[REVIEW] City 8403 - City House

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6
86%
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Total votes: 7

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[REVIEW] City 8403 - City House

Post by ImmortalShark » Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:57 pm

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8403 City House
Pieces: 383
Price: $54.99 CAD | $39.99 USD
Price Per Piece: ~ $0.144 CAD | ~ $0.104
Minifigures : 3 + a dog
Lego Description:
Make a home sweet home in the LEGO® City House!
Every minifigure family is right at home in the LEGO® City House! Host a barbecue in the backyard where the minifig dog plays! Climb the tree house! Live in three floors of fully furnished LEGO luxury.
• Includes 4 minifigures: mom, dad, boy with skateboard and dog
• 3 floors of fun details including sofa, bed, lamps and cups
• Detailed exterior features tree with tree house, barbecue, flowers, mailbox with letter and a recycling bin
• City House measures 8” (21cm)”
This is a fun set that is simple to build and seems to have lots of playability. It’s the first city building that we have purchased and I believe it to be a great starter set. The front of the box shows the set with the family either enjoying the day inside (top right) or out.

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The back of the box show various other ways that the family can enjoy themselves. What I found really interesting was the picture in the bottom right. It shows a city sceen that combines this set with 7641 (link to review) and 7633 to form a small city block. Makes it look like the family moved into a low-rise.

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The set came with four bags of pieces, one for each part of the build. Four lose plates (3 - 6x16 grey and 1 – 16x32 green) and one booklet. Sorry I don’t have a picture of the bags. My kids had them ripped open and were building before I got to the camera.

Here are the minifigs that come with this set. I was pleased to see that the Mom and kid both have printing on the front and back. I was disappointed that the Dad has the same torso as the kid from the 7641 - City Corner set.

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Here are the printed pieces that came with the set. The keyboard is great. I know it’s not a printed piece, but I love the hotdog/sausage that comes with this set.

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Here is the front of the building. It’s very nice with a lovely blue awning. I was really excited about the two solar panels until I found out that they were stickers, not printed. Same with the house number. Otherwise, it’s great.

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Inside, I like the kitchen area on the ground floor with a sink and stove. There is a frying pan hidden in the oven. The second floor computer/living room is nice too. I’m not sure where everyone sleeps though with only one bed on the third floor.

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Conclusion: I think this is a great starter set for city buildings. As the box says, it’s a modular build. This allowed my two kids to each build two sections. They are six and eight and had no trouble with the build instructions from this set.

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They have also been playing with it constantly since we got it which is a huge plus. They love to bring minifigs from other set to visit the house. P-A-R-T- Why? Because they gotta! My favourite was this shot.

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I left Darth Vader there on purpose because I laughed out loud when I saw it. My six year old put him there and all I could think of was Darth Vader selling newspapers or home alarms door to door.

Price wise, the US price just misses the magical $0.10 per piece level. On sale, this set would easily break that level. It can be had for under $0.10 per piece in Canada as well if you look hard enough.

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Re: [REVIEW] City 8403 - City House

Post by legogeek » Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:10 am

Good review. This will go well with city corner.

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Re: [REVIEW] City 8403 - City House

Post by Transformers2 » Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:28 pm

Set is sold out at legoshop already. Wasn't it release just this summer?

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Re: [REVIEW] City 8403 - City House

Post by Everybody » Tue Nov 30, 2010 5:57 pm

I've been wanting to buy this set and your review tipped me over the edge

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Re: [REVIEW] City 8403 - City House

Post by ncbarrett » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:03 am

Transformers2 wrote:Set is sold out at legoshop already. Wasn't it release just this summer?
Yes, and was only available at LEGO and Target so would have been a smaller run.

But I don't think it will be gone for good, my guess is they will still make more of them.
Doubt they'd kill a CITY set this early in its life.
But probably wont be more til after xmas.
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Re: [REVIEW] City 8403 - City House

Post by legitimatealex » Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:17 pm

Good review and a very nice set.
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Re: [REVIEW] City 8403 - City House

Post by danutsta » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:18 pm

gotta get my hands on one of these.

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