reviewing 10247 Ferris Wheel, I had to apologise for not actually building the set but this time I can proudly say “here’s one I prepared earlier…” and show off my own review over on The Brothers Brick. I'll link to the review at the end as I want to show you all the lovely details first.
Pig City Teardown is the mid-priced set of the range, with 386 parts and priced £39.99/US$39.99. The Angry Birds sets are all colourful and enticing for the ‘recommended’ age range, between 6-12 or 8-14 as the set size increases. For those of us who are perhaps slightly older than this, fear not…there are a host of new moulds, re-colours and great new printed tiles that will also bring great joy.
PartsThere are 12 to discuss: the first six elements in the list are new elements or new printed elements while the final six are re-colours of known elements.
- Egg with Hole on Top (Element ID 6143595 | Design ID 24926)
- Brick, Round 2x2 Dome Bottom with Studs (6151968 | 24947)
- Brick, Round 2x2 Dome Bottom with Studs (6143596 | 24947)
- Hotdog Bun (6147214 | 25386)
- Tile 1x4 with Wood Grain and 3 Silver Nails Pattern (6151654 | 2431)
- Tile 2x2 with ‘TNT’ pattern (6149979 | 3068)
- Container, Barrel Half Large (6143217 | 4424)
- Brick 2X4 (6135191 | 3001)
- Brick 1X1X3 (6149781 | 14716)
- Flat Tile 2X2, Round (6145255 | 14769)
- Frame 1X2X2 (6149782 | 60592)
- Plate round 1X1 W. through hole ‘Apollo stud’ (6141499 | 85861)
Interestingly, when upturned and attached to a plant stem, the eggs take on a whole new life as a bunch of tulips (aka an Eggplant).
There have been a variety of solutions used previously to create a balloon but the new balloon base (shown above left) is clearly the optimal shape now. All four options shown above use the Brick, Round 2x2 Dome Top - Hollow Stud with Bottom Axle Holder (Design ID 553) as a top, but for the bases the pieces used are:
- Brick, Round 2 x 2 Dome Bottom with Studs ‘balloon base’ (Design ID 24947)
- Brick, Round 2 x 2 Dome Bottom (15395)
- A second Brick, Round 2 x 2 Dome Top connected at 180° using an axle
- Plate, Round 2 x 2 with Axle Hole (4032) and Brick, Round 2 x 2 Dome Bottom (15395). A similar alternative would be to use the slightly taller Brick, Round 2x2x1 2/3 Dome Top (30151).
One of the initial thoughts that crossed my mind with the new ‘balloon base’ was using the part to create a LEGO Diabolo, as the shape seemed perfect.
Hot Dog Bun
There is a central clutch point that securely holds any 3.18mm bar. (below left to right: Paint roller, skeleton arm, nozzle, 3L bar, bar)
New Printed tiles
There have been several printed wood tiles before, as shown below from left to right:
- the new Medium Dark Flesh 1x4 wood tile with 3 nails
- Reddish Brown Tile 1x4 with Wood Grain and 4 Nails Pattern,
- Tan 1x4 wood tile (from Carpenter, CMF Series 13)
- Yellow Tile 1x6 with Wood Grain Pattern (from set 6584)
- Tan Tile 1 x 6 with Wood Grain Pattern (from Sets 4756 and 7417)
Elements new in Medium Dark Fleshand four others at time of writing. Collectors who like to have one of each colour of 2x4 brick will rejoice as previously these bricks had been hard to find - probably only available as 'Q' parts - and were hence expensive on the secondary market. The average price on BrickLink over the last 6 months was a whopping £1.37 with a single brick bought in January 2016 for £5.73!
The large half barrel also appears for the first time in Medium Dark Flesh in this set. This barrel is also known as ‘Fabuland Tub’ and has a previous Design ID 64951 when it appeared in 37 different sets (at least) from 2009 -2015. It has 4 studs inside on bottom in a 2x2 arrangement and an axle hole in the bottom.
Elements new in Medium Azure
Elements new in Pearl GoldLast but not least is the Apollo stud (1x1 round plate with a hole) in Pearl Gold. The set uses two and a spare was supplied. You can read a bit about the history of this piece in this early New Elementary post. Here are all the colours of Apollo stud now available:
The completed setBuilding this was a fun activity for the six-year-old son of one of my friends. As an AFOL and a ‘parts monkey’, I was particularly pleased with the selection of new parts supplied with this set. I have to admit that it has been deconstructed and the parts are now being utilised for other creations. For more details on the build, check out my review over on The Brothers Brick.
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