Review: 40186 Year of the Pig

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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.

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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.

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The animal itself looks very cute, and it's refreshing to see it modelled in pink rather than some inappropriate colour like this one and this one.

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.

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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.

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Pictures on the box encourage you to move the eyes and ears to make a goofy looking beast.

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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...

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Much better!

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Next year, it's the year of the rat...

23 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw -
Did you get my message about the promotion to do this?

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes

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By in United Kingdom,

OK, thank you, I really appreciate it
i also have plans to get sets on Feb 2nd so i hope to pick this up

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By in Bulgaria,

Is it a worldwide promo on the 28th? I only saw official word for the UK. I really miss the calendars outlining the entire month so we could plan trips to the Lego store better.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Bumblepants - It should be worldwide as there is no mention of a specific region

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By in Canada,

Thanks for the review and for posting the little collection. The new sheep base fits in much better:) Last year I bought The Year of the Dog on Ebay for my son's 24th birthday. This year I hope to get the pig for my sister's upcoming 60th. I might try and get one for myself, too.

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By in United States,

free? and how much to purchase?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ £80 of Lego merchandise

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By in United States,

free? and how much to purchase? US. $? thanks

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not actually sure if this promotion is in the US region, because it doesn't have the promotion when i change the region, so sorry to you guys if you can't get it

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By in United Kingdom,

Love the photo of all of them together. Really makes me regret not trying to collect them from the start!

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By in United States,

glad i've held off on my next planned [email protected] purchase!

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By in United States,

Interesting to see that they are finally making some new Chinese New Year sets available, hopefully, to everyone, not just region specific. For free (with purchase) no less!
I think it’s a really cool, fun-looking model, although even if some folks don’t like it, at the very least it’s a pretty nice parts pack! I was wondering what the next upcoming [email protected] promotion was.

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By in United States,

Year of the rat? Oh joy.
Conversation between parent and kid:

Kid: Mommy, what is your animal for your year?
Mother: Dragon.
Kid: And what is mine?
Mother:... er... rat...
Kid: RAT!!!??

What a confidence booster.

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By in United States,

@Your future president

I believe according to legend, there was a race between all the animals where the first twelve animals to cross the finish line get positions in the zodiac, and the rat was first place (because he rode on top of the ox and jumped ahead of the ox towards the finish line). The rat may be small, but also clever.

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By in Australia,

It;s currently a gift with purchase over $88 from Myer in Australia, which is what they did last year. Makes it a little harder to get more then one if they have nothing you want (or can afford!) so makes a good excuse to get those sets you may have been thinking about but where happy to leave after prioritising others lol! (least that's my justification :D

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By in United States,

For those in the USA that are wondering, I just spoke to customer service, and it sounds like we'll get that one, too!

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By in United States,

Year of the rat, you say?

Looks like I'll be buying some lego in Febuary 2020.

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By in Canada,

Hmmm... I'm year of the snake, I believe. But snakes don't make for very good LEGO builds. Maybe I'll have to pretend I'm something cooler, like a rat.

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By in United States,

Well, I'm year of the pig, so I'm in.

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By in United States,

My brother is turning twelve this year so I wonder if he’ll end up getting it.

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By in Australia,

I went to Myer in WAs carousel and they said it is over east (Sydney), then I went to the Perth Myer and they had like 50 it ticked me off. Also smaller box then I thought

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By in Poland,

28.01 not availeble in poland

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