The LEGO City Arctic Outpost set 60035 is designed for builders aged 5-12 and has 374 pieces. It's a bit trickier than other sets for age 5+, such as the LEGO City Arctic Ice Crawler 60033 we reviewed a while ago, but still perfectly possible for our 4 1/2 year old.
The build is rewarding throughout, with instant gratification as you see the shape of your truck and trailer almost as soon as you start to build. It uses easy techniques and very few tiny elements, which makes it much less frustrating for a young LEGO fan.
Included is a quad bike which is a great little vehicle and my 4 year old's favourite bit of the set!
There's a chunky truck with crane and the Arctic Outpost trailer with the high-tech mobile laboratory - or portacabin as they're commonly known.
There are some really nice details - the ski's on the trailer, the opening storage on the trailer, the opening storage on the truck which contains tools in a crate, and attachment points below for more tools. The drivers cab is big and the crane rotates to either side to pick up cargo, including the precious treasure inside the ice block.
The laboratory roof hinges up and the entire side is a large door that can be completely opened up for easy access to play.
Inside there is some exciting-looking equipment and the ever-present coffee mug.
This is very much a play set. The way it opens right out gives a good large area for play that can fit two children nicely.
The Arctic Outpost really fires the children's imagination and actually expands their knowledge. We had lots of questions about what the gem or metal was inside the ice block, and how long it might have been frozen. Our 6 year old is fascinated by whether wheels or skis are best on the trailer and working out when skis wouldn't work.
Thinking about how the vehicles would work if it was real has also meant the children have instantly added to the set with parts from other sets and used their problem-solving skills. We really like this set, it's one of the favourites, and I know I'll be lucky to get it into my Christmas village because they won't want to do without it.
The Arctic Outpost set 60035 has an RRP of £34.99 and is available at the LEGO Shop in store or online.
We bought this set ourselves.