Maze is LEGO set 21305-1. It has a score of 85. This is average compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 2 reviews, based on 10 scored reviews and 16 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 32.41% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2016, and it is categorised in Ideas.
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Overall I like it. There are small issues I had with it but nothing too drastic. The Maze is enjoyable on top of the fact that you pretty much have unlimited ways you can play the game. I am actually excited to see what maze designs others can come up with. I've completed a couple of runs for both of the mazes included included in the set however it took a couple of tries each. Along with the building experience, the game also trains you on dexterity and your patience along with other motor skills.
My son who will be 12 in July LOVES this set of Legos. He thought it would take him about an hour to complete but it ended up taking him about 3 hours total. He said the instruction manual was very easy to follow and the kit was enjoyable to build. He commented on not understanding why there was not an already assembled bottom plate, instead pieces he had to build, but said that was not an issue just strange to him it wasn't considered. His only negative comment was when he was finished he wished the box would have been larger so he could fit the completed Maze back in the box without dismantling it for storage or display in his room. It is now sitting on his bookshelf in his room.
This one is tricky. If you're one of the people that had a Labyrinth Marble Maze when you were a kid, then this is a must have, especially if you loved the classic game. If you didn't, then the concept may be lost, but it's still fun. It's a playable game from LEGO that in my opinion actually works, and isn't gimmicky, so I'm going to rate it higher because of it. Like I've said before though, you will most likely have a different opinion to me!
I have always been drawn to Lego sets that are interesting to build and fun to play with when done. This set definitely covers both. The build: The parts are in un-numbered bags so it's a good idea to take 10-15 minutes and do a quick sort of the pieces before you start building. The actual build itself is reasonably straight forward. The tilting frame mechanism itself is simple and elegant, though as other reviews have pointed out there is a slight imbalance in how much you can tilt each frame. This imbalance does not effect playability and if it bothers you the original designer has created a tutorial on how to fix it using only the parts available in the set. Creating the actual mazes can be a little tricky, but if you take your time and follow the instructions carefully it's not too bad. My only peeve here is that they should have either switched the order of which maze to build first in the instructions (you can only build one at a time) or ask which one you want with a quick explanation of each. i.e. Do you want the medieval theme which is a little easier to play or the more traditional theme which is a little more challenging to play. Playability: Playing the maze takes a bit to get used to, but is quite fun. My only frustration here is the included soccer balls. They don't roll very smoothly and can get stuck on their injection divots. I happened to have a steel marble of the exact same size as the included balls and it works much better. If you happen to have some marbles around, I would suggest trying those. One of the benefits of this set is that you can design your own mazes and this increases the replay value of the set. Most of my sets are built once, played with for a few minutes, and then displayed. This set will encourage you to do some of your own designs and see if you can come up with other interesting mazes. There are included design ideas in the instruction book and on the original designers web site. Final thoughts: If you are looking for something different than the usual 'display' piece and like the idea of being able to put your own creative ideas into the model, then this set is for you.
The LEGO Ideas Maze is not for everyone, but if you're into puzzles, challenging physical board games and experiencing a LEGO set that's unlike anything else, you're the perfect person to appreciate Jason Alleman's Maze.
But overall I have to say despite my ranting I'm still impressed with the set. I realize I've griped a lot about it, but I'm trying to be objective and I understand that most of my disappointments are from misconceptions or preconceived notions, which is really my fault. There are few LEGO sets that actually become something functional, and when you're done with this it's an actual game of skill that you can display and play with. Combined with the infinite possibilities of customizing to your favorite themes (somebody already beat me to a Star Wars version, doh!) and I think this is a really special set.
All in all it's a nice little set and certainly one of the most unique LEGO Ideas sets to date. In fact I'd go as far as saying it's one of the most unique LEGO sets full stop. I did expect it to take longer to build but I still enjoyed it and the two different mazes are a nice touch. It will be interesting to see some of the other mazes the LEGO community come up with. Should you buy the set? Despite a few niggles I'd say yes as its uniqueness will allow it to stand the test of time and make it a great addition to your collection. I'd also like to think it will inspire other builders to create equally original projects for LEGO Ideas.
I think the designer did a great job in recreating a classic wooden game into a LEGO set. Ironically the LEGO brand has a history in wooden toys, which adds some value to this concept.
Your enjoyment of the finished product will likely be the same as your enjoyment of ball mazes in general, regardless of their construction material. If you find ball mazes simply a tedious method of proving your own lack of coordination and fine motor skills, there's not going to be much for you here. The set won't make a particularly great parts pack, so I'd see little reason to recommend it unless you enjoy the main build. If, however, you do enjoy the puzzle game of hand and eye coordination, this is undoubtedly one of the best ones you'll be able to get. Once you've mastered one maze, simply remove the maze insert and rebuild it with the included pieces — or better yet, go build your own, maybe one with a space or city theme. I do recommend replacing the included balls with something more substantial; marbles would work well.
The LEGO Ideas Maze is a great addition to the line. It's cool to see a set not based on a license, and it offers a ton of playability in addition to looking great on display. It's rather pricey at $69.99 but has 769 pieces, with a lot of good parts in tan, which seems to me like a great value. If you're looking for a set to build, play with, and customize, the Maze will be a solid choice.
The mechanism is well designed and, thanks to the parts colour-keying, a pleasure to build. The completed model is the sort of thing you could leave on your coffee table for guests to admire and play with: it certainly invites all that see it to do so. However, it does have some flaws as noted above which do spoil operating it somewhat.
Altogether, our impressions of The Maze firmly lean towards the positive. It is certainly something completely different and a refreshing occasional departure from the more standardized theme sets. Easy to build, fun to play with and endlessly customizable, it is an attractive set for many a LEGO fan, and even after being disassembled it brings a substantial amount of universally useful parts. True, we cannot overlook that the playability of the supplied ball should have been better. A more even, rounded ball would have made the gameplay much easier. But this is a relatively minor.
There's a minor design issue with the tray tilting that might not be important to others. You need to make small adjustments to play correctly, which is not something I'm capable of doing! It's a simple and straightforward build, but with plenty of potential for fun afterwards. I know my kids love it and want me to hurry up with this review so they can pull it apart and design their own mazes :)