The LEGO Seasonal Valentine’s Day Picnic (40236) set is available at the Leicester Square LEGO Brand Store and a friend who was travelling there managed to bring one back for me to review.
Apparently, this set is still not available in the South East Asia regions like Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia which I guess would be because of the Lunar New Year celebrations. I gathered that this will be coming some time in February, just slightly before Valentine’s day itself.
I am a huge fan of the Seasonal vignettes of 2015 and it now seems to be a tradition to have alternating themes for the Seasonals when you get vignettes one year and the other will be brick-built characters.
Either way, I was super excited to be able to get my hands on this one as it ushers in another year of vignettes!
This is a slightly different type of ‘vignette’ as it is not completely confined to a set baseplate. In fact, the entire scene is split up into 4 main sections with the main picnic area, the fountain, the tree and the flower pot.
Each section is relatively easy to build as each do not require much parts. This is a slight departure from the 2015 Seasonal vignettes as those were confined to just an 8×8 baseplate.
This set cost me £8.5 at the Leicester Square LEGO Brand Store in London. That translates to about SGD$15.30 which actually makes it quite worth it even if you are buying it for parts.
LEGO Seasonal Valentine’s Day Picnic has almost all the flower studs of the rainbow. Just from this set alone, we managed to collect red, yellow, orange, pink and lavender flowers .
There are a lot of good elements here like the the bigger plant leaves, flower studs and a 6-prong stem as well as accessories like the pineapple, teddy bear and the printed 1×1 round tiles.
Is this the first time we are seeing a printed chocolate 1×2 tile?
What I like about this is that this set can appeal to both the kids and the Adult Fan of LEGO (AFOL). The child gets to build a cool little vignette while the adults and builders can use the parts from this set.
There is a wide variety of elements in this build that ranges from the flowers studs to the champaign bottle and glasses to the random pineapple that sits on the picnic blanket. This is minifigure accessory heaven.
Another cool little easter egg is that when you try to take a top down view of the vignette, you can see the grassy area (the green plates) form a neatly shaped heart.
As mentioned earlier in the review that this was £8.5 in London and there is no word on how much this would be price in Singapore but if past seasonal sets were any indication to go by, the local Recommended Retail Price should be about SGD$18.90.
I was told that the LEGO Seasonal Valentine’s Day should be arriving on our shores in the beginning of February.