This Mountain High Adventure Tours building from the Lemax Vail Village caught my eye at Menards. It is one of the few Vail Village buildings that Menards is carrying and it is - according to Lemax's site - new for 2019 . Back in the hayday of Mantleburg, the Village had a few Vail Village buildings and I think that I'm drawn to them in some way. I also like the seaside nature of Plymouth Corners . But, besides having a SUPER TIGHT sign ordinance, the Village of Mantleburg forefathers weren't too terribly picky on the architecture style of structures in town. This is the fifth Lemax Christmas building that I've posted about here this year. First was the North Pole Tower - part of Santa's Wonderland. Over the weekend was The Hop Stop craft brew building - part of Harvest Crossing. The third one that I posted included photos of the Sugar Plum Bakery . The fourth one was the fly-thru Reindeer wash building . And now this one with the Hot Air Balloon.
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Another 'new' for 2019 building from Lemax at Menards is this Sugar Plum Bakery. The product page is here on Lemax's site . It is part of the Santa's Wonderland collection. This is the 3rd Christmas Village building from the Menards Enchanted Forest Christmas display that I've posted on the blog this year. First was the North Pole Tower - part of Santa's Wonderland. Yesterday was The Hop Stop craft brew building - part of Harvest Crossing. This is a standard, non-animated building that is being retailed for $34.99. Once again, Mantleburg isn't growing as it seems the citizens won't be having a prosperous Christmas once again this year as the town continues to shrink.
The craft brewing craze has hit Lemax's Christmas Village in the form of The Hop Stop . This is new in 2019 - for Lemax and being sold at Menards and is currently listed for $34.99 as part of the Harvest Crossing series . This is the second day of posting some Lemax Christmas Village buildings from Menards. Yesterday, I posted some images of the animated North Pole Tower . Mantleburg had a tavern back in the day , but one would think that the tough times might bring about even more drinking establishments, but the Hop Stop is a little too bougie for a town like Mantleburg that is down on it's luck.
The time has come for the Lemax Christmas Village posts from the setup at Menards. I've done this over the years as my interest grew in the little village things and now that my interest is on the wane, I still enjoy going to see the setup and posting some of the more interesting structures. The first one up is this North Pole Tower that is animated and makes some sound. You can see the animation in the top image and the product page is here on the Lemax site . This is new to me - and I think new to Menards - but it was released in 2018. Part of the Santa's Wonderland series, I suppose it would be nice in Mantleburg, but the town has fallen on some seriously hard times. Oh, and for you crazy people...this thing retails for $99.99. Woah.
I've mentioned in all of the recent Lemax Christmas Village posts that Mantleburg isn't annexing any new structures into town this year and with the recent election of a slate of Libertarian candidates taking on new leadership roles in town, they've even moved to de-annex some existing portions of Mantleburg and just focus the town's operations on the seasonal train. This year, I've covered a handful of Lemax Christmas Village buildings that are part of the Menards holiday setup including: 1. Draft Brothers Craft Brewing Supplies Store from the Harvest Crossing Collection. 2. The Elf Workshop from Santa's Wonderland Village. 3. Nora's Christmas Boutique from the Caddington Village Collection. 4. The Round-up animated carnival ride from the Carnival Village Collection. The one in the post today is interesting because it *is* potentially train-related. And that's why, despite their anti-growth/anti-government leanings the new Mayor and
Another day, another Lemax Christmas Village building. This one is from the Carnival Village and is called The Round Up. It is pretty neat. Lemax lists it as being released in 2012 on their site , but this is the first time I've seen it at Menards. Quick refresher for this year's Menards Christmas Village buildings: 1. Draft Brothers Craft Brewing Supplies Store from the Harvest Crossing Collection 2. The Elf Workshop from Santa's Wonderland Village. 3. Nora's Christmas Boutique from the Caddington Village Collection. Now comes the first carnival-focused, animated, musical structure here on the blog. This isn't the first one we've bought or come across, but the first one on the blog. And it is pretty neat. Called The Round Up Village Carnival Ride - priced at $89.99 - it is described by Menards thusly : The Round Up is an absolute blast! This spinning carnival ride puts gravity to the test as a southern-sounding cowboy announcer tell
