Product Type: Re:creation Group Plc Novelty Toy
Newest Review: ... he's much bigger than that at around 7cm high, 3cm wide. If you use him as a keyring, he probably won't fit fantastically in a pocket, h... more
This Lego Man is 'Armless!
Lego Key Light Keyring
Member Name: jo1976
Lego Key Light Keyring
Advantages: Fun, functional, inexpensive
Disadvantages: Arms eventually fell off, quite bulky when used as a key ring
We're a big fan of Lego in our household, so we were delighted when Lego started branching out and producing lots of new Lego branded merchandise a few years ago. One of our first Lego branded gadgets was this incredibly cute key ring. Based on the ever-popular Lego mini-figures, this Lego man is around twice the size of his usual counterparts but every bit as endearing, although this is not intended to come apart in the same way that a 'normal' Lego figure would do. The arms and legs are movable, however, so the little lad does have some appeal as a novelty toy as well as being a practical device.
I tend to find Lego products, especially the merchandise and gadgets, to be over-priced as the Lego brand generally warrants a premium price tag. I was surprised by how inexpensive this fun little novelty key ring actually was. My oldest son actually bought this originally a couple of years ago now and paid around £5 from Toys R Us. (The key ring was then adopted by my husband before I eventually managed to accrue it!) Even now, the key ring is still widely available and can be picked up for around the £5-£6 mark which I think is very reasonable for such an attractive and practical branded product.
As a keyring, this Lego man fulfils his primary role perfectly well, with the key ring being securely attached. The only drawback to its design is that the chunky not-so-mini-figure does make the key ring quite bulky. This can be handy if my keys are loose in my bag but also proves to be a minor inconvenience when they are in my pocket. This was one of the reasons that the Lego man ended up getting transferred on to my keys, rather than my husband's, as he found the thing a little too cumbersome when used alongside quite a collection of keys.
As well as being a practical key holder, with the key ring rather painfully drilled into the poor man's head, this clever key ring also incorporates a fully functional torch. The torch is operated by a simple press on Lego man's tummy and the bulbs have been cleverly incorporated into the base of each foot. For a novelty item, the torch feature is suprisingly bright and effective. Admittedly, you probably wouldn't want to use it to change a tyre in the pitch dark or rummage around in the loft (I've tried the latter) but for a small torch that is always ready to hand, it has come in useful. Even more pleasing is the fact that the small button cell batteries needed come ready installed and are replaceable, although I never actually needed to replace the batteries at all so this is certainly economical to 'run'.
My kids, especially my two year old son, do love this keyring, especially the torch feature, so it has been mauled about and survived being chewed and sucked and generally abused for quite some time. (Most parents will acknowledge how much babies love keys even without a cute man and a torch to play with!) For the most part, my little Lego man withstood this treatment and survived life being tossed about in my pockets and bags without too much damage. There is only so much any Lego man can take, however, and mine did lose an arm after a few months. Unlike 'real' Lego, attempts to reattach the arm weren't as great and it kept falling off once it had been loosened until the arm eventually managed to go missing altogether. My man soldiered on for quite some time after that until disaster struck again and the second arm went astray. At this point I felt it time to wave goodbye to my little friend (sadly, he couldn't return the compliment) and he went off to the big Lego toy box in the sky.
Despite my key ring's sad demise, I do feel that this was great value for money. It's lovely to find something that's fun and functional and this keyring is certainly deserving of the Lego branding and all the positive associations that go along with it. I haven't replaced this Lego keyring since breaking it but I'd certainly be pleased if somebody decided to buy me another. This would make a great stocking filler for anybody that still loves Lego and comes highly recommended.
Summary: An excellent fun and functional little novelty gadget that Lego fans will love