Starting tomorrow, LEGO will have a new promotion for the exclusive VIP Set (40178). It has 205 pieces an you can get it for free with purchases of $125 or more at LEGO Brand Stores and on [email protected]. LEGO has kindly sent us a copy to review a little early.
The set comes in a bag that is softer than your typical polybag and inside are three more individual bags along with a sticker sheet and the instruction booklet.
The VIP set technically consists of two minifigures. The first one is the store employee which is different from the 5001622 minifigure polybag from a few years ago. This version of the employee has a slightly different black polo shirt with a name badge on the front and the LEGO logo on the back. He has a smile on his face and the same spiky brown hair as from before. His accessory is a shopping bag that uses a sticker on the 1×2 white tile.
The other minifigure is the solid red on that goes on the VIP card. I’m pretty sure that monocolor minifigure collectors will appreciate this one and will somewhat be sought after.
The set itself comes in two parts, the store and a brick-built VIP card. The LEGO Store has a 8×10 layout and if you’ve been in a store before, you’ll recognize the design. In front of the store, you have the standing 2×4 red brick and a brick play area. In the middle is the counter and on register which is a printed slope.
The back of the store is the Pick & Build area comprising of 16 colored studs. On the adjacent wall, there are some tiles with stickers of various LEGO sets. These include:
–LEGO Ninjago Titanium Ninja Tumbler (70588)
–LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)
–LEGO Creator Super Soarer (31042)
-LEGO City Tire Escape (60126)
–LEGO Friends Amusement Park Hot Dog Van (41129)
-LEGO DUPLO Tow Truck (10814)
–LEGO Juniors (10687)
Finally in front of the store, you can also see Ollie hanging out from the side of the wall. I do like how the dragon is implemented.
The other build for this set is the brick-built VIP card. The shape of it is spot-on by using the newer 1×1 quarter-circle tile pieces. The letter P also uses some of the tiles as well. The red minifigure sits in the middle to represent the letter I. The two sections connect together using a couple of Technic pins.
Overall, I feel that the VIP Set (40178) is one of the better gift-with-purchase sets that LEGO has released. The LEGO Store looks spot-on to the real one, as far as mini models go. The VIP card build also looks great as well but it does look a bit awkward when it is connected to the store.
Thank you to LEGO Affiliate team for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.