On November 11th, Aliexpress.com had a largely promoted sale. The few items I was interested in possibly purchasing only dropped in price by an average of 10-20 cents, but I still picked up a few things. One items I had my eye on was a Hen and Chick building block model. The manufacturer is LOZ, who I have never heard of before. I decide to take a risk on it because the total price of the set was $3.53 with free shipping. I selected the version without the box to save a small amount of money.
The seller I purchased my set from is now sold out of this Hen and Chick model, but other sellers still have this set in stock.
The set arrived from China fairly quickly, only taking about two and a half weeks. Upon first inspection, I was surprised how small the building blocks are compared to LEGO. The set contains 390 tiny pieces.
The LOZ instructions start off with a list and quantity of each part.
The instructions to this set are nothing like the step by step approach LEGO or Mega Bloks/Mega Construx use. The LOZ instructions are a single sheet of paper printed on both sides. You are expected to assemble multiple pieces per step.
I got used to the fact that I had to assemble multiple pieces at a time, and I started counting the studs on the instructions for each piece to make sure I was building the chicken correctly. After that initial period of adjustment, the hen was not too difficult for me, as an adult to build. However, I would not give this set to a young child unless you feel like building it for them.
The egg shell though is another story. That shell is the thing of nightmares. The instructions are of little help because every single piece is white. You have to look very, very carefully to see the borders on the pieces. I got mostly done with the egg shell but then realized when I was building the top layer, I somehow got off a piece, and I had to start over.
I considered just leaving building chick without the top half of the egg. I think it works, although the chick would look a little better with another row of yellow blocks on the top of its head.
The blocks mostly fit together tightly. However, there were a few places on the egg shell and the hen’s wings that if I moved my hand wrong, the whole thing fell apart while assembling it.
The completed models are more sturdy that I expected. Of course, if you drop it, you will need to rebuild it.
I do have a minor complaint about the hen’s face though. From the side, she looks fine. But as you can see from the image above, she looks strange from the front. Her eyes should not be lower than her beak.
The model took me two hours to complete, and I had many extra pieces left over. I decided to use an extra flower on the plant stem, but I was still one flower short to fill all the stems. The instructions called for only two flowers per plant with each one having one empty stem. That seemed like a strange choice to me.
I have to admit, I really was not expecting much for $3.53 I paid for this set. But for the most part, I was pleasantly surprised. I think the hen especially looks great from the side, which is how you are supposed to display her.
The set is tiny, and could be difficult to assemble if you have large fingers, but I like the small size. The set fits perfectly on my bookcase next to my LEGO hummingbird set.
The grip of the blocks is no where near as strong as LEGO, but aside from a few tricky areas when building, I have not experienced any problems with pieces falling apart.
Now you will have to excuse me, but I am off to go purchase a LOZ parrot set I have been admiring.