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.
I started out with building the KAZI set, of which I bought two because that meant outrageous discount in a trade-spectacular end of March.
Both boxes contain the same parts and extras, nothing left to chance there. What was fairly obvious when building this set is that there is limited quality control on the molding and printing equipment.
This may be because it's a helicopter and not a boat, but on the other hand KAZI had a helicopter and those parts were a much nicer fit.
So on the one hand Sluban wins here because of the re-usability of the bricks (all standard), on the other hand I think a few extra parts could have helped the design greatly to reduce some unfavourable edges.
Most parts go easily on and stick decently, but some have slight disfigurements that make them hard to apply. There are no big problems with building and it can be completed in a fairly straight forward manner, but at some points I had to wonder: "Would any kid under 16 have the finger strength to get everything on? I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of it, but on one of the sides the "Police" print was set too far to the left, making it an "olice" helicopter on that side.
The fit to normal LEGO was acceptable, although the alignment is not optimal.
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.
They employ a similar tactic of using the blocks next to each step to show how a portion of that step should be built.
Whether it's the wheel of the ship, or just how a few block should be arranged.
So I suspect this brand actually makes the minimum required number of different size bricks to make it's models.