My experience of Lego has been limited somewhat over recent years with Lewis having outgrown it and the youngest three not quite there yet. As a child I loved Lego but it was very much a case of having a huge box (or in our case several big margarine tubs) of bricks and using your imagination to build something – usually a house or a tower, and that was as good as it got. In all honesty, Lewis was never really into Lego, something I was quite grateful for when I saw the huge creations friends children spent their time building, and the hefty price tags that came with them. So when we were asked to review a Lego Batmobile I thought that it might be fun!
As soon as I saw the size of the box I realised that this wasn’t a two minute job, or even a two hour job, and given I am notoriously useless at following instructions, I did panic slightly to see that the kit came with two 70 page booklets and 581 pieces!!
The Batmobile sounded amazing with adjustable wheels for three different race modes, a pop off roof function, two stud shooters and movable bat wing. The kit also included Batman, Robbin, Man-Bat and the Kabuki Twins as well as various accessories. I just wasn’t sure that we would be able to do it justice!
With the Lego Batmobile aimed at ages 8 years and over, I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to build the Batmobile myself, something that was challenging enough without Eva, Megan and Harry sitting beside me snatching at pieces and whining, “When will it be ready??”, “Why is it taking so long?”.
For five long days I spent my evenings building the Batmobile (I reckon I could have halved this time if it wasn’t for the kids “helping”), and in terms of the instructions and the construction, I couldn’t fault it. And when I finished that final piece, it most definitely went down in history as one of my finest achievements!
And then I discovered a spare piece, a pretty big piece, in fact a great big whopping orange piece, and considering the size of it I was sure that without it, the Batmobile may not survive another day. “Ooh that looks like a big bit to leave out!” said Gaz, which took all of my self restraint not to smash him in the face with said Batmobile. And after thirty minutes rifling through the booklets, panicking that I had failed at the only decent Lego creation I have ever made, wondering whether to dismantle the whole thing and start over, something caught my eye at the front of the booklet – a handy little diagram showing the big orange brick, labelled quite clearly as the “brick separator tool”. Who knew???
The following day the kids were over the moon to discover that I had finally finished the Batmobile, although after five days of hard slog, I’ll give you one guess as to how long it was before they had destroyed it??
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