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Today we quickly go around the contents of the LEGO set 40585 World of Wonders, a small box of 382 coins available only via the VIP rewards center where you have to redeem 2700 points, or about 18 € in counter value, to obtain the unique code which will allow you to add this promotional product to the basket during a future order.

On the program, four micro-things representing the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Parthenon and the Khazneh of Petra. Two of these monuments have already had an official set in the LEGO Architecture range via the references 21041 Great Wall of China (2018) et 21056 Taj Mahal (2021), the latter having also been the subject of two large boxes in the defunct Creator Expert range, the sets 10189 Taj Mahal (2008) et 10256 Taj Mahal  (2017). The Parthenon and the Khazneh have not yet had the honors of the LEGO Architecture range, those who like to see particular clues or signs everywhere will no doubt imagine that these two monuments will one day arrive in the catalog of the maker.

As you can imagine, the contents of this little box are very quickly assembled. This does not mean that the product is of little or no interest, I must admit that there is something very satisfying about building these mini-models without spending too much time on it and quickly spending time on it. to each other. The result is aesthetically very correct and offers a certain decorative potential. The four constructions being dissociated, it will also be possible to present on the corner of a desk or a shelf only some of them according to your travel memories.

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Too bad for the Tiles black which bear the name of the monument concerned, they are not pad-printed as is usually the case for products in the LEGO Architecture range and here we have to be content with four stickers riddled with micro-printing defects which look a little task upon arrival. It should also be noted that at this scale, the injection points and the scratches on the parts are even more noticeable, it is up to everyone to find the best compromise to limit the effect by positioning the parts in one direction or another according to the possibilities. There is only one instruction booklet and the parts of the four models are grouped together in two sets of bags, so it is difficult to envisage an assembly with eight hands so that everyone builds one of the four mini-models.

In short, this promotional product seems to me despite everything rather successful, it would have in my opinion easily found its audience in the manufacturer's catalog for around twenty euros. Having to redeem points accumulated in previous purchases on the official online store and then place an order to use the code obtained is a bit of a double penalty, this product presented as a "limited edition" undoubtedly deserved more visibility in being simply offered under condition of purchase without having to go through the VIP rewards center.

Note: The product shown here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at March 14, 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.

Bayonetta44 - Comment posted the 05/03/2023 at 13:38

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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 

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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Today we are quickly interested in the content of the LEGO Star Wars set 75351 Princess Leia (Boushh) Helmet, a box of 670 pieces currently in pre-order on the official online store and which will be available at the retail price of €69.99 from March 1st.

LEGO offers us here a product which, in my opinion, will have a little trouble being self-sufficient on display alone on a shelf, but which on the other hand will easily find its place in the middle of an alignment of helmets a priori considered by many to be more emblematic of the Star Wars saga.

Regular fans, however, know very well this helmet stolen from a bounty hunter by Leia and worn by the princess during her infiltration into Jabba's palace to free Han Solo from his carbonite prison (Episode VI). The scene only lasts a few minutes on the screen but LEGO is starting to have gone around the subject by offering a whole collection of helmets of imperial soldiers, a helmet of a rebel pilot and two helmets of Mandalorians and it is also necessary to bring some diversity aesthetic appeal to this collection, which expands a little more each year.

I think the designer of this product got away with it honourably, the challenge was met and the helmet seen on the screen combines angles and growths of all kinds that had to be reproduced while trying to respect the proportions of the object. . It's still a LEGO-style interpretation that won't compete with a real model of the accessory, but this model is immediately identifiable despite some aesthetic approximations. Those who collect these various LEGO helmets have long since accepted the idea that these are just $60 or $70 LEGO versions and not high-end cosplay or display props.

