LEGO Icons Winter Village Collection 10308: Holiday Main Street – Wintertime Retail Therapy [Review]Brothers Brick

It’s Christmas time again! Well, nearly. On October 7th (October 3rd for VIPs) you can pick up a copy of this year’s expansion to the Winter Village Collection, Icons at 10308 Holiday Main StreetFind out more US $99.99 | CAN 129.99 | UK £89.99!  This 1514 piece set is designed for up to four people to work on it at once – a nice way to bring folks together for the holidays. Will they have any fun with it? Read on to see what we think of this year’s retail therapy!

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an earlier copy of this set for review. If they receive products for review, TBB won’t be compensated or give positive feedback.


Unboxing parts and instruction

Similar to the other sets “Adult Collector” theming, this year’s Winter Village Collection set features a dark background, minimal logos, and a mandatory 18+ age range. The icon in the lower right corner indicates that the set can be assembled by between 1-4 people. Do they all have to be 18+? Not a chance. There’s very little in the way complex construction in store for anyone.

The thumb-punch box’s back shows the buildings from the rear as well as two inset photos of the minifigures at their home. The set’s dimensions (32cm/12″ wide by 22cm/8.5″ tall) are shown in the lower left. A graphic is located at the bottom of this section. It demonstrates that you can drive the trolley with a substantial extra purchase. We’ll talk more about that in a bit.

The box contains eleven numbers parts bags, which cover six building steps. It also includes a loose, dark-red plate, and an envelope that holds the paper goods.

This envelope contains both generic printing and an inventory control sticker.

There are four tiny, central-staple instructions books as well as a sticker page.

The stickers are pretty reasonable – other than the “Main St.” and bugle designs, these aren’t images that LEGO would likely find additional uses for.


Mailboxes and Christmas Tree

We’ll be taking a look at each of the four sub-models in this set on their own. First, there is a tiny mailbox and a big Christmas tree. There are also three miniature figures.

This diorama includes a street sign and a clock that is pole mounted. The diorama also features a pole-mounted clock and street sign.

One of the most common complaints about the street signs was the one-sidedness. It is important to choose the right way to display this small amount of snowy terrain.

The mailman’s logo looks the same as that in the Winter Village Post Office at 10222 Winter Village. This little Easter egg helps you tie it in to the bigger theme.

This year’s Christmas tree design is based on overlapping wedge plates. The high contrast dots at the manufacturing points for all dark-green parts was something I noticed. Each piece has clearly marked mold injection points. My copy has many flaws, including the fact that my tree design covers all of the problematic holes.

The tree has four identical wedges of branches which attach to a central pillar, a technique we’ve seen in previous Winter Village sets. The base of the tree is decorated with a few gift boxes.

It is large and attractive enough to be used as the focal point of a square. With shopping bags, you will receive two minifigures. “let’s go shopping” theme of this year’s offering quite plain. Mind you, I’m all for supporting your local businesses, so I’m only mostly joking about the horrors of capitalism. It’s that simple.


Holiday Trolley

A decade worth of winter village equipment made it obvious to install a trolley for local transportation. So that’s just what we get – a smart little tram with a conductor all its own.

The base of the trolley has some odd modular construction – rather than the usual long plates that span the entire floor, there are modular sections that attach together.

But, the parts are easily reassembled into standard forms. The general chassis is decorated with a bit of holly and greenery mounted on 1×8 plate.

It acts as an advertisement rolling for all the shops in this set. Both H. Jollie’s Music Store and Santa’s Toys and Games get a placard along the side.  You can find the placard at the side of H. Jollie’s Music Store and Santa’s Toys and Games. “Have a Toyful Holiday”Slogan is both funny and completely plausible.

The trolley’s interior has a cargo space with red benches, as well as a smaller seating area with a padded leather bench and dual-sided padded leather benches.

These red 1x1x2/3rds “block”For 2022, bricks will be new. Bricks have been seen in at least four different forms. They’re used in the roof area of the trolley.

