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Lego is probably one of the most enduring and popular children's toys of all time and the range of lego products is now enormous.

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      29.06.2012 21:50
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      Great creative toy

      ---The Brand---

      LEGO, from the Danish phrase 'leg godt', means 'play well'. First made of wood, LEGO's interlocking bricks were made in bright plastic formt eh 1940s



      ---The Product---

      The original product was the famous interlocking and colourful plastic bricks but now they produce various themed items under licence such as Star Wars and Toy Story. They also now produce lots of specific items such as vehicles and buildings which have t be built in a certain way.



      ---My Opinion---

      I love Lego and think it is a timeless toy.
      From my childhood in the 1960s I remember the basic bricks. You would have an oblong base board and then using the bricks of different sizes you would make houses, using little windows and doors that fitted into the structure. The bricks came in various sizes and had little buttons on the top that would interlock with the base of the next brick. From tiny ones with one button you then had twos, fours (in a square) and eights (oblong), as well as long narrow ones of just one row. When building the walls you learnt to overlap the gaps between the bricks to make them stronger.
      Moving forward to the 1980/90s and my sons made more Lego - some bought for them but also a vast amount passed on from an older cousin - but with Lego you can never have too much. Again this was mostly just the standard bricks of (if I remember correctly) red, white, blue and yellow, with green base boards. We bought more of the base boards which allowed us to build up whole villages, and we added to our collection by buying trees, flowers and road signs. We had quite a collection of wheels by this time so yu could make a fleet of car and lorries and we had transparent wind screens to use as well. I loved the transparent little button bricks that were supposed to be headlights and which came in red or yellow - but so small they were easily lost.
      Getting more technical we bought a wind-up motor around which you could built a vehicle.
      Knowing the boys liked Lego people often gave them small sets for Birthdays and Christmas - but I never liked these very much. They were mostly vehicles but always came with instruction and the had to be built in a certain way - and then that was it. To be the beauty of Lego is you build whatever you want - and then take t apart and make it into something else.
      Sadly all our Lego is packed away now - but we have not got rid of any of it as it is our attic awaiting any youngsters that may come along - then I will once again be able to spend many happy hours sitting on the floor making my village of tiny houses.
      If we ever have to buy any more I will make sure it is either little figures or just more plain bricks and windows - and not the stupid sets they sell these days.


      ---Cost---

      As you can buy so many varying sets I cannot give an exact price. It is expense but I think it is definitely worth it - and you can always buy a little at a time - or buy it second hand at boot sales etc. It will only need a quick wash in Dettox or something similar to be as good as new.



      ---Star Rating---

      5 stars. But buy the plain bricks and not the sets where you can only make a certain item.



      ---Would I Recommend?---

      Yes.



      ---Websites---

      www.lego.com

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        02.05.2012 02:37
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        Overall a great little toy for young and old

        **** What is this ****

        For those unaware, LEGO is a building block type toy, which consisting of lots of little plastic 'bricks' these are different colored and different sized. The size of these is important as this can be a great toy to keep small children amused for hours and they are a lot bigg in size for smaller children. However older children can use the smaller traditional LEGO (as long as you make sure the child is old enough and won't attempt to eat, swallow, or put these in their ear or up their nose).


        **** It's just a building block though isn't it? ****

        For children this is just a toy, however their is some children who haven't grown out of this. The world record for the tallest tower made from lego was a whopping 29m.


        **** Development ****

        I think LEGO is one of those toys that your parents and grandaparents had, and it will continue to be a household favourite, despite how it can get very messy with all the blocks scattered everywere. LEGO is also such an easy toy to copy and reproduce yet under another name. To actually buy LEGO might be exspeneive, however their will also be something similar but under a slightly different name for example. LEGO you often see on other merchandise items such as cups or, quirky little gifts which normally appear on the shelves around christmas time.

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        26.01.2012 01:31
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        A fun toy despite the price and educational at times, too!

        We all remember happy days as children playing with boxes of lego, building houses for our Lego people to live in and sticking some Lego flowers in the garden (if you were lucky enough to come across any).

        Well, it seems that Lego has well and truly evolved!

