|Glimpse into the hidden places of Elvendale where you can find a book,
post a letter by "air mail" or
get your sword sharpened ... and lots more magical elements of LEGO Elves!
We employ Earth, Wind & Fire elements in this lively, unique set introducing 2016 dragons!
This set was provided by the AFOL Relations & Programs team (AR&P) of The LEGO Group for the
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|Box contents: 5 bags, 3 wings, 1 dragon head top in bag, one 8x16 green baseplate, and
1 thick instructions book in its own protective bag with 2 sticker sheets and one sheet of vinyl-type banners
|Bag 1 contents: Dragon jaw in aqua, new 2x2x2/3 slope in aqua and new aqua 1x4x1 inverted bows; 2 inner
bags: new aqua 1x2x1/2 bows, new lime green tail piece, Farran, socket (ball receiver) plates, and a very
nice selection of lime green, including new 1x1 vertical tooth plates (for dragon scales).
The orange brick separator also (not loose in box) and is customary for sets this large.
Every LEGO set is potentially the 'first' for some fan :-)
|First we build Farran; then start straight onto the dragon's belly, torso and wing attachments. You build
upside down, then using SNOT technique (studs not on top) where the dragon's sides become the lovely lime
curve, with 1x1 plates with points as the scales.
The saddle is how the technic with hole pieces that provide wing up & down movement are secured; a nougat
Chest with map and Danish pastries is also attached.
You have a better look at the 2x2x2/3 aqua slope that has a sticker for the dragon's chest embellishment.
|You build the back legs and feet, then the instructions tell you to attach to the torso. It was easier (and more intuitive for me,
personally) to build all the legs/feet and then attach all at the same time. This image shows all of the dragon's sections. The
head was removed once for this image and the ball-socket connection is 'so' secure that the technic beams (black pieces) with
cross axle holes actually are what released it from the neck. All the markings are stickers, except for the eyes with green earth
The black horns are made of the same rubbery material as mini-doll hair.
|Then we get to build a wonderful "earthy" green Library chair which swivels *and* reclines! It's complete with cut log ends
and a drink holder. A technique new builders will enjoy. There's Aira with her Wind Elemental power! (1x1 trans purple tile)
This is everything bag 2 builds.
|Here is an angled view of this compete structure. I adore that purple awning/pediment
above the upper window!
The front Lanterns, gate, curves, pointed arches, and curled brown entrance framing
give it a middle-eastern flair.
That is everything bag 4 builds -- yet let's see why I mentioned the half-round
green plate would be helpful ...
|We can use the half-round green plate to help us ease apart the 2 modules after they are built together.
The white box waiting for delivery contains a very special element. The side mailbox has the Wind Elf symbol and flows into the
area where another package is wrapped with brown paper + tied with twine!
The letters are sealed with the traditional red wax embossment and "Harry" from a previous LEGO line that also had owls :-)
On the right back behind the Library you can see the book compartment in the tree with lovely flowering cherry branches.
I had not realized this structure was modular before beginning to build it -- and I'm very happy with all that I created from bag 4.
|Now the vibrant Lavender stairs offset the fire colors of orange-yellow and magenta awning with Blacksmith symbol
(sticker) on a round tile to serve as notice to what you will find in this part of the market -- you can see this
structure is robust on its own.
Flamy is on duty as a Fire animal in Elvendale. The shield and Dragon banner lead us up the stairs to a
crate of pumpkins and a tree that bears a framed image of The Starlight Inn.
That is everything bag 5 builds.
|Here is a view of the backside of both structures -- as they are separate -- yet together, which is common for this type of eclectic
market. They can be joined together by connecting the grey brick with Lavender 1x2 tile on the Blacksmiths to
the underside of the half-round green plate on the mail office floor.
|If you wondered where in Elvendale this is ... the market truly is 'secret' and its location is
tucked into the mountains.
Here is an illustration from the first 2016 Elves show -- the lush, exotic locale to which the Elves
They (and Emily) must get to this secret market place, to find a secret in a book hidden in tree.
The storyline brings us here, and hopefully we get to build many more of these wonderful sets
with magical goods & fare from Elvendale!
|Owliver is sitting on his bed on top of the post office -- with the roof arches open for a perfect perch upon this market place.
The purple wax "seals" on the packages are absolutely lovely ... although my heart desires printed tiles, I couldn't resist these stickers.
|The Elf characters in this set are: Farran ~ the Earth Elf, Flamy ~ the Fire fox, Aira ~ the Wind Elf, and Owliver ~ a Wind owl
and beautiful, aqua addition to the flighted creatures of Elvendale -- here presenting that special element in that delivery
box: a Golden Crown.
|For design style and size comparison, here is Zonya from the Fire Dragon's Lava Cave next to Thorne - the new Earth Dragon.
The builds are somewhat similar ... yet not too much. The head connection/articulations vary, as do the tails and,
of course colors.
Both represent their Elf elementals well. I look forward to building all the dragons!
|Let's end this review with Earth Elf Farran and his new dragon companion, Thorne, getting ready for a 'safe' flight
This set packs more details than meets the eye when perusing the box. It may seem like my review
was comprehensive (I hope anyway), yet there are several building aspects I barely mentioned. You
will enjoy them when you get to those, if The Secret Market Place is on your list of new LEGO Elves
sets to build.
Beautiful to look at, lovely to hold; if you compare it to any offering in the LEGO array, it is just as
challenging, functioning, entertaining, and inspiring with good connection methods
and fabulous parts.
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