LEGO is continuing their recent trend of announcing which sets are retiring soon, and one of the latest, most notable entries is set 10244 Fairground Mixer. This set is potentially the first in a longer-running fairground theme, and as such, is worth taking a close look at before it retires.
LEGO 10244 Fairground Mixer
LEGO’s Fairground Mixer is a set in the Creator Expert line, and it is a big set by piece count but not as big in terms of the size of the finished display model. There are 1746 pieces included in the box, which is a substantial number, and an even more substantial 12 minifigures. The set itself models a traditional, travelling fair and includes such attractions as a dunking booth, a ticket stand, a juggler on stilts, a “swing the hammer” type game, as well as some trucks to haul all of this around. Also included, of course, is the mixer itself, which is a typical “scrambler” amusement park ride. The ride itself can be powered by LEGO’s power functions (sold separately), or turned manually with a hand crank built into the set.
Is the Fairground Mixer Worth Buying?
At first glance, the Fairground Mixer may not capture the interest of many adult LEGO fans. While it does include many parts, it does not form a large, cohesive model like many other Creator Expert sets, and there may be too many play features for people who are simply looking for something to put on display. On the other hand, it does pair well with other sets such as 10247 Ferris Wheel and if LEGO continues to produce more sets in this fairground/amusement park theme, the Fairground Mixer will be the first in the line and potentially the most rare at some point down the road. It may not be the best set in the lineup, but collectors who want their collection to be complete would certainly be in the market for this set. Overall, the Fairground Mixer seems unlikely to be the best performing set that retires this year, but there is nonetheless solid potential here if LEGO continues to produce more amusement park style Creator Expert sets.