What might be great news for some will surely be a big disappointment for many others. The new seasonal Lego set, the Winter Toy Shop, is nothing more than a re-release of the 2009 model, Winter Village Toy shop (10199), which despite all its nice details, is personally very disappointing.
I know that it’s a second chance for those who missed the opportunity a few years ago, but I have always a special curiosity every year about this specific release and the last thing that I was expecting was a full copy (with the exception of the price) of this older model.
The set has around nine hundred pieces, slightly more than the older version, and the few differences are resumed to a couple of small details in the interior, a few sign pieces and some mini-figures faces. Just like the 10199, the new Winter Shop features a nice Toy shop Building with plenty of color and Christmas details, a big Christmas tree with lots of lights and presents and a considerable number of accessories such as the four additional trees, a bench with a street lamp nearby, a snow man and eight (!!) mini-figures.
In the back it is possible to access the interior that shows a big fire place with a chimney at the corner and lots of tool and equipment to build the small toys. A small ladder on the wall will also allow going to the first floor which being small than the other, has the appropriate space for a small workbench with plenty of tools. On the roof there is also a nice light brick that will certainly give a nice Christmas look to the house.
Globally, and if we forget that this is a new version of an older set, I would say that is surely a fantastic seasonal building. The Toy shop looks pretty cool with lots of different colors that include a white roof and the big tree, together with all the rest, gives the set a fantastic Christmas look. The set should retail around the eighty dollars and will be available probably next October. Have a look at the press release and extended gallery:
10249 Winter Toy Shop, 898 pieces
US $79.99 – CA $99.99 – DE 69.99€ – UK £59.99 – DK 599.00 DKK
Enjoy the holiday season with the Winter Toy Shop!
Welcome to the Winter Toy Shop! The holiday season has arrived and the toymaker is busy finishing off his latest creations! Outside, children ski and snowboard, and a freshly built snowman sparkles in the light that shines from the toyshop tower.
Help decorate the huge tree that stands at the center of the square, play with the curious kitten on the cozy wooden bench or join in with the carolers beneath the ornate streetlamp. This charming set also features a ladder, trees in various sizes, jack-in-the-box, a toy biplane, helicopter, rocket, train, race car, truck, robot, tugboat, teddy bear and a wrapped gift. Have fun building this enchanting winter wonderland! Includes a snowman and 8 mini-figures with assorted accessories: a male caroler, female caroler, a woman, 2 men, 2 boys and a girl.
Includes 8 minifigures with assorted accessories: a male caroler, female caroler, a woman, 2 men, 2 boys and a girl
Features a toyshop, large Christmas tree with decorations, ladder, bench, ornate streetlight, carrot-nosed snowman and a cat
Toyshop features a LEGO light brick, cash register, clock, chair, table, tools and a ladder
Accessories include a wrapped gift, snowboard, skis, 5 wreaths, 2 sets of strings lights, 2 top hats, 2 carol songbooks and 10 toys, including a jack-in-the-box, a toy biplane, helicopter, rocket, train, race car, truck, robot, tugboat and a teddy bear element
Also includes trees in various sizes and snow elements
Light up the toyshop tower with the LEGO light brick!
Decorate the Christmas tree!
Enjoy the holiday season with this fun, festive model!
Winter Toy Shop measures over 6” (17cm) high, 7” (19cm) wide and 3” (10cm) deep
Christmas tree measures over 5” (15cm) high, 4” (11cm) wide and 4” (11cm) deep