As our friends in Canada celebrate Thanksgiving today, it's appropriate to look at the next of this year's seasonals, 40261 Thanksgiving. The series of seasonal vignettes have been quite charming this year - will this continue the trend?
The front of the box shows the set, which is a series of mini builds. It looks to be a harvest theme as the builds are set in a golden countryside with blue skies and white puffy clouds in the background. There's also a graphic of a pumpkin in the top right corner with an opportunity to write in gift and giftee names. The back of the box, like 40260 Halloween Haunt, shows a story through a series of panels. There's an enterprising bird who has aspirations on some of the produce in the garden. But alas, the farmer is in the way and doesn't seem incllned to donate to the bird's dinner. However, the clever bird makes use of the scarecrow to startle the farmer so that he falls into a basket of fresh produce, which allows the bird access to his meal, all the while chuckling to himself.
There are two minifigs in the set: a farmer and a little girl. The farmer comes with a torso that's been seen a few times over the past several years, but is very appropriate for his role. His mustachioed head was introduced in last years Fun in the Park pack and has been seen a few times so far this year. For headgear he has another appropriate choice - a cowboy hat (though the inventory describes it as a fedora) that has been found in some sets but hasn't been incredibly common. His companion, the little girl, is wearing a red sweater with a white t-shirt decorated with stars underneath. The sweater has a nice wraparound closing with a bow. Her head is somewhat new, showing eyes that have been accentuated with long eyelashes and a shy smile, having only been seen twice before in Nexo Knights sets. Her legs are similarly in a rare colour, having only been seen in three sets since 2011. She has long hair, which almost seems to overwhelm her. The farmer has a pitchfork for an accessory, while the little girl has a pail with handle.
I've decided to use an orange background in honour of the harvest themed set. I'm not sure that I'll use it again.
The protagonist of the story on the box is provided by a small brick built bird. There's another bird in the set to provide the Thanksgiving theme: a turkey. I love brick built animals and really like there are two included here.
A wagon is included to carry the farmer and little girl out to the fields and bring back the harvest. It's quite funcitonal and comes in some nice colours, though it's not clear how it gets pulled to and from the field. Maybe the farmer is quite industrious?
We have a small field where it looks like there are three crops, some pumpkins, something that looks like corn (though it's too close to the ground to be corn) and something that's represented by a flame yellowish orange carrot top - I'm not sure what it is. The scarecrow is there with a pumpkin, though it doesn't seem to be too effective considering the bird is using it to startle the farmer!
A large bushel basket is provided to hold the harvest bounty. It contains the mystery crop, some apples and carrots.
The most substantial build is the tree - there's some very attractive parts colour usage in the foliage as well as liberal use of the bright orange flowers, which has not been seen in many sets. It looks like there may be accommodation for a birdhouse, but the brick built birds won't fit.
I think this is another delightful little set, and perfect for display in an office. I really enjoy the brick built birds, and like the trend the vignettes are taking with a little story being told on the back of the box. For the price (133 pieces, $9.99, 9.99€, £8.49) and some of the relatively rare pieces, I think it's worth picking up, like the rest of the vignettes this year. I'm looking forward to checking out the Christmas ones!