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  • August 16, 2020
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Posted:September 24, 2020
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Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Senna!
" This was a great build. Very nicely detailed although that does mean a lot of tiny pieces but, even worse, a heck of a lot of stickers. My sticker game is extremely weak but I persevered as they really add something to the finished model and I'm glad I did as I think it looks really great built up. Not too sure about the grey colour but it does mean the orange trim really pops.
The inclusion of the wind tunnel turbine is a fun addition and the fan really turns which is nice for playing. Plays like a standard mini car and seems reasonably sturdy. although I did only push it around the table making strange "brmm, brmm" noises. Yes, I know I'm supposedly an adult but why stop playing and having fun?
Number Of Pieces: 219
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.06
Build Time: 1 Hour "
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From: Accrington
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
01 hrs
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
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Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
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Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 
Posted:September 24, 2020
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Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fun In The Sand
" I have only recent started building the Technics line kits and I do find them a bit of a challenge so thought I would take a step back and try a tiny kit. This was an inordinate amount of fun to build, although I will admit to getting a little lost in the orientation of pieces early in the build and had to strip it down by about 10 steps when I realised I mounted something the wrong way. Was well worth persevering with and I was impressed by the finished piece. The fact it has the working suspension bar makes me so happy as it has a lovely bounce action.
Large amount of stickers for the size of the piece but they are a reasonable size and applied fairly easily. If you've read any of my other Lego kit reviews you will know I constantly complain about how bad I am at stickers but I think I only had to adjust one in this kit. For once the stickers didn't make me sad!
When I finished the build I really, really wanted to build the race car option but I loved my little buggy and didn't want to deconstruct it (you WILL need the Lego Tool to strip a Technic kit back and they aren't included in the small kits). So, as this was a lower priced kit I just bit the bullet and bought another one. The instructions for the race car option are downloadable in .pdf format from Lego and at no additional charge.
The car build is fun but I was disappointed the suspension bar is not incorporated in to it as I love that piece. Still, it gives me a spare for if I ever want to try and create my own vehicle (or whatever) from scratch.
Number Of Pieces: 117
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.07
Build Time:
Buggy - 0.75 Hours
Race car - 0.75 Hours
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From: Accrington
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
45 mins
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 
Posted:September 24, 2020
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Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Time To Rally
" Although I don't drive I have a thing about cars, no idea why but I do. My previous exerience with Lego cars was they were blocky and not particularly realistic looking but that goes back to the early 1980s (how I wish I still had those kits!) and things have certainly moved on a long way.
When the other half saw this one he immediately wanted it cos the GT-R was one of his favoured vehicles in a computer game (he did say which one but I can't remember now). I have to admit when I saw the box images I was keen to build it as it did look really good. Have to admit, I was NOT disappointed in the finished product. Nice and roomy for your mini figures and easy to get them in and out too which did surprise me.
As expected the build instructions are nice and clear and the bricks fit together super easily. Only real downside for me was the number of stickers (some of them are really small and fiddly) but that's because I genuinely suck at placing them.
Would be a good kit for younger builders as well as car enthusiasts.
Number Of Pieces: 298
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.06
Build Time: 1.25 Hours "
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From: Accrington
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
01 hrs
Build Time:
15 mins
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
0points
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Posted:September 11, 2020
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Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Go Shopping Harry
" This is the largest set I have tackled to date, by quite some way and I was a little nervous about it just because of the size. The fact that each book refers to one particular set of shops makes it easy to have a natural break off point. So much so, I split this build over 4 days and it is a good job I did as there were some spots that challenged me and I probably would have made a right old mess of things if I had tried to "push it".
I really enjoyed all the little details inside the shops that really bring the sets to life. I kept gasping as I built things because of the detail they added. So much so I think I drove the other half up the proverbial wall - he just kept telling me "Yes, I know, I've watched a build video".
I'm not a big fan of stickers and there are a LOT of stickers in this build. This is particularly true for Book 4, I felt like I spent ages trying to line everything up nice and neatly and I am actually surprised that I got most of them pretty accurate with only a smidge of unpeeling going on. Was well worth it though as the finished product looks really good in my display cabinet - storefront side to the mirror at the back so you can see inside all the stores. The storefronts themselves I really liked as well but I had to make a display decision and this seemed the best way.
I thoroughly enjoyed the build itself even if I did have issues with the chair/table arrangement on top of the Ice Cream Parlour and also with the Weasley hat lifting figure. Not too keen on the wall clipping in to place behind it either as my fingers really struggled clipping it into place. Got there in the end with both of them and only the figure problems seemed to be a a build issue. The chair/table problem does seem to be a placement issue that you need to work around for yourself although I have seen it completed as per the manual image.
