News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out


By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 18 September 2015
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LEGO's latest seasonal set is a reworking of a set from 2009 that features more pieces, upgraded minifigures, and new printed pieces. It's available now for LEGO VIP members and will soon be in stores worldwide for everyone else to buy.

News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out

News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out

A month ago LEGO announced the winter (Christmas) set for this year - the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (set 10249) - and it has now been made available to members of the LEGO VIP programme in the US.

The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop set is a recreation and improvement of set 10199 from 2009, with a few new pieces added (898 in all, as opposed to the previous set's 815) and some minor colour changes. Long time fans of the seasonal series are upset that the set is so similar but this re-release gives people who weren't able to buy it the first time the opportunity to get it now, at far lower prices than those that are generally found on the second-hand market.


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The winter village toy shop set features eight minifigures, including three children, two carolers, and the toymaker, whose workshop is in the tower above the toy shop. In general the minifigures have better clothing and facial designs and are probably the best upgrade of the set.

News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out

News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out

The centrepiece of the set is the toy shop, which includes a LEGO light brick that lights up the second-floor window of the shop's tower, and the set also comprises an outdoor bench and street light, as well as lots of trees - the standout one being the large, decorated Christmas tree, of course. There is also a snowman but I have to say that it's one of the worst snowman designs of the many different LEGO ones I've seen over the years (it's only slightly better than the snowman that came with the previous set).

News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out

News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out

News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out

Smaller accessories include a selection of toys you can build (notably a rocket, a biplane, a helicopter, and a Jack-in-the-box), which is where most of the new pieces have been used as the previous set had far fewer toys. Standalone pieces include a teddy bear, a gold frog that acts as a decorative statue in the toy shop, and a new cat.

The decorative elements on the building and lamp have been improved and a printed toy-shop sign is a delightful new inclusion.

VIP programme exclusives are usually released to members about two weeks before they become available to the general public, which means the set should be available in October for everyone to buy, and therefore should reach South African retailers in November (I'm estimating).

News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out

News: The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249) Is (Almost) Out

The LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop retails for US$79.99/CA$99.99/DE69.99€/UK£59.99, so in South African we can probably expect a price of about R1 200.

LEGO Creator Expert Winter Toy Shop (10249): Brickimedia, Brickset, LEGO US

Tags: #lego





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