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Lego Creator 10241 Maersk Triple-E Container Ship
Lego Creator 10241 Maersk Triple-E Container Ship
Offered by KingOfBricks.
Price: £336.51

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The shipping giant, in miniature, 2 July 2017
Even if you're not a Maersk fanatic, you still have to appreciate the sight of a giant container ship like this one. This scale model of the massive real thing is a neat keepsake to display, and a great addition to your own Lego City harbor scene. Lego Maersk sets are very collectible and this model is already "retired" so value has already gone way up (original Lego price was pretty reasonable at a bit over one hundred pounds).

The 1518 pieces are in numbered bags corresponding to the 3 parts of the build: the hull and main body of the ship; the fence racking for the containers and assorted deck gear; the containers themselves. Assembly isn't difficult, although the last section with the containers is a little tedious. Some builders will be aggravated by the large number of Maersk stickers that have to be individually lined up on the containers---hope you have a steady hand! Interesting color palette and a few unique pieces are nice for your Lego stash if you decide to dismantle the ship later.

When the ship is complete, it is a lovely display piece. Find this model a worthy bookshelf, ledge, or set it on the mantle above the fireplace. It's sturdy enough to handle and play with if you like, but if not just sit back and admire it!
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Lego 10252 Creator - Volkswagen Beetle
Lego 10252 Creator - Volkswagen Beetle
Offered by Toysworld
Price: £80.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Head to the beach, 26 Jun. 2017
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This is a nice kit for a Lego fan who's not into spaceships, castles, etc. Add the VW Bus and the MiniCooper and you've got a nice fleet for your Lego family! The design of this model does a pretty good job of making square-ish elements morph into the round-ish shapes on the classic Bug. As a former owner of several Beetles, building this set brought back fun memories.

The build is separated into 3 modules, with pieces for each in numbered bags; I didn't bother doing any additional sorting, it was manageable as they had it. You get some unique Lego elements to add to your parts collection, and of course the vibrant blue pieces are nice. I was pleased with the sturdy feel of the finished car---it's not as delicate as some models, with only a couple of small bumper parts prone to getting knocked off.

Lots of nice details in this model. Doors swing wide, seatbacks move, hood and trunk open up, roof pops off. The air-cooled engine is properly placed in the rear, with the spare tire up front. The roof rack holds a loaded cooler and surfboard, so you're set for a day at the California shore (assuming you can drive stick, no automatic transmission here)!
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LEGO 10247 - Ferris Wheel
LEGO 10247 - Ferris Wheel
Offered by Avenue des Jeux
Price: £167.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Showpiece for the county fair, 18 Jun. 2017
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This review is from: LEGO 10247 - Ferris Wheel (Toy)
This set is a nice model for a Lego collector, and a perfect companion piece to the Lego motorized carousel. Probably not as excellent for younger kids, though---it's a tedious build, with a lot of "multiple sections" having to be repetitively built. Assemble with care and patience and it is a pretty showpiece with a pleasant movement.

As for the build itself... Parts come in numbered bags, corresponding to large sections; for easier building, you might want to further sort the Section 3 bags since there are a lot of small parts there. The model requires quite a bit of repetitive building (support legs, ferries wheel struts, swinging passenger cars). For the moveable parts, it is critical to check motion as you build---a too-tight fitting or slightly cantered stud can bind the machinery later on. The set is marked for builders 16+, but certainly a younger person could succeed if they have Lego experience and patience.

Aside from the wheel itself, there are nice little touches in this model. You get both adult and child minifigures, and most have unique or double-sided facial expressions. Lots of blooming flowers and trees, an ice-cream stand, unusual color scheme, translucent elements, plenty of unique Lego pieces to use in other builds. The wheel turns via a hand crank, and a lever locks/unlocks the area for riders to get into and out of the cars at the bottom.

My one star off is for some minor points. The model is unfortunately built on numerous small base plates: for ease of relocating the piece in future, I chose to add an XL Lego Baseplate (48x48 studs) underneath. The interior of the passenger cars is very tight: minifigures with certain hairstyles or hats will not fit within. The motor is not included, but I found the manual turning of the wheel satisfying.
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Charlie the Choo-Choo: From the World of the Dark Tower
Charlie the Choo-Choo: From the World of the Dark Tower
by Beryl Evans
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of zip and zowie for Dark Tower fans, 22 Nov. 2016
I bought this book strictly for the connection to Stephen King's Dark Tower book series, but found it an interesting (perhaps a little unconventional) children's book in its own right. A close look at the illustrations does reveal that Charlie the Choo-Choo might be just a little "off," but the story is a pretty straightforward tale of friendship, loyalty, and usefulness. This is a neat little book for fans of Stephen King, perhaps less so for little kids who just want to hear a bedtime story.

If you are trying to indoctrinate the upcoming Stephen King fans in your household, realize that the pictures (check out Charlie's facial expression in the photo below) and storyline might be a little unsettling or sad to the smallest kids.
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LEGO Star Wars 75146 Advent Calendar
LEGO Star Wars 75146 Advent Calendar
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £24.72

45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May the Advent Force be with you!, 11 Sept. 2016
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Rats! I forgot to order my Lego advent calendar early, and had to go with this Star Wars variety for 2016 (the Lego website was already backordered for the City and Friends themes). This version is priced at a premium---I think that's expected for "brand licensed" sets---but I'm always happy with the unique holiday pieces and the creative uses of regular components to make seasonal surprises for each day.

