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Best sets for playability by kids (does it fall apart)?
I'm tweaking my Christmas list for my 6-year-old Lego addict. He's been Lego obsessed pretty much all of his life and has a LOT of Lego. But, I keep trying to steer him towards sets he might not otherwise gravitate to...because they actually stay together and he ends up playing with them more. We have a lot of Ninjago (he's 6), but my gripe is that you sneeze on them and they fall apart (Destiny's Bounty, while beautiful and cool, is the worst imho, but the vehicles we have all have the same problem). So, what are some sets that you'd recommend? Current or reasonably available (not 3xRRP) retired sets? Please, no more police or fire, we have enough of that. Is there a helicopter that has blades that actually stand up to play, because Wolverine's and the Alien Conquest one don't in our house? He's interested in the Hobbit, are there any sets worthwhile for play?
I'll give a few examples of things we love:
7639 Camper -- this has gotten a lot of play, even though it does have a tendency to fall apart when open
3181 Passenger Plane
70708 Hive Crawler -- this looks like it would fall apart, but actually stays together really well and has great playability with the launching of the eggs
4183 -- The Mill -- as long as you don't roll that wheel off the table, it stays together amazingly well (and sometimes even off the table). Cool attack feature that works for kids!
9492 Tie Fighter -- for a big Star Wars set, this is the best we have for kids (much better than the x-wing or the pod racers). Little speeders are also great, but we have SO many of those.
Thanks for any input!
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