Review: 21315 Pop-Up Book

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"But Grandma! What big eyes you have," said Little Red Riding Hood.

"All the better to read Brickset's review of the Pop-up Book, my dear," replied the wolf...


21315 Pop-Up Book was the winner of the third Ideas review period of 2017 which were announced in May this year. It's the second set to pass review that Jason Allemann has had a hand in after 21305 Maze and the finished product looks to be faithful to the original.

Let's take a look...

Box and contents

The set comes in a fairly large box that on the front shows a part-opened book and on the back the two different scenes that can be built -- Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk -- to put inside.

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Parts are packed in 6 numbered bags and my first thought when seeing them was 'what a lot of dark green!' In fact there are over 230 parts of that colour, over 1/4 of the total, a few of which are new in this set, such as 2x2 / 1x4 brick hinges and 1x12 bricks.

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The are also two brown 8x16 tiles, which are also new in that colour, one of which is printed with the book's title. There was speculation earlier in the week that it was a sticker so I'm pleased to report that it isn't. In fact there are no stickers in the set at all.

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In addition to the building steps, the instruction manual contains information about the fan designers Jason Allemann and Grant Davis; the LEGO designer Wesley Talbott and graphic designer Crystal Marie Fontan; a brief history of pop-up books and the two fairy tales depicted.

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Minifigures

The set's four minifigs are scattered among the six bags but I'll look at them all here before delving into the model's construction.

First we have granny. She's attired in a delightful pink nightgown, complete with frilly white details and blue ribbon. This is the first time minifig legs have been produced in this shade of pink.

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The printing continues on the back of her torso.

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The wolf, having gobbled granny up, puts her nightdress on, but in doing so his claws have made a bit of a mess of it by the looks of things.

The head -- here decorated with granny's glasses and lipstick -- has appeared before in collectable minifigures series 14 71010 Wolf Guy.

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Little Red Riding Hood looks adorable in a lacy top and skirt under her cape and red hood. The combined hair and hood piece is a re-coloured version of that found in The LEGO Ninjago Movie collectable minifigures 71019 Lloyd Garmadon.

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Despite being hidden by the cape, the back of the torso is also printed.

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She's provided with a basket and a couple of cookies to take to granny.

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To bring the Jack and the Beanstalk story to life we are provided with the giant and Jack.

The Giant is attired in a tatty waistcoat. The golden egg laying goose is stuffed into its top pocket and a rope over his shoulder has barrels, skulls and a sack containing the precious egg tied to it.

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Jack is trophy-sized and very finely printed.

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Overall, this is an exceptional selection of minifigs and I can see many people buying the set for them alone.


Construction

The cover of the book is constructed using the dark green pieces. It's just like building a wall. The bricks with studs on their sides will be used to attach details to the cover and the internals.

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The window on the spine is not to let light in but to provide a room for the corner of the internal model to move when folding the book.

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Brown tiles are used to add detail to the outside of the book. Note the 1x6 tiles printed with the fan designer's names. A nice touch...

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The 'pages' of the book are affixed to the other side, along with small sections of scenery in the bottom corners.

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For the pop-up scenery to work and fit in the book it obviously has to be hinged, thin and fitted with a means of attaching it to the cover. The facade of grandma's house is pretty much as large as it can be while still allowing the cover to close.

Despite its diminutive size the designer has packed in some delightful details. I particularly like the wooden pillars and the carving above the door.

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The Technic pieces at either end are used to affix it to the cover, in the brown 1x2 bricks you can see in the photo above.

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Tucked away behind the house is granny's bed and a table.

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As far at Little Red Riding Hood is concerned, the build is complete. But the set also comes with parts to build a Jack and the Beanstalk scene. This is in two parts: a microscale landscape complete with tiny houses, trees, a windmill and clouds,

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and the giant's house. You'll see that better in the pictures below.

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The completed model

Let's open the book...

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As if by magic the beanstalk grows and raises the giant's house high above the clouds!

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The giant can be stood in front of it, but not affixed: doing so would prevent the book from closing.

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I understand that several internal models were considered during design but that this particular one was chosen because of the way it works, and its impressive height.

