Review: 853906 Greetings Card

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853906 is one of the more unusually packaged sets that LEGO has produced recently. It's a cross between a card and a polybag-sized set that's been designed to be given instead of a traditional card, or maybe for kids to give to attendees of their birthday party, perhaps with a thank you note written on it.

There was a similar set released last year, 5004931, but this one is much more colourful and appealing.


The packaging looks like a box that's been flattened at one end.

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The outer wrapper is removed to reveal a very colourful box showing balloons and presents.

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It can be opened out and flattened to reveal more party-themed graphics.

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The set's 40 LEGO parts are inside a small polythene bag which suggests that they are not packaged in one of LEGO's usual factories.

Among them is one minifigure, which comes with two heads and two hairpieces, enabling the builder to mix-and-match.

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The main build consists of a small plinth with a stud shooter mounted on top.

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The centres of the balloons can be pressed out of the backing card which turns them into shooting targets.

Good luck trying to get the 1x1 plates through the holes, it's harder than it looks!

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A small present and rollerskates round out the set.

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For its intended purpose, it's a great idea and is likely to be well received by its recipient.

However, there's nothing in it to make it worth the effort of tracking it down unless, like me, you're a collector of the unusual.


The set and its predecessor are currently available from shop.LEGO.com for £3.99 and $4.99:

USA | Canada | UK | Germany | France

You might also find it in your local brand store.

If you have a kids' party coming up it might be worth stocking up!

20 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review. love the Wall Double Corner 1X2X1

@huw whats your highest score?

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By in United Kingdom,

Resolved the issue of birthday cards for 2019-2020 for me.

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By in Canada,

That's a great price... Have you seen the price of plane ol birthday cards now days... They are easy $4 - $6. For almost the same price your get the Lego and a lil game to play.

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By in United States,

I think it looks great! The only problem is: you put the boy hair with the girl head and vice versa. The girl looks fine but I think the boy looks a bit weird.

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By in United Kingdom,

Let's not start that sort of argument again. If a little girl wants to wear her hair like that then good luck to her.

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By in United States,

Seeing as what a Hallmark card is at the supermarket (usually, as much as this set)--this is a steal! And a lot of play value as well.

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By in United States,

I'm pretty sure I've seen these in my local brand store.

Love the background for the pictures!

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By in United States,

My son's b-day is next week. I might go to our local LEGO brand store to get this. We already bought candles and those resemble LEGO bricks.

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By in United States,

This is really cute and I'll put this on my list and give it to my wife for her birthday.

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By in Canada,

@Japierc While the added value of this one is great, you can find a great selection of plain birthday cards and other card for $1 at Dollarama and Dollar Tree. Only Toys R Us and Indigo are selling the card for $4-$6.

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By in United States,

At first I thought the extra head was extra amo for the stud shooter. Whoops.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice to see the word ‘plinth’ get an airing. It just isn’t used enough any more.

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By in United Kingdom,

That's a nice little polybag regardless of the card aspect.

Does it come with any spare parts?

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By in United States,

This looks cute and accessible, might get one or two for gifting and collecting.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^ No.

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By in United Kingdom,

This should cause some good arguments at BL over which minifigure to include with this set, which impacts the database here.

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By in United States,

I like the concept but in regards to using this as party favors for attendees I really don't see why shop.lego.com places a quantity cap so low (5). Seriously why so low!? That would've been an easy purchase for my son's birthday favors but I have a bit more than 5 juvenile guests.

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By in Sweden,

I like the concept, but it’s too expensive to justify buying it en masse for a big birthday party. In 2017 similar sets were given for free to calendar coupon holders.

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By in United States,

Its a cool set, but does anyone else find it weird that there's a head and hair just lying there on the floor?

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By in Ukraine,

The extra blonde hair can be a tribble. The extra head is for target practice.

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