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LEGO Classic Creativity Boxes review

LEGO has gotten quite a bit of criticism through the years for not having enough sets with basic LEGO bricks, so in 2015 they re-introduced the LEGO Classic line. However, judging by the number of emails I get from parents and grandparents who complain that they can’t find boxes of basic LEGO elements, it seems like quite a lot of people are still not aware of the LEGO Classic sets, or perhaps they don’t know where to look for them.

I have already written an overall review on the LEGO Classic line (see: LEGO Classic Sets – Review & Thoughts), so I won’t repeat myself, but just as a reminder, LEGO Classic sets include mostly basic LEGO bricks (and a few specialized pieces, like wheels, windows, etc.), in a beautiful rainbow of colors. The packaging of the LEGO Classic sets shows the type, color and number of pieces inside, so you know exactly what kind of combination you are getting. The sets come with no instructions, only a few suggestions, so they are perfect for free-building. (Step-by-step instructions for some of the suggested models are available at the official LEGO Classic website.)

So far, all the LEGO Classic sets have been fairly large, from anywhere between 221 pieces (#10692 LEGO Classic Creative Bricks), all the way to 1600 pieces (#10654 LEGO Classic XL Creative Brick Box). Each box provides plenty of pieces to work with to build some fun models, or you can just use them to bulk up your LEGO collection with basic elements in a wide range of colors. You should be able to find the sets at most well-stocked LEGO retailers (Toys’R’Us, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.), and they are also available directly from LEGO under the LEGO Classic section of the Online LEGO Shop.

While LEGO continues to carry the large LEGO Classic brick boxes, this year they also introduced a collection of tiny LEGO Classic sets. The #10706 LEGO Classic Blue Creativity Box, the #10707 LEGO Classic Red Creativity Box, the #10708 LEGO Classic Green Creativity Box, and #10709 LEGO Classic Orange Creativity Box include about 65 pieces each with some suggested fun models. And they only cost $4.99.

While the LEGO Classic Creative Box sets are small, they are actually really well thought out. Each set comes with basic elements in one color group (blues, reds, greens and yellows), and each set includes suggested models for a vehicle, an animal and a building. In other words, even though the focus of the LEGO Classic line is basic bricks and free-building, you can build something recognizable and playable right away.

LEGO has been releasing some very impressive large sets for collectors with the deepest pockets, but they have been also doing an excellent job with providing inexpensive sets with really good designs. LEGO City, LEGO Creator and LEGO Friends all have very nice small sets, and now LEGO Classic expands the selection. They are basically fun little pocket sets, great for introducing a child to LEGO, or surprising someone with a nice little gift. This wonderful article at Brickset comes to mind, where children in remote places of Mongolia get introduced to LEGO via small LEGO sets. So next time you are looking for gifts for friends, relatives, a charity event, or just something to share with others as you travel, remember that these tiny sets pack a lot of magic.

What do you think? Have you tried any of the LEGO Classic sets? How do you like them? And if you have kids, how do they like the sets? Feel free to share your own review and thoughts in the comment section below! 😉

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  • SnoopWinckel March 24, 2017, 11:57 AM

    As an AFOL I can recommend the 10703 – Creative Builder Box (502 pieces), which is new for 2017. It has a really nice selection of parts, of which the 45 degree angled door piece is the most notable. It’s the cheapest way to get this piece, and the set offers two of them. So hunt for a bargain on this box, you can’t go wrong with it I think.

    I don’t have children myself, but I think the larger/largest boxes in this series are wonderful gifts for children, if you combine them with smaller sets containing minifigs.

    Throw in a few polybags or City/Friends starter sets and these classic boxes really come to life. It’s easy to find good bargains on both the classic sets and the smaller minifig sets.

    • admin March 24, 2017, 12:20 PM

      Good point about that angled door piece. It is a really useful part. Also, excellent idea about adding a couple of characters with some of the smaller minifig-based sets. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Icepacklady March 24, 2017, 12:25 PM

    I bought the 4 color sets but haven’t opened them yet. Since you’ve already cracked the box by the looks of it can you tell me- are there step by step instructions for the little builds? I have an idea for my daughter’s birthday party and I’m wondering if it will work. I don’t want to open the sets until the day of the party though. Thanks.

    • admin March 24, 2017, 12:30 PM

      Yes, instructions are included for the three models pictured on the boxes. 🙂

  • PrashBricks March 25, 2017, 5:55 AM

    What I don’t like about these boxes is, that the bricks that are mostly included in the sets are: 2×2, 2×3 or 2×4, while I am looking for: 1×2, 1×3, 1×4, 1×6 and 1×8.

    • admin March 25, 2017, 12:23 PM

      It really depends on the set. Most of them – especially the larger ones – have a very good selection of 1×2, 1×3 and 1×4 bricks. Some even have 1×6, although pretty rare. It’s worth checking the inventory to see exactly what’s in each box. They are printed on the cover of the box, so it’s easy to see, and also available online.

  • Phil March 31, 2017, 6:10 PM

    My twin boys (age 4) spent their allowance that they had been saving on these kits and they loved them. We are going to pick up a few of each next time we are in the Lego store to have on hand for little gifts.

    • admin March 31, 2017, 9:08 PM

      Phil, I’m glad to hear that your twins are enjoying the sets! They are perfect for their age! 🙂

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