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My son just loves Lego. He doesn't really seem to mind all that much which kind of Lego he has and he has various character sets such as Harry Potter and SpongeBob as well as just blocks in which he can build anything he likes. One thing in which he has taken a real shine to over the past twelve months is the Lego Hero Factory range and he has collected a few and was adamant he wanted to use his spends that he had saved to purchase one of the larger models. He chose to buy the Black Phantom model from Smyths toy shop where it cost £14.99 but it is available for a pound or so less on amazon.
Many of the Lego Hero Factory figures come in a foil lined bag but as the Black Phantom is one of the larger figures he came packed in a good sized cardboard box which showed a picture of the completed figure on the front as well as the product name. On the box you are told that the figure is suitable for ages nine to sixteen but in all honesty I am not sure where they have got that figure from! My son was six when he bought this earlier in the year and he has had no problems with it at all!
When you open up the box all of the instructions required and the pieces are in a plastic wrapper inside. As always I think the instructions with Lego are excellent and you are able to follow them step by step as they are given in full colour and you are not expected to take on too much at each step. You will find that with the Lego Hero Factory products that they aren't your traditional block Lego and they are more formed plastic pieces which slot together as some have a rounded ball on the end and they will fit in to the hole on the adjoining piece. My son was familiar with this type of Lego product as he used to love Ben 10 and they had a whole range of Lego aliens to tie in to the show which were made from the same sort of pieces. As such my son was able to build this all by himself and I think it is always good when a child can do this as they take so much pride in achieving something independently. Again I am not sure where the 9-16 years comes in to force really as I feel children could build these themselves or with a little guidance much younger.
When built the Black Phantom is pretty impressive and stands at around ten inches tall. He looks like a typical villain with his pointed head and green eyes but you could use him as a good guy should you wish! The figure has good wide feet and so it can stand up unaided which my son likes as he likes to have the figure on display on his book case when he isn't playing with it. The figure feels like it is made from good quality plastic which is likely to be hard wearing and he feels pretty steady as well. I always worry that my son will build something lovely with Lego and then actually play with it and it will end up breaking. He isn't particularly rough with his toys but I think that can just be the nature of Lego products sometimes. This one seems to be holding together well though and what is nice is the design isn't overly complex and so if by chance one of the arms should pop out of place it is easy to rectify quickly and without much drama!
My son does like to play with this figure and I think a lot of that is down to the fact that he has weapons which can be used against some of the other figures in the range and so he can fire out a red ball or hit them with a lance with a spiky ball on the end! What I like about this figure is that it is completely flexible through it's legs, arms and head and so my son can move it around easily, bend its at the knee or elbow and not worry about it breaking and so he is happier in his play this way. The Black Phantom fits nicely in to the set of Lego Hero Factory figures my son already has and I think most young boys would really enjoy playing with this one.
For the money you don't really get an awful lot to be fair and I think I would have been happier my son paying £9.99 for this as opposed to £14.99 but I suppose that is just the way it is with most Lego products as they are expensive for what they are but well made and will last many years if looked after properly. For fans of the Hero Factory range this particular figure will certainly be a hit and so for that reason I can recommend it.
Thank you for reading my review!