This time around we look at the Lego City theme, a perennially popular theme with kids that is as old as the Lego Company itself. Looking back over the last year, we unveil which Lego City sets stood out in 2011, in both their appeal to kids and their affordability for parents. The Brick Life takes into account a set’s play value for kids in both the short and long term as well as it’s value for money over time.
While you are here, you can check out our other guides to the Best Star Wars Sets and the Best Ninjago sets for 2011 or subscribe to our newsletter for more of the best guides to Lego for families. 2011 saw Lego’s return to space (in more ways than one) and their three major sub-themes were Harbor, Space and Police. Space Center isn’t designed to have the most pieces or the most innovative design but rather is designed to provide the best play experience for kids. The space center is relatively easy to build and so would suit younger Lego fans (the age recommendation is ages 6+) but it also has enough play features to interest older fans. The set comes with the main rocket, a control center, launch platform, satellite, countdown clock, maintenance vehicle, fuel tank and tool station and comes with 2 astronauts, a flight center operator and mechanic figures. There is also an elevator which can carry the astronauts up the launch tower where one of them can fit into the cockpit. With 494 pieces it is a short build but the final construction is one that kids can add to if they have Lego already.
The power boat and truck combination is not new to Lego, they have made these types of sets before and kids love them. Trucks have an inbuilt attraction to kids and there is something appealing about sitting on the floor and driving a toy semi-trailer around the place. The added bonus of the sleek looking power boat brings this set into the realms of “awesome” for kids, especially as the boat actually floats!
Design-wise the set is almost of the caliber of one of the larger modular sets, with some wonderful detailing on the bank building, both inside and out.
For this reason it is probably more suited to older Lego kids or those that appreciate details over size. I love this set because it is a beautiful combination of the Lego Harbor and Farm themes- the boat in the harbor is a green grain cargo ship and comes with a Farm sticker on the side. Combining the city with the country themes is a great move to get kids thinking about how other people live and widens the Lego City theme out beyond the urban environment.
Kids can use the crane to unload the grain from the ship, then drop it onto the awesome conveyor belt and move it into the awaiting tip truck.
At $89.99 the set is worth the price because of the large floating boat and the sheer number of clever playable features. Police has been a favorite part of lego City for many years and though there have been many different versions of similar sets in the theme (police cars, motorcycles, helicopters, boats, stations, etc ) Lego always manages to come up with great sets. This latest version of the Lego Police Station is truly something special for kids and is widely regarded as the best Police Station Lego has made.
If you are looking for a set with lots of playability then this would be very near the top of our list.

Sure it is only 783  pieces, hardly a huge set piece-wise but Lego has managed to make the size of the final constructed station quite large due to tall the window pieces that make up the building’s three storey height.
The station houses two jail cells, a double garage, a dog kennel, evidence room, mug shot area and secret compartment. There is so much in this set to keep kids interested and engaged and it is big enough to have a certain presence that will give kids a feeling of being in the story they are creating.
If you enjoyed this article check out our other Best of 2011 Lists for the Star Wars and Ninjago themes (more themes to come).
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Liverpool want to wrap up a move for Newcastle midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum in the next 48 hours, according to Miles Staniforth in the Shields Gazette. The Newcastle man will become the seventh Dutchman to represent Liverpool following Sander Westerveld, Eric Meijer, Ryan Babel, Jan Kromkamp, Dirk Kuyt and Boudewijn Zenden, once the ?25m signing is announced.
The news comes after The Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe reported that Liverpool are the leaders to sign Wijnaldum over other Premier League sides.
Liverpool are targeting a ?5million deal for Augsburg’s Ragnar Klavan as Jurgen Klopp looks to solve one of his pressing concerns. The one-year deal, which is subject to global clearance, has been announced by the Premier League outfit on their official website. We understand parents view Lego as a long-term toy and not something that will be built once and then disregarded for a new trend-based fad.
The nice variety of pieces makes Space Center a wonderful set for children interested in the space program. This is the perfect toy for bath time as the boat is designed perfectly to fit into small hands comfortably and be zoomed all around the edges of a bath. As it is quite small in relation to a set like the Police Station the Bank And Money Transfer set would also make a good addition to an already existing collection.

The interior is decorated with plants, furniture and  money bricks as well as a skylight on the roof (which can open!). There are also three vehicles included in the set; a police car, a security money transport truck and a very cool off-road motorbike. The yellow, red, green and blue color scheme really stands out and makes you want to play with it (that is why I have it on my desk!). The pure fun this set provides is balanced by the $99 price tag and that makes the Lego Police Station the Best Lego City Set for 2011. The sheer number of options available can catch even the best prepared international students off guard. In this way, the account serves means of storing (and then accessing) money in order to spend it on purchases, bills, and other obligations.
Because it is used primarily meant to be used as a means of storing money for the long term, it is not designed to give account holders easy to access to their money “on the go”. Nevertheless, because these accounts generally bear interest, it may make sense to open a savings account alongside a checking account if you have a large amount of money on hand. After the bath is over kids can dry it off, attach it back onto the truck and zoom off for more adventures. Bank And Money Transfer adds another level of fun to the Lego City environment, with some great detailing to inspire young Lego architects. The set also comes with a police car, prisoner transport van and bicycle as well as 6 minifigures- 4 police officers, 2 robbers and police dog.
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That means you can not only pay for products and services with a checking account (and the checks the accompany it) but also use the account to easily transfer money from one bank to another.
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In any case be sure to carefully consider the different options – and fees – associated with each account before you formally open an bank accounts in the US. In fact, it is easier than it appears: though there are many different types of bank accounts available at most commercial banks, the kind of banking the average college student needs to do can be accomplished using just two of them. Some checking accounts also provide debit cards which allow account holders to make withdrawals ATMs as well. That is important because so many common transactions – be they mundane ones like paying your tuition or thrilling ones like booking a hotel for that weekend trip to Las Vegas – cannot be completed using cash.
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