- User Rating: Very Good
Pros:Nice hat, easy to build, make a cute ornament.
Cons:Overall this is one of the worst Lego Snowman designs ever.
The Bottom Line: You know you're a Lego junkie when you buy a mini set knowing full and well it is not worth its weight in plastic.
Lego lovers were thrilled when some of the older designs in the Christmas Collection were slated to be re-released. I cringed because I knew that the Snowman would probably remain the same or – if even possible – be worse. I know that there are limitations to what you can do with plastic bits and pieces but that is no excuse for something this ungodly ugly. If it weren't for the hat chances are most people wouldn't know that this is supposed to be a snowman. The one single button on the belly doesn't help. The biggest problem with this version of the Lego Snowman is the face; if the nose was just even just a little bit you would have a nicer looking character. Of course you can add a regular white piece to it and change the look of it but – you know what I am going to say – if I can suggest it then its something that the designers should have thought it.
This is made up of 42 pieces, most of them are used to make the body. The hat is the nicest part of the Lego Snowman so right off that bat that should give you a clue as to how much this sucks. The designers tried to do too much with too little; thankfully it doesn’t all over easily but that doesn't do much because it looks like one shabby snowman. It can be hard to see this little guy if you have it with other figures; if you have it with darker items or are planning on using it with a darker or colored background then you can see the whole shape of it. Instead of using this as a decoration you will probably want to use it as an ornament. To do that you can use fishing like, make a small loop on one end, place it under the hat section then press that on to the snowman. You will have to play around with it to get it to hang evenly though.
There are more than a few different versions of this snowman; the other sets include the following:
Lego Set # 30008 – 28 pieces – 2004 – One of the nicest looking snowmen from Lego but it has a completely different hat than the others and looks more robotic because of the recessed eyes.
Lego Set # 40003 – 44 pieces – 2009 – Another flat snowman; this one tips over easily but has a nice overall look to it.
Lego Set # 1625 – 40 pieces – 1990 – Almost the same as this version but with a small hat and a shorter body.
Lego Set # 1979 - 42 pieces – 1991 – The original version of the Lego Snowman; this is almost identical to the newer version but the cone used for the nose was a different color.
Lego Set # 7220 – 19 pieces – 2003 and 2004 – A flat version of the Lego snowman with brown pieces on the sides.
In addition to the individual mini kits listed above there have been other mini versions of snowmen in Advent Calendar sets and giveaways as promotional items that were packaged with regular Lego sets. Because there are so many different versions of the Lego Snowman I don't advise buying one that isn't still in the package because you never know what you are going to end up with. You could end up with a handful of white bricks and a photocopy of the instruction / build sheet. To make things even more confusing there were three different snowmen given away through the Lego Club; these were never given set numbers so they are hard to find online because of the vague descriptions that people give with them.
One of the hardest things to do with sets like this is keep them clean; because they are usually stored most of the year you might not know if there is surface dirt on them when you pack them up. If you are someone that builds these each year you should wipe them down before you pack them away because the oil from your fingers could cause some damage to pieces over time. Even though I think this is one of the ugliest snowmen in the Lego collection it is something that has potential if you change some things around. The biggest killer to the design is the compact face- the eyes and nose are just way too close together for this character so it looks a tad goofy. The rake / broom also does nothing for it. I would have rather had them use one of the regular brooms from the Harry Potter theme than to use a bunch of cylinder pieces for it.
^V^ © 2010 Freak369 ^V^
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