To tell you the truth, I was excited to build the 2016 Propeller Plane. It reminded me of the classic aircraft models that Lego used to produce in my childhood, but the modern take of movable parts made it feel fresh in its interactivity.
Going along with the box cover, I chose to build the Propeller Plane first. This build used most if not all of the 225 brick parts and has three adjustable features – an opening cockpit, spinning propellers and retractable landing wheels. The minifig I used from another set just about fit into the cockpit, but bigger minifigs might have some trouble. This was my favourite build of the three because of the cool and classic finished look – straight out of Casablanca of my imagination.
If the Propeller Plane would feature in Casablanca, the helicopter would be from a Mission Impossible movie and the Hydroplane from a Fast & Furious film. The three different styles make it great if I wanted to feature in different sets of larger pieces, and also changes the mood of the display depending on which build it is.
The Helicopter and Hydroplane had a several brick pieces left over, which made me think that it would be possible to adapt it with the extra bricks. They also were a bit of a squeeze for the minifig compared to the Propeller Plane.
This is a great set for collectors who want three versatile looks with realistic simple details to build or display. For kids, building the three “planes” should be of little difficulty – and the movable parts would probably provide endless fascination.