We continue with the vignettes style for the seasonal sets this year, this time celebrating Easter with 40237 Easter Egg Hunt.
Is the set worth of a place in someone's Easter basket, or should you continue the search for other items?
On the front of the box we see two minifigs taking part in the hunt, including a little boy with a magnifying glass to help him find those eggs.
The vignette shows several potential locations for the eggs, which should make for an eventful and fun morning. As with other recent seasonals, there's a design of a Easter egg on the top left front of the box with two lines, presumable for a To; and From: to be filled in.
The front of the box also shows a graphic of some Easter eggs in the lower left. The back of the box shows close-ups of different areas of the vignette with the various egg hiding places.
As is common with smaller sets, it's a box that's opened with a thumb tab. Inside there are three unnumbered bags, an instruction booklet and a small 6x8 bright green baseplate. The back of the instruction booklet shows us a preview of the Halloween set, which looks appropriately spooky.
There are two minifigs in this set. The first is a woman dressed for the spring weather with a tank top and a spring colour blue pair of pants. She has two faces; one is a bemused smile; the other has sunglasses and a broader smile. This head was last seen in the Valentine's Day picnic, so perhaps she will be making an appearance in other seasonals this year as well. Her hair is quite stylish and somewhat rare, having only been seen in a few sets prior to this one.
The other minifig is a little boy, and the one for enjoying the search for the Easter eggs. His torso has also been seen a few times before, including in 31048 Lakeside Lodge
Like all seasonals, there are no new parts to the set, but several new-ish ones are used. Most notable among these are several of the eggs themselves, having been introduced in the Angry Birds theme last year.
The set is a series of small builds, each showing a different area of the property that could conceal one of the coveted eggs.
The build starts with a trolley. I'm reluctant to call it a wheelbarrow as it comes with two wheels in the front as opposed to one. This could be one of the hiding places for the eggs though there are better ones that come later. Perhaps you're expected to hide it behind the carrot?
The first ministructure is a small vegetable garden - or is it? It turns out that the soil under the carrot tops can be lifted up to reveal a small hiding place - just enough room for one of the eggs - in this case, the blue one.
The next build is a section presumably near the road, since it includes a mailbox as well as a small flower garden. I quite like that there are so many colours used for the flowers, and that there's a top added to the mailbox, provided this time in bright red. There's a section of fence that's used in all the small sections as well as a couple of lights on the top of the fence posts. This portion is built on the bright green baseplate as opposed to the darker green used for the others.
The final part of the build is the chicken coop - clearly we're out in the country for this egg hunt. We have the same fence and fence posts as the other sections, though the top of a fence post is adorned by none other than a chicken, having been displaced from the coop by yet another egg. The coop is accessed through a flap piece on the front to reveal the egg.
I think the set conveys an Easter egg hunt quite well and provides plenty of opportunities to hide the eggs provided in the set. The build itself feels a little underwhelming, I think because of the fragmented nature of the set. I would have liked to see something to tie the set together a bit more, though that would have exceeded the parts count for the established price for seasonals.
Regardless, the set fits with Easter quite well and is a perfect addition to someone's Easter basket, and offers decent value for money (145 pieces, $9.99, £8.49).