However, clever though it is, I much prefer granny's house and Little Red Riding Hood.

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I do like the way granny or the wolf can be put in the bed.

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Compared to original Ideas submission

As you'll see if you watch the video for Jason and Grant's Ideas submission the finished model is a faithful representation of it, albeit more polished and attractive.

The only thing that looks to be missing is the clasp on the side to hold the book closed. I'm guessing it was felt to be unnecessary.


Verdict

This set epitomises what the Ideas platform is for, and what it's best at: bringing sets to market that do not fit into LEGO's normal product portfolio.

Jason and Grant's excellent idea has been turned into a clever and very attractive set that will have broad appeal, although I appreciate that it won't be for everybody. The minifigure selection is the icing on the cake: all four figures are superb and I would suggest better than the idea submitter's could have hoped for.

I can't really think of anything negative to say about it. Perhaps printed tiles for the spine would have been nice but other than that it's pretty much perfect.

And, for once I don't have to grumble about the price: £59.99 / US$69.99 for 859 pieces and four excellent minifigs seems very fair, and a fair exchange rate, just for a change.


Little Red Riding Hood lived in a wood with her mother. One day Little Red Riding Hood went to visit her granny. She had a nice cake in her basket.

On her way Little Red Riding Hood met a wolf.

‘Hello!’ said the wolf. ‘Where are you going?’

‘I’m going to see my grandmother. She lives in a house behind those trees.’

The wolf ran to Granny’s house and ate Granny up. He got into Granny’s bed. A little later, Little Red Riding Hood reached the house. She looked at the wolf.

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‘Granny, what big eyes you have!’
‘All the better to see you with!’ said the wolf.

‘Granny, what big ears you have!’
‘All the better to hear you with!’ said the wolf.

‘Granny, what a big nose you have!’
‘All the better to smell you with!’ said the wolf.

‘Granny, what big teeth you have!’
‘All the better to eat you with!’ shouted the wolf.

A woodcutter was in the wood. He heard a loud scream and ran to the house.

The woodcutter hit the wolf over the head. The wolf opened his mouth wide and shouted and Granny jumped out.

The wolf ran away and Little Red Riding Hood never saw the wolf again.

From http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/short-stories/little-red-riding-hood


The set will be released on November 1st. We'll remind you at time.

Thanks to LEGO for providing the set for us to review. All opinions in it are my own.

 

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71 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Man. Might not be able to wait till Christmas to get this. Gimme now!

Also the cookies look like the donuts from Bean there, Donut that. Am I right?

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By in Switzerland,

Would have been nice to see some printed detail on the spine of the book, but otherwise delightful.
That wolf minifig is adorable :D

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By in Venezuela,

take my money!!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Absolutely brilliant - product and review! Can't wait to get this...

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By in United States,

This turned out even better than I hoped it would. Kudos to the LEGO designer and to Jason and Grant. I will definitely be buying one. Probably more than one to be honest. This is why I love LEGO Ideas!

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By in United States,

Excellent review, Huw! Very clever set, and perfect example what LEGO Ideas is for.

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By in United Kingdom,

The print on the wolf head is absolute comedy gold. Delightful!

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By in France,

This set is delightful. Quite a master piece of design, the minifigs are awesome, the main idea is so good. A must have for sure, it will be a real enjoyment and pleasure to build it with my daughter. And I guess this is something that, on display, will surprise even people who are not fond of Lego. Thank you for the review this time again!

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By in United Kingdom,

This is excellent - I was going to skip it - but now it's in Dark Green it looks a lot better, and to get SNOTs in that colour even better (may need to get 2 just for parts!!)

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By in Canada,

I couldn't be be happier with the results. The designers did an wonderful job fleshing out our design. Being a sucker for mechanisms, I was blows away when they first showed us how the beanstalk rose up. I was also really excited, and a bit flattered to be honest, that they didn't change the main opening mechanism. They definitely tweaked it a bit to make it more robust, but it is essentially the same as the one we submitted.

A bit of a shame that they removed the clasp, but I've already got a couple of designs to bring it back, one that doesn't even require any additional pieces. A print for the spine would also have been nice, but really, these are only minor quibbles.

