It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas...
As usual in this period it's time for a Christmas themed creation and here it is Santa's Cottage, a cozy shelter for Santa who is preparing his worldwide tour for delivering gifts.
About the set
Santa's Cottage features a classic Xmas color scheme, an uncommon shape and an unconventional doors/windows style. The main feature is probably the asymmetrical roof with a very sloping shape to the left. The woodshed is located under the excess roof. The red/white/black color combo is simple but effective, and the snowy trees in the background match well.
Last but not least, the door and windows are round, a shape rarely spotted on a cottage, but quite common in Hobbit houses.
Santa, who is coming home from a relaxing walk, has also a nice off-road vehicle painted with a color scheme matching with the cottage. You can spot it on the right.
Playability at its best!
The set is full of details, funny building techniques and utensils. The base is made with many white plates and wedge plates that make the surface uneven and give the idea of fresh snow.
In front of the staircase to access the house, there is a nice outdoor flooring made with many light bluish gray slopes of different sizes, among which I have inserted white tiles to give the idea of porphyry. The effect is very pleasant.
All around there are trees, plants, and a couple of shrubs, they are all covered by the snow. The dry stone wall that supports the house is made from many hammers, a technique I have used in the past. The terrace is chock-full of objects and utensils which make the whole set very playable.
There are lots of other hidden details here and there, have fun finding them!
Fully detailed interior!
The Cottage features a complete interior with two floors: the upper one with the bedroom; and the ground floor with the living room. The whole interior is chock full of details that make the set very playable.
You can easily lift up the two roofs to access inside and play with the utensils and surprising accessories including table and chairs, a fireplace, a pendulum clock and many more. And who is coming out of the hatch on the floor?
Thanks to the wooden furniture you can breathe a warm and welcoming atmosphere, typical of mountain cottages: nice coziness inside while it's cold outside. It's Christmas time indeed! And it's so enjoyable!
If you've always dreamed of a Santa's Cottage like this now you can build it and have fun!
With your support, hopefully we can turn the Santa's Cottage into an actual LEGO IDEAS set.
Thank you all for your support, comments and shares!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!