        To be honest, I hadn't thought too much about Lego until recently. I've reached that age where my friends are all having children and some of the kids are getting to a Lego age. So I went for a little look at Lego for their Christmas and got the shock of my life. Not only are there a plethora of themed Lego products now available but the price of Lego certainly seems to have sky-rocketed since my childhood! For a little summary of the kind of Lego on sale now, I'll give you a rundown of some of the items that I have seen:

        -Lego Ninjago: Based on the idea of Ninjas and Ninjitsu you can now buy the Ninjago series. Like most Lego ranges, this comes in various different forms from small packs with a character and some kind of game cards in it, to small boxes of Lego that can be used to build small scenes such as a Ninja training post, right the way up to large boxes that build large scenes such as a Ninja temple. The large boxes also have eyebrow raising high prices (before Christmas I believe the Ninja temple was over £100).

        -Lego City: This seems to be aimed more at the younger Lego fans and as the title suggests is based on a city theme with various Lego vehicles on sale that can be built and such things as a Space Shuttle Adventure set with a space shuttle and rocket to be built. Again, expect astronomical prices if you want the largest of sets!

        -Lego Alien Conquest: An alien themed range that includes a UFO mother ship and a War of the Worlds-esque alien droid type figure. Again, small boxes at around £6.99 are available and the larger boxes become more expensive.

        -Lego Star Wars: A range that particularly appeals to both young and old(er)! The showstopping piece in this range is the Lego Millenium Falcon which retails at around £199.99! An extortionate amount but it is exceedingly cool!

        -Lego Harry Potter: Another range that is affiliated with a movie franchise and includes a model of Hogwarts for which you can expect to fork out only slightly less than you would for the Millenium Falcon mentioned above.

        -Lego Friends: A girlier range in lavender boxes.

        -Lego Pharoah's Quest: An Egyptian themed range which includes a cobra set and a small pilot set. Imagine Indiana Jones meets Egypt and you have an idea of what they seem to be aiming for with this set.

        -Lego Minifigures: Lego has always included minifigures (little Lego people) in their sets and they still do. However, they have now released minifigures in sealed foil packs. They are as I write up to series 6 which includes 16 collectable minifigures including one of the Statue of Liberty, one of a Roman centurion and one of an alien. These seem to be all the rage with primary school kids (and myself even though I long since left primary school)! Of course, since you can't see in the foil, it means you end up buying a lot of doubles and at £1.99 a pack, the cost soon adds up!

        I'm sure I've not exhausted the whole Lego range here but this is all I've seen currently on sale. The prices are high but then again, so is the appeal. There is something hugely addictive about pushing those little pieces together! Lego also has released various other items such as torches, storage boxes and packed lunch boxes. Again, all for a rather princely sum but they are great fun! John Lewis has a particularly strong Lego range if you happen to be as addicted as me!

        Lego, of course, by nature has lots of small pieces which could easily be a choking hazard for little ones but they also make Duplo which has chunkier pieces for toddlers.

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        23.06.2010 00:43
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        Get your children some and have a go when they go to bed

        Lego it's the new black. Every child I know is experiencing a newly awakened fascination with these little blocks with the knobbles on top. It's unbelievable that they are all asking for Lego for birthdays and Christmases. My eldest child is no different.
        At three he's very aware of other people's toys when we visit their houses and with my nieces new addictions to Lego he's got a lot to covet.

        I used to have two bucket fulls of this, literally, my Lego was kept in two buckets. I used to enjoy building houses and adding the families as I found them whilst scooping through the buckets, if the family I assigned to the house had more children than rooms I would simply build an extension, shame I can't so that with my own house lol. I guess this shows that I always wanted to have children. My eldest brother would build cars and trucks, he's now a mechanic, my second eldest brother would build allsorts, he's currently a joiner, my last brother would build space rockets, and he's an IT geeky manager or something. I'm not trying to hint that you can tell your children's futures from what they do lol, I'm trying to point out that a diverse group of people enjoy Lego. Most children when presented with a pot of Lego will start to build and probably become absorbed in their newest project. My son, age three, tends to build walls and towers, that's the limit of his planning skills, but his imagination makes them into much more and in time his ability will match his imagination and he will be able to build anything he wants. That's the beauty of Lego, you're only limited by your imagination and I suppose, the number of blocks you have. All parents should get their children a couple of bucket loads of Lego and encourage them to be great at whatever it is they want to create.

        Some of the sets may be expensive but they ultimately all go together, so even if you start off with small ones you can build them up bit by bit. Take my advice though, the cheaper versions are not as good as Lego, they don't stick together properly, please don't frustrate your children by buying them the cheaper version everything they create will crumble, don't make their dreams turn to dust lol. No but seriously there's nothing worse than trying to create something and it all coming apart in your hands.

