"The XTRA series is a great addition to the lineup of available Lego products. In the past there have been accessory packs which were very similar. The idea is a builder might want some special parts which are not typically found in a collection of spare generic bricks. The parts can be used to add nice details such as lamps and signs.
Having the stickers available separately is a first as far as I know, though there have been sticker sheets included in old idea books from the 80's and 90's.
This sticker pack has a great collection of patterns, signs and logos for your own builds. They are mostly useful for city builders and not so much for other themes such as space.
The price seems fair considering you get about 160 stickers and 12 parts. Some of the parts are useful too such as the Fabuland style sign and the clear panel piece.
Stickers are somewhat controversial among Lego fans. A lot of people do not like sets with stickers for a variety of reasons, but Lego uses them a lot because they are far less expensive than printed parts. It makes perfect sense, but I think there is one major issue: the stickers are some of the first parts that will get damaged when you play with a set. It also makes it difficult to make your own builds, because some parts are stickered so you might have to remove the sticker to make your own stuff.
All of this would not be such an issue if the stickers were readily available as spares. So I think a great compromise would be to make stickers available as replacement parts through the bricks & pieces service or even better, just include a few spare sticker sheets in each set. They cost almost nothing to print, so why not provide a few spares?
In any case, I hope the XTRA series will continue with more parts in the future. Though I would like to see some other themes too (not City related)."
"It's a great idea, using small Lego builds as Christmas ornaments. I think this model and the snowman are the nicest builds currently available.
You have to actually build up the model yourself and put it in a plastic ball, about the size of an apple. It's a really simple build, but it looks cute and you end up getting a very good looking ornament for your tree.
I gave two of these to my mom and she happily build these and put them in the Christmas tree."
"This set ticks all the boxes for me. It's a starter set similar to 60163 and 60157. Each of these sets comes with one animal, three minifigs, one vehicle and some scenery or structure.
First of all it is great value for money compared to most any other set. A single collectible minifigure bag is almost half the price of this set. Sets that do have more pieces also cost significantly more.
Second, the fact that you get three minifigs and one animal makes this set just perfect. If you already have a large Arctic set, you probably won't be looking for yet another car or helicopter. Instead, you'll want more minifigs to add to your world. The dog and scientists are all beautiful figures. I love the fact that all figures are different as well.
Even though this set is great as an addition to a larger Arctic set, you also get enough stuff to play with this set on it's own. There's a small snowmobile and some sort of ice pillar with a pre-historic fossil inside. Kids will have hours of fun playing with this small set.
I would like to see more of these starter sets. It allows you to get a taste of a theme without having to spend too much money."
"Anyone collecting minifigures will look for some way to display them. There's various third party cases available, but the official one seems to be one of the nicer looking ones.
I bought several of these at a discount. The retail price is slightly too high for me, especially for displaying inexpensive figures.
The first thing I noticed when I looked at the packaging was that this product is not really manufactured by Lego. Instead it's made by some company called "Room" located in Copenhagen.
So before putting your figures inside, you will first need to open one or both of the plastic doors. To my surprise these doors felt really flimsy and would not always open easily. I actually had to put some force on one of the doors before it would finally open. There is only a very small handle on each door so this is not easy! I can imagine kids being unable to get it open.
Once you finally manage to open the doors you will notice that there's a 4x4 plate for every one. This is nice because it allows you to display regular figures (i.e. not from a collectible minifigure series) without needing an extra plate. However, the main purpose of these cases is to display collectible minifigures. It even has a little drawing on the package of several example figures, all from various collectible series. This is where you'll get in trouble if you want to use the little black plates that come with those figures.
Each compartment has two ridges on the side to allow you to slide a plate in place. The best way to align all figures nicely would be to push the plate all the way back. This is also the best way to keep the figures in place. However, some figures have tails or other things which make this impossible. You also can't stack them on top of the 4x4 plate that comes with them because there isn't enough room.
