Jungle Halftrack Mission

Suggested Age: 6-12
Pieces: 378
Casual Build Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Dimensions: Halftrack Truck – over 3″ x 5″ x 2″ / ATV – over 1″ x 3″ x 1″ / Temple – over 3″ x 2″ x 2″ / Panther – over 3″ 
Brand: LEGO City

I hadn’t made a LEGO City set for a while so I thought I’d have a shot at one of the newer sets in this range. I must admit, I was attracted to this one by the panther as I am the owner of a very lovely black cat. However, this set has a lot more to offer than just one really cool pussy cat.

The set contains all of the pieces needed to make a halftrack truck, ATV and temple. On top of this, it comes with two minifigures, a panther and a spider. The accessories for the minifigures to play with include a ruby, a chicken drumstick, a pan, a walkie talkie and a machete.

Here are some more pictures of 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.

Here are some better photos of what came inside the box:

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4×4 Off Roader

Suggested Age: 5-12
Pieces: 176
Casual Build Time: 30 minutes
Dimensions: 4×4 – over 3″ x 5″ x 2″ / Tool wagon – over 1″ x 1″ x under 1″

Brand: LEGO City

This kit has recently been discontinued by LEGO, so I managed to snap up one very cheaply in a Sainsbury’s after-Christmas sale. It forms part of LEGO City’s range of racing cars, though its sturdy vehicle makes it stand out from a lot of the other sets in this range.

This small set includes all the pieces necessary to make the 4×4, along with a few extra accessories including a barrel of gasoline, a sand bar, and a tool wagon. It also comes with two minifigures – the driver and a mechanic.

Here’s a closer look at what came inside the box:

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Garbage Truck


Suggested Age: 5-12
Pieces: 248
Casual Build Time: 50 minutes
Dimensions: Garbage Truck (with lift down) – over 3″ x 7″ x 3″
Brand: LEGO City

As you may have gathered over the last year, my favourite LEGO kits are the ones with wheels. I love piecing together LEGO cars – even in the Speed Champion range with their millions of stickers. When I first saw the Garbage Truck in Sainsbury’s, I knew I had to add it to my collection. Especially as most of my LEGO City kits to date have been taken from the Deep Sea range.


This kit contains all of the pieces required to make the Garbage Truck, as well as a green recycling container, a shovel, a broom and a selection of “rubbish” items (including studs, fish, a bottle and a banana). It also comes with two minifigures – the driver and his helper.

Here are some pictures of what comes inside the box:

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Tire Escape


Suggested Age: 5-12
Pieces: 47
Casual Build Time: 10 minutes
Dimensions: Police Water Scooter: over 1″ x 3″ x 1″ / Tire: 1″ x 1″ x under 1″
Brand: City

When I saw this kit in Langleys, I just couldn’t resist. I’m not sure what inspired this little LEGO set but it is such an amusing idea for a small kit! This is the first set I’ve bought from the LEGO City Police range. I debated buying one of their starter sets first but this just looked a lot more fun!


The kit contains the pieces necessary to build a Police Water Scooter, as well as two minifigures, a tire, an oar and a pair of handcuffs. Since there isn’t much more to this set, let’s take a little look at what came in the box:

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Deep Sea Exploration Vessel


Suggested Age: 8-12
Pieces: 717
Casual Build Time: 3 .5 hours
Dimensions: Exploration Vessel – over 7″ x 12″ x 5″ / Shipwreck – over 5″ x 11″ x 5″ / Submarine – over 1″ x 3″ x 2″ / Scuba Scooter – over 1″ x 3″ x 1″ / Remote Sub – 3″ x 1″ x under 1″ / Lifeboat – over 1″ x 2″ x 1″ / Shark Cage – 3″ x 1″ x under 1″
Brand: City

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve had my eye on this kit for a long time. I really enjoy making vehicles and I don’t have any boats in my collection! I was also impressed by just how many separate parts this set boasts. Included in the box is the large exploration vessel, a shipwreck, a submarine, a remote sub, a scuba scooter, a lifeboat and a shark cage.


Both the vessel and lifeboat actually float in water and the vessel also includes a hidden cabin below the deck and working winch for the cage. On top of this, the kit also contains an impressive seven minifigures (four scuba divers, 2 crewmen and a deep sea diver), a buoy, a swordfish, an octopus, a white shark, 3 grey sharks and a whole bunch of accessories!

Here’s a few pictures of what’s inside the box and the building process:

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Deep Sea Starter Set


Suggested Age: 5-12
Pieces: 90
Casual Build Time: 15 minutes
Dimensions: Remote Submarine – 1″ x 3″ x 2″
Brand: City

In preparation for the next large kit that I intend to buy (more on that to follow very soon) I thought I’d grab one of the Starter Sets from the LEGO City range. These are small and inexpensive kits designed to give a taster for the larger sets. There are Starter Sets for a variety of different LEGO City collections but this one is specifically styled around their Deep Sea range.


The kit contains a remote submarine, 3 minifigures, a shark, and a chest filled with treasure. The submarine boasts poseable claws and moving propellers while the minifigures come with a selection of accessories – a camera, a remote control and a crowbar. More pictures can be found below:

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