Lego Creator – Tree House (31010) Review

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Lego Creator – Tree House (31010): Another creator series, but this one feels a bit different than the others. It goes beyond the massive amount of small pieces, and it’s really the small detail choices made that make it feel like this is a more ‘aimed at an older audience’ Creator set. It’s things like the simple build having you place 14 small ramp pieces which gives it a distinct feel than if they just had a large 2×2 ramp.

 

Time to Knoll: 18.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 16.5 Minutes (Simple Build)

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Time to Build: 18 Minutes (Medium Build)

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Time to Build: 28 Minutes (advanced Build)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 356 and 51, 48, 48 Steps – for the Simple, Medium, and Advanced Builds (57, 59, and 72 Pages)
  • Price: $29.99 on Lego and $27.06 on Amazon
  • Weight 321 grams
  • Combo Points: (18X42X3X3) = 6,804 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 80mm x 128mm x 28.8mm or 294.9 cm³ that’s the largest single piece, but there’s clearly more 436.21 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So as you may have noticed in the builds there is a winch. I decided then to see how powerful this little winch actually was. So I set it up on a platform – using my jeweler’s anvil to act as counterweight. I then hooked it into a dice bag, and began one by one to fill it with stones plundered from my tabletop parts. They each weight about 5 grams.

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So then, how many stones – 41. Which including the weight of the bag it was about 316grams before the bag could not be held up any longer, and the winch moved down.

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To put that into perspective, that’s only about a single stone less than the weight of the entire set – meaning if there was a way to rig it, the winch could hold up the rest of it’s own set, not bad for Lego.

 

Remix: So this doesn’t feel as ‘remix-y’ but considering all the builds here are houses, and this is a plan crash – I feel it counts. And aside from not wish to restring the winch the only pieces missing here are the string and the pizza (pizza in a plane crash just seems out of place.)

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Final Thoughts: I especially like the build of this set – the treehouse most of all, and as for getting some good pieces this is a damn good set for 30 bucks – even that big baseplate has a bottom section. My only real complaint is that since this isn’t ‘really’ minifig scale – they’ve given the minifig these stubby non-bendable legs. It’s a small blight on an otherwise great set though.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

Lego Bricks & More Farm Brick Box (4626) Review

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Lego Bricks & More Farm Brick Box (4626): Another inclusion from my lot find, and this time another Bricks & More set. This one though lacks the parts of it’s big brother that I recently reviewed, and is also a bit older. I will say that I do like the tractor design from them, and it’s a little more diverse for part uniqueness as well.

 

Time to Knoll: 10 Minutes

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Time to Build: 12 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 232 and 48 Steps – Manual (26 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego (was 14.99) and $79.95 on Amazon
  • Combo Points: (2X4X1X1) = 8 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 80mm x 201.6mm or 516.1 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So then accordingly while there are 232 pieces, 90 of them are unique. Now since some of these are a bit more esoteric looking for rarity seemed pointless – so I decided instead to see how many pieces this set could be spread across. The mindset there is hey maybe you’re missing some pieces for your set, hmm I wonder how many sets I could potentially get that last piece with this one single box for (what was) a low price.

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Mhmm data

The answer is surprisingly 3,232 sets (as of the date this was published of course). Now most of that is actually because there’s a bit of crossover. Thankfully from Brickset I was able to get CSV data and there were actually a total of 17,162 sets. However removing duplicates and we get back to 3,232. I would also like to congratulate myself for going at least 5 reviews before breaking out Excel. (which if you want drop me a note in the comments.)

 

Remix: So in light of me last time doing a similar pieceset, I still had to contend with the doors and house pieces. So for this I decided to make an accident. If I’m honest this isn’t the most spiritual in terms of a remix (even for a set like this where it’s more open), but I wanted to build a little race car.

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Final Thoughts: I think my biggest dislike of this is that there’s really not enough pieces here to make a good farmhouse. I know it’s meant to be a mix box, but even using the blues I had from the car in the house it’d still be too diversely colored and sized to be pleasant. I have done some math though, and based on original pricing this is better value for your money than the Large Brick Box, which you’d think a large set would beat out.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars