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This particular set is H.M Armed Forces Army quad bike mini set with army infantryman by Character building. My five year old son is obsessed with anything Army. I try to keep him away from gun toys and anything along those lines. But having a daddy who is in the army it is inevitable that he is going to want to play army. He is also currently obsessed with Lego and building and anything that is small and detailed. I came across this little set and as it was army and building in one I thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a go. I have always bought Lego and have never steered away to what I call cheaper alternatives but I have been pleasantly surprised by this by Character building.
This particular set I would agree is a mini set with just over one hundred pieces to make it up. As you would expect with an army steered product the pieces are quite dull in colour sticking to browns, beige, greens and blacks. The majority of the pieces are small just like Lego. It does state it isn't suitable for 0 to 3 years olds which I would agree with its recommended age is for five years plus like my eldest son. The set makes up a small quad bike and a trailer to attach to the back, an infantryman to sit on the quad and a brown base plate with a scene of an archway and palm tree on it. The set comes with a detailed yet simple to use instruction booklet to make all the items up. The instruction booklet is a set of pictures showing you step by step what to do. My five year old has managed to follow some of the instructions but has needed help with parts. He is very reluctant to break up his quad so apart from the odd fix when his brother has been heavy handed with it he has never needed to build the whole thing since the first time we made it together!
The detail of the quad is excellent. The black wheels are big and thick like you would expect on a quad, it has lights at the front and red reflector lights at the back. There is the British flag on the front and the back of the quad. The trailer does have a box with an opening lid then can be detached from the trailer if you prefer. As mentioned the quad is quite small about 7.5cms in length without the trailer attached. Once it is built up it is fairly robust. The infantryman that comes with this set is in his full uniform and body armour with a helmet on. The man's legs and arms move and his hands are hooked so they can fasten onto the handle bar of the quad. He measures roughly 4.5cms in height. The brown base plate that I have mentioned seems to be an added extra that my son isn't overly fussed about must of the time. The plate measures 13cms by 13cms and when isn't been used for this project is very handy for others! The rest of the bricks make up a beige and green arch way that you can drive your quad through and a palm tree.
My son enjoyed making this set up with his daddy and now has a good go at constructing the arch way himself when he wants to use it. But as I always knew when I bought my son this product all he is really bothered about is the quad and the infantryman. He thinks they are great and adds them to other play things to make a fleet of army. The little man does come with an assault rifle, yes I know I said no guns but he just does tend to put it in the man's hand or store it in the box on the trailer! It is very tiny and not one he can run around with pretending to shoot people which I hate. The great thing about this Character building piece is it is compatible with Lego. I find it is hard to tell the pieces are not Lego apart from the name on the actually bricks they are of the same good quality you expect from Lego. It has been good quality and is still going strong even with my rough little three year olds hands.
The set retails at £9.99 but Amazon currently (April 2013) sell it at £4.99. To be honest I have yet to see it sell at full retail price. For five pound I think it is excellent value and I am really pleased with Character building. The only thing is my son now wants to build on his collection!