"Oh man, where do I start with this set? Perhaps it is the sheer size of this beautiful, elegant ship that captures everyone's attention instantly. Or maybe it is the unique paneling style that makes it look as authentic as could be? Better yet, it could be the complete lack of stickers and the printed tiles that decorate the sides of the beautiful rocket? Either way, this set is absolutely gorgeous. It was so much fun to build, even though I had to build it next to my bed, because it wouldn't fit in the normal building spot in our dining room. It is impressive from every angle; I could spend hours just staring at it. The sleek design makes it a show-stopping aspect of this set. I have never seen anything like this set before.
I really can't find anything wrong with this set; everything is perfectly constructed to be as subtle, and form-fitting as possible. By far my favorite set of 2017!"
"When I first saw this set on the LEGO Ideas website, I fell in love. As much as I loved to see it on the shelves one day, I seriously doubted that LEGO could pull off something so complex in detail. Many months later I was forced to go back on what I said. This set blew me away in every way. This is the type of set you would find at a AFOL LEGO show, built by a team of builders over a course of months. I enjoyed almost every minute building this set. It was a learning experience, finding out how they were going to pull off these mastery design techniques. It is one of those sets that is predictable, but not in a bad way. You know where each piece and each section you're building is going to end up. Overall, I could write an academic paper on how brilliant this set is, but I won't bore you all with that.
However, this set isn't 100% perfect. The biggest drawback is the use of stickers. The fishing shack is a hybrid of stickers and printed pieces, which makes the inclusion of stickers that much more of an insult. It would have been perfect if it was completely printed pieces, instead of a weird blend of printed pieces and stickers. Another drawback are the many, many extras included in this set. I like my sets to be clean and complete with no extra parts lying around. The amount of extra crates and other accessories reached maximum overload with the sheer amount of them. You can put them in the shack to store them all, but then there is no room to put the minifigures. Lastly, (and perhaps this problem only applied to me), the rubber seagulls are more of a nuisance than great additions to the expanding collection of LEGO animal figures. Every single time I had to move the fishing shack at least one of the seagulls would come off the building somewhere. I would set it down and then the other one would fall off. While trying to find where the other two went, the third one would join the others on the ground somewhere. Because they are rubber, they don't stick to the studs very well, and thus can fall off with the slightest breeze. There are a few other structural details that I didn't like such as the fact that the roof doesn't actually "connect" to the building and is just sitting there essentially. The interior is a little too cramped and the decorations seem to be a tad overboard.
Regardless of the few things that prevent this set from being absolutely perfect, it's still a tremendous set. I highly recommend getting this set while it is still available, because I predict that prices are only going to increase once this set is discontinued!"
"The Winter Holiday Train is a great addition to the ever growing Holiday collection of LEGO products. It's new, different, and is very nicely designed. Without the motor additions, the train works well on its own. However, when you do add the Power Functions, it does take on some eye sores. Now, I know this is a common complaint for this set, so I won't repeat what has already been said. One thing that I will say is, once the motor is on the front wheel does not do well around turns. The front wheel very often comes off the track going around turns and it remains crooked unless someone manually fixes it. My solution to this was skillfully flipping the motor so the wire is facing the front. That way the motor wire is keeping it tight and in place, rather than unbalanced. It was a little hard to get the wire so it wasn't in the way, but eventually that fixed the problem with moving. Because of having to put in extra work to keep it from crashing every time, it slowly lost favor with me. It was clear that the motor functions was an after thought when designing this thing and it really hurts the quality. I hate to bag on a set for too long, but this one just had too many issue to be enjoyed properly. Don't get me wrong, I definitely do not regret buying it and its still an awesome addition to my Winter Village, but having to babysit it every day was definitely not a fun experience.
Pro's -Great design -A good amount of train cars -Minifigures work very well -The passenger car works well -The amount of track provided -No stickers! -Great price
Con's -Power Function compatibility -The small toys, while a good addition, do frequently fly out of the train car -The coal tender's design is the only one I don't like. -Can't really fit a Minifigure in the driver compartment in the train."