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No big surprise during the assembly phase of this 17 cm high, 11 cm wide and 14 cm deep product, we are on familiar ground with the impression of building the internal structure of a large BrickHeadz figurine which is fixed on the usual foot and around which a few sub-assemblies are then fixed which make it possible to obtain the desired result. There are a few stickers to stick on to refine the level of detail of the product a bit and many brown-colored parts are scratched right out of the box, nothing new under the Tatooine sun.

everything is very quickly assembled, but the process has some good surprises in store, especially when it comes to connecting the "muzzle" of the helmet to the rest of the structure and obtaining a very convincing positioning of this outgrowth. There are still a few empty spaces here and there between the different subsets, but the shadows will do their job and the object will look great if it is displayed in the right light. The alternation between smooth surfaces and exposed tenons is in my opinion balanced, this helmet is neither too smooth nor too spotty.

The small plate placed at the foot of the base is pad-printed as usual and I think that you can possibly avoid sticking the few stickers provided which do not bring much visually but which will inevitably be noticed over time by drying and by detaching themselves from their support. Be careful when moving the helmet, the two telephone handsets placed on the sides of the object only hold on a single tenon and are easily unhooked.

Indispensable for some, too anecdotal for others, this product whose packaging bears the logo celebrating the 40th anniversary of Return of the Jedi will inevitably appeal to fans nostalgic for the Original Trilogy. It is well made, it features a slightly different accessory from those usually available from LEGO and it will easily find its place in the middle of a row of more classic helmets. It's up to you whether to spend €70 without waiting at LEGO or whether to be patient and pay a little less later elsewhere.

Note: The product shown here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at March 4, 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.

Gargou44 - Comment posted the 26/02/2023 at 17:46

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Today we take a quick tour of the content of the LEGO Ideas set 21339 BTS Dynamite, a box of 749 pieces which will be available from March 1, 2023 at the retail price of €99.99.

This product is inspired by an idea with a very simplistic realization initially registered on the LEGO Ideas platform, acclaimed by 10.000 fans and then definitively validated by LEGO. Either you know what it's all about and you'll be in the starting blocks as soon as the set goes on sale, or you don't know it and you can go back to your usual business, telling yourself that you'll save a hundred euros .

To put it simply, it is a derivative product to the glory of a group of seven young singers created in 2013, BTS or Bangtan Sonyeondan, the world famous representative of a musical current from South Korea: K-pop. More precisely, this box proposes to assemble the decoration of the clip of the title "Dynamite" which cumulates to date more than 1.6 billion views on Youtube and which flooded the FM frequencies for long months. You must have already heard this title at least once, even without knowing who is singing.

We could discuss the relevance of the proposed construction, but we must recognize that the designers have done their homework: we find in fact a simplified version of the decor of the clip itself, which is already relatively refined. So difficult to criticize the poverty of the whole even if the finish seems a bit sloppy, it is relatively faithful.

This box obviously offers only a limited challenge in terms of building experience, but I think the essentials are not there for the intended audience. This set is primarily aimed at fans of the group who want to treat themselves to an original derivative product that changes a little from t-shirts and other mugs. BTS is also a great machine for merchandise of all kinds and fans generally do not deprive themselves, within the limits of their budget.

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LEGO allows itself a few refinements all the same with a stage with mobile plots which allows the seven members of the group to move with perfect synchronization, a small ice cream truck which does not equal the best versions of the CITY range which, however, is all the same very correct, a shop filled with vinyls, two palm trees and a big donut which is not of the best barrel but which will do the trick.

The set is not stingy with stickers but it's probably for a good cause: some of these stickers will end up on the pieces of the set or on the cover of a textbook, it's also the only really "collector" element of the product apart from the minifigs. Some fans already saw themselves getting photocards inserted in the box but it will not be, LEGO has not pushed the concept to the imitation of the techniques used by the marketers in charge of the promotion of the group.

The seven members of the group are logically entitled to their minifig, more or less identifiable if you do not know by heart the outfits and hairstyles of each of the young singers, but the most assiduous fans will immediately recognize RM, Jin, SUGAj hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook and this is once again the main thing. These miniatures are all affected by the usual defect with white areas which are not really white, contrary to what the official visuals, which have been extensively retouched, suggested.

