One of the largest of the upcoming LEGO® DREAMZzz sets introduces a trio of new minifigures. They include one who is an established character from folklore. The Sandman is well-connected to the world of sleep, with legends stating he infuses sleep with dreams thanks to his magical sand. In the world of LEGO DREAMZzz, he has a similar role but also acts as an hourglass repairman. So here’s a look at the last of the upcoming LEGO DREAMZzz sets, The Sandman’s Tower.
Set Name: The Sandman’s Tower | Set Number: 71477 | Pieces: 723 | Theme: LEGO DREAMZzz
RRP: £79.99/$89.99/89.99€ | Number of Bags: Bags x 8 | Instructions: Paper booklet + Builder App | Characters: Izzie, Mateo, Logan, the Sandman & the Never Witch plus Sneak
Availability: LEGO Stores, LEGO Online & General Retail from January 1st, 2024
Before building the castle, the set includes a couple of small creature builds. From the imagination of the Dream Crafters, there’s a small bird-like creature. Although a small build, I like the use of paddles for the bird’s wings. The second creature is an even simpler build, but it’s very cool. The Grimspawn spider is a fun-looking creature thanks to the use of a Fabuland cooking pot for its abdomen.
The DREAMZzz sets all offer the ability for them to be built in alternate ways, using a base model as their foundation. For most of the other sets, that base model is normally a complete creation. However, for the Sandman’s Tower, the section used to create either the tower or castle is obviously unfinished.
With the unfinished entrance to the building ‘complete’, it becomes the base for each of the alternate builds. The first of those is a tower-like structure. Various sections are added to turn it into a multiple level tower. The main focus of this is the clock tower section. This features a printed clock face mounted beneath a detailed hourglass. This is made to look all the more fancier thanks to the large curved sail elements, which are often used to recreate hot air balloons in other sets. A movement function has been built into clock, which causes the clock to ‘tick’ and the hourglass to turn when the gear mechanism is turned. One of my favourite parts of the tower has to be the two gear cogs jutting out from the sides of the tower
Along with tower, you are also decide to be an alternative building which is a castle. This uses a lot of the same elements as the tower along with a few additional elements left over from the tower build. If you choosing to build this after also building the tower, I’d advise not completely taking apart the sections uses for the tower. Strip the build back to the entrance section and you’ll find some sections from the tower can be repurposed for the castle. Although this isn’t easily identified from instructions. The blue-leafed tree, hourglass and blue crystal are some of the builds reused on the castle. Although the tower appears to be the lead model, I think I prefer the castle-style build. Also don’t worry if you are left with small selection of elements after each build.
A common trait of the DREAMZzz sets are the main character minifigures offering very little variety. Matero and Izzy have both appeared in other sets in the same form. It would be nice for these characters to have a few differences, especially since they appear in so many sets. Along with the main characters, the set also includes three brand new minifigures. The Never Witch is part of the Nightmare King’s evil forces. The character has appeared in the first series of the animated show but now sports a black spiky head dress, which makes her look far more evil than she did in animated form. She’s joined by what seems like another bad guy but is actually the dream form of the kids called Logan. Finally, there’s the Sandman, he can be mounted in a recoloured version of the ‘ghost tail’. The print detail on the Sandman is great.
The colour scheme for the castle makes it really stand out, especially the various gold elements. I would say the two builds are vastly different and require a lot more building compared to other sets in the range. It’s the minifigures which are most impressive, especially as most of them are unique to the set. The Sandman’s Castle will join the other new LEGO DREAMZzz sets being released on January 1st 2024.
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