Winter Village Toy Shop Re-Release

Word of the day, in my little corner of the world, is that the Winter Village Toy Shop from a few years ago is being re-released as this year’s customary Winter Village set. I heard the news first from Brickset, although plenty of other places have covered this discovery.

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All over the Internet, people are running around complaining about this decision, stating that this revision is exactly the same as the previous one…

No it isn’t.

Has anyone really paid attention to the fact there are three more minifigures this time around? Not to mention there are new head designs and at least one new torso design – and that’s just what I’ve noticed from the above picture.

Indeed, there are some noticeable differences with the contents of the set, including a few more of those smaller brick builds for presents and the inclusion of skis and a snowboard. The toy shop itself doesn’t appear to use any of the newer colours, but it definitely looks like some newer parts are included. Otherwise there’s no denying that the main model of the toy shop is near identical – and that’s the point.

Most noticeable of all is the retail price: this version is reportedly going in at GBP 59.99, which is around 20% more than the original during its release. However, let’s not forget about inflation, and the fact this version has more minifigures (and possibly more parts).

Having been underwhelmed with LEGO’s Winter Village offerings for the last couple of years, to the point where I was able to easily pass them up, I’m looking forward to getting hold of this new version of the Toy Shop. It would be great to make a side-by-side comparison with the original – which I still have – to see which one comes out on top. Heck, I may even do a review.

My guess is that the bellyaching going on is from people who’ve held on to the original Winter Village Toy Shop, hoping to score big in the resale market, crying over the idea that the set’s stock has dropped.
If that’s really the case, let those people cry. It’s not as if LEGO hasn’t ever re-released an old set – just look at the numerous examples in the City theme.

What do you make of the news?