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Lego 7744 City: Police Station
Member Name: DavyMichelle
Lego 7744 City: Police Station
Advantages: Huge, Detailed, Cheap, Fun, Fun, Fun
The Lego Police Station, set number 7744, retails for £59.99 but prices for it vary quite considerably at the minute. I think the Tesco 3 for 2 toy sale at Easter caused a stir throughout the pricing world a little, and also you'll find that Lego soon discontinue some of the 2008 sets to clear the way for this year's Christmas 2009 Lego sets. We got this for for £38, as it was already reduced on Amazon to £42, then we got an extra 10% off on top because the box arrived damaged. Prices at present range from £49 at Tesco, to £54 at Amazon, to £59 from the Lego shop. Use Google shopping or something to find a good deal.
For the price I paid for this set, I don't think I could be more blown away by the contents - and the grandson was totally entranced by this at first site. The box is absolutely enormous for starters, too big for a small child to even pick up! That's partly because of the base boards that are included in the set though, obviously it's not like solid boards can be folded to fit into a compact box or anything. All the pieces inside are divided into various plastic bags, so you can easily find the pieces you need for the model part you want to build. If you're being egged on to get this up quickly, you can put together the vehicles quickly and easily first to distract the kids while you get on with the real work!
Building this set took a very long time, but I did really enjoy doing it as it happens. There are absolutely loads of brilliant little details included, such as a toilet in one of the cells, keys outside the cells, and even a coffee machine in the booking area! There are lots of functioning parts too like cell doors, and barriers in the car park. I really enjoyed building up all these bits and pieces to produce such an interesting final model.
You don't just get the police station in this set, you get everything that's pictured included for the price. So you get the station, a prisoner transporter van (different to the one you can buy seperately for £10 but almost as nice), a police car and a police motorbike too. Plus you get five policeman minifigs, two crooks and a little dog too. Why there's even a couple of trees to brighten the place up.
As I said before, I think this is one of the more time consuming sets to build. It's suitable for children aged 6yrs and over, but I think a child under nine or ten years of age would struggle to build this themselves. Not because it's especially tricky, but because it would require a really long spell of concentration, as well as lots of 3D planning, counting and constructing. I think this is one that a lot of adults will actually enjoy building for the kids because it's challenging and interesting at a higher-than-usual level, whereas kids are likely to find this a bit frustrating and difficult.
Once built, youngsters will adore this though, especially because of its size, detail and accessory content. This is an absolute must buy for a Lego fan's birthday or Christmas present. It's worth the £60 RRP, and just amazing if you can get it for a bit less.
Summary: Highly Recommended
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