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LEGO® Old Town Square Playset
A fantastic set for all to enjoy,
the Old Town Square Playset includes: The Medieval Clock Tower, the Renaissance
Market Hall, a row of three historical buildings (including a café) with
colourful façades, and a grand Neo-Gothic Town Hall. This set includes eight
minifigures, including a police officer, a tourist, and a rather
suspicions-looking character (standing around the corner of the Market Hall!).
There are many reasons why I believe
the Old Town Square Playset would make an excellent LEGO IDEAS product:
The buildings are of different
historical architectural styles, giving the Old Town Square not only a look
that is aesthetically pleasing, but also a varied selection of buildings that
are fun to construct. In this set are presented varying levels of “expertise”
required to build the models; the aim here being to engage not only children of
different ages to be involved with its construction, but also to involve the
“adult-enthusiast”; the younger or less experienced LEGO builder may find the
colourful smaller constructions exciting to build, whilst the more experienced
LEGO builder may find the Neo-Gothic Town Hall more of a challenge.
The model includes several
baseplates, including two road plates, and the buildings provide much space
inside to play with the included minifigures and also any other characters that
the LEGO collector may already have (perhaps there may be a Star Wars
convention going on inside the Market Hall!). There is also plenty of space for
the collector’s vehicles which may have previously lacked a built-environment
in which to put them.
As well as appearing attractive
for display, the LEGO® Old Town Square Playset, as the name suggests, is
intended to encourage youngsters (or even adults!) to play with the finished
model, acting out various storylines / scenarios with minifigure characters in
their new environment. The set is also modular, in-part, so it can be
rearranged to suit different table spaces and/or provide flexibility, if
combining with other models in a layout.
The parts inventory in this set
provides an excellent selection of bricks to build with. It encourages the LEGO
builder not only to go on to actively experiment with new variants of the
models, but also to follow through with their own model ideas. Whilst the
buildings presented here generally have a “smooth finish” to them, no attempt
has been made to completely remove the traditional aesthetic and appeal which
one may experience when seeing at first glance that this creation is made of LEGO!
Leaving studs visible on roofs, etc., simply enables more places where
minifigures and/or additional LEGO pieces can be positioned.
This set also hopefully encourages
the child to think about different architectural elements and styles, whether
it be Neo-Gothic, Renaissance or Medieval. Models in this set were loosely inspired by buildings still seen today in the old town squares of Prague
(Czechia), Krakow (Poland) and Brussels (Belgium). No religious buildings have
been included solely because I feel LEGO should be non-religious, non-political
and all that.
The set includes street furniture
items such a post-box, cycle-rack with 4 bicycles, seating, litter bins and
ornamental trees. The building interiors provide plenty of space to add
interior furnishings (e.g. interior accessories for a library, a hotel, or an
indoor-market, and so forth), whilst the model’s baseplate areas provide space
for further additions (e.g. a fountain, or a statue dedicated to Ole Kirk
Christiansen (1891 – 1958), founder of the LEGO® Group). So, this set not only
encourages inclusive building fun, and endless hours of play, but also new
ideas within the imagination.
The LEGO® Old Town Square Playset
is sure to be a timeless classic which can be enjoyed by all, both with
building and with play, for generations to come!