        I should add that we had a major family get together recently at my parents and I walked into the front room to find about six children gathered round my old buckets of Lego or should I say fighting all three of my elder brothers to try and get to the Lego.

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          22.06.2010 20:24
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          The original and best building bricks

          If there is one toy that every child is likely to have owned at some point in their childhood, that toy it likely to be Lego. The world-famous plastic building bricks have been in production since 1949, and today seem as popular as ever. The Lego franchise even has its own theme park, and the Lego series of videogames have all played their part in keeping the appeal fresh.


          I've always had a soft spot for the Danish bricks, and was incredibly upset when I once left a fantastic castle-like construction a little too near a radiator, and came back hours later to find a pool of melted plastic - it looked a little like a Lego omelette. That said, if you don't expose it to high temperatures, Lego is generally hardwearing, and it's also really versatile - when we think of Lego, the first thing that we imagine will probably be the standard brick - however, there are hundreds and hundreds of pieces available, making the building possibilities pretty much endless.


          If I had to choose a particular word to describe Lego, it would have to be 'iconic', it's as simple as that - we all recognize the little yellow-faced men and women, and there probably isn't a place in the world where Lego isn't used. Other brands of building brick just aren't as good, and with Lego it's definitely a case of much copied never bettered. I remember the other popular construction kits from my childhood - firstly there was Meccano - but that never really captured my imagination, and felt like it was from a previous generation. Then there were 'Sticklebricks' - a toy which was incredibly frustrating due the unwieldy shapes, and the fact that there were only a certain amount of combinations you could achieve with the multicolored Weetabix-esque bricks.


          Of course, the best thing about Lego is the fact that what you make is only limited by your imagination. I used to build all manner of unusual constructions ranging from animals to cars, and spaceships to buildings (e.g the unfortunate castle that I mentioned in the second paragraph). As such, I would class Lego as an educational toy - something which encourages creativity, yet also teaches a lesson or two about physics. It's also something that a parent and child can do together, and should be applauded for that.


          Taking a look on Amazon at the latest Lego kits available, it seems that things have taken a turn for the commercial over the last decade or so - you've got Star Wars Lego, Harry Potter Lego, Toy Story Lego and all manner of other film franchise related kits. Of course, being an internationally bestselling brand, prices aren't especially cheap - for example, the SpongeBob Lego kit currently retails at £18.99 which is a fairly high price for a few bits of branded plastic.


          Of course, like everything, Lego does have its downsides - and the first one that springs to mind is the pain encountered when stepping on a Lego brick without any shoes on. And that's the thing about Lego - it gets absolutely everywhere - in every room, and down every crack in the sofa. The second downside is the fact that the small pieces are a potential choking hazard - that said, smaller children are advised to used the Duplo range, which features much larger bricks. At the end of the day, Lego is just a great toy which should appeal to all ages - highly recommended

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            13.06.2010 13:10
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            Great fun

            Lego is one of if not the most popular game ever invented, and with all popular games the strength is in its simplicity. Lego is a Danish idae which incorporates the very simple principle of putting one brick on top of another, to do this they have slightly smaller grooves at the base of the bricks compared with the top of the lego making the maker having to push the lego into the brick below. This very slight size difference gives the lego tremendous tensile strength and allows for complex and amazing designs to be built.

            A few facts about lego that you wish you hadn't known.

            They come in 52 colours and are available in about 130 countries worldwide.

            There are about 69 billion pieces of Lego somewhere in the world

            As they make wheels for their box sets Lego makes the most wheels in the world.

            Up till the Star Wars franchise, Lego refused to make a syndicated product but where persuaded to do so.

            Lego figures up till the mid eighties were generic in form, they were all yellow, had no racial characteristics and no expressions and there about 3 billion so far made, if they were real they would make up the largest ethnic group.

            Thats enough facts, what can you build out of Lego? Well in my experience the only limit is your imagination and the number of bricks you have. Lego can be used as a direct replacement for real bricks so any building can be replicated to a certain degree. They have a degree of stress bearing and so can be used to make minature bridges, arches, etc of course they are a bit fragile so don't build one for any real purpose.

