Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?
Well, from 1st November, getting to Sesame Street is as easy as going to your local LEGO store. The company has announced that LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street (21324) is out on 1st November.
The set features an open-backed model of the Sesame Street building, complete with a number of rooms. There are five minifigs included: Cookie Monster, Elmo, Big Bird, Bert and Ernie. There’s also a bonus Grouch, who isn’t quite a full minifig thanks to his trash-can residence.
123 Sesame Street contains 1,367 pieces and will retail for £109.99 when it launches. Altogether, not a bad price considering the size of the set, its unique minifigures, and the fact that a license is involved.
Strangely, though, LEGO has branded this as part of its ’18+’ range. A bizarre choice for a Sesame Street set, a franchise aimed squarely at pre-school children. Of course, it wouldn’t be aimed at the same age range, because it’s too complex a model. But we feel like a 12+ rating would have been more appropriate. Is LEGO going solely for a nostalgic market, or is it hoping parents will build this for their children to play with?
Whichever case, we imagine 123 Sesame Street will sell very well. It’s unique, looks great as either a display set or a play set, and contains minifigures you won’t find anywhere else. It’s a win-win.
The original LEGO Ideas set was designed by Ivan Guerrero, though the retail version is hugely different from his original submission. It’s much smaller, for one, and contains fewer minifigures. Guerrero’s original proposal had 14 minifigures, and the building opened up on a hinge. Undoubtedly it’s to keep the cost of the set down, and it seems a fair compromise to ensure the set stays out of the £250+ price range.
Look out for LEGO 123 Sesame Street when it launches on 1st November. See more information on LEGO’s website. More pictures are available below.