In a nod to the great sets of my youth, this time Lego are going into Space - and this particular item, for which you can expect to pay between £11-£13 contains quite a few different elements and is an ideal stand alone or addition to any collection in my opinion. It was a birthday present for my youngest child back in the Summer and has been a successful toy. When you receive the set all 165 pieces come in 2 bags, for the different elements, so there isn't too much hunting for different bits - always a plus. I would say it's a build best suited for a 6 year old or above (my five year old needed quite a bit of help as there are quite a lot of teeny bits that are tricky for small hands). The instructions were clear and easy to follow.
The first section to build is the launch pad which includes a rocket and a small satellite you can attach to it and the control pad, as in the photo above. This is all straight forward but the little van, which is the second part of the build is a bit more challenging, we found the front of the van (12cm long and 8cm tall by my measurements) very difficult to add and it is a bit prone to coming loose with play. That said the detailing to all the models is a nice touch - there are rather a lot of stickers where printed pieces may have been nicer, but elements such as the computer screen (sure the mug of coffee next to it is a health and safety concern though!), and the fact that you can pretend to launch the rocket as the support to it swings down and the satellite detaches are nice elements which work well. I also like colours of the set which are quite muted and there are not too many over large pieces to it - an issue I find with some of the more modern sets.
My child really enjoyed making this, it wasn't an overlong build. She plays with it quite often, in conjuction with her Lego Airport or other sets. It's a bit of a shame it comes with a technician mini-figure and not an actual astronaut (for that you will have to buy a bigger set) and that there is the issue with the vehicle front. In addition to these issues the back is a bit tricky to open and close to put the little computer table into the van. That said, for the price, you seem to be getting a fair bit of lego here, and it's one of those sets that does get played with after construction and which seems to have universal appeal. Recommended, a nice small set with a surprising amount of play possibilities and with a traditonal feel and with only a few small minor issues which do not detract from its appeal to a child.