Millennium Falcon

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Suggested Age: 9-14
Pieces: 1,329
Casual Build Time: 5 hours
Dimensions: Over 5″ x 18″ x 12″
Brand: Star Wars

Even if you’ve never seen a Star Wars movie, you’ll probably recognise Han Solo’s iconic Corellian YT-1300 light freighter, reportedly able to make the Kessel Run in less that 12 parsecs. It’s the most recognisable ship of the series and, ever since I first set eyes on this impressive kit, I’ve been quietly saving up money to get one of my very own.

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This version of the Millennium Falcon is based upon the one from The Force Awakens and boasts a massive array of features including a detachable cockpit, rotating top and bottom laser turrets, two spring-loaded shooters and entrance ramp. The inside hides even more secrets with a space for two minifigures to man the guns, a hidden smuggling compartment, seating areas and a detailed hyperdrive.

The set comes with six minifigures and their assorted weapons – Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Gang Member – as well as a BB-8 Astromech Droid. If you want to see some photos of the build process, read on!

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Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum

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Suggested Age: 7-14
Pieces: 358
Casual Build Time: 1.5 hours
Dimensions: Over 4″ x 12″ x 7″
Brand: Marvel Super Heroes

As I’ve probably mentioned before, I’m a bit of a comic fan. However, I have to admit that most of the LEGO heroes kits don’t really take my fancy. I think its because most of them are either tie-ins to the Avengers film series (of which I’m not a great fan), or just don’t seem to have much to do with anything. Yet, when I heard that they were releasing a Doctor Strange set to tie with the upcoming film, I had to have it!

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The kit includes the required pieces to make a cross-section of the Sanctum Sanctorum. It features a levitation effect for two characters, a levitation function for Doctor Strange’s cloak and a “portal beast” with rotating teeth, eyes and tentacles . The set also boasts three minifigures – Doctor Strange, Karl Mordo and The Ancient One – and a selection of weapons and eldritch artefacts.

Here are some pictures of what came in the box and the building process:

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TIE Advanced Prototype

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Suggested Age: 6-12
Pieces: 93
Casual Build Time: 15 minutes
Dimensions: Over 2″ x 1″ x 3″
Brand: Star Wars

I can’t believe that I’ve been doing this blog for months now and yet this is the first time I’ve featured a Microfighter! This is a cheap range of Star Wars kits, each featuring the pieces to make an iconic spaceship and one minifigure to ride on it. If you look at the pictures in my introductionary post, you might be able to spot a few of the other sets in this range (I have also built the AT-AT, Snowspeeder and Millennium Falcon). For today’s post, I’m going to take a look at the TIE Fighter.

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Despite the simplicity of the set, it does boast poseable wings and two firing missiles. The minifigure – a TIE pilot – comes with a blaster accessory. It is intended to be the counterpart of the The Ghost microfighter in order to allow for duels, though you should note that this kit is sold separately.

Here’s what came inside the box:

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Ecto-1 & 2

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Suggested Age: 8-14
Pieces: 556
Casual Build Time: 2 hours
Dimensions: Ecto-1 – over 4″ x 8″ x 2″ / Ecto-2 – over 1″ x 2″ x under 1″
Brand: Ghostbusters

On seeing the new Ghostbusters movie, one thing became clear. I needed a LEGO Holtzmann in my life. Therefore, I decided to treat myself to the new Ecto-1 kit. This differs from the Ecto-1 that can be found in the LEGO Ideas range as it is directly tied into the 2016 movie.

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For a moderately priced kit, there is actually quite a lot inside this box. Not only does the kit contain the pieces required to make Ecto-1 (the car) and Ecto-2 (the motorbike), but also five minifigures (Abby Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan and Kevin), one ghost (Mayhem), four proton packs, two traps, a proton sidearm, a PKE Meter and a toolbox.

Here’s a look at the building progress:

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