The Lunar New Year celebrations are underway and the LEGO Year of the Rooster promotion is in full swing at the LEGO Certified Stores around Singapore.
Since 2015, LEGO has been released an exclusive LEGO set every year to commemorate the Lunar New Year. We had the Year of the Goat/Sheep (40148) in 2015 and the Year of the Monkey (40207) in 2016.
There was also a Year of the Snake (10250) set in 2013 that was kind of like our current Creator 3-in-1’s where you could construct alternate builds with the bricks provided. However, the Snake set is not part of this current Lunar New Year series.
Anyway, onwards to the review!
I honestly enjoyed the entire process of the unboxing and subsequent build. The set comes with a mini red packet (红包/Hong Bao) in which you could gift it to another friend.
It is a Chinese tradition to gift a token sum of cash when you are visiting someone’s home during the Lunar New Year Celebrations and that is what the envelope in the box is for.
The build experience for the LEGO Year of the Rooster is very similar to the 2016 slate of Seasonal sets and the closest I could relate this to is the LEGO Seasonal Easter Chicken (40202).
It utilises some nice techniques for creating the look of the chicken feet using the yellow curve slope and the 3×3 cross plates. There are quite a bit of small elements so I would recommend putting the parts in a container first for easier sourcing.
There are quite a bit of play features included in the design with the posable wings to the movable beak (ok, lower beak).
The head actually swivels on a turntable which might be a little difficult to attach during the build. The instructions calls for you to build the head separately and then attach it to the body which contains the turn plate element.
I found that it is a lot easier to attach the turn plate element to the head first then attach it to the body after. The Rooster feet are on hinges too which allows it to move left and right.
There are some nice flower studs in both pearl gold and red along with a couple of 2×2 corner plates in white but at the end of the day, this is a gift with purchase so it is hard to quantify the value.
Is it worth it for the minimum purchase amount, I would say yes but if you are thinking of buying it from the secondary market then it is really based on how much you are willing to spend on it.
I think of the three Lunar New Year sets, the LEGO Year of the Rooster is probably my favourite in terms of design. It has a nice mix of colours and the larger head to body ratio gives it that extra cute factor.
There is a really cool combination of plates with clips that allows for a more varied plumage at the tail.
This set is redeemable in Singapore when you spend a minimum of SGD$88 on LEGO products at any LEGO Certified Store (Bricksworld, The Brick Shop), Monobrand Store (Toys Hunt, Bricks Empire, Secret Chamber) and retail stores like Toys ‘R’ Us, Hamleys and Metro.
The offer is while stocks lasts so do head down if you are thinking of getting one as from the looks of it, the stocks are not going to last past the Lunar New Year itself (28th Jan, 2017).
Incidentally, the LEGO Year of the Rooster is also available at the Leicester Square LEGO Brand Store when you spend a minimum of £125.