REVIEW: Sunshine Ranch

Set number:
41039
Release year:
2014
Theme(s):
# of parts:
721
# of figures:
2
RRP
GBP 59.99 / USD 69.99

Bag #2

Most interesting parts

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The second bag is where the real work begins, in building the ginormous ranch. You may remember the 1x2x5 and 1×6 bricks from Stephanie’s New Born Lamb, and that some of the Magenta bricks in this set have made a resurgence, having been missing in action for about a decade. In fact, this set is probably where you’ll find the most Magenta bricks at once.

The highlight of this particular bag comes with the brand new, and currently exclusive, 2×2 corner tile in White. You can see the underside of the tile in the above inset.
This is one of the hottest new parts for 2014, and I’m glad it’s finally been realised, as it will make modular building construction that much easier. However, I do remember prototyping a similar part during my experiments with 3D printing (unfortunately I have no evidence to hand).

Let’s not forget the plentiful presence of 2×4 tiles in Medium Stone Grey, and two small Black brackets (again introduced by the Lord of the Rings theme). The 2×2 round tile in Medium Stone Grey is the new variety that can be placed centrally on a stud.

Stables, part one

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No doubt inspired by other AFOLs, one of the 16×16 plates gets a small cobblestone pattern formed of various Stone Grey tiles. It’s a nice effect.

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As one of the walls of the stables is built, this hanging basket is constructed using the two Black angular plates and a few other bits.

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The Magenta bricks quickly make up the rest of the wall, and we’ve added the Bright Pink stable door and a window with Yellow panes. The stable door should have a name sticker on it for the horse named “Blaize”.

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Here’s where the White corner tile is put to use, along with another hot part, the 1×4 plate with two studs. Both parts are excellent for use in modular buildings, or any other structure where something must be fixed in place but can come apart.

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All five of the 2×4 tiles are used as paving slabs.

Leftovers

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The usual suspects (i.e. the small pieces) have spares, and it’s a shame that particular parts (namely the corner tile and the 2×2 round tile) don’t.