Number Of Pieces: 5,544
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.07
Build Time:
Book 1 - Ollivander's and Scribbulus - 5.25 Hours
Book 2 - Quality Quidditch Supplies and Daily Prophet - 4 Hours
Book 3 - Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream Parlour and Flourish and Blotts - 5.75 Hours
Book 4 - Weasley's Wizard Wheezes and Knockturn Alley entrance - 7.5 Hours
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From: Accrington
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
22 hrs
Build Time:
30 mins
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!
+35points
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Posted:September 10, 2020
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Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fun
" These are really fun packs and you don't know which of the 10 characters on Cycle One you are going to get:
Bullet Bill
Peepa
Buzzy Beetle
Urchin
Spiny
Paragoomba
Bob-Omb
Eep Cheep
Blooper
Fuzzy
Still waiting to get a Bullet Bill or a Paragoomba and I do have duplicates. However, because they are built on to a base plate they can slot anywhere in to a built course and each one has the ID tile so they interact with your Mario figure.
All of them look pretty good built and have an included instruction booklet in each pack. "
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From: Accrington
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
05 mins
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
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Level of Difficulty:
Easy
Easy
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+8points
8of 8found this review helpful.
 
"Players will love the flipping, shaking and balancing challenges in this Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set (71369). A brilliant gift for kids to add to the LEGO® Super Mario™ Starter Course (71360), this castle toy playset features towers with rotating and shaking platforms, flippers to raise Bowser's arms and access the ? Block and Time Block, a shaking bridge, plus Bowser, Boo, Dry Bones and Lava Bubble figures. Fun-packed app Intuitive Instructions PLUS, featuring cool viewing tools to make building even more fun, is available for this set on the free LEGO Super Mario app. The app also has tips on creative ways to rebuild and play and is a safe platform for fans to share ideas. Unlimited gameplay Collectible LEGO Super Mario sets bring a family-favorite character into the real world and are great for group competitions or solo gameplay. The modular Starter Course and Expansion Sets, plus Power-Up Packs, allow fans to create their own levels for hours of creative fun."
 
Posted:September 10, 2020
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Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Main Boss
" This is the biggest set in the first cycle of the Super Mario Kits and is much more a traditional Lego build. It also looks great as a centre piece on your display unit. Probably my second favourite of the Lego kits in this theme.
Bowser actually jumps up and down because of the construction of the drawbridge. Really fun to do and doesn't need the Starter Course to have fun with this set - of course you don't have Mario to defeat the boss if you do that.
Merges in really well with the rest of the Lava themed sets that are released up to now and you can easily separate the pieces out to build your course. There's only really the main castle that needs to be kept as one piece.
The big downside for me was that you have no build instructions in the kit it all has to be downloaded through the app. Make sure your device has full battery before you start, especially if you are building multiple sets in the series at the same time or else you can get in the situation I was in where 2 bags from the end my battery died. This is the set where this happened to me and fortunately we had a backup of the app already downloaded to my sons phone so I pinched that in order to complete this BIG build.
The 1 minute timer does mean you have no hope of completing a large course. I thought it would be nice if when you click Start on the app it asks you which kits you have your course built from and it adjusts the timer to suit.
Number Of Pieces: 1,010
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.09
Build Time: 3.25 Hours "
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From: Accrington
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
03 hrs
Build Time:
15 mins
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+7points
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"Players must defeat enemies and overcome challenges in Toad Village with this LEGO® Super Mario™ Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion Set (71368). A super gift for kids to add to their LEGO Super Mario Starter Course (71360), it features cute Toad and Toadette toy figures, 2 Cheep Cheeps and a Goomba. A bridge and sliding and rotating platforms must be overcome to get to the 1, 2, 3 Blocks in the Toad Houses, the tree and treasure chest. Digitally enhanced building Intuitive Instructions PLUS for this set are found on the free LEGO Super Mario app, with viewing tools to make building easier. It also suggests fun, creative ways to rebuild and play, and is a safe platform to share ideas with other fans. Unlimited challenges Ideal for competitions with friends or solo gameplay, collectible LEGO Super Mario toy playsets bring a family-favorite character into the real world. The Starter Course, Expansion Sets and Power-Up Packs offer limitless gameplay options and nurture kids’ problem-solving skills."
 
Posted:September 10, 2020
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Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Toadette
" I was attracted to this set by the colours of the toadstool houses, yes I'm that easily led. It also helps that one of the many nicknames the boy has is Toad which is based on the Mario games.
I was adamant I was building this kit because it just looked really fun and it was great to build. I was worried that the sheer size of it would mean it wouldn't fit on the table we had allocated for building the course. I am a complete and utter idiot, this set really does break down in to so many pieces so you can slot the houses absolutely anywhere on your course and it doesn't have to be in one big square. Does look great built in one square though.
