

A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.