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Kit #1 (available in LEGO stores) - $30
(NOTE: kits #2-6 are not sold in stores; they are only available as part of a subscription service where you are mailed a new kit every other month - subscription is $70)
(NOTE: kits #7-9 is also subscription-based. I'm not sure if they sell Kit #7 in LEGO stores, but I'm guessing no. This subscription is $60.)
So, I THINK that only the very first kit of the first level is found in stores. The rest come in the mail. Someone back me up on that.
I know my kit #3 & 7 have shipped, just haven't gotten them yet :) Eagle eyeing my mail lady every day lol
Level 4 is steampunk design. There's another teaser with the Level 3 on-line info mentioning this.
The books that come with these sets are fantastic and includes god techniques, fun tips, and interesting facts about LEGO staff. My family really enjoys the MBA (especially Level 1 which focuses on space). We're still waiting for the arrival of our first Level 3 package (kit #7), but I think Level 4 looks the best of the lots (aside from Level 1).
^^^^^Thanks for sharing the pic!
The instructions are top notch and are not in the bags, they are bound and look like they are done on the same paper as the Architecture line, very high quality.
Overall, I think it is a shame that Lego doesn't promote the quality more, if parents could actually see what was inside these and what they received for their subscriptions, I think more people would sign up.
As mentioned, this is the first kit since #1 to be presented in a nice box. #2-6 come as a huuuuge poly and its accompanying manual. The books are of very high quality.
I was wondering where to store the bricks from each bag. It seems like Kit 1-3 should go into the Kit 1 box. Looks like Kit 7 is similar to Kit 1 so there would be room for Kits 7-9. Am I right to assume that 4-6 also should fit into Kit 1 and 10-12 into Kit 4?
My son may not do these for another year or two, but I wanted to get them while the getting was good.
Looking at those nice pics from Odindusk, I can work out most of the build of the facade just by looking. Is there much more that goes into these builds?
It would obviously be nicer to have the books, but I can probably work around it by looking at the pictures (especially nice high res ones!), since the models are small enough to do that.
For a kid, they are wonderful. Each kit has at least 2 new techniques.
It has covered things like sideways building, color, details, stability, Alternate uses, etc. The book clearly points out when you are using the techniques, and points out tips along the way. There are also interesting facts and info. The books are truly wonderful.
I assume for someone that has been building a while the tips/techniques would probably not be new. At the same time, because there is so much info, I have to wonder if it would give somebody something to consider. The facts and info are also great. I thought the micro build kit, was very cool. Not everyone micro builds, so I could see how there could be some interesting info in that book even for an experienced builder. I think that is one particular learning for adults. Some are not necessarily experts in all areas. While my son typically makes vehicles, he normally does not make creatures or micro builds. He learned more out of these particular sets for this reason, and his building became stronger because of the tips/techniques in the other book.
Each kit comes with at least three separate builds, and there is often a fourth set of directions online. This really allows them to explore the genre and teach the points, along with giving some interesting info.
Yes, kits 4-6 are supposed to go in the same box with kits 1-3. What I do, though, is only store the latest kit in the box. The rest of the sets are stored individually in ziploc bags (4-6 are actually merged together at the moment, because kit six had an online build that combined elements of these 3). This allows my son to use the tray exclusively for sorting the pieces of the current kit, when the new kit comes in.
What my son has learned from MBA are items that he was not going to pick up via normal sets.he is 5. Now when he build on his own, he talks about sideways building, and the use of color. He knows when he has not locked something well or if something is not stable.
I have nothing except praise for this program for any kid. For an adult I believe there is still info in these books. When it comes down to it, the books are not simply about how to do the build.
Our kit 7 arrived yesterday. My son has the box open and is ready to build, but he will have to wait until this afternoon. :-)
I'm going to get a friend to order this for me, and collect it next time I am visiting the States.
I have to add...
Looking at level 7, it is different in that it isn't 3 separate unique builds like past sets, but more three different areas it is teaching you about. The inn, springboards and drawbridge.
None of my kits have been poorly packed. I know early on they tried using envelopes and the books and polybags from Kit 2 and on came in really bad condition for some people. I'm actually seriously thinking about ordering another set and putting one up to save sealed to sell later on, of course it will be fun waiting a year to get them all
@jadedanc I built the first robot of level 3 and put together both sets of minifig accessories... I wish they each came with a new guy, but I'm sure there's plenty on BL. I actually went on the website and got a Kit 7 badge already when I got the email last week =-) I can NOT wait for Level 4!
@timinchicago they send them every 2 months no matter when you subscribe. Must make it very hard to resell but it's a nice treat when they come, especially as I've got 2 coming at a time for a while.
I really wish there was an impetus to push TLG to make a box for Level 2, even if it cost 5 bucks I'd probably pony up for it. #YellowMBALevel2Box!!
Lego really should roll this out to the rest of the world.
In addition, people who had been participating in the program received an email stating that May 2013 would be when they would see more MBA. It was not clear if the next 3 would be boxed to buy at once, or if they would still be shipped.
We were disappointed. My son had been looking forward to the next sets. I was happy, though, that more would still be available next year, and that they were not simply discontinued. We truly love this program, and sets 7/8/9 have been our favorites in the series so far.
I signed up as soon as it was available, and the Dark Lair came in September.
If you start time was different, though, the end time will be different. Basically, you should expect a new set every 2 months. When did you receive Level 2?
I've had a rough time with LEGO customer service the past several months. They messed up my LEGO MBA online account, then messed up a September shipment, and now it appears that they never sent MBA set 9.
Generally, I would say that their Customer Service is responsive, but every one of my interactions over the past 6 months has been awful.
One call to customer service resolved this and the MBAs are now where they belong in Europe by way of California :)
I now have kits 1-9 with extra kit 1 & 7 boxes sealed for the time being.
AND... I still want a matching box for Level 2, not the XL one they came out with for the store... just to make it all pretty. I've pretty much decided I'm going to mix in all the parts with the rest of my collection though, as I finish each level on the website.
2) Lego changed the entire program in September when they went from an auto-ship every other month program to buying a set/line. When they did this, they also announced that Level4 would be released this May.
Honestly, we think this is one of the best Lego lines. Sets 7-9 were amazing for learning and play value. My 5 year old got a ton out of it last year. I don't know how well it does, though.
eg. as noted here http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=20200-1