Finally, finally, after months of waiting, I got my hands on one of the most anticipated Lego sets in recent history: the Lego Ideas Doctor Who Set! It was a long-fought battle to get a Doctor Who Lego set, and thankfully fan reaction was through the roof! What makes this set so special? Read on to find out!
Forgive me, the last time I held a Lego brick and actually built stuff, I was in grade school making airplanes and guns and stuff. Seeing all the bricks this Lego set comes with gave me a bit of a heart attack. Thankfully there are easy to follow instructions and a tip I only learned today to make building Lego sets easier (separating them by color? Genius!)
This Doctor Who Lego set had us building two sections, the TARDIS console, and the outer TARDIS shell. It took me and my girlfriend around 2 hours to build the whole Lego set. Once we were done, we had ourselves a Lego-fied version of the TARDIS console as seen in the latest season of Doctor Who!
It looks great! It's sturdy enough, and it has a lot of the little details right, from the console doodads right down to the lever the Doctor uses to fire up the TARDIS for time travel. A working lever, I might add!
It's a bit too small for my taste, though. At the price point, I was hoping for something more...substantial. Also, the central column looks off and weird. I've seen Lego builds of the TARDIS console that uses existing Lego pieces and looks closer to the actual thing, so it's not like it couldn't actually be done.
The Lego TARDIS is a thing of beauty and the most straightforward build of the Doctor Who Lego set. It stands around 4 inches tall and looks great with Lego minifigures. In a clever twist, the TARDIS opens at the back and even pegs into the TARDIS console section seamlessly, portraying the TARDIS' ability to be "bigger on the inside"!
Be careful, though, as the TARDIS itself has a lot of little pieces and tend to come loose as you "transform" it. So if you don't want to get rug burns on your knees from looking for tiny Lego pieces, handle the police box with care.
It's not a Lego set without minifigures, and this Doctor Who Lego set is packed with some very important ones, namely Clara Oswald, the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors, and a Weeping Angel. The Lego minifigs capture the characters well, like Eleven's whimsical smile, Twelve's attack eyebrows (tm)(c), and Clara's eyebrow-on-fleek skeptical look. What's more, you could turn the heads around to get a different expression, so you could switch the Weeping Angel's serene look and scary fanged look with a simple twist.
The Daleks, of course, are in this set. And it's not just one Dalek...the Doctor Who Lego set gives you two walking murder tanks to harass the Doctor with! I've always wondered how they would make Daleks in Lego, and the solutions they came up with to build them (Lego studs are Dalek bumps? Brilliant!) are mind-boggling-ly simple yet clever.
And that's what I love about Lego. The possibilities are literally endless, and the imagination required to cook up a set like this is damn impressive. Take a couple of Lego bricks, give yourself some time, and who knows what you can create?
Bottom line, the Lego Ideas Doctor Who Set is a great-looking addition to any Doctor Who collection. It's been available in stores for some time now, so if you have the time (and the money, as Lego sets are notorious for being a tad expensive), grab a box before it's gone!
I hope you enjoyed my review as much as I did writing it! Do you have the Doctor Who Lego set? What did you think of it? Let's talk about it in the comments below! Thanks for reading!