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#2445 SET REVIEW: 43249 Stitch

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There’s no place I’d rather be than building a LEGO Stitch! This set gives us a Hawaiian rollercoaster ride of emotions. It is a fantastic build, but it is eerily similar to a concept designed by @tylerbuilds in 2017. Let us know your thoughts on this set, and do you think it is problematic that official LEGO sets are released despite similar but rejected Ideas projects?


Number 2445 SET REVIEW: 43249 Stitch. We scored this set a 20 out of 25. £59.99 / $64.99 / €64.99 for 730 parts. There’s no place I’d rather be than building a LEGO Stitch! This set gives us a Hawaiian rollercoaster ride of emotions. This Stitch is unquestionably cute and fluffy, but we have one big issue with this set. Is LEGO stealing ideas from MOCs? Swipe for our full review.

The Elephant in the Room. Tyler Clites, winner of LEGO Masters US Season 1, posted his Stitch MOC to LEGO Ideas in 2017. It reached 10k supporters, but was rejected by LEGO. Tyler uploaded this updated version in 2020. We adore how poseable Stitch is with his many outfits! He can surf, be in alien form, dress as Elvis, and more! It is disappointing, as this is not the first time LEGO has turned a rejected LEGO Ideas submission into a similar set. Now onto the set…

Part Selection. We scored the parts a 4 out of 5. There are 16 recolors, including useful parts in blue like 3x3 corner round slopes in medium azure and dark blue! Though mostly random parts in very low quantities. The eye printing on the Corner Domes is absolutely stellar. The floral stickers are able to be placed at any angle. There are also ample SNOT plates in medium azure - 18 to be exact!

Techniques. Building Stitch’s head is the highlight of this set, with intricate techniques galore! Black 1x1 Clips attach the nose to the T Bar, and also make Stitch’s nostrils! 1x2 Plates with Bar Handles are secured with clips to support the angled mouth, which also clips in. An unprinted R2-D2 body slots into a Technic Axle which allows Stitch’s head to rotate.

Stitch’s body is mostly constructed with SNOT bricks. Stitch’s legs are attached and angled with hinges that lock into place. Alternating wedge plates in bright light orange and medium azure form the angled edges of Stitch’s shirt.

To attach Stitch’s left arm - Step one: offset 1x2 Plates with Ball Sockets by spacing them 4 plates high and ½ stud apart. Step two: snap them in at an angle with similarly offset 1x2 Plates with Tow Balls. Overall, the techniques to create Stitch are outstanding, especially considering its label under the 9+ age group. Innovative SNOT and angle techniques make this sculptural build a joy to put together! We scored the techniques a 5 out of 5.

Accuracy. This is very clearly Stitch. The shaping is excellent, especially  in the body. There are a few nitpicks below that make us  question the designer’s decisions. We will take a point off just for Stitch’s left ear - it should have its cutout! Our nitpicks are - His colors are a bit too bright, he never wears this outfit, and his left ear has no cutout. On the positives though, the eye print is amazing and the feet shaping is immaculate. We scored the accuracy a 4 out of 5.

Display Value. Ears are poseable and head can turn. Minimal exposed studs, cleverly placed to look almost fur-like. However, Stitch’s hand looks incredibly awkward when not holding his ice cream. Stitch looks absolutely adorable ondisplay, from all directions. This build hardly looks like LEGO bricks! But he has a major flaw. Stitch is static. We wish there was more poseability, like in the MOC by @tylerbuilds. We gave the display value a 3 out of 5.

Value for Money. £59.99 / $64.99 / €64.99 for 730 parts. The official set is fairly priced, but you could purchase the parts for Tyler’s MOC for around $30. Download free instructions for the MOC on his website (in the description).

Final Thoughts. Overall, Stitch is an excellent set with stellar techniques, dampened by a lack of poseability and a sour taste due to its similarity to an Ideas MOC. Can Stitch say goodbye? What do you think about this set and the MOC by @tylerbuilds ? Let us know in the comments!

[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.] #gifted #rlfm

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