"I am actually writing this review from the viewpoint of someone who has never read the Harry Potter books or seen the movies. I bought this set because it is a nice looking train and was not disappointed when it was finished. My son helped me build it as he really enjoys trains as well.
The minifigs look nice. I am not familiar with most characters, but most could fit in well with the City theme.
The section of Kings Cross station is really nice. Straight tracks (purchased separately) could be laid between the platforms in order to incorporate this into a railroad setup. There are nice details including the newspaper rack, the clock, and the sign indicating the station and the tracks.
The train itself is outstanding! The red and gold details are nice, and it is designed to fit on tracks. A minor manipulation of the locomotive allows it to make turns on curved track. The tender is a little short, but not too bad, and the passenger car has a nice interior with well designed seats for four minifigures and a cart. The baggage cart and snack carts are nice as well with some fun details. The side panel to access the passenger cart is appreciated.
I plan on motorizing the train and figure the easiest way to do so would be to modify the tender to incorporate the battery box and the train motor. The locomotive could house the receiver to complete the setup. Also, by using the train motor, that would free up two sets of wheels and axles to be added to the passenger car in order to make it appear more realistic.
This could very well be the first set I will buy a second copy in order to get another passenger car. I could use the parts from the second locomotive and tender to either enhance the first and/or use them to help build other custom trains. That would also help to build a larger train station, so a second set does make sense.
The value seems really good here, as you get a fairly decent sized train, a station, and several minifigures. Even if you have no idea who Harry Potter is, if you are a train fanatic, you might want to give this a hard look."
"I bought this set first and foremost as a way to get some nice buildings for a city setup. Although it is primarily a Marvel set, there is crossover appeal with those who like City sets. The minifigs are nice, especially the detailing on Dr. Strange and Ebony Maw. The Iron Spider Man and Iron Man are nice as well. You also get one "big fig", Cull Obsidian as well to round out the figures. They come with a lot of accessories that simulate their various abilities.
The play features are good with exploding walls, a hidden spot for the time Infinity Stone, a trapdoor, and a long string for Spider Man to use.
The buildings have excellent details. Dr. Strange's lair has some nice coloring on the outside and is furnished fairly well on the inside with bookshelves, an easy chair, and the nice printed window on the top floor. Peter Parker's apartment looks like the building type you would expect to find on Bleecker Street in Manhattan. It has a pizzeria on the bottom, fire escapes, a bed, and a desk, and a water tower on top. I will probably either buy another set and expand the buildings or acquire extra bricks to make them compatible with those from the Creator Expert modular series. There is some definite visual appeal with the details, and I suppose getting super heroes from a popular series is a bonus. Of course, the kids enjoy playing with all of the features.
Another nice thing is that you get four copies of the infinity stone in the set. These means you have spares or you have the ability to trade them with others for those you might not have. A recommended buy for Marvel or architecture/building fans."
"Before today, we did not have any actual police stations to inhabit our "town", so we picked up this set. It does not disappoint with the number of vehicles, minifigures, and fairly decent structure.
The jail, garage, and station use a lot of large parts, so the build quickly progresses. There are some fun details, such as the fish tank, the police radio, and the net launcher. The launcher has major playability and can shoot the new a reasonable distance. The garage has plenty of space for both police vehicles, and a separate assembly is built for the helicopter pad.
The largest vehicles are the two helicopters: one for the police and one for the bad guys. The red chopper has a hook and chain to initiate the breakout from the jail. The police ATV and motorcycle are fairly standard for city police vehicles. Another separate build features a small part of the mountainside containing the hidden gold bars.
The minifigures are a large part of the reason why we bought the set. The printing is very detailed, and my favorites are probably the police chief, the log man, and the bad guy pilot with the flight goggles. I do wish that the striped jail shirt was not printed beneath the flight jacket, because that sort of limits the guy's role in the Lego world. You cant just use him to pilot other vehicles without him coming across as an escaped criminal. The usual accessories are included in this set, such as the crowbar, handcuffs, walkie talkie, binoculars, and flashlight.
The star of the show is of course the mountain lion. The location of its cave makes you wonder if the police took advantage of this in case anyone escapes the jail. The big cat can be launched outward with a play feature to simulate a charging mountain lion. This was another big factor in choosing this set as it is one of my favorite wild animals.
Overall, it was fun building this with my son. There is lots to do with the set since there are four vehicles, 7 minifigures, the big cat, and a decent sized structure built into the mountain. Kids, and even some of us older ones should enjoy this set without a problem."