The roof also contains some odd building – parts that don’t seem to make a lot of sense are hidden inside the top windowed area. These elements will be necessary for the “Powered Up” alternate build, but don’t serve any purpose in the basic version.

This trolley looks amazing when finished. It has a wreath with a central 1×1 round tile on either side, a control rod/brake for the conductor, and room for a few passengers.  You can easily place your driver on the removable roof.

The trolley, as shown on the box and previously mentioned, was intended to be upgraded. “Powered Up” version. Add an 88009 Power-Up hub (US $49.99 | CAN $69.99 | UK £44.99), 88011 Train Motor (US $13.99 | $CAN 17.99 | UK £12.99) , 88005 light kit (US $9.99 | CAN $11.99 | UK £8.99) and 60205 train track (US $19.99 | $CAN 249.99 | UK £17.99Follow these instructions to add animations to your Winter Village layout. You will find alternate instructions in the booklet after you have read the pages listing additional sets.

I didn’t have those additional sets on hand, so I can’t comment on how well this version of the kit works in real life. But LEGO appears to have lost a great opportunity. LEGO would have been able to sell more items if it had offered a bundle set with all the parts. We can only pray that it won’t be. All These parts can be purchased or are available for you to purchase extra tracks if you are looking for the full experience. You’ll probably want to run the trolley on a different line from the 2016 Winter Holiday Train.)

LEGO did the right thing, however. It’s a smart move, I believe. NotThey should also be included with the base set. This set wouldn’t have been affordable to many people if it was priced at $100 US. For more information, please see Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse Pricing.


H. Jollie’s Music Store

The third sub-model is H. Jollie’s Music store. The third sub-model is more complicated than the others and should be left to more experienced builders. To someone who requires to be distracted longer hours at the family gathering. (You know who I’m talking about. Yeah. Them. It’s possible to believe they would have taken them with them. They didn’t.

These walls were made with a variety of materials in medium nougat. Many parts in medium nougat are making their first appearances. There’s also a 1×4 tile in dark orange, a common part provided here for color balancing purposes. It wasn’t because I misunderstood it to be rare. It’s not rare.

The store comes with decent selection of instruments ranging from a brick-built drum kit to a printed 1×2 keyboard tile. Collectible Minifigure previously featured the violin, guitar, and saxophone.

The build for the store is pretty basic, with the walls just stacks of 1×2 and 1×4 bricks. It is interesting to see the front windows because it has the illusion that there are columns on either side of the glass. The instruments are propped up thanks to modified 1×2 plates and robot arms. There’s also a cannister full of drum sticks (Harry Potter wand elements) next to the old-school sand green cash resister.

The first floor exterior is pretty inviting – with the guitar and violin shown to good advantage through the large window. A wreath that hangs above the door gives the window ledge a little bit of greenery. An awning is made up of two lantern-like light fixtures, and two clip flags.

Although the finished shop has many details, it still allows for minifigures. Because the depth is so shallow, things can still be easily accessed and lit once you are done with your next story.

To give the shop personality and charm, stickers are used to decorate its walls. Above the saxophone is a poster for a Holiday Concert, while a 2×2 tile above the drum set shows what appears to be a younger H. Jollie performance documented by the Daily Brick newspaper. Easter egg hunters may recall that’s the same paper seen in the Modular Buildings Collection 10278 Police Station.

There are a few unique pieces on the second floor. The cabinet in sand, although it was seen previously in Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series 75313 At/ATs, is an entirely new color. The sand green teapot is also a new color,  and the printed 2×2 tile has only one other appearance: Minecraft 21165 The Bee-Farm. The downspout is done on the exterior wall with silver candlesticks, much like the floor before.

