One of my favorite activities as a kid was building with Lego blocks. I still remember the first big set I got for Christmas. It was a big pirate ship and it was so fun to put together! One of the great things about Lego sets is that after your build them, you can take the pieces apart and use your imagination to create other things. It really helps develop creativity and understanding on how things are made.
As I got older, I don't remember what happened to my Legos, but we must have given them away at some point. I did not have Legos for a long time but they always remained a fond memory. Sometimes I would see them in stores and want to get them, but always passed it up.
Fast forward to present day, I started doing a little research online for Lego sets. I found the Lego Creator 3 in 1 Fast Car set (31046) on sale for $15. I liked the designs and it comes with a good amount of pieces (222) so after some thinking, I decided to treat myself to this set.
I was very excited to build it as it had been many years since the last time I worked with Legos. Opening it up, it has 3 packs of pieces divided by small, medium, and large, 2 base pieces, and separate instruction booklets for each vehicle. I set up my space and got to work making the car!
The age recommendation on the box was 7-12 but I think this is too limiting as it should say 7+ or 7-Adult because this set is fun and challenging enough for people even over the age of 12. The age range listed on Lego boxes may really be limiting their potential market. People like myself who grew up with Lego are now adults who can actually buy these sets. I think they should do more to market towards the older demographic as Lego sets are fun to build even as an adult.
I worked at a leisurely pace enjoying the building process and took the time to really appreciate the construction and the thought behind why each piece was chosen. I forgot how educational Lego building was. It makes you develop skills such as following instructions, attention to detail, understanding 3D models, and small piece assembly. Not to mention creativity if you decide to use the pieces to make your own designs. It makes me think, they should have Lego courses in school curriculums, seriously!
|Completed Fast Car|
Overall the Fast Car took about 2 ½ hours to build. I was very pleased with the process. It was easy to follow the instructions but challenging as well. In fact, I did make a couple mistakes along the way even when taking plenty of time to build carefully. In the end, I was impressed with the finished product.
The car looks good and has a solid feel. It also has cool features such as a retractable hard top, pop up hood, and Lamborghini style doors! I saw it had the convertible conversion on the box, but the doors were a pleasant surprise!
|Original Jet Plane Created|
Breaking the model back down to individual pieces took about one hour. I was already excited to use the blocks to make an original creation so I decided to make a plane. After some trial an error, I completed the plane and I think it turned out very well! It was a lot of fun using creativity and the limitations of a set to create a new model. As long as you have enough pieces, the possibilities are endless!
Overall I highly recommend this Lego set for anyone who is interested in Legos or even for those who may have never used Legos before. It is a great value and will provide hours of entertainment and education for everyone!