"As noted by some, there are some changes with this modular in regards to previous ones, but I find them to be positive. The coloring is bold as you might expect to find in a place like South Florida and many of the elements you would hope to find in a 1950's style Art Deco diner are there. You have the checkered floor, the stools, a booth, a jukebox, and a nice grill build in the back of the main room. My son wanted to put some of the features such as the gumball machine and the big diner sign together, so he did. The upper two floors consist of a gym and a recording studio. There are several interesting minibuilds on those levels as well. At a glance, this structure might seem simpler than some of the others in the past, however there are some very interesting building techniques presented to get the brick effect on the upper floors, the curves of the diner, windows like you have never seen before, and a fantastic spiral staircase in the back. I took three days to enjoy the build, doing one floor each day. It was really interesting seeing it come together.
Yes, the minifigures have expressions now, but they seem to work well here. You have the cook and the waitress working the diner, a bodybuilder and a boxer in the gym, and a very familiar looking rock star and a manager to complete the minifigs. There is also a classic car probably meant to be a pink cadillac. It is not too bad in itself. The only thing I might have done differently is switch the three windshield parts for a single molded one.
I think the diner will fit in well with the other modulars. Some feedback indicates that it might clash with others. However, i would think that the likes of Market Street, Palace Cinema, and Parisian Restaurant to name a few would be quite rare in my part of the world as well. It does make a really good standalone model if you do not plan on displaying it with others due to the fact that all but one side has details. There is only one flaw I can really see in the structure. I feel like it should have been a corner building with the outer curves of the diner level acting as the corner. If you attach another building to its left, you will set the side of the curve flush with the other building, and probably expose the unsightly part of the other building in the process as well. To bring out the essence of the design, I would recommend placing a street in front and also either an alley or another street to the left side, effectively making it a corner and allowing you to see the best parts of the building
Go ahead and give this one a try. It has nice color, new techniques, and is quite displayable in the end."
"I bought the set mainly for the interesting architectural design and the color scheme. It is quite a good deal given the large number of parts as well as a good minifigure selection. It includes all 6 ninja without masks in addition to Garmadon. Along with the characters come a variety of weapons.
In terms of playability, this is what a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 would look like with a lot of hidden features in the interior. There are some snakes, a spider, and several booby traps. Indeed, there is not a lot of space on the interior, but there are several places to place a minifigure. While the structure is not very deep, with the exception of the entry hall, it is very tall. It is a fun build, but a lot of patience is needed for the stickers. A good portion of the build goes to the two temple guardians. They are identical and can be posed in several different ways. Kids will find a lot to do in this set, and it should entertain for a long time. There are several levels, including a dungeon below the main level. Move the set with care, as there are several loose parts. I think Ninjago fans of all ages can appreciate this set in addition to those who enjoy a little bit of Oriental style architecture. The set also has a lot of nice details such as a treasure chest with extendable platform, scorpions in dark blue, a buildable scroll, and a nice statue minifigure that reminds me of a Japanese warrior.
The kids enjoyed playing with this set for hours. Even if you have not seen the Lego Ninjago Movie, the temple is both visually appealing in addition to being playable. There are plenty of features where the usage of them could be left to the imagination. While it may not be the cheapest set, it does seem very reasonable in value due to the large part selection and the fact that every ninja and a badguy is included. Only one other set has all of the ninja, and it is even more expensive, therefore this might be a good choice if you are trying to get all of the main characters."
"I found this to be a nice rainy day build and it seemed like decent value for a Star Wars set. Surprisingly, there are two instruction booklets, even though it is basically a smaller vehicle and four minifigs.
The minifigs are excellent. There are two identical battle droids with weapons. The favorite for many will be the blue Jedi Master Aayla Secura with lightsabler. The detailing in the printing is great! There is also a clone gunner in the set. As far as I know, this is one of only a few ways to get a clone trooper at the time of this review. Hopefully, a battle pack can be made to complement this set in the near future. The detailing on the clone is also excellent.
The vehicle has some stickers, but not too many. It feels very sturdy and rolls on the bottom . Two stud shooters are on the vehicle, and there is a small compartment to store your extra studs. The hatch raises to allow a minifig to fit inside. The tank is a little bit larger than I expected it to be. I can recommend the set to any fan of the Clone Wars, the Republic, and of course someone who likes to collect Jedi."
