Lego Creator – Forest Animals (31019) Review

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Lego Creator – Forest Animals (31019): Another Creator series this time, although we trade in dinosaurs for mammals (and a bird). This is a weird set for me, it says Forest Animals but honestly squirrels and monkeys are kinda very different forests. Plus a Teddy bear instead of an actual bear? Also the Toucan is almost not needed – a black 2×2 plate is all there’s used in the alternate builds. (not that I don’t think the Toucan adds a nice bit of color and variety to the set – but for a 3 in 1 build these doesn’t jive as well as say last week’s dinosaur set did.

 

Time to Knoll: 13 Minutes

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Time to Build: 21 Minutes (Monkey Build) It was 4.5 Minutes for the Toucan

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12 Minutes (Bear Build)

bear

16 Minutes (Squirrel Build)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 272 and 271 Total Steps – Manual but there are 3 builds, in total. (57, 31, and 33 Pages)
  • Price: $19.99 on Lego and $15.72 on Amazon
  • Weight 165 grams
  • Combo Points: (9X19X3X3) = 1,539 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 48mm x 169.6mm or 260.51 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 4 out of 5 Stars (though the squirrel build is weak in my mind)
  • Fun to Build: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3.5 out of 5 Stars Good hinges and small bits.

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So then, what else for the set? I was originally gonna look up and try to compare the genetic diversity of the creatures (maybe try and find/build a common ancestor), but that totally ignores the Toucan in the set.

Before I leave that though – do check out things like OneZoom ToL which has a nice infini-zoom look at the tree of life.

So then one thing to note then is that the three of these builds are nearly the same size – and while we can assume that a Teddy Bear is not an actual bear. (It still baffles me how such a soft-plushy version of a bear came about from one of the manliest presidents) But we can agree that the scale seems off with a monkey (at least what the model portrays which is most likely a version of a Capuchin or Spider monkey)

However this seems to be a fault in that we just needed to look to a bit more closely at Laos for the Biswamoyopterus laoensis or Laotian Giant Flying Squirrel (maybe the set should have tried for a winged squirrel) anyway though. This creature actually measures a good 18 inches (without the 2 foot tail)

As such I think it only fair we update this set to give our squirrel some wings (some added angle plates could easily be worked into the other 2 sets)

 

Remix: So for this remix I was able to get away with not adding or removing a single piece – and using the whole set. I’m also quite pleased with my little desert vignette of a drying up desert oasis complete with massive happy sun, and some adorable creatures.

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Aww the spider is so cute.

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If you’re wondering though – yes this does mean that the underside looks like a maw of a creature.

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Final Thoughts: I will admit I like a lot of parts of this build, particularly faces, and there’s some novel techniques in the build so things look right. I’ve also just realized my sun looks like Aku Aku from Crash Bandicoot. Overall though I think there’s a lot more you could get from other sets for a goal to build creatures like this.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

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