Some interesting polybags have emerged from the LEGO City theme recently and I think 30364 Popcorn Cart offers significant potential. Similar carts have proven extremely popular in the past and this one incorporates an enjoyable function as popcorn bounces inside the machine!
The polybag also contains a brilliant printed 1x1 brick, representing a traditional popcorn carton, which is only available in one other set at the moment. On that basis, this model could be an excellent addition to a city environment or the popular Creator Expert Fairground subtheme.
The popcorn vendor wears an attractive plaid shirt which was only introduced in 60134 Fun in the Park - City People Pack a couple of years ago but has quickly become very common. This complements his stand which is primarily red, although consistent branding between them would have been even better. Perhaps a patch with the popcorn logo could have been included on the shirt.
Alternatively, that design could have been printed on the minifigure's cap. I think the vendor looks good in his current form though, featuring a smiling head that was also created during 2016 for 60134 Fun in the Park - City People Pack but has subsequently appeared on many other occasions.
The Completed Model
Food carts have been a frequent subject for City models in the past and this example appears familiar, sharing the same wheels as 30356 Hot Dog Stand. It looks reasonably realistic though. The red colour scheme is great and I like the handles for the minifigure to hold. However, the most interesting detail is probably the printed popcorn carton which is only otherwise available in 60215 Fire Station. This looks delightfully traditional and the simple 'POP' branding on the side is lovely.
The popcorn is represented by white ice cream scoops which is effective. Tan may have been a more suitable shade to distinguish these parts from ice cream, although popcorn is nearly white in colour. A nice function is included as pressing the black plate on the back will cause the popcorn to leap around inside the machine. This works perfectly and the trans-light blue windows open, allowing the vendor to reach inside and collect some popcorn.
30364 Popcorn Cart is certainly an impressive polybag. The popcorn-popping function is outstanding and this model seems fairly realistic, including two spoked wheels which remain available in relatively few sets. I like the printed carton too, especially given its present rarity. The minifigure does not stand out but adequately fulfils an important here.
This is a superb addition to the City range and has already appeared in Walmart stores across North America so I would recommend taking a look in your local branch. Hopefully the polybag will become more widely around the world within the next few months.
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