Can't wait to start building some more custom interiors for it!

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By in United States,

I am very pleased to see that the fan designers were recognized on the book cover rather than giving a nod to the LEGO designer. In my area of the LEGO community there was a general uproar about the wax seal in the "Ship in a Bottle" set bearing the LEGO designer's initials instead of Jake Sadovich's initials. In fact, an alternative wax seal bearing the initials JS was given out as part of the swag bag for a LEGO fan convention. I'm glad to see LEGO giving credit to the fans.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wait. A Danish toy company? No classic Hans Christian Andersen tales?
Umm...

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By in United Kingdom,

The designers have done a great job here, I think the actual product is better than the fan design. The Granny and Wolf minifigs are great, although I think I prefer the parts to the original Red Riding Hood from the CMF, except for the new hood. I'm not a fan of the Jack figure. The other bonus about the figures - no (yellow) flesh printing on them so the heads / hands can be swapped for fleshies. (Sorry Jack, you're out.)

Those dark green pieces ... excellent choice of colour.

And finally, a bed that minifigures can get into. Genius!

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By in Netherlands,

Now for someone to MOC that beanstalk scene into a Super Mario environment :-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Excellent. A great Ideas submission and beautifully adapted into a LEGO set (very little change from the original, which shows how good the original Idea was). I'll be getting more than one set.

^^ Prices for CMF Mermaid to shoot up due to demand?

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By in United States,

So many sets to buy: Solo Tie, X-Wing, RO Y-Wing, Vader Castle, City Center Carnotaurous, Vestas Wind Turbine and now this......

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By in United States,

@ Huw,
Can the two scenes be built at the same time? Or do they need to break down to have the correct pieces for the other? (similar to a 3-in-1)

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By in Denmark,

"I can't really think of anything negative to say about it. Perhaps printed tiles for the spine would have been nice but other than that it's pretty much perfect."

Really?

The box is the most crappy cheap box hitherto for an Ideas set.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ Yes they can be built simultaneously.

^ The box is the same style as that for other large Ideas sets so it would be unreasonable to expect a lifting-lid one.

@JK Brickworks, thanks for commenting. I'm glad to hear you're happy with the end result. It's certainly one of my favourite Ideas sets.

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By in United States,

Thanks a lot Brickset. Once again a set I had little to no interest in is suddenly revealed to be such a wondeful thing that I must have it. Actually I'd like two, one to keep built and another for the pieces... that "Once Upon A Brick" printed cover piece would make the best book shop billboard ever! Not to mention those amazing Minifigure pieces! Ugh, and it had to be a good value too, darn it, lol!

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By in Australia,

This is gorgeous and I love that such an original idea has made it through. I was lucky enough to see and play wirh the original submission at Brickvention and was really glad when it reached the 10k votes and then was selected. TLG has done a great job of the final product. I will definitely be picking one up. Any ideas of the Australian price? I guess I don’t have to wait long to find out

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By in United Kingdom,

It will be mine! And about the empty spine, I am thinking of just putting the tiles with the creators names over there...

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By in United States,

Great review, I'm looking forward to getting this set.

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By in United States,

This set is beautiful. The pop-up function is really neat and the minifigures are nice ones that will most likely not be reprinted elsewhere. I plan to pick this set up, but my only problem is that I don't know how I want to display it! The cover of the book is excellent and both of the actual pop-up scenes are really well-done too. Decisions, decisions...

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By in United States,

And there's the Ideas set I have been waiting for. This is a marvelous set, nice looking minifigures and most importantly a great build. The book is beautiful, and the Red Riding Hood house looks great. I even like the Jack And The Bean Stock build?. It's a nice micro scale build and I like it more then I was expecting. Overall I think this is easily the best Ideas set of the year (I like the SIAB, but Tron and Voltron just are not my thing) , exited to add this to my collection.?

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By in United States,

Will be ordering mine on Nov 1. So excited to have this available - it has been one of my favorite Ideas for a long time. And congrats to the designers!

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By in United Kingdom,

Thats not what I remember happening to he wolf...

