Review: 40054 Summer Scene

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Summer Scene

The second of this year's seasonal scene polybags isn't widely available yet but I managed to get one from one of the traders at the Brickish Association meeting at the weekend. I think it came from the Manchester Discovery Centre where, it's been said, they are for sale already. No doubt it will turn up in brand stores and at shop.LEGO.com when (or, in the UK's case, if...) summer arrives.

The set consists of three parts: a sand castle, a deck chair and a parasol.

The sand castle is neatly constructed from tan and dark tan and features a red bucket: its first appearance outside a Friends set in that colour.

The parasol is a bit disappointing: the whole point of them is to provide shade isn't it, but the only thing that can fit under it is the crab. A longer pole should have been provided.

40054 Summer Scene

The deck chair is quite cleverly constructed but as you can see, it relies on transparent parts to hold the 'legs' on the end.

The minifig is, frankly, a big disappointment. An original minifig hairpiece of which we all have hundreds, a standard face and a horrible shirt. What would have been better would be a bare yellow torso, like this one, and a pair of trunks (black or blue hips and yellow legs).

40054 Summer Scene

Compared to 40052 Springtime Scene this is very disappointing, and one for serious polybag collectors only.

30 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I was gonna get this, but I passed it up and got the Springtime Scene.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is the chair ordinary yellow, and the crab flame-yellowish-orange (Chima yellow)?
(I've noticed some models on Flickr that seem to have been tweaked such that the yellow looks like the new colour when it isn't).

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By in Denmark,

There's lots of them for sale at LEGOLAND Billund (DK)

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By in United Kingdom,

Completely agree about the minifigure Huw... why not shorts and a vest? Or maybe he is dressed for the British summer? :) The deck chair/sunbed is slightly bizarre with it's use of tranparent bricks, but I guess they really wanted to use the vent piece as "slats" for the minifigure to sit on.

The sand castle's nice enough though

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By in United States,

Meh, if I see it I might buy it since I don't have any new City figs. And what I really want is 40052!

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By in United Kingdom,

Sand castles okay, but the figure and short parasol let the set down.

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By in United States,

The spring time scene is way better. I can't wait to see what the fall scene will be, since that is my favorite season.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thats a lot of clothes for the beach!

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By in Canada,

@Joefish, ordinary yellow and normal crab yellow.

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By in United States,

This could have been a lot better, but its not totally terrible. I don't think I have that shirt yet. So this will be an easy/cheaper way for me to get one. Plus some tan cheese pieces, which are kind of uncommon. And the red bucket is new, isn't it?

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By in Belgium,

That's british summer on the beach for sure!

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By in United States,

Jeans and a long sleeve shirt just scream "SUMMER!" to me. haha

What screams even louder is LEGO had too many of those torsos laying around and made a set.

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By in France,

If they had done a bare chest and a pair of shorts, they would have had complaints that it is too similar to the one in 850449 (and CMF S2).

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By in United Kingdom,

I will probably get this, I was slightly surprised to see it on here, as my Springtime scene has just arrived from shop@home today. Oh well I guess I will be placing another order with them then...

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By in Canada,

i disagree with you, that shirt is amazing and will be the one reason I'll be going after this set! It doesn't fit here, but come on! It just needs a cheesy "Florida" or "California" to be perfect!

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By in Singapore,

This model can be found in LEGOLAND Malaysia since 1 month ago.

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By in United Kingdom,

petitoilonrouge, that shirt/torso is rather ace isn't it? It can also be found in 4637 safari building set, and one of those activity books that come with a couple of minifigures on the front.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hi Huw,
Just for info: I picked up the polybag in the Employee Shop in Billund last Wednesday.

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By in Canada,

^ OK, thanks for the info...

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By in United States,

I picked one up when i was at Legoland California, but it was not at the main store at the front entrance. but it was available at the store next to the lego factory.

but it may change after 2 weeks!

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By in United States,

Bad shirt? It looks really detailed to me, meaning I'd pay money for it.

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By in United States,

It is true that the figure is wearing too many clothes, but I wouldn't say it is a bad figure. Personally, I don't have 'hundreds' of that hair piece, even though I'd say my collection is above average. I don't even think I have that particular face, though it is rather plain. The shirt is very unique, and I wouldn't mind adding that to my collection.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've got a few of that shirt already - it showed up in Watford's BaM selection last month - but I'll probably pick up a couple for the sandcastle alone! (plus, you know, it's a polybag...we "Atkinsar Acolytes" can't resist those...;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

I quite like the use of transparent bricks! Different, and requires a little imagination :O) Worth it for the nice piece usage for the deckchair.

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By in Denmark,

Hehe... Guys, if the designer of this set is danish, have him excused. Here you better wear clothes on the beach not to catch a cold! :-)

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By in Australia,

I bought this quite recently (and it arrived in the mail today), and I think it's adorable. I do prefer the Spring-time set (because it's larger, with a bit more pieces to it), but this is really cute. It's a giant sand-castle, and I really like the design of the wooden deck chair. He is over-dressed for the beach, though.

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By in United States,

Maybe the online PAB is different between countries, but this upper torso (Mini Upper Part "No. 1517") has been available through Lego.com for at least three years. I purchased about 10 of these, to create a beach party with my nieces :) when I came out of my dark ages. The only part I'd be interested in is the printed disk... though those, too, can be found when needed.

Overall, the build of the deck chair is stellar! But I agree with a bunch on here, shorts would be great for this set.

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By in Norway,

Hmm, much complaining in here.. I think its a neat little set and looking forward to grab some.

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By in United Kingdom,

@chilis I think it's a pretty cool set, just surprised by the amount of clothes... But that is a British summer on the beach lol

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