The second story also doesn’t contain much in the way of innovative building techniques, but the overall effect is nice. Two tea cups and some cookies are held on a simple red table. A lit candle is also included. On the wall is another Easter egg – a 2×2 tile with a sticker showing the 2019 10267 Winter Village Gingerbread House. Is H. Jollie connected to Gingerbread? Does he simply love the Winter Village’s architecture? It is possible that Gingerbread People are situated in relation to Main Street. Do they interact with minifigures of the same size as regular cookie people? Are they in their neighborhood? Or do the children live in the polar regions of Santa’s arctic region with Santa? Many questions.

The opposite wall houses a tiny kitchenette, which includes a microwave and two cabinets. There is also a counter with tile backsplash.

It looks great with the organic shapes in the snow. The roof’s grey plates have more of the high-visibility manufacturing dots as you can see from our complete list of images at end.

The roof at the back is quite ugly, contrary to what the front looks like. A few tiles or bricks would have helped hide the roof and created an attic. This area seems to have been affected by budget-cutting. It’s not essential, but it looks incomplete compared to the care given to the first two floors.


Santa’s Toys and Games

The final sub-set is Santa’s Toys and Games. The two-story structure houses the proprietress, toys and mysterious bluebirds of happiness.

This is the second time we see an ingot in dark-green. The ingot was first visible here. Monkie Kid80036. CityThere are many types of lanterns. These other parts, while more common, are less colorful.

The shop has many brick-built toys, such as a building, robot and train. While it’s nice to see minifigure accessories like the stuffed bunny and roller skates included, I think the meta of toys being built from the larger LEGO toy bricks is pretty keen.

It is simple, a simple stack brick shop. There’s a bit of SNOT work on the front façade, but nothing exciting. The interior here seems a bit more modern than what we saw in H. Jollie’s shop, and that the designers didn’t just re-use the same cash register for both is a nice touch.

Holiday decorations include interlaced Hollyberries and holiday ornaments on the exterior of the building. Or maybe those are simply cherries. It’s up to us all to decide how we decorate.

It is spacious enough for people to look around. Imagine the markup that they might charge for tourist goods in such a town. It’s hard to believe. It is possible they might say that all items are small-batch and hand-crafted.

Many olive-green elements are featured on the second floor. The 1×3 arch and 1×4 SNOT brick are appearing for the first time in olive green here.

Upstairs is a kid’s bedroom. This room is identified by the inset photos at the bottom of the box as belonging to the first child. It is heavy and SNOT-heavy with some lovely touches.

On the nightstand is a 1×2 tile with a wish list sticker on it. Because LEGO designers are known for hiding things with tiny text, I zoomed in to find them. It was just squiggles this time.

The smaller Christmas tree can also be found in this room. It uses the same basic design of stacked wedge plate around a central trunk, but has multicolored lights thanks to a range of 1×1 round tile.

It feels nice to have a bedroom for Christmas morning. Although I don’t know of too many kids who merit their own dedicated tree. Perhaps the toys shop downstairs makes more than I expected.

One can also see the windows at the top of each story, where you will find a wide range colors. The second floor also features interesting design elements.

The following are some of the highlights. “most complex”This trolley is likely to win the build, since it featured some of the most fascinating techniques I could see. You should leave this one to an expert builder, or someone who is skilled in thoughtful construction.


Final Model

This year’s Christmas tree has some fun construction, and the sedate yellow and gold color scheme feels like a nice touch of elegance. Although the main street sign and mailbox area are simple, they work well.

This trolley can be built even without any of the Powered Up extras. It rolls smoothly, and without any track, you don’t have to worry about some snarky relative setting up their own “Trolley Problem”Under the tree: Diorama

They look attractive and could be free-standing entries. While it’d be wonderful to see them connect wall-towall as in larger Modular Collectionss, a main street with narrow streets can still allow for gaps between buildings.

A great way to introduce fan fiction is with minifigures. For example, why does H. Jollie’s tile backsplash match the toy store owner’s sweater? Has the child discovered some dark secret about that, and they’re off to mail a blackmail note? I tell you, after binge watching a dozen seasons of Midsomer Murders with my wife, I’m convinced every sleepy little village is full of killers.

