LEGO Creator Expert 10244 Fairground Mixer Review
The Lego 10244, also known as the Lego Fairground Mixer, was released back in 2014. During the time of its release, it became the newest build found in the entire Lego Creator Expert series. For those who are new to building Lego blocks or are not a fan of the series in general, the Lego Creator Expert series revolves around sets made for older and more experienced builders, thanks to the amount of pieces included in the build. The Lego pieces in this particular series are twice as many than the average Lego build. Sets included in Lego Creator Expert series also have the tendency to utilize comprehensive building techniques.
Even though the Lego 10244 Lego Fairground Mixer build doesn’t possess any of the characteristics normally found in a Lego Creator Expert set, it’s still quite interesting to learn that the build itself doesn’t even fit inside any of the standard Lego themes released over the past couple of years. This includes their line of modular buildings, vehicle sculptures, landmark sculptures, and the annual Winter Village release.
You can trace the origins of the Lego 10244’s lineage to the Lego 10196 Grand Carousel build (which was released back in 2009) and the Lego 4957 Ferris Wheel build (released in 2007). But those two were merely stationary theme park ride builds. The 10244, meanwhile, can be transported everywhere. A lot of people have even speculated that the 10244 is the first in an entirely new series of transportable carnival-themed builds.
The 10244 comes with an average age rating of 16+. These age suggestions are a tad bit conservative, according to certain owners. The complexity of these ratings are pretty much the same as the ones found in other sets meant for teenagers and older kids, so you can use those things as another reference point.
The suggested retail pricing for the 10244 is at around $149.99. If you live in the US, then this pricing is completely reasonable. It’s a set that completely justifies the price tag. And if you take a closer look at the set itself, the part-out value costed at least $319.80.
Even though practically every set out there contains a bigger part-out value as compared to the average retail price, the coefficient for the 10244’s value is slightly bigger than the average.
A lot of Lego fans really did enjoy the Grand Carousel build, and it’s also one of Lego’s most popular and best-selling builds to date. This is probably the reason why a lot of fans chose to purchase the 10244 with the hopes that it’ll be just as good as its predecessor. But because the build’s pricing holds up to pure scrutiny, the immediate conclusion that some builders might have had before purchasing is that it lets them feel like they’re a slave to Lego and their countless amount of builds.
But if you’re not like any of these builders and have the benefit of pure free will, you might end up making a decision to see if the 10244 is worth buying or not.
The front side of the box shows off a singular image of the model, shown as both the Midway booths and Fairground Mixer rides, with a bunch of trucks parked behind it. This build is cheerful, vibrant, and is just filled with plenty of activity. This just sets up the general mood of the build itself. And as expected from a Lego Creator Expert build, the whole inventory of parts can be found on the top side of the box.
A lot of owners did appreciate the build’s consistency, as well as the message that TLG has managed to convey through highlighting the main elements, and not just the completed model itself. And naturally, the model and its host of features can still be found at the backside of the box with pure aplomb. This includes triple-wheel movements, glow-in-the-dark bricks, a power-function compatibility feature, and being able to transform from a truck to a ride.
All of these elements certainly feed right inside the analysis of what the main point is in regards to these Lego boxes. You would end up studying even the smallest details for hours on end, especially if you were a child.
The instructions for the 10244 are all comprised of three booklets that are kept protected with pieces of cardboard, as we have expected on sets of this size and pricing. The first book is thinner as compared to the second and third ones, which are at least A4. Some owners aren’t fond of storing their Lego instruction manuals right inside sleeved binders, but those who do will find storing the first book annoying. There are at least 213 pages of instructions, not counting the dozens of ads found at the back of each booklet. The steps mostly deal with adding in over ten pieces.
There are baggies labeled 1, 2, and 3. These all correspond to the three instruction booklets. The amount of elements spread all over the three booklets are all spread evenly. The brick pieces are all scattered across the bags: For instance, there are minifigure parts in each of the 1 bags. Not really sure if this is a result of the packing process, or simply Lego’s effort to stop certain parts from getting stolen by collectors. Lego fans are fully aware that a lot goes into the process of determining how complex the build is. But increasing the effort needed to track down pieces and confusing the instructions might feel like it’s a total forced way to make the building seem more advanced than usual. Other owners actually prefer it if the whole complexity of the 10244 only came from the building techniques.
The 10244 contains over 1746 pieces in total, but there are an extra 40 pieces included. There are over 450 distinct element types, and four of them can only be found in this build: There’s the glow-in-the-dark rounded tile measuring 1 x 1, a white wheel measuring 18 millimeters, a pearl gold radar dish, and a minifigure head. These four elements are a rare find.
Those who are into collecting minifigures will be delighted to know that there are twelve included inside this build. Lego has been focusing recently on the designs of their minifigures, but including plenty of them with the 10244 makes complete sense.
Also found is a small sticker that contains over sixteen stickers in total. The biggest one of them is the marquee which is meant to be placed at the mixer truck. And because it spans at least two pieces, this was produced as two stickers.
The build is constructed into three portions: The first one is the minifigures, the midway booths, and the transport for booths. The second one is meant for the trailer and trucks with the 10244. And finally, there’s the Fairground Mixer fence and ride.
You can begin the build by focusing on the smaller components. This is actually a brilliant way for you to lessen the amount of time to value. Some Lego owners have suggested constructing the truck part for the last, and focusing more on the ticket booth, dunk tank and strongman game builds first.
The strongman game is the best part of the entire build. It’s meant to be a clear representation of what the build is all about, and a lot of fans also enjoyed the striking yet simple mechanisms. It might be hard to believe at first, but there’s a learning curve when it comes to being able to correctly hit it with a hammer.
Even though the dunk tanks complete this look and the dunking techniques of this segment work really nicely, both of these aspects leave something more to be desired. The same thing can be said in regards to the ticket booth – Despite the fact that real-life ticket booths found in fairs aren’t exactly huge and spacious, the Lego counterpart in the 10244 is too small. If the Fairground does end up becoming the very first build in a brand-new series, then here’s hoping that further additions to the Midway have more substance than its predecessors.
The Midway Truck reminds you of those $20 Lego City vehicles sold in toy shops. The lattice plate found over the grill makes the truck look a tad bit childish. However, its main saving grace here is the brilliant way in which it stows the strongman game completely. But this isn’t really hinted until the last couple of steps in the third booklet, so a lot of fans might not be able to fully appreciate this part of the build until later on.
Thanks to its overall looks and quality, a lot of fans were excited when the 10244 was first unveiled. A lot of owners weren’t disappointed with how the build turned out to be – But the truck and the Midway booth should have been executed much better. There weren’t too many advanced construction techniques incorporated here, or pieces used in so many nifty ways. The Fairground Mixer itself is highly superb.