Review: 10694-1 Creative supplement, bright

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It's not often we review boxes of bricks, in fact I think this might be the first time. That's probably because until this year, they have been pretty boring, useful only if you want to stock up on basic parts in basic colours. This year however, boxes of bricks have been rebranded 'Classic', a product name last used in 1999, and are chock-full of useful parts in interesting colours. The...

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Review: 40120 Valentine's Day Dinner

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Valentine's Day is less than three weeks away so now would be a good time to snap up the first of this year's seasonal sets, 40120 Valentine's Day Dinner, before it's sold out because not only is it a great set, but it's full of rare pieces too. Last year's five seasonal sets were cute animals designed my Mel Caddick. This year's sets are 8x8 vignettes which once again...

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Review: 41061 Jasmine’s Exotic Palace

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Jasmine's Exotic Palace

Amid all of the publicity about the LEGO Frozen set, the rest of the 2015 Disney Princess range has seemed to pass under the radar somewhat. I for one was very happy to see the inclusion of the set I am about to review, 41061 Jasmine’s Exotic Palace, in the line-up, whilst disappointed to see yet another based on The Little Mermaid (is Ariel really so popular as to merit 3 sets in the first two...

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Review: 42032 Compact Tracked Loader

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Compact Tracked Loader

I don't buy Technic sets very often but while visiting the LEGO Store to purchase 42039 24 Hour Racer (reviewed last week by Huw) I had a look at some of the other available models and 42032 Compact Tracked Loader caught my eye. This is not a vehicle that we have seen before in the Technic line although it is a common sight on construction sites around the world. Priced at £14.99 or $19.99...

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Review: 42036 Motorcycle

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Motorcycles are a regular fixture in the Technic range and it seems like it was just yesterday that the last road bike was released. In fact it was 2010 when the last one, 8051, was made. Is this new one better than the old? There are pros and cons... The build is straightforward and there are no new parts in the set so I won't dwell on those aspects. There are, however, parts in new...

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Review: 31031 Rainforest Animals

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Yesterday's review of the Technic 24 hour race car provoked a lot of reaction. I don't think this review of Creator 31031 Rainforest Animals will prompt quite the same response although given that the parrot has what I believe is a first for an official LEGO set, a (how can I put this politely...) defecation mechanism, maybe it will... Box and contents The set's 215-pieces arrive...

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Review: 42039 24 Hour Racer

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LEGO Technic cars have been stuck in a rut in recent years with more-of-the-same Formula 1, 'super-cars' and 4WD vehicles making up the majority of the larger offerings. How refreshing then, that this year we have been gifted with something new: a Le Mans 24-hour style racing car. I don't think it's based on any specific vehicle but you can see what the designers have been influenced...

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Review: 76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike

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Black Manta Deep Sea Strike

This is the weakest DC set of the fantastic new wave by some distance. The minifigures are almost always what sell Super Heroes sets and a few new characters is usually enough to warrant the purchase. Unfortunately that is not the case for 76027 Black Manta Deep Sea Strike as although it contains a highly desirable Black Manta minifigure, this is simply not sufficiently impressive. The fact that...

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Review: 60084 Racing Bike Transporter

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Racing Bike Transporter

The 'Great Vehicles' are certainly living up to their billing this year with four excellent new sets priced at £17.99 or $19.99. This one, 60084 Racing Bike Transporter, contains 178-pieces and was the second model I picked up after 60083 Snowplough Truck. Although the truck itself is well worth adding to your city, the main selling point for this set is going to be the brand new motorcycles...

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Review: 70167 Invizable Gold Getaway

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Invizable Gold Getaway

Rarely has a set surpassed my expectations like this one. Ultra Agents is arguably among the best original themes produced in recent years and it appears to have been very popular. Unfortunately it is faced with the significant disadvantage of being compared to the 2008 Agents theme, which is widely considered one of the best unlicensed themes ever created! I generally overlooked Ultra Agents in...

