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      14.12.2010 13:50
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      it's lego, in a pink box

      When it comes to Christmas presents, some seem to last less time than the wrapping they come in - not so this Lego set which is, in my opinion an excellent buy for any little girl aged 4 and up just starting to move on from Duplo. My daughter received this set last year, and though the pieces have long ago been absorbed into our rather bigger lego collection, it's been much played with and of enduring appeal.

      Though the 216 pieces which make up this set do come in a pink box, what you get is actually pretty varied. There's a good range of different pieces or all different sized pieces. There are also some more varied pieces including one opening door, some fence and also some wheels, not all of it is pink (though by my calculations about 60 pieces are), there are even some orange and white pieces, from roof pieces through to traditional blocks. What I like about this set is that it's not prescriptive at all, though there is a booklet included which has 3 instructions for models, the easiest of which has a mere 4 steps, building up to building the beautifully detailed little house, complete with a door and window, which you can see on the box itself with a full 14 steps.

      The fact that the instructions are progressively difficult is excellent for new builders, but you will probably find you will want to buy a Lego base board to go with the set to get full use of it as the one included is a meagre 12 x 4 studded affair. The booklet also features other items you could build, some of the bricks included in this set are quite unusual (icecream sundae anyone?), but a couple like the googly eyes and mini flower really promote creativity. I've found that my daughters have both played with the bricks to make their own creations but do also get out the rather battered booklet from time to time and build the models they see in the book, it's relatively easy for them to make a simple rabbit or pink car.

      The box itself is sturdy enough and fine for storing lego - you will find you fit more pieces into the box which is generously sized. I do find that Lego these days seems to be rather boy orientated, so it's a pleasant change to find a set aimed at girls who, in my opinion, can get as much out of this traditional toy as their male counterparts. Most people will have played with Lego when they were a child, so I don't need to tell you how durable this is really - the quality is as good as it ever was, and I think Lego is still just as appealing to children as ever. I would recommend this set which seems to vary in price from £13 - £20, I'm not sure how much my daughter's was as, as I mentioned, it was a present, but however much you pay I think this is a toy that will be used for several years and played with again and again. Recommended.

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        06.07.2010 23:54
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        A perfect toy for girlie builders!

        Our house is a bit like mini Legoland, as my hubby kept all of his childhood Lego bricks, and we have continued to ad to the collection with specialist bricks, roads and even those weird Bionicle figures! The result is a fantastic mix of bricks spread over several huge boxes under my son's bed. Every christmas, Lego send me a temptiing catalogue, filled with the latest sets. As we seem to have everything, nothing really tempted me to buy....until I saw this pink box of Lego!


        ....I mean...PINK!!!! What other reason did I need to buy it? It was a thing of beauty and perfect for my daughter, who was 6 at the time and has always enjoyed playing with the Lego that we own. This box of Lego is unique, in that it contains different coloured bricks in addition to the traditional colours. We now have lovely pink, cerise and orange bricks too.


        The set costs £12.99 from the official Lego site, and I must admit that for the money, the set is quite small and basic. It contains 216 pieces, which makes it sound bigger than it is, and instructions for building ponies, cars, people and a little ice cream parlour/house. Of couse, you can vary these designs as much as you like. That is the beauty of Lego, and the fact that these are still basic blocks rather than specialized bricks gives lots of scope for imagination.


        My daughter got really excited when she got the set, but had trouble following the basic instructions, and I had to build a lot of the items for her. She went through quite a long phase of the box being forgotten under the bed, as I think she found the set a bit frustrating. Only now, a year on, has she "rediscovered" the set with renewed interest, as she is now a lot more capable of building the items and repairing them if they get broken. Although the set is aimed at girls aged 4+, I would say it would be better aimed at 6-9 year olds.


        It is nice that the bricks are compatible with the ones we already own, but we like to keep these strictly seperate as they are something special. They are not something she plays with every day, more like once every few weeks, but I find these bricks are great for stimulating imaginative and creative play, as well as being appealing for young girls with their pastel colours and the fact that you are not limited as to what you can make, as you have wheels, roof tiles and eyes and faces included in the set.


        I love Lego and the pink brick set is something really special to encourage girls to play with this classic toy. In my opinion, it is a lovely investment that will last a long time and encourage skills in planning and co-ordination. The bricks are great to play with alone or with friends or parents, and this really helps to build a special bond with your child as it encourages communtication. This is a lovely toy, and a good way for Lego to tap into the girlie market!

