"I love the Statute of Liberty set, so when I saw this I knew there was no point resisting. What caught my eye was the pretty accurately captured scaling and proportions that make this model look quite like the real building (Ok the yellow cabs might be oversized, but this is LEGO). For an Architecture set it is a good sized model and looks great as an ornament for those into buildings. There is a fair bit of repetition, but you progress quickly and it's very satisfying when you place the large expanses of tan tiled window sections. There are a couple of fiddly bits when constructing the lower podium section, but otherwise it's pretty straight forward. I think this is very well designed set and have been cleverly thought out to give nice fine detailing to the setbacks of the tower that take it away from the expected LEGO scaling. All we need now it for LEGO to bring to the Chrysler Building to complement this! Hint hint!"
"The events of Taco Tuesday left us all shaken and in much need of a sit down in a dark room with a box set of 'Where's my pants'. However life goes on and if you are going to make it through the Apocalypse this dystopian desert dwelling is where you'd probably want to end up. Everything about this set is AWESOME!. The scale, the detailing, the humour, oh, and the weight! I hadn't intended to buy this set, I have no room! But when I saw it in reality, it was a 'must have'. I only just made it home with the big heavy box in doubled up yellow LEGO carrier bags. Despite blood circulation to my fingers all but cut off I channelled my inner Emmet and got to building immediately! This features 18 satisfying build stages, each different and crammed with beautiful witty details. Your band of misfit minifigs grows steadily with almost every stage. Due to the organic shape of the model there is virtually no repetition making it a really engaging build. The over-all design is genius are really cleverly thought out to create some crazy angles that really add to the ramshackle yet robust structure. My favourite part was building Lady Liberty's head. Stunning detail and I loved the sand green sausage eyelids! Really funny! I think this set actually looks better in reality. Who knew the Apocalypse could be so much fun!"
"I love New York City and had always regretted not having purchased the original Statue of Liberty set back in 2002 when I was working there, but to be honest I think this set is better and although much smaller than the previous one it looks more accurate and also features the stone pedestal which is beautifully detailed, particularly the quoins down the corners. The use of the incised brick pattern 2x1 bricks really adds to the fine detail and clever off setting of the levels of the pedestal give it a fine profile. There's a bit of repetition, the elements are so small you quickly put them together, though they are fiddly for bigger fingers. You need to pay attention when making some of the folding fabric sections and there are a lot of left and right handed 2x1 curved sections so I'd suggest sorting them out first. One minor thing is the lack of Lady Liberty's face, but a 'dreaded sticker' in this instance would have been inappropriate. It's a lovely set and an impressive height."
"I'm afraid this was a complete impulse purchase, it's a 'must have' for those collecting the amusement park series. Its scale is impressive and really works with the size of the mini figures (it's not a dinky version of a rollercoaster). The build is fun and while there is a bit of repetition the stages are varied and you see progress quickly. Only minor cons as others have said: Stickers! They are pain to align correctly for the price of the set I think these should be directly printed. The trains need help engaging with the chain lift on the first run, but once it gets going the momentum solves that problem. Quite unwieldy to move, so build where it's going to live if possible. Other than that it's super fun, works really well. Running the two trains together works well and the timing works, so there will be no need for the mini figure ambulance. I love the transfer track so one train can be taken out of service. It's crammed with sweet little details and humour. If only I was small enough to ride it myself"
"I don't know much about Ninjago, though the film looks fun, but I just loved the look of this set. So much thought has gone into the store telling. A stack of 4 different city scenes, each worthy of a set on it's own. The level of detail is astounding. The front is beautiful, covered in quirky and cute little details, signage and neon elements giving the set a real crazy Tokyo City feel. The back of the set has also been thoroughly thought out, the AC vents, waste pipe, the sprout from the blossom trees that's grown through the building, really stunning design. Really clever use of bricks. I particularly like the black pan tiles. I also love the way the layers of the set show how a city evolves, the old town by the waters edge all the way up to the modern communications tower bristling with aerials and gizmos. Oh and I nearly forgot, a fully working Sushi conveyor restaurant on the roof top and crab grill on the first floor. The crabs turn out perfect each time. What's not to love? Everything about this set makes me smile. Pay attention though, I've ended up with what looks like way too many spare parts and some elements need stickers applied after the bricks are in place to make sure they sit the correct way. I got those wrong. Two sheets of stickers which I am not a fan of, but the graphic design of those alone is fantastic. Really adds another level of story telling to the set. Love it love it love it!"