Day Three of the Menards Lemax Christmas Village reveal. First was the Draft Bros Home Brewing Supplies store . Then yesterday was the Elf Workshop . Today comes Nora's Christmas Boutique. Nora's is part of Caddington Village which is a Victorian Era town. If you search [ Caddington ] here on the blog, you'll see a series of structures that I've featured over the years. It seems that Menards sells a lot of the Caddington Village line every year. Above you'll see the building in the Menards Village setting. Below is the box - with the price of $39.99. (11% back, of course!) As you guys know, Mantleburg isn't adding anything to the town, but the Economic Development Commissioner can't help but listening to the presentations from the merchants who are looking to move into town. In terms of villages, you can get lost over on the /villages page at Lemax's site . Sure, I've flirted with Vail Village or Spookytown or even the Carniva
I warned you yesterday. There's a few of these Lemax Christmas Village / Mantleburg posts in the hopper here. First was the Draft Bros. Craft Brewing Supplies store . Today is The Elf Workshop that features a few cute elves around the place. Again, Mantleburg won't be annexing one of these, but if you had a Christmas Village scene, it seems like this would be a good addition. Below is the box at Menards - with this one listed for $10 more than the Home Brewing Supplies structure - at $49.99.
Another year, another display of Lemax Christmas Village buildings at Menards has arrived! Here's the post from 2017 that heralded the return of the Christmas Village at the store . And that means a whole series of posts are about to arrive here on the blog showing off some of the new buildings. The first one, here, is the Draft Brothers Home Brewing Supplies store. Very topical, eh? Here's the product listing on the Lemax site that provides the description including the fact that this structure was released this year. Alas, Mantleburg is full of libertarians and there is a initiative on the ballot this fall to disband the local municipal government. Which means, for now, the Mayor and Village Board are not in a position to make any sort of annexations or additions to Main Street. This Draft Bros Home Brewing Supplies store is listed for $39.99 at Menards this year.
Look who is coming along for the ride with the new Bells & Whistles Christmas Decor building from Lemax at Menards this year? That's right...Santa Claus himself! That might sway the Mayor of Mantleburg, I would think? This one is also part of the Caddington Village collection like the past few days that included the Vintage Grind Coffee Company and The Dog House . Mantleburg is already such a seasonal town, it would seem to be a logical fit to have a Christmas decorations-specific store in town, right? Boost the local economy when it is thriving? They only get visitors during the holiday season and they've resisted the whole "spookytown" transformation over the years. This one seems like slam dunk for annexation, but maybe once the sale prices come to Menards... Or...we actually set up Mantleburg for the first time in three years. One or the other.
New this year at Menard's is this animated Popcorn factory from Lemax. You can see a lot of the movement in the image above, but there's also music. If you want to see it, check out the video below at the bottom of the post. This one, too, is from the Caddington Village collection. When he goes with his family to the Country House for burgers, the Mayor of Mantleburg is more of a peanuts in the shell guy, not a popcorn guy. So...unless the developer is going to grease his palm, I'm guessing this one is going to be a tough sell for Mantleburg. What...with its garishness and bright lights, it seems like it might be out of place amongst the other existing structures?
Pets are big business, right? Maybe Mantleburg should serve those families who have pups around the house? Could be a good source of sales tax revenues, but are there enough dogs in town to support the annexation? Just like the Vintage Grind Coffee Company from yesterday , the Dog House is part of the Caddington Village collection.
