Today I have a short review of the exclusive LEGO Toys R Us Geoffrey & Friends (40228) set. This set was gifted to me by my store manager at Babies R Us who went to a meeting at the flagship TRU in New York. The set contains 133 pieces and retails for $9.99. It is currently unavailable here in the US for purchase at this time but is available at Toys R Us Germany. The contents of the box include two un-numbered bags, the instruction booklet, and a sticker sheet.
There are two minifigures in this set, a young boy and girl. The boy wears the green and white shirt with the spaceman printing. He has a happy expression with some freckles.
The parts for the girl are fairly rare. The torso is yellowish-green with dolphin and wave printing. The short dark azure legs have also shown up in just a handful of sets. The head piece has been in only four other sets and it is double-sided with happy and sad expressions.
The main build of the set is, of course, the Toys R Us mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe. If you’ve built other brick-built animals before, Geoffrey is created in a similar way. The torso is created first with the typical SNOT building technique to give it a smooth look all around. Here you’ll also have to apply all the stickers of stars which the newer version of Geoffrey has all over his body.
The arms and legs use the smaller plates with ball joints to give it articulation. One problem with this is that Geoffrey is pretty top-heavy and the legs are somewhat limited for him to stand upright.
The neck does not have any movement but it does have more of the star stickers on the front and back.
Finally, the head is pretty simple and the ears and mouth have some movement with the use of some hinged pieces.
Overall, the LEGO Toys R Us Geoffrey & Friends (40228) set is a neat little one. It was a must have for me as I work for the company and I had planned on getting it when it becomes available in the US.
The only fault that I have with the build is that Geoffrey is a little derpy looking. It’s not LEGO’s fault it came out this way because Toys R Us made a drastic change of Geoffrey’s look in its latest iteration.
There’s still no details on how to get this set at this time or when it will actually be available but I’ll keep you posted.