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By in Denmark,

"^ The box is the same style as that for other large Ideas sets so it would be unreasonable to expect a lifting-lid one."

May be the same "style" but in contrast to the other big boxes it is glued and not taped - meaning the box will be destroyed when opened as intended.

Glued boxes are cheaper than taped boxes.

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By in United States,

I would love to buy this so I could make my own interiors. The dark green is also really tempting.

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By in Greece,

Beautiful set, so creative, congratulations to @JK Brickworks, and thanks @Huw for this review, really can’t wait to buy and build it. And I’m so glad that the “Once Upon A Brick” is not a giant sticker.

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By in France,

Soooo good.

Could not agree more with the review.

This really was not a set i had flagged but the finished article is everything lego should be.

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By in United States,

When I saw that this set was approved, I thought "That's really cool. I hope I'll get the opportunity to see it in person at some point."
Now I'm thinking "How soon can I reasonably expect to get this?"

Lego Ideas, why must you always surpass my expectations?

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By in United States,

What's also nice is that the book without the scenery can serve as a treasure box, minifig holder, or anything of that sort, and can be hidden in a library!

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By in Canada,

I can see a whole new area of MOCs, people making their own pop-up pages. I know I'm going to.

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By in New Zealand,

Excellent original design and I can't even begin to tell you how pleased I am that the final product is so faithful in execution. Seriously considering getting several of these and building a bookshelf full of classics!

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By in Puerto Rico,

Looks like they made the wolf's hands grey after all.

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By in United States,

Looking forward to this one!

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By in United States,

This set looks incredible. And that red hood piece is giving me ideas for some RWBY minifigs.

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By in Taiwan,

Very nice! Very well! 21315 Pop-Up Book is an amazing design!

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh how I want this now. Previously no interest but that looks just brilliant, well done to them.

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By in {Unknown country},

a better set compared to the freebie 40291 creative personalities. though both sets encourages reading which is fantastic!

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By in United States,

Slight addendum though not really a correction… even though you're correct that the wolf head mold appeared on the Wolf Guy minifigure, that's not where it originated. The first appearance of that head mold was #9463 The Werewolf.

Anyway this is a good review but no time to comment in more depth right now! I might come back later if I decide I have other things I want to say about the set/review.

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By in France,

It does beg the question why does Lego not print the black 8x16 tile in the SW UCS models......?

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By in United States,

@JK Brickworks...
Thx so much for always coming up with clever and fun models. Always look forward to your work!

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By in Australia,

I always wondered about Red Riding Hood and the wolf wearing granny's clothes.

I'm not questioning RRH's bravery. I'm just curious about her eyesight.

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By in Taiwan,

The new red hood girl is very impressive, given this character cannot reappear in CMF line I'm glad such revamp comes.

With that said, I'm not sure if I am fond of the grandma. At farsighted the pink pajama doesn't work too well for her, so I prefer a long skirt or a new country woman wear in this case.
As for wolf, while the prints are nice,
not having the tail is a letdown if kids have to go back to buy the 71010 Wolf Guy.

I would still expect the "giant" can be replaced with an extra giant figure from the action themes or even better the old Hagrid mold, but this is Ideas so I am afraid that would be too much.

I love the new polished cover and glad to see the title printed. Overall it's a must but for me.

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By in United States,

@Huw: Huh, never noticed! I thought that the mold just had a different number for the collectible minifigures like a lot of other collectible minifigure molds have in the past — I never compared the shapes with much scrutiny. Thanks for the ACTUAL correction! ^^,

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By in United States,

Not to be to negative about this set but they should have added more things to put in it like maybe another story or two. But this would maybe raise the price up a little but make it better in my opinion.

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By in United States,

@Dorayaki: The lack of a skirt on the grandma or tail on the wolf makes sense when you consider that both would impede their ability to fit in the bed. And fitting a bigfig or even a Hagrid-sized fig on the castle in the clouds would be tricky as well, if not completely undoable!

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By in Taiwan,

@Lyichir I see your point about bed fitting, so that would say it is compromise between details and pliability, while I prefer the former personally. A giant figure would be nice if it is not a CMF blindbag choice, but the cloud is indeed a thing.