            From my own experiences, I have made in the past a five foot long ship, a twenty story high apartment block, and a quite close imitation of the Arch de triumph all in grey. Yes I loved playing with lego, I love clicking int the bricks making the structures get bigger and bigger I loved making them out of one colour, bands of colour or totally random. I loved the precise planning you needed to put in doors and windows and contructing the sloping roofs. I loved making forts and castles for my soldiers and archers so I could play seiges and pretend I was fighting the Germans or whatever (propbably not PC anymore).

            Yes, I love Lego and now I have two boys I'm looking forward to getting them to play with it again. I used to love searching through my bag for a particular colour, or a window or build a car so needed the wheels etc. The sound of rifling through lego is one which instantly takes me back to my childhood, I suspect I'm not the only one either.

            Thankfully Lego is still around and popular and hasn't been killed off by computers, x boxes and the like and we can still enjoy building, constructing and using our imagination.

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              11.06.2010 13:33
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              Universal appeal, should be in every house with kids so if there visiting get some!

              I keep a box of this around for my visiting nephew and nice. They like to bring their own toys, which I guess helps with the car journey too, but even so they almost always play with this when at my home.

              I don't know another toy I could have bought that would have had the same appeal for the ongoing amount of time. I have seen toys come and go as they visit through the years, some you will see once and never again but LEGO never gets forgotten about.

              My review is only really to let others without children (but with some visiting) know that lego is your best option for a universal toy to keep under the stairs and bring out when the kids come to visit. (I guess this might also be the reason why lego is often found in the dentist surgery).

              It doesn't cause many arguments - there is always enough to go around. For that reason alone it should get 5 stars.

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                17.04.2010 11:36
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                Lego is a brilliant brand that makes little bricks that you can piece together to create anything.

                Lego is a company that makes little bricks that connect together and allow you to make whatever your imagination allows you to make.

                Lego bricks come in all shapes and sizes but probably the main two are the eight-hole rectangular brick and the four-hole square brick. There is also many other bricks such as flat bricks in all sizes and many others - too many to name. Also, in special packs of lego, where you can make specific things you can get specially made parts of lego to fit that object.
                Lego also comes in all sorts of different colours: red, blue, green etc. - any colour.

                Lego is aimed at younger children but you can get sets of lego to build buildings that are for older people. For example; the Taj Mahal lego building set is aimed at children fourteen and over so any one can play with lego.

                Lego can sometimes be fiddly but that doesn't make it anymore as good as it is.

                Overall, in my opinion, lego is a brilliant, worth-while buy that lets your imagination soar and provides you with hours of fun. You would never get bored.

                I hope this review is helpful. Thank you.

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                  01.04.2010 18:36
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                  overall a great brand with excellent products

                  My son goes absolutely crazy for Lego, every birthday and Christmas he's guaranteed to collect at least a couple of hundred pounds worth of the stuff. Thankfully he has only been collecting for a couple of years, im running out of space. I literally had to move to a bigger house last year so he could of have a playroom to house his toys.

                  In all fairness Lego make great products, however they are expensive. I like to think of Lego as an investment, it never really depreciates in value, I only wish I knew this when I gave away my bucket full of Lego which I and my brothers had collected over our childhood.

                  Some of my sons favourite Lego products...

                  The Lego City Police Station - This product retails for approximately £50.00, it's a fairly complex product, it looks very god when built and is of a good size, it also include two mini cells which the Lego criminals can break out of. I think that this product was very good value for money, my son played with it daily for the first year, thankfully I am only made to make once a month at most now.

                  The Lego City Fire Station - This product retails averagely between £50-£60.00 depending on where you buy it from. It is very similar to the police station, a god size and include a fire engine and small fire truck. This includes some great detailed pieces which really make the product look like a real fire station.

                  The Lego City Corner - This is one of the most recent products my son has acquired. You can expect to pay around £40.00 for this product, it includes a bus stop and yellow bus, the bus itself is very detailed and fun to make, it also comes with a pizza parlour and bike shop, both include great pieces such as pizzas and bikes etc. This is quite simple to make and is a lovely addition to any collection.

                  Lego City Construction Site - I was fairly disappointed with this product, for its price, £60.00, I expected more to be included in it. Although my son loves it and I guess that's all that matters.

                  My son has recently been getting into Lego Atlantis and Lego Star Wars products, they do a very good range to choose from the main themes are Lego City, Castle, Pirates, Power Miners, Bionicle, Star Wars, Trains, Belville, Thomas, Toy Story, Spongebob, Creator, Racers and many more.

