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We bought this for our daughters 7th birthday as she is a big Lego fan. Firstly I must say that the age on the box is about right although children at the age of 6 will still need some help from parents to construct this. My daughter has been building Lego for several years and is quite good at following instruction, however she still needed a little help on the way. The Lego set itself is smaller than expected and the box is a little misleading on size, however the quality of the house itself is first class and as expected from this leading brand. To help with the construction the booklet is broken down into sections with numbered bags which is really useful, a big tip would be to try and put these back into each bag upon dismantling to make life as easy as possible for younger children to re-erect later. The set is also part of the Lego friends range with many other sets to purchase along side this so you can build your own little village. Price wise it is expected that Lego is not going to be cheap. We paid £60 for this set which in my opinion is about as much as I would like to pay for a set of this size. You do however get what you pay for and cheaper alternatives simply do not match the quality of Lego.
This was a 2012 christmas gift for a 5 year old. It was top of her santa wish list, and mrs claus (moi) got it for an excellent price of £44.99!
I cant remember for sure, but I think the box contained 5 different bags of lego bits, all arranged into "sections". Daughter quickly set to work on the bag containing all the doll/figure pieces, and they were assembled in seconds ... and then she looked at the instruction book ... "DADDY!"
Now, our girl has been playing with lego since the age of 3, she is pretty good at building the kits herself, or with minimal help, but I think the sheer size of the instruction book put her off straight away! As it happened, once she settled down with daddy, she was able to do most of the construction herself, with daddy picking out the bricks in advance for the next section. It took a little over 45 minutes, and I have to say, the finished house was beautiful! Yes, it is small, but its lego! The stickers are a little flimsy and more than one was ripped before being put into place (by accident of course!). All the little detail pieces really do make this set what it is, a lawnmower, a swing that really swings! Perfume bottle, laptop, tv, flowers...
The house remained set up for almost 5 months, and it was played with almost daily for this period, along with all her other lego sets that make up the little village currently over taking her bedroom!
Daughter finally decided she would like to try a different house design (it can be set up in 3 or 4 different layouts) but rather than waiting for help, she decided to break it all apart, and being such a helpful little girl, tidied the bits up by putting them into her large lego container - with all the other unfinished, broken sets and spare pieces! Unfortunatly, that is where the house now remains, however, when I next have a week off work, I have promised that we will sort through and build the house again! ... Honest!
Our youngest asked santa for this last year, and he was kind enough to oblige! Out of the box it is a rather lengthy booklet, and several numbered bags of lego pieces. There are a lot of pieces, some very small, and al in pretty pinks / purples, or the neutral cream. It took our 5 year old 2 hours to build - with help from mummy & daddy. The actual house is the difficult bit - we made the mistake of putting one single brick of the wrong colour in the wrong place and then had to undo almost 20 mins worth of building later on!! The house can be built in three different ways, we chose the main design shown on the box. Once built it looked amazing, mummy & daughter spent a good 90 minutes having barbeques, mowing the lawn, and loosing the cat down the chimney (dont ask)!
The stability was excellent, with almost daily use it was several weeks befor bits began to "fall off", or rather 5 year old got bored of the layout! It's now 5 months later, the house was completely dismantled several weeks ago and rebuilt into several 5 year old creations! And just yesterday 5 year old and her 12 year old sister used it to create hogwarts castle - amazing! And I just know this will get daily play yet again for weeks to come! Definitely worth the price, definitely got staying power - buy it!
I can't say I'm a big fan of the Lego Friends range - it's a shame they had to make it so girlie and seem to want to pigeon hole girls - but all that said this build has totally won me over and this set was a huge hit with my 6 year old daughter, who got it for Christmas it's just fantastic!
The house comes in room modules that fit together, and which can be arranged in different configurations so that you can make a town house or 4 storey building, once the build is done. In the box there's a bag for each room so the set can be made up over time, number 1-7, starting with the living room and finishing with the garden. It's not the biggest of houses once made, to give you an idea of size, by my measurements each room is about 13cm long by 8cm high and 6.5cm deep. However, given the compactness of the rooms there's an incredible amount of detail and some very interesting pieces. I couldn't fail to but to be won over by my daughter's delight in constructing the tiny swivelling LCD screen in the living room, the oven complete with tray in the kitchen and the shower unit with opening doors. There's a bbq in the garden with a lid that opens and closes and even a swing and a parasol on the roof garden. There's just so much detail and play value with this set once made, especially as you get three mini-figures (including a male Lego friend with strange stubble) and a cute cat to play with and a number of accessories like a lawnmower and a little mixer, bowl and cupcakes. All the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Yes this set is unashamedly pink, but it's great on promoting imaginative play with any other sets that you might, Lego friends or not. My daughter is happy enough to play with her Lego city fire truck with this, just as much as with her other Lego sets. We have the tree house set (3315) designed to go with this too. It is a nice add on but not as good value as the house as it's quite small and expensive at around £20 - the house itself seems to be priced from around £50-70, at the lower price I think it is fairly good value.
My daughter was able to build this set with minimal help and has played with it a lot once built. Quite often I find sets can be made up and then ignored forever, not so this one which can be played with once made and which can be made up in different ways, not only can you reorganise the rooms but all the furniture and elements within it can be put in different places in the rooms, meaning this set promotes creativity and play in a way some sets fail to do so. All in all despite my reservations when I bought this set as a gift for my daughter, I have been pleasantly surprised by this house which was just great fun to make, which looks great when constructed and which has great play value - highly recommended.