Review: 40266 Mini Keepsake Box

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One of the giveaways this month at LEGO brand stores and [email protected] is 40266 Mini Keepsake Box. It’s a gift with purchase (GWP) in the U.S. with a $25 Friends purchase. Is it worth picking up?

The set comes in a box, which was a pleasant surprise for me, since many GWPs come in polybags. A bonus was that it doesn’t use one of those annoying pushtabs to open, so you can just unseal the box and not ruin it on opening. Inside the box you find two unnumbered bags, three 6×10 white plates, and instruction booklet and a rather crumpled sticker sheet with six stickers on it.

The build is very straightforward. The front of the box has some nice decoration with bright purple flowers and 1×1 round plates in medium lilac. I think the colour scheme is a bit of a mishmash with the purple, green and blue.

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There isn’t much to the back of the box.

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There are two compartments in the keepsake box. The larger of the two compartments can be accessed by lifting off the top of the box. There’s some nice detailing on the box lidsimilar to what’s found on the front. The lid can be easily lifted off thanks to the bright yellowish green plate with bow 1x4x2/3 piece that’s used as a handle.

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The lower compartment is a small drawer that pulls out. It has the same kind of handle as the lid. It’s easy to insert and remove the drawer thanks to the placement of a couple 1x2x2/3 lime green pieces which round the edges in the back.

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There are stickers included in this set. They’re intended for various panels on the keepsake box lid. The graphics on the stickers feature different Friends illustrations that have been seen on several Friends sets. In addition, the symbols for each of the Friends are included: paw print, music note, star, heart and flower. I didn’t apply the stickers as I don’t think they added that much to the set (though girls who enjoy Friends will love them) and my sticker sheet was incredibly crumpled when I opened it. This is the sheet after considerable time under a heavy weight trying to flatten it out.

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Overall thoughts

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While I think the colour scheme is a bit disjointed, I’m not the target demographic. On the other hand, I think the 8-10 year old me would have loved the colour scheme and the entire box. It’s the perfect size to store all kinds of little things – jewelry, stickers – even some small pieces of LEGO!

It’s a nice little GWP even if you aren’t a 8-10 year old girl. The price point to get it (it’s free with a $25 Friends purchase) is very reasonable, and at 105 pieces it makes a nice little parts pack if the colours are of interest to you.

The offer for U.S. [email protected] and in store lasts through the end of October, so there’s still time to pick one up. (Edit: from the sounds of the comments it may be out of stock at [email protected] I picked mine up at a brand store last weekend, and they had a lot on hand then. Your best chance to get this is now likely your local brand store, if you have one.)



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