                  Most toy shops sell Lego products, we get most of ours form Argos or Toys r Us, although you can pick some items up cheaper on places like ebay. If you want specific products and none are available in shops near you or you cant find any on the internet, you can purchase products straight from www.lego.com. The Lego site is easily laid out and jam packed with information, products and games for your child/children to play.

                  Lego is something that keeps kids entertained for hours, and its something nice that all the family can get involved in. We regularly get all the Lego out and help my son build his favourite models.

                  Overall I would say not to let the price put you off, Lego is great for boys and girls and lets face it, it is a great way for us adults to recapture our youths. Its definitely worth shopping around for Lego as prices will vary depending on how sought after the product is.

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                    06.03.2010 14:18
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                    If you have a young child buy them some!

                    Lego is a classic children`s toy and one I think every child should own at least some and play with. It is incredibly popular worldwide and a real success.

                    You can buy Lego in many different forms. You can get sets like the excellent Harry Potter sets of Lego and vary from things like Hadgrid`s Hut to Hogwarts to the Hogwarts Express with all sets of sets in between. They vary in size and price and you can buy cheap sets of Lego for probably less than £5 to over £200 for massive sets like the Taj Mahal! You can get individual characters and if you go to Lego shops make your own character. You can buy generic bricks or fancy ones! The sets vary from Harry Potter (my favourite probably), Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pirates, Trains, Castles, City, Bionicle and Spongebob Squarepants and many more! There is so much choice and one of the bets things about Lego is you can mix and match sets so you could have Spongebob in Hogwarts next to a Storm trooper or whatever you want. I think this is great as you can make anything in your imagination really and teaches children to be creative!

                    It is incredible easy to connect blocks or bricks or Lego together and children won`t struggle with the easy sets. You can even get Duplo for really little ones which are bigger bricks so children find them less fiddly and also reduce the choking hazard!

                    You can even get things like Lego key rings and there are many Lego games. Just in videogames there Lego Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman and Rockband with Harry Potter in development! As you can see the appeal of Lego is fantastic and even adults can enjoy making it! You cna make it as difficult as easy as you want so whether you are building the Krusty Krab, your own supercar or the Taj Mahal you can have fun!

                    I personally think Lego is fantastic and one of the bets children`s toys out there which keeps getting better and better! You can get Lego in lots of places, online or offline and I even used to get some off Ebay which used to be pretty cheap!

                    Overall I think Lego is brilliant!

                    This review may also appear on other sites under the names ns1209 and mariofan123.

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                      29.01.2010 20:24
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                      Love it

                      Lego must surely be a feature of everyone's childhood. Despite Playmobil and Duplo, everyone's aspiration as a kid is to get to the Lego stage, I'm sure! Lego is available in hundreds of different forms and is incredibly versatile. There are a variety of world records for the biggest construction, most number of bricks used etc.

                      I'm sure everyone knows what it is so I won't explain it any more than to say it's generally a range of different shaped blocks which can be pressed together to create things. There are different themes and sets and people to bring your creations to life. My favourites are the Lego pirate sets, and it's amazing how much detail goes into them and how well thought out they are. You can buy Lego ranging from £5 to about £250, and it tends to be the kind of thing that families hold on to, so you won't come across it in charity shops very often. Many of the themed sets have little tiny pieces which are easy to lose as well, so it's best to have lidded containers to store things in and make sure that all the pieces are picked up before they go up the hoover.

                      Lego is ideal to learn how to follow instructions or encourage creative play. The more complex designs come with picture instructions for easy assembly, or you can let your imagination run wild and see what you can create. This caters to both styles of parenting and the child's own preferences, which makes Lego a versatile tool. Its flexibility is suggested on the popular Lego advert that beings with a Lego mouse and a Lego cat, which go into various transformations to try and outdo each other. This survival of the fittest concept is made entertaining in this respect and gives you some inspiration for things to try. Furthermore, there is incredible attention to detail. I bought a Lego advent calendar this year, and the Christmas tree and Santa were really well crafted and thought out.

                      The internet is an excellent resource for Lego as you will find it at the cheapest prices. Furthermore, you can google around to find some of the most amazing Lego creations and world record breaking constructions that will put your little Lego house to shame (so don't try searching if you're proud of it!).

