"To begin with, no missing bricks! Sensational! Excellent job!!! Not that my “missing bricks syndrome didn’t activate!” There were a couple of occasions the bricks hid among themselves and gave me a scare, but it all calmed as they appeared!:-) I have a feeling that the bricks are being packed differently, the organization and amount of bricks per bag seems to be less but the amount of bags seemed to have encreased. Quite nice, it made the organization of the bricks easier, thus the build went easier as well. This kit is a two for one: the Hubble space telescope and the Discovery Space shuttle. Let’s begin with the price. I believe that, for 2,354 bricks, a 320+ instruction and historic explanation manual, two kits in one, all the detail, all the moving parts, the engineering, the beautiful collectors box, the laser engraved bricks and the different ways to display it, for $199.99? It is one good buy! The mechanical way to lower the landing trains? Fantastic! The same goes for the ailerons. The size of the kit, is amazing! I thought it was going to be smaller. It is a wonderful kit, one that will give a touch of class to the already wonderful collection I own. Another little detail, the amount of left over bricks, was minimal, just about 7 or 8! They used to be a lot more! That tells me that your control system on bricks dispensing to bags, has been addressed and waste is being controlled. I commend you for controlling this side of expenses. It would be nice to see more complex kits that include the power accessories developed by you."
"I received it as a gift in one of my orders. Simple, easy assembly and will look great as an add on to the Colosseum, which I have not assembled yet. Tried to get sone more but not available anywhere! Sad! Lego should sell them individually! ;-("
"I am a Technic fan and this es my first build on a Creation building! Don’t get me wrong, my experience goes back many years and with kits like Cinderellas Castle, Taj Mahal, Millenium Falcon, Lamborghini Sian and many other thousand element creations. This was an exception since I have read so many good reviews of this kit that decided to buy it as soon as it was made available. No regrets! Over 2,000 elements, highly detailed and complex enough to keep me busy for a few days. I took, like always, my sweet old time, not rushing, but enjoying hours of building it. I do not accounted for the hours it took me to build, but they were long enough to turn into more than a week. Colorful in its design; intricate in its formation. The design of the three floors is just a work of art; the decor on the external front awnings and the way the tilling is designed to fit and display, just ingenious. Details like the commodes, the toilet paper dispensers, the jail inside, the donut shop: what an ingenious and realistic touch! We all connect policemen/policewomen with coffee and donuts! The news stand! Just wonderful and beautiful. The instruction book, well black pages would not be my first choice, but like most things in life, I guess will have to get used to them. That is our new reality, unless... Missing parts are still annoying! On this kit I had 3 missing parts that I had to order but thanks to my personal inventory, I was able to finish the build. Missing parts have been my main problem in the past builds, one that caused me to return a whole kit! On the other hand, there are always a lot of left over parts, usually small but in some instances in larga amounts! I am including a foto of my left over. Clear plastic parts: this seems to be an issue that comes up every now and then and there is a very simple solution. As they are packed in Lego and arrive to us in the many plastic bags, they arrive virtually undamaged, my experience. Mostly, they are damaged as we move them around searching parts to build the kit. What I do is, as I empty the bags, if I see any window or door frames, I search for the clear plastic and set them aside so they wont get scratched as I move the other parts around. It helps a bit. Tools, well my finger are a bit tired and swollen, so picking up small parts can some times be challenging, to say the least. For that purpose, I got from a veterinary friend of mine, a disposed set of surgical tweezers and using some very small heat shrink tubing, covered the ends so they would not scratch the small plastic bricks. They work perfectly! Of course, the Lego brick separator tool is a must! Price, well, if consider amount of research, development, engineering, amount of bricks, instructions book printing and production price, packing, box prep and printing and free shipping, I am very happy with the kit, it’s outcome, building experience and price! Enjoy your build! Oh! I forgot, we celebrate all seasons and all Holidays, that is why you can see a mantle with hearts: this February, month of Saint Valentine!!!!"
"For a small 1850 piece kit, it is an excellent build. I built it in between Xmas decorations that is why it took so long but it was fun. It included around 50 plus decals which, at the beginning, I was not to excited about, but as I got into the building process, I became very good at placing them straight and looking good. I can only imagine the price of the kit if, instead of decals, they had the bricks printed! Wow! It may have double ore more the price! One good factor is that the bags were not numbered! That made the kit a bit more challenging. I have built other kits like this and it creates another different set of rules on how tow sort the brick to ease the build. That’s when experience takes over. I enjoyed it very much. The kit was missing only two bricks. Out of 1,850 that is a 0.126% which, for statistics say, not significant. But for a build, it means a delay, if you don’t have a stash of your own to pick from as I do, of about 15 days from the date you order until you receive them. That is if you don’t have to go through the Customer Support, as was my case, and your phone area code (as is my case 787 Puerto Rico) is not included in the support 800 number! Then you have to use the slow email process that due to high email activity, takes longer than 15 days to solve an issue. At any rate, I emailed my missing parts request and thanks to my stash, I was able to sort of finish my build using gray bricks instead of white. The kit is not simple to build, it is challenging and engineering did a great job in replicating the 911. Don’t forget this is a Lego replica and at the end of the instruction book, you will find a photo of the actual car and the kit. It just looks fantastic! The quality of the instruction book shows a little deterioration, I have to assume, due to the increased amount of work. Pages are wrinkled, some are not square and show the trim edges. Nothing that will stop the building process but not the quality Lego has used to provide. I think Lego has lost quality due to quantity. My personal opinion. I am still a Lego fan, just ordered the Colosseum and can’t wait for it’s arrival to start building that wonderful creation. Merry Christmas to all and Happy building!!!!"
