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Today we continue with the release of a copy of the LEGO DC set 76252 Batcave Shadow Box, a box of 3981 pieces freely inspired by the film Batman Returns (1992). This derivative product is an exhibition model sold for €399.99 which integrates some features, a Batmobile and allows you to obtain Batman minifigs in two versions, Bruce Wayne, Catwoman, Alfred Pennyworth, The Penguin and Max Shreck.

To validate your participation, as always, simply identify yourself via the interface below and follow the instructions provided. As usual, it is a question of finding information on the official online store and then answering the question correctly. At the end of the participation phase, the winner will be chosen by lot from the correct answers. Participation is free and without obligation to purchase.

Your details (name/pseudo, email address, IP address, postal address and phone number of the winner) are only used in the context of this competition and will not be kept beyond the draw which will designate the winner. As usual, this competition without obligation to purchase is open to all residents of metropolitan France, DOM & TOM, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

The prize at stake is generously provided by LEGO France via the annual allocation allocated to all members of the LAN (LEGO Ambassador Network), it will be sent to the winner by me upon confirmation of their contact details by return email.

As always, I reserve the right to disqualify any entrant who has attempted to defraud or hijack the entry system in order to increase their chances of winning. Grumpers and bad losers abstain, the others will have a better chance of winning.

For information: the name / nickname of the winner is displayed in the participation interface once the draw has been made. I also notify the winners by email, but remember to check anyway.

Two clarifications: all the products involved are physically in my possession and are shipped by me, no risk of having to wait weeks for the brand to send the batch. The products are shipped very quickly to the winners, those who have received their prize in the past can attest to this.

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Today we are quickly interested in the content of the LEGO Star Wars set 75375 Millennium Falcon, a box of 921 pieces currently for pre-order on the official online store and which will be available from March 1, 2024 at the public price of €84.99.

You already know if you followed the announcement of this product and the two other references of the same barrel, LEGO is launching a new Starship Collection which brings the format back to the forefront Midi Scale who had his first hours of glory a few years ago via the sets 7778 Midi-Scale Millennium Falcon (2009) et 8099 Midi-Scale Imperial Star Destroyer (2010)

We then had the right to other references using the principle of this compact scale adapted to these models with the sets 77904 Nebulon B-Frigate sold exclusively at Amazon USA in 2020 and 75356 Executor Super Star Destroyer available since last year.

Those who have followed me for many years know that I have always been very attracted by this somewhat unusual format which, in my opinion, allows you to obtain pretty compact models without sacrificing too much the level of detail of the product and to allow you to create a nice collection without breaking the bank or buying a house with a room dedicated to the biggest ships in the Star Wars range. This is once again the case here, with a product which largely returns the 2009 version to the ropes in terms of finish and which allows you to have fun without spending several hundred euros.

The format Midi Scale However, it is necessary to review a little its conception of the LEGO universe and to make some concessions on the precision of the finishes of the model concerned. There are always a few empty spaces here and there, the adjustments between the different sub-assemblies are not always perfect and some of the solutions used will perhaps seem a little far-fetched to some, in particular with managed angles of somewhat haphazard manner.

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We can also cite a certain fragility of different sections but this is a model and not a children's toy. It is the result that counts and the pleasure of assembly remains very present with the added bonus of the satisfaction of seeing the birth of a model which will be very credible observed from a certain distance.

Scale obliges, the greebling or the art of adding finishing details using small elements, can seem a little crude in certain places but that's the price to pay to stay within the imposed format and I find the whole thing rather visually coherent.

During assembly, we add the crew of the ship in the manner of what the set also offers 75356 Executor Super Star Destroyer and even if these very symbolic micro-representations of the different characters quickly disappear under the cabin of the ship, it is still appreciable to see that the designer has planned to please the fans in the space of a few assembly sequences. The Dejarik table is delivered in a very symbolic but pad-printed version.

The ship is here installed on a support similar in its finish to that of the set 75356 Executor Super Star Destroyer, the collection effect will be there and this relatively discreet black sub-assembly will be forgotten to highlight the construction. Those who want to add a figurine or attach the additional brick delivered in this box to the rest of the product can do so via the two sets of tenons available, simply remove one or two of the grids installed in these locations. The support remains independent of the model, you can have fun flying it around the room before putting it back in place.

