Review – LEGO CITY – Volcano Exploration Base 60124

This past weekend was a bank holiday in Ireland and since we got the new LEGO Volcano base the weekend was all but planned. 

Before we begin the review lets have the disclaimers – This LEGO Volcano Exploration Base 60124 was sent to me by LEGO and the good folks at Norton and Co PR for review. 2nd disclaimer there are lots of photos attached to this review…………………………!

LEGO forms a very important physiotherapy for Liam in relation to his Juvenile Arthritis, due to his fingers, hands, wrists and neck being affected playing with LEGO helps and as such this is the reason he has so much. The problem is that with this set being made up by a number of different elements it took us two days on and off to fully build the set.  The LEGO  CITY – Volcano Exploration Base 60124 is a new  LEGO set aimed at the 6-12yr old segment and this particular set contains a number of elements as mentioned before.

  1. The Volcano
  2. Digger/Jack Hammer
  3. Exploration truck and trailer
  4. Drone
  5. Number of LEGO researchers
  6. Lava bolder holder
  7. Small dumper truck

First off this is quite a big set and I think the top of the tree when it comes to this area of LEGO City, the cost would be around $120 or £100, €110 or there abouts, check local retailer of online stockist. When you open up the box you have a number of bags labeled from 1-8  and two additional bags which make up elements of the volcano, also included was a number of instruction booklets and a set of stickers.  See below photos

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In order to get things started we needed a plan, we needed to decided what to build first and where logic dictates to start with bag 1 we opted to build the volcano first being it was the center piece of the whole set.  We duly too the bags needed with the extra bags of volcano walls to the side and laid them out on the floor. This was going to be a set that Liam was the “master builder” i was on hand to guide him to the  right piece to use and make sure he applied them in the correct orientation  and also I was there to make sure the bricks connected as his pressure is weaker the normal and he needed assistance with a few bits. This was not a fault with the LEGO but rather his arthritis.

Asking Liam what he felt about the instruction he was very impressed. He was able read and follow the layout with little or no bother at all. he knew which step he was at and where the place the next set of bricks. This is where I think LEGO really excel, the instructions are clear as glass and very very easy for him to follow.  The volcano includes a lever that will propel boulders containing blue crystals from the top over the edge and down the side. which Liam was very impressed with. Photos Below

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Next up we looked at the digger come jack hammer vehicle, This was a complex enough piece to put together but we got there and the result was fantastic. A lime green machine that would move and hammer boulders to reveal the jewels inside. Along singe a movable arm this also has caterpillar tracks to move around and is so well designed. We started by building the bottom half track section and then moved onto the arm and cab area. Liam always has a thing that the little LEGO people must be built first so that they are waiting and watching us build the rest of the stuff…

 

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The above two sections were built on Sunday and Liam was wrecked so we took an break and completed the rest of the set on Bank Holiday Monday which gave him something to look forward to as he headed for bed.  Up early, mum off to work, breakfast washed and dressed we got cracking again and next up was the exploration track and trailer. This came in two parts, cab unit first up with the trailer second. Both sections are again impeccable in quality and as an interesting spin both sides of the trailer can lift up to reveal a work station complete with mug of coffee for the research staff. As was expected all bags were supplied with the correct bits and a little extra just to be sure. In fact I cannot recall ever getting a LEGO set where something was missing.

Photos of truck cab and trailer below.

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With the big stuff done we were on the home straight and just needed a couple of items to complete the set, The Drone and Boluder base and Dumper truck were next up and were were done. These were complete in about ten mins which then let Liam loose on making up his own story.

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So there we have it, a complete LEGO City Volcano Exploration Base 60124 set up 95% by a 6 yr old on his own with only a little help from dad. To be fair what better way to sped a few hours over a couple of days than building LEGO sets. The best part is seeing the look on his face as each bit is complete and ready to play with. This set wil set very nicely along side the other LEGO City sets that currently need to be put together again after a very active 3yr old cousin came to stay…. that’s for another day though as next weekend Liam is looking to film an adventure on the Lego Movie Maker app on the iPad so we need to come up with a story, good times coming i think….

 

Many thanks to LEGO and Norton and Co again for supplying the review set.

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