We recently had houseguests at the West Coast outpost of Brickset Towers, and it so happens one of the houseguests was a three year old. I couldn't think of a better reason/excuse to go to the LEGO store - after all, I wanted to make all of our guests feel welcome! After the learning the critical facts that 1) pink was a favourite colour 2) Mickey Mouse programming was frequent in the household and 3) a popular game played at home was "birthday party", I figured 10873 Minnie's Birthday Party would be the way to go. While I was at it, I figured I'd try my first review of a Duplo set.
The set is pretty straightforward - someone's having a birthday! The guest of honour is Minnie Mouse, who is dressed in all pink - a pink double breasted jacket over darker pink pants. Of course, the bow on her head is pink as well.
Figaro the cat is there to celebrate with Minnie. He is of course suitably cute, all black with a white face and a white splash on his chest with a butterfly decoration.
The festive party venue features a pagoda like structure with a decoration at the top and a opening window. The box art also shows the window can be placed on top of the structure as well.
It's a birthday party, so of course there are presents! There are two decorated presents included, naturally with bows similar to what Minnie wears.
Other accessories include a picture of Minnie and Figaro, as well as a chair for Minnie when she wants to enjoy her cake.
Minnie arrives at the party in a stylish car, which is (of course) pink, with heart shaped grill and headlights.
It goes without saying that there has to be a cake! I thought the layer cake piece the most interesting piece in the set.
The opinion that matters the most for this set was of the aforementioned three year old. This set was a big hit. It was easy for them to assemble, and we learned just how many different ways the 21 pieces of the set could be arranged. We celebrated many birthday parties for both Figaro and Minnie, "because kitty cats have birthdays too". We sang "Happy Birthday" countless times. For the final endorsement of the set, the three year old couldn't bear to be parted with Minnie or the car, so they came with us on several sight-seeing excursions around San Francisco.
I was able to get the set on sale (21 pieces, $19.99, 19.99€, £17.99) but even for the full price it's well worth the money for the amount of play for children this age. This would be especially true if, like my houseguest, they were fans of Mickey, birthday parties, and the colour pink.