The new year is rapidly approaching, and with it the first wave of new LEGO® sets for 2020. While January 1 marks the official release date online, these sets are already popping up at other retailers. Recently, the LEGO® Group sent me a couple of little ones to look at before the general release. I have the newest xtra (40375 and 40376) bags to share today. However, this review will be slightly different from my usual fare since these are not “sets” per se, but rather add-ons to spruce up the sets you already have.
DISCLAIMER: The LEGO® Group provided these kits for review purposes. However, the provision of sets does not guarantee a favorable review. I will provide my honest opinion.
Xtra (40375 & 40376) SUMMARY
- NAME: Sports Accessories & Botanical Accessories
- SET #: 40375 & 40376
- THEME: xtra
- COST: $4.99 CAD each
- BRICK COUNT: 36 & 32
- MINIFIGURES: none
- RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2020
In a normal set review, I always begin by looking at the value of a set. In this case, I cannot really evaluate build time, because these are accessory packs. Consequently, there really is not much to build. However, I can still look at the value-per-brick. Each of these kits costs $4.99 in Canada. The Sports Accessories kit contains 36 bricks, meaning it has a cost-per-brick of $0.14. That is right on my current average and earns a score of 80%. Alternatively, the Botanical Accessories kit contains 32 bricks, meaning that it has a cost-per-brick of $0.16. That leans towards the expensive side in my books, and I rate it at 73%.
To read more about how these scores were generated, click here.
My favorite of the two is the Botanical Accessories bag. While it is not as good a value as the Sports Accessories kit, it has much wider applications in MOC projects. Almost everyone needs plants to spruce up their custom builds. There is a good selection in this kit, although I which there was more newer leaf elements included. You only get two green and two orange, which is not enough to build a bush, or fall colored tree. The white leaf elements are also interesting, but again, I wish there was more of them. Buying a few of these kits allows you to build a small cherry blossom tree with these white elements and pink flowers included.
Who doesn’t need more plant elements?
Sports Accessories is a more eclectic polybag. Sticking to one season of sports equipment would have made a more coherent kit. However, the accessories included will go well in my city as equipment in a MOC sports store that I am planning. However, I do not see myself buying many of these, unlike the Botanical Accessories.
Overall, both are solid accessories packs. Personally, I think the Botanical Accessories bag will be more popular. However, it all depends on what you need. I do feel like having too many plant elements is not a common problem with many builders though. Conversely, I do have a large number, perhaps even too many, of the sport accessories that come in the other kit. As always, I would love to hear what you think. Please comment below or let me know on social media.
Until next time,
What do others think?
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