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.

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London Bus

Suggested Age: 7+
Pieces: 118
Casual Build Time: 15 minutes
Dimensions: over 2″ x 4″ x 1″
Brand: LEGO Creator

This review is likely to be pretty short, but it features another special set. The London Bus is a UK exclusive kit that was originally released as a promotion alongside the hugely impressive LEGO Big Ben. Now, it’s available to purchase only in the UK stores. I was lucky enough to snag mine when I checked out London’s new Leicester Square store back in January.

There isn’t an awful lot to really talk about with this kit, as all it includes are the pieces required to make the bus. There are no minifigures included, and the finer details are all provided by use of stickers.

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

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Palace Cinema

Suggested Age: 16+
Pieces: 2,194
Casual Build Time: 9.5 hours
Dimensions: Palace Cinema: 15″ x 10″ x 10″ / Limousine: 1.6″ x 5.9″ x 1.9″ 
Brand: LEGO Creator

Sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to posting this review – life is hectic! Anyhow, the Palace Cinema kit was a bit of a special kit for me and is certainly way more elaborate than the ones that I usually buy for myself. Although I prefer building vehicles, I’ve admired this set for a long time and was very pleased to receive one for my 30th birthday!

The set is inspired by Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and forms part of LEGO’s Modular Buildings series. It comes with all the pieces required to build the cinema and limousine, as well as a number of accessories and six minifigures – a child actress, a chauffeur, a female guest, a male guest, a photographer, and a cinema worker.

This is going to be a very photo-heavy review, so read on if you’d like to take a closer look inside this beautiful set!

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Catcycle Chase / Arctic Roller / Notorious Lowrider

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Suggested Age: Catcycle – 7-14 / Arctic Roller & Lowrider – 8-14
Pieces: Catcycle – 139 / Arctic Roller – 305 / Lowrider – 433
Casual Build Time: Catcycle – 30 minutes / Arctic Roller & Lowrider – 1 hr 30 minutes
Dimensions: Catcycle – over 1″ x 5″ x 1″ / Street Scene – over 3″ x 3″ x 1″ / Lamppost – over 4″ / Arctic Roller – over 2″ x 8″ x 2″ / Lowrider – over 2″ x 9″ x 3″
Brand: LEGO Batman Movie

Today’s review is a bit special. In celebration of the new LEGO Batman movie, my sister, partner and myself each purchased a different one of the tie-in kits and are sharing this blog space to tell you what we thought!

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The sets all feature vehicles which appear in the movie and vary in size and price. The cheapest set is Catwoman Catcycle Chase, which includes the pieces to build a small street scene, the Catcycle, various accessories, and three minifigures: Batgirl, Robin and Catwoman.

The second largest of the sets is The Penguin Arctic Roller. This set is a lot more hefty, containing the necessary pieces to build the car and a small jet ski. It also comes with an umbrella and batarang accessories, and two minifigures: Batman and the Penguin.

The final set is The Joker Notorious Lowrider. This set simply contains the pieces necessary to build the car. It also comes with a variety of accessories and three minifigures: Batgirl, the Joker and Harley Quinn.

More details and photographs under the cut!

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Y-Wing Starfighter

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Suggested Age: 8-14
Pieces: 691
Casual Build Time: 3 hours
Dimensions: Y-Wing – over 2″ x 16″ x 7″ / Weapons Loader – over 3″ x 6″ x 2″
Brand: Star Wars

I decided to spend my birthday gift tokens this year on expanding my LEGO spaceship fleet. This time, I chose to add the Y-Wing Starfighter to my collection. While not as recognisable as the popular X-Wing, the Y-Wing first appears in the original Star Wars film and is best known as being piloted by Gold Leader during the strike on the Death Star. This particular model kit differs slightly as it’s based on the Y-Wings that appear in Rogue One.

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The kit comes with all the pieces needed to make the Y-Wing and a small yellow Weapons Loader. The ship itself boasts an array of weapons, rotating guns, working landing gear and rotating turrets. It also comes with an astromech and four minifigures – Admiral Raddus, Moroff, a Y-Wing Pilot and a Stormtrooper.

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LELE Bricks Raptor Escape

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Suggested Age: 6-12
Pieces: 406
Casual Build Time: 2 hours
Brand: Dinosaur World

Following on from my Christmas review of Wilco’s Blox – a truly awful LEGO knock-off – I received a birthday gift of another rival brand. LELE Bricks is a Chinese brand that produces cheaper rip-offs of popular LEGO sets. Their Dinosaur World series bears more than a striking similarity to LEGO’s officially licensed Jurassic World brand, however as far as I can tell this particular set is not a direct rip-off as some of the others are.

I don’t have any box photos for you this time as my set just came in a plastic bag, however the kit contains the pieces to make a raptor enclosure and quad bike. It also includes two minifigures, two velociraptors, a chicken drumstick, a tranquilliser gun and a stick (or spear?) with a blue light on top of it.

Here are some better pictures of what I received:

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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.

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