IMPORTANT: the box itself serves as the display scene for the assembled pieces you will build, so be careful opening it! There are small tape-tabs that close a lid flap to the main box, and that is all that needs to be opened. Slice those tabs carefully, leaving the rest of the box intact, then set it up and you're ready to go. The photo below shows how the box is used for the display scene. Like traditional advent calendars, the little "windows" you punch open are in a random order on the box, so searching for the right day is additional fun.

Although Lego does put out new advent sets every year to satisfy collectors, you could certainly re-use the set more than once if you are careful opening the box and then packing it back up. I've even used my previous-year sets to create a multi-box Advent Lego city!
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Unravel  [PS4 PSN Code - UK account]
Unravel [PS4 PSN Code - UK account]
Price: £14.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking art and beautiful music, 11 May 2016
I love 2D side-scrolling games, and was so looking forward to this release! The puzzle storyline, artwork, and music are all breathtaking. Unfortunately, I found the main skill of the Yarny character to be somewhat aggravating in terms of gameplay (Xbox One controller): lots of repetitive throwing rope, tying rope, climbing up or down rope, swinging from rope, pulling with rope. I played about 3/4 through, then let my kid finish while I watched---much more enjoyable!

Still, the wonderful things in this game outweigh the annoying elements. I love the clever idea that Yarny is unspooling as he travels, with a need to replenish his yarn at designated stations. Game achievements fill the pages of a beautiful photo album in the home of Yarny's "maker." The artwork is amazingly realistic, the music relaxing yet haunting. Yarny is a precocious character who reacts to his environment in unexpected ways---if he could swim, he'd be perfect!

Go to the Internet and find the game designer's instructional video on making your own Yarny---see mine below!
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LEGO CREATOR Brick Bank - 10251
LEGO CREATOR Brick Bank - 10251

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Lego fan should invest in this bank, 29 April 2016
This is a great Lego model with beautiful detail, a real throwback to the days when your downtown bank was a piece of architectural art. Compared to some of the older Lego buildings, this one incorporates a lot of cool function in a smaller overall space. Common pieces are combined in creative ways to create texture and form, but you also get a lot of unique pieces to add to your Lego collection.

As for the build itself, this set at 2380 pieces will take some time and attention to detail. Experienced builders will have no problem, but the little kids might find some of the assembly a little fiddly or boring---this model is definitely aimed at Lego enthusiasts. The pieces do come in numbered bags, but a little sorting will make assembly more enjoyable. The build is broken up into 3 main sections so those are natural stopping points for a break. The first and second floors and roof detach and attach nicely, this is a solid assembly.

Some of my favorite features: crystal chandelier, moveable safe door, stained glass windows, Soap-n-Suds "money-laundering" operation, and all the amazing architectural features. Those smiling minifigures look like solid citizens, but they have their criminal hats and bandanas to change into when it's time for some bank robbing!
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Lego Mr Freeze Minifigure 30603 Polybag 2016
Lego Mr Freeze Minifigure 30603 Polybag 2016
Offered by rarebrix
Price: £10.97

5.0 out of 5 stars zzzzzZWAP!, 24 April 2016
I got this as a promotional goody when I bought a couple of big Lego sets. Fans of the classic Batman TV series will appreciate this Dr. Freeze minifigure with his kooky-menacing face and his freeze ray. If you can't score this promo pack with another Lego purchase, you might be stuck paying a premium for this collectible.
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LEGO Creator Expert Detective's Office 10246
LEGO Creator Expert Detective's Office 10246
Offered by IDSS
Price: £149.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great office, Detective Brickman, 10 Mar. 2016
Wow! The modular buildings from Lego are getting better and better. This is officially the "Detective's Office," but you're getting a wonderfully detailed Pool Hall and Barbershop as well. As always, the three floors of the building can be easily lifted off for access to the interiors. These sets have amazing design elements, with ordinary Lego pieces used in unique and surprising ways: snowshoes make the ceiling fan, feathers make the darts, tank treads make the round water tower, a ship's propellor makes a portable fan. Just fun!

As for assembly, it's marked as an expert build but most experienced Lego fans of any age will be successful as long as they have the time for the project. Pieces are separated into numbered bags 1-4, so a lot of pre-sorting isn't absolutely necessary. Building a floor at a time gives a natural stopping point for a break---but you'll probably want to keep going! The fully assembled building looks great as a standalone model and of course even better with the other modular buildings in your Lego City. Very sturdy too, you can definitely "play" with this one.

Some favorite features: the newspaper vending machine, moveable fire escape, hidden wall safe behind a painting, secret tunnel, kitchenette, file cabinet, banker's lamp, pool table, barbershop reclining chair and mirror, crazy "POOL" sign, bathroom stall (a little curious that the toilet is very visible through the second-story windows though!). Also love the Police Woman minifigure with her hair in a low bun, and the pool "hustler" with his stereotypical street punk cap.
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LEGO Architecture 21020: Trevi Fountain
LEGO Architecture 21020: Trevi Fountain

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lego La Dolce Vita!, 6 Mar. 2016
Another great model in the Architecture series. Love the way the translucent blue bricks show more depth of color as they are layered on top one another, also the use of multi-directional roof pieces to replicate stone. This would be a nice gift for a Lego fan who's planning, or just returned from, a trip to Italy.

Pieces are not in numbered bags for assembly; a little sorting ("by color" would be good enough unless you're very organized) will help things move along smoothly. The finished model is fairly small---the base is about the size of a DVD case---and it's quite solid so no fears in handling it or moving it around.
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