Lion Dance is LEGO set 80104-1. It has a score of 94. This is good compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 6 reviews, based on 6 scored reviews and 8 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 5.29% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2020, and it is categorised in Seasonal.
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The Lion Dance set is an absolutely inspired set, and just a complete joy to build. Firstly, it captures the spirit and look of a Lion Dance performance flawlessly. The set feels substantial, as you get a stage, and temple archway which makes for a great backdrop for the set. Secondly, I really loved the build. Putting the Lions together was a real joy, especially the first one when you experience how the model comes together.
I love how accurately LEGO has made their Chinese festival sets so far and it's fantastic that they now available worldwide. I initially was afraid building five lions would feel repetitive, and it was, but because the build was so fun it didn't matter. I love the new mouse/rat "hat" piece and all the details on the minifigures and the printed pieces for the gateway are just simply beautiful.
Put them all together and you get a stunning set that's a perfect follow up to the 2019 Chinese New Year releases. There's plenty of play options included – dancing the lions around was fun, even for a 35 year old! I'm really looking forward to building the Temple Fair now, and putting them both together.
Lion Dance comes at a good, but not amazing value. The build is stunning, and the product is certainly a display piece. Additionally, I like the Minifigure prints a lot. However, the kit lacks accessories and appeals to a niche market. Those building up custom Ninjago districts will find use for this for sure. Interest or curiosity about Chinese culture also makes the set appealing. However, kids will probably not go for this kit over more recognizable themes. Personally, I love it and it fits well with my current build plans and interests.
80104 Lion Dance undoubtedly maintains the impressive standard that was established by previous Chinese New Year sets during 2019. These models are exceptionally detailed, accurately replicating each notable feature of lion dance celebrations with remarkable accuracy. The lions themselves look particularly appealing and I love the decorative gateway which forms a backdrop for the performance.
Despite the simplicity, there is an intense attention to detail here. With appreciation of the various meanings behind the design choices, special elements, significance of each activity in the festivities and legend behind the lions, the set becomes more appealing and grows on you. LEGO also designed this to be combined with the Chinese New Year Temple Fair, creating a bigger scene. This is also a great way to integrate the story into a larger world. And with the tiny stand-alone lions looking so great, I'd probably sneak a few of these on my desk for display at the office to bring me good luck and fortune for 2020. Maybe you should too?