Review: LEGO Snowglobe (40223)

Review: LEGO Snowglobe (40223)

As the LEGO Snowglobe (40223) is not available in Singapore, it took a while to get my hands on it (thanks BrickPilot!) so I’m going to try and enjoy every bit of building this.

This set was actually first announced by way of the instruction booklet being uploaded onto the LEGO Servers in the earlier part of 2016 and we got a pretty good look at the build and parts which definitely added to the hype.

Coupled with the fact that this is not officially available here in Singapore, it quickly became one of the most anticipated sets of this year.

LEGO Christmas Train (40138)

LEGO Christmas Train (40138)

LEGO Gingerbread House (40139)

LEGO Gingerbread House (40139)

Every year, LEGO will release two limited edition Holiday sets. We got the Christmas Train (40138) and Gingerbread House (40139) in 2015.

This year, it was the 2016 Seasonal LEGO Holiday Countdown Calendar 24-in-1 (40222) and this LEGO Snow Globe (40223).

Build Experience

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Nothing too out of the ordinary about the build experience. It serves, like all the previous Limited Edition Holiday Sets, as introductory one for those who are getting into LEGO for the first time.

Build time for this is was a leisure 20 minutes as it was just a manageable 215pcs. 

Playability

Review: LEGO Snowglobe (40223)

The ‘Snowglobe’ is actually a transparent cylinder with the 1×1 round tiles serving as snowflakes. You could shake the globe but it would just rattle instead of floating down gently in a vat of encased water.

Review: LEGO Snowglobe (40223)

There is also a drawer compartment below the ‘snow  globe’ tier where you could keep your precious trinkets or your favourite minifigure inside.

Value

Review: LEGO Snowglobe (40223)

Needless to say that this set was designed with the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) in mind. The amount of rare and hard to find elements included in this set is just astounding.

There are 25 (yes count’em!) 1×2 Dark Red profile bricks and the four transparent curve wall panels which would fetch a decent price already on Bricklink.

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And to cap it off, for the first time in LEGO history, we are getting a transparent 8×8 radar dish. This is the first time that LEGO has made the element available in this transparent colour.

Review: LEGO Snowglobe (40223)

Originally the snow globe was meant to be a Gift With Purchase of every USD$99 spent. It has been confirmed about USD$35 on eBay which translates to about SGD$50 after currency exchange.

It is going for around SGD$60 in Singapore right about now which is pretty much the price you would pay with shipping included.

Design

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Review: LEGO Snowglobe (40223) Review: LEGO Snowglobe (40223)

One of the things that I like about this snow globe is that it is functional. Yes, the drawer compartment is a little bit small but it can still hold a couple of wedding rings or a necklace or even a handful of earrings. Basically it holds stuff.

I know this is supposed to just be a representation of a snow globe but the 1×1 round white tiles accumulated at the bottom looks a little sad. Makes me want to seal up all the gaps and fill it up with water.

Review: LEGO Snowglobe (40223)

This really a worth while set to own even if it is just for the parts. I would recommending trying to get it as cheap as possible as I can’t imagine shelling out SGD$60 and above for a 215pc LEGO set.

The only way I would hand over that SGD$60 is if those 1×1 round white tiles can levitate just like in the box art.

2 responses to “Review: LEGO Snowglobe (40223)”

  1. […] include three of the 8×8 trans dish that was so sought after when it was first released in the LEGO Christmas Snowglobe […]

  2. […] and the 2×3 tile. The 8×8 trans clear dish makes another appearance (the first was the Holiday Snowglobe set) here to form the base in which the ship rests […]

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