Lego Bricks & More – Large Brick Box (6166): One of a few sets that came in a lot I recently bought (this one was actually still in bags!) I first thought this to be an old set, but there’s a few things (such as the different wheel types, lighter blues, etc) that make it a much more recent set (although still retired just last year). As for whether this is a set worth getting to bolster your collection let’s get into it first.
Time to Knoll: 16.5 Minutes
Time to Build: 7 Minutes (For first image), then 9 Minutes for the second build as laid out by instructions (some key pieces overlap)
- Pieces: 405 and 46 total Steps across a few builds – Manual
- Price: Retired on Lego (was 29.99) and $119.99 on Amazon (Although it comes with a carrying plastic case)
- Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 128mm x 128mm x 57.6mm or 943.7 cm³ at least for the main section, I divided up the top parts and the final total is actually ~989.8 cm³
- Uniqueness: 1 out of 5 Stars
- Aesthetics: 1 out of 5 Stars
- Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars
- Hoarding: 4 out of 5 Stars
So then before we discuss my remix, I found this set and wanted to know what was the rarest part of it. Clearly this isn’t an all-brick set like one of it’s siblings, but the pieces for the most part seemed pretty common. Thankfully with sites like Brickset, I could look into this and found it was the window pane.
Well that’s not as exciting, so let’s pull back a bit and see what non-minifig/door/window/baseplate piece is the most rare. (With the notion of it being more likely to be reused) and we find it’s a humble Red 2×8.
This struck me as odd, but then again while the 2×4 and 2×6 are used often, and even the longer 2×10 is more common it makes sense that with more classic sets they’re more likely to throw in 2 2×4 than a single 8.
Remix: Anyway for a remix here I had many doors and windows and wheels, and rather than trying to break it up, I took a bit of inspiration from Howl’s Moving Castle and made what’s below. I’m not too pleased with it, but it’s now got me looking into what it take to make Howl’s actual castle more realistically – so kudos for that, because that’s surely an interesting build that I’d I get into on this site.
Final Thoughts: Here though I must confess that while this came to me in a lot with 2 other sets (and more) I don’t know if I’d have considered it for the even the original price of $30, but certainly not for the 80-120 it’s going for on Amazon. While it’s a great add to my collection, I wish sets like these were more likely to include darker and less often found colorings as it’s more often those that you need to complete the esoteric sets. I’m also not a fan of how the instructions for this requires you to re-use a few central parts a few times over, and that they didn’t give you multiples of that part, but that’s a more theological gripe.
Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars