Christmas sets are a relatively new phenomenon. Before 1999 or so, we were lucky to see a single Santa polybag each year, and even then they were not readily available. These days we are spoiled for choice, what with the winter village sets, Advent calendars, free sets from shop.LEGO.com and holiday-themed polybags. It's perhaps surprising that it took LEGO so long to cotton on to their potential.
This set 40058, Decorating The Tree, is one of this year's two Christmas polybags, and also one of four season-themed polybags we've enjoyed this year (40052 Springtime scene, 40054 Summer Scene and 40057 Fall Scene).
It consists of a tree, five presents, a little girl and a hapless dad fixing the lights on it using a stepladder. The tree is of the 'three-pronged' variety which makes use of Technic Rotor, 3 Blades to fix the branches at 120 degrees rather than 90. It's been used for this purpose many times before, at least since 2009 (in 30009), so it's perhaps a shame that it hasn't been made in green yet, I'm sure the tree would look much better if it was.
The minifigs are pretty good: dad has a nice plaid shirt on, but those red trousers have made an appearance again, but at least they are dark red this time!
For a polybag it has a high piece count -- 110 -- which is one of the highest (if we exclude the huge MBA ones), although admittedly many are 1x1 pieces.
It's a neat little set that will grace your desk or mantelpiece over the holiday period.
Thanks to the team over at Brick A Brac, who specialise in end-of-line and rare/exclusive sets, for sending me this and 40059 to review. They currently have an exclusive offer for Brickset readers: Mindstorms EV3 for just £199, that's £100 off the RRP. Go and check out their website if you're interested in finding out more.
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