"I feel like there is a lot of thought that goes into the starter sets I've seen lately, much more so than even the big ticket sets. I had this in my hand at the store and set it down for five minutes, only to discover that a kid other than mine had picked it up and was looking at it. Thinking that it was the last one, I was a bit freaked out by it, but even after he put it back down, I couldn't bring myself to take it from under his nose unless I found another one. Luckily, I did and we both went away happy with new lego sets.
This set has more building pieces than I expected in the ice mound, and I was very pleased with the resulting build, as well as the play time that my kid and I shared together. He also loves playing with that dog (which was the big draw from the set in the first place) but also loves playing with the snowmobile a lot more than I expected since he's much more into wheeled vehicles than sliding ones. He still plays with it, and it was surprising when he kept playing with it along side the wheeled vehicles as well day after day.
"My kid got this and the guy became one of his favorites to play with. I wish you guys had more construction workers in your current sets.
That said, the main concern I had was the amount of small "blacktop" in the drum that could get lost, but we kept it together pretty well.
As for my favorite part about this was the detail that was put into the vehicle. I've noticed most Lego vehicles don't have seats nowadays. This one does, and the equipment rack made it really good to get on top of the rest of it for a little kid to handle like my son. So I was thoroughly pleased with this set, and so was my kid, so much so that months later he is still playing with it, very much intact."
"This was actually the first lego set that my kid named one of the minifigures, which made me really happy to see that he was using his imagination well. The helicopter has since been used as a rescue helicopter, and evacuation helicopter, gotten stolen by bad guys, and more, so the play utility is definitely there.
I'll run the risk of repeating myself with the other reviewers when I say you can't put the medic into the back well. Half of her stays outside the helicopter in a very precarious position, so much so that she was dropped at one time and lost for almost two weeks before I found her hiding under the recliner. That's definitely a problem that I assume the designers are aware of.
As for the cockpit of the helicopter, I have a couple things to say, I was dissapointed that I didn't see a seat or any kinds of controls on the interior. (I'm nitpicky, I know) But it bugged me to the point where I got a one of my old radar pieces, a seat, and one of my old antennas for joysticks (I know helicopters have two, but I could only find one.) to spruce up the cabin. I di like the fact that there was room for that, though, and I have a feeling that this thing will be around for a long time to play with."
"If my kid didn't go and beg me for this one, I probably wouldn't have gotten it. But once we opened it, it surprised me by how complex the build was, which made me extremely happy, because I love builds like that. It did make my kid bored of building it after a while, but he persisted through with my help and the play value has been there ever since, especially because it's a mostly durable build.
That said, the flaws that I've noticed with this set is the top can come off extremely easily because of the lip of the roof, which makes it a bit annoying, but doesn't really cut into any play time or anything. My main gripe about this set is the lack of a lego chair/seat piece that I like seeing in the builds. It makes the play much more immersive if some of those details are in there."
"We got this for my kid (and me, too) and he absolutely loves the airboat. He played with it for approximately 3 hours straight, and the only time he put it down was when his mom pried it from his white knuckled hands in order to put him to bed.
As for the dock, I'm really appreciative of it because while it's not big, it certainly caught me off guard to how useful the pieces can be in other potential builds, like putting it as an add on to a dock project that we have, or onto another boat (like what my kid did soon after.)
The usefulness of the extra pieces comes in really handy while shopping for legos, and I hope sets like this are created by the set designers more often."
"So something confuses me with some of the recent lego builds. The interior of the back is extremely detailed and thought out, but fan addition that would put it over the top is the detail for this set in the driver's cab. There's no seat, just a steering wheel. I've seen this is a common theme in many of the newer lego sets, and maybe I'm just being a bit picky, but I think it would have been put over the top if that one detail was added.
I remember when I was young, the sets were extremely detailed like that, and it's not like it would really hurt if that seat was added in."