Lego Bricks & More Farm Brick Box (4626) Review

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Lego Bricks & More Farm Brick Box (4626): Another inclusion from my lot find, and this time another Bricks & More set. This one though lacks the parts of it’s big brother that I recently reviewed, and is also a bit older. I will say that I do like the tractor design from them, and it’s a little more diverse for part uniqueness as well.

 

Time to Knoll: 10 Minutes

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Time to Build: 12 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 232 and 48 Steps – Manual
  • Price: Retired on Lego (was 14.99) and $79.95 on Amazon
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 80mm x 201.6mm or 516.1 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

What Else?

So then accordingly while there are 232 pieces, 90 of them are unique. Now since some of these are a bit more esoteric looking for rarity seemed pointless – so I decided instead to see how many pieces this set could be spread across. The mindset there is hey maybe you’re missing some pieces for your set, hmm I wonder how many sets I could potentially get that last piece with this one single box for (what was) a low price.

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Mhmm data

The answer is surprisingly 3,232 sets (as of the date this was published of course). Now most of that is actually because there’s a bit of crossover. Thankfully from Brickset I was able to get CSV data and there were actually a total of 17,162 sets. However removing duplicates and we get back to 3,232. I would also like to congratulate myself for going at least 5 reviews before breaking out Excel. (which if you want drop me a note in the comments.)

 

Remix: So in light of me last time doing a similar pieceset, I still had to contend with the doors and house pieces. So for this I decided to make an accident. If I’m honest this isn’t the most spiritual in terms of a remix (even for a set like this where it’s more open), but I wanted to build a little race car.

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Final Thoughts: I think my biggest dislike of this is that there’s really not enough pieces here to make a good farmhouse. I know it’s meant to be a mix box, but even using the blues I had from the car in the house it’d still be too diversely colored and sized to be pleasant. I have done some math though, and based on original pricing this is better value for your money than the Large Brick Box, which you’d think a large set would beat out.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

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Lego Bricks & More – Large Brick Box (6166) Review

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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

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Time to Build: 7 Minutes (For first image), then 9 Minutes for the second build as laid out by instructions (some key pieces overlap)

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Metrics:

  • 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

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Scores:

  • 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

 

What Else?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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