Let's get the elephant out of the room, yes this is a Friends set, and I know that's going to immediately turn some of you off, but before you stop reading please give me a few minutes to tell you why you should buy this set. I've revealed the conclusion at the start of the review (a big review no-no) but I want you to love this set as much as I do. Hailing from the busy streets, tranquil meadows, adventure-filled jungles, and sleepy suburbs of Heartlake City, LEGO have opened Heartlake City's Amusement Pier, grab your fanny-pack, we're going to the seaside!
I consider Creator 3 in 1 sets to be the closest theme to what Rebrickable is all about. Here's some parts, what can you build. Of course, these sets have hundreds of hours put into them to curate the parts to fit all models but essentially they are fun, versatile, and full of parts to add to your own MOC's. I wonder if this is a play 3-in-1 or a parts-pack 3-in-1, I call riding in the cow!
I have built exactly 2 Brickheadz before this set. I have last years Christmas ones that I got cheap in January but saved til this Christmas, and the Back to the Future ones waiting to be built. The two I built are Homer Simpson and Krusty the Clown. I was surprised to find them really good builds. They had nice little secrets, and really good techniques. Unforunately I was late to the Brickheadz game, The Simpsons double pack were the last licensed ones released before the themes slowdown. In 2019 we have only had seasonal releases and some promotional ones. I liked the offerings but it wasn't until the Ghost and Scarecrow that I saw some I would actually buy. I'm luckily enough to have gotten a Scarecrow from LEGO to review, the Ghost is all for me!
Today a mini-review. I'll be looking at MOC-30664 Custom RC 42110 Landrover Defender. This MOC is from the outside the same as the 42110-1 Landrover Defender, but underneath, PowerFunctions are added that make the model remote controlled. What I am most curious at, is the performance. The Landrover is not a small or light model. Will the 2 motors be enough to power the car?
Harry Potter is one of the few themes my wife gets excited to see. She's a much bigger fan than me and I use her love of the material to get my hands on some LEGO. That being said, I've never been disappointed by a LEGO Harry Potter set, they always have great playability and are nice builds. Hopefully the Clock Tower won't break that streak.
I'm a big City fan. from their versatile sets and reasonable prices I think it's up there with the best themes. And I think it's a largely ignored theme. Now I do have complaints about LEGO's current trend of stretching the theme a bit (a lot!), but at it's core, the Police, Fire, Hospital, Bank, Shop sets are great builds, great fun, and full of Minifigures, if they're your thing. As soon as I saw the Donut on the roof of this LEGO building I knew it had to be a set I reviewed. Luckily I have the opportunity, I hope it's as awesome as it looks.
There's a few major cities in America that have a big impact on the country, or the world even. The Windy City, The Big Apple, The City of Angels, all great places rich with architecture, history, and people. But none have such an impact despite being relatively small (footprint not population) and hidden away like The City by the Bay. It's become the tentpole city for progressive ideas and artistic creativity. And has such recognisable landmarks it's hard to believe it's taken this long to create a Skyline set of it.