Fun in the Park – Lego 60134 Animation Dance Party and set Review

FunParkFeatureWhen you get a set that is mostly minifigures, it sort of begs to be turned into a Dance Party.  This little stop motion video was made from the new Lego set “Fun in the Park” 60134.

That video gave me a few hours of playtime and fun, so perhaps the set will be of similar interest to you…lets get into the details:

LegoFunInParkSo, we saw pictures from this set quite a while ago, and its finally on the shelves and on line.  So whats included that might make this set a consideration….? the BABY! the WHEELCHAIR! the HotDog BUN!  Currently these are still new pieces and even though the bun is starting to show up in other places, the Baby and Wheelchair are introduced in this set.

LegoParksBestThe baby is darling.  It is two pieces.  The head and body.  The body doesn’t articulate at all, but is molded with two colors of plastic. The hands are filled in and can’t grip anything.  The head is reduced in size from a standard minifigure and the stud on top is also smaller.  So the mini-stud is ornamental.  LegoBaby.jpegI checked and the mini stud on the head is too small for a regular figs hand to grip, but the baby’s hand fits snuggly into a minifigs hand.  Its really cute.

The Wheel Chair is a great addition to your minifigure fleet.  Although the figure that is designated for the chair looks a little too stereotypical for me to not raise an eyebrow, but the idea of providing some inclusion for the disabled is a long time coming.  You could trade out the current occupant for the “Clumsy” guy from the recent Collector Series…or at least his pants with the cast on its leg.  The chair is a single piece with 2 big wheels (Clear and rubber), and 1 set of trolley wheels.

The HotDog Bun is maybe only a big revelation to some but I think its pretty significant.  With the hotdog being in a lot of sets in the past, its nakedness left the illusion a little flat.  Having a bun to clip the dog into is quite lovely.

So what else do you get?  Lots of minifigs.  A total of 14 normal figs (small and regular legs) and 1 baby. Beyond that you get a few mini sets essentially that compose some park equipment and such.  The more clever builds are probably just the hotdog cart and the lawnmower.  The rest is a bit bland and I don’t imagine will stay in tact for too long for a lot of people (ie: The fence on 2×4 green plate).LegoFunInPark3

What don’t you get: The picture on the box is as usual…environmentally rich, despite there being no big plate to pin this all down to.  This is just a figure and various doo-dads set.  Its meant to supplement your other City sets as apposed to really being a standalone product.

Lets break the price down:  Amongst the first thing you are likely to notice is the fact that this set is a massive wallet punch of $40 for a set of only 157 pieces:

  • There are about 95 non-minifig parts and 14.5 Minifigures.
  • Normal lego pricing is roughly 10 cents a part.  Since there is a total part count of 157, you would initially expect the set to be about 16$.  Not so of course.
  • If you use the 10 cent rule for the 95 non fig parts, that adds up to $9.5 leaving $30.5 for the figures.
  • If the figures equate to $30.5 of the total cost, and there are 14.5 figures, then each figure is roughly 2$.

In summary $2 a fig is about normal…of course these are really generic figs and nothing like the Collectible series that runs $4 a fig.  You would generally be hard pressed to find any figure for under 2$ second hand or retail.

So, should you get it?  Do you want lots of low dollar generic figures to pad your collection?  Do you really just want a baby, wheelchair, and hotdog bun (I did).  Are you devious enough to buy such a set and dole it out 1 figure at a time so your kid can have 15 days of new figures?  (this thing would be well suited as a advent calendar set).   Its a neat set for the new parts, but they are likely to come in other sets over time, so this is probably not your only chance to get them.

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