OK, let's start with the basics. For a complete review of this product, I built all three of the presented models in this set, and those are: the Prop Plane, the Harrier Jump Jet and the Helicopter. I sent these models through a series of tests and marked them with some criteria. These are:
10 cm drop on hardwood floor
1 foot drop on hardwood floor
Picking it up at different places
Fun-ness of the build
Quality of the model
Strength of the model
Let's start with the Harrier, the first model I built. It survived the 10 cm drop no problem, except that the front wheel fell off. It's very easily replaced.
At the 1 foot drop, it kinda loosened at all of the wheels, the tail and the cockpit detached a bit.
It can be picked up from almost anywhere, including the tail for a short period of time.
As for the building part, it was pleasant. No complicated figures, no fussy mechanisms. Pretty straight-forward.
Excellent quality model, pretty detailed and fits nice on my shelf ;-)
I was surprised by the strength of the Harrier. Never (except for the drops) did I have to replace a fallen piece.
Great playability, too. Even a teen like I spent the evening flying it around the house :D
Next build was the Heli. Let's say it wasn't my favorite model in the set. It's pretty small, and the skid is kind of weak.
During the 10 cm drop, the skid fell off and the rotor started weakening.
On the 1 foot drop, the rotor really started threatening to fall off, and the skid snapped off as well.
When I tried different holding spots, the tail was very weak, and the rotor started sliding off, even though there's a small cone on top.
It was a short and simple build. Some sections inside are hollow, reducing strength a bit.
It was an OK quality model. But besides from spinning rotors, not so many features.
Adequate playability... my little brother liked it.
Now, the best for last-- The Propeller Plane!!!
Even though I'm more of a modern war, fighter-jet guy, the Prop Plane is the one I liked the most. I think the retractable landing gear mechanism is simple, but pretty smart. I spent hours just taking the gears out and back in again. OK, maybe not hours. But you know what I mean. Also, an unlisted feature on the Prop Plane is that the tail ailerons move up and down! Pretty cool.
Now, with the gears down, I dropped it from 10 cm. The only thing that came off was the back "wheel" (since it's actually a LEGO trail hitch).
On the 1 foot drop, I was surprised to see that, once again, only the back wheel had come off!
It was a bit weak on the tail when picked up there, like every other model, but held on tight everywhere else, even, for a short time, the propeller.
Really fun build! The LEGO side of my brain was in it's element. A cool build :-)
Like the Harrier, it was nice and detailed. Great quality.
Really darn strong, is all I have to say.
The playability is bigger than both the other models' combined, times 5. I was flying it around my baby sister, and she was giggling her head off. The I landed it on our kitchen counter.
AWESOME SET, DEFINITELY WORTH MY 25 DOLLARS.
Thank you, LEGO.