Random set of the day: Country Club

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Country Club

Country Club

©1996 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 6418 Country Club, released in 1996. It's one of 24 Town sets produced that year. It contains 280 pieces and 5 minifigs, and its retail price was US$42.

It's owned by 406 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


27 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

From 90s trains to Paradisa. We haven't had much Paradisa, have we? I personally preferred the earlier sets (and there were some absolutely gorgeous sets), and by about '96, the line was winding down (to quietly disappear, either next year or the year after), but there were still some lovely sets.

My favourite Paradisa set was the lighthouse island, though. No question on that one.

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By in United States,

This made me think—they should make a golf country club with adjoining golf course set. We now have the club from CMS. Of course one club is somewhat limiting...

Try putting with a 3 wood!

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By in Portugal,

Lego Friends will never beat Paradisa! Friends sets are very good, however, the colour scheme and buildings from Paradisa were soooo cool! Still heavely wanted sets as well! Very nice theme!

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By in United States,

Until seeing this, I didn't know there was a standard (not Friends or Belville) foal to complement the horse. It was only in two sets (including this one)--maybe that's why. Guess I've got to get on Bricklink and get a few, as well as expand my Lego horse collection, and maybe get around to building a stable.

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By in United States,

*THE CLASSIC PONY*
A truly great and obscure piece.

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By in United States,

PARADISA!!!!

We love you! I have the house with the pool in the front baseplate on eBay last summer. Would love the light house.

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By in Sweden,

I did not know that about the pony. My 2 year old currently has one living on the third floor of the police station (with a dog bone?!?). Maybe I'll take it back... :)

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By in Hungary,

I never really saw paradisa as a 'girl theme', although that probably speaks more of my own ignorance. Admittedly it also ran parallel with Belville for a few years so it was likely a case of mental "there can be only one!". This one's as cozy as any of the theme's offerings - doesn't top my personal fave 6416 but it clearly was intended as a similar pricepointish successor to that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Paradise sure had a lot of inhabitants wondering: "Where's my pants?"

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By in Turkey,

I actually liked this theme, but back in the day, I had my priorities when it comes to buying sets due to limited finance. Space came first, town second, and so on... So I got my first paradisa set couple of years ago, luckily in mint.

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By in United States,

That pistachio green baseplate intrigues me to no end...

I had a lot of incomplete Paradisa sets that were nominally owned by my sister. They were from the earlier waves, so I never laid hands on this one. I think my sister actually had it sold off, although I made sure to salvage various doors, windows, and wall pieces for my own collection.

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By in United States,

@Your future president:

A couple years ago a guy almost won a PGA Tour tournament putting with a wedge after his putter broke in the final round!

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By in Greece,

That small horse is so cute...! I had forgotten its existence.

I believe that Paradisa sets were cooler that the Friends ones, due to th fact that they were leaning more toward the "City" line.

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By in United Kingdom,

Why do all the female faces look like they are grumpy and annoyed?
Other than that - nice set. Love the pink stairs. I have that in yellow from the Fabuland bus. When are we getting Fabuland Huwbot?

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By in Poland,

Oh I love the paradisa theme so much. I have to get this one some time.

I love the colors much more than friends have, so much nice whites and pastels and pinks <3 and the nice light pinks not the angry darker ones.

Also only recently I learned that the pony was so unique, as I had one as long as I remember (from the smaller set with carriage). It is so cute <3

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By in United Kingdom,

Ah Paradisa! My most treasured set from back then is 6414 (although my brothers 6542 or 6264 are up there too) but I would love to get my hands on more of these.

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By in Norway,

It is a foal, not a PONY!
As mentioned only 1 of 2 sets that ever had that mould, the other was 6404: Carriage Ride :D

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By in United Kingdom,

Loved and still love Paradisa - beautiful colours, fantastic baseplates... wish we could get something like this again.

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By in United States,

If they add baseplates like these and road plates to Friends sets my already high interest in the buildings of that line would become obsessive. Though I missed out on all the Paradisia theme due to my dark ages, I'd completely forgive Lego if they'd just bring back these glorious baseplates.

