The LEGO Hong Kong Cultural Mini-builds just arrived and thanks to LEGO Hong Kong, we have the first redeemable set ready for review!
The Old Taipo Market Railway Station (香港鐵路博物館) mini-build is a tribute to the original Tai Po railway station that was the center of commerce for the area during the early 1900s.
It served as a center of administration and trade which is now converted into a museum that retains the old railway tracks and steam locomotive outside.
The packaging follows the aesthetics that was first seen in the LEGO Malaysia Cultural Mini-Builds with the yellow and the Cities of Wonders key visual. The box is a little bit larger and has a side flap opening as opposed to the Malaysian ones.
The instructions came in booklet form which was expected since this the piece count for this set is twice the amount than that of anything their Malaysia or Singapore counterparts had.
This is one of the larger min-builds that we have encountered so far in this campaign (there are still a couple larger sets than this) which consists of 212pcs.
I quite enjoyed building Taipo station itself as it was pretty neat to see how some of the elements represented the different stylings of Chinese architecture.
The build is relatively simple but there were parts of the instructions that was not entirely clear due to the printing.
The portion of the instructions for the locomotive took a bit to decipher so I took the pictures of the reverse which should give a clearer picture of which piece should go where.
I’m also a sucker for masonry bricks and this set gives us a whole bunch of them!
The set is designed by Andy Hung, Hong Kong’s only LEGO Certified Professional and he has done a pretty good job of translating the original design into micro scale.
The 1×2 sand green vertical clips gives us a semblance of the ornate Chinese roofs of the Taipo Market station and the Light Bluish Grey 4L bars makes a nice railway tracks when combined with the reddish brown vertical clips.
What I really like about this set is that it looks like it would fit very nicely next to your architecture sets as the model sits on a black bordered base.
In fact, the rest of the series follows this little aesthetic styling which makes for a very nice collection to display.
This is the first in a series of four LEGO Hong Kong Cultural Mini-Builds and from the look of the first one, this would be a pretty sought after collection to complete.
My only concern is the HKD1200 (SGD$212 / USD$153) amount required for this Gift-with-Purchase which makes this the highest price for redemption amongst all the other countries.
While I understand that Hong Kong’s cultural mini-builds have the highest piece count which should justify the redemption amount, it is still a hefty sum to part with especially since there aren’t many new sets to purchase at the moment.
Just to put things into perspective, the LEGO NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket (21309) is only SGD$199 here which means that even buying that set would not net you the Gift-with-Purchase.
You will be able to redeem this set from June 16th onwards at the Cityplaza “Cities of Wonders” LEGO® Toys ‘R’ Us pop up store for every HKD1,200 spent on LEGO products in a single receipt.