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  • March 2, 2009
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 Hoth Wampa Cave™
Hoth Wampa Cave™
Hoth Wampa Cave™
 
Posted:May 16, 2011
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Age: 25-34 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Parent
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Echo 3 in trouble!
" I was practically frog-marched to the shop to buy this after watching Episode 5 last week by my 6-yr old Daughter. Not that I complained!
The set is fantastic. It didn't take too long to build but we were straight into the role play and before long, the poor Wampa had lost both his arms and was making a swift retreat.
The detail is fantastic (although I think the snowspeeder is the same as set 4500). The simple 'flicking mechanism' for Luke's light-sabre works really well.
The Star Wars theme is expensive when compared to Lego's "own brands" such as Pirates and City, but please don't let this put you off. Its really good fun and as always promotes role play and the use of THE FORCE!
8/10 "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Nottingham, UK
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 25-34 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Parent
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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 Supercar
Supercar
Supercar
 
Posted:May 16, 2011
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Age: 25-34 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Stylish & Inspirational but not quite finished.
" I treated myself to this one as my first ever Technic Supercar - something I really wanted as a kid but could never afford. Getting this review balanced is going to be difficult so please read all of it before making a judgement.
I've grown up a bit since the 1980s and so has Lego. The car is packed with functions all cleverly controlled from a quite compact central gearbox with stick-shift. Each position of the gear selector controls a separate function of the model be it the two doors, lifting the engine cover or the very cleverly hidden rear spoiler. However in terms of an overall set, I felt that the fun was really in the construction (non-numbered bags by the way so be prepared to take over the house as there are a lot of parts).
There are a number of clever uses of the beams & connectors together with build sequences to form abstract shapes that give the car realistic styling especially on the lower side panels of the car - no more square corners! The door opening mechanism is also very clever and really made me smile.
Once built you're left with a car that cost a fair amount but feels like it could have been more for very little additional expense, for example LIGHTS.
Now of course you can add these if you have them and if you're fortunate enough to have a bag of spare motors & parts you can build a second car that is motorised (the yellow one in the photos has two motors, one to control steering and the other for the remaining functions including forward motion together with an IR brick so you can chase the cat with it).
Now, please remember that the car was never advertised as a motorised car so it wouldn't be fair to judge it as one however it does feels like Lego stopped just a little short of the mark on delivering a true masterpiece. Personally I'd have been happier with manually controlled doors via a wheel you turn and a car with motorised steering and drive, I'd have even paid more for it.
But then I firmly believe that the essence of Lego is imagination so if the car was motorised, then I wouldn't have spent a couple of weeks modifying the instructions and building my own version!
I wouldn't advise this set an introduction to the Technic theme however if you have a couple of spare motors, a bag of beams, gears and a couple of days to spare then it forms a fantastic inspirational piece on which to build and improve. Because of that fact alone, it is an excellent set. "
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I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Nottingham, UK
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 25-34 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Challenging
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+16points
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 Rescue Robot
Rescue Robot
Rescue Robot
 
Posted:April 21, 2011
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Age: 25-34 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Wow, more than I bargained for.
" I got the set originally for the parts and the light brick with little intention of actually building it however this one really took me by surprise.
The amount of detail and movement in this little set is fantastic. Articulated shoulders, elbows, hips and ankles as well as a pair of fingers that have a very effective gripping action.
I gave it to my daughter to see how she got on with it and it was an instant hit. The Light brick was of course a fascination for a while but it soon became a character of its own and now stands guard on her bedside cabinet.
As for me, I had to go to the shop and get another for the parts and I'd really recommend that you get one too. "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Nottingham, UK
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 25-34 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Challenging
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I would recommend this to a friend!
-5points
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 Ocean Speeder
Ocean Speeder
Ocean Speeder
 
Posted:April 21, 2011
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Age: 25-34 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Parent
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Brilliantly Simple & Simply Brilliant
" I'm a real fan of the smaller Lego sets and this is no exception. The simplicity of having a small bag of parts, building them into a toy and then playing with that toy brings out the best in Kids. The rewards are evident from the smiles on their faces.
This kit brings the essence of all of those great things to life in the same way that the larger sets do. It has the same play themes, challenges (building it), dangers (the snake) and of course rewards (the goblet).
The speeder is quite challenging to build with a lot of fiddly parts. My 6-yr old needed a little bit of help but managed to get most of it together and she's hardly put it down since (been about a month now).
Possibly the best £5 I've ever spent. "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Nottingham, UK
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 25-34 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Parent
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Challenging
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 Fire Station
Fire Station
Fire Station
 
