It’s tax refund season and every year I blow my return on something ridiculous that I don’t need. Even though I have a new baby this year, I made no exceptions. In fact, new baby = more tax refund. So, with no regrets, I purchased this $149, highly awesome Lego kit. Now, this is my first Lego kit since early childhood. In fact, I never even owned an intact Lego kit when I was little – I just had the random multi-color bricks and part of a space set handed down from my older brother. I was really worried after my purchase that buying a 1,329 piece kit as my very first Lego build was a stupid idea. I was completely wrong, however. The instructions, in the form of a giant book, were very easy to follow. Plus, the pieces are arranged in numbered bags, so you build the kit in phases. Some people like to open all the bags and mix all the pieces together for added difficulty. I say, “Good for them.”
I did take forever putting this kit together, partially because I wanted it to be worth all the money I was spending on a child’s toy. There were some parts of the Millennium Falcon that I had trouble with, but I chalk it up to being a Lego virgin. If you have the money, I definitely recommend spending it on this set.
Probably my favorite part about the kit are the mini-figures. This kit comes with Rei, Han Solo, BB-8 (my absolute favorite), Chewbacca (with a working bowcaster), Finn, and two of the bad dudes that board the Millennium Falcon. Lego BB-8 is probably one of my most prized possessions and he often appears in various places in my house and in other non-Star Wars builds – like some android Elf on the Shelf.
Putting together a Lego kit is a very Zen process – kind of like those adult coloring books that are so popular. Lego kits are like that but for people who are more right-brained. I used to crack open a beer or two (or three or four) after a hard day at work. Now I just run over to Walmart and buy Legos.