                      Lego has been around for years and years, and I can't imagine it ever decreasing in popularity. It's modern enough to be enjoyed, but it's not a fad or a craze really - more a part of culture!!! It's suitable for boys and girls - just make sure they are old enough to know not to put pieces in their mouths.

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                        This is one of the toys that allows you to develop your imagination as a child and is simply great

                        Lego is one of those hugely successful brands that we all remember from our childhood and this is one of the main reasons that Lego is still as bigger brand now as it was all those years ago.

                        When I was younger I used to have many different toys that I simply loved including toy cars (one of my favourites) but over and above all other toys I had my Lego and this is the one that sticks in my memory as being one of the most fun things I could do aswell as allowing me to be creative in the mix.
                        I had many different Lego kits but was not really one for sitting and making the Lego into what they said it was meant to be but rather I preferred to use all of my Lego I owned to try to make bigger and better pieces including things like houses, cars, castles, forts, etc but the biggest and absolutely best thing I ever spent my time working on was a Lego stadium which I spend months doing to build it up using different colours to have a pattern, seats of the same colour to continue the pattern and even made my people sit on the seats with litterally hundreds of Lego people crammed into my little stadium development. This is why I think Lego is such a great thing as I remember creating and constructing this stadium and the amount of time and effort I put in to put together the finished product and the amount of pride I had when it was complete. Sadly I still am really proud of the stadium I created as even spending time on doing this as an adult I know that it would allow me creative freedom but no matter how much time I spent on it I am not likely to beat that little version of me for how good the finished product is.

                        Positives:

                        - Excellent outlet for children and adults alike to show off their creative side and full use their creative freedom
                        - Easy to use and build amazing things with
                        - Strong and safe to use for a huge age range
                        - Comes in excellent kits that show you how and what you are creating

                        Negatives:

                        - Expensive

                        This is one of the greatest names in the history of toys and one that I hope lives on for a long time to come as I think children who don't have this truly miss out.

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                          10.07.2009 12:54
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                          Every home should have some in it.

                          Is there anybody out there that doesn't know what Lego is? It's a massive brand of toy that reaches children's (and adults!) minds, tempting little hands to build something out of the tiny bricks. Brightly coloured with huge ranges of themed sets that you can collect. You can get Indiana Jones sets, battle with Batman against bad guys, collect the Lego City range of fire engines and police vehicles, or compete with Pod Racers in the Star Wars sets. In the past they have sold lots of different themed add-ons, like Spiderman, pirates etc. So many of which you can find on Ebay for reasonable prices. It's truly a gigantic brand that even has games available on many different platforms such as Lego Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

                          For the slightly older children there's the Bionicle offshoot, which is much more exciting and challenging to put together - we've not reached that stage yet but I am sure it is going to come with our son!

                          I can remember being about 10 and receiving a basic box of Lego with baseplates (green bases that you can build onto), and the hours upon hours I spent in my bedroom creating different houses for the little Lego people to live in. I built my collection up as I got older and earnt pocket money and then babysitting wages, I would go into my local toyshop or Woolworths and buy a small set or vehicle for around £2.50-£5. I absolutely adored it.

                          My eldest son was two when he received a massive box of Duplo for Christmas off a close friend of mine. Duplo is the version of Lego for toddlers, big chunky bricks and they also have additional ranges available, he got a wonderful James train out of Thomas the Tank Engine from the very same friend. We'd both spend hours with him simply building up towers that he'd then knock down. It was great for his coordination and when it came to learning colours it was so easy to make things out of the blue or red bricks. As far as educational toys go it is in my mind the most versatile and fun thing you could ever buy your child. Counting the amount of bricks in a tower was another firm favourite thing to do. It was used regularly right up until he turned five and is now played with by his younger brother.

                          Then last summer during his first summer holidays I wanted something to help entertain him and still keep his brain working when I spotted a box of Woolworths' Chad Valley version of Lego for a very cheap price. I would have bought him the original, and far superior Lego brand but at the time I was on a strict budget for the summer. Every single day up to Christmas he would play with it without fail. It would frustrate him at times however as it didn't go together well, nor did it pull apart smoothly either so I'd often have to help him. I don't recommend buying cheaper versions at all.

                          Then on Christmas morning Santa bought him a big box of real Lego. I got it from Argos as it had £5 off at the time, but you can get Lego absolutely everywhere! Ebay has a huge selection, you can sometimes find it in second-hand shops, Amazon sells it, and some of the figures are extremely collectible and fetch a lot of money.