Oh glad they fix that yellow hand error in the previous video.

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By in Singapore,

Ingenious! Looks great... wonderful set for adults to share with their children.

NOW... if LEGO can print , ‘Once Upon A Brick’ - then it can surly start printing Star Wars UCS tiles?

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By in United States,

This review needs a spoiler alert! The ending of Little Red Riding Hood was ruined for me. I was planning to start that once I finished the Three Little Pigs! ugh!

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By in United States,

As a librarian, I *need* this book in my office at work. It looks amazing. :-)

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By in Germany,

Great set, great review, thanks.

Only let-down for me is the box which doesn't feel as high quality as the other smaller Ideas sets, which all had those nice Architecture-style folding boxes that need not be destroyed on opening. Of course, the Apollo 11, Old Fishing Store, or Voltron are too large for folding boxes, but they are so large otoh that they don't have push-tabs either.
In any case, shame, for an otherwise great set.

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By in United Kingdom,

@AustinPowers and Isis.
Why such a problem with the box of all things?
Surely you open the box to get to the good stuff inside? Personally, I couldn’t care less what the packaging is like!

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By in United Kingdom,

A unique and interesting idea very well executed.

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By in United Kingdom,

"The woodcutter hit the wolf over the head. The wolf opened his mouth wide and shouted and Granny jumped out."

That's definitely not how it went in the version I remember!

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By in United States,

Absolutely love this - unique idea, clever mechanics and attractive display. So well done! The minifigs are superb as well. High on my list for sure!

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By in United Kingdom,

@Sandinista - spoiler alert, the third pig built his house out of Lego.

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By in Indonesia,

totally needs Alice's Adventures in Wonderland...
totally amazing set!!!

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By in United States,

This just seems like a perfect set. It hits on so many levels. Can not wait to get it!

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By in Germany,

As others have already mentioned: now the cat is out of the bag :-).

If Lego wants to do so, they can print 8x16 tiles. Even in mid-range sets. Probably just not in UCS sets.

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By in Jordan,

Very cool and unique! I really like how ornate the cover looks compared to the original design.

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By in Germany,

@MonsterFighter: good for you if you don't care about the packaging.

I like boxes that don't have to be destroyed upon opening, simple as that. And Lego has proven, especially with the Ideas series, that they are perfectly able to provide good packaging. Changing to standard run-of-the-mill push-tab packaging is just another sign of cheaping out where it would not have been necessary.

@deikoon: quite right, why bother printing those tiles for UCS sets. Those are so cheap anyway, no need to overdo it, right? ;-)

By the way, the black 8*16 tiles on the Helicarrier were also printed, even with two different designs. Just sayin'.

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By in United States,

It came out way better than I thought. Still, it's not something I would get.

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By in United States,

@deikoon: We've known that LEGO could print these tiles since the runways in #76042-1. But not for the nameplate even in that one, surprisingly enough. So maybe a singular, set-specific pattern that big is cheaper as a sticker than as a print, but set-specific patterns the same size that are used 2–4 times each are just as cheap to do as new printed elements than as however many more sticker sheets it would take to fit them all.

I've seen comments from designers saying most of the time there's not much cost difference between a single sticker sheet and a single printed part, and what makes stickers cheaper most of the time is that patterns can be added to several different elements by adding just one sticker sheet into production instead of printing each element separately. So bigger sets that need more parts decorated (and also tend to use up more of their new elements budget on minifigures and/or recolors) often benefit more from sticker sheets than a $10 set that might need far fewer new decorations to begin with.

Also, if a set already needs stickers for a particular part of the build (like if one or more patterns in the set are supposed to have a mirror finish like in this year's Elves sets, or if certain decorations are meant to be optional like the national rail company logos in many classic train sets), then it opens up the possibility of adding more decorations at little to no added cost just by adding more stickers to the sheet.

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By in United States,

This is fun!

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By in United Kingdom,

Finally got round to building my pop-up book. Love it! Looks good and works well. My one complaint is that the top edge of the book cover should have been tiled rather than studded.

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