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.

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Narwhal

Suggested Age: 6-14
Pieces: 45
Casual Build Time: 10 minutes
Brand: Creator

This Narwhal is another promotional set that I managed to snag on my London adventure earlier this year. The set was initially only made available in LEGO Stores as a promotional “monthly build” in January of this year. Surplus ones were then sold off online, but it’s now one that’s not so easy to find as the promotion is long past.

This is going to be a pretty short review, as there isn’t a lot to this set at all. Like some of the other small kits that I’ve posted about previously, the set is just a small polybag kit that only contains the parts needed to construct the narwhal.

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Imperial Assault Hovertank

Suggested Age: 7-12
Pieces: 385
Casual Build Time: 1 hour
Dimensions: over 3″ x 7″ x 5″
Brand: Star Wars

It’s been a while since I last looked at one of my beloved Star Wars kits, so let’s take a look at one of the sets that came out last Christmas to coincide with the release of Rogue One. To give it’s full name, this kit’s design is based around the TX-225 GAVw “Occupier” combat assault tank. Unlike my previous Star Wars build – the Y-Wing – this set was first introduced in Rogue One and so this also the first time it’s been made available in LEGO form.

The set is pretty straightforward, providing all of the necessary pieces to build the tank and a small weapon chest. It also comes with three minifigures – Chirrut Îmwe and two Imperial Hovertank Pilots. It also comes with a variety of weapons, including a selection of blasters, a crossbow and a staff.

Here are some more photos of what came in 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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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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