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==Lego City 8402 sports Car==
The Lego City Sports car is another little piece of Lego that I felt rather affordable at the price of £5.99 pence which we paid. The item is nothing too big and therefore won't take up too much space but you did appear to get more than just the one item with this set.
The Lego City Sports Car comes in a cardboard box along with a little Lego man figure, a tree and an emergency telephone box. The picture on the front of the box shows steam coming from the bonnet of the car which I guess is to imply that this hot little sports car has broken down and thank goodness there is a telephone box right next door!
Inside the cardboard box in which the Lego came, there were two little clear plastic bags which held all the pieces of Lego together in once place and meant that all the bits of brick were present and correct. The instruction that came with the little car set were clear to follow and meant that putting
the little item together was easy and did not really take too much time.
Jack and myself put the car together within 10 minutes or thereabouts and the little man and phone box really needed only basic assembly. Once all up and together you can start to play straight away and the whole process of putting it together and beginning to play is so quick which is especially good for impatient sorts!
The car itself I wouldn't say is especially flash and sports car looking. It is indeed a roofless type of sports car which you would think would make it look a little bit more racy than it does. However it is chunky and generally hideous looking. I don't really think that this image is helped much by the chap who comes along with the car as he is dressed in some really old style clothes with chinos and a cardigan which does scream racy sports car type to me.
The little sports car does have a nice set of chunky rubber wheels which means that the car is able to speed along very quickly down our hallway if pushed by jack as it doesn't have a friction action to
it, but still moves quick.
We have not had that much trouble with the sports car or phone box falling apart at all and because it has a rather more chunky feel to it than a lot of the other Lego items that we have it seems to stay more in one piece! This is good when Jack plays with it as he can be rather heavy handed with the items. Jack however has only just turned three and the age range on this particular piece of Lego is from 5 year old to 12 years old which does need to be bared in mind.
All in all then I do not feel that this Lego City Sports Car is the best piece of Lego we own by a long shot especially as it looks so old style but it has been made, as with all the Lego bits, to a very high standard. It was affordable and the set as a whole is a good one to play with alone or indeed match up with other Lego items.
I think a relatively nice score of 3 stars out of 5 and a recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Clearly this should have come out in the late eighties in the yuppie era. What were Lego thinking unleashing this toy set now! I am dubious who the target market is here. Kids who have seen their dads drive around in their sports convertibles and want a smaller version of daddy and his car to play with in their bedrooms?
The set comprises a smart red open top car, a man, a phonebox and a tree. It's just missing his bit of stuff and a briefcase and you'd be well on your way! In fairness, it is certainly a very interesting set and stands out from the usual pirates and monsters. The hightlight is probably the red car which can be easily assembled and does move. You will enjoy watching the man through the blue windscreen. The shape is sleek and sexy and will stand up to be carted around the house for a ride. I would have rather had a black car, red is a bit twee! The man can fit in the car though with ease.
Next highlight has to be the man, in his natty suit, he looks like he is off for a business meeting or maybe he is playing away from home. So many scenarios to be created. Why not have him make a call at the cute orange call box then disappear behind the tree to ...well anyway you can see my point, a rather random selection of objects for a playset!
The tree is standard Lego tree, small and green and not much bigger than the man, so it's more a bush. The phone box looks better with good detail and colour work. The set costs just under seven pounds which is a steal, it can be bought online and will be a great idea for a unique birthday gift. Recommended, if not curious!
I have a deal with my son; if he behaves himself and goes to school all week he will get a magazine if he gets three "wow" sheets he get Lego. This is his recent choice.
** The Product **
This product is aimed at children aged 5-12. Item consists of a red convertible sports car, Lego man (with hair), telephone and tree.
** The Packaging **
This product comes in a cardboard box which has a picture of the finished model on the front and back. The graphic is colourful and the box makes the product easy to wrap etc, if giving as a gift.
** The Instructions **
The instructions come in the form of a small booklet and is inside the box. The booklet contains 20 pages of step by step, easy to follow instructions.
** The finished model **
Looks exactly as the picture on the box and is great to add to Lego city collection or to play with on its own.
** Price and Availability **
I purchased this item from Tesco for £6.87, Lego products do vary in terms of stock depending n which retailer you go to. If you have trouble finding this item in any toy shop or supermarket then you may find it easier and cheaper purchasing online at www.lego.com for £6.99 or from amazon etc.
** Overall Opinion **
Sometimes I find Lego products great value for money and other times I feel robbed, on this occasion it's a little bit of both, I think the price is reasonable as it is a nice product although the fact that it comes in a box can be quite deceptive in relation to size.
My son loved it and that was the main thing and it was refreshing to be able to sit back and watch him build the model for a change.
At the end of the day you will either pay for it or you wont, if your child collects Lego then you will know that most of the items are expensive but that they do get played with often. Lego never really loses its value so I like to think of it as an investment.
Overall it's a fun product that your Lego loving child will enjoy.