A number of months again, in my evaluation of Lego’s Duan Wu Competition set, I included a listing of future Chinese language-themed units that I hoped the toy firm would do.
Whereas the Mooncake Competition set I hoped for by no means got here to be, I used to be delighted after they introduced that considered one of their newest Chinese language New 12 months units would come with a lion dance troupe.
In contrast to final yr’s highly-sought after Dragon Dance and Chinese language New 12 months’s Eve Dinner units, this yr’s Lion Dance and Chinese language New 12 months Temple Honest fashions are now not Asia-market exclusives, however that doesn’t imply they’re any much less fascinating, as a mix of ingenious design and excessive playability make them arguably much more enjoyable than the earlier CNY units.
Here’s a lowdown on the 2 units.
With 5 superbly (and creatively) designed small lion collectible figurines and a stage with the prerequisite poles to pose them on, this for me is the perfect of the CNY units Lego has launched to this point.
It comes with eight minifigures (together with one in a rat costume) to accompany the 5 lions, a percussionists’ stage with a novel drumming play operate, and one other temple gate (albeit, smaller than the Temple Fest one).
The builds are comparatively straightforward, particularly the temple gate and the percussion stage, however constructing the lions that was probably the most enjoyable half about this set.
I simply love how the lion heads have been designed. At first look, they actually do seem like lion dance heads, by the best way, with each element you’d anticipate, from the little horns atop their heads, to the flappy mouths and googly eyes. Upon nearer inspection, you’ll discover that the ‘eyebrows’ are produced from banana items, whereas the ‘ears’ are frogs!
Additionally, the legs are literally minifigure legs, which will increase the poseability of the lions, particularly atop the poles on the platform.
General, it is a actually enjoyable set not simply to construct, but additionally for the playability and likewise poseability of the lions themselves. And the perfect half is, you may mix it with the Chinese language New 12 months Temple Honest to kind one epic CNY scene!
Chinese language New 12 months Temple Honest
Whereas Chinese language New 12 months temple gala’s aren’t that widespread an occasion in Malaysia, it’s, nevertheless, typically seen in cities and cities all through China throughout CNY.
Priced at RM499,90, the centrepiece of this set is the ornate temple gate, a powerful construction that additionally consists of some distinctive items, together with some tiles with conventional Chinese language patterns.
The ‘pageant’ a part of the set options 4 stalls with Lego variations of things you’d discover at a Temple Honest, from barbecue dishes to sweet, toys, vases and dough collectible figurines. There are additionally two plum blossom timber bearing CNY messages that provides to the festive temper of the entire set.
The set additionally consists of a powerful 14 minifigures, and in a pleasant contact, even consists of the identical household that was featured in final yr’s CNY Eve Dinner set.
As for the construct, it’s not a sophisticated one – the temple gate itself was pretty easy, whereas the stalls are enjoyable little mini-builds by themselves. What I preferred most about this set is the number of stalls that they had, and the best way it captures the festive temper of CNY with all of the little lanterns, crimson packets, and the sheer variety of minifigures to play with.
The Chinese language New 12 months units can be found in any respect Lego retailers, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Lego’s Lunar New 12 months Occasion at Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur and The Mall, Mid Valley Southkey in Johor Bahru from now till Feb 2. For extra data, go to Lego Malaysia or Lego Malaysia Fb.