"I'm not one to repeat what others have already said about a set, but this is absolutely amazing! It's sleek, and built like you wouldn't expect it either. Let me explain. When I was on bag number 3 and I still had the hood, headlights, doors, windows, and tires still left to do, I thought "there's no way it's going to turn out decent". Boy, was I wrong! It came together quite nicely. The picnic basket and accessories is a very nice touch, something I wish LEGO had done with the Camper Van. There are two things that I have a problem with, one major, and one minor. The minor one is that the engine isn't as detailed as the description says. Now, I am sadly not the owner of a 1999 green Mini Cooper, but after having the expertly detailed VW Camper Bus's engine, it seems like a step backwards. And the color choice is strange. Why red? Again, I'm not a MINI expert, but it seems like such an odd choice as to why it is that color. The biggest problem with the engine is that it's just so....simple. There's nothing about it that really wow's me. It's just a few bricks put in a thin rectangle and stuffed under the hood. Maybe I'm looking too much into this, but to me, at least, it's a little underwhelming. Now for the major problem I have with this set: the roof. The roof is so flimsy and delicate that it really takes away from the beauty of the set overall. Only two open studs hold the roof to the car so it can just fall off whenever it feels like it. Also, the windshield isn't very sturdy so you have to tilt it awkwardly if you want the roof to line up with it. All in all, it was just so disappointing to see this lovely set be sidelined by something as simple as the roof! If it was better, this set would be 5 bricks, but sadly I just can't give it a perfect score. Enough blabbering from me, here are the pro's and con's. Pro's: -overall design -seats -picnic basket and accessories -door handles (great idea using the hockey skates as door handles. Genius!) -stick shift and brake handle (great attention to detail) -tire and hubcap design
Con's -roof -engine design -stickers (this is perhaps another of the biggest gripes I have with the set. I mean WHY would you include stickers in such a nice set?!) -the steering wheel is basically touching the driver side seat, making that par at least seem a little unrealistic. -the spare tire is a little hard to get to but nothing to cry over.
In conclusion, don't let the con's outweigh the pro's for this one. The MINI is a fantastic set and it would be perfect in anyone's collection!"
"I will start out by saying these sets totally blow out my expectations. I bought these expecting a small, minuscule, too pricey sets, but what I got was a fantastic, cute set that is totally worth the price. First off, I am a huge DC fan, say what you want about that franchise, but its the nostalgia for me, so I bought these mostly out of the love for these heroes. Let's start with the Flash go-kart: it totally fits Flash's persona. The front is awesome with the non-sticker (YES!) front end and the back has an awesome adjustable tail fin. The one thing I don't like is the rubber lighting bolts coming out of the back. They stick out like a sore thumb in this very cleverly made set. To the Captain Cold cart: the snowboard used as a plow works really well, and the front end is really well done as well. The ice cream cone kinda sticks out, but not as bad as the rubber lightning coming out of Flash's car. All in all, these are very well done, great value for the money and I'm totally going to buy the rest of them! Pro's -Minifigures -No stickers! -Design -Cold's freeze ray
Con's -Lightning from Flash's car -Ice cream cone on Cold's car -Cold's freeze ray, as cool as it is, is difficult to maneuver when he's in the car. It's probably just the way I display it, but it still kind of a problem.
