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      15.02.2010 17:51
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      a great little piece from Lego

      Lego 6161 Lego Box......


      The Dummy Fairies have at last come to our house and taken away all of Jack's dummies and replaced them with this box of Lego. He has been fairly good with the idea that the fairies have made a swap that is acceptable so fingers crossed it has worked and then it will be worth the money!

      I paid £12.99p for this box of Lego from Argos the other day. I expect you could get it cheaper if you searched for it on the internet but as I had decided to present it to Jack from the Fairies last night I need it sooner than waiting for it to be delivered. It does however seem like a fair price as you are able to make up 15 different ideas that they suggest and give the instructions for. However there are far more things that can be made up with the bricks that are contained within this box.

      The instructions that are given with the box show how to put together a farmer girl, a house front with a door which opens and closes, a snail and there are other pictures of pieces that do not have the directions for building but from the pictures you can see which bricks to use and how it goes together. These other pieces include a crocodile, a couple of boats, a fish and a crab, a penguin and many more.

      The box has a ton of bricks of many different colours: white, red light green, dark green, black, orange, blue and yellow. So not only can the bricks be used to build what is shown in the leaflet but also be used with other bricks we already have to make towers or houses or indeed anything our imagination desires.

      The box has an age range of 4+ but Jack is not even 3 yet and he is rather good with all Lego pieces. He does need a hand from time to time but I don't mind buying items such as these for him as I know he will be able to get many more years of play out of them. Also Himself does like to make up the bits too so I get a bit of peace and quiet from the pair of them for a short while, bliss!

      As with all Lego items this box is of a good standard. The bricks fits together well and can be taken apart easily. The instructions are easy to follow and we get a lot of play out of it. The bonus with this item of Lego is that it comes in its own box and this make storing it easy and keeps it all together although there are far from enough bricks to fill it up but we have added some of our collection to it so we now need to get another box!!

      So to conclude, I would highly recommend this box of Lego for quality and value. It is well worthy of a 5/5 star rating. Perfect for building imaginations!

      I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you.

      Many thanks for taking the time to read.

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      04.11.2009 13:51
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      A nice gift, but if you are buying for your own child you may be better going for a larger set.

      I bought this set for my sons 5th birthday. We previously had a huge Lego Duplo set which he loved, although was maybe starting to grow out of.

      I ordered from Amazon so did not see the box beforehand - if I did, I would have been a little disappointed upon opening it!

      You get a decent sized box (around 10" x 7" x 7") but when you open it up and take out all of the packaging you are only left with a light covering of the base of the box. There are actually around 220 pieces, which sounds a lot but because they are so small, there is really not much there.
      Yes, there is potential for starting a collection, but I would have rather sacrificed the box for a little more Lego.

      You do get a wide range of bricks, including:
      A door and window with frames
      2 levers
      2 fence pieces
      A base plate
      A head and body (of a huge monster sized person! Huge compared to most Lego figures, anyway!)

      You also get lots of tiny pieces which are great for children (or adults!) who like to create things in more detail. You will also receive a booklet with ideas for building houses and animals

      It cost me around £12 with free postage although they are now around £10. They are also available from Wilkos and Argos.

      If I am honest, I wish I'd have bought the larger set that was available (at around £25) rather than this one.
      With this set you are spending a good proportion of your money simply on the box so if you do upgrade to a larger set (as we are planning on doing) you will be left with a box that you have paid for but don't need so overall it is not great value for money.

      If you are buying this as a gift, obviously this is not an issue for you so go for it - it would make a great present.

      It would also make a nice little starter set for a child who hasn't played with Lego before (if there are any?!?) as you wouldn't be wasting a lot of money if it turns out that they don't like Lego after all!

      You can also buy this set in pink, which is nice as I always loved Lego as a child but never really got to play with it as it was always labelled as 'Boy's stuff' - I would have appreciated a break from Barbie every once in a while!

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        19.05.2009 14:27
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        Encourage Your Childs Creative Streak

        My six year old is at that stage in life where he just has to know how things are put together. In order for him to be able to achieve this he of course has to take things apart. Clever and inquisitive perhaps however unfortunately destroying perfectly good toys in the process which will never work again. I have on occasion popped into his bedroom to discover bits of what were quite expensive toys past the point of no return. No matter how hard I tried to fix them it is a bit like a home assembly furniture kit you always end up with a couple of extra pieces left over!!!