The inclusion of the Toad and Toadette characters is a nice bonus and I grabbed this one so quick I hadn't seen Toadette on the box so it was a nice bonus for this builder.
The big downside for me was that you have no build instructions in the kit it all has to be downloaded through the app. Make sure your device has full battery before you start, especially if you are building multiple sets in the series at the same time or else you can get in the situation I was in where 2 bags from the end my battery died.
Number Of Pieces: 464
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.16
Build Time: 1.5 Hours "
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From: Accrington
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
01 hrs
Build Time:
30 mins
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 
"Kids choose their own route for LEGO® Mario™ to reach the Guarded Fortress with this fun-packed Expansion Set (71362). A fantastic gift for kids who own the LEGO® Super Mario™ Starter Course (71360), it features a buildable fortress, catapult, brick-built water and lava routes and POW Block, plus Bob-omb, Koopa Troopa and Piranha Plant toy figures for LEGO Mario to defeat. (Note: LEGO Mario figure is not included; find it in the Starter Course set.) Awesome app A free LEGO Super Mario app is available for this set. It has cool, intuitive viewing tools to aid construction, offers a safe platform for kids to share ideas and has lots of inspiration for other creative ways to build and play. Competitive action Collectible LEGO Super Mario toy playsets bring an iconic character into the real world and are great for competitions with friends or solo gameplay. The modular Starter Course and Expansion Sets, plus Power-Up Packs, allow fans to build their own levels for unlimited creative fun."
 
Posted:September 9, 2020
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Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Koopa On Guard
" Makes a great first level boss arrangement, the Baby Bowser figure from the Starter Course works really well on here, especially after you've defeated the Koopa. The castle itself looks great built and there are a lot of elements that you can separate out and use to build your own design course.
I wasn't particularly keen on the layout of this kit as is, the hinged plates just look ugly and it felt like a way to keep the piece count and therefore the price down. I would have rather paid a little bit more and had clean, straight lines. The Piranha Plant looks great but it doesn't pull back as well as the in app video shows, not a big issue if there are two of you playing as one can move him after the other hits the trigger point.
The big downside for me was that you have no build instructions in the kit it all has to be downloaded through the app. Make sure your device has full battery before you start, especially if you are building multiple sets in the series at the same time or else you can get in the situation I was in where 2 bags from the end my battery died.
The 1 minute timer does mean you have no hope of completing a large course. I thought it would be nice if when you click Start on the app it asks you which kits you have your course built from and it adjusts the timer to suit.
Number Of Pieces: 468
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.10
Build Time: 1.5 Hours "
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From: Accrington
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
01 hrs
Build Time:
30 mins
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+2points
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Posted:September 9, 2020
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Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Spooky
" This is one of my favourite pieces out of the whole of Super Mario Cycle One. I have been eyeing it up on the Lego Website for a couple of weeks and decided that I was not getting the rest of the collection until I got this one. Then I stumbled across it in a local store and it really made my Saturday.
We had a bit of a "discussion" about who was building it but unfortunately my 28 year old son won that one so I didn't get to build this set. It looks absolutely wonderful built and is definitely a great display item as well as having play value. This is the only kit with brown base plates but seeing as King Boo is a game boss you can put this anywhere on a course - we've decided that you should battle through the desert and then end up here.
Number Of Pieces: 431
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.10
Build Time: 1.25 Hours "
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From: Accrington
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
01 hrs
Build Time:
15 mins
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+9points
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Posted:September 9, 2020
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Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Watchtower
" This is one of the most prevalent themes in Cycle One - the fire theme. You can tell which theme a set belongs to from the colour of the base plates.
The boy built this particular kit as we were doing a joint build to get all the packs we'd purchased completed and then we could start mixing and matching to play. He had a few issues with the tower construction and the Thwomp dropping after two swipes but the video on the app showed three swipes. Figured out he just wasn't setting the Thwomp high enough on the tower.
No stickers in this kit, which is a welcome break from Lego tradition. It means the faces look great on the characters and the other elements.
The big downside for me was that you have no build instructions in the kit it all has to be downloaded through the app. Make sure your device has full battery before you start, especially if you are building multiple sets in the series at the same time or else you can get in the situation I was in where 2 bags from the end my battery died.
The 1 minute timer does mean you have no hope of completing a large course. I thought it would be nice if when you click Start on the app it asks you which kits you have your course built from and it adjusts the timer to suit.
Number Of Pieces: 393
Approximate Price Per Piece: £0.09
Build Time: 1.25 Hours "
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From: Accrington
From:  United Kingdom
Age: 45-54 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Intermediate LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
Build Time:
01 hrs
Build Time:
15 mins
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Average
Average
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.