Yellow Submarine

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Suggested Age: 10+
Pieces: 553
Casual Build Time: 2.5 hours
Dimensions: Yellow Submarine – over 5″ x 9″ x 2″ / Submarine Display Stand – over 1″ x 4″ x 3″ / Minifigure Display Stand – over 4″ x 1″ x under 1″
Brand: Ideas

Once again, I return to the brilliant LEGO Ideas series to look at their most recent release. Really, this kit doesn’t need any introduction. It’s the iconic submarine featured in the 1968 animation of the same name. Even though I’m not a huge fan of the Beatles, I think almost everyone has fond memories of this film and as soon as I saw this kit I knew that I had to add it to my collection.

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The set contains all of the pieces needed to make the Yellow Submarine and a stand with which to display it on. In addition, it comes with minifigures of the Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr- as well as a figure of Jeremy. The Beatles come complete with a selection of accessories from the film including the submarine motor, an apple and half a hole.

Here are some better photos of what you can find inside the box:

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LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack

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Suggested Age: 7-14
Pieces: 269
Casual Build Time: approximately 1 hour
Dimensions: Gateway – over 6″ x 7″ x 4″ / Batmobile – over 1″ x 2″ x 1″
Brand: Dimensions

Today’s review is for something a little different. One of my Christmas presents this year was a shiny Playstation 4 and with it I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the LEGO Dimensions Starter Kit. This is LEGO’s rival to the ever popular Skylanders games, one that combines the joy of building LEGO models with a cute kid-friendly platform game.

The box contains a copy of the game along with the pieces necessary to build the portal, three minifigures (Wyldstyle, Gandalf and Batman) and a 3-in-1 Batmobile. It also has a handful of accessories for the figures and four toy tags – the important pieces of kit that allow the Toy Pad to recognise your figures.

Here’s a closer look at the construction of the portal:

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AT-ST Walker

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Suggested Age: 8-14
Pieces: 449
Casual Build Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Dimensions: Over 9″ x 6″ x 5″
Brand: Star Wars

Now that I’ve gotten all of my smaller kits out of the way, it’s time to look at the big sets that I was given for Christmas. As you may have noticed, I am a huge fan of Star Wars but it’s not the spaceships that I love the best. It’s the Walkers that hold the most nostalgia for me. Amongst the most iconic of these is the two-legged All Terrain Scout Transport, or AT-ST. This vehicle was first seen in The Empire Strikes Back, although the version in this kit is based on the one that appears in the more recent Rogue One.

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The kit is medium sized and contains all the pieces necessary to build the AT-ST. On top of this, it comes with an assortment of hand-held weaponry and three minifigures – Baze Malbus, an AT-ST driver and a Rebel Trooper.

Here’s a closer look at the box contents, as well as some photos of the building process:

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Lone Ranger’s Pump Car

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Suggested Age: 6-12
Pieces: 24
Casual Build Time: 5 minutes
Brand: The Lone Ranger

Don’t worry, this is going to be my last polybag review. For now.

As you might be able to tell, this kit is based around the 2013 Disney adaptation of The Lone Ranger. It was first released in the UK in the same year as part of an offer with the Daily Mail. The set is very small, containing the pieces to make the pump car and minifig of Lone Ranger. It also comes with a pistol accessory.

Here’s what came inside the bag:

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Blox Dinosaurs

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Suggested Age: 3+
Pieces: T-Rex – 54 / Velociraptor – 51 / Pterodactyl – 120
Casual Build Time: T-Rex – 15 mins / Velociraptor – 15 mins / Pterodactyl – 30 mins 
Brand: Blox

Today I’m going to look at something a bit different. For a stocking filler this year, I was given three boxes of knock-off LEGO. The brand is “Blox” from the popular UK department store, Wilko. These kits are supposedly compatible with LEGO for a fraction of the price. I thought it’d be interesting to build my three kits – a T-Rex, a Velociraptor and a Pterodactyl – to see how they compare.

Here’s a look at what came in each box:

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Frodo with Cooking Corner

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Suggested Age: 6-12
Pieces: 33
Casual Build Time: 7 mins
Brand: Lord of the Rings

Hello! Just a small review today of the Frodo Baggins polybag. In the UK, this kit was given away as a free gift with The Sun newspaper back in 2012 and it contains the pieces necessary to make Frodo, along with a stove and keg of ale. It also comes with a few extra accessories including a bunch of flowers, a frying pan, a bottle, a chalice and a sausage.

Here’s what came inside the bag:

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