I loved LEGO when I was a child so was quite pleased to find that my own daughters love it too! They had a smaller set before this and really enjoyed building little houses and gardens, but this, well this was to be a whole new challenge for them! My first mini mistake was presenting it to them (aged 5 and 6) and saying "there you go, build that then!" because they proceeded to open the box and all the smaller bags that it contained to make a nice big pile of parts. After a few minutes of face pulling and head scratching they brought the instructions to me and said "It's a bit hard", and at that moment I realised that it had been packaged in several bags for a good reason!!
The instructions are very straight forward and all the parts are presented in bags that relate to each section of the construction, so after our small mistake (and a few harsh words between adults!), we set to work on laying out all the parts and deciding which bag they actually belonged in! It probably added an hour to the construction of our space centre, but after a few hours we had the most amazing, interactive LEGO toy I had ever had the delight to play with (the girls enjoyed it too!). It has now been up and down several times and I am amazed at how easily the girls (for their young ages) are able to throw it together, zoom it around the room for a while, land the rocket in a little pink garden (made from their original set) and pretend to abduct little flower princesses for intergalactic experimentation!! What I think I am trying to say is that this isn't just a hardcore building project for boys, it's interactive, playable and very much appreciated by the girls too!!
I can see our LEGO collection growing in the future!!