                          I had great fun following the instruction book that came with the set and building houses for him. It bought back so many memories - the dainty flowers and stems that you can place outside buildings, the teeny see though coloured bricks you use as lights on vehicles. It's a wonderful toy that there is just no end to. It takes a lot of battering about, but it lasts for years. I have a friend who's children inherited her younger brother's Lego (he's now 24) that had actually been passed onto him by an older neighbour - this toy is the toy that keeps on giving!

                          Yes some of the pieces can be pricey, but like I said there is always a potential bargain to be had on Ebay, or on car boots. For the years that Lego will last a child it is not at all expensive compared to pricey Ben 10 Omnitrix fads that last a short time before your child grows bored with them. We've not actually bought our son any of the extra sets yet, he is still thrilled with his basic starter box from Santa, but it is something to consider in the future as he becomes more skilled at creating things with it. He has just turned six and loves to copy the instruction book, which is made up of simple pictures showing you which brick goes where, and make his own cars and houses, he especially enjoys it when either his Dad or myself sit down with him and make something. It really gets the whole family involved as it's so addictive and easy to use!

                          I only wish my Mother hadn't given my collection away after my younger brother grew out of it, it was only a couple of years later that I had a child of my own and would've thrilled my son!

                          If you're buying a child a gift and unsure what to get them, then get them this - even if they have some already more is always welcome and if they haven't then you have the exciting job of introducing them to it at home! Schools all seem to have Lego, which goes to show how highly rated it is by our educational system.

                          I'm well aware that not all children do like to put things together, both of my sons seem to enjoy it, but I wasn't all that into it, and yet I still liked the role-play aspect of it, building a house for my little Lego men to live and work in that I would keep set up for weeks just playing with it as I would a doll house and Barbies. They even do much girlier ranges these days which I would've adored. We bought my other half's niece a beautiful Cinderella carriage Duplo set one year for Christmas.

                          So if by some freak chance you haven't yet gotten any of this phenomenal Lego in your home, then what are you waiting for!

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                            09.07.2009 12:56
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                            A toy that never goes out of fashion wonder why?

                            Lego Lego Lego, I love it. When I was a child it was the only thing I would ever play with. I owned a big box of it and I would dissaper into my bedroom for hours making houses to play pretend, I would see how high I could build a tower up the wall, make cars and casltes. This never failed to amuse me.

                            my son has never been the building type so I never bought him any he would much prefer to be destructive. So when I met my current partner it was great his son loved lego it made it so much easier for me and him to relate to each other too we would spend hours building things and using our imagination.

                            Lego has come along since I was a little girl they now make real looking cars, star wars figures, Indian Jones and much more. This is one of the main presants that my step son has every year due to each year they bring out another lego figue to build and he is now at that age that he doesn't need help reading the intructions to build it and I am so proud when he does. On the odd occasion he will bring it to me to fix and I love it because I get to play.

                            This is a toy that never goes out of fashion you couldn't ask for anything better, it teaches co-ordiantion and use of imagination. You can also get all kinds of sizes in it now just made by different brands which I think is wonderful. I think every child should at some point in their lives have lego because they can learn so many skills from it and if they collect enough of it it is brilliant to work as a team and build something bigger and better.

                            I have now seen grown up artists make big pieces of art out of it and the skill and precision that goes into it is amazing. Lego can not be beaten in my eyes it is the best toy around but can be expensive and the figures even more so I have noticed because our children were so young when we bought them these toys lots have got lost but now they are at the age of taking care of things they take more pride and tend not to break it up unless they are going to make it again.

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                              02.07.2009 23:47

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                              just a brilliant toy for kids of all ages

                              Ah lego, in this day of consoles, PCs and other mind numbing pass times for our kids to "enjoy" you have to be happy when your kid get their first lego set and actually enjoys.

                              Even in this day and age I am yet to find a child who doesn't appreciate a small lego set as a gift, and I try my best to provide to hopefully spark a childhood long interest in it.

                              They have sets for all ages, from the basic big block sets for toddles, lego city and other themes for young children, technics and mindstorm for teens and adults.

                              Most sets are well priced for what they are but I do find the move tie in sets are often over priced, though of course they have to pay for that tie in some how, well when I say they, lets be honest it's us that pay for it.

                              My son is now 7 years old and has been playing with lego for about 3 years, it's nice to see him using his mind whether it to be follow the instructions or to come up with creations of his own.

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