LEGO® Dots have been in development for quite a while, in fact the new art and craft theme was originally meant to launch around the same time as The LEGO Movie 2, you can even spot Dots products hidden within the live action sections of the film. Fast forward to 2020 and theme was revealed last month in an event in London. Although the sets don’t officially go on sale until March 1st, they have already started to appear in stores. I’ve picked up the Animal Picture Holders and here is my review of them.
Arts and crafts fans will love this cool LEGO® DOTS™ (41904) Animal Picture Holders set! Designed to be easily assembled and customisable, this unique DIY toy set offers kids the chance to create their own room decor and change it to fit their room colours or mood. Cleanup and sorting are also a breeze with the enclosed storage and sorting tray.
Do-it-yourself room decor kit
This set of 3 small cubes features lids and picture holders, plus colourful tiles for designing adorable cat, dog, llama or any other animal faces a child might like. Kids can stretch their imagination and self-expressive play skills while they make the picture holder boxes fun and unique.
Creative play for kids who love arts and crafts
The fun of this set is the chance for kids to be imaginative and decorate the cubes however they like. They can then display those designs, as well as favourite photos, while keeping little treasures or secrets safe. This set will make a great gift for Christmas, birthdays or any time.
- Set Name: Animal Picture Holders
- Set Number: 41904
- Pieces: 423
- RRP: £12.99/$14.99/14.99€
- Measurements: measures 4cm cubed
- Availability: March 1st
The larger homeware Dots sets come packaged in a plastic tray, which is the perfect way to hold and store all those small elements. The tray has 7 compartments, 6 smaller ones down each side with a larger one in the centre. As I built the set, I noticed that the smaller compartment have been designed with slightly sloped ends. This is an extremely useful design choice as it makes scooping out the elements so much more easier. Even the lid is cool, as it features an oversized version of the same LEGO logo found on studs. LEGO could sells these trays on their own as they are really useful way of storage elements.
The set lets you build three cubed photo holders. The base build for all three is exactly the same, apart from the colours. So the inner section of the cube is quite similar to that of the BrickHeadz sets. The same 1x2x2 bricks are used as the basis of the cubes, which are then clad with 4×4 plates.
The instructions give you the basic steps to build the cubes, but the designs you create upon them are entirely up to you. The instruction sheet give you a little inspirations, thanks to a few images. But as with all the products in the Dots line, you are encouraged to get creative and use the numerous 1×1 elements.
On the rear of each cube features a brand new element. This is another 1x2x2 brick, but instead of front facing studs, there is lip which is how the cubes can hold photographs or any other paper like things. You can also remove the lids on each cube to reveal a small area to store things. I’ve put in a couple of pens in one but as you can see the cubes are little to small for that.
For many the most exciting part of the Dots theme are the customisable bracelets, this is thanks to the many printed 1×1 tiles. Unfortunately the larger sets, such as this one doesn’t feature them. They do however feature plenty of different coloured 1×1 flat elements, these are more than enough to create countless designs and patterns. It was kind of relaxing to create these designs, and a little stressful at the same time. Getting these single pieces to line-up nicely can be a little tricky. However as my first foray into the Dots theme, I enjoyed what I have built and liked getting creative with the freedom of no step-by-step instructions. I really hope LEGO continues with additional Dots products. They are a fun way to expand upon the core values of the LEGO brand, by appealing to a new audience of LEGO builders, while also capturing the attention of traditional LEGO fans. Learn more about LEGO Dots here.