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This isn't so much a Lego set as it is an affordable collection of spare bricks for Lego lovers to raid for free building. It's best to consider your audience carefully before purchasing this set, according to Lego Basic Bricks Deluxe reviews. A dad who posted a review on Amazon says the kit helps young Lego architects do more with an abundance of specialty parts from other sets. (The product he reviewed is listed under a different name but has the same model number.) Lego Basic Bricks Deluxe (starting at $30, Amazon) can also breathe new life into other sets after children have lost the directions or a few crucial pieces or simply lost interest. However, builders seeking wheels, flat pieces, or any sort of specialty offerings may want to pass this set by, according to another user who posted a review on Amazon.
Children are likely to appreciate the wide array of colors included in the 650-piece set -- red, blue, yellow, green, white, brown, black, orange, and light green -- but a collector who posted a Basic Bricks Deluxe review on the Lego site bemoans the lack of newer, more natural colors. A couple of other reviewers lament that the set doesn't come with a base plate to build on.
Piece by piece, Lego Basic Bricks Deluxe is far cheaper than Lego's Pick a Brick solution, which lets consumers buy individual pieces. However, this set may not be the best way to meet the needs of expert builders who create large-scale Lego models. Collectors will want to supplement one or two of these kits with Pick a Brick favorites for maximum versatility. For children getting into playing with Legos, this inexpensive set can expand the building possibilities and encourage kids to come up with their own designs.