Posted:April 21, 2011
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Age: 25-34 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Parent
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Packed with goodies
" The fire station holds a special place in my heart as it was the first Lego set I received as a child back in 1982. Lego has come a long way since then and this set is a fine example of what can be created.
Unlike the sets of old, this doesn't fit on a standard baseplate and the construction is set out in a series of numbered bags. This makes the construction phase last a little longer (think it took my daughter about five days in all) but each booklet completed resulted in a new section to the station or a new vehicle. Due to this, the set had been well played with before it was even finished.
We struggled to make it part of the town though due to the odd layout and it seems to just float around the outside. The Garage section with the central equipment store is the width of a standard road plate however the office and accommodation tower makes it a little awkward as it sticks out to one side.
The features in the set however mean that it gets a great deal of attention. The garages are quite large and the equipment store has a lot of room for helmets and rescue equipment. The office is well equipped and has plenty of stickers.
Both fire engines are very clever with lots of room in the small one for equipment and a hinged roof on the larger engine so you can get two fire fighters inside. Her favourite parts are the sleeping quarters and the firemen seem to spend most of their time there!
A very clever and compact set which is value for money considering the amount of time that it is played with. In summary - every town should have one. "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Nottingham, UK
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 25-34 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Parent
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Challenging
Challenging
Very Easy
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I would recommend this to a friend!
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 Rescue Helicopter
Rescue Helicopter
Rescue Helicopter
 
Posted:April 21, 2011
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Age: 25-34 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Cleverly put together
" Not a lot of parts but a very interactive set once completed.
The clever way in which the helicopter has been thought out results in all of the gears and shafts being placed in such a way that there is plenty of room inside the body of the model - just like the real thing.
The common winding point for both rotors made the life-like appeal of the set worth the money alone - there are just the right amount of gears and transmissions so that one good turn of the wheel will give the blades a lot of time to turn.
My favourite part of the set was the landing gear - expertly thought out and with a couple of turns of the wheel, the model turns into a sleek rescue Helicopter.
I would have liked to have seen a little more effort in the winch arrangement though, although it was functional, I got the feeling that this was a bit of an afterthought.
Brilliantly styled, great fun to build and just as much fun to land on the kitchen table! 8/10 "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Nottingham, UK
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 25-34 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+1point
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 LEGO City: Police Boat(7287)
LEGO City: Police Boat(7287)
Catch the robbers by sea on the Police Boat!
 
Posted:March 24, 2011
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Age: 25-34 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Parent
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Its Huge!
" I've been eagerly awaiting the release of the new City range and am really pleased to see the return of the police boat.
The building sequence is straight forward with very clear instructions that my 6-yr old had no problems with at all. I was extremely surprised at the size of the hull - its huge!
Loads of functions with the jetski dock, crew rest area, flying bridge, dive deck and the forward hold for the bad guy - if of course you can catch him!
The set is great on the carpet as well as very stable in the bath. There is a slot cast into the hull on the underside - i'd imagine for a small motor but can't seem to find one on the website. I'd welcome any suggestions as to where I can get one from.
Great fun with loads if stickers and minifigures, 9/10 "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Nottingham, UK
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 25-34 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Parent
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
Very Easy
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I would recommend this to a friend!
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 LEGO Atlantis - Typhoon Turbo Sub
LEGO Atlantis - Typhoon Turbo Sub
Deep at the bottom of the ocean, the yellow Atlantis Treasure Key is guarded by a ferocious Shark Warrior. Send the Typhoon Turbo Sub into battle " when the fight gets tough, its powerful high-speed turbine engines flip around to reveal a key-grabbing claw and hidden torpedo launcher! Its time to discover the lost secrets of Atlantis! Includes 2 minifigures: 1 heroic diver and 1 Shark Warrior Yellow Atlantis treasure key included; collect them all Flip over the rotating sub propellers Sub is armed with torpedo shooter and flick fire missiles Claw grabs and holds the treasure key
 
