Lego Creator – Furry Creatures (31021) Review

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Lego Creator – Furry Creatures (31021): Apologies about the lack of posts recently, but leading up to and following NYCC my time was sunk into armor making, anyway I should be able to get back to normal life which means more consistent Lego reviews.

With that we return to another Creator series, this time brought to me in order to make me really miss having a pet dog or cat (curse my large but restrictive apartment). If I’m honest though I’m not a huge fan of this due to the color scheme making the creatures look more like an old cartoon. Yes I know it’s partly realistic, but I would have preferred a way to make some varying browns and tans into creative patterns.

 

Time to Knoll: 25.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 4 Minutes for Rat and 23.5 Minutes for Cat

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Time to Build: 15 Minutes (Rabbit)

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Time to Build: 21 Minutes (Dog)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 285 and (17, 35, 22, 33) Steps (Mouse, Cat, Rabbit, Dog) – Manual and the Other Manual (57 and 77 Pages)
  • Price: $19.99 on Lego and $13.95 on Amazon
  • Weight 194 grams
  • Combo Points: (16X32X2X3) = 3,072 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 56mm x 131.2mm or 235.11 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

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What Else?

So one of the things that perhaps would endear me more to this set would be if it was more like my fluffy cat or dog. Lego has categorically though been tough plastic bricks (to the pain of parental feet everywhere). While there have been attempts at different materials from Lego such as Soft Lego (mostly meant for kids) or Carbon Fiber from Kickstarter – the question remains about how could a Lego set be ‘fluffy’

Lego has done similar things with Capes and Rope being made of regular fabric or string, but they’ve always made sure hair is just regular plastic. Now while the idea of Lego ‘Real’ Hair might make some feel weird – or in some cases artistic the process could possibly be done.

If we look into how to make a wig what’s required is mostly hair and time, but the possible road block is that the backing of the wig must be a soft material. This however would be as simple as creating a sticker backed fake mustache that simply is made for Lego plates, and while it may be hard to sticker most of a set, it’d be interesting to see what could be created.

In the meantime if you want something fluffy from Lego look no farther than Harry Potter.

 

Remix: Sorry kids, no remix this week – it seems in the all the lead-up to NYCC I deleted the photo before moving it to my drive. If it helps it was a Pachycephalosaurus-like dinosaur, but by the time I realized the issue the set had been long returned.

 

Final Thoughts: Like a few this feels like a much weaker Creator series that even at a discount price (from Amazon) is less likely to be bought by a kid (when they would just get a soft puppy doll) and lacks enough interest or complexity to be enticing for an older fan.

Final Score: 2 out of 5 Stars

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

 

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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

Lego Creator – Beach Hut (31035) Review

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Lego Creator – Beach Hut (31035): It’s good to back into reviewing sets again. Life has been quite hectic for me and some Lego is the perfect way to unwind. This week we have another Creator series, but it’s actually a fairly nice and detailed beach house. Compared to the tree house though this feels more like a playset with how it gets split up, and compared to some of the more advanced City sets this is just not enough to be a set I’d want for myself.

 

Time to Knoll: 16.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 20 Minutes (Build 1)

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Time to Build: 20 Minutes (Build 2)

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Time to Build: 26 Minutes (Build 3)

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 286 and 50, 53, 62 Steps – for the First, Second, and Third Builds (53, 54, and 67 Pages)
  • Price: $29.99 on Lego and $27.68 on Amazon
  • Weight 307 grams
  • Combo Points: (7X16X3X1) = 336 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 64mm x 96mm x 67.2mm or 412.9 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 2 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 4 out of 5 Stars

 

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What Else?

So this model came with a surfboard, which invariably led to the question in my mind of whether or not this would float. Being plastic, Legos are generally able to float – that is of course until you start adding too much mass with too little surface area. So of course I setup the massively complex and scientific TopBrick Water Habitat system to test the surfboard.

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And as you can see it actually managed to stay afloat – then it was time to move onto our tame Minifig and see if he could manage to stand on the board as well. It took some balance but we got him to be upright.

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Sadly as the color change indicates he did just sort of sink. However there was a possible silver lining here as this set came with two kinds of legs – one for a child as shown in the picture below. If you are wondering it is about 6.033mm shorter.

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So we put him to this final test, but the as the results show it seems to be fruitless, and it seems that surfing minifigs will have to remain within your imaginations.

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Remix: So for this weeks remix I made a floating whirlygig city where my only missing part was a door and brown stick (although most things were hidden in the belly of the city.

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Final Thoughts: While I have no major issues with the pieces or idea of the set, I do have to don my marketing cap and ask who this set is for? It’s not terribly interesting as a playset for a younger audience, and it stylistically isn’t visually interesting enough for an adult fan, especially on it’s own. Maybe I’m just not getting something (In which case feel free to comment)

Final Score: 1 out of 5 Stars