We can also discuss the absence of a minifigure in this box, I personally think that the set is sufficient in itself and that it was not necessary to add a character. Here we obtain a pretty exhibition model which exists without having to be accompanied for example by Han Solo and which in my opinion would ultimately have been rather assimilated to a microfighter luxury if LEGO had added a minifigure.

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Small useful clarification, there are no stickers in this box and all the patterned elements that you see in the photos are therefore pad printed. So much the better for the model which will better resist the assaults of time, light and dust on your shelves.

The set is flanked by a small plaque confirming to all those who have no idea of ​​the subject covered that it is indeed the Millennium Falcon as well as a pretty brick celebrating 25 years of the LEGO Star Wars range. These two pad-printed elements obviously reinforce the "collector" side of the product, we are not going to complain about it.

If you have never approached the format Midi Scale, let yourself be tempted, these products are financially very accessible, they offer a relatively brief but satisfactory assembly experience and the result obtained will, in my opinion, meet your expectations.

This range also allows you to line up some pretty emblematic ships from the Star Wars universe on a shelf without invading your living room and the decorative potential of these compact models is undeniable. Note that if the public price of the product seems a little high to you, this pretty set is also available for pre-order by Amazon for a few euros less with availability announced for March 1st:

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Today we quickly go around the set 43242 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' Cottage, a box of 2228 pieces which will be available as an Insiders preview from March 1, 2024 at the public price of €219.99. The product caused a sensation when it was announced, and we need to come back to it with a clear head to check if it finally lives up to my expectations and the price requested.

The assembly of the three constructions delivered in this box is relatively entertaining, with two small secondary models rather well presented embodying the wishing well seen on the screen and the glass coffin and the main course: the house with yellow roofs . We quickly see that we will have to come to terms with the facade of the premises, the construction not being closed on all its sides. If the facade is promising, the other side of the house is a little less so with large openings which reveal the fittings. We are once again in the cinema setting more than in the accomplished representation of the subject treated but this is the lot of many LEGO products which favor playability over the model aspect. It's hard to blame the manufacturer for offering its customers the opportunity to have fun with their toys.

We can console ourselves by saying that the other side offers a beautiful view of the layout of the premises which is of a very good standard with numerous pieces of furniture and other diverse and varied accessories, but I know that many of us regret not being able to obtain in a product clearly marked "18+" a "complete" house intended for exhibition instead of an ersatz playset with which no one will really have fun knowing that there is no bonus no stairs to access the floors and the different spaces are difficult to access unless you use your fingertips.

The pretty roof is obviously the most laborious section to assemble, it will be necessary to be vigilant and not to mix the parts to maintain the appearance desired by the designer. I won't spoil the process for you, you will discover it if you invest your money in this box, but it is convincing on arrival with a very realistic texture and the possibility of removing a section of the roof to take full advantage of the spaces that it covers.

The central hinge which connects the two sections of the cottage makes it possible to slightly improve the accessibility of the premises but it does nothing aesthetically because it significantly changes the layout of the building and the house is not necessarily ricochet then more truly faithful to that seen on the screen. This feature, however, remains interesting for anyone who would really like to take advantage of the furniture piled up in the different rooms and possibly install the dwarves around the table in the main room or in their respective beds identified by stickers.


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Don't expect too much to be able to install the seven dwarves realistically around the large table in the main room, the short legs do not bend and they will therefore at best be installed standing on their chairs. On the other hand, they fit into their respective beds even if the room is not a spacious suite and all the furniture is crammed in with forceps.

The facade of the house is also in my opinion very successful with textures and details which give it the very rustic appearance of the cottage seen on the screen, the work provided on this precise point is appreciable with a truly satisfactory result. We will take pleasure in going into the detail of the different elements of decoration or layout with at the end some good ideas for the benefit of all those who are passionate, for example, about medieval-style creations.

You already know that the fireplace on the ground floor is equipped with a luminous brick which undoubtedly contributes more to raising the price of the product more than to heating the dwarves' food and the use of which will require as much habit of holding the must pressed on the button which protrudes from the foot of the facade. It's a system from another age without much interest and I would have happily done without this specific element for a public price falling below €200, but that's not an option.

The vegetation surrounding the house is welcome, it's not the thick forest seen in the animated film but it's a good start to recreate some context. Everything here is more symbolic than totally respectful of the reference film, you also have to make do with a small handful of small animals while Snow White is accompanied by a much more substantial menagerie on the screen. Even at €220, we feel that LEGO is struggling to maintain its margin and cutting back on the details that could make the product something more accomplished and more complete than the somewhat inexpensive representation offered.

