Review: 40055 Pumpkin

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With Halloween just around the corner, now's a good time to review this year's Halloween set, 40055, Pumpkin.

LEGO has made various pumpkins over the years, ever since orange bricks and plates started to become available in 2000. This one, however, is not their best effort and doesn't really have much going for it at all.

40055 PumpkinFor a start, it's square: there's been no attempt to round the corners other than on the top. I know it's difficult at this scale but I'm sure some SNOT techniques, maybe something similar to a Lowell Sphere could have been used.

Secondly, the parts are all different shades of orange and it really shows: the plates are one shade, the bricks another. The 2x2 slopes come in both shades as you can see from this photo.

So, it's not a good model, or a good parts pack, so is one strictly for the polybag completist to leave in their collection unopened.

34 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

The silly thing is square! It looks like something a child would put together because they didn't have enough bricks to build something more accurate.

I realise that a sphere is one of the more complex Lego shapes, but come on.

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By in United Kingdom,

I thought the colour difference between the plates and bricks was rather noticeable, but it seems to add something to the model. (Are they actually different colours, or just a manufacturing inconsistency of the "same" colour? I suspect the latter, as all of the 2x2 slopes in mine seem to be the same colour.)

Interesting that it's been sold out at S&H in the UK for a week or so... are they really that popular despite the looks, or did they just not make many?

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By in United Kingdom,

This is one of the few seasonal poly bags I won't be getting. Thankfully we've got a couple unopened from last year (40020) which will suffice.

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By in United States,

I was very disappointed with this. A friend of mine had a few different pumpkins from years past and they were head and shoulders above this poor effort.

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By in United States,

Certainly a poor model by most standards, let alone what we have come to expect from this years incredible array of seasonal sets. And I don't even get what is supposed to be at the bottom of the pumpkin with the tan inverted slopes and 4x4 round dark red tile. Next to this, I would have preferred some sort of a small Trick-or-Treating model with minifigures to fit in with the other seasonal sets this year. I certainly hope TLG can up their game for next years Halloween models...

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By in Canada,

@paul_merton, I believe the problem is due to LEGO starting with a base colour ABS and using a dye to make it orange, or whatever. I suspect miniscule differences in the amount of dye added, or some other manufacturing variation, is to blame for the inconsistency.

@ProfessorBrickkeeper, I couldn't work out why the base as tan, either. My only guess is that inverted 2x2 slopes were not available in orange and using 8 1x2s was more expensive than 4 tan 2x2s

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By in United States,

I thought it was cute for $5...It's sitting on my dining table with the fall scene.
I've not seen any of the previous pumpkins, though. And I definitely would have loved for it to be slightly round at least.

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By in United States,

I incorporated a light brick in mine. Given that its a poly bag and cost only a few dollars I think it was a neat little set. I think the review was a bit harsh. It's not like this thing was $50+ or something. It's a jack-o-lantern poly bag tailored toward kids in spirit of Halloween. It sold out quickly and satisfied the intended market.

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By in Canada,

^ All good points, but disappointing nevertheless given the high standard of other seasonal polys this year.

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By in United States,

I thought it was a simple, fun build that went perfect with the Witch that was offered last year. True, a cube pumpkin is odd, but it was easy enough for my 6yo to put together with no issues. I don't care for how the stem looks or that weird base, but as for the pumpkin face, it is not so abstract that you don't know what it is.

Had they went with white and gray, it would have almost made for a better skull face than pumpkin.

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By in United Kingdom,

you cant please all of the people all of the time.. it is what is is.. it would be boring if all the sets were of a top quality every time.. how boring would that be, there has to be something we moan about

I have it and with the addition of the witch and the pumpkin store head and skull store head , it gets us in the mood for Halloween..

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By in United States,

(It's Lowell, not Lowrell)

But otherwise, yes, at the very least they could have shaved a straight 1x1 groove off of the edges, adn an extre few plates' worth from the extreme corners.

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By in United States,

I recently found last year's Halloween set (40032 - Witch) at Target next to the Halloween candy. It was a huge surprise because it's almost impossible to find decent polybags at my Target other than the usual ones they've had at the checkouts for years without changing. The witch head looks very nice displayed next to this pumpkin - both are similar scale & shape. I do prefer the witch to the pumpkin, but I do think they both look better together than on their own. I hope next year's set is a ghost or Frankenstein in the same design scheme.

