Geoffrey the Giraffe was first spotted in captivity in the LEGO vault at Billund during the inside tour in May. He's now made it out into the wild and can be obtained for free with purchases of £15 at Toys R Us in the UK, or for £4.99. My local branches didn't have them until Friday, so I headed down yesterday to grab a couple.
For those that aren't aware, the 400xx number series is used for 'store exclusives'. They are usually LEGO brand store or LEGOLAND exclusives, and I think this is the first number from that series to be allocated to a set that's available elsewhere.
It contains 90-pieces and is built in two stages: the neck and nose, and then the top of the head.
The neck is made from orange and yellow 1 x 1 bricks which give him his distinctive spots. A tall 1 x 2 x 5 brick has been added to the back to provide some strength.
The leaves at the bottom give the impression that he's poking his head out of the top of the trees. The green 'Tile, Round 8 x 8' used for the base is unique to this set.
While researching for this review I came across a page at the UK Toys R Us site that gives some background and history of Geoffrey the Giraffe.
I think Mel has done an excellent job of capturing the look of his current incarnation, which is very comic-like. A smile would have been nice, but difficult to achieve, I suspect :-)
I've no idea if this will be available in Toys R Us in other countries but I suspect it will be in due course. Looking at BrickLink, the only people selling it are in the UK and Austria. I can't see any mention of it at ToysRUs.at though.
So, be patient, I'm sure you'll find Geoffrey grazing in your neck of the woods soon!
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