60134 Fun in the Park has been eagerly anticipated for the arrival of the baby minifig as well as a wheelchair, among other features. Others have dismissed it as purely an overpriced minifigure pack with mediocre minifigs.
Which is the case? Join me on a visit to the park to find out……
It's a beautiful day in the LEGO City park. Our tour of the park is viewed through the eyes of our businesswoman, who has decided to walk through the park to make it to the bus stop to get to an afternoon meeting.
She starts her walk through the park admiring the foliage. Our businesswoman is wearing a crisp white shirt and blue blazer. Detailing for her outfit is on the front and back of her torso, with buttons on both shirt and blazer and silver piping on the lapels. She has stylish glasses and not too bright lipstick. Her hair is a swept up 'do and she comes with a briefcase.
Our businesswoman then encounters the person responsible for the impeccable nature of the foliage at the park, the groundskeeper.
She has very detailed green overalls and.a red shirt, also printed on front and back. Her hair is swept back in a long messy ponytail and she looks just the part for doing all of her outdoor work. The lawnmower however does not roll on its own after adding the wheels, thereby giving a whole new meaning to "push mower".
After greeting the groundskeeper, the businesswoman then waves to an older couple sitting on a bench, watching the scene around them. She assumes they are grandparents supervising a couple of their grandchildren nearby.
Grandpa comes in a white shirt with argyle sweater on top but he's almost disappointing as he has no printing on the back. He has a distinguished white mustache and horn rim glasses.
Grandma has a buttoned up cardigan that has printing on both the front and back. Her glasses are dainty, and she has fabulous hair.
Our businesswoman then meets who the grandparents are supervising; two children playing soccer (or football, for those of you across the pond).
The first child is a boy with a baseball shirt in multiple colours, and different colour arms. He aspires to be an astronaut based on the figure on this shirt. His face seems a little crunched up - perhaps in concentration? He has some nice freckles and is wearing a baseball cap.
The boy is playing football (or soccer) with a little girl, who is wearing a pink striped sleeveless top. The businesswoman is not sure she's seen many people sleeveless in the LEGO world before. The little girl is wearing glasses.
The businesswoman is distracted watching the kids play, until whoosh! - she is almost hit by a cyclist speeding by.
The bicyclist is dressed in a bright green and black cycling jersey and has a helmet for safety. The arms are in a different colour than most of the torso. The jersey has detailing on the front and the back. He is really enjoying his ride, as evidenced by the big smile on his face. His bicycle is bright red but not new.
After recovering from her close encounter with the cyclist, the businesswoman encounters another park worker. This time, it's the painter.
The painter is dressed in grey overalls. Her trade is indicated by splashes of paint not only on her top but on her pants as well. Her arms are a different colour than most of the torso and the back printing is just as detailed as the front. She has a little surprise - a double face.
On one side she is looking a little tired/bemused and on the other she is definitely looking frustrated. Perhaps she is not making as much progress as she hoped, since there are so many people at the park. Her hair just barely covers the alternate face in the back.
After admiring the painter's handiwork the business woman comes across a couple enjoying the day with their baby. The baby is in a stroller.
The baby has enchanted the couple so much they are not paying attention to what is happening to their snacks on a nearby table. Their dog is guarding them, but perhaps a little too closely!
Dad is dressed in a comfy looking red flannel shirt, which is also printed on the back. He has a very good barber as his hairpiece matches up exactly with the sideburns of his beard.
Mom is next, and she also has a surprise second face! Her first face is a pleasant smile, and her alternate side has her donning some sunglasses and really enjoying the day.
She's wearing a nice purple twin set with a pale purple shell and darker purple cardigan, adorned with a pretty necklace. Her hair is styled perfectly with an outward flip.
The baby is, of course, adorable, with dainty little hands and a sweet smile. Or perhaps they are just looking at the dog stealing the snacks.
After alerting the couple to the impending snack theft and cooing over the baby, the businesswoman then turns her attention to two more children playing on a roundabout (or some of you may have called it a merry-go-round as kids). They appear to be twins!
The little boy has an electric blue hoodie with a bright green jersey top underneath. The printing is detailed on the front and the back with a shiny silver zipper. His face is fracked and he has a shock of bright yellow hair.
His partner is a little girl wearing a blue hoodie over a purple shirt with a sparkling star on the front. Like most of the minifigures in the set, the printing is detailed on the front and the back. She has a bright blonde pony tail.
Our businesswoman has almost made it to the bus stop, but thinks she might like a snack before heading on her way. Fortunately enough, there is a hot dog vendor right there! The businesswoman is very excited to see this vendor, since she has never had a hot dog in a bun before!
Our genial mustachioed hot dog man is dressed in a chef's top with double rows of buttons down the front and a red kerchief around his neck. His peaked hat finishes his look well. He comes equipped with a pair of tongs.
However, our businesswoman is to be denied a snack, as the hot dog man already as a customer.
Similar to the hot dog bun, the businesswoman is not sure if she has seen a wheelchair quite like this before, especially with this kind of rear wheels. The man in the wheelchair is wearing a burgundy shirt with grey hoodie, and comes with a grey beanie. He has a mischievous expression, which leads our businesswoman to believe he might just eat all the hot dogs there.
After despairing of her snack, the businesswoman makes it to the bus stop and continues on her day.
I like this set a lot. I think for the price ($39.99, £34.99) you get plenty of minifigures, and original ones at that - all the torsos are new to this set and many of the heads and headpieces are recent releases. Personally, I am going to be using this set to populate a lot of my sets to add extra character (pun intended) - it will be a great change from raiding my advent calendars as I have done in the past. I personally love that several minifigures are portrayed with glasses. That was something really important to me when I was a kid - I wore glasses, but I rarely saw people with glasses portrayed in toys or elsewhere.
I think the detailing of the torsos is very good overall, with some exceptional examples (the painter, for instance). I wish that LEGO had customized more of the legs as well, as it is only the painter that has legs that are not standard LEGO legs. The hairpieces are also good, with my personal favourite being the grandmother's white coif.
The baby minifig - well, let's just all say awwwww. It really is beyond cute, and I think even more adorable in person than what you see in the picture. Of course it's about time that LEGO portrayed a minifig in a wheelchair, and I'm looking forward to having that included in future sets.
The diversity of pieces allows you to create all kinds of combinations for your own minifigures (the instruction booklet encourages this). I like that LEGO has provided both age and gender diversity in this set.
Even if you are not a City fan, this set is worth considering.