It is small enough for figures to fit in the interior, but bright enough that direct lighting can be used to provide adequate illumination. There is a lack of lighting. “realistic” architecture like stairs or a workable floorplan really don’t detract much from the experience.

Additionally, this gives you a lot of extra parts. It’s a great perk.


Minifigures

The set contains six miniaturefigures and is broken into four sub-models. The figures can be printed in any way you like, but most of them are very rare.

First, the mailbox/tree characters were created. This group includes two Christmas shoppers and one child who’s on his way to get the mail.

A brightly colored torso with two sides is on the first shopper. The torso was only seen once: 60336 LEGO CITY Cargo Train. More common are her hair, face and sand-blue legs.

Collectible minifigures Series 22 Horse and Groom characters each have unique, dual-molded hairpieces that are different from the other shopper. This is the only appearance of her dual-sided body, which was a brand new piece for 2022. LEGO City 60330 Hospital.

A young boy who loves letter writing has a dual-sided face, dark short legs, and a long, curvaceous torso. This toro appeared twice in the Chinese New Year 80109 Lunar New Year Eis Festival. LEGO City 60323 Stunt Plane.

Trolley conductors are single-sided men with one torso and one torso. His legs are plain, dark blue. He made his debut with his torso in the Ideas 21335 Motorized Lighthouse. This was also his second appearance.

H Jollie is a music shop owner. He has a one-sided face print with a dark-grey hairpiece and a two-sided body that features a tie and suspenders (four appearances, Creator Expert 10270 bookshop), and dark-tanned feet. H. Jollie appears to be a direct reference to the song. “Holly Jolly Christmas”Burl Ives performed this famously in the 1964 Rankin-Bass Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Some rumors claim he was a Ninja. real first name*This is “Harry”. However, “Harry Jollies”The message was not clear about the products the shop sells.

* Totally not his real first name

Finally, let’s get to Santa’s Toys and Games shopkeeper. Her features include a narrow expression head, dark brown legs, and a double-sided sweater. Her sweater was only worn once at 60335 Train station.  She has only been seen with her dark brown hair twice, at the 10297 Boutique Hotel.


Conclusion and recommendation

In recent years we’ve seen LEGO’s holiday set focus on private residences and parts of Santa’s compound at the north pole. This year’s addition to the winter village collection, however, feels like it’s actually part of a winter village. It’s a very traditional Christmas tradition to go to Main Street and do holiday shopping, then enjoy a large Christmas tree and send out cards. They have fun and well-constructed storefronts. You can upgrade the trolley car or decorate the tree. Without that, the set is incomplete.

A trolley expansion kit is required to fully appreciate the LEGO set. Tracks, lights, and motorization are all teased on the box and instructions, but only available for a substantial bit of extra shopping and nearly doubling the cost  – assuming everything you need is in stock.  If you can’t afford the steep upcharge for LEGO motorization and train track, you’re probably happier without it anyway.

For this review, though, let’s evaluate this set on a stand-alone basis: It’s a winner. It’s a fantastic value at $100 US for its 1514 pieces. The builds are fun, the 4-person shared-build concept works well, and there’s plenty for the town’s residents and shoppers to experience. The minifigures don’t contain any new parts, but all are unique combinations for this set. It’s a holiday treat and a parts pack. This is a win-win situation for all.

Let us know what you think. Is it possible to find the Powered Up version you are looking for? Are you happy with Main Street as it is? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.


Icons at 10308 Holiday Main StreetThe LEGO Shop Online has the October 7th release (or October 3rd for VIP members) Find out more US $99.99 | CAN 129.99 | UK £89.99. You may be able to purchase it through third-party vendors. AmazonUnd eBay.

The LEGO Group provided a set of the set to The Brothers Brick for early review. If they receive products for review, TBB won’t be compensated or give positive feedback.


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