The Milano vs. The Abilisk

Suggested Age: 7-14
Pieces: 460
Casual Build Time: 2 hours
Dimensions: Milano – over 3″ x 7″ x 14″ / Abilisk – over 2″ x 3″ x 7″
Brand: Marvel Super Heroes

This is another one of those sets that I’ve been eyeing up for months – pretty much ever since I saw the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie. In case you haven’t seen the film, the kit is designed around an early scene in which the Guardians battle a tentacled alien beastie.

The kit includes all the pieces that you need to make Peter Quill’s customised Ravager vessel and the voracious Abilisk. It also includes four minifigures – Star Lord, Gamora, Drax and Nebula – and a selection of accessories including weapons, handcuffs, jet packs, Annulax batteries, a speaker and Baby Groot.

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Ford F-150 Raptor & Ford Model A Hot Rod

Suggested Age: 8-14
Pieces: 664
Casual Build Time: 2 hours
Dimensions: Truck – over 3″ x 6″ x 3″ / Hot Rod – over 1″ x 4″ x 2″ / Trailer – over 2″ x 7″ x 3″ / Garage – over 2″ x 8″ x 3″ / Crane – over 2″ x 1″ x 1″ / Starting Lights – over 4″ x 1″ x 2″
Brand: Speed Champions

It’s been a long while since I last took a look at the Speed Champions kits and I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. It’s one of the larger sets in the range and has a really neat selection of vehicles and objects – how could I resist?

The set contains all the pieces you need to make the two vehicles, as well as a trailer, engine crane and trolley, starting light, team garage and victory podium. It also comes with four minifigures – two drivers, a mechanic and a race official – and a whole bunch of different tools for them to use.

Here are some more pictures of what you can expect to find in the box and the build process:

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Moana’s Ocean Voyage

Suggested Age: 6-12
Pieces: 307
Casual Build Time: 1 hour
Dimensions: Boat – over 6″ x 5″ x 5″ / Island – over 4″ x 6″ x 1″ 
Brand: Disney

Before I begin, be warned that this kit (and review) actually contains spoilers for the end of the film. Please don’t read on if you haven’t already seen it.

Moana is a fantastic Disney film and so I was really keen to get my hands on one of LEGO’s two tie in kits. I decided to go for the slightly more expensive one as it included the boat and Maui, both of which are missing from the cheaper Island Adventure kit.

The Moana’s Ocean Voyage kit contains the pieces necessary to build a boat, the island of Te Fiti and a small raft. It comes with an interesting selection of figures – Moana, Maui, Heihei the chicken and two Kakamora – and its accessories include an oar, a banana, a pineapple, the Heart of Te Fiti and Maui’s fish hook.

Here are some more picture of what came inside the box:

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The Scuttler

Suggested Age: 9-14
Pieces: 775
Casual Build Time: 4 hours
Dimensions: The Scuttler – over 8″ x 9″ x 10″ / Vine Monster – over 1″ x 4″ x 4″
Brand: LEGO Batman Movie

As the DVD release of the LEGO Batman film is only a few weeks away, I thought it was a good time to post up a review of one of its most impressive tie-in sets. If you’ve seen the movie, you probably remember the Scuttler. This mecha joins the likes of the Batwing and Batmobile in Batman’s arsenal of vehicles, but stands out from the rest in that it seems to be intelligent, following Batman’s commands in a dog-like manner.

The Scuttler kit boasts extendable front legs, two cockpits, a net launcher and six stud shooters. It also comes with six minifigures – Batman, Dick Grayson, Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon, the Joker and Poison Ivy. The assorted accessories that come with the set include batarangs, a jet pack, the Joker’s “bang” gun and Ivy’s vine monster.

Here are some photos of what came inside the box and the build process:

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Year of the Rooster

Suggested Age: 7+
Pieces: 161
Casual Build Time: 20 minutes
Brand: LEGO Creator

This was the last of the special sets that I managed to snag during my January trip to London. This one was released over a very limited time to celebrate Chinese New Year, and was only available in the UK to people who spent over a certain amount in the Leicester Square store. It’s now pretty hard to find, but there are some copies available on eBay if you desperately want one to add to your collection.

The set contains all of the pieces required to make the rooster and comes in a nice little presentation box. Included in the set is also a cardboard envelope, designed so that you can also give a gift of money along with the kit as per New Years tradition.

Here’s a better look at what came in the box:

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Volcano Starter Set

Suggested Age: 5-12
Pieces: 83
Casual Build Time: 15 minutes
Dimensions: Volcano – over 1″ x 1″ x 1″ / ATV – over 2″ x 2″ x 1″
Brand: City

Way back in June of last year, I took a look at the Deep Sea Starter Set in order to decide if I wanted to buy one of LEGO City’s larger aquatic sets. This year, I decided to do the same with one of their more recent ranges. The Volcano brand appeals to me because I have a childhood obsession with this particular natural phenomenon. How could I turn down a set that came with its own tiny working volcano accessory!

The set comes with a small selection of different vehicles and figures, including at ATV and the previously mentioned volcano. It also includes a lava rock, four themed minifigures and a selection of accessories, including a metal detector, walkie talkie, camera and pick axe.

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Mighty Dinosaurs

Suggested Age: 7-12
Pieces: 174
Casual Build Time: Triceratops & Pterodactyl – 20 minutes / T-Rex – 30 minutes
Dimensions: Triceratops – over 3″ / Pterodactyl – over 1″ x 7″ x 9″ / T-Rex – over 4″
Brand: LEGO Creator

LEGO does a number of different “3-in-1” sets, but this is the first one that’s appealed to me due to my love of dinosaurs. Over the last few months, I’ve gotten my dinosaur fix from a couple of knock-off LEGO kits – Blox and LELE Bricks – and so I jumped at the chance to get hold of an official LEGO version to see just how much better they were.

As the box states, this set contains the instructions and necessary pieces to make the three pictured dinosaurs. It should be noted, however, that this is a rebuild set. This means that you can only create one of these models at a time and need to dismantle and rebuild if you want to try one of the others.

Here are some better pictures of the finished products:

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