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          02.01.2010 01:16
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          good value set for little girls

          We purchased the pink Lego brick box during a visit to Legoland Windsor - it just wouldn't seem right to have visited there and come away empty handed so at £12 something I didn't think it was too bad.

          My daughter was happy she had a box of PINK (yes I remember when it was red yellow and white only!!) Lego and a lovely pink sturdy box to keep it all in. The box is strong and has a well fitting lid - easy but not too easy to remove! There are 216 pieces in total within the box. This sounds like loads but some of them are so tiny they don't amount to much. Tho be honest I'd say that when you remove the lid and have emptied the lego from their individual packets the box is about a quarter full so you don't get an awful lot. This is ok as it means you can store some smallish items in there once you have built them or you can obviously buy more lego to fill it up!

          The box comes with an instruction booklet which shows you how to make a few models - the house, people etc. They are very easy to follow and totally pictorial so that young children should be able to understand them.

          Of your 216 pieces I expected there to be a minifugure or 2 in there but there aren't any! I was slightly disappointed by that but it does include face bricks to make your own people/animals etc. It also includes flowers, a glass and some little balls which we have used as ice cream - even a skipping rope is included for the little people that you make to play with! I did expect more of the bricks to be pink - again about only a quarter of the whole lot are pink and girly which is what this set claims to be.

          My daughter has had hours of fun with this set and I think isn't bad value for money but there are really only enough bricks to make one biggish thing at a time so we have added to the set and we can now make a whole village! It would have also been nice of they had included one of the large baseplates as a base for your creations rather than the tiny one which you can only fit a really small house on!

          The recommended age is 4+ - my daughter is 3 and manages it no problem but I suppose it depends on the child - obviously they also need to be past the putting it in your mouth/nose/ear or anywhere else stage! Overall a great little set offering value for money and encouraging creativity.

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            30.10.2009 13:00
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            Provides hours of enjoyment!

            On a recent trip to Legoland, Windsor, and in an attempt to persuade our daughters that they really did want to come home now, we stopped off at the vast Lego shop at the top of the site. Although it does seem that a lot of the Lego products are targeted towards boys, we couldn't help noticing tons of pink tubs stacked up all over the shop. This is simply called the pink brick box and i have to say that both my daughters' eyes lit up when we saw it. My elder daughter's actual words were: 'Pink Lego! How cool is that?' We did buy it between them for the price of £12.75 which I guess is not an unreasonable amount to pay. (Compared to the cost of getting into Legoland in the first place you could say that it was dirt cheap!)

            The box measures 28.8 x 19.2 x 19.5 cm. It is a little bit disappointing when you open it up though as you sort of expect that it will be jammed packed full with Lego pieces but in actual fact these only take up about a quarter of the overall space. I suppose this does mean that there is space to keep completed objects or to be able to add from other sets as the actual storage box is quite handy!

            The box itself is very pink and quite sturdy with a well fitting lid. This lid fixes into place firmly but not to firm to make it difficult for a young child to remove. The box contains all manner of Lego pieces - including a window, a door and a flat base already to make a small house! I'm not sure just how many pieces there are but there must be well over 150. It shows just what you get at the back of the instruction leaflet.

            Although little girls can make whatever they like with the Lego, it does come with some instructions of things that they could choose to make. These include a horse, a little cart with wheels, little people and a house. The instructions are really easy to follow as they are solely pictures with no words at all. All children need to do is to find the correct piece and just follow what is shown in the picture. It is also helpful that the instructions are in colour. I was amazed at how well my six year old just got on with making and completing a rather cute little cottage with absolutely no help from us at all.

            All of the Lego pieces are bright and colourful with lots of pink and pastel pieces which suit my daughters down to the ground. They love all the things that they have been able to make and I think that they are quite proud of their Lego collection. It has also promoted a lot of discussion between the two as well as some animated role play.

            The kit is suitable for children aged four and above. I feel that this is just about right because, although most of the bits are quite easy to attach to each other, there are some more fiddly smaller bits. I think this was a very good buy and in the few days that my daughters have had the box, it has been very well used! Long may it continue!

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              26.09.2009 11:42
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              Get it for 9.99 in Argos but dont pay any more for it

              My daughter recently turned four and her duplo has been redundant for some time now. I had in my mind for a while now that she was ready for some lego to add to her toy box.
              After seeing a review on here for this pink lego I had quite set my mind on it. The cheapest Id found for this was £9.99 in Argos but it was eternally out of stock.

              On a recent trip to Legoland, Windsor I was delighted to see pallets of it stocked around their stores. At £12.75 it cost slightly more than in Argos but was nice to buy it here as a 'souvenir' type gift.

