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LEGO Review – 40139 Limited Edition Gingerbread House (& MOC)
So, as you can see, I was greedy. I got 2 🙂 I started by following some of the framing instructions. I didn’t want to deviate too far from the original house in that regard, mainly because of the limited number of pieces I was dealing with. From there, I had to add some pieces from our collection. Mainly, I had to being in some 6×8 plates for the base since the original is rounded on all 4 corners. I used the extra rounded ones for the roof.
Once I had the base in place, I did the windows with a little difference from the original, and also had to pull out the last bit of mason bricks that I had in this colour to fill it out properly. Once the building was complete, it was on to the roof. I followed the original design, but added the rounded pieces leftover from the base. I also added extra icicles. For the top with cupcake swirls, I added extras of those as well. You’ll notice that the roof is extended past the edge of the house. There’s an extra 6 studs on the roof, and I love the way it turned out.
Finally, there was the chimney and decorations. I felt that 2 ice cream pieces looked too wimpy, so I went a little over board. What can I say? I love ice cream. For the outside decorations, I only added a few printed cookies from our collection, and extra green ice creams as well as orange-yellow ones.
I think I am willing to give up a few of my toes in exchange for a modular sized gingerbread house. Oh how amazing that would be…
2 More Christmas Reviews
40124 Winter Fun
LOVE IT! It’s cute, it’s small, it’s everything that expresses the joy of snow… The mini snowman was just right for the set, and I like it better than the big snowman. I will admit, it lacks details like the large one, but, I don’t know what it is about it. The brick facade on the building is lovely, and I wouldn’t mind building out the house a bit more. It’s just so quaint. I will say that the snow on top could use a little work. It’s a bit too flat for my liking. I love that I get a little Christmas tree, but I felt that the wreath on the door was unnecessary. Maybe because it’s strangely put together? I’m not sure. Overall, I would rate this set a 8/10. Yes, it’s up there with the big sets only because of how well put together it is.
40125 Santa’s Arrival
Like 40124, I just love this set. The details are all there. The beautiful chair that swivels, the cookies, the fireplace, the tree. Could I ask for anything else? My only complaint with the set would be the “stockings” hanging over the fireplace. I know this sounds strange, but I would have preferred to see LEGO create a custom piece for this. It’s something that could be used in other holiday sets, so it would pay for itself. And considering they made a mould for the hotdog guy, this is so worth it. There’s just something so unnatural about the L piece being a hanging stocking. From a distance, it’s not such a big deal. However, up close. eh. Also, I don’t know that I needed the cat. I could see a little kid loving the cat. Maybe it’s because I’m allergic to them? Like 40124, the wreath wasn’t too necessary for me to like the set. Overall, I would give this set a high rating because it’s small and quick, yet detailed and full of joy.
Time For Christmas Reviews!
40093-1 Large Snowman
The SNOT (Stud Not On Top) building techniques used on this set were nice. I also really liked how the scarf comes together. As I was building, I was wondering why there was a red piece in what seemed to be a random place, then it hit me. Overall however, I wasn’t in love with this set. I actually preferred the look of the mini snowman in 40124. Truth be told, I bought this set because I got the reindeer, and they just seemed like a pair. I think this would be a great build for a little kid, and I must say, it makes an excellent addition to Christmas and winter-land displays.
40092-1 Large Reindeer
This reindeer is simply cute. There’s a hidden cross piece that allows it to hold the present, and well, it’s just cute. The antlers, the feet, I just love this little thing. What more can I say? It’s great to add to your winter and Christmas displays, and people of all ages will enjoy this one. In fact, I wouldn’t mind making another one from spare parts so the extra present isn’t just sitting around. I will say however, the party hat seemed a bit out of place for me.