"I have mixed feelings on this review. I do feel the kit is wonderful, very colorful and an absolutely amazing piece of engineering and design. Having built the Taj Mahal, the Millenium Falcon, the Liehber Excavator, the Star Destroyer, both the Bugatti Chiron and the Lambo Sian and the Grand Piano among a whole other bunch of multi thousand brick kits, this one stands very high in my list of favorites. For the pandemic situation we are living, Legos have been a breath of fresh air and have helped my wife and I, go through it and keep sane. I consider Lego to be excellent kits in helping people that, like me, due to health issues, have been impaired from performing more physically demanding activities. The reason I feel so ambivalent in this review is that, as I explained earlier, it is magnificent. However, and here is the catch, instead of being a stress reliever, it became a stressful build! Since I opened the box to sort numerically the parts bags, I found that bag 11, one of them, was not properly sealed and the elements were loose inside the box. That is a red flag, one telling me that parts may or may not be missing! So, I emptied the box and placed all loose parts inside bag 11 and taped it shut, to deal with it on its due time. I have no way to do a full parts inventory since not all parts are showed on the parts list at the end of the instruction book. A little bit concerned on what was I to do in this case, I tried Customer Support phone. It happens that Puerto Rico area code 787, does not have access to the 800 Customer Support and we can only communicate via Email, protocol that as we know, is slow and tedious due to the high activity Lego Customer Support is having. Not even chat is available and has not been probably since last year, understandable to certain degree, because of the high activity, but no to be used as an excuse by Lego! Since my experience with missing parts has been “manageable” in other kits, and considering I have a small stash of parts from upgrades and MOC’s, I decided to get started building my kit. Long behold, bag 3, missing a part, available in my stash so not a problem. Bag 4, another couple of parts, again, I had them in stock. By now, my frustration is still manageable and the build can go on. Then, on bag 10, 4 missing parts, two not available in my stash, so I ordered them. I am still happy with my kit and decide that, while these parts arrive, usually in 10-15 days, I could keep building other sections. Now, the dreaded bag 11! This is when I blew a gasket! In the first couple of pages, I was missing over 15 parts! I start ordering and the return message was that my orders could not be fulfilled because they did no pass the automatic validation check, call Customer Support! How? There is no support for us! Well, I did send an email, actually more than one, and due to the parts missing situation, I have a beautiful, expensive, engineering marvel, sitting in my workbench and I don’t know how long it will take for me to finish it. I provided a couple of suggestions: send me bags 11 or I return the kit 2/3 done and they ship me another one! I have read this dreadful reviews on people complaining on missing parts, but never in my wildest thoughts, I believed it to be this bad! Lego has an excellent Quality Assurance process. But it seems to be unable to keep up with what the say are very busy times. The fact that this kit is missing so many parts; the error on shipping a kit with a poorly sealed bag of parts and the other issue with Customer Service phone not supported, is not only disturbing, but annoying! Don't get me wrong, I love Lego kits and this is, I hope, an isolated instance that was caused, maybe, due to the rush they are having. Again, as much as I can understand, It does not make me any happy. On the objective side, the parts I have already assembled, the kit fills all my expectations. It is colorful and challenging. The instruction books are sometimes hard to understand, but that is why the kit is to be built by older kids and us, the golden age adults and experience builders. That improvements can be made in the manuals? Of course, but they have to keep quality, affordability and cost effectiveness as much as help us grow our knowledge and expertise in comprehending and interpreting instructions. This last is what differs expert builder from novice building. I hope my situation can get resolved soon since I have more kits to build, Xmas decorations are around the corner and this is a very busy time for my wife and I. Happy Holidays to all! Antonio"
"Soon after finishing the Lambo Sian, I received my Piano. Wow! What a piece of art, engineering, details and the app to make it sound as if real, extreme! No missing parts, instructions were great and the inclusion of the power up parts, made the kit complete! Like always, I took my sweet old time placing together the detailed parts while remembering old memories of my father and I working together repairing piano accordions. He was a master accordionist, teacher, mentor of many that still today, earn their living with that profession. The accordion parts are basically identical as those on the piano, just arranged differently. The kit is so real life detailed! The moving parts seem to follow the music as if really playing. I had the same problem many people had spoken about that the piano keys do not reset to fully flat, but there are many good ideas on how to solve the issue, its a matter of trying. I was thinking of using white cotton gloves to assemble it in order to prevent fingerprints or finger oil to contaminate the beautiful black and white parts but I could not get them and now I don't know what to utilize to make them shiny again! Any thoughts? My wife loves Barbies and we set one sitting on the piano’s chair as if she was playing and it looks gorgeous! Both my brothers and wife were born in September and guess what their birthday song was and when it came from? The Grand Piano with Happy Birthday song from the app! I hope, well, I should expect that Lego keep updating the app with more songs and, perhaps, some future upgrades for the Piano. It is the center piece of my vast Lego collection, sitting in the middle of our living room for all our friends and family to enjoy. Magnificent piece of art! Thank you for the memories too. PS.: I tried to upload a 30 second video but couldn't, sorry."
