Release Year: 2015
Pieces: 1683 (with 14 minifigures)
Elements and Minifigures: 19/20
Before looking at the elements, let’s take a quick look at the minifigures. The 14 minifigures are:
- Chef – not the standard chef, he’s got red pants and a red cap. He’s more of a hot-dog vendor than a chef, but he’s close!
- Girl with red hoodie – I’m a big fan of this style of hair, so happy with her.
- Pizza Delivery Guy – he looks excellent! I love the torso, and it’s a new addition.
- Mechanic – a standard minifigure inclusion
- Lady in dark grey jacket
- Tow-truck driver – another standard inclusion
- KFOL – The torso on this kid is brilliant! An excellent nod to Classic Space. It’s not new, it’s in more than 10 other sets, of which I’ve got around five, but it’s always great to have another.
- LEGO Store Employees – there’s the store manager and the driver. These are fantastic. The torso is a new addition as well, with a LEGO logo printed on the back.
- Barista – I’m super excited about the female barista. Now I’ve got a male and female team! Her torso and legs are new as well, as the previous barista (from The LEGO Movie CMFs) had a name tag – Larry, and a few order slips in his pocket.
- Helicopter pilot – The torso is new for 2015, also seen in a Deep Sea Explorers set, but a nice inclusion nonetheless.
- Astronaut statue – a brand new Space torso? Yes please!
- Knight statue – and a knight? Excellent!
- Tram driver – not the first time we’ve seen this combo.
The rest of the elements included are equally as good. There are a lot of existing moulds in new colours and new prints, and many elements that are exclusive to this set, and still are. These include the black roof of the car, the 2×8 plate with gliding groove, the 2×2 printed LEGO set tiles – one of a helicopter set, and one of a construction vehicle, and a new wheel arch.
As I said earlier, for each model, there’s an instruction booklet. I could go into each in detail, but for the sake of people’s sanity, I’ll pick a few things out that I liked and didn’t like. That said, most of the build process is the standard bricks on bricks, studs on top process. There’s enough SNOT building to make it interesting, and a few models I really enjoyed building, and are planning on modifying and expanding further. All in all, the build process will take around five hours. I worked on a few models a night, so spread out the fun over a week. It was a great way to do it.
The first one I want to mention is the pizza delivery bike. The build seems simple, but both my wife and I found the instructions a little misleading, as the stack of pizza boxes, when constructed according to the instructions, doesn’t match the image. We found it difficult to determine if the studs were meant to be in a corner, or in the middle of the tiles. I also enjoyed building the tow truck – it’s always good to get more winches.
The tram was very repetitive, as the two ends are symmetrical. It’s excellent that they are, but it does make for a repetitive build. The saving grace is that there’s so much extra to construct, the repetitive nature is soon forgotten.
The major downside to this set is the amount of stickers. There are so many! Yes, it adds to the overall detail and realism, but if you aren’t a sticker fan (there’s not too many fans), or aren’t very good at applying them, this set will frustrate you from time to time.
Design / Appearance: 17/20
At $250, for that many parts, you’re looking at around 14 cents per element. For the types of goodies you get, that’s great value for money. There’s lots of unique elements, and and excellent range of minifigures. Well worth it. Sure, it’s still a lot of money, but it needs to be weight against what’s included. This set will most likely increase in price once it’s retired, so snap it up now while it’s available at retail.
Again, this set scores very highly with collectibility. There’s so many great sections to this model – namely the LEGO Shop and the tram, but there’s so much included, it’s different for everyone. As far as trams go, there’s only been one other tram back in 2010 – 8404: Public Transport Station. There’s only been four other LEGO Shops as well, so again, this one is worth spending your hard earned cash on.
Next week I’m building something I’ve been waiting to get stuck into for ages – 21305: Maze! I’m very excited.
What did you think of this week’s set? Do you have it? Let me know in the comments!