For the third installment of the Brickset Holiday Gift Guide 2013, I'll be choosing two sets from the $25-$50 price range. From the 94 sets released in 2013 within this price range, I've selected one appropriate for adults (AFOLS or almost AFOLS) and one more suitable for children, whether for your own, or those of friends/relatives.
Although the new LEGO Castle line has been met with mixed reactions (though mainly negative), I feel that it does a good job of providing perfectly adequate sets for younger Castle builders. While older children and adults are well served by The Lord of the Rings, which features many 'Castle style' sets, they are perhaps too specialised for the average 6 or 7-year old.While many (including myself) would have preferred a continuation of the Kingdoms line, these sets provide all that is necessary in a castle range for younger children who are not too bothered about the complexity of the build or storyline behind the sets.
I've selected the Dragon Mountain as it has a wide appeal to the younger LEGO builder, and it includes a miniature storyline without having to purchase any other sets. Five minifigures is a reasonable number for a set of this size, but undoubtedly the main feature is the dragon, who is (from experience :-) ) very 'swooshable'!
You can find Dragon Mountain at the LEGO Shop.
For adults: 21018 United Nations Headquarters (£49.99 / $49.99)
Again, I've picked towards the top of the price range, however you'll notice a slight discrepancy between the conversion rates for this set, and Dragon Mountain above. No doubt non US residents will be indignant at this, however the set itself more than makes up for this. The Architecture line is definitely aimed at older children and adults, and is a great way to introduce non AFOLs to modern LEGO, particularly if they are one of those who believe LEGO consists of 2 x 4 bricks in various primary colours!
This is certainly a display piece rather than a toy, but it does a great job of showcasing LEGO as an art form. Everything about the Architecture line is high quality, and this is reflected in the price. The build can also be a little boring, however it is worth it for the display value at the end. Be warned though, if you're a perfectionist you can spend hours adjusting the model to line parts up, such as the flagpoles along the front in this set!
Again, this set is currently on sale from the LEGO Shop.
Would you have chosen differently from this list? Share your views in the comments below.
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