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I had the same experience with the Arduino Protoshield and Data Logging Shield. I knew they were kits before ordering them and that I’d need to learn to solder, so I bought a cheap iron and a practice kit. I finished the practice kit and both shields in the same day. The shields work great! The practice kit, not so much. I reversed polarity on a couple things and placed a chip backward, but I learned what basic mistakes I had made very quickly and felt confident moving on to the shields.
Soldering is easy and fun!