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#2409 SET REVIEW: BDP Series 2: Mushroom House

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It's time to get tiny! Let’s enter the world of the BrickLink Designer Program’s Mushroom House. Together we’ll explore this tiny yet adorable world. This set will become available June 8 and we anticipate it will likely sell out fast. Whether you’re a fan of fantasy or fungus, this set is a fun find for you!

Tips&Bricks post 2409 Set Review: Bricklink Designer Program Series 2 - Mushroom House. This set retails for £69.99, $89.99, or €79.99 for 960 parts. Our score is 23 out of 25. Let’s step into this adorable world of the Mushroom House!

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[Review products provided by the LEGO group, but all opinions are our own and honest - we don’t have to praise sets to keep receiving them.]

Part selection. According to BrickLink, there are 13 parts that are rare enough to only be found in 1 other set. There are a whopping 32 different plant/nature elements in this build and no stickers! BrickLink Designer Program (BDP) sets are limited to current parts and colors, although rare parts can be selected. Therefore, it is unfair to score this set on parts selection. Those who like nature will love all the parts!

Minifigures. Two identical green forestmen torsos are found in only one other set - Lion Knight’s Castle! We won’t count the elusive Forestmen’s Hideout GWP since it was only available in limited release. One of the figs has Hobbit hair, while the other two have rare hair as well. The medium legs are bendable. Two pairs of dark brown medium legs are included and these only appeared in 4 expensive 18+ sets, including Rivendell. The sand green torso of the snail-rider is from two sets: Lion Knight’s Castle and Medieval Town Square.   While BrickLink Designer Sets don’t create new minifigure parts, they can use rare ones! The minifigs here are cute, and while two of the three figs are almost identical, their torsos and medium legs are rare. We love the repurposed Hobbit hair, but wish some elf ears or hats could have been included. Our score for Minifigures is 4 out of 5.

Techniques. The snail is a standalone build. The snail sets the scale of this adorable build, shrinking the minifig down to tiny proportions. The snail is stabilized with clear round plates that double as slime. Shields are perfectly mounted to fill in the shell gaps. Eyestalks make use of inverted cones and bar holders. Shell sides attach using SNOT, and the tight precision of the D-SNOT brick (3386) with the shields is fantastic. The original design (cover slide) used a dark green shell, which changed for production reasons.

Techniques. Layered plates provide a stable base, which is covered in oversized plants. These reddish-brown stairs use such fancy trigonometry, they make Pythagoras himself blush. A black water pump is on the side of the Mushroom House. A black snake serves as an ingenious handle for the water pump, giving it a wrought iron look. The pump uses 7 parts, but in all black it looks like 1!

Techniques. The first floor of the Mushroom House is cozy and delightful, with perfect touches of nature, such as the leaf-adorned chair, four-leaf clover rug, flower vase, stem and lilipad side table, and twig-based fireplace.   Our final thoughts? Making use of SNOT bricks, close connections, and some Pythagorean theorem math, the curves and slopes of this set are as elegant as they are adorable! While the plant techniques aren’t anything new, this set still holds plenty of building technique surprises for experienced builders! Our score for Techniques is 4 out of 5.

Features.  The mushroom lid removes to see the second story! Both indoor and outdoor storytelling available. The large plants on the exterior are supported well by the sturdy base. The final build includes a ride-able snail, several large plants, and a two-story Mushroom House, complete with a clover–designed rug, a leaf-quilt, and a removable mushroom lid, allowing access to the top levels. Our score for Features is 5 out of 5.

Value for Money. The Snack Shack (BDP Series 1) has been the cheapest BDP set, retailing for $49.99. While the Mushroom House costs 80% more, the build is significantly more involved and a larger display. This set includes lots of large wedges and slopes, which factors into the price per part (9 cents per part).!  BDP sets are unique due to their short-lived availability. This rarity inflates the re-sale value, making BDP highly sought after “investment” sets. This is the second cheapest BDP set to date, making this an affordable entry point into this line of sets. We have no doubt this set will sell out fast. Our score for Value for Money is 5 out of 5.


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