I recently piked up the LEGO Pencil Holder at the LEGO Store in Charlotte, NC. This is a very practical LEGO set for a very good price. I actually had this on my desk at work and got a ton of compliments. You’ll be surprised at what a conversation starter it is once you have it on your desk. Pair it with the LEGO business card holder for maximum brick nerdiness. Both make great inexpensive gifts for the LEGO nerds in your life.
The Minifigs: There is one minifig with this set. He’s equipped with a painter outfit, a paint roller and a fancy hat. I imagine his name is probably Pierre Paintercuperton.
The pencil cup has a little platform on the side where Pierre is either putting the last touch of colorful paint on a previously white LEGO pencil cup OR painting over the color with a drab. Or maybe I’ve just had enough time to stare at this on my desk to notice.
The Parts: This set comes with two pencils. Otherwise, there’s hardly anything fancy worth mentioning, but that’s exactly the point of this set. There’s one really nice LEGO logo panel, but for the most part this set is all brick. Plain and simple.
Sorry I don’t have a pic of the pencils. Those immediately went into an entirely different strata of my nerd life, ‘The Pencil Collection’.
The Build: A fairly quick build, but you have to pay attention to the instructions. Once the base was built and I started to build up, I noticed just how much probably went into the design. I’ve made a couple pencil cups before. Nothing I’ve ever build has been as streamlined and durable as this set.
Pros: Practical, durable, classic LEGO style and a fancy painter minifig named Pierre Paintercuperton. I think.
Cons: Not much room to riff on the original design and once you break this set down you’ve only got a pile of plain bricks.