"Good selection of characters. Inclusion of the vintage Mickey/Minnie is questionable due to them being part of the Steamboat Wille set, although I understand that not everyone purchased that. Having said that, they are the most unique figures. Other of my favorites are the pairs of Hades/Hercules, Sally/Jack and Jafar/Jasmine. There is a good variety of accessories to make "feeling" for them challenging and fun. Jasmine and the ducklings are the most difficult to Id but not impossible. Also, I would have preferred Elastigirl over Edna Mode.
The quality of the packing material doesn't bother me, as these are meant to be opened anyway (which seem to be thicker than the Lego Movie 2 and Unikitty bags). However, I've encountered a few packs (inadvertently purchased 2) where the seal of the vertical middle seam on the back had split open (bad glue) and small parts might potentially slip out -- nobody wants to buy an open item.
Overall a good set. Looking forward to future expansions and continued longevity of this series."
"For the train motor component alone, this performs similarly as the old Power Function (PF) train motor (88002). However, take note that this is NOT compatible with the power function battery box -- you will need to purchase the new more expensive Powered Up (PU) battery box (88009) or hub (88006) and get the appropriate bluetooth remote control or download the phone/tablet app.
This will work with the recent City train sets (holiday, Maersk, passenger, cargo, emerald night, etc.) and tracks, but not the older 9-volt systems. Also, this does not come with the axles and train wheels, so you might have to source them from your existing sets or extra parts. The wheels suffer from track slippage so if your engine is not heavy enough, you will get that annoying slippage and friction sound. An option is to mount the battery hub on top of this motor, which will challenge your creativity. Fortunately, you won't need the IR receiver since it is already built in to the hub that this motor connects to, so no need to worry much with the wires.
I also noticed that this motor is slightly slower than the old PF motor, but not too much, which is fine because going at full speed on curves will make the train fly and derail off the tracks. The port plugs don't have clips, so they slip out of the hub if they are not secured.
I will not go through the debate of Power Function vs. Powered Up on this review, but if you decide to go with the latter route, this is a direct and exact size/shape replacement for the old motor."
"I'm using this with the Powered Up hub (88009) to control forward and backward movement of my trains and so far it has been buggy, a combination of both software and hardware issues.
The distance sensor function works very well, and you can control the distance of the sensor from an approaching object to kick off a trigger. However, the color sensor has sensitivity issues and is a hit-and-miss (i would say 75% hit 25% miss). It also suffers from sensing a color that is not there. I placed it to read color tiles on a train track and it registers a trigger even if there is no color there. And in order to read a color, the sensor has to be within millimeters of the colored object. Also, not sure if it is with the Powered Up software, but after a few passes of the sensor with colors, it will ignore subsequent color reads and will stop working.
I would recommend this for distance sensor control but it needs major improvement with the range and sensitivity of the color sensor. Eventually I would like to make this work on a linear train track on my holiday village to make the train move back and forth controlled by colored tiles."
"I got this along with the new train motor (88011) to replace my Holiday and Harry Potter train's setup. So far I'm happy with the setup. On the plus side, the receiver is already built in so it gets rid of the IR receiver for a cleaner look, and remote in favor of the Powered Up phone app. Does not require line of sight to control but you will need a compatible device (phone, tablet,or the new Lego bluetooth remote) which needs to be on all the time to control. It has 2 ports but only port "A" can be used for the motor by the "train" app (port "B" can be controlled using the "Batman" app but can be weird -- download or review the Powered Up app to better understand what these mean). I use the "B" port with the color/distance sensor (88007) to experiment on some coding controls. Controls are responsive so far, but the app in its initial development stage is too basic. The app can control up to 4 of these hubs.
On the minus side, this hub is limited in use to creations that don't use too much controls (like trains). You cannot daisy chain components like how the old motors and lights did -- you cannot control 2 motors simultaneously on a single channel. This "Powered Up" (PU) technology is not compatible with the older "Power Function" (PF) technology. Also, the ports don't have clips and components will easily slip out of this hub when pulled. Battery life seems to be shorter given that it also powers the Bluetooth radio receiver. A big bummer for me though, with the old one (PF) you can leave the train running when you turn off/toss away the remote, but with PU the train stops when the app turns off or moves away from range, so you can't just leave your train running in the background when you step away.
This hub is more for the tech oriented kids and adults, but may not appeal to younger kids looking to have a simple motorized out-of-the-box fun with their builds. However, I do like how this reduces the parts needed to control my trains. This seems to have firmware capability so current limitations *may* be addressed in the future with firmware updates."
"This is by far the best Lego Ideas set out there and destined to become one the legendary sets that have been produced. Rocket is sturdy enough to play with. Techniques are very creative, some of which I never thought possible, like the vents around the rocket. The piping details on the side were satisfying to put on. Tiles are printed on rather than decals, which are exclusive to this set.
Wasn't a big fan of microfigs, but they are very appropriate for this set to put scale perspective to the rocket. I wish this came with 2 sets of Lunar landers (LEM) that you both can display and keep on the third stage booster, but I won't complain. If you are a completist, you can get them on auction sites (eBay) from time to time.
I can only wish for a launching pad and crawler to complement this set.