As you can probably imagine, my youngest two sons who are 9 and 6 absolutely adore building and playing with Lego, so it is always a lovely treat and surprise when the kind team at Lego send us some products for the boys to try out.
Just recently, we were sent a new set of Lego Mixels from Series 4. These are such funny little characters, they’re all monsters, but pretty friendly looking ones, and there’s just enough of a challenge required to put them together, without it taking too long, so they can be played with soon enough. As the name suggests, they also lend themselves to some mixing and matching fun, so the boys will quite often build them as they are intended, carefully following the instructions, but then after a little while adapt them, adding different Lego pieces to give the Mixels some new features such as hover boards and futuristic weapons. I do love the way these creatures stimulate their imaginations and I think they would be just great as easter treats, not only to keep the children happily entertained for a while, but they make a good alternative to all those chocoate easter eggs!
Favourites were Rokit, the ‘unhinged trooper from the intrepid Orbitons tribe’ and fire-breathing Burnard, who is a ‘giggling fool from the magma wastelands’ and laughs at everything. And ‘Globert’ really does glow in the dark, which was pretty cool to discover!
The boys were also lucky to receive some of those perennial favourites, the Lego mini figures. They have adored the recent collections of Minifig characters because they have a great new interactive element. The packs come with unique codes which allow children to unlock those same characters to play with online in the very enjoyable LEGO Minifigures Online game.
The current series of Minifigs is number 13 and as always there is a great variety of little people, this time consisting of an Alien Trooper, Carpenter, Classic King, Disco Diva, Egyptian Warrior, Evil Wizard, Fencer, Galaxy Trooper, Goblin, Hot Dog Man, Lady Cyclops, Paleontologist, Samurai, Sheriff, Snake Charmer and Unicorn Girl. These are some of the boys’ current favourites:
Again, these little individual packs, like the Mixels, would make great easter egg basket treats or party bag fillers for any get-togethers with children over the holidays. It is always great fun ripping open the packs and discovering which person you have inside – and if my boys happen to double up, they just swap them with each other or with friends.
We also took delivery of some fantastic new Bionicle toys from Lego which we will cover next time – very exciting!
Thank you to Lego for gifting us these items for review purposes.