Huzzah, huzzah! The new Lemax Christmas Village structures are up at Menards. And that means that the fine folks running the government at Mantleburg are on the prowl for some fresh, new annexations. With the local residents not happy about their property taxes, the Mayor is on the lookout for some new businesses that can both add and diversify its tax base. This place - the Vintage Grind Coffee Company - seems to fit the bill. With what appears to be a small retail operation out front and clearly a significant wholesale business, this place would offer both the benefits of sales tax and also some employment opportunities for Mantleburg's residents. That is, unless all that fancy-schmancy automation you see in the image above has eliminated all the jobs? I'm certain that the Village Board and the Mayor will decide soon enough if there's room in Mantleburg for an outfit like this. If you find yourself in Menards, you can find the Vintage Grind Coffee
Released in 2015, this building from Lemax is called "Twas the Night" and has all the bells and whistles that Lemax offers including lights, music and interior scenes. It even has Santa in the house with his reindeer awaiting him on the roof. Here's the official product page . Unfortunately for Mantleburg , there's a moratorium on residential construction in place until they get more businesses or the train station in place.
More Christmas village stuff, Jake? Yep. More. This time it is the East Lake Station that Menards is selling at $69.99 because of both the interior lights and the exterior ones, but also because it plays music. That is, according to the product listing on the Lemax site . Mantleburg - as a once proud growing community - might need a commuter station, to inject some new life into the village, right? Become a bit of a bedroom community to some other larger town (that we don't need to construct?), perhaps? Maybe. But the federal grant didn't come through and funding is tight with the drop in sales tax, so the Mayor of Mantleburg has shelved the station project. Too bad. Maybe next year.
We might even be able to consider this one 'vintage' when it comes to Lemax at Menards. From the Caddington Village Collection comes this Big Ben Pub . And I'm thinking because it *is* four years old, that's part of the reason for the pricing at $29.99. That's $10+ cheaper than most of the other Lemax buildings Menards is selling these days. And, no, Mantleburg isn't big enough these days for both a tavern and a pub.
Today we veer off from Lemax to the private label collection from Menards Christmas Village buildings under the banner of "Enchanted Forest". Menards does this seemingly more and more - by bringing their own private label goods to market. They've done it with O Gauge trains and now with Christmas Village buildings. This little Maple Syrup Workshop is boxed right next to the Lemax stuff - see below- but is in a bright red box. They price these a little bit cheaper than the Lemax versions, but if you look closely at the top photo, you can tell it is kinda sloppily painted. Does Mantleburg need a Maple Syrup Workshop? Nope. Sorry. Not this year.
Another day, another Lemax lighted building. This time, it is a new release from 2016 called the Village Wine & Beer Garden. This is part of Lemax's Caddington Village , which they seem to have rolled out tons of new buildings for this season. None of which are destined for Mantleburg . Sad face. (kinda)
Next up in the parade of Lemax Christmas Village structures is this Lubbock's Bar-B-Que With An Attitude from the Harvest Crossing collection . It came out in 2015, but I don't believe that Menards carried it last year. Here's the official product page on Lemax's site . Menards is selling it for $39.99 (see photo below), but I don't think that the town of Mantleburg is quite ready for a rowdy Bar-B-Que joint. I mean... they just got their first tavern in town back in 2012 , right? For those looking to keep up with all things Mantleburg, you can check out the tag page here .
We were at Wannamakers in Downers Grove for their Christmas open house over the weekend and while the rest of the crew was waiting in line to see the Big Guy, I took the Bird and the King of the Ball Tossers into the store to wander around the Christmas lights department. And that's where I came across these National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation LED light sets. If you look at the box, you'll see that they bill them as being 'twice as bright' and have bigger/brighter/more bulbs than normal strands of lights. Kind of interesting licensing at play here and I suppose it is a cute concept, but I wonder if anyone is actually buying these things? They're more money than comparable sets and it seems like there's very little bragging rights in these once they're out of the box, right? As for the brightness, I think there's some upside there. We've put big C9 LEDs on our annual Elmhurst Front Yard Christmas tree every year and I always notice