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There should be no mistaking LEGO's intentions with this product, the manufacturer is not exclusively aimed at its most loyal customers, it is also a question of regularly targeting more and more people and of attracting all possible audiences outside of the usual LEGOsphere already stuffed with sets throughout the year. It's an indisputable fact, the BTS group is a global phenomenon followed by a whole generation of young fans, and LEGO shows here its ability to take into account (and take advantage of) current trends.

I am not the target of this product but in my opinion it is at least as legitimate as others inspired by series or references that are much more confidential, at least with current generations. Fans of the group will undoubtedly find their account there, LEGO did not make fun of them by offering content in the inventory sufficiently limited so that the public price of the thing remains acceptable to fans accustomed to spending large sums in concert tickets, collector's albums or autographed photos.

It is also in my opinion not a bad LEGO product that would miss its subject, it is quite simply a product derived from the very decent BTS brand with a little LEGO in it. The association of the two brands will do the rest and sales should follow.

Note: The product shown here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at March 3, 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.

oleostwitch - Comment posted the 24/02/2023 at 20:34

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Today we are quickly interested in the content of the LEGO set 10316 The Lord of the Rings: Rivendell, a very large box of 6167 pieces stamped ICONS which will be available at the public price of 499.99 € in VIP preview from March 5, 2023 before global availability scheduled for March 8.

Those who were waiting for the return of The Lord of the Rings universe to LEGO hoping this time to get something to stage real epic battles based on dwarves and orcs are at their expense, the manufacturer has chosen something less warlike and probably a little more elegant to make a new escapade in Middle-earth.

Almost everything has already been said about this box and more than the way the subject is treated, it is the price positioning and the size of the construction that will influence the level of motivation of each other to buy this product. luxury derivative. Those who no longer want to settle for the very simplistic set 79006 Council of Elrond marketed in 2014 will in any case find something here to replace the mini-model on their shelves.

Indeed, we cannot say that LEGO misses the point, Rivendell is reproduced here with great care and the level of detail is impressive. If you intend to acquire this box, do not spoil too much the different stages of the assembly of the product, all the pleasure is there.

The model is divided into a few independent sections which will be grouped together at the end of the construction process for the exhibition. I won't give you the details of the different subsets, the photos speak for themselves. The relative modularity of the product will also make it possible to expose only the council room on the corner of an office if there is not enough space to install the construction as a whole.

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Three separate instruction booklets are provided and each of them relates to a specific part of the model. It is therefore possible to get together to share the pleasure of assembling the product broken down into about fifty sachets. This set for adults does not reserve really very technical sequences but it will be necessary to remain vigilant throughout the assembly phase so as not to end up with many small parts which seem at first sight unused but which we will have forgotten over time. pages. The 6167 parts are there, but you have probably already understood that there are very few large elements.

The rear of the construction is not sloppy and benefits from a very correct finish with the added bonus of the possibility of accessing some of the interior spaces more easily than by passing through the front of the building. The floors are not always covered with Tiles but the alternation between smooth surfaces and exposed tenons remains acceptable knowing that the roof of the main structure and the tree which overhangs the council room in any case conceal a very large part of the interior of the construction.

The construction process becomes a bit laborious at times, sometimes it feels like LEGO is rushing to destock its Tiles DOTS since the announcement of the definitive discontinuation of the range with nearly 400 units used in particular for the colored texture of roofs. Fans of part diversion will appreciate the presence of a few sausages, buoys and other ice cream or cupcake molds here used to bring a little finesse and elegance to the construction. Those who rarely buy LEGO sets apart from a few products for adults will probably miss these diversions, the use of these parts will simply seem to them suited to the desired aesthetic.

