Lego Ideas – Maze (21305): Apologies for the delay getting to this review. I’ve learned my lesson though and promise from her out to never promise a review on a schedule until it’s actually ready to go. Anyway as the mini-review a few weeks on JK Brickworks Ballista proves I am in love with the creations they make. Now though one of them has actually gone through the Lego review process and comes to us in this large set.
Time to Knoll: 48 Minutes
Time to Build: 54 Minutes (Frame)
Time to Build: 7 Minutes (Board 1)
Time to Build: 4 Minutes to disassemble and 18.5 Minutes to build (Board 2)
- Pieces: 769 and 143 and 19 Steps – Manual (130 Pages)
- Price: $69.99 on Lego and $69.95 on Amazon
- Weight 1,042 grams
- Combo Points: (12X36X1X2) = 864 points
- Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 256mm x 256mm x 22.4mm or 1468.01 cm³ but with extra 1727.0 cm³
- Uniqueness: 5 out of 5 Stars
- Aesthetics: 5 out of 5 Stars
- Fun to Build: 5 out of 5 Stars
- Hoarding: 4 out of 5 Stars
What Else? So this is part of what took so long for this review, but instead of just doing a section showing the alternatives in the back, and possibly some GIFs of solving the puzzles – I decided I should make my own puzzle. My main approach was to do one where 2 balls were required forcing you to be vary careful in your movements, and also to showcase the 2 default themes to the maze.
Remix: For my remix I actually took a page out of JK Brickworks book (of a Trebuchet) and turned the maze into a catapult. Thanks to the large base of the artillery I was able to sneak and hide the remainder of the pieces leaving me up to the addition of a single piece which in this case is a machinists v-block to act as a counter weight. (Which I guess fits the +/- 5 piece rules for remixes?)
Now I will admit that despite the little pull trigger I have and the weight – this doesn’t exactly fire in any spectacular way. It does however look the part.
(Not Pictured Below: Me cursing as 4 tiny Lego soccer balls roll around my floor)
Final Thoughts: I love this set, and it’s not just because it’s another Ideas set, or because it’s from Jason, or even because it’s like those old ball maze games that I also love. I love this set because it’s totally unique to a lot of what Lego sets you would see in a store, but in truth it embodies what Lego can be. Something that isn’t just basic bricks or technic, but a combination. Something that can easily adaptable from other sets and themes that practically forces it to not just be a display model. It’s something a parent would have just as much fun making and playing as their kid would. There’s been a lot of really complex or ‘neat’ sets that have tried and failed to go through the Lego Ideas process – but I really think they understood here. That they knew a set like this had to be Lego.
Final Score: 5 out of 5 Stars