LEGO Tech­nic Ocean Ex­plorer

LEGO Tech­nic Ocean Ex­plorer

Stuff Middle East - - Con­tents - US$200 /

Map the vast­ness of the bricked blue sea

Tech­nic sets are of­ten revered for their com­plex­ity and au­then­tic­ity to the source ma­te­rial - in this case a mas­sive ocean barge - but what we love the most about this Ocean Ex­plorer set is its high playa­bil­ity fac­tor. Yes, LEGO is a toy and we’re not afraid to ad­mit it. Clock­ing in at an im­pres­sive 1327 pieces, not only do you get the de­light of putting to­gether a fan­tas­ti­cally de­tailed ship, there are also two sep­a­rate ve­hi­cles - a he­li­copter and a sub­mersible craft - to build as well. The ship it­self has a num­ber of tricky build­ing tech­niques that tripped us up more than once when we didn’t pay close enough at­ten­tion to the in­struc­tions, but the sense of ac­com­plish­ment when you’re pre­sented with the enor­mous fin­ished prod­uct (and trust us, it’s big) is well worth any back­track­ing. The set comes with a boat­load (if you’ll par­don the pun) of stick­ers, which we would have pre­ferred to be marked on the pieces them­selves, but nev­er­the­less they go a long way to pro­vid­ing a sense of proper au­then­tic­ity to the build, adding the kinds of mark­ings you’d ex­pect to find on an ac­tual ship of this class and size. LEGO has been knock­ing it out of the park this year with its Tech­nic of­fer­ings, and this beaut of a set is no dif­fer­ent.

STATS Set num­ber: 42064 Pieces: 1327 Dif­fi­culty: Tough

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