In the second part of our gift guide, I'm going to pick two sets in the $10-$25 price range, the sort of thing you might buy a nephew, or maybe even a not-quite-an-AFOL friend who needs a bit of encouragement to become one.
For kids: 70701: Swarm Interceptor ($19.99 / £17.99)
Legends of Chima was of course the big story of 2013 as far as the primary market of LEGO is concerned so the chances are that my imaginary nephew already has a load of them already.
So, playing it safe I've opted to buy something that may have slipped under his radar because, let's face it, the LEGO marketing efforts for what many of us AFOLs regard as the best retail theme of the year, have been been negligible.
The Swarm Interceptor itself is a very swooshable craft, which can be converted into a sort-of walker. The bug minifig is superb and his mini-craft gives the interceptor something to chase. Thus the set provides plenty of play possibilities.
For adults: 60018 Cement mixer ($19.99 / £17.99)
There are so many excellent sets in this price range (this BrickList shows them all) so it was very difficult to choose just one set that would appeal to my not-quite-an-AFOL friend.
An obvious choice would have been a licensed set, of which there are plenty in this price bracket, but in the end I chose this City truck. Licensed sets are great, but they are expensive for what you get in terms of number of parts, and are not necessarily the best introduction to LEGO due to their specialised nature.
This cement mixer is a great illustration of just how far LEGO has come in the last 10-15 years or so, in terms of realistic design and functionality, and so is likely to be something of a revelation to my not-quite-an-AFOL friend who hasn't built a LEGO set since he was a kid (but has eyed them up longingly in the toy shop!). This, then, is a great introduction to the possibilities of LEGO and makes a good display piece, and so will hopefully encourage him to buy more sets himself.
What would you have chosen from this list?
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