MEGATech Showcase: Return of the LEGO Playsets Beth Snyder October 19, 2017 Features It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, hasn’t it? LEGO hasn’t stopped making new playsets regardless of whether or not I’ve written about them, and today’s collection is a pretty darn fine one. Get your creative juices flowing, and let’s see what we can build together! First up is this year’s Halloween set. It’s recommended for ages 7 and up, and contains 145 pieces including a fireplace with black gates, fire, pumpkin head and a cauldron, along with rat and spider figures and a vampire and skeleton minifig. The set measures 2” (7cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 4” (11cm) deep, and will add a fun element to your regular Halloween display. Price is a mere $22.90 US. Following Halloween (because I couldn’t find a Thanksgiving theme) is the Winter Village Station. This one has 902 pieces, and is recommended for ages 12 and up. You get five minifigs: a bus driver, barista, grandmother, child, and a ticket agent. The station itself is snow-covered, and contains clock tower, platform, coffee shop, ticket counter, grade crossing with twin barriers and lights, lampposts, mailbox and green trees, plus a bus. The ticket counter features a timetable and a transaction counter window, while the coffee shop has a serving hatch and a detailed interior with espresso machine, cups, cash register and a menu. But wait, there’s more! The bus is also packed with goodies: Festive decoration, opening doors, luggage rack with removable luggage and gift wrapped packages, and a removable roof for accessing the detailed interior. It’s not cheap at $79.99 US, but it is a fabulous addition to the other pieces in the Village. It’s related to snow, and so it comes next. This, obviously, is the Star Wars Snowspeeder from (as far as I’m concerned) the third and final movie in the franchise. This one is recommended for ages 14 and up, and contains an incredible 1703 pieces. The two minifigs are a Rebel Snowspeeder Pilot and Gunner, and it includes opening airbrakes, rotating rear gun, and an opening cockpit in which those minifigs can sit. With its display stand, it measures over 8” (21cm) high, 15” (39cm) long and 11” (29cm) wide, and over 4” (11cm) high without stand. You also get electrobinoculars, a Snowspeeder Pilot helmet and a Snowspeeder Gunner helmet, and two blaster pistols. Price on this set is $199.99 US. And now we segue to space, which kind of makes sense. Meet the LEGO Ideas Nasa Apollo Saturn V 21309 Building Kit, which contains 1969 pieces and is recommended for age 14 and up. The rocket is in approximately 1:110 scale, and measures 39 inches (100cm) high and 6 inches (17cm) in diameter. Features include a removable first rocket stage, removable s-ii second rocket stage – both with rocket engine details, and a removable s-ivb third rocket stage with the Apollo spacecraft and rescue rocket at top of the whole spacecraft, plus 3 stands to display the 6224324 horizontally. Take one home today for about $185.00 US. I can’t think of a way to justify this segue, so we’ll just ignore that and move on. Recommended for ages 7-12 (although who’s going to complain if someone older wants to play?), this is the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 Building and Coding Kit. It has 840 pieces, plus a Move Hub, Interactive Motor and a Color & Distance Sensor. The Move Hub features Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light, while the Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion and color, and can also function as a light. Instructions for building all five models are included, along with the free LEGO Boost app. It does require six AAA 1.5V batteries (not included). Be aware a tablet is required to build and play with LEGO BOOST and is also compatible with select Kindle devices: the FIRE HD 10 (2015), All-New FIRE 7 (2017), the All-New FIRE HD 8 (2017), and the Fire HD 8 (2016). Cost on this one is $159.95 US. And now we enter the Land of Ninjago for the remainder of the post. This is the 4867-piece Ninjago City, and it is the third-largest LEGO set currently available. It’s recommended for age 16 and up, and is a hugely-detailed 3-level model connected by a sliding elevator. Level one (ground level) contains a fish market, house, a bridge over a stream, and a fishing boat. Level two has a fashion store, comic book store, crab restaurant with ‘crab-grilling’ function and cash-dispensing ATM. The third and final level features Lloyd Garmadon and Misako’s apartment, a rooftop sushi bar with sushi conveyor belt, and a radio tower. It’s got 16 minifigs: Jay, Kai and Lloyd Garmadon, Green Ninja Suit, Misako, Jamanakai Villager, Sally, Ivy Walker, Konrad, Severin Black, Tommy, Guy, Juno, Mother Doomsday, Shark Army Gunner and Officer Noonan, plus Sweep the maintenance robot. Ninjago City measures 24” (63cm) high, 12” (31cm) wide and 16” (42cm) deep, and the fishing boat measures 1” (4cm) high, 3” (10cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide. Take one home today for $299.99 US. To go with your Ninjago City, how about Destiny’s Bounty? This also has 3 levels (top deck, Wu’s dojo, mid-deck/hull), double-headed dragon figurehead, Wu’s bedroom with bed, a bathroom in the hull, dojo with a scroll, training dummy and weapons. The seven included minifigs are Wu, Kai, Lloyd, Zane, Nya, Jay and Cole. There’s weaponry, too! You get a laser-style pointer, 4 golden sais, katanas, crossbow, black stone warrior sword, 2 golden shurikens and an Aeroblade with golden blades. Totaling 2295 pieces and recommended for ages 9-14, this one measures 17in (45cm) high, 21in (55cm) long and 6in (17cm) wide and can be yours for $159.95 US. Our final entry in today’s Showcase is the LEGO Ninjago Movie Green Ninja Mech Dragon. This is a much smaller set at just 544 pieces, but it’s packed full of goodies like 4 minifigs (The Green Ninja, Wu, Garmadon and Charlie), The Green Ninja’s tasseled sword, Wu’s staff, Garmadon’s laser-style pointer and 2 katanas, and Charlie’s fish spear. It features features minifigure cockpit, articulated snapping jaws, posable body, wheel-activated swooshing tail with spikes, 2 leg-mounted stud shooters, 2 pop-out thrusters in front legs, and measures 5in (13cm) high, 23in (60cm) long and 4in (12cm) wide. Add it to your collection for $49.99 US. Recommended for ages 8-14. 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