The LEGO® Group often releases seasonal sets to coincide with major holidays. Most years, we get Halloween kit. This year is no exception with Halloween Hayride (40423). While it is a small set, it contains a few fun details.
NOTE: The LEGO® Group provided this set for review. However, the provision of products does not guarantee a favorable review. I will use my usual rating system (click here to learn more) and provide my honest opinion.
HALLOWEEN HAYRIDE SUMMARY
- NAME: Halloween Hayride
- SET #: 40423
- THEME: Iconic/Seasonal
- COST: $16.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 148
- MINIFIGURES: 2 + 1 Skeleton
- RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2020
HALLOWEEN HAYRIDE QUICK REVIEW
- VALUE: 84% (Good value in terms of cost-per-brick and build time.)
- BUILD: 80% (Aesthetically pleasing, but no new techniques and entrance arch is not sturdy.)
- MINIFIGURES: 91% (Good characters and accessories, excellent brick-to-fig ratio.)
- ENTERTAINMENT: 85% (Fun seasonal set, but not much use for it after October 31.)
- OVERALL SCORE: 85%
HALLOWEEN HAYRIDE (40423) REVIEW
Halloween Hayride costs $16.99 in Canada. Additionally, the set contains 148 pieces. Consequently, the cost-per-brick is $0.115. That is good in my books. My average cost-per-brick currently sits at $0.14. I rate the value-per-brick at 87% in this case.
Halloween Hayride is a short build. It took me 21 minutes. Therefore, at full price you are looking at $0.81 per minute of build time. Again, that is good. Comparatively, my average cost-per-minute is currently $0.83. So, you are right around the average in this case. I rate that at 81%. Averaging this score with the value-per-brick rating gives an overall value grade of 84%.
This set includes a Halloween themed entrance arch, a tractor, and a trailer. None of the builds are particularly complicated, and seasoned builders will not learn any new techniques. However, the product is a fun seasonal display piece. I like the details; you can see that designers put thought into this. I particularly like the use of 1×2 modified bricks with grilles in yellow as hay bales. My only complaint is that the entrance arch is not sturdy. It needs a transverse plate on the bottom. I rate this build at 8/10 (80%).
Halloween Hayride comes with two Minifigures and a skeleton. Sadly, one of the Minifigures is a stumpy child with unbending legs. However, both characters have front and back printed torsos with nice detailing. Additionally, one has a double-sided face. Neither character has leg printing though. The mummy costume would be better with that additional detail. The set also comes with a jack-o-lantern, bat, skeleton, spider, and two blank orange Minifigure heads to serve as pumpkins. I rate the design of these characters at 25/30 (83%).
Counting the skeleton as a figurine, you get three characters in this set. With 148 pieces, the brick-to-fig ratio is 49-to-1. For a kit this size, that is excellent. Comparatively, my average ratio is currently 150:1. In this case, I rate the ratio score at 99%. Averaging the ratio and design scores gives an overall Minifigure rating of 91%.
This is a fun set with great seasonal display potential. Additionally, it has play value as a kit for kids. It is not the most exciting set, but it offers a fun scene. As an AFOL with Halloween on the horizon, I will keep this built for the season. The Minifigure parts will also find use in my custom projects. Additionally, I am happy to get another jack-o-lantern. However, once Halloween passes, I will recycle this set for parts. As such, I rate the entertainment derived from this set at 8.5/10 (85%)
OVERALL SCORE: 85%
I like Halloween Hayride (40423). In terms of seasonal sets, you get fun characters and accessories at a good value. However, I do wish the Minifigures had more printing and were both adult characters. With that said, this is an inexpensive Halloween display piece. Additionally, it provides a decent brick selection after recycling on November 1. Halloween Hayride is not my favorite set, but it is a good one for the price. What are your thoughts? Reach out in the comments below or on social media.
Until next time,
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