              My daughter was chuffed to bits with it and couldnt wait to open the box the next morning.
              This lego comes in its own pink sturdy storage box which was a bonus as far as I was concerned seeing as this was our first lego set.
              On opening the box it looked half full with all the pieces sorted in various individual bags.
              At first glance I was a little disappointed at the amount of pink pieces.
              On closer inspection there are 64 pink pieces.
              Once we had opened and emptied the pieces into the box it looked a bit dismal to me at only about a quater full. My daughter though, was not phased ! She had her own lego and there were pink bits!

              The 5585 Pink Brick Box contains 216 pieces and states that its aged 4+.
              Whilst the sound of 216 pieces may conjour up images of piles and piles of lego some of the 216 pieces were SO TINY !! As previously mentioned just over a quater of the pieces are shades of pink then there are all other different sizes and coloured bricks. There is a door and a window frame, a little fence, wheels and even a skipping rope! My daughters favourite piece is a glass with ice cream balls! There are no people included in this but there are lego pieces with faces on.
              The included booklet contains 15 ideas and the instructions are easy to follow for me but not my four year old!
              Whilst the ideas are good there are only ever enough pieces to make one piece at a time.

              Overall though my daughter loves this and plays with it everyday. I was left a little disappointed but we now have a lego storage box that we can add to and we will be asking Santa for some more lego shortly!

              I am going to rate it only as a 3 star and its purely my rating at the disappointment that I felt but if my daughter were to rate it Im sure that it would deserve the full 5 stars.

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                15.07.2009 10:09
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                Great Starter kit for any little girl or Lego enthusiast.

                We got this set for my daughter for her birthday after continued arguments in our house involving my daughter trying to get her hands on my sons Lego, which he would never ever let her play with, which I did understand as a lot of his Lego is star wars Lego, and some models alone cost 50 pounds, so he does like anyone touching them let alone his destructive little sister.

                When it came to her making her birthday wish list she said she wanted Lego, but said it had too be pink, which I laughed at, as I did not think in a million years you could get pink Lego, so was surprised and also delighted to see when doing a web search that they did sell a pink starter kit box. (Item number 5585) and was stocked at many places including Argos.

                We brought our Lego from Argos at a cost of 9.99, so I think its quite reasonable to be honest, I know many people find Lego very expensive, but on comparison with many sets I have brought, I think this is quite good value, if only for the peace I received from the children arguing about it. Although I have caught my son borrowing a few bricks out of her box, bless him.

                This Lego set comes in a lovely two shade of pink box set, and as like the other Lego set boxes you can buy, the boxes are very sturdy and with the rounded edges etc and the easy to open and close lid, it helps protect those little fingers.

                Now when you read about this product and it says 200+ pieces you always for some reason expect this to be a lot of bricks, I know I always did, but its so deceiving really, once you empty the little packets, there's barely enough Lego to even say it's a quarter full, but as a mother to a 7 year old boy whom loves Lego, I was already prepared for this after experience with buying sets for him, so I brought one and when she received some vouchers from family, we also purchased another box.

                The actual Lego inside is really nice, and there are three shades of pink (including other colours also) which my daughter has loved playing with, there are also some lovely pieces like a picket fence and some flowers and many more, I think it would be nice to have a couple more pieces included such as a few more windows and doors, as you only get one of each, which is a bit difficult if you are wanted to make a town, or in my daughters case, she was making a pink Tesco's!!!! (My children are nuts!!)

                The only other disappointment I think we had and also I know other Lego lovers have had is that there are no mini figures included, I think this would be a brilliant addition to these boxes, as my daughter hates using the male mini figures that my son sorted out for her, and is not happy with making a figure out of the bricks provided, so she ends up just pretending with one little princess Leia Lego figure (that she has somehow stolen from my son) that lives in the pink tower all by herself!!! ....I will defiantly have to try and get some of the lady mini figures for her, or else it's going to be Chewbacca she will be stealing from her brother next.

                As for the longevity of this product as most people whom have experienced Lego, it can be passed from generation to generation and is normally something that you can get years and years of enjoyment from...... even my husband whom is thirty, although he would be embarrass to admit it, loves playing with the children with their Lego, building a town or a castle etc, and on xmas day when he helped my son make his Lego x-wing fighter I think he was going to do a lap of victory when they eventually finished it, so I think its safe to say that Lego in general is something that is defiantly 100% not a passing phase and will always be around.

                The recommend age range is 4 plus.

                Overall a nice little starter kit for any child, but obviously due to colour I would imagine mainly girls would like this.

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