The Chinese new year commences on February 5th and this year LEGO has released an unprecedented number of sets in celebration, some of which will only be sold in the region.
One that will soon be readily available to everyone is 40186 Year of the Pig, the fifth in a series of similar sets that depict the appropriate animal for the year. From 28th January it will be the gift with purchase at shop.LEGO.com. Before I knew about that I ordered a couple on Bricklink from a seller in Malaysia, so I can now bring you this review ahead of the promotion.
It comes in a flip-top box which can be opened without destroying it. I would post a picture but unfortunately it was badly damaged in transit :(
The money packet inside is an important aspect of the set and should be filled with cash before gifting it to someone. Chinese money packets are often red and gold so this one has gold embossing: 2019 on the front and a pig on the back.
The pig is mounted on a 4x4 round base which is similar in style to those found in previous sets of this type, as you'll see below.
Its nostrils are printed on the 2x2 round tile and that is the only new part in this set, so designer Mel Caddick has done well to create it using just the relatively limited selection of pink (LEGO: Light Purple) pieces available to her.
The curved contours of its body continue round the back. The neck is on a turntable and the front legs can be rotated to reposition them behind the back legs should you wish.
Pictures on the box encourage you to move the eyes and ears to make a goofy looking beast.
Overall then, it's a nice model which will be even better when free as a gift with purchase.
As I say, this the fifth such model LEGO has produced, following on from a sheep, monkey, rooster and dog. (I've not included 10250 Year of the Snake from 2013 as that is quite different)
The sheep is the odd-one-out with a very nice, but different, base to all the others so let's see if we can rectify that...
Next year, it's the year of the rat...