We’re coming up on the Christmas season, and today’s set, 30573 Santa, being what it is, is purely coincidental.
This week’s set of reviews is sponsored by Brandon Griffith, one of the best LEGO artists I know. He works behind the scenes on the LEGO Masters show. He’s done statues for Comic Con, live installations, and has appeared in numerous art shows. You can follow him on Instagram at @brandongriffithart. He’s sponsored today’s set, as well as the ones you’ll see for the rest of this week. He donated a lot. Thanks, Brandon!
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One of the most unfortunate things about this set is that it is just not aesthetically pleasing. This isn’t a Santa figure I would look forward to pulling out of my holiday stash to decorate the house with. There is nothing in recent memory that is the same scale and so it would sit on a shelf or a table or something other surface as a one-off.
The one thing that could have made me appreciate this set more is the toy train. But here the train is half built, lacking any wheels and actually built onto the workbench. I was spoiled by last week’s Decorating the Tree set with its nifty train. I suppose LEGO being adverse to repeating the same build in separate sets (unless it’s a Snowspeeder) is the reason why we don’t get treated to the same thing here.
There is also a gift box, which feels like it doesn’t really belong to ether Santa or the workbench. It feels like an afterthought just to augment the set in a small way.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set sucks! LOOSE THINGS strike again! And that just compounds the suckiness of this set by way of an unappealing Santa model. I’d much rather have a small vignette with an actual Santa minifigure building the same toy train. That would have flipped the thumb at least.
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