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Because I'm not a fan of the new pricing point for the winter village sets, I'd rather have seen these little vignettes get released individually. It doesn't help that the carousel/bucket game is head and shoulders above the others in coolness. Alternatively, package the carousel and one other building that sells BBQ+lollipops+cupcakes, charge $60 and done.
In fairness, the carousel is just gorgeous, and the decorated horse is the single best piece of 2013 imho.
Btw, it would be nice to have a white LED light brick. I could use that much more than I could 2 blue arches.
I think many people will buy it but the smart ones will wait for the inevitable clearance prices on these at LEGO stores
It sure makes you appreciate the value of #10193 in comparison though, doesn't it? Same price point, both are markets. both have lots of little mini builds and pieces and figures. But the MMV throws in two pretty substantial buildings whereas here we get one smaller carousel. Yes, I realize that the sets are years apart in their release, but #10193 was still available not that long ago. also, the piece counts are deceiving 1261 vs. 1601. Ok, about 20% less at the same price point, that's just inflation you think. but then you look at the piece types/sizes and realize it's more like 50% less.
the only other complaint I would add is that when you look at the set (take away the box background art), it doesn't scream "winter village" to me. Once you dig in you see the subtleties that place it in that setting, but it looks like it could sit in any town setting really, in almost any season. Maybe that's not a bad thing to some though.
Interesting I've talked to my mum about this set today, and her initial reaction on seeing the photos was so-so, whereas I thought she'd be really interested in it. It seems the lack of a large 'main building' is why she's not sure about it. I wonder if that is - subconsciously - why some people on here don't like it or don't feel it's worth the money?
Anyone else wondering if we will see the lollipop print with the CMF 11 elf?
That said ill have to get it, before christmas, probably brick friday with 10% off or better and a freebie.
There aren't really any sets I'd buy these days without at least a 20% discount, which IMO just puts it at a price it should be. It seems they just slap a price on a set they know is too much and then allow Amazon, etc to discount it down to a level it should be.
Nice work TLG
I'm kind of happy to see a set on the smaller side. While America doesn't have the type of holiday markets this set portrays, I find it charming. Personality in a set, to me, is as important as number of pieces.
This set seems to fit into that. More playability and display flexibility.
I agree with the comments that it doesn't seem as substantial without a building, but I'll probably end up with it either way.
I'm still hoping for a WV train With a sound brick next year. You can always put in lights, but a sound brick is more unique imo.
Or you can use a grey mast to climb to the roof to remove all that snow ;-)
I do not think that people are lamenting the size of the set as much as what LEGO is charging for it.
But it really should not surprise anyone as the Winter sets tend to be more expensive than standard City sets anyway.