It would have been better if they made it so that every compartment had a Lego compatible surface without any of the ridges. That way you could just put your figure on the surface or put your own plate on top without being bothered by the ridges.
Oh before you fill the case you should consider where you want to put it. The case has a couple of holes on the back so you can easily hang it on a wall, which is a nice touch. Putting the case on a flat surface is also an option, but it's not very stable (they fall over easily).
About the Lego-like studs on the top: these allow you to stack several cases on top, but in practice you will not want to do this. The studs do not actually work like real Lego studs. By that I mean they do not click in place. If you stack two of these on top without putting the thing against a wall it will fall over real easily.
All in all I think this is still a nice way to display your figures, but it's not perfect. And for the high price I would expect something of slightly higher quality. It is a good looking case, but it definitely has some design problems."
"The A-Wing is an iconic craft of the rebel fleet, along with the X- and Y-Wing. The A-Wing is supposed to be the fastest and most agile starfighter and it certainly looks that way compared to the other fighters. I had the original 7134 A-Wing which I thoroughly enjoyed as a kid. This version obviously looks a lot more like the original model, but that's to be expected. I never had the previous version (75003), but looking at pictures I think the engines and the guns look a lot better on this one. The only thing that's missing is the little notch at the front.
The craft itself is very sturdy and you're able to handle it without having to worry about any parts falling off. The build was pretty standard, though I do like the way the engines are built up and attached to the sides. I was kind of dissapointed that they didn't include the cool action feature from the Rebels set (green A-Wing with Vader's TIE). Instead of pulling back the cockpit you just press two buttons to fire the bolts.
The selection of minifigures is good. Pilot + mechanic is what you got in the original version. I guess you get Lando as a bonus in this one? No complaints about that, it's a nice figure. I don't really care much for the maintenance cart thingy though. It's something they could have left out, because if you really wanted it you could easily build something similar yourself.
I left out the stickers in my build because I think it looks fine without them and I don't want to risk messing them up. Some printed bricks would have been nice.
The price is pretty steep for this one and it's not easy to find a discount, so I thought 3x VIP was a good time to get it. I think the Y-Wing is a much better set in terms of value for money."
"The 3-in-1 sets are great for getting inspiration. It is quite amazing that these three models can be built with the same combination of bricks.
The camper van is probably my favorite. Very detailed, lots of play features and a great looking build overall. It is very large however, which means it does not fit in with regular city stuff. I also wish they included some more fauna to set the scene. And maybe a - gasp - baseplate? I remember when Lego used to make river baseplates like in set 6552 (incidentally, that one had two alternative builds as well!). Those would fit well with this kind of set! The box has the right idea!
The second build is a small house, which is always nice if you are building a city. Also great for getting inspiration. The sloped window pieces and the cloth are something I wouldn't have thought of, but they make the house look very unique.
The boat is something that could be sold on it's own. If you find a good discount or can afford it, I would get two pieces of this set to build this one and the camper van. The use of the sloped window pieces turned up makes it look unlike any other Lego boat. The colors just happen to be perfect for this kind of boat as well!
Even if you don't plan to keep any of the builds, there are some great parts here to build all kinds of stuff."
"This is definitely the most realistic looking fire truck that is currently available. Though there are some issues with the ladder placement, I think it's a good looking fire truck in minifig scale. The cab has some nice details: with the yellow bars and the small slide plate you can let minifigs ride along.
The trailer has a pretty long ladder and there's some extra space for storing tools. There are also four legs to keep the trailer balanced when the ladder is extended.
One thing that is always missing with these kinds of truck is an extra rope piece to connect to a fire hydrant. In a real fire truck there is a pump. One side is connected to a fire hydrant or a water tender and the other side is connected to the fire hose.
As some have mentioned before, the price can be rather steep depending on where you get it. I found this set at a lower price locally so for me it was not an issue.
For anyone planning to make their own fire fighters squad this is a great set to get started. If there's fire at one of your modular buildings, this is the kind of truck you want to put it out!"