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LEGO City Crooks' Hideout

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PRODUCT: LEGO City Crooks' Hideout ( City Crooks Hideout

DESCRIPTION: A construction set from the LEGO City range. Includes buildable police helicopter, police 4x4 offroader, crooks' boat and hideout. Also includes buildable police dinghy, tree and alligator, stickers and lots of accessories. Contains 473 pieces, plus instructions. Police helicopter measures over 3" (9cm) high, 7" (18cm) long and 7" (18cm) wide, police 4x4 off-roader measures over 2" (7cm) high, 5" (13cm) long and 2" (7cm) wide, and police dinghy measures over 3" (9cm) long, 1" (5cm) wide and under 1" (2cm) high. Suitable for children aged 5 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: For fans of the LEGO City range, the Crook's Hideout construction set makes an excellent addition to their collection, providing hours of fun as the LEGO City police try and capture a band of crooks and all their stolen goods before they escape their secret hideout in the swamp forest!

The set consists of a large number of LEGO pieces of different shapes, sizes and colours, and the components are divided up into five numbered bags to assist with assembly. The accompanying four instructions manuals are easy to follow and contain clear step-by-step diagrams for each stage of the build. There is also a handy tool to aid separating stubborn bricks.

LEGO City Crooks Hideout2Plenty of stickers are also included to add extra detailing, along with five play figures: two officers and three crooks. All the figures have great facial and torso detailing, and fun accessories including hats, helmet with visor, beard, handcuffs, walkie-talkie, and backpack...not forgetting the crooks' stolen booty including banknotes and a large red crystal!

The construction set consists of several different builds to engage young children, including a blue and white police 4x4 offroader and a police helicopter. The offroader has a fantastic design with great attention to detail and sticker vehicle markings. With large chunky rolling wheels, as well as opening doors and removable roof to allow figures to be easily accessed, the vehicle also has a dedicated space to attach the accompanying bright yellow police dinghy - this also requires some simple construction to add the finishing touches. 

The police helicopter looks just as impressive and has some fun detailing and features, including large yellow skids, opening cockpit complete with controls, movable main and tail rotors, and two opening storage areas on the rear.

Other buildable models include a very authentic looking red high-speed swamp boat (also buildable) complete with caged propeller and engine! And let's not forget the great little hideout for the crooks to relax after a hard day's escape, with table and chairs, wall map, mugs, safe to stow the stolen banknotes, and even a trolley to transport the safe to and from the boat.

The outside of the hideout is really fun to build, with a wind turbine to provide power, and some great design features including LEGO City Crooks Hideoutboarded-up windows, vines and lots of sticker detailing to make it look authentically dilapidated!

Added to this there's a mooring for the boat (complete with 'keep out' sign), a large swamp tree (which makes a great place for storing the backpack and red crystal), but beware of the alligator and snake!

In our opinion, this is a really engaging set for children, consisting of a generous variety of fun, well-designed builds to keep little hands busy, and a good number of features, accessories and play figures to provide hours of role-play adventure!

BAD POINTS: A little on the expensive side, but you get good quality and lots of fun for your money! Due to the complexity of some of the models, construction may require parental assistance for children at the younger end of the recommended age range. As with any such type of product, there are many tiny parts which are prone to being lost over time.

PRICE: £39.99

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