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Today we are quickly interested in the content of the LEGO set 40504 A Minifigure Tribute, a limited-edition 1041-piece box that is only available from the LEGO House Store in Billund. The goal is obviously not to taunt you by presenting you with a product that will be inaccessible to most fans, it is above all a question of quickly going around it and then offering it as usual to one of you.

This set sold at the public price of 599 DKK, or approximately 81 €, is the fourth element of what can now be called the "LEGO House Collection" which already included the references 40501 The Wooden Duck (2020) 40502 The Brick Molding Machine (2021) et 40503 Dagny Holm - Master Builder (2022)

Those who have had the LEGO Harry Potter set in their hands 76393 Harry Potter & Hermione Granger will inevitably have an impression of deja vu here when discovering this big minifig about thirty centimeters high made of bricks: the process of assembling this pirate is indeed identical to that of the two Hogwarts students and the difference will only be on accessories or aesthetic variations such as the wooden leg, the hook of the left arm, the shoulder pads and the bicorne hat.

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The face seems to me a little too narrow compared to the rest of the character's body and its various accessories, it will have to be done with it. For those wondering, the buttons on the character's jacket are only fixed on a single tenon and it is therefore possible to position them correctly to obtain perfect alignment and avoid the vertical offset visible on the official visuals. With the format of these maxi figures now firmly established, I expect we'll see many more figures at this scale in the years to come.

Do not expect to make this pirate take the most improbable poses, the round base at the foot of the wooden leg does not really ensure perfect stability of the whole in the event that one of the two legs is facing forwards or backwards. The hefty weight of the entire upper body doesn't help either, and the legs aren't weighted. The figurine is stable when standing upright on both legs, whether placed on its base or displayed on its own.

As for Harry or Hermione, I find that the lower part of the character's face is missed, even if the inverted chin effect here is somewhat reduced by the pad printing of the beard. Many black parts are as often a little marked, scratched or damaged, it's a shame for a pure exhibition product to the glory of the brand's know-how.

A nice wink from the designer: the inside of the head houses a micro-island with its palm tree. It is no longer visible afterwards but it is a fun detail that will spice up the construction process a bit.

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I scanned you the sheet of stickers delivered in this box, it contains the treasure map as well as the symbol that adorns the front face of Redbeard's headgear, everything else is stamped. It is regrettable that a limited edition product is flanked by two stickers instead of benefiting from pad printing, that of the hat will inevitably end up peeling off one day under the effect of light and heat.

The map of Denmark contains some amusing references such as the marking of the location of Billund with a red cross, the presence of the Black Seas Barracuda at the top left or the use of a head of skeleton in the middle of the compass.

In short, I'm not sure that this model, as attractive as it is because of the subject matter and your level of nostalgia, deserves the trip to Billund. By combining the budget needed to get there and all the ancillary costs, it will probably be wiser to turn to the secondary market if this big figurine must absolutely end up on your shelves one day.

Many Danish resellers are already in line with a price that currently runs around 200 € on Bricklink and elsewhere, but the price should quickly drop with the inevitable increase in supply. Some copies signed by the designers are also offered for sale, we know that they regularly go to the LEGO House Store to sign a handful of the products on the shelves.

Note: The product shown here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at March 12, 2023 next at 23:59 p.m. Just post a comment under the article to participate. Your participation is taken into account regardless of your opinion. 

Update : The winner was drawn and notified by email, his nickname is indicated below.

Pywis - Comment posted the 03/03/2023 at 11:01
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