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Today we quickly go around the contents of the LEGO set 40521 Mini Disney The Haunted Mansion, a box of 680 pieces available at the retail price of €39.99 since August 1, 2022. the US version of the haunted mansion and not the Phantom manor from Disneyland Paris. The set is therefore reserved for a clientele familiar with the place and does not necessarily target European fans even if we know that everything bearing the Disney logo generally sells very well, whatever the subject treated.
That being said, we are a little entitled to wonder where the 680 parts of the product really are when we see the mini-model of 12 cm long, 12 cm wide and 14 cm high, ski pole on the roof understood. They are however there and we are entitled to an inventory worthy of the best sets of the LEGO Architecture range with a slew of 1x1 elements. We also find here the main codes of the Architecture range and all those who are in need of monuments and other skylines to assemble this year should find what they are looking for.
It's hard to fault the model itself, we find here all the emblematic attributes of the place with the green arches, the columns of the entrance, the cornices or the four chimneys on the roof. The result obtained may seem a little simplistic, but the compact format of the construction inevitably imposed a simplification of the overall aesthetics. A little greenery around the building, or at least a tree, would have been welcome, but LEGO has chosen to stay within its usual codes with a simple black base.
I won't spoil the few interesting assembly techniques of the product, there are several good ideas even if we quickly realize that the construction is divided into a series of somewhat repetitive sequences, especially at the level of the walls of the building. . Everything is very quickly assembled, we will conclude on arrival that this product could have been offered under condition of purchase rather than sold at full price.
The number of stickers to stick to raise the level of finish of the mini-model is limited with five stickers to be installed on the different paintings of the main room. This interior space remains easily accessible by turning the model over and even if there is not much to manipulate there except perhaps the white micro-ghosts, it is always an opportunity to remember a possible visit to this ghost train.
LEGO provides a minifigure with this product, the tired-looking local butler. The presence of this park employee is appreciable, especially at 40 € the box, but the minifig does not really find its place alongside the construction. Nothing is planned to stage it on the black base even if there are still a few studs available at the front.
The pad printing of the figurine is successful but I might have extended the frock coat on the front of the legs to improve the finish. LEGO provides a fabric element that pretty much embodies the back of the garment but the color of the accessory doesn't perfectly match the torso and the effect visually falls a bit flat. No double face for the character, you have to be content with the single expression provided.
In short, this little by-product will no doubt easily find its place among fans who are already exhibiting the castle about twenty centimeters high from the set. 40478 Mini Disney Castle sold at the same price, we can begin to see the beginning of a collection of attractions that know how to be discreet in the living room of fans of the Disney universe who do not want to be burdened with too much plastic.
I see here those who hope to one day be able to install a mini Disney park on the chest of drawers, that will have to wait to see if LEGO intends to offer us other mini models of iconic attractions. In the meantime, this little box is a nice souvenir to bring back from a visit to the park that hosts the attraction and the euphoria of the moment will undoubtedly help to lower the price requested. With a clear head, it is immediately less obvious.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at September 15, 2022 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
Update : The winner was drawn and notified by email, his nickname is indicated below.
|Emy Lys - Comment posted the 06/09/2022 at 15:19|
It's the crossover of the summer and it will perhaps encourage those who didn't really pay attention to the LEGO DOTS range to discover these products: Mickey, Minnie and their friends arrive in the world of LEGO creative hobbies with three new references that are now online on the official store. Cardboard guaranteed for these three sets which are full of Tiles pad-printed under Disney license...
Availability announced for August 1, 2022.
The rumor had evoked the possibility of a product offered under condition of purchase (Gift with Purchase or GWP) but this will not be the case in the end: The LEGO set 40521 Mini Disney The Haunted Mansion is now listed on the official online store at the retail price of €39.99 with availability announced for August 1st.
In the box, 680 pieces to assemble a miniature version of the famous attraction and an exclusive minifig of the butler of the place (which is in fact a type of Pontault-Combault in CDD).
