My birthday was extra cool this year (at least in terms of this blog) because my wife bought me the LEGO Palace Cinema set! I'll have a full review of the set on the blog at some point in the future (spoiler alert: I like it a lot)! She also posted a picture of me with my set on Facebook which eventually led to Becky (an old friend of mine) seeing the photo and saying "hey, I have one of those LEGO Movie stickers that can go on your Palace Cinema."
When the enveloped containing the sticker arrived in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised to see that she threw in an extra goodie for me - namely, the LEGO Store monthly build for November 2013. I'm sure some people would keep these in the package for "future value." Not me. I like to build - and it's the build from my birthday month so you know I'm going to make it!
The bag set contains 44 pieces and is designed for ages 6+.
I must say, this build will be a lot easier (and quicker) than the Palace Cinema! That said, I can have lots of fun building almost any new LEGO set - big or small! Let's rip the polybag open!
This is the first of the "free" monthly builds that I've ever had the opportunity to assemble for myself. As such, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I have to admit that I was surprised (in a good way) that the build was more minifigure scale as opposed to a micro build. For whatever reason, micro builds don't interest me all that much - but minifigure scale is perfect!
The only downside to the set in that sense is that you don't actually get a minifigure. I would have loved to get a farmer figure for the tractor - but I think that would turn a free polybag into a paid polybag in stores so no complaints from me!
It's probably not surprising the build is relatively simple (though there are a bunch of small pieces used so the set really isn't for tiny kids)! You also get three extra pieces - something that I like since I also enjoy making my own builds once in awhile (and the more pieces I own the better)!
The Bottom Line (out of 10):
Play Value: n/a
Kid Value: n/a
Adult Value: n/a
It's really hard to score this set because it was originally a free set given out at stores. As such, I couldn't possibly give it anything other than a 10 for "value"! I will say this, based on the limited number of other monthly build sets that I saw when I was doing a bit of research for this article, I would put the Lawnmower in the upper half. In fact, I like this particular build quite a bit - especially the hook on the back end of the tractor which could be used to haul a trailer. Hence, the 7 rating overall!
Many thanks Becky! And, as always, should anyone else want to send me LEGO stuff - it's always appreciated (even if it isn't my birthday again for another 11 months)!
Oh, and if you were wondering how the tractor was actually built - here are the complete instructions including the piece checklist for the set.