"This set looked interesting enough to give it a try even though I already had Vader and Palpatine minifigs from the Death Star Final Dual set. I did not regret this decision after assembling the set. The minifigs are obviously highly desirable with the two most famous Sith lords in the galaxy. Getting them together and in something this inexpensive is rare, so get them while you can! There is also battle damaged Anakin Skywalker ready to wear the full suit. The printing is very good on all three minifigs. Three buildable droids add to the character selection. They are easily recognizable from the film and come with some nice accessories. The set does a good job of faithfully recreating the medical chamber where Vader is fully converted into his mechanical form. The playable features include the ability to "change" Anakin to Vader, put the helmet on, raise up the platform so Vader can stand up, and simulate Vader's anger at some bad news, thus knocking the droids down. There are also two lightsabers provided. Perhaps the two Sith Lords could duel each other?
Overall, this set is good for display value as it is a nice way to recreate the scene from the prequels. One could have a lot of fun with this set. It is definitely designed well and could have a lot of possibilities. We have already used it to place Boba Fett's helmet on him, and we will probably seek out other helmeted minifigs to "crown" them as well. A definite thumbs up on this one."
"As with most battle packs, the purpose of buying the set is to get the four minifigs included. This differs from most other battle packs in that the four figures are all unique. There is exactly one Bossk, 4-LOM, IG-88, and Dengar in the Star Wars universe. Therefore purchasing just one will suffice. Although this does not have army building potential, the main advantage is that Bossk and IG-88 only come in one other expensive and retired set. Dengar is only in one other set, and 4-LOM is exclusive to this one. Having four bounty hunters in one inexpensive set is certainly something to be excited about. The included build is good and it has some nice parts included with it. Only one minifig can be seated on it at one time. The only other disadvantage is minor, and that is that they used the nonrealistic firing stud shooters in place of the weapons normally included in Star Wars sets. I guess that is good for play value, but it might have been better to include both. Otherwise, this is a good set to have due to the minifigure selection."
"There are numerous reasons to recommend this set. It is a fun and challenging build. It is large. It is priced very well for something of its stature. It just happens to recall one of the key moments in the history of mankind. If that is not enough to convince someone that this is the best set of the year (if not all time), it is temporarily out of stock just a mere few days after its release. Yes, it is that popular and is very well received.
As a build, there are many creative techniques used to make the model very stable, even enough to trust your kids to hold it! The details are fantastic, and all parts are printed. Building it is like that book you just cannot put down as you are reading it. You want to keep going until you have something taller than 3 feet in front of you. There are many steps where I thought to myself "I would never had thought of this". It is quite a learning experience. Speaking of education, the value in this set is enormous. You can see the rocket as a whole, or view it in stages. The instruction manual has some nice information about the use of this rocket in the moon missions. You also get a lunar lander, the command module, and little microfigure astronauts. There is even a piece to represent the flag that was planted on the moon. You can rearrange the sections to display in stages, or even trace its journey from the launch pad to the moon and then back to Earth for the splashdown.
I can definitely recommend this as THE set to get. Make some room for it, and then watch it come together. Do not pass this one by, as it is definitely on the radar for fans of Lego as well as the space program."
"Although the Y-Wing appears in the much more recent Rogue One movie, this ship is well known to fans who can remember the very beginning back in the 1970's. I have not owned any previous versions, but am convinced that Lego did an excellent job in the design of the Rebel starfighter.
Four minifigs and a droid are included. The pilot is more generic, but has very nice prints. There is also Admiral Raddus, who is exclusive to this set, and plays a key role in Rogue One. Then, there is Moroff, who had very brief screen time, but is a nice Star Wars alien for your collection. He resembles an intergalactic Yeti, and has a backpack minibuild. A stormtrooper is also included, which is nice, because we could all use some of these guys. The droid is also exclusive, and makes nice use of a transparent piece with printing.
The ship itself is very sturdy, even the engines which use the technic axles to give it a similar look from the movie. There are some play features such as launching missiles as well as a bomb bay which can open up to release the minibuild bombs. The turret over the cockpit can swivel, which is necessary to open the windshield piece. There are a lot of nice details, which give it a more realistic appearance. Some stickers are used, but I hardly think Lego went overboard with these. The small landing gears on the bottom are retractable. A support vehicle is also included, and it holds some of the weaponry. I can certainly recommend this to kids who want a fun playable ship just as easily as it will appeal to older fans who have grown up with the original trilogy. Use it as a display model or play with it--either way you cannot go wrong."