Anything that gets kids away from screens and engage in a real life activity is to be encouraged. So it’s ironic that Angry Birds, the iconic smartphone game, may actually be able to help. This is a licensed LEGO set, albeit one that is based on a film, that is in turn based on a smartphone game.
We’ve not seen The Angry Birds movie. My daughter wants to, based on the trailer we saw months ago, however the 43% score in Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes took care of that decision as far as I’m concerned. I’ve not even played the game that much other than the Star Wars version.
So out opinion of this toy is pretty much based purely on how it is as a LEGO set, not in relation to the property it is based on.
It’s a large set, with hundreds of pieces in 8 numbered bags from a 120 page interaction book. It took us quite a while to put it together – I am increasingly keen for her to construct as much as possible with LEGO, so while we made this together it was lead by her. We generally did 1-2 bags per session.
Mirroring the game, the final build is a castle that you have to catapult a bird at to knock things down. The set up for the playset is that King Pig has taken some Eggs – and it’s up to Red and Mighty Eagle to get them back. Other pigs in the castle are Chef Pig and and another one piloting what appears to be a crate of TNT with wings.
This has some fun little features such as the slide that can tip the eggs into Chef pigs pan, the dining table with ice cream, and best of all a toilet – I have not seen a LEGO loo before.
One observation about the set, is that for something you are encourage to launch things at it is less stable than I thought, with the central tower especially prone to falling over (it is not connected to the rest of the set). But perhaps that’s the point, with this being more of a destruction toy, in line with the point of Angry Birds in the first place.
The Angry Birds Movie LEGO: King Pig’s Castle set (75826) has an RRP of £74.99
Disclosure: We were provided with this set free of charge for the purposes of this review.