MY son is Lego mad, and not only loves building sets, but also really enjoys building his own creations. Last year I took him to Lego land in Windsor for a treat and ended up in the inevitable gift shop. I did have a bit of a mad spending spree and bought the Hogwarts castle! At the same time I spotted a giant Lego base board and thought this would be a brilliant addition to his collect!
The giant base board measures 15 inches by 15 inches and ours is grey. The board is surprisingly thin and doesn't feel as stable as the one I remember having as a child. I paid just over £10 and these boards are still on sale from the Lego web site for £10.49.
I bought the board to enable my son to have a base to build his own creations on. I also thought it would make moving the finished models easy without them breaking. However this board is very flimsy and tends to bend and wobble when lifted. We have had a few disasters when trying to move a model, much to my sons frustration. I hit on the idea of gluing a piece of plywood underneath the board and this has solved the problem! However it also means that the board is very difficult to store and has to be left propped up against the toy cupboard.
The board is well used and has been the venue for many star wars battles! When fixing your Lego bricks to the base board you do need to press quite firmly to get them to stick. Overall I think this is a very useful addition to any Lego collection, although I would have liked it to have been a bit thicker!
My daughter loves Lego - and rightly so, it's a classic toy with endless possibilities. The only trouble was, when we initially purchased a Lego set for her, the set only came with one green baseplate . This led to arguments when friends were playing at our house, as each child would want to use the green baseplate as the foundation for their building . We decided we would simply have to get a couple more - and one of the ones we purchased was this grey one .
Now, the baseplate is a pretty essential bit of a kit for any serious Lego fan . It allows you to have a good foundation for larger structures, as well as giving you some degree of portability - with the house or scene you've created being firmly affixed to the plate, you can easily carry your completed structure from room to room. Baseplates are also very handy if you are particularly proud of your creation and want to keep it fully built .
This particular baseplate is grey - which I actually quite like. Whilst the green baseplates that typically come included with Lego starter kits are very good for creating gardens and fields, the grey adds a touch of realism to roads and urban landscapes - it can be pavement, road, or even a flat rock bed .
It measures 37 x 37 cm, so is perfectly suited for making a decent size scene . The one small drawback with this is that I find it a little too thin, and a little too flexible - when there is a heavy structure on top, it can bend a little in the middle, which can then result in frustration when the structures bricks start to come apart . I seem to remember the bases being much more solid and a lot thicker when I was a child.
Overall, I would say this is great as a base for building when used on a table or floor, but unlike the old fashioned thick bases I remember from my childhood, can be a little frustrating when it comes to supporting a larger structure whilst being carried. On the plus side, it's addition to the Lego pile some time ago did stop the majority of the arguments - and we've since gone on to buy more in different colours (blue and green are also available) to allow for greater imagination.
At around £7.50 new, I would say this is actually a little expensive for what it is, and would certainly recommend keeping an eye out for it second hand or discounted . I certainly do think this is worth purchasing if you have more than one child at a time wanting to build with Lego .