A while ago now we had a Hans Christian Andersen tribute set as a gift with purchase. It was a really nice set and as a librarian, it really appealed to me! Alas, I missed out, but here comes round two! It’s the 150th anniversary of the death of Charles Dickens, so this set is also a gift with purchase for the Black Friday weekend. For those that aren’t sure, that’s November 27 to 30. You’ll get this set with purchases over AU $209. It’s rather specific. Check the dates and minimum spends in your area to be sure…
This version, from Dickens, is in a different style, opting for a closed book with a build on top, as a 3D cover. Taken from the story of A Christmas Carol, it tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three spirits to turn him from his former ways. The end of the book describes how Scrooge visits his employee, Bob Cratchit, and his sick son Tiny Tim. The three minifigures included are quite nice, including a new torso on Bob, and a new head for Scrooge. The nice inclusions are the large top hat, black umbrella and Tiny Tim’s scarf. It’s also interesting to note that it’s not a licensed set, but has flesh toned minifigures.
The set is quite nice – the build sits on a brick built closed book. The profile bricks are really great as paper – if only they had a wrap around texture! The spine looks like it’s meant to be leatherbound and has some detail, although they are stickers. There’s also a neat little feature in a drawer hidden in the centre of the spine. It’s not big at all, but good for storing a couple of little trinkets.
The build on top has some very nice little details. The outside is a snow covered front doorstep, including a street light, wrought iron fence, foot path and tiny little bush.
The roof in particular has some beautiful details, all from multiple colours of cheese wedges. It’s a shame they’re not as visible.
The interior of the build is also interesting. There is a small area of detailed tile that’s done with stickers. It’s a pity the woodgrain isn’t everywhere on the floor, but it may have looked too busy. The fireplace and Christmas tree are simple but work well given the subject matter. There’s a nice wreath hanging over the fireplace, with a couple of candles.
If you are a fan of the literary classics and are about to drop a bit of cash on some LEGO this weekend, then make sure you spend enough to qualify for this set. It’s a nice little build.
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.