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LEGO Review – S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier
I know that I’m supposed to have nothing but great things to say about this set because it’s so cool, right? Well guess again. For as much money as I spent on this set, can I just say: LEGO, print the runway tiles instead of using stickers.
I know that’s a common complaint among adults that build, but let’s face it. The stickers cause an unnatural gap in the runway. The shine on the stickers are also different than the dull texture on the large runway tiles. It would be nicer (visually) if they matched more. Also, the sticker doesn’t go to the edge of the tile on both sides.
This second complaint I feel is a bit more serious. In the instruction manual, there are pages where the colours change, which is hard to cope with because of the 2 shades of gray and black. Then after several pages, it reverts, then changes again. There are also several instances where the model should be rotated in the picture to make the instructions easier to understand on a set this large. I know there’s an “expert” label on this set, but I had to pull out some ninja moves on some of the pages.
After buying the set, I knew I should get the Power Functions because hey, it can light up! And spin!! The Power Functions turned out to be awesome once they are installed, however, you don’t have access to the button that turns it on which is sad. In fact, we’ve had to leave the panel covering the button only partially attached to gain access to the button. I made the mistake of fully attaching it, and almost wasn’t able to release it.
Interestingly, when I got the first item connected, the spin speed was amazing. However, once all four were connected, as one can expect, it was much slower. I would have much rather had two Power Functions installed so they could spin faster.
Overall, truth be told, I almost regret the set. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. I like the modular sets a lot better in general and now I see why. In terms of play-ability, I don’t know if there’s much since I put it on a high shelf because I thought the kids would break the model. Actually, one of the back thrusters fell off when they were “looking” at it.
If you’re a huge Marvel fan, then this is a good set to get. I feel like my fingers hurt after making this, but it sure does look nice put together.
LEGO Review – 41071 Elves Aira’s Creative Workshop
To harvest or not to harvest. That is the question. I got this set only because of the pieces. When I was in the store, I saw the scissors… then the ruler… then the golden wings, and the decorative pieces, and well, I simply NEEDED this set. Some of you out there know exactly what I mean with that capital need. Sure, we need food, water, and gas; but there’s also a need for sets and pieces like these. I did think about Bricklinking it, but they were all together in a neat little package.
When it came time to open the box, I was filled with joy from the sight of the scissors. I have no idea why. The ruler looks much cooler on the box. It’s a little less impressive in person. The hair is a nice addition to the collection. I sent a good amount of pieces to the “upstairs collection” whilst retaining my favorites for the “downstairs collection” hehe. I did think about building the set first, but I was feeling too lazy to take it all apart afterwards.
So, what are my thoughts about the set? If you have a daughter, I think the Elves line is cute for her. It’s not to say that a boy can’t enjoy this set, because trust me, he can. I just think of girls first since LEGO went with the doll style figure instead of the traditional minifigure style. If you’re into part harvesting, be sure to get this set. It’s just too cool. That’s what I think. It’s just too cool.