Animal Crossing (and Doom Eternal) saved plenty of folks a lot of misery during the first months of the pandemic lockdown. Lego has decided that it’s time for a comeback tour which is why the brick-maker has announced five new sets based in the cutesy fictional world dominated by Tom Nook’s usury.
Unlike many of Lego’s sets, this batch is aimed squarely at the six-and-up market, meaning smaller kiddies can get involved without too much drama. But we’re willing to bet that more than a few Nintendo die-hards are planning to pick up all of the sets — even if it’ll run them a substantial number of Bells.
Caution: Animal Crossing
And you’ll probably want all five sets because Lego says that they’re designed to fit together. Get a large enough batch of base-plates from Lego and you can create your own little Animal Crossing replica to display behind glass where none of the kids can ever touch it again. But that would be a little mean.
The five sets — Isabelle’s House Visit, Julian’s Birthday Party, Bunnie’s Outdoor Activities, Kapp’n’s Island Boat Tour, and Nook’s Cranny & Rosie´s House — average out to about 250 pieces each. The smallest of the sets, Bunnie’s Outdoor Activities, is just 164 pieces. The largest, Nook’s Corner (it would be Nook’s place, too), is 575 pieces in total. And if you were to build everything, something Lego and Nintendo obviously hope you’ll do, you’ll assemble 1,491 pieces combined.
That’s the same size as a more advanced set but, being a licenced Lego presentation, you probably don’t want to buy all of these in one go. There is some time left to save, however. Tom Nook will expand his financial empire from 1 March. The launch will be global so expect them to land here as well.