"Right, I have to come clean, this was one of those, "I've got to have one" impulse purchases. I was in store buying something else, so had to come back a week later to get this and glad I did as there were only two left and it had disappeared from the window display. The set comes in lots of build stages which I like and seemed to come together quickly. There's lots on interesting internal detail which is mostly hidden when the rocket is in one piece, but I suppose really adds to the play experience once complete. There seemed to be lots of bricks for the money compared to other sets and all special prints were actually prints, no pesky stickers!!!! The model is huge and some of the thinking behind the design is very clever. I loved the lunar lander scene with the diddy astronauts and the splash down scene too. Overall this is very satisfying build, couple of tricky stages, so need to build it in good light. Now, I just have to hide it for a bit and sneek it out on display once I've dealt with my guilt. LOVE IT!"
"A great compliment to the Ferris Wheel set, but I loved building this more. I agree with some reviews that some parts where tricky to do and were unwieldy until they were fully connected, but that satisfaction when things came together with that reassuring LEGO click made this a fun build. Lots of variety of elements to built, so it never got boring, really had to pay attention when building the carousel chassis though. The internal gearing was fun for us engineering geeks and I loved large slewing ring which makes the carousel turn slowly. The animal characters were very cleverly designed and that frog is genius! My only small gripes are the colour scheme which I also don't love for the ferris wheel, but that's just personal and some of the decorative tusk elements having holes which show, was only a few though. It's a superb set otherwise, very robust and pretty to look at."
"I was very excited to finally see a London Skyline set as I love the way LEGO cleverly interpret landmarks using simple elements while maintaining the essence of the landmarks. A few things irked me though. I didn't like the grey connector at the top of the Eye, this spoils the look for me and would have been better in white. The capsules of the Eye I think could have been interpreted a bit better using cylindrical/ dome elements. The clear tiles are just ok. Nelson's column would have been nice in grey too as it's definitely not white in reality. All that said however, it's a nice little set, but London is big place and definitely would need a 2nd or 3rd iteration to capture the real variety of architecture we have here."
"Wow, where to start. This is a big and quite expensive set, but with over 4000 pieces its more than worth it. There are 14 bagged building phases to this set and contains so many parts I've never seen before. The build guide is very satisfyingly thick. A couple of things really stand out for me about this set that makes it so much more fun than other large sets (thinking Tower Bridge here): The variety of different elements to be made up, particularly for the lower turreted level means that the process is always changing and it's never tedious. You have to pay attention and concentrate though. There are some interested internal colour coded parts that help you orientate elements you've built correctly and it's easy to make a mistake. Like a Disney movie the build teases as you don't put the castle together till right at the end due to all the tiny beautiful details and it tells a story as you go. So you'd have a real 'Tah Dah' moment. You find lots of references to Disney films throughout the set. The rose in a bell jar from Beauty and the Beast, a glass slipper in a casket hidden on one of the towers, the spinning wheel from Sleeping beauty, the mops from Fantasia amongst others, plus lots of the other fun items. Sausages! My favourite is the demonic looking Jack o Lantern. This set is crammed with details. It really is a beauty and more a work of art than anything else and a little bit of the magic Walt Disney World Resort right at home. My only slight issues are the decals you have to apply to some parts. Printed elements are always preferable. Also the blue of the roof tiles I find a bit strange, it's very dark and I would have thought one of the slightly lighter blues would be a better match to the real thing, but these are very minor comments. This is one of those sets that I saw in a LEGO store and knew there was no point resisting. It would be mine eventually, so why not now, so went ahead and bought it without question. For Disney fans or not, the is an impressive and technically well designed set. You will not be disappointed."