LEGO 10199 Review

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Expert Rating

The LEGO Winter Toy Shop 10199 is a great set for children and LEGO lovers alike. It’s an 815 piece, which is slightly smaller, but still highly versatile if you want to build something else with them. The set also makes clever use of blocks so you can use them in other sets, or your own creations, in creative ways. Check out our list of best LEGO sets to see if there’s anything else that tickles your fancy.

Why We Like It – LEGO 10199

The LEGO Winter Toy Shop 10199 may not contain as many pieces as other LEGO sets (though it still does include a whopping 815 pieces), but that doesn’t mean LEGO has skimped on the design and build quality. The LEGO Winter Toy Shop is an excellent set that shines through beautifully on a cold winter night.

Pros
  • East to follow assembly instructions
  • Clever use of blocks
  • Re-release of a beloved set
Cons
  • Can become rare and expensive
  • Can be divisive among fans

Performance

Despite the sheer volume of pieces in a standard LEGO set, and this one is no exception, it’s understandable that completing a set can seem like a daunting task. But there are ways that LEGO can make it easier for you. This set, in particular, comes with no sticker sheet and numbered polybags. It also has two instruction booklets and two numbered bags which makes the build quite easy to follow. If you are up for a challenge, though, try the LEGO Star Wars Death Star 10188.

Design

The LEGO Winter Toy Shop makes clever use of basic LEGO blocks to conjure up presents like trucks and helicopters which are nestled happily under the Christmas Tree. The set also comes with a light brick that illuminates the toy shop nicely and gives off a pleasant vibe as you watch the toymaker working diligently through the night to ensure everyone has presents the next morning. If winter and Christmas aren’t your thing you can try the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 and bring out your inner Star Wars fan.

Value

LEGO surprised everyone by re-releasing the LEGO Winter Toy Shop Set which was, essentially, the exact same version as their 2009 Winter Village Toy Shop with a few cosmetic tweaks. Admittedly, not getting a new winter village set was a bit of a let down, but re-releasing a beloved set for new fans is always a sound business move. Plus, this Winter Toy Shop will soon be a hard-to-find set and will definitely become a collector’s item like the last one. The LEGO Star Wars Republic Frigate 7964 is another set that could become rare in the future considering all the Star Wars merchandise being released so you might want to get your hands on that one too.

LEGO 10199 Wrap Up

The LEGO Winter Toy Shop 10199 may be a re-release, but that doesn’t mean it won’t become rare and expensive in the future. So whether you’re a collector wanting to stockpile some sets or a builder who loves a challenge, it’s a good idea to get your hands on this set now before it becomes like trying to find a needle in a haystack.

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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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