40170 Build My City Accessory Set represents a considerable departure from the standard LEGO CITY range as minifigures are omitted altogether in favour of small models which are intended to furnish an urban environment.
The set is somewhat reminiscent of the service and accessory packs prevalent in past decades and I am very pleased to see such a concept return, particularly given the low price of £7.99 or $9.99. Hopefully this and the corresponding 40264 Build My Heartlake City Accessory Set are the first among several of these little packs!
The Completed Model
The set contains nine models, ranging in size from a simple road sign to a parking attendant's booth which can house a minifigure, although none are included. The first road sign warns of construction ahead and shows a minifigure using a shovel while the second sign displays the speed limit. Both are reliant upon stickers and the latter is attached to a simple traffic light. A rack of tools completes the construction zone.
Another stickered sign, this time marking a bus stop, is fitted to a lamp post which is constructed using a light bluish grey pole and some click hinges. Similar lamp posts have appeared in many recent CITY sets so it is pleasing to see some consistency across the range but the click hinge at the base tends to wobble slightly which is frustrating. The green recycling bin and trans-clear bottle situated beside the lamp post are very welcome as both elements are fairly rare and have never appeared in such an inexpensive set before.
Bicycle racks like this one are quite prevalent in LEGO CITY, most recently appearing in 60154 Bus Station. The dark bluish grey lattice plate is effective and there is space to slot two bikes onto the rack, although only one is present in this set. A map is displayed beside the bike rack and features another sticker showing part of the city. It would have been nice to see a couple of recognisable landmarks based on other sets featured but the generic design of the map ensures that it can be used in many different scenarios.
A few of the models included seem to be based around a park environment so should complement 60134 Fun in the Park - City People Pack very well. A selection of food elements are laid in a basket, most notable of which is a rare green apple, while some drinks and a printed newspaper tile are placed on a blue bench. The colours of the bench look rather mismatched to me but I am glad of the extra accessories.
The park also includes some plants and a small fountain. These are very simple but I like the white inverted dome which forms the basin and the four 1x1 quarter circle tiles arranged around the fountain are very welcome too as these are relatively rare at the moment. Unfortunately, the fountain seems to have sprung a leak, presumably due to drilling nearby based on the inclusion of a dark bluish grey jackhammer!
The parking attendant's booth is the largest of the nine models and is perhaps the most appealing as structures like this one have rarely been found in recent CITY sets. I like the hazard stripes on the barrier and a second sticker confirms that this is the entrance to a car park, as suggested on the box, but it could easily represent a simple toll booth if you choose to omit the sticker. The barrier can be raised on a hinge and there is room for a minifigure to stand inside the booth, although there are no controls inside.
This is an unusual set but a thoroughly impressive one! The small models remind me of gifts from a CITY Advent Calendar and are of a high individual standard, allowing you to incorporate them into larger displays with ease. The parking attendant's booth is probably my favourite part of the set as it is quite unusual and I also appreciate the inclusion of several rare pieces as well as some useful stickers.
On the other hand, the pack contains few models which cannot be found elsewhere so its appeal may be somewhat limited to seasoned CITY collectors and the prevalence of stickers is a little disappointing. The absence of minifigures also reduces the playability to some degree, although the fundamental purpose of the set is to expand upon your existing collection and in that regard it is successful. The price of £7.99 or $9.99 represents excellent value and this is therefore a must-have set in my opinion.
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