        We decided that rather than continuing to get annoyed with him regarding his obsession, to invest in various projects for him which hopefully would use some of this creative energy and save us a fortune in replacing items in the future. Hopefully in the process enabling him to be able to build things from scratch therefore negating the need to destroy. We decided that good old Lego would be one of these items. I was quite surprised at the cost of Lego however liked the fact that their products come in various levels of complexity based on age. He is star wars mad so we bought a couple of starter kits for him from our local toyshop. There was also a rather large blue box which was on special offer so we decided to purchase this as well with the view that we could return the more expensive star wars items if he decided that it wasn't for him. This review will be based on the starter box known as Lego 6161.

        This item was purchased at an independent toy shop on special offer for £6.99. I have done some online research and it can be purchased at Amazon for £8.99 and Tesco direct for £9.97. (I know where I would be purchasing mine then!!). One of the main reasons for purchase besides the offer price was that the Lego itself comes in a very stylish and handy brick box. It is two tone in colour primarily royal blue with a powder blue lid. It is made of extremely sturdy and very thick plastic so will stand up to lots of abuse. The set itself is recommended for use by children aged 4 years and over. I presume that this will be due to the fact that the set contains small pieces so could potentially be a choking hazard for smaller children. The packaging states the Lego number of the product I didn't actually realise that all Lego has an individual item code for each product so that it can easily be identified. There is a picture of various Lego creations on the front. The back of the tub lists all of the pieces that will be inside the tub and also provides a website address for Lego if you require more information. www.lego.com

        The box itself contains a variety of different sized pieces 221 in all. They are all in different colours and shapes. To include little Lego men and animal pieces so a simple introduction to the world of Lego enabling the creation of fun Lego scenes. There is also a handy accompanying book which contains fifteen ideas for building things with this particular kit. It also provides instructions for how to make three of these ideas. My son really seemed to enjoy this tub as he decided to play with it as soon as we got it home. He looked at the instruction book and within a matter of a few minutes had made some of the items featured. He then progressed to making the entire scene on the front of the box. This developed into him creating his own construction. I was pleased that Lego managed to hold his attention and I think that Lego have a new fan as he cant wait to save up his pocket money to buy extra pieces to add to his tub. There is plenty of room in this box for expansion. It is a really good introduction to the world of Lego and one that I would certainly recommend. It certainly encourages creativity. The only downside was that some of the pieces were quite tiny and there was the occasional whinge when he tried to attach a piece and the whole structure built crumbled. However this I felt was also good for patience something which little boys don't have too much of in my experience. Overall recommended and suitable for both sexes however you can get a pink tub for girls if preferred.

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          21.07.2008 14:20
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          Recommended for 4 year old

          I bought recently this set of Lego bricks for my 4 year old son.

          It comes in a blue plastic box with the lid which is very handy when you have to take control of these 'spreading-all-over-the-floor' bricks. There are 221 pieces inside. Some of them are non-conventional shapes (door, window, eye stickered ones...) so you can make something more sophisticated than the simple brick tower. You can find booklet inside with the designs and instructions. It is very helpful as your child can look at the photos of finished product and drawings of each step during their building process. Your child can make a house (1 or 2 stores) with the fence, tree and few flowers around. It is possible to make a girl, snail, bird, alligator... and much more. (Small black antennas for snail are my favourite piece.)

          What I like about this set is that there are many 'undocumented' possibilities you and your child can explore. It is very good for developing kids' imagination. I also discovered that this kit helped me to bond much better with my son. He would always wait for me to supervise his building efforts. We would always start by unasembling all pieces, sorting them by colour, deciding what we want to create, build few things, play with them for a while and clean up everything by packing them back to box. It is nice to teach child to play in this structured and creative way. Both of us really enjoyed it.

          I think this type of Lego bricks is better than say police car or fire engine or castle type boxes. If you build themed Lego boxes you usually leave them assembled and kids play with them like they are any other toy. The ones which have less thematic approach - your child usually rebuild them more often which is the main point of Lego toys.

          Prices start from £8.99 but in most shops it is £9.99 (which is recommended price by Lego).
          ... and now for something completely different ...

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