Two years ago, tiddely pom,
Many a heart skipped a beat, Tiddely pom,
As we all discovered, Tiddely pom,
That the world of Winnie the Pooh was going to become a set with LEGO Ideas. Tiddely pom, tiddely pom.
A model of trees, Tiddely pom
Filled up with bees, tiddely pom
A place that Pooh sees, to call home.
The whimsical, wistful poems of AA Milne were amongst the first that I ever heard, and I learned to operate a record player at the age of 5, in order to play the Disney Audio book of ‘Now We Are Six.’ It was a little longer before I came to discover the House at Pooh corner, and the quest for hefferlumps and hunny.
And so, I think it would be a rare bear indeed that does not feel the slightest of tugs on the nostalgic heart strings when presented by this offering. Ben Adler submitted his design for the house at Pooh Corner in February 2019, and within a couple of months, it had accrued the 10,000 supporters required to be given due consideration for development as a LEGO Set. The stories of Winnie the Pooh, from the original tales by A.A. Milne, through to the more recent Disney versions transcend generations, bringing something for everyone, with character archetypes that we can all identify with.
Today, LEGO® is inviting Winnie the Pooh fans to embrace nostalgia and return to the picturesque Hundred Acre Wood with its new LEGO Ideas Winnie the Pooh set – based on original designs by LEGO builder and superfan Ben Alder. Beneath a large oak tree, complete with beehives and bees, Pooh’s house takes centre stage. The house can be opened up to unveil a whole host of furniture and unique items, such as the “Pooh-coo” Clock, box of “Pooh sticks”, Tigger’s locket, and of course, plenty of honey pots – both full and empty!
A. A. Milne’s wonderful tales of Christopher Robin’s adventures have amazed readers of all ages for almost a century and have become even more memorable thanks to the television and film adaptations that have truly brought the characters’ world to life.
LEGO superfan Ben Alder originally submitted the concept to LEGO Ideas; a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality. Based on Ben’s original designs, the set is the perfect project for adult builders to take time to relax and return to the halcyon days of youth, recalling the adventures of their favourite bear and his friends.
Discussing the design, Ben Alder commented “I love Winnie the Pooh and remember my parents reading it to me as a child. I now read the same Winnie the Pooh stories to my children, so it is certainly something dear to my heart. I decided to make the set so that my children could bring to life our bedtime stories but never quite expected the positive reaction it has received.”
The new set also includes five new moulded characters, each with their own accessories. Pooh himself has his red balloon to collect honey from the bees in the branches above, Piglet is wrapped up in his scarf, and Tigger has just moved to the woods with his sack on a stick. Meanwhile, Rabbit has carrots ready for snacking, and Eeyore comes complete with his tail and a removable ribbon.
Other notable inclusions to the set include; a campfire and log for Pooh to think about the things that he discovers, his front door complete with “Mr. Sanders” sign above it, his adorable blue bell to ring the front door, and finally, a signpost to the Hundred Acre Wood to make sure Pooh finds his way home.
Federico Begher, VP of Global Marketing at The LEGO Group commented, “Winnie the Pooh is a 95-year-old story that is loved globally, so seeing Ben’s design sparked a lot of nostalgia for us all. Plus, his personal story about how he created the set for his family to play out the lovely Winnie the Pooh stories using LEGO bricks felt like a beautiful combination of family, LEGO bricks, and Winnie the Pooh that we wanted to share with others.
We also had the rare treat of being able to create all new characters for this LEGO Ideas set. We simply had to see how the line-up of Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit and Piglet would look like in mini figure shape. As well as creating a brand-new Eeyore figure!
The stories of the Hundred Acre Wood come to life with this set and there are plenty of intricate details for fans of both Disney and LEGO to discover.” The LEGO Ideas® platform is a LEGO initiative that takes new ideas that have been imagined and voted for by fans and turns them into reality. The LEGO® Ideas Winnie the Pooh set is available directly from LEGO Stores and LEGO.com from 18th March, 2021 for LEGO VIP members, and 1st April 2021 for all
There are so many aspects of this set that are appealing to me: the mini figures, the design of the tree, the bees flying around their hives, and the sheer scale of it.
I appreciate that the tree design here does not appear in any way derivative of the ones seen in the 21318Treehouse or 21325 Medieval Blacksmith. – It is a tribute to the elements currently available within the LEGO System that the designers do not appear to be routinely doubling up on the overall designs for trees – this time, placing the leaf elements onto coral elements – this time coloured green – to enhance the depth of foliage within the tree.
21326 Winne The Pooh will be released on 18th March for VIP members, and wider release in LEGO Branded stores on April 1st, 2021. while marketed as an 18+ set, there will be something for everyone – but they might not be patient enough to put it all together, The set has 1265 piece, and will cost €99.99 / £89.99 / $99.99 / 159.99 AUD / 999.99 BRL / 139.99 CAD.
I can see this set appealing to many fans of both the classic and Disney versions of these characters. What do you think of it? Id love you to leave your comments below, and until next time,