40499 Santa’s Sleigh

By Rakesh Gosai (SAFOLs Brick Deputy)

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Flying in from the North Pole is the LEGO 40499 Santa’s Sleigh! I had the opportunity to get this set building Santa and his holiday ride, the perfect addition to this any Winter Village set, or any Modular City build. With only 343 pieces, the designer has designed an amazing set!

Just like Christmas morning, there’s a lot to open with this set. The box itself brings so much joy AND is a joy to look at. The scene of Santa Claus riding through the snow with the four reindeer at the front is a classic Christmas look. You can see gold detailing on the sleigh and the vast selection presents stacked up behind on the sleigh.

 Inside the box were the instructions, a sticker sheet, four bags of pieces, and four individually packaged reindeer. The individual packaging was a delight because the reindeer are safe inside the packaging and no damages could occur during shipping. The sticker sheet has 9 beautifully designed stickers which complement the build. In case you did not know, the number plate “54N74” translates to “SANTA”.

The build is quick and should take you less than an hour, and surprisingly, this Santa Claus minifigure is exclusive to the set, and has a few differences than the Santa Claus that we got from 10293 Santa’s Visit, giving you an additional reason to buy this set.

This set has a few nice details that I enjoyed, the GPS…a much-needed item in 2022, the alphanumeric number plate, an ornate SC logo on the front, and the rear compartment for the snacks, the pretzel for Santa and the carrot for the reindeer.

 I love the details of this set and the four reindeer looks so amazing; I would like to get another set to get the number of reindeer to 8.

This set is a perfect gift!