It's the ultimate Disney princess combo: the LEGO Disney set 43205 Ultimate Adventure Castle (698 rooms) will propose to build a castle grouping the rooms of Ariel, Moana, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tiana.
The 53 cm long, 36 cm high and 9 cm deep construction can be unfolded to play with and closed (with a key) to be stored on a shelf while waiting for other adventures. Public price: €99.99, availability scheduled for July 1, 2022.
Today we take a quick tour of the content of the LEGO Disney Pixar Lightyear set 76832 XL-15 Spaceship, a box of 497 pieces available at the retail price of €49.99 since April 24th.
If I'm talking about this box again, it's mainly because it's not just a mere derivative product for children from an animated film not yet released, but it's because it also has something interest the most nostalgic adult fans.
It is obviously not on the side of the assembly that the most demanding LEGO fans will find their account, this is a toy which once is not customary, however, benefits from the passage of a small exhibition stand to highlight the construction.
It's hard to find fault with the design of this vessel, 27 cm long by 18 cm wide, assembled in a few minutes, which is essentially content with a stacking of parts and a few very successful finishes, it's compact, it's solid and it really looks good.
Fans of the Battlestar Galactica universe, like yours truly, will inevitably see a Viper there, some will make the connection with the ships of the video game WipEout and others rather nostalgic for the period Classic Space at LEGO will see it as a tribute to the defunct range of slightly flat vessels. To each his own memories and references, this product is also made for that.
More interestingly, the new yellow canopy is a never-before-seen feature wanted by Angus MacLane, director of the longtime Lightyear and AFOL animated film. It was he who suggested the idea to LEGO and for those who have already forgotten, Angus MacLane is also the creator of the LEGO Ideas WALL•E project, which became an official product in 2015 under the reference 21303 WALL•E.
The presence of this new piece is therefore a nice nod to a whole generation of LEGO fans, even if we lose loyalty to the reference ship seen in the trailer. There are a few patterns missing on the canopy but it's not that bad in the end, the LEGO version of the ship is only a very free interpretation of the one visible in the film anyway, with a lot of approximations and shortcuts.
Another detail that should please all those who are followers of the diversion of parts from their initial use: the use of LEGO Technic differential elements for the two reactors of the ship. This part, available since 2020, is very appropriate here and it really helps to improve the finish of the rear of the ship.
The buildable black stand to comfortably set the ship up on a shelf between play sessions is simple but well-designed enough to show the thing off at its best. The small plate which distills some facts on the machine gives a little collector's side to the product, enough to "train" from an early age children who will later invest their money in much more expensive products also flanked by a plate sticker based.
The sheet of stickers is quite substantial with thirteen stickers that dress the ship. Good news for the fans, the computer IVAN installed in the cockpit is stamped just like the fuel cell which can be inserted in the back of the ship.
On the side of the three minifigs provided, this is also a call here to fans of universes featuring space conquest, its ships and its astronauts: Buzz's outfit is sufficiently neutral and generic to be reused just like the accessories supplied including the helmet in two colors usually available in the CITY range. The pad prints are very successful, each of the three characters comes with additional hair and Buzz even benefits from a head with a blue hood and another more classic one. the head with the hood is affected by the usual problem of paleness of the flesh color printed on a blue background, it will have to be satisfied.
If it's the Sox cat that interests you, know that it is also available identically in a cheaper set also available since April 24, the reference 76831 Zurg Battle (261 pieces - €29.99). Darby Steel and Mo Morrison use identical outfits from the helmet to the legs through the torso, there is only the removable breastplate which changes from one character to another.
In short, this set is in my opinion a very nice derivative product which must succeed in seducing both the youngest and the nostalgic adult fans of the range. Classic Space. It's already a lot these days with a product at 50 €. Some fans of Buzz Lightyear in its "usual" form will perhaps be a little disappointed by the somewhat too generic side of the figure delivered in this box and they may prefer to turn to the two other sets already available.
Note: The set presented here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at June 6, 2022 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate.
Update : The winner was drawn and notified by email, his nickname is indicated below.
|Grumlee - Comment posted the 29/05/2022 at 8:37|
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