LEGO Ideas is an invitation and a challenge; if you can design and build something that people love, LEGO will design it, sell it, and even share the profits with you. The process of getting a LEGO idea to this final stage is long and fan-driven by design; He’s building a community of passionate and proactive builders, who will also be the first to buy the set when it finally hits the shelves.
The latest set of ideas from LEGO is Home Alone, a 3,955-piece celebration of the 1990 Christmas classic with Macaulay Culkin. There are 24 distinct phases to construction, which are communicated visually and non-verbally via a thick instruction booklet. There are two pages of stickers to add additional graphic detail; the elements printed on the bricks themselves are rare.
There are five LEGO minifigures included in the build – Kevin McCallister, Harry, Marv, Kevin’s Mom and Old Man Marley – and each of them has accessories. Kevin has a bowl of chocolate ice cream, a scarf and hat for hanging out, and a sled he can use to go down the stairs. Old Man Marley has a snow shovel and a trash can. The two Wet Bandits have matching crowbars, and Harry’s knit cap is interchangeable with a police hat – a callback to the movie’s first scene, when Harry infiltrates the McCallister House to do reconnaissance work under cover of law enforcement. Upon closer examination, the Harry mini figure even has a tiny gold tooth.
You start construction by assembling the Wet Bandits’ truck. The roof is modular, which allows you to put Harry and Marv in the driver and passenger seats. There is a container in the back of the truck, where the Wet Bandits keep their stolen goods and valuables.
The Wet Bandits Van is an appetizer for the main course: the massive McCallister House itself.
If you’ve ever built minifigure scale vehicles, it’s no different. The grainy details – the side mirrors, headlights and turn signals, the small steering wheel – have the required charm, but these are common elements across several versions.
The van is an appetizer for the main course: the massive McCallister house itself, which consists of a basement, first floor, second floor, and attic. Each level is modular and separable; if you are presenting the set to an admirer, you will need to unstack the floors and let in some light to get the full effect.
Each of the rooms has three levels of storytelling. The first layer is the luxurious McCallister house itself, as it was the morning Kevin’s family left for the airport without him. We see fancy chairs and a dining table. We see the attic with the pull-out sofa bed and weird knickknacks like a random gumball machine, which the family probably bought on a whim, put away and forgotten. We see family photos on the walls. We see a photo of Buzz’s girlfriend in Buzz’s bedroom.
The interior and exterior of the house are festively decorated. Wreaths hang above the doors and ceiling beams. Christmas lights hang from the bushes in the front yard. The designers even used well-placed white bricks to create the illusion of freshly melted snow,
The second narrative layer is proof of Kevin’s life in the McCallister House, now that he has it all. We see empty pizza boxes on the tables and boxes of mac and cheese in the fridge. We see Buzz’s tarantula coming out of its cage, hanging on the wall in front of the stairs. We see the “AHHHHH !!!” aftershave in the soap dish above the bathroom sink. There’s a small TV in the kitchen, and she’s playing Angels with Filthy Souls, the in-movie movie Kevin used to trick the Pizza Delivery Boy and the Wet Bandits into thinking he wasn’t alone. .
The third narrative layer is Kevin’s âbattle planâ to stop the Wet Bandits from robbing the house. The LEGO designers have included almost all of the traps from the movie. There are toy cars strewn across the living room floor. There is a blowtorch above the rear exit of the house. There is a huge paint pot, tied with a string, at the top of the stairs. There is an iron which can fall from the upper floor to the basement; The head of the Marv figurine is reversible and has a red iron-shaped imprint on its head.
There’s a small TV in the kitchen, and she’s playing Angels with Filthy Souls, the in-movie movie Kevin used to trick the Pizza Delivery Boy and the Wet Bandits into thinking he wasn’t alone. .
The set includes several interactive elements. In Buzz’s room, there is a shelf that collapses when you remove the rod that holds it in place. There is another rod that you can push, which will launch Kevin and his sled up two flights of stairs and into the front yard. There is a series of gears under the house, and if you turn them, the train downstairs will move and the record player will spin. This is from a scene at the start of the movie, where Kevin laid out the house and cast human-shaped shadows in the windows. One of the best stickers of the set is a graphic of a Michael Jordan figure, which you attach to the touring car of the toy train.
It should be noted that the interactive elements are not designed for extended play. If you completed this set and gave it to a seven-year-old, for example, it wouldn’t stay together for very long. Interactive elements are more âuniqueâ novelties that you can show to a curious viewer. But it takes patience to reset the shelf or fit the living room into such a cramped space.
The coolest interactive element is the basement furnace. In the film, Kevin is frightened by his appearance, and imagines that he is an open-mouthed monster. The oven in the set has a hinged mouth, as well as an orange LEGO light brick that creates the impression of fire. There is also a children’s treehouse separate from the McCallister House. It’s tied with a string to the second floor of the house, and you can replay the zipline climax scene at the end of the movie.
It’s a whole bunch of details. And the cumulative impact, when the house is fully opened and unfolded, is fantastic. Thanks to the abundance of brown and beige colors, the house gives off a woodworking feel, as if it was something that had been handcrafted in a Victorian workshop rather than on an assembly line.
LEGO Ideas Home Alone is one of those rare and quality sets that exceed expectations; the layout and construction are more fun and captivating than one might guess. On the one hand, that makes it hard to find; it is currently sold out on the official LEGO website and stocks in stores and online retailers are limited. On the other hand, it sets a wonderful precedent: something so detailed and multi-piece can be made available to the general public. And by that reflection, LEGO should feel encouraged to release more sets like this in the months and years to come.
LEGO Ideas Home Alone, Set # 21330, consists of 3,955 pieces and costs $ 249.99. It was originally designed by LEGO fan Alex Storojuk. It was then refined and designed by LEGO designers Antica Bracanov and Enrique Belmonte Beixer, as well as graphic designer Kirsten Bay Nielsen.