To celebrate Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, LEGO.com offers an exclusive set each year. With 2020 marking the Year of the Rat, 40355 accordingly builds a cute version of the creature. The only way to get the set is to spend £80 or more at the official website, with other celebratory sets including 80104 Lion Dance and 80105 Chinese New Year Temple Fair recently launching to offer the perfect accompanying purchases.
As the pictures illustrate, the model is adorable, the opposite of the depiction of a rat that most are accustomed to. With big eyes and forward facing paws, it fits in perfect with previous sets in the series such as 2019’s 41086 Year of the Pig.
Zodiac animals have certain meanings, derived from the perceived characteristics of each animal. People born during the year linked to an animal are said to have that creature’s characteristics. There are 12 zodiac animals, with this yearmarking the Year of the Rat.
The Rat is associated with being clever and quick, as well as with the midnight hours. It is seen as being a sign of wealth, although people corn in its year are also associated with living a contented life.
As has been the case with the previous sets in this series, 40355 Year of the Rat includes a red envelope for putting money in, to follow the Chinese New Year tradition. The promotion offering the free set is available until January 26.
This product was provided for review by the LEGO Group.
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