Last year, LEGO has kindly chosen us as one of their 2014 LEGO Family blogger and we were given plenty of fantastic opportunities to play with sets from themes that we would normally not buy (we always went for our favourite themes first), and be amazed by the way their bricks and sets are designed (they are just so clever!).
Out of all the themes, Abby was really taken by the launched in 2014 LEGO Mixels. Every time she receives one from LEGO or buy one herself using her pocket money when she's allowed, she gets so excited like it's the best day ever! She doesn't mind building them over and over again either.
Clay, on the other hand, absolutely loves LEGO vehicles, no matter which set it is from and how big or small it is. He does get clumsy and we always have to fix his LEGO cars for him, but it's just so cute watching him cherish them so much. He has started trying to build LEGO himself, and will sometimes build something that looks logical but isn't part of the design. Maybe one day he'll become a master builder like his cousin Luca!
|Witch hats as chunky eyebrows. Who would have thought?|
I actually bought the Ninjago car for Luca's Christmas present before we received this box, as it's just so him, and I was aiming for the favourite auntie title too! The car quickly went out of stock, so it must be a very popular Ninjago playset. Since Luca already had one, Clay get to keep the car and he really loved it even though it's from a theme we never bought (big brother's influence!). He was reluctant to let go when I had to hide it so Luca will be surprised when he opened his own.
|Car frame built from pieces instead of made from a whole piece|
|Left: Clay asked me where the ball was when he saw the basket piece, which is actually part of the exhaust. So clever!|
The LEGO Ninjago X-1 Ninja Charger (rrp £34.99) contains 426 LEGO pieces and stickers and 3 minifigures. We were amazed when we realised that the motor bike we built in book 1 fitted inside the car. You can launch the motor bike by pressing the flame-red exhaust, and the rotating engine can also fire laser missiles. It is a very cool car!
To be honest I wasn't very keen in LEGO Technic pieces as it doesn't look very LEGO to me (obviously still living in the past), but I have to admit that they give the playset a lot more flexibility in what they can do, and it is pretty awesome when you see a car built from scratch using a mix of LEGO Technic pieces and original LEGO bricks.
For a LEGO Ninjago fan, this is a playset that should be added to the collection. It's currently out of stock from LEGO's online store but deliveries are expected on the 20th January 2015, so not really too long to wait.
On a side note, I received a LEGO VIP newsletter saying that LEGO is currently running a competition for VIPs only to win a mostly paid for (including air tickets and hotel, plus selected meals too!) inside tour in their Denmark factory (in June 2015)! That is any LEGO fans' dream trip! All you have to do is become a VIP member for free, each order (once a day) you put through on their web store before 21st January 2015 earns you 1 entry. You can find out more here. Good luck! x