Who doesn't love Lego?
No-one, that's who. I daresay you can plonk a box of Lego in front of anyone and they'd be clicking bricks together in a matter of minutes. I plan to have Lego on the tables at my wedding to keep people occupied during speeches and food.
Specifically, this review is pertaining to the Disney Princess sets, of which I own four. I own four. I am an adult with no children and a mild obsession with Disney. However, I work with children so they provide a good excuse for me to place orders for sets I'd have to shamefully hide away otherwise.
The first set I got was Cinderella's carriage. It's an easy build with simple instructions, but the little details are what really brings it together. Inside the carriage are little seating compartments and open-and-shut windows, things that could easily have been left out but weren't. After we'd built it, the kids (boy and girl twins) spent the best part of two hours playing with it.
So I found the next three sets on eBay and disregarding all the bills I had to pay, I ordered them and brought them to work to build. The twins have had a difficult time lately and badly needed some distraction.
Rapunzel's tower was a big hit. The collapsible stairs are a stroke of genius, the little fireplace and balcony are incredibly intricate and the tiny paintbrushes and easel are so dinky. Girl twin declined to build much of it but played with it for ages afterwards. The stickers on the inside match up perfectly with the murals from the film.
We made Ariel's small set next, a treasure chest and some gates. Boy twin was gunning for this one, he loves anything to do with sea life. It was a quick build, less than half an hour, and not as many nice little details as Rapunzel's tower, but still a cute playset. Boy twin brought his octopus from a different Lego set for Ariel to fight over the treasure with.
The last set was the Merida set, and this was the one I was most eager to get. It did not disappoint. It comes with a catapult that we used to fire plastic cakes across the kitchen, a waterfall and open fire with a fish grilling on a spit (!) a target for Merida to shoot and a cutaway castle. There was even a little family portrait to hang on the inside wall.
The only downside is that the urge to buy more Lego increases after every set you buy. Apart from that, it's a perfect bonding tool, an excellent way to occupy the family on cold wet days and even though the princess sets are ostensibly 'for girls' it's a very gender neutral activity. Boy twin, a great perpetuater of the phrase "but that's for girls'loved all three sets, although he was more inclined to the Merida set.
Buy these sets. Or buy them for me. Please.