We obviously cannot escape a large sheet of stickers but there are still a few pad-printed pieces in this box such as the two Tiles flanked by the inscription "Snow White" which take place on the sides of the glass coffin and which quickly disappear under the vegetation present around the object. French speakers are rarely at the party at LEGO and here, as is often the case, we have to make do with the English names of the different characters.

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The supply of figurines is correct with Snow White, her stepmother The Queen, Prince Florian and obviously the seven dwarves. Nothing to say about Snow White and the Prince, two figurines already delivered identically since last year in the set 43222 DisneyCastle, the two characters are successful and conform to those seen on the screen with their usual faults in terms of the superpositions of light-colored pad printing on a darker background.

The rest of the casting seems much less convincing to me with on the one hand a Queen who looks like Palpatine, already seen in the set 43227 Villain Icons and which still seems to me to be so sloppy graphically and technically and on the other hand the seven dwarves with their faces, some of which graphically seem a little disappointing to me. The torsos of the different dwarves are very appropriate, the hats and beards match, but some of the facial expressions seem off to me.

This is very personal, but perhaps we are simply reaching the limits here once again when it comes to making a face look puffy or inflated on a classic minifig head and I find some of these dwarfs without noses and artificially chubby, a little ridiculous.

I know that some of you will not fail to compare this product with the two rather interesting ideas on the same subject proposed and rejected at their time on the LEGO Ideas platform, the debate will not take place anyway and that is LEGO which decides when and how certain products which have been in the pipeline for many months are marketed. There will therefore be no point in crying out for plagiarism, the recovery of the idea or the need for a petition; it is the manufacturer who has control and he alone.

On arrival and putting aside the slightly excessive price of this pretty box, I think that there is something here to please fans of the Disney universe who will be lenient with the savings made and the few approximations techniques and aesthetics observed. The house really has character, it will easily find its place in an interior decoration decorated with the main characters and a line of dwarves returning from work, that's the main thing. Building what this box contains while watching the 1937 animated film for the hundredth time promises a great evening that the most nostalgic fans will surely appreciate.

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It must be believed that the concept of “Houses of the World” has found its audience at LEGO via the series of four promotional products offered recently with a new reference which will take over in March and entitled 40680 Flower Store. This new promotional product of 337 pieces takes up the principle of the small thematic construction in limited edition with for this new variation a theme in the style of Modulars.

We do not yet know the dates and terms of the associated offer but we can bet on a launch in March with, as for previous offers in the same category, a minimum purchase amount of €250. To confirm.

(Visuals via LEGO Malaysia)

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Today we are quickly interested in the content of the LEGO ICONS set 10330 McLaren MP4/4 & Ayrton Senna, a box of 693 pieces which will be available from March 1, 2024 at the public price of €79.99. Those who were in front of their television on Sunday afternoon in the 80s already know who Ayrton Senna is, others will quickly launch a search to discover this extraordinary pilot with a tragic destiny who excited an entire generation of fans of Formula 1.

LEGO therefore pays here a tribute to the driver by associating him with a single-seater long considered the fastest on the circuit, the McLaren MP4/4, and which allowed him to become world champion in 1988.

We may be surprised by the reduced inventory of this box, knowing that it allows the single-seater to be assembled but also a podium to display the minifig provided as well as a support to present the vehicle from a rather flattering angle favoring exploring integrated mechanical details.

The main construction of the product, however, remains very detailed and on an acceptable scale to benefit from the various aesthetic refinements offered by LEGO which make this vehicle measuring 3 cm long by 17 cm wide a real exhibition model and not a simple product in the Speed ​​Champions spirit vaguely oversized for the occasion.

LEGO has also made the effort to feature here some new elements used wisely with four wheels injected in two materials whose rims and tires cannot be separated, as well as new suspension triangles. Everything is really at the service of the construction by making it possible to keep the vehicle very close to the ground like the real single-seater and contributes to giving it character by refining the model aspect and these four new wheels are finally perfectly adapted to the subject treated even if they are all the same size and that the rear wheels would have benefited from a greater diameter and thickness.

