set is in the details. Yes, it’s a neat little trick that the six mini-builds combine together into either a hexagonal shape or a cube-stacked display, and yes that’s a lot of minifigures for a set just above 1,000 pieces.
But what makes the set really quite something are the details that are packed into each of the six vignettes. There is activity, character, colour and – most importantly – story jammed into each scene. The
and putting it into a small, square display with a backdrop. Vignettes are snapshots of life or captured moments from stories – they are artistic and interpretive and, done right, they can even offer new insight into the everyday.
To that end, every detail included in a vignette is deliberate and serves to tell part of the story, to paint part of the picture that the build (and builder) intends to. The details can make or break a vignette, and they are what pull someone into the scene or take them out of it. And it’s those details that really bring
are snapshots of festive traditions for the Chinese New Year, and in each of them, such is the skill of their design, you instantly know what is going on, what the setting is and who is likely involved in each scene.
Group writes on its official website, these traditions include ‘food shopping, making good-luck decorations, visiting family and exchanging ‘Hongbao’ red envelopes’, and they are wonderfully captured in what is otherwise a small and challenging amount of real estate to work with.
— Characters —
Alongside six charming mini-builds come a staggering 12 minifigures. The Chinese New Year sets are quickly establishing their identity within the
. It’s indeed an issue that the Chinese/Lunar New Year sets have suffered from in general – they do all tend towards the more expensive end of things. However, with consideration to the quality and appeal of these sets – including
could only dream of, building at a higher level and to a higher budget. It means that the sets come in a little more expensive, but for that extra money are sets that compare very well and will maintain a lasting appeal where cheaper sets perhaps feel more disposable.
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