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Impressive set of Police Play
Lego 7498 Lego City: Police Station
Member Name: mojomojo
Lego 7498 Lego City: Police Station
Advantages: imaginative, impressive, many features
Disadvantages: price.... bit expensive!
DECISION TO PURCHASE...
I bought this for my 9 year old son as a christmas 2011 gift, i bought it from tesco's supermarket for £47.98 which was the best deal i could find at the time.
My son has a special interest in anything police related and also loves lego so i thought this would be an ideal gift for him and would complement some of the other lego city collections he already had.
This set comes in quite a large bulky cardboard box with an attractive picture of the fully built police station on the front with the baranded lego logo, on the back is a detailed picture, a close up peek into what is inside and what the finished product will look like once built, it is rated to target an age range of 6-12 year olds and is a unisex toy.
The lego piece count is 782
Measures 10" tall and 15" wide
Instruction manuals x4
Police vehicals x3, a bicycle, a police car and a police prisoner transport van.
Mini figures x6, robbers x2, police men x4, and a police dog.
A dog kennal, secret compartments, an evidence room, a police photo mug shot taking room, two prisoner cells with sliding doors, two garages with sliding doors, an escape drainpipe, a helicopter landing pad.
This set has three levels..
First level (ground).. the two garages, police vehicals, a police dog area and kennel, a police office area, drive ways, stairs leading up to second floor.
Second level.. has the mug shot photo area, a police office interrogation area, the two police jail cells with in jail toilets, stairs leading to ground floor.
Third level.. has an office and crime research area with a coffee machine refreshment area, the roof above the police cells have satellites and a loud speaker area with spotlights and the roof of the third floor has a helicopter landing pad with floodlights and aerials on.
MY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS...
I love this set almost just as much as my son does!
With a little help my 9 year old built this set in under 3 hours, and managed to navigate his way through the instructions himself which i thought was prof that the instuctions were easy to understand and follow, my son does not usually have the patience for big builds or anything mildly complicated!
However this set kept him busy, entertained and engrossed for a few hours and with very little help from us adults.
The lego was divided into 9 numbered bags which helped a great deal with findng the parts needed for each area being built.
The pleasure my son got from building this was lovely to see and watch, it made him so proud of himself for achieving the build more or less by him self and certainly gave him a confidence boost from doing so.
The set once built was very impressive and bigger than we expected it to be with the three levels, it looked very playable and i thought that the accessories you get for the mini figures and the police dog were detailed and cute and definitely added to the experience of creative play, the little police dog has his own dog bowl, bone and kennel, there is even a snazzy little coffee machine area!
There are lots of little touches which make this set a really cool one, the doors of the jail cells slide open and also have a key, a secret escape route, hidden crowbars under the beds and toilets.
The vehicles all have opening doors and boots, the attention to detail on the mini figures is quite amazing.
The design is lovely and attractive, exactly as you would expect a top notch high tech police station to look as a toy.
My son has already had hours of enjoyment out of this fantastic set, although i still consider the £48 price tag to be on the expensive side even though i bought this product already on offer i doubt i would have bought it had it been any more and still feel the pricing should be more in the region of £30-£35 and then i would have been totally thrilled with the cost of this, i believe the full price to be in excess of £70 which i do not think this product is worth but i guess it is the brand you also pay more for these days.
Regardless though it is a really impressive large set which my son has played with daily so far.
My only gripe aside from the price is the amount of stickers which need attaching after the build and how fiddly this can be, do not get me wrong the stickers are another nice touch with attention to detail and they do have a very good effect on the overall look, it is just that my son stuggled a little with getting these stickers on correctly but got there in the end.
I would recommend this product but would also recommend at the same time to try wait for deals and offers as the full £70 price tag is i think very excessive, even though i paid neare £50 i still think that was expensive.
I would recommend for the following reasons, the set is a work in progress and can be built, added to and changed as you wish, it also keeps children of both sexes happy and busy as well as keeping them engaged in creative play and gives them a sense of satisfaction, confidence and achievement as it is easy to build and the instructions are easy to follow.
There are lots of cool features within this set and will provide children with hours of entertainment and fun, the detail is second to none, fantastic and allows the imagination to run wild.
A very playable, enjoyable, impressive and practical lego set which will be complemented by the other city lego play sets and is quite a piece of art.
I have rated 4 stars but would have given a 5 had the price been less.
Summary: exellent attention to detail, peice of art
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