There are also several pad-printed elements in the box, but you will also have to put up with a large sheet of stickers. Unfortunately, the pad printing of the white color on a red background of some body parts is a failure with a "too white" white which turns pink as well as several stickers whose white background is far from matching the color of the parts on which they take their seats.

Everything you don't see on the sheet of stickers that I scanned for you is therefore pad printed, such as the Tag Heuer logo on the cockpit canopy. The Marlboro logo is logically left out and LEGO has not even kept the pointed design of the white and red pattern. This is understandable, but loyalty to the reference vehicle takes a hit.

I will not detail the entire assembly process, the photos speak for themselves without revealing too much, those who checkout should in my opinion retain the privilege of discovering the different techniques used here.

The public price of the product seems reasonable enough to me to put it within everyone's reach, we are not talking here about a box inaccessible for fans on a limited budget even if it still offers nearly two hours of pleasure assembly taking your time.

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Just remember that the vehicle is well equipped with suspensions but that they only rely on the very limited flexibility of the new wishbones used, that the steering is functional via the steering wheel in the cockpit and that the Honda V6 engine remains accessible by removing the bodywork element placed just behind the driver's head.

These different features undoubtedly remain a little anecdotal on an exhibition model but they add a little spice to the assembly by making it a little more complex and above all more interesting for the target adult audience. The single-seater is obviously not on the scale of the minifig provided but the latter can still be installed at the controls to have a little fun.

LEGO is also content to provide us with one of the two drivers of the single-seater in question, obscuring Alain Prost to support the tribute to the Brazilian whose nationality is also highlighted several times during the assembly process via the association of pieces in the colors of the national flag of Brazil.

Adding the French driver would have been in good style and in my opinion would not have diverted this product from its vocation, many fans would have appreciated obtaining these two legendary drivers who drove this car on the same circuits. 0n will be satisfied with the pretty new minifig delivered with its hair and its helmet very faithful to the reference accessory which allows you to vary the scenes.

The pad printing of the figurine obviously suffers from the same defect as the red parts of the car flanked by a white pattern and the small podium almost seems a little sloppy but it serves as a support for the sticker which highlights a sentence spoken by the associated driver with a visual and a signature. Why not.

The single-seater display is flanked by a large gray sticker listing some technical data, it's in good style and gives character to the model. Too bad for the name of the McLaren brand stamped on the nose of the car with a space between the “Mc” and the “Laren”, LEGO could have paid attention to this type of detail.

The nose of the single-seater will also seem a little too flat to be completely faithful to the reference vehicle but the rest of the bodywork is rather well executed and in my opinion we quickly forget this point of detail. I find it more difficult to forgive the errors in terms of pad printing which spoil the appearance of this model at a low price but still presented as a high-end product. The official visuals are, as is often the case, very optimistic and we have the impression of being tricked when unboxing.

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You have noticed in the photos, I present this product to you in a pretty custom-made display case which was kindly provided to me for the occasion by the musehome company, a structure based in Troyes and specialized in the production of tailor-made boxes for all types of valuable or collectible products.

This PMMA or acrylic glass display case is assembled and glued by hand in France, there are no visible screws or hooks. The case is therefore delivered already assembled and it disappears in favor of the object it highlights. This product therefore seemed perfectly suited to this combination with an exhibition set which requires this type of scenario.

Do not hesitate to contact them if you are looking for something to showcase your most precious sets, the creator of the brand is himself a big fan of LEGO and you will find an attentive ear to your requests.

In my opinion, this product definitely deserves your attention if you are a Formula 1 fan, even if it is a car from another era. It offers a good compromise between the scale chosen and the level of detail offered, even if I know that some will only see a supercharged Speed ​​Champions reference which does not necessarily merit spending €80 on it.

I will make the effort, Ayrton Senna is part of my childhood memories and I spent long hours dozing in front of races where I waited for the overtake that would wake me from my torpor and fuel schoolyard discussions next week. For that alone, this tribute to Ayrton Senna and his 1988 single-seater will make me happy.

We are not going to complain about being entitled from time to time to accessible products in the LEGO ICONS range, the adult target must also be able to have fun for a reasonable budget.

Note: The product shown here, provided by LEGO, as well as the showcase graciously provided by the company musehome are as usual put into play. Deadline set for 1er March 2024 next at 23:59 p.m. Simply post a comment below the article to participate. Your participation is taken into account regardless of your opinion. Avoid “I’m participating” or “I’m trying my luck”, we suspect that this is the case.