The LEGO Spring Lantern Festival (80107) set recreates the magical atmosphere of the festival which marks the end of the lunar new year celebrations. The set comes with a total of 1793 bricks, and when built features a brick-built Chinese garden with moon gates, pavilion, pond and bridge, a special ox lantern illuminated by a LEGO light brick as well as other familiar items including a Tang Yuan rice ball.
The set is actually made up of two parts. We see the garden here. Complete with the Ox (because it's the year of the ox in 2021, if you didn't already know).
Here's a closer look at the ox build. There are some exclusive bricks, including the transparent red-coloured bricks. But the best part is that the designs you see here are all printed onto the bricks. There are zero stickers in this set.
The ox can be lit up too, when you (a little awkwardly, I must add) push a button at the rear-end. The LED will showcase the motifs on the transparent bricks but the light itself tends to be a little too bright and overpowering for the motifs to be seen when lighted up. It's a nice touch, nonetheless.
Importantly, the Spring Lantern Festival set also comes with auspicious Chinese greetings/sayings used during the lunar new year period. These comes in plastic sheets and not stickers. Very awesome touch by LEGO, I love it!
More of them.
The building process is extremely fun and one of the many features I found charming include a unique brick with an Ox design, as well as the Chinese-style roofs.
A key highlight of the garden side of the set is the pond, which comes with clear bricks with carps printed on them. It's also during the process of building the pond, where I realised the Spring Lantern Festival set is not exactly one of the straight-forward set to build. There are a lot of unique build techniques, and beginners will definitely get befuddled by some of the instructions.
The Spring Lantern Festival is the first garden park that LEGO has ever released, and comes complete with some very interesting Minifigs that I will show later in the following pictures.
The second part of the build is the pavilion portion. What I really like about the Spring Lantern Festival set is the non-repetitive building process and how LEGO has managed to packed in so many details in a relatively small footprint.
Here's a look at the Spring Lantern Festival set from the garden's perspective. The details (note the Chinese-style roofs, grills, circular doorways) are very impressive with a decent amount of play factor.
The pavilion design is spot on. This is possibly the most 'challenging' part of the Spring Latern Festival set to build, requiring some finesse and sharp eyes on the instruction booklet.
The number of Minifigs (or minifigures) in the set is pretty good. Here's one of a kid with a lantern.
And here's greedy-looking dude and his bowl of tang yuan rice ball.
Can you guess if that's an Android or an iPhone smartphone's user interface?
Quite possibly my favourite minifig from this set - here's one with a selfie stick with a hoodie print and the 2021 year of the ox logo emblazoned on the front.
Here's another inside the pavilion. It's not stated in the packaging, but I'm hazarding a guess he's holding onto a cup of bubble tea - because, we Asians love our sugar load. This figure also wears the same year of the ox hoodie couple top.
Exclusive to the Spring Lantern Festival set is the red statue minifig here. This, along with the two minifigs with the 2021 Year of the Ox body, can only be found in the Spring Lantern Festival (80107) set.
The final two minifigs are of a kiddo (and her rabbit toy) and a guy with a camera. The path that he's on feature irregular bricks scattered, to give the impressions of a walkway built with bricks - just like olden times.
Here's another picture from another angle to have a better look at him.
The Spring Lantern Festival is also the first LEGO annual 'Chinese New Year' set that's part of the company's modular building sets from its Creator line. If you have a few of those, the Spring Lantern Festival and its bright coloured bricks will standout in your collection.
This is the third year running that LEGO has launched the annual Lunar New Year sets, and personally, it's the best one yet in terms of aesthetics and the building process. The set is part of two launched for 2021, with the second being the "Story of Nian (80106)". If you have to pick one, I highly recommend the Spring Lantern Festival.