The Mystery Machine

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Suggested Age: 6-12
Pieces: 301
Casual Build Time: 1 hour
Dimensions: The Mystery Machine – over 3″ x 5″ x 2″ / Spooky Tree – over 3″ x 3″ x 1″
Brand: Scooby-Doo

Really, this kit needs no introduction. Ever since Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? first aired in 1969, the Mystery Machine has been one of the most recognisable animate vehicles of all time. I was really impressed when I saw this kit in Toys R Us and, as a huge fan of LEGO cars, I had to add it to my collection.

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The kit comes with the pieces to build The Mystery Machine and a creepy robotic tree. The Mystery Machine features a removable roof and sides that open out to enable easy play. It also includes several accessories: a magnifying glass, a flashlight, a camera, a newspaper, a gem and a giant sandwich. In addition to this there are three minifigures – Shaggy, Fred and a Zombie – as well as Scooby-Doo himself.

Read on for photos of what came inside the box:

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Louvre

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Suggested Age: 12+
Pieces: 695
Casual Build Time: 2 hours
Dimensions: Over 5″ x 6″ x 7″
Brand: Architecture

For my first ever LEGO Architecture kit, I thought I’d chose somewhere I’d visited in real life. Since we went to Paris on holiday this year, the Louvre was an obvious choice. While I’m not generally a huge fan of constructing buildings out of LEGO, I have been curious about the Architecture range for a while as some of the models that the series contains just look spectacular.

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In terms of features, the Louvre doesn’t offer much as its designed to be displayed. The kit comes with the pieces needed to build the the Pavillon de l’Horloge, as well as the instantly recognisable Pyramide du Louvre. The instruction manual also contains full colour photographs of the Louvre and facts about its construction in English, French and Spanish.

Here are some photos of what came in the box and the construction process:

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