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Some weird choices in this set
on August 2, 2015
The more recent (and thus less expensive) "My First Shop" and "Cafe" sets make more sense and have better pieces (nice shelves, ovens, things like that).
This set is okay. There are some design issues that I simply don't understand. The sign shows that they sell oranges, but Lego did not include the "oranges" piece in this set. The old "marketplace" set had the same sign, but actually sold everything that was on the sign. The shopper is also using a wheelbarrow in place of a shopping cart. They couldn't make a shopping cart piece?
I guess this set would be useful if you wanted to have a third store in addition to the (better and cheaper) Shop and Cafe sets. Or if you feel that you can't give a boy-child a box that is pink (the My First Shop and Cafe sets are definitely boy-appropriate and the boy figures clearly are running the show, but Lego decided to make both the boxes and many of the bricks pink for some reason...the company makes weird gender choices).