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Do not panic if you have the impression that it is almost impossible to correctly align the Tiles on the roof sections, the technique for positioning the hundreds of parts concerned is detailed explicitly in the instruction booklets: all you have to do is place them roughly aligned before perfecting the thing with the help of a Plate which must then be carefully slid between the rows to obtain the desired effect.

Come to think of it, we also spend a lot of time correctly positioning small decorative elements that must be oriented very precisely to obtain the desired visual effect. This need for permanent care during the assembly phase can be a little annoying, it is not uncommon to move an arch or a sausage by manipulating or moving the assembly.

One could reproach a lack of ambition concerning the vegetation present around the construction, the trees are a little emaciated and their number is limited. We will have to deal with it, LEGO is obviously stingy with various and varied sheets, judging by the similar solution already used in the LEGO Ideas set 21338 A-Frame Cabin. Rivendell undoubtedly deserved more foliage and bushes, but we will console ourselves with the 34 new ferns delivered in this box.

Too bad also for the legs of the statues present on the tower, they are a little sad and these figurines deserved in my opinion some graphic elements on their lower part, especially for those wearing the usual "dress".

The set does not escape a handful of stickers which are graphically very successful, even if that does not excuse their presence in a box sold for €500. Everything that is not on the sticker sheets that I scanned for you is therefore pad-printed, in particular the magnificent tiling that covers the floor of the main building and the center of the council chamber.

The references to the Lord of the Rings universe and the films of Peter Jackson are numerous and those who are enough fans to know the films by heart will certainly find their account. The designers worked on their subject and integrated everything that could be added to satisfy the most demanding, eye of Sauron hidden under the council chamber, tunnel hidden by foliage for Sam, mithril chain mail for Frodo in the form of a sticker, broken sword of Elendil and complete set of weapons with the design consistent with those seen on the screen included.

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The endowment in minifigs is very correct with fifteen figurines with overall successful pad printing including barefoot hobbits who benefit from injected legs in two colors: Gandalf the Grey, Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Merriadoc “Merry” brandybuck, Peregrin“Pippin” Tooke, Legolas, Gimli, Gloin, BoromirAragorn, Elrond, Peredhel, Bilbo Baggins, Arwen and some generic elves. We also note that LEGO provides additional hair for Gimli and Gandalf, the two characters can therefore be displayed with their respective headgear or without.

Those who already own some of the minifigs from the defunct range marketed by LEGO in 2012 will find welcome variants here, others will have the entire Fellowship of the Ring at their fingertips without having to go through the secondary market and pay some gold-priced figurines. As you pass, you get six additional figurines embodying the statues placed at the foot of the tower and the one holding the broken sword in the main building.

LEGO has also solved the problem of minifigs that cannot sit because they use a part that does not allow it by offering alternative assemblies that allow an acceptable pose. It is well seen, many fans will undoubtedly want to install the characters in "advice" mode and the proposed solution will allow it without having to tinker or replace the legs and fixed parts with mobile versions.

For those wondering, dwarves are taller than hobbits and shorter than humans. The hierarchy of legs in different formats used here is therefore correct. Too bad for the hair with the same mold for all the elves, some subtle variations would have been welcome in my opinion.

On arrival, I must say that I am rather impressed by what LEGO offers us in this box: the construction is magnificent, the assembly is entertaining and the whole exudes a certain grace with many sub-assemblies all in finesse and details that pay a fine tribute to the architecture of Rivendell.

Too bad for the very high public price of the product which will not put it within the reach of all budgets, but I think that this set has at least the merit of giving us value for our money both aesthetically with a concern fairly satisfactory detail and that of the pleasure linked to the assembly phase which will last a good fifteen hours. It's not always the case. It will then remain to find a place of choice for this bulky but very elegant product.

Note: The product shown here, provided by LEGO, is as usual involved. Deadline fixed at March 2, 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.

Woooo - Comment posted the 22/02/2023 at 18:24