LEGO Disney Princess – Ariel’s Magical Kiss Review

LEGO Disney Princess Ariel's Magical Kiss

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Introduction

LEGO Disney Princess – Ariel’s Magical Kiss is the latest LEGO set that I put together with my daughter. The Little Mermaid is currently her second favorite Disney movie behind Frozen. There aren’t any Disney Frozen LEGO sets yet so we decided on The Little Mermaid. ┬áThis set is based on the boat ride that Prince Eric and Ariel take in the middle of the movie. In this scene the animals are trying to get Prince Eric to kiss Ariel to break the spell and regain her voice.

Quick Stats:
Pieces: 250
Released: 2014
Price: $29.99
Set Pieces: 5
Minifigs: 2

Set Pieces

LEGO_Ariel_Tree The Willow Tree set piece is very strong piece in this set. Besides the main building this would be my favorite. Even though it doesn’t have many pieces it has a nice visual look when it is finished.

LEGO_Ariel_FrogThe Frog Set piece is a little over simplified. I am not sure why LEGO didn’t do more with this piece. It looks a little small and cheap with the rest of the set. I would have preferred that they added the frog to the tree or created a larger animal stand.

LEGO_Ariel_BoatThe Boat set piece is very cute but it is more of a toy than a LEGO. The boat is comprised of one solid piece with studs on the inside to attach LEGO pieces to. I would have preferred a boat you could construct over a completed piece.

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The Dock piece is a well designed piece that fits well with the theme. The plant pieces add color and and nice organic look.

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The Main Building is the primary piece in this set. It contains a table with two thrones and a lookout with a telescope. The piece is very attractive and fits the theme perfectly. I really only have one complaint with it. When you set the Ariel minifig in her seat at the table she doesn’t fit perfectly; her hair makes her lean forward over the table.

Minifigs

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The minifigs are amazing LEGO replicas of Ariel and Prince Eric. The minifigs are LEGO Friends sized and not the traditional size minifigs.

Favorite Brick

LEGO_Ariel_Window_ArchThe set includes three of these beautiful window pieces. When it comes time to tear this set down I look forward to using these in my own creations. I think they would work well as a store front or a fun classic building look.

Conclusion

PROS:

  • Fits the theme well.
  • Has some nice reusable pieces like the windows, tower railings, and tree pieces.
  • Good minifigs
  • My daughter has lots of fun making up stories with this scene

CONS:

  • I would have preferred larger set pieces instead of 5 set pieces.
  • The boat is more toy than LEGO.
  • The theme may not appeal to everyone

I would recommend this set to anyone that the theme appeals to but you money may be better spent elsewhere if Disney Princesses are not your style.

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Reliving My Childhood – A Rebrickable Review

Rebrickable

Rebrickable

Rebrickable is my new favorite LEGO resource. For those of you that are not familiar with Rebrickable, the site manages your LEGO collection and then suggest designs you can build with your LEGOs. After you add your loose LEGOs and LEGO sets to your profile on their site you can access Rebrickable’s build page and see what designs you can build. The results include both official LEGO sets and MOCs (my own creation) submitted by other users.

The real benefit for me was being able to input all those loose LEGOs from my childhood and seeing what sets I could build. It has been 15 to 20 years since I had really used my LEGOs and there was no way I was going to remember what sets I had. It turns out I didn’t loose as many pieces as I could have. Below is list of official LEGO sets I have the highest percentages of pieces for. There are about 15 sets that I have 80% or more of the pieces.

Rebrickable Build Results

Besides being able to find what official LEGO sets you can build you can also see results of what MOCs you can build. I have already built a couple and will get reviews of them up later.

Rebrickable MOC Results

Overall Rebrickable is an amazing LEGO resource for many reasons. I have really just started to scratch the surface of everything that you can do at Rebickable. I have already submitted my first MOC at Rebrickable, Wearable LEGO Glasses, and hope to get some feedback or comments soon. You can find out more about Rebrickable on their About Us page.

LEGO Creator Fast Car Quick Review (30187)

LEGO Creator Fast Car (30187)

LEGO Creator 30187 Review

Stats:
56 Pieces
4 Additional Spare Pieces
Retail Price: $3.29
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The set took my daughter, age 4, and me about 5 minutes to put together. It was a quick but fun build. The final car is very sturdy. It has taken a few spills off the kitchen counter already and has remained mostly enact. My daughter’s favorite part is that it rolls better than a lot of her non-LEGO car toys. I would give this LEGO set a recommendation of BUY.

As an added bonus the polybag includes a free child’s ticket to any LEGO Land or LEGO Land Discovery Center.

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