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By in United States,

I have a bunch of Paradisa sets! I love the theme.

Missing this set. My 6919 set is still proudly set up in my office. It gets lots of comments. Holds up against space, the modulars, and my CMF collection well.l

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By in Netherlands,

Minifig horses instead of the Friends style horses, it's been a while.

I never had this set but the girl's torso with the pink arms and horse on it came in a 9v yellow/black train set.

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By in Portugal,

Good set.

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By in United States,

Paradisa were my favorite sets growing up and still have a special place in my collection, but Friends have trumped the design and playability.

When I first saw this set in the catalog, I remember being disappointed. The too-opened-aired dining area, that sad horse cart, and the very un-Paradisa blue baskets had me thinking that this was the beginning of the end.

I still wanted—and got—it though.

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By in United States,

I liked Paradisa a lot as a kid, but it's sometimes bewildering to me how many people prefer it over Friends, considering how much more "pinkwashed" it was and how the sets focused singularly on vacation or leisure scenarios, whereas one of LEGO Friends biggest strengths have been in its variety, with every color of the rainbow used to depict subjects such as schools, robot labs, farms, hospitals, veterinary clinics, art studios, campgrounds, jungle missions, shops, restaurants, concerts, karate, soccer, skiing, skateboarding, kart racing, and more.

That's not even touching on how simplistic a lot of Paradisa's builds were, often even more so than was normal for the 90s. This particular set was 15 cents per piece when it came out. It very much speaks to the mistaken assumptions designers used to make that girls got bored of building more quickly than boys, which paved the way for stuff like Belville and Scala that drifted much further from traditional building. In many ways, Paradisa exemplifies some of the worst misconceptions that are commonly assumed about LEGO Friends.

One of the big insights that helped LEGO Friends succeed where other themes had not was that by breaking builds up into stages that builders can stop and play with individually, many girls who otherwise seemed to get "bored" while building could enjoy builds every bit as complex as boys do, just not in an uninterrupted, marathon speed-building session.

It's not that Paradisa sets weren't a refreshing break from the many more boy-targeted product lines of the 90s, but I think when you compare the aesthetics, variety, playability, character designs, and value for money between sets like #41094-1 and #6414-1, #41135-1 and #6416-1, or #41126-1 and this one, the Friends sets usually win out.

@Rimefang: To be honest, while I loved some of the Paradisa baseplates as a kid (particularly the printed beachfront and island ones or the raised one with the swimming pool and driveway) a lot of my biggest memories of them are of the frustration that they matched practically nothing else in my collection, not even most other non-baseplate pieces that appeared in Paradisa sets.

Also, in hindsight, the use of pastel colored bases in already pastel colored sets feels rather overwhelming, and makes more heavily saturated colors like the baskets and palm tree leaves/trunk in this set stick out like a sore thumb. Those are some of the many reasons I'm glad that Friends sets have shifted towards grass colors (and colors in general) that can work together more harmoniously with the rich vibrancy of the classic LEGO colors.

Next to any set with a more typical Dark Green or Bright Green baseplate, it almost tended to look like all the grass on the Paradisa baseplates was sickly and dying. In fact, I think that's probably part of why so many themes lately have used pastel colors together with darker contrasting colors specifically to create an unsettling or ghoulish look: Spring Yellowish Green parts in the 2019 Hidden Side, 2017 Elves, and 2015 Ninjago sets; Aqua and Cool Yellow parts in the 2018 Elves sets; and so on. I definitely love pastel colors like these, but I don't know that they were too effective in creating the "tropical paradise" look that Paradisa sets seemingly intended.

Maybe they would have worked better if some of those gorgeous, vivid sunset colors had a bigger presence in the sets themselves and not just on the box art. Though some of that could be personal bias, since sunset colors are really closely in line with my own preferred aesthetic and the types of colors I like to wear and surround myself with.

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By in United Kingdom,

A fairly substantial build and a baseplate with under 300 pieces!

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By in United States,

Paradisa is my favorite theme of all time. Better than Friends.

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