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Lego 8423 Cars: World Grand Prix Racing Rivalry

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      26.12.2011 18:35
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      not a bad set at the right price

      When I bought this 135 piece Cars 2 set in a half price sale I didn't realise it was a limited edition, rather than the £5 or so I paid it now seems to retail at the £20-25 mark. In the box you get all you will need to build Lightning Mc Queen and his opponent in the Cars 2 film, the flamboyant Italian Francesco Bernoulli. Both cars can be bought as part of other sets as well but are well reproduced in this smaller set which my 5 year old really enjoyed making, particularly as she was able to do it all by herself.

      The pieces come in two separate bags, all you will need to make the cars and then everything to build the starting grid. The instructions in booklet form are clear and straightforward and there are not too many steps and only a few small pieces such as the wings of Bernouilli's car and the starting lights. My daughter managed to assemble everything quite easily though she did need some help to put the tyres onto the wheels. and putting the stickers onto the flags. In what is a nice touch most of the details on the cars themselves such as Lightning's number 95 and his opponent's eyes are printed rather than in sticker form, it's nice to see Lego doing things properly rather than taking the sticker short cut, which seems to be the case in many of the recent sets.

      Once made both cars are sturdy enough for play and roll particularly well on a laminated wood surface we have found. The cars are only about 5cm long, so average toy car sized I would think. This is a nice set which has been much enjoyed in this house but for which, even for an ardent Cars fan I would be loathe to pay more than about £8-10 as there is limited construction and although 135 pieces sounds like a fair few, when some are tiny it's really not as many as you would think. That said this set has good play value and was fun for my child to build so on that basis I recommend it.

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