"This is the perfect preview into the phenomenon that is Star Wars Episode VII coming to bless your theater late this winter. Personally, I have avoided all spoilers, trailers, etc. that could spoil my good time, so when I got this as a gift, I was skeptical. When I opened it up, however, it not only got me excited for the movie, but this set is pretty top notch! Its a completely new design that fits well with the concept. I love the new pieces such as the thrusters on the front and the flick shot missile on the front. The back could have used some more designing. The front also looks bland and it really contrasts the overall design. The sides are brilliantly designed, using panels with stickers to add details. The design and the playability are the sets strongest parts, everything else....not so much. The minifigures are poorly crafted, having the paper skirts in between the legs and torso, really makes them look stupid, to be blunt. The helmets are so loose on the heads that they fall off constantly! Overall, the minifigures just have way too many things on them: the paper skirts, the helmets, the neck/backpack thing; its literally too much to handle for these things. The front cannon is the most fragile thing on the tank. You can hardly use it, and when you try to fire the missile, something has to fall off. While its a great addition, its built way too fragile so it can hardly be used for play. Finally, the commander's gun with the white lightsaber hilt and the crates full of lime green studs; are both so unnecessary. Maybe there will be things like this in the movie, but for this set, its just too much.. That being said, I still really like this set for the playability alone. Its a ton of fun to roll around on the carpet or tile. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants an early start on collecting the Episode VII sets! Pro's -Great design -Tons of playability -New pieces -Good amount of Minifigures for the price Con's -Stickers -Tons of fragile pieces -Too many accessories for the Minifigures -Too many unnecessary details
"I've been collecting these wonderful seasonal sets for years now and I must say that they are probably the most fun to collect! Every year we have the LEGO villages for the little cousins (and myself of course) to enjoy! However, this year's Christmas set seemed a little....out of place. Don't get me wrong, I will always love these sets, but this one didn't appear to fit in with the others. As the rating above states, its simply an average set. Let's take a look into the set itself. The building is your standard old-timer style workshop. The design is great, as always, the interior is inventive and creative as well. The sleigh is a very nice touch and it actually looks like a very well designed sleigh. Also, the presents pit nicely inside of it, even if you can't mount them onto the sleigh itself. The reindeer are also very creative. With printed eye and pelt pieces, these reindeer are the best I've seen so far. I added a red stud to one of the reindeer's nose to create my very own Rudolph! The minifigures are very well designed with new facial expressions for Santa and new hats with ears for the elves. However, I'm sad to say this is where the good comments stop. The building, while it may be a creative design is the strangest one I've seen in a LEGO Building. There is a random, unattractive small steps piece that holds these two buildings together which makes the inside look completely separated from the room and the workshop. The reindeer are incredibly challenging to get off the sleigh, without causing the entire thing to fall apart. My biggest gripes about this set is the conveyer belt and the Christmas tree. The conveyer belt is a complete oddity in the village and has no function what so ever. I eventually had to move it to the back of the village, where no one could see it, because it was the most random item to be seen. The Christmas tree is one of the ugliest trees I have ever seen LEGO produce. The body is misshapen, the supposed lights and decorations make no sense, and the star is by far the most unattractive design on the entire thing. I could go on and on about how much I dislike the tree but I think this is enough. Lastly, the characteristic that drops the rating down the most on this item, is the lack of a power functions brick. Up until a year ago, LEGO Christmas sets always included a Power Functions brick. In my opinion, these were the best things to receive in the set. Without them, they dramatically lose their value. All of the other sets integrate these lights so well, and maybe if there was a Power Functions brick in this set, the rating would be much better than it is now. I suppose we'll never know. Finally, here are the pro's and con's Pro's -Creative design -Minifigure accessories -Minifigures themselves -Sleigh and reindeer's design -The chimney design (I always love the LEGO designers create the most awesome and detailed chimneys in these Christmas series sets!) -Price; cheapest Christmas set so far! Con's -Conveyer belt -Christmas tree design -Lack of Power Functions Brick -Poor interior design -North Pole sign (didn't really fit in my village either) -Not a lot of play experience to be had
