Lego Creator – Fierce Flyer (31004) Review

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Lego Creator – Fierce Flyer (31004): I’ve been fairly okay with the mindset behind Lego Creator sets, but calling this set fierce flyer when it’s an eagle, beaver, and scorpion just doesn’t seem right. Also as far as beavers go this isn’t a particularly great one. One would hope they would have switched the beaver for another deadly creature and called it something else.

 

Time to Knoll: 11.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 15 Minutes (Build Eagle)

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Time to Build: 7.5 Minutes (Build Beaver)

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Time to Build: 9.5 Minutes (Build Scorpion)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 166 and 28, 31, 25 Steps – Manual for Build Eagle, Beaver, Scorpion (50 and 66 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $8.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 74 grams
  • Combo Points: (9X21X2X3) = 1,134 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 48mm x 86.4mm or 132.7 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 2 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

I first wanted to see the population of eagles (based on how endangered Bald Eagles were) compared against Lego sets of the eagle. Especially since the eagles have made a resurgence, and in the last decade were taken off the Endangered and Threatened list in 2007. Still though with 9,789 breeding pairs and a population of ~70,000 – a Lego set that came out in December 2012 and was only produced for 2 years might come close to that number. Sadly though Lego doesn’t offer those stats (of which I would drool over) and the only hard number I can find is a measly 33 hundred from Brickset.

Dismayed, I started trying to rationalize the name flyers, and since I’m fairly certain beavers have not been able to fly (feel free to prove me wrong), I decided to look into flying scorpions – because it was late and I decided sleep was a foolish action.

First there is a whole order of scorpionflies – called Mecoptera. In truth these are flies, but the male’s.. ‘willy’ in this case is very reminiscent of a scorpion tail hence the name – it doesn’t actually sting you though. Although there is no relation there because as you should know – scorpions are not insects but arachnids. That is good news however, because despite how they look we at least know that for now scorpions aren’t actually going to start flying around killing us.

Unless of course they decide to take coach.

 

Remix: Got all but a single talon into this build, decided with the nice gold yellow and brown to make an Indiana Jones style cthulhu-esque idol (using the white as a more eastern inspired backdrop)

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Final Thoughts: Overall (at least for now, it was just recently retired) this remains a cheap entry into the Creator line, and while it’s not a great piece hoard there is a good amount of pieces here for your money. I just feel a lack of commitment with the name and the lackluster alternate builds. I will admit though – that eagle is very nice.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

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