Lego Creator – Blue Racer (31027) Review

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Lego Creator – Blue Racer (31027): A relatively small set (although not my smallest so far actually) this is a more kid-oriented Creator set which is actually why I choose to review it. Of course Lego is for all ages, but despite the age of 6 here I feel like this a good set to give kids once they get past that Duplo-eating Lego stage.

 

Time to Knoll: 3 Minutes

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Time to Build: 5 Minutes (Build 1)

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Time to Build: 3.5 Minutes (Build 2)

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Time to Build: 2.5 Minutes (Build 3)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 67 and 16, 15, 12 Steps (respectively) – Manual (26 Pages)
  • Price: $4.99 on Lego and $4.97 on Amazon
  • Weight 31 grams
  • Combo Points: (5X18X1X3) = 270 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 16mm x 48mm x 60.8mm or 46.69 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 0 out of 5 Stars – Just really not that unique.
  • Aesthetics: 1 out of 5 Stars – Or that terribly interesting.
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 1 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else? I complain slightly in my remix that there was really a limiting factor to what I could remix – I mean what could you make with just 70 bricks or so, most of which are of a certain color scheme (and includes wheels). Of course this isn’t a new problem. Lego itself once claimed that with just 6 pieces (of a 2 by 4) you could get 102,981,500 different combinations. This of course seems really high.

Until of course some enterprising folks at the University of Copenhagen decided to disprove this. In short their paper ‘The Entropy of Lego” explains that Lego has ignored that fact that one does not need to build one piece on top of another – this brings up the number of combinations to a staggering 915,103,765 (a fact which Lego has of course since accepted)

This however is a combination of things – one it’s a great selling point that with 10 ‘regular’ pieces one literally has millions of way to rearrange them. This is actually a good way to explain Big Data (yes I am a programmer so if you are here for just Lego, best to tune out) The point being that yes – someone could spend a massive amount of computing power to take even this modest set, and create various combinations to produce the literally mind-bogging amount of combinations (as mentioned in the paper and debrief) – but such an exercise is futile.

The other reason is because while a set might be technically unique – it may not be what one would call – something. This is funny thing because you give a five year these pieces and he/she will make something that mostly likely will be ‘legible’. So for those of you who want to understand or even work with Big Data – it’s better to look at the Big Picture, and to take what seems like a massive amount of data – break it into rules and patterns. If we start with some key rulings we can identify not how many combinations we get, but how many are visually interesting and identifiable.

 

Remix: Not much to work with here, at first I wanted to actually try an make a flag given the color scheme, but there was too much blue, and not enough red. I settled then on a small vignette of a crusade watchtower on the sea.

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Final Thoughts: While this likely will get some low objective scores I am a fan of this set for one reason – in that it’s a perfect size and piece amount to get started on building your own Lego-matchbox cars. It’s a bit bigger of course, but in a choice between giving a kid some matchboxes, give them a modular car, and one that further Lego collections can improve. As a set though it’s small and mostly not that interesting, even for it’s modest price.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

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