""007, we've received intelligence that Auric Goldfinger is planning to rob Fort Knox. Now, we know you're accustomed to driving the latest cars, so we're going to provide you with an Aston Martin DB5 featuring all of the usual bells and whistles from Q Division. Just one problem, though: you'll need to build it yourself"
The Aston Martin DB5 is an extremely fun build to put together and has a surprising amount of play options, which means it's much more than just a display piece.
In terms of build, it took me approximately 5 hours to build (in one sitting, allowing for a break). As with most sets, you establish the moving parts early on in the build. I found the elastic band section (which controls the Ejector Seat) to be a little more fiddly than usual, but once the surrounding pieces were in place, it wasn't too much of an issue. It's a robust and sturdy build: weighty enough to feel substantial but not too heavy to detract from play.
Play-wise, there are many options available: the aforementioned Ejector Seat is controlled using the rear bumper, opening the roof on pull and ejecting the seat on release. Additionally, the gear stick inside the car controls the front facing machine guns and the exhaust pipe raises and lowers the bulletproof shield at the rear of the car. Some of these features are a little stiff, but they're reliably designed and not difficult to use.
The only slight negative I have is that the elegance of the car it is based on is a little lost in translation to Lego, featuring far more angles than are present in its real-life counterpart. Don't expect a 1:1 recreation of the DB5. That said, it's a striking design that certainly evokes the classic car and 007's unique features give it a unique feel.
Overall, I'm really impressed with the set. A (somewhat) lengthy, but straightforward build and quite a few play options mean this is a must-have for any globe-trotting spy enthusiasts. Excellent."
"It only feels like Yesterday that I heard that the Yellow Submarine was getting an early release in Liverpool (not Blackburn, Lancashire).
So, today I got myself A Ticket to Ride and visited the Town Where I (Wasn't) Born and popped into the LEGO store.
With a Little Help From My Friends there, I bought this groovy set and rushed home.
The set itself is absolutely beautiful, with intricate detail and lots of bright colours (especially, well, yellow). It's not difficult to put together and so I feel confident I can recommend this to an aspiring LEGO builder of any ability.
The minifigures are an absolute highlight. John, Paul, George and Ringo and brilliantly detailed with two faces on the head piece, depending on how you want them to feel. It also comes with a nice stand, as well as accessories that you may recognise from the movie!
The set is completed with a small stand (where Jeremy sits).
Play wise, there are two detachable segments that can be removed to view the insides of the Submarine (and store both the accessories and The Fab Four). It's a pretty fun set to mess around with.
Overall, I spent around an hour and a half building this, so you're certainly not going to have A Hard Day's Night.
For some, the price of the set for what you get may seem too high, but if you're like me and both a LEGO and The Beatles fan, this is absolutely worth the cost.
So, I'm going to take care of this Eight Days a Week and look forward to, hopefully, more Fab Four sets because - as they say - Tomorrow Never Knows.