Inside the box we have 3 numbered bags, 2 horses, sticker sheet and rods, plus 1 instruction booklet. This is a 319 piece set retailing at £34.99. That's quite pricey per brick and there's no franchise like Simpsons or Star Wars, however you are paying for some really quite tricky design, and lovely rare or unique elements.
I wasn't really sure how my 5 and 6 year old boys would react to LEGO Elves, but my 5 year old son especially was delighted. Flying vehicle LEGO sets are undoubtedly his favourite, and he loves Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, so even though this is an 8+ recommended set, he was anxious to attempt it himself. He managed at least 3/4 (you may spot some of his mistakes and 'personalised building decisions' in the following photo's, but the finished model is correct to the book).
The set contains 2 figures - Aira Windwhistler, the Wind Elf and Azari Firedancer, the Fire Elf. They're beautifully executed, with lots of printed detail, graduated coloured parts and fabric capes.
As well as the two Elf figures, we have the baby Dragon, Miku, and the two Pegasi (winged horses), Starshine and Rufus.
The sleigh itself is lovely. An excellent size and really very clever. The build is quite complex, and when you press the large yellow technic bar at the back, the sleigh wings spread out. My 5 year old builder was full of pride when it worked smoothly first time.
Aside from the spreading wings, the sleigh has a a flip forward front with space for the map, space for 4 figures to sit comfortably, and the all-important treasure chest at the back...It's also impressively sturdy. That sleigh has flown miles round my living room and hasn't fallen apart once!
My 2 young lads are both colour-blind, and we hadn't realised before but they have problems distinguishing between the lilac and light blue LEGO bricks. This did cause some confusion. This set is probably more likely to be played with by girls, who have a far, far smaller chance of being affected by this type of colour-blindness. Personally I find this really interesting - was it the marketers who decided these colours were for girls? Or was it just that more boys didn't care for them?
Along with the figures and sleigh itself, there's some lovely scenery which is quite reminiscent of the Ninjago LEGO, with a real look of Minecraft.
This is the 'windmill in the sky' where the Wind Key is stored, hidden behind a moveable pink frond. It's very cleverly done, has working wing blades, a leaping fish and some lovely details. Despite the size it's even hinged, so play value is huge.
Last, but not least we have a signpost which really started my lads thinking about storylines and 'what happens next?'.
Aira's Pegasus Sleigh is a great set and I really like it for the interesting build techniques and design that it uses. For such a small number of pieces, and a nice price tag, you have the whole scene, the whole story.
In a small space Aira's Pegasus Sleigh has a lot to offer and makes a great playset for a child far younger than the recommended build age of 8+. An ideal set for the grown ups to build with their younger small people I think.
My 5 year old played with this all weekend, and it's still on the table. In a rare move Batman and some Ninja's haven't even taken over the driving, so he must be happy enough with the two elf figures....and the 6 year old has taken quite a shine to the pegasi....LEGO Elves is definitely going to be featuring again here in future.
We were sent our Aira's Pegasus Sleigh to review