LaQ Mini Kits
This series has a lot of versatility at introductory prices. Each kit features one main model to build, but instructions are also included to use the pieces for any one of a number of different models. Once you get an idea of how to build a few things while following instructions, you can test yourself with a free-build session to see what creations you can come up with on your own. The "Plane" kit contains instructions for building flat models - items on a 2D plane - and has 185 pieces. All other kits have 175 pieces.