While the starfighter was a reasonable number of pieces and something he was able to build with only a small bit of help from us, the Fire Temple and the star destoryer were 1174 pieces and 1170 pieces, respectively.
That's a lot of Legos.
He decided to tackle the starfighter first and after that was done, he dug into the star destroyer. You guys. HOLY. CRAP.
Many larger Lego sets come with the pieces apportioned into bags and each of those bags is numbered so that you can open the first bag, use those pieces to build as you follow the directions, then open the second bag when instructed and so on and so forth. Not so with the star destroyer.
Oh no. It had at least 10 bags and no numbers so guess what we had to do? Open every single bag and sort all 1170 pieces before building could even begin.
It takes up fully half of the table.
Ignore the disgusting chandelier. If you look to the left, that's the starfighter he built first.
Liam started building the star destroyer on his own but it was a complicated item to build. It folds open so that you can play inside the ship with the included mini figures. It has a shuttle that is removable. It has a bomb bay that drops little Lego bombs when you turn a mechanism.
So, Liam needed some help.
Building with Dad
When Dad needed to take a break, Liam worked on his own. When he needed some more help, I pitched in and helped build. In the end, we finished the piece a couple of hours before more company was due to arrive - which was good because I needed my table back!
The finished ship
The next day he wanted to tackle the Ninjago Fire Temple. This time when we opened the box there were numbered bags. Huzzah!! So, Liam sat down with the directions and a pair of scissors to open bags with and started building.
Two to three hours and 1174 pieces later (and with no help from anyone) he had a completed Fire Temple.
Now I just have to convince him to clean up his damn room so that the Legos can go THERE.