That is exactly what happened here. The LEGO Ideas 21301 Birds Model Kit comes from British gardener and bird enthusiast Thomas Poulsom, who designed this wonderful set that received incredible support from LEGO fans worldwide.
The set includes 3 replica birds from around the world, each presented on its own individual stand. The blue jay represents North America; the robin represents Europe and the hummingbird represents South America. The 3 birds make a beautiful, striking set.
- 3 birds included
- 7 inch blue jay
- 6 inch robin
- 5 inch hummingbird
- 580 pieces
- Ages 12+
Firstly, it should be recognised that the LEGO 21301 Birds Model Kit is exactly what it says, a model kit.
While there is tremendous fun to be had from the building of these birds, they are designed to be models that make stunning standalone features, not toys to be played with. This is further recognised by the difficulty and age guidance provided by LEGO, who suggest ages 12 and up.
That being said, keen LEGO enthusiast from the ages of 10 and up could enjoy building the Birds Model Kit, once they know that there is little play to be had when assembled.
Assembly is not too difficult, although it does require some patience as it can be challenging at times for those unfamiliar with more advanced LEGO building techniques. The set includes 580 pieces, and the three birds can be assembled simultaneously. This means all three can be displayed alongside each other in an impressive display.
The time taken for assembly really depends on level of expertise. Some very experienced LEGO users could have all three models constructed within 90 minutes. Younger users could easily take twice as long.
Of particular note is the size of the three completed birds. The hummingbird is the smallest, yet still stands 5 inches tall from base stand to tip. This elevation allows the birds to really stand out, and they strike an impressive figure on a stand or mantelpiece. Similarly, the colors are vivid and bright. This is even more noticeable for the hummingbird, which comes with a scaled yellow flower that the hummingbird appears to be approaching for nectar.
While younger children will not get much benefit from the LEGO Ideas 21301 Birds Model Kit, wildlife enthusiasts, older children and LEGO model fans will love it. The assembly is just challenging enough to balance difficulty with reward, and the instructions are clear and concise. This is one of the most popular sets to come out of the LEGO Ideas program, and it's easy to see why.