LEGO Lunar New Year 40491 Year of the Tiger GWP review

Available with purchases over £85 / $85 / €85 at or from LEGO Stores is the latest in a growing series of Lunar New Year sets, 40491 Year of the Tiger.

Following on from the likes of 40417 Year of the Ox (review) and 40355 Year of the Rat (review) comes the latest mini-animal-based build to reflect the start of the next Chinese/Lunar New Year, in the form of 40491 Year of the Tiger.

Marking the Lunar New Year for 2022 that begins on February 1, 40491 Year of the Tiger is a cartoonish interpretation of the latest Chinese Zodiac animal. People born in the year of the Tiger are believed to be quick-witted, resourceful, versatile and kind. As someone born in a Tiger year, I can confirm all of these things. We are probably also very humble.

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Built in the same style as its predecessors and as a result making a fine, logical addition to what is now quite a collection of these builds, 40491 Year of the Tiger is colourful and eye-catching and would look particularly at home with our new favourite set, Creator 3-in-1 31129 Majestic Tiger. It’s relatively intricate for the size of the build and, on a different scale to the mighty 31129 Majestic Tiger, a good demonstration of finding a creature’s form in LEGO pieces.

There are 12 Chinese Zodiac signs and the tiger follows on from LEGO sets/gift-with-purchases for 2021’s Ox, 2020’s Rat, 2019’s Pig, 2018’s Dog, 2017’s Rooster, 2016’s Monkey and 2015’s Sheep. That leaves us with the Rabbit, Dragon, Snake and Horse to round out the entire Chinese Zodiac – four more years of these to go!

If you are collecting them all, or are after a representation of being quick-witted, resourceful, versatile and kind, you can pick up 40491 Year of the Tiger at and in LEGO Stores right now and all the way through to January 27, or while stocks last, as a free gift with purchases over £85 / $85 / €85.

This set was provided by the LEGO Group for review purposes.

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Rob Paton

As one half of Tiro Media Ltd, I mix a passion for print and digital media production with a deep love of LEGO and can often be found on these pages eulogising about LEGO Batman, digging deeper into the LEGO Group’s inner workings, or just complaining about the price of the latest LEGO Star Wars set. Make a great impression when you meet me in person by praising EXO-FORCE as the greatest LEGO theme of all time. Follow me on Twitter @RobPaton or drop me an email at [email protected]

One thought on “LEGO Lunar New Year 40491 Year of the Tiger GWP review

  • 17/01/2022 at 16:37

    I hope they loop the releases. I only start with year of the Rat.


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