Posted:February 12, 2011
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Age: 25-34 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Parent
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Why so short lived?
" As part of the 2010 new Lego Atlantis theme I thought that this set was one of the best and am quite sad to see its early demise.
The kit is great and really brings to life the flexibility of Lego. The model has a sliding mechanism that you build within the kit. Once complete the 'wings' can be slid forwards to bring the shark-bashing cannon to play. Simply slide it back again and make good your escape!
The beauty of this kit is the simple merging of standard Lego bricks with those from the technic range to produce an elegant and functional 'transformer'. Its kits like these that gave me loads of inspiration 20+ years ago and allowed me to follow my dream of becoming an Engineer. I really hope that Lego continue to design and develop amazing kits like this for the inspiration of people all over the world. "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Nottingham, UK
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 25-34 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Parent
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
Very Easy
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I would recommend this to a friend!
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 Backhoe Loader
Backhoe Loader
Backhoe Loader
 
Posted:February 12, 2011
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Age: 25-34 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Packed with goodies!
" I bought it for the parts to begin with, especially the new mini actuators but soon realised after completing the set that it would be a while before I plucked up the courage to take it apart. Its still in the living room (much to my wifes annoyance) where my daughter and I have a go at digging up the carpet every couple of days!
The set is crammed with functional components with seperate winding points for each moving element. These include steering, front bucket tip and raise, backhoe arm raise, extend and slew. The rear outriggers are manual as well but use a simple lever to lock them down in position. This does lift the rear wheels of the floor and makes the set really stable when digging into a pile of bricks.
Its not just the small actuators that are new, theres four new bricks in there that are going to become a 'must have' element for the advanced / expert builders brick pile.
The new mini actuators are really strong and bring a new level of scale for the Lego fans that like to build more complex and functional designs of their own.
In summary, this is a fantastic set that is great fun to build and hours of fun once you've got it together. Its really worth pestering your parents for, especially your Dad because you know He's going to want to have a go! "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Nottingham, UK
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 25-34 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Challenging
Challenging
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+2points
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 LEGO Technic: Mobile Crane(8053)
LEGO Technic: Mobile Crane(8053)
Lift heavy loads to the sky!
 
Posted:December 30, 2010
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Age: 25-34 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fantastic Set
" Wow, where do I start...
Numbered bags on this one, first for the body including all-wheel steering and outriggers, and the second for the compact and expertly designed winch hub and boom. There are loads of parts, bags within bags so I'd recommend a bit of a pre-sort of the parts before diving in.
Set aside a whole afternoon if you want it built in a day and make sure you have the room as there are a couple of sub-assemblies before it all comes together. Lets get into the features;
The steering system is rather sensitive and steers from the rear (as the boom would be in the way for a cab-mounted steering handle). Its turning circle is quite tight - which is what you need for a crowded living room.
The out-riggers come out quite quickly and with an extra turn of the rear handle lock out into the "X" position well. They are however quite flimsy and flexible in the up/down direction which is the important direction for strength for an outrigger. After investigation I found that this wasn't a problem with the construction of the outrigger itself but with the point where they are anchored to the chassis (please bear in mind that on some of the big cranes (250-tonnes plus) I've used on sites in the UK, these outriggers are over 4-feet thick) .
The winch hub is excelent and they have crammed so much into such a small space. A common power shaft runs right through the centre of the hub controlling winch cable, the linear actuator and the extendable boom. This does take quite a bit of turning to get the crane set up and if you have the small motor and the battery box from the power functions range, I'd really recommend you add these (instructions as to how to add these are provided at the rear of the third instruction book)
The winch cable doesn't like being wound out without a load on it so be careful as you do this for the first time as the line is likely to get snagged. This does improve with use as the line is quite stiff to start with.
I've tried lifting quite a few things with it and after modifying the way in which the outriggers are linked to the chassis , I've managed to lift a 450g (1 Lb) tin of beans and this seems to be the limit at full boom length.
I've not built the B-model yet (because I dont want to take this one apart) but it looks pretty impressive as well.
This set is going to generate hours of fun regardless of age and Lego, please stop putting upper age 'limits' on the front of the box, I'm 33 and I'll still be buying Lego when im 93! 12+ will suffice.
Excelent set 10/10 "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From: Nottingham, UK
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 25-34 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Advanced LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Challenging
Challenging
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+1point
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