"I received it on July 24, after a long wait, but took my time building it to enjoy at its fullest the engineering that went into creating this kit. Finished it today and what an awesome result after placing together 3,696 plastic parts! There were 5 missing parts which, luckily enough, in my personal stash, I found 4 but have to wait for one. I ordered all the missing parts to replenish mine. Have to be careful: since there are printed parts, no decals are included, so make sure you do not use them instead of others. You can always go back and rebuild it since it is a Lego kit. View the videos, they are interesting and provide a good insight of how the kit came to be. Take your time! This is not a race, a sprint or a test on speed to build! It is a masterpiece of engineering that, like a good book, should be enjoyed fully as you go through it. Follow the instructions and make sure to understand where you are, what you need to do, where you are coming from and where you need to go. They are full color, nicely printed and bound in two very nice booklets. But like all instructions, there are random mistakes and you will need to go back or forward to verify location or how to install a part or sub assembly. This is where your experience building Lego kicks in. Every time you finish a bag of parts, you will have a couple of parts, usually small, left over. Some you will use in next steps; some will be left over at the end of the build. Keep them and, either start your personal stash or add them to your stash for future use. At some moment, you or someone in your family, will like to build something (MOC-my own creation) and they will be handy. Make sure to have a well illuminated table, covered with cloth, towel, any kind of fabric to prevent any part that falls from your hand, bouncing into the floor or under furniture. If missing parts are frustrating, loosing parts is worse! The packing box is another work of art! A lot of ingenuity and art went into it to throw it away! I plan to use it to showcase the kit, as I did with the Bugatti! It will look spectacular! Having a couple of tools wont hurt. I used the Lego tool, one supplied in other kits, to help removing blocks or shafts and a long nose tweezer, to pick up small parts. I have fat finger and it was hard to pick small parts without messing up something! The price, if you figure all the research, development, engineering, art, parts construction, logistics and shipping organization required to make the kit come true, to me, is a real deal, the right price. This is a wonderful kit! I recommend it to any one. The level of detail, the transmission window, the way all drive train is aligned and works! The way the doors open! The amount of parts used to keep the front lights true to real! Its amazing engineering at its best! For many years, I have called Lego, the Company that put the square peg in the round hole! This, due to the fantastic job they do in creating all those beautiful, detailed kits that help us get over storms, power failures, pandemics, illnesses and more; keep us sane in those moments of insanity the world lives sometimes; help us keep our mechanical and some brain processes active. Thank you Lego! Enjoy your build as much as I enjoyed mine and I cant wait to receive my newly acquired challenge: the Piano!"
"It never stops to amaze me the engineering and imagination that goes into designing this beautiful kits. I have built the Carrousel, the Roller Coaster, the Ferris Wheel, the Star Destroyer and the Millenium Falcom among others but when it comes to detail and ingenuity, this kit has it all. I am taking my time building it to enjoy at its fullest the intricate details it has. Yes, there are some minor flaws in the instruction books but I use those to enhance my ability to build. I still have some work to do, the kit is not finished. But I had to to write this review. The way the engineering of parts and how the power train and front section mate, so perfectly aligned parts, incredible! If I was to find a real flaw, it would be that the kit is not motorized. But needles to say somebody will find a way of doing so. The box is a work of art! The way the different parts boxes are printed and placed to simulate the rear of the car (one section) is great. I plan to use the box to showcase the kit. I have pre-ordered de Lamborghini Sian and expect delivery within the next days. My only hope is that the kit is as challenging or better than this. Thank you for keeping me active through the pandemic with the kits. They helped my household stay calmed and at ease. Yes, I recommend Lego kits to any and all my family and friend's. They keep your mind active, help keep your mechanical and motor skills active and in shape and are a very good promoting family playing together. P.S.: As a general comment, it is sad to see so many excellent kits “out of stock”."