The brick quality was clear immediately, not-quite-alike and not entirely in alignment.
What also caught my eye in the first few steps is that the bricks supplied were smaller than would have been efficient and sturdy.
The Enlighten kit really lifted my spirits tonight.
I had planned on giving away all the end products, having someone in mind for this set as well, but I think I really king of want to keep it!
But in a way this was sometimes also true of the genuine article all those years back.
Sluban did its best to resemble the genuine booklets, with a small block indicating the parts to be used in a step, displayed next to the actual layer of parts to be added in vibrant colours, on top the faded colours of the previous step: That said, I did also enjoy the KAZI and the Enlighten booklets.
Some results: Next, after the slight disappointment of KAZI's finish I decided to go with Enlighten, because I had seen Sluban in some local shops and I had some faith they had done some research. Not only that, while building I actually got a little bit giddy of the smooth fit of each part onto the next.
Clearly these parts had some time put in to make generic parts stack in a neat way.
Also on the figurines the joints feel good, the hands snap in, allowing easy rotation without constantly falling out.
And it certainly does not add to structural integrity.
The colours go more towards the old 1990's standard, the smaller parts the figurines seem to hang more towards the end of the 1980's.
This prevents me from commenting on the newest of the new LEGO (tm) series, apart from the NXT systems, with which I have worked for the First (tm) LEGO (tm) League. Well, up next are the booklets, I feel that all of them are a bit too concise for the age advertised on the box.
I have my doubts whether the complexity of a single step will be correctly executed by all children.