"Christmas time is my favorite time of year! I am a total winter person at heart and even though we don't get snow in Southern California, where I live, it's much better than triple digit heat, which is the normal for 8 months out of the year. So, a quick story before we begin, I was a little behind in my Winter Villages last year, so, as a result, I gathered some of my earnings and bought this set along with the Winter Village Cottage 10229. When, I finished the cottage and moved onto this set, I was a little surprised. At first, I was kind of confused as to why LEGO had abandoned the Winter Village vibe with something a little bit different. I'm a very traditional person, so this came as a shock to me. Then, as I put my village together, I was surprised at how well it came together. The little stands can go anywhere in the village and still look authentic. The merry-go-round is a great design and fits well in the center, next to the Christmas tree from the Winter Village Toy Shop. The set itself is kind of scattered in my opinion. Unlike, the village sets, where you're building one building and few others, in this set, you're building multiple small others and one, kind of big, item. The concession stands, like I said fit well, but they don't really fit the winter feeling. For example, my least favorite out of the bunch is the hot dog stand or cooking stand or whatever. It just doesn't fit too well in my book. I mean, barbecue stands are more common in the summer and seeing one in the winter just doesn't seem right. Maybe a latte stand, or coffee stand would have sufficed. The Minifigures are the best part. You get four kids and five adults. The kids, are the cream of the crop. They have excellent facial designs, especially using the freckled face as a girl's face, and great torso designs. The one little girl, who has the bowl-cut haircut, looks like the woman in the Grand Emporium with the same haircut and torso design. I actually brought in that figure to be the child's mother, because it fit so well. The rest of the children are just as great! The adults are nice, too! You have the very cool merry-go-round operator, that has his own unique beard design. You also have a new hair design on the woman with the shoulder bag. That being said, let's get to the pro's and con's. Pro's -Minifigures -Merry-go-round design and mechanics -Unique pieces -Teddy bear
Con's -Stickers! -Cooking stand -Random tiny stumps or stools or whatever they're supposed to be. To be honest, I just took them apart and didn't use them -Too scattered.
All in all, it's still a great job by LEGO. It still fits well and can be used for hours of Christmas fun! That being said, I cannot wait until the newest item, Santa' Workshop, hits stores this October!!
"This set is a great item, to say the least. It comes with a lot of unique, and rare pieces, plus three minifigures for a $12.99 set, is sort of a rarity nowadays. Anyway, some of the designs are really clever. For example, the Brick of Resistance, that is "glued" to Emmett's back, in the movie, is cleverly placed using a hinge piece, that connects to his back. Wildstyle (I think I spelled her name right..) own unique design and clothes make for a very nice look. Also, the robot's unique hat is a great addition as well! However, every great set is not without some sins. When I was building it, I was confused by all of the hinge additions to the sides, and there was a lot of movements. Now, I understand the use of the hinge pieces for the laser is used to move it around and that's fine, but using the hinges for moving the little control console among other tiny things, just seems unnecessary. Let's get to the pro's and con's: Pro's: -Minifigure value -Unique pieces -Tiny chains that are used to hold Emmett in the chamber -No stickers
Con's -Too many hinge pieces -An ambiguous (strange) feel to it (too small for it's size; it doesn't expand very well) -Doesn't hold any playable value, unless you have other Lego Movie sets.
P.S If you any of you haven't seen the movie yet, I HIGHLY recommended it! It's a great story and it's much more than you will expect to be!
"This small set which portrays the Harry and Voldemort meeting. Let me just start off by saying that LEGO usually adds minifigures that were not in that scene in the movie. But LEGO did add Narcissa Malfoy a great addition to this set! She ties the set together! With Hagrid, Voldemort, and Harry, the set only increases in value. Though there are a few problems. Such as, why is Hagrid surrounded by fire and not tied to the tree? Though seeing how hard it would be with LEGOs to try to tie a minifigure as big as Hagrid to the tree, I let that one go. Another problem is why is there a place to launch Harry. Why would you want to launch yourself to your doom!!! The other problem is Harry wasn't wearing his school uniform in the movie. Now for the Pro's and Con's Pro's A cheap set to get Voldemort Narcissa Malfoy Hagrid Blue Fire Con's Not very movie accurate Disappointing set Too expensive Random Launcher Tree looks too much like the woompling Willow
P.S I would stock up on your Harry Potter sets now! Don't expect them to stay long!! THAT'S IT!!! TINYBRICK OUT!!!!"