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By in United Kingdom,

What's wrong with it? Sure, it's square, but there is only so much they can do within that price point. So I'm going to get it as it's cheap and I will incorporate a light brick inside.

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By in United States,

I think it looks pretty decent for the price I didn't even notice the tan base. It was sold out on S@H over the last week (at least), so my Double Points orders were unable to include it unfortunately.

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By in United Kingdom,

Do you know where the parts are made?

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By in Canada,

Denmark, Hungary and Mexico.

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By in United States,

I have noticed orange is a very inconsistent color with LEGO. Like my Unimog set, the orange is different shades, and some glow under a black light.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've bought one of these and last year's witch for my two kids. I agree it could be a little 'softer' in the shape department but the 'style' matches last year's witch - I'm happy with it, I'm sure the kids will be too!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ I've noticed this with yellow bricks too, not the usual 2x2 or 2x4 bricks but the contoured curved bricks like on the later Naboo starfighters - thought the bricks had faded but they hadn't been on the shelf long

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By in United Kingdom,

I am told that you can fit a battery powered tea light in it. Has anyone tried this?

I thought the review was a little harsh.

I prefer polybags without minifigures (as the figs are rarely any good), and I don't want to be paying £6.99 for every polybag thank you!!

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By in United Kingdom,

the orange in the 2 polybags i got my daughters are all the same colour , and they loved building it , 4 @ 8 yrs

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By in Canada,

Spot on review Huw. My wife put ours together last evening and was disappointed it was a square. It looks alright with the other Halloween sets from years previous, but making it more spherical would have been a plus.

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By in United States,

Well I agree that the pumpkincould at least be a little bit round; it would be quite difficult to make it round without using semi-rare pieces that would most likely increase the price by around $2-3.

Thanks for the review though! ;-)

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By in United States,

Really? I actually think the model looks nice...

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By in Taiwan,

I have a couple of the previous pumpkin sets and my kids will likely get this one as a gift from their grandma. While it isn't perfect, it does show a bit of advancement compared to the previous 2D versions. My guess is that 2014's pumpkin will have better rounding than this one as the holiday sets continue to evolve, and as more elements become available in orange.

I like osharding1's idea and will look to incorporate a light brick as well.

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By in United States,

@ Huw So this use of dye to change the color of a base ABS, does this mean we'll be seeing more slight inconsistencies from lego with the shades of their parts or only on things that thew don't seem to put a lot of effort into?

Is it me, or is lego gettinc cheaper about the way they do things? I've been noticing the HF and LoC ultrabuild weapons have one side that has less plastic to it, like lego wants to use the absolute least amount of plastic possible to make the part. Its getting sad how much lego doesn't seem to care about the actual quality and consistency of their parts.

http://youtu.be/qr_dTySMl7s American Accented Oleg would be pissed! Its funny, legos are square, yet the company cuts so many corners, its cylindrical. XD

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By in United Kingdom,

I really wish they would re-issue 3731, especially as you can combine two together to make a large pumpkin.

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By in Canada,

^^ some colours show the variation more than others. In the olden days LEGO used pre-coloured ABS but now they colour it themselves in many cases, to cut costs, which is why the colour variation is a new phenomenon.

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By in United Kingdom,

I've not noticed the difference in shading on the orange, but not really looking with that critical eye.

I think it is a cute little set, but on its own nothing special. As others have mentioned, I've put a light brick in mine, with a push switch on the top (unfortunately I couldn't find / didn't have an orange plate with holes, so a yellow one will do). Looks much better in the dark!

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By in United States,

I just got the horizon express and I noticed the different orange shading.

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By in United States,

We bought this poly bag to go with our seasonal decor at home. We went to the "missing brick" section of the Lego site and ordered the inverted slopes in orange and the base in dark brown to make it more like a pumpkin. We are not sure why Lego just did not make the other parts in orange to complete the pumpkin.

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By in United States,

Missed out on this one, but I'm sure Toys 'R Us will put a ton out next year, like they did for the witch this year. My daughter enjoyed building the witch, so it was worth the wait.

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By in Norway,

I did not expect a pumpkin made out of Lego to be round. I am just glad the top and bottom are somewhat rounded.
But if i get it, i would even make it a completely cube, like an Minecraft pumpkin.
And the shade of the color are almost impossible to make perfect. I see a ton of Lego set with different shades.

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