24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2010
My children love playing with this new passenger plane.
The 3181 is smaller and easier to play with than the larger Lego Passenger plane.
This plane is large enough to carry mini-figures while still being small enough to be carried by the younger children.
The smaller size does not allow as many mini-figures to be carried nor as much cargo as the larger plane.
Overall, my children give this Lego kit very high ratings, making it a welcome addition alongside the Lego Air Mail plane or Lego City Seaplane.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2011
I have always loved legos as a kid, and even to this day I still love them,and still have a huge container of them in my closet (even though I'm now in my mid 20's). Problem is that I have noticed in the past years that as fun/cool as lego kits are they are becoming REALLY overpriced.
However they do go on sale/become cheaper from time to time so when I saw this kit at my local target for about $35...rather than $45-50. I couldn't resist. The kit itself is pretty cool, and some of the pieces are really intersting, considering I can still remember the last airplane/airport kit that lego released 10-15 yrs ago....I actually had it,and from what I can remember from how the plane looked/was put together this one is a definite step up from it w/ the improvement of how they create the plastic pieces used, like the nose and tail of the plane, so this one looks a lot cleaner/better than old the blocky/square airliner kit.
When I got it, I was actually a bit surprised how big it actually was when I finished it.The plane in this kit is over a foot long and pretty easy to put together so you get a good model that's actually pretty big for under $40...plus you also get the little tug as well.
While I also like the plane w/ the sliding door that's in the full airport kit, I would NOT pay $80 for it, so this was great.
Anybody into flying/legos will probably like and as I've sad if you can get it for under $40 it's a great buy
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2010
I bought this set for my 5 year old son, who has quickly come to love Lego toys/sets, particularly the "City" line. This is his 4th set since the summer and he's enjoyed assembling, dismantling and reassembling each one. This is also the biggest one he's built pretty much solo and he's had a grand time doing it. The line is challenging enough in that you have to pay attention to detail to assemble it properly but it's also easy enough for his fingers to be able to do the majority of the work himself. There are some pieces that require adult assistance but that's mostly when it comes to taking it apart, once the pieces have been snapped together quite firmly. My son absolutely loves planes of all types and this has become one of his favorite toy planes.
Overall, the pieces are well constructed and fit well. The end product also looks enough like an actual plane while still not being mistaken for anything but a Lego toy. The colors, as always, are vibrant and, to date, it has held up quite well. My son is quite careful with it so I can't say whether it will or won't stand up to rough play. Then again, I don't think that's what the hallmark of Lego toys is.
My son is very happy with it and he's already looking forward to his next purchase to he can continue building his city.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2011
i bought this for my 4 year old. he really enjoys it. its very easy to put together and seem sturdy. however, one big problem - the people's heads are too high for the airplane and the seats don't really hold the people in. i am going to fix this on my own, but i was surprised about how poorly designed it is. my son has 15 lego people and when you fill the seats up, some heads don't fit and ALL the lego people can barley stay in their seat because they need 4 pegs not 2 to snap into... not a huge deal, but my son loves playing w/the lego people in the plane and they are always falling out...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2011
I love the passenger plane.
you can put up to 6 people in the plane.
it stays together reasonably well
if you have baggage, there is not much room to put it
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
My son and I really enjoy this set. He's 7 and was able to complete a large majority of the build himself. I did pitch in toward the end, as it does take a while for a 7 year old. He has a pretty good number of lego sets, so we have a good base to compare this one to. Overall, this is a really nice set, with a solid build, meaning it doesn't fall apart easily.
Once built, the set has the airplane, the tow truck, the radar tower, and two minifigs.
The plane is well built, and not too difficult, though it does take some time. It opens by taking off the top part of the fuselage. Once open, you can put about 8 minifigs in a single row in the plane. The engines can be spun by hand, and the wing tips can be tilted. There's a passenger minifig complete with a briefcase.
The tow truck and its driver minifig has a tow cable that snaps into the bottom side of the plane's nose cone, and can tow it around.
The radar tower can spin around.
Overall, Lego City sets are made from more traditional and standard pieces as compared to other themed sets like Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc. Therefore, if you're looking for more of a classic Lego feel and experience, the City sets are the way to go. With less specialized parts, they're easier to integrate into other sets and learn building techniques.
I highly recommend this set for any Lego fan. Younger kids will need some help with building it, but once built it is sturdy and will appeal to any lego fan.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2010
My son absolutely loves this and anything Lego-related and, I have to say, so do I. Although sometimes I feel that the Lego sets are somewhat overpriced, you can't argue with the fact that the whole Lego concept is so enduring and durable. Lego is one of the only things in our house that is constantly played with by my two sons and they use their imagination to adapt the sets into other (often bizarre!) objects/vehicles/space ships etc.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
I bought this lego airplane for my 8 year old nephew for Christmas and he loved it! He was able to put it all together by himself. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2011
This set was brillant, i decided to get one ever since I saw a review. The airport wwas actually bigger then I thought, so I plan to purchase a passenger plane, to complete the airport effect. The Jet holds 12 people. The terminals good, but not excellent, it lacks in detail and realism. The airtraffic control tower I can not fault in any ways, its a brillant design! A downside to this set is a lack of minifigures! I mean 1 pilot for a 2 piloted big jet? Come on lego thats abit wierd and 1 passenger for a jet that big? It could also have a couple mroe staff, not forgetting another set of whees at the back of the airport stairs, I mean, 2 wheels? But overall its a good set, i'd recmend it anyone who is a a Lego City fan.
Realistic control tower
Suitcase pully and boarding stairs
Lack of Minifigures
Dull airport terminal (Inside)
Door on plane falls of easily.
No airport gate! (Come on Lego, there was one in the 2009 model!)
Overall, I'd rate this set a..... 8.5 it's a brillant set, but I dont think it quiet reachs my expectations, the 2009 airport had many more playabilty features on the terminal, but this doesn't, but its grate value for money!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2011
Purchased this along with the city tank truck for my sons fifth birthday. He absoulutely loves them! They are currently taking up residence on the dining room table with all his other city toys. Instructions are easy to follow for a four/five year old and he can keep them for reference later on when things may fall apart or get taken apart. Great toy for this age group, teaches them how to follow step by step instructions and fine motor skills.