You probably didn't expect me to like LEGO that much that I'd use my birthday money on a LEGO set do you. I don't think anyone who knew me would have expected that either haha. I haven't played LEGO since my family moved to Hong Kong when I was 9, and I only started it again after Abby was about 3 years old, so even I didn't realise that I am so into it! But hey, LEGO is for everyone, and I love my hobby!
Out of all the LEGO range, LEGO Creator has especially caught my attention. I love the idea of full size buildings (not just the front half of the building) able to interconnect with each other, creating a street of LEGO buildings (we need a LEGO play room!). I love it that they are all made with basic pieces (you won't find a wall piece or car base piece in the Creator range), providing hours of building fun, yet you will still be surprised and impressed with the special pieces implemented into the sets, like the Light Brick in my LEGO Creator Family House set.
I bought the The LEGO Creator Family House set (aimed for 8 to 12 year-olds) when it was on offer, but the full price is only £59.99 for 756 pieces, and it can be built into 3 different styles (family house, villa as featured in this post and factory, with a manual for each provided), comes with 2 mini figures, and an awesome Light Brick! If you know LEGO, you'll know that it's a value for money set and I'm glad to start my LEGO Creator buildings collection with it! (My next goal is to buy the Parisian Restaurant! Any sponsors? #cheekyrequest)
I was a bit reluctant to share my joy with Abby, it is MY first LEGO set after all! But she is my daughter so I gave in after a little bit of struggle. She enjoyed helping me with it but soon gave up as she was distracted by the show on TV (I didn't purposely put something exciting on).
The set has provided me hours of fun, and I was so happy to build it brick by brick! I can see the benefit for ready build pieces as they provide smoother finish. I do prefer the LEGO Friends animals than the self-build bird on the tree of this set, for example. But it was fun nonetheless, and I can always use the house as a guideline and build another house with a mix from other sets to introduce interest. The point is, I've built a full house (instead of half) using the basic pieces, and it is stylish!
As it's a full house, they've tweaked the design a bit so that you can reach the interior easier by making the top 2 rooms removable (so you don't have to break the roof off the main building). It didn't occur to me to remove them for a picture! Oh well. The villa can also be split open vertically, and the house will click together back to back to hold it in place.
I love the villa's design, with a glass wall in the front like those customised posh houses you drive past randomly. I imagined that the man living in that house is a rich and successful entrepreneur, who has a different girlfriend every month! #stereotyping
The focus of the set is that Light Brick of course. The Villa's design is so clever! The Light Brick is actually built into the roof, but the ceiling lamp reflected the light, making it look like it came from the lamp. And when that lamp swings, so does the light! The kids were mesmerised and love to press the chimney (the small pointy one) to switch the light on and off. You do have to hold the chimney down to keep the light on, which is great for me as the kids would have kept it on all the time otherwise.
Overall I'm really happy with my birthday present, and I can't wait for the next opportunity to get another LEGO Creator building! I'm a bit like Lord Business and had to warn the kids not to break MY house too much. I don't think I'll go as far as gluing it together though!