If you don’t have someone on your list who would kill for one of these, you need new friends.
These Lego kits for building your very own Japanese town populated by Japanese minifigs from all walks of life are hilariously accurate, and they keep delivering the delight, right down to the tiniest details. For example…
These are just a few of the ones someone I know binge-bought (possibly not even as a gift DON’T JUDGE) but there are lots more. All the individual kits come with random minifigs (even if they’re not shown).
These awesome kits are the creation of UK company Buildiverse, but lucky for us, they ship worldwide. All photos are from their website.
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14 thoughts on “Japanese Lego Town Kits”
Oh dear, that’s a temptation I don’t need…..
Awww love it 😀 😍 ❤ Thank you for sharing, especially love the moving crab wow!
The crab IS awesome and now I’m sort of regretting that’s not one of the ones I ordered. Might have to go back and get it, once I forgot how much I spent…(ﾟДﾟ)
Was it expensive?
I bought a few pokemon dioramas that you put together yourself, for my nephew in Akiba, took them to him in Australia and tried to put them together but the instructions were in Japanese, haha what a fail that was! Thy costed a lot too, next time will get him something else 😉
Arg, so sorry to be so slow here! And arg, the pitfall of Japanese instructions (><;;) Lego are usually OK, because the international standard is to use illustrations instead of words, but many a thrilled buyer of Japanese products has been dismayed when they got it home and couldn't use the #$%^#@%# things because there were no English instructions. I have high hopes for the Japanese town set, though, because the company that makes them is actually British, and although I know that I speak a primitive form of American English, I can usually decipher directions!
That’s ok no need to apologise 🙂 Hope you are doing well over there my lovely friend. Your interview is coming out in a few days on my blog.
Ooo, can’t wait to see it! I hope this means your novel is well on its way to being where you want it to be!
Thanks for sharing!!
So glad you were tempted I mean liked these! ^^;;
But wait, these aren’t Lego kits … Lego is a company and these have nothing to do with said company …
I’m so sorry to have disappointed you—I get your point. I’m a Japan writer who loves building Lego, not the other way around, but if I were a Lego fan first, I’d be annoyed by that inaccuracy too. But maybe you can help me with this? Lego is one of those things—like Kleenex and Google—that is now universally used to mean its whole category, even though when I type it with a small “L” to indicate it’s not the brand name product, it gets auto-corrected. Using a small “L” is also a little jarring when reading, because “lego” doesn’t immediately read as an understandable word. Would adding a few sentences at the end of the post clarifying that this is Lego-adjascent, not actual Lego, help? How would you handle it?
Sorry to say, but the website you mentioned dropships from Aliexpress (with higher prices).
Yikes, thank you for telling me! I do want to warn people about this! Was there a way to detect the higher price Aliexpress part before making the order, or was it an unpleasant surprise when you got charged more?