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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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