I bought the Fun Fair people pack some time ago. I recently decided to open the box and review the set. The decision came around after reviewing the Roller Coaster set. The two kits go well together. I had some fun photographing these Minifigures around all the fairground sets that I own. Without further ado, here are my thoughts on Fun Fair (60234).
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FUN FAIR (60234) SUMMARY
- NAME: People Pack – Fun Fair
- SET #: 60234
- COST: $49.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 183
- MINIFIGURES: 14
- RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2019
FUN FAIR (60234) QUICK REVIEW
- VALUE: 90% (Good value compared to a Minifigure series.)
- BUILD: N/A (This is not a typical build set.)
- MINIFIGURES: 85% (This is not my favorite selection in recent years.)
- ENTERTAINMENT: 70% (This kit did not excite me like previous people packs.)
- OVERALL SCORE: 82%
FUN FAIR (60234) REVIEW
Looking at Fun Fair as a regular set is not flattering in terms of value. It costs $49.99 in Canada and contains 183 pieces. Consequently, the cost-per-brick is $0.27. By comparison, my average currently sits at $0.14/brick. Additionally, I only got 22 minutes of build time. That translates into a cost-per-minute of $2.27. On my usual scale, those values earn 35% and 5% respectively. Therefore, the overall value rating is an astonishingly low 20%.
However, in the past I have not rated People Packs using my usual scale. Treated like a Minifigure series, People Packs are a decent value. In this case, the kit contains 14 characters. That translates to $3.57 per Minifigure. Comparatively, the current series of Minifigures retails for $4.99 per blind bag. Buying 14 blind bags costs $69.86. Therefore, this People Pack represents a savings of 28% compared to buying blind bags. I usually consider 30% off or more to be a great deal. This is close but falls a little short of the cut-off. Therefore, I rate the value at 90%.
Fun Fair does not contain much to build. The focus of this set is bolstering your Minifigure population. The kit contains functional strongman, target, and ring toss games. Additionally, you build an ice cream bicycle and face-paint station. I liked the functionality of the strongman game and the look of the bicycle. However, the rest are lack-luster. With that said, I will not score this section keeping in line with treating it like a Minifigure series.
In terms of character design, Fun Fair is a step backwards from Outdoor Adventures and Space Research and Development. Those previous installments featured a lot of accessories as well as more printing on characters. Additionally, each set featured fewer stubby-legged child Minifigs. Fun Fair characters all have unique face prints, but only five have double-sided faces. Also, each has front and back torso printing, but none have leg printing. However, the set includes 12 accessories. You get two coins, 1 hot dog, 1 coffee-to-go cup, 1 balloon animal, 2 paint brushes, 1 popsicle, 3 rubber ducks, and one toy bear. All things considered, the accessories in previous people packs were better. I rate the Minifigure design in this case at 70%.
14 Minifigures in a 183-piece kit equates to a brick-to-fig ratio of 13-to-1. As with previous people packs, that is phenomenal. Fun Fair earns a ratio score of 100%. Averaging the ratio and design scores gives an overall Minifigure rating of 85%.
Fun Fair contains some interesting pieces. The kit has some harder-to-find faces, hairstyles, and torso prints. Additionally, the set has no stickers. Every sign is a printed tile. However, the characters are not as detailed as the last two people packs. Additionally, there are fewer accessories. I liked Outdoor Adventures much more. On the plus side, these are good city-stockers. Also, you get a lot of parts to help design SigFigs. But since I am not excited about this set, I rate the entertainment score at 70%.
OVERALL SCORE: 82%
As with all people packs, Fun Fair is a good value compared to buying Minifigure blind bags. However, the characters you get in this kit are not particularly detailed. There are some interesting Minifigure pieces though. But $49.99 is a lot to pay to get a few rarer torsos and faces. I liked Outdoor Adventures more than Fun Fair by a long shot. The Minifigures were more detailed, there were less child characters, and a lot of interesting accessories. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below or reach out on social media to let me know.
Until next time,
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