Thursday, October 7, 2010

Precious Places Village Tour Stop 1: The Silver Bells Wedding Chapel

I recently got to thinking what a shame it is that I don't have more pictures of complete Precious Places sets on this blog.  I mean, it's great to post pictures of rare parts and to talk about the questions that need to be answered, but most PP sets aren't super rare and don't have anything controversial/unknown about them.  However, that doesn't mean the not-rare non-controversial sets deserve any less attention, because lets face it, a lot of them are super cool!

All this has led me to start a series of posts called the Precious Places Village Tour.  It will simply be a photographic catalog of my PP sets that I am posting so that we can all admire these fantastic sets together.

For the sake of having some structure, I am posting these sets in order of their Fisher Price model numbers, which means that the first stop on the Precious Places Village Tour is #5151 The Silver Bells Wedding Chapel.

Here is a picture of my set:

I believe my set is complete, other than the fact that I don't have the box, instructions and village map.  (I do have a few village maps, but not enough for all my buildings to have their own.)

The thing I love about this set is the stained glass windows in the steeple.  They look so elegant when they are all lit up.  In fact, this feature makes the Wedding Chapel my personal favorite of the four shop sets.

The only thing I don't like about the set is that if you look closely at the bride Mary's face, she doesn't actually look very happy, and shouldn't every bride be happy on their wedding day?!

As far as collecting goes, you shouldn't have much trouble finding a complete Wedding Chapel set to add to your collection.  There is a constant stream of them on eBay and if you keep your eye out, you should be able to get a pretty good deal.

How about you?  What do you like about the Chapel?  Is it your favorite shop set?  Is there anything you would change or add to the set if you were designing toys for Fisher Price?  Please leave your answers in the comments section of this post.

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