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Review: 75090 Ezra's Speeder Bike

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Ezra's Speeder Bike

Although reviews of the Star Wars Rebels sets released in the Summer of 2014 were overwhelmingly positive, there was one major omission which garnered some negative comments: the lack of a Sabine Wren minifigure. Six months later, 75090 Ezra's Speeder Bike has rectified this issue by finally allowing us to complete the crew of the Ghost! This set is priced at £19.99 or $19.99 and contains...

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Review: 75083 AT-DP

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AT-DP

AT-DP

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I made no secret of my disdain for this wave of LEGO Star Wars sets, although there are a number which stood out as being a little better than the rest. 75083 AT-DP was one of these for me as the design of the vehicle looks accurate to the Star Wars Rebels TV show and there are some great minifigures included. Having now purchased the set though, my feelings are mixed. The set includes 500-pieces...

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Review: 70818 Double-Decker Couch

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When preliminary images of 2015's The LEGO Movie sets were first seen, 70818 Double-Decker Couch was easily the most anticipated of the three. Four minifigs, Unikitty and an iconic structure from the film in a low-priced set, what's not to like? Unfortunately poor quality control has marred an otherwise excellent set. Box and contents The colourful glossy box shows the contents...

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Review: 70817 Batman & Super Angry Kitty Attack

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It's somewhat surprising that only three new The LEGO Movie sets have been launched this year given the film's popularity, but I suppose that now the DVD release, and Christmas, have been and gone, interest the film may wane. The three sets that we do have though, are excellent and appear to be great value too, particularly in the USA. In this review I will take a look at 70817 Batman &...

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Review: 76025 Green Lantern vs. Sinestro

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Green Lantern vs. Sinestro

DC Super Heroes sets have been generally disappointing in the past couple of years, which has been particularly frustrating since the theme has a great deal of potential. However, the reveal of this year's sets was met with enormous excitement as LEGO finally expanded the selection to include many more members of the Justice League. The smallest of the five new sets is 76025 Green Lantern vs....

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Review: 75078 Imperial Troop Transport

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Imperial Troop Transport

Star Wars Rebels divides opinion and few factors are as divisive as the Stormtrooper design, which is the focus of this set. Battle packs have arguably lost their way a little in the past couple of years by offering minifigures unsuitable for armies but 75078 Imperial Troop Transport brings us right back on course with the perfect figures for building enormous forces. Priced at £11.99 or $12.99...

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Review: 70787 Tahu Master of Fire

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Five years after being killed off and replaced by the less-than-stellar HERO Factory theme, Bionicle is back in the shops! Some of you will be overjoyed and I suspect others of you couldn't care less. I wouldn't say I'm a big Bionicle fan but I do have quite a lot of the early ones and almost every red one so I thought I'd buy the new red Toa yesterday to get a feel for what the...

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Review: 60083 Snowplough Truck

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Snowplough Truck

The so called 'Great Vehicles' are some of the most interesting City sets in my opinion and many would agree that the highlight of the selection in this wave is 60083 Snowplough Truck. Not only is this a superb model which looks very accurate to the real-life source but it is also an unusual vehicle for LEGO to include in their City line-up. If we omit the Arctic sets from earlier in the year...

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Review: Chima tribe packs - Ice

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As the battle between fire and ice rages in the Chima universe, LEGO has released four 'battle packs' to enable both sides to reinforce their troops. Each one consists of three minifigs, a tribal flag and a disc-shooting machine and are priced at £7.99 in the UK. The tribes with an allegiance to fire are represented by lions and crocodiles which I have plenty of already so I bought...

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Review: 41062 Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle

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Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle

Frozen is perhaps the greatest film phenomenon of recent years and one might therefore have expected LEGO to have produced sets related to the movie before now. However, just over a year after the film was released we finally have our first taste of Disney's Frozen in LEGO form with the release of 41062 Elsa's Sparkling Ice Castle, priced at £34.99 or $39.99 and consisting of 292 pieces....

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