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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2009
We got this as a Christmas gift for our 7-year-old son. He opened it at approximately 8am and by 10pm that evening he had the whole thing built. He was so engrossed by it he wanted to have his dinner brought out to him so he could keep building. He was able to do almost the entire set by himself with a little help from Grandpa on about 2-3 tricky parts.

The kit has a building and 3 construction vehicles to build. Now that it is all together he is still playing with all the guys and has even reconfigured one of the vehicles.

It was a little pricey at almost $100 but for all we got I think it was money well spent. We have found that the City sets are some of the best ones. They have more to build and less prefabricated sections as opposed to the sets based on TV shows or movies. Also my son seems to play with these sets long after the original building is done compared to the sets that have less pieces.

I have to say that overall Legos have been some of the best toys we have gotten our son. He loves following the directions, doing it by himself and then showing off his efforts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2009
My nephew & I had a great time putting this set together. I purchased it as a tool in helping him to concentrate and focus as he was having problems in those areas in school. So, it was a great educational tool as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2009
my grandson got this for christmas and just loves it. he has been playing with it for the last two days non stop.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2009
This was my first big Lego kit, put together with my 10 year old daughter. The bags and manuals were well-organized according to the part of the set you are assembling. There did happen to be three parts that were missing, but I filled out a painless form on the Lego site and they will apparently be here in a few weeks. Out of almost 900 pieces, missing 3 is not bad. (We used cafeteria trays to hold the loose pieces, and since all three are the same and only instances of that item, I am certain they were left out of the kit rather than lost.)

My only complaint with this set is that it took us about three hours, and that's after slowing down when we realized the fun would be over so soon. I really thought that a $90 set would last a little longer, but maybe that's because replay value for us is limited. My daughter loves assembling Legos but not really playing with the finished product. However, they are still cool to look at and display. In fact, I don't know that she'll let her 8 year old brother play with them, since they do seem to be a bit fragile. I can see vital parts easily coming off and being lost. Regardless, we will certainly be collecting more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
I purchased this for my son for his 8th birthday. We had a lot of fun putting this together, and it kept us all occupied for a couple of hours.

I love that the pieces are separated into numbered bags that match the instruction books. With so many small pieces, it would be difficult to sift through one large bag to find the right pieces. I think it's great that the booklets are made with pictures, so even kids who cannot yet read can follow along. This set has some really cool pieces to build, and the details are amazing. There are little handheld radios for the Lego Mini figs, shovels, hooks, and chains. It offers plenty of enjoyment as a playset once it is assembled. What's even better though, is the hours of enjoyment after these things are disassembled. When I purchase these larger, more expensive lego sets, I look for sets that don't have tons of 'specialized' parts...I want parts and pieces that my son can use with his own imagination, and you should see some of the vehicles he has come up with in his own little mind! This set has provided hours upon hours of entertainment for my son, and it still hasn't worn off after several weeks!

A few points to keep in mind:
1. Lego is pretty much spot-on with their age recommendations. This set contains MANY very small parts. It's not a great choice for very young kids, nor kids who aren't yet very good with picking up their things.
2. Don't expect a very young child to be able to put these together without help....enjoy the time you can spend assembling this WITH your child!
3. It's a good idea to open the bags one at a time, as suggested by Lego, into a bin or some sort of container. If you rip into these all at once, you'll find yourself digging through a LOT of pieces to locate the right ones for the thing you're working on!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2009
This was a Christmas gift for my five year old. We had a blast putting it together, and he was able to follow most of the directions himself. There are separate instruction books for each vehicle that are very clear, with pictures (no words) that are detailed enough for you to figure out what needs to be done. Each step is thoughtfully broken out into do-able segments, but it sometimes is an exercise in "how is the picture in this step different from the last picture?" If your kid likes "I Spy", they'll love this. We had fun exercising counting skills to identify the different parts by the number of 'pegs', along with color and shape. You might need to help small fingers press some of the flat panel pieces and small one peg pieces in place, so be available.

THE BAD: A lot of the parts are held only by shallow Lego pegs, so as your child tries to play with the vehicles they will continually fall apart. The crane is especially bad since it has the most moving parts and is most complex. The rotating base easily pulls off the truck frame. The winch will fall off each-and-every-time your child tries to winch anything up (I am going to attach it with small self-tapping screws). Your kids will soon learn to hold the crane boom mounts onto the crane base to keep that too from pulling loose every time they try to lift anything. In the time it took to write this review I have rebuilt the loader twice because when it gets dropped the undercarriage seems to explode from the tension of the rubber tracks. So be prepared: all those cool moving parts will separate a LOT and your kids will be reassembling it over and over and over again. My five year old absolutely loves it though, in spite of the frustration of repeated reassembly.

TIPS: I suggest getting a shallow box or large brownie pan to empty the large bags of parts in and a small bowl for the small bag of tiny parts inside the larger bags. This makes sorting a lot easier and prevents loss. Also, give yourself plenty of time to complete the crane. This is the largest and most complex project, and will take well over an hour (of course, my boy wanted to start with that piece). Keep the books! You will need them when the inevitable drop/breakage occurs and you need to reassemble a part. NOTE: there are some parts in an unmarked bag. Don't panic if you can't find a part in the labeled bag: look in the unmarked bag. I found every part needed after some initial alarm. And there are lots of extra, small parts for some reason that I suppose you could use for something.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2009
This is a great set of Legos for 3 boys!
Legos are always fun, and this "kit" is no exception!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2010
Lego City construction Site was a great choice for a gift and provides hours of creative fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2010
I purchased there for my nephews 5th birthday. He loves them. Love the fact that you can keep adding to the set. They also help children with their small motor coordination skills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
good quality, fast delievery and a good price, kids are learning to build differnt things and be proud of themselves
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