Lego Creator – Highway Speedster (31006) Review

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Lego Creator – Highway Speedster (31006):  I almost didn’t review this – if the images are any indication there was a major issue I had with the set and the Pley service. Aside from there being about 3 other  parts which are the wrong color – the major thing is how wrong the color of the curved parts are. This isn’t missing, but instead of the white the parts I got were black – something I worry is not a mistake and is a ‘replacement in the hopes no one cares’ of which I very much do. First super cars in white is a personal favorite of mine – and being a site called TopBrick – we don’t like it when people mess with our toy cars.

 

Time to Knoll: 15.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 24 Minutes (Look how wrong that is – i mean if the black continued like a stripe maybe)

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Time to Build: 12.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 18 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 286 and 61, 43, 51 Steps – Manual for Speedster, Classic Racer, Tow Truck (72, 49, and 58 Pages)
  • Price: Oddly disappeared recently (like as I wrote this) on Lego and $35.69 on Amazon
  • Weight 220 grams
  • Combo Points: (20X40X3X3) = 7,200 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 128mm x 67.2mm or 275.3 cm³ but with a little more on the top and the wheels we get: 288.55 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So being a car I figured it was time to do a proper TopGear style review.

Is it Fast? Unfortunately it seems to only go 1 foot per second – which means it’s about 40 miles per hour – so no.

Is it Practical? While the speedster doesn’t seem to have space for a boot – the ability to turn into other car types means it’s quite practical despite the need for assembly.

Is it Green? No. It’s not.

Is it Economical? Of course there is some footprint in the ABS plastic; however it doesn’t use gasoline so it does have 0 emissions.

Is it Fun to Drive? Sadly this can only really go in a straight line which limits it to drag racing, and that’s not as much fun.

Will it Break Down All the Time? While some parts can fall off – repairs are easy enough though.

Can it Survive a To-Scale 75 foot Drop Unscathed?

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No.

 

Remix: So I had an original idea for this planned, but then the color totally ruined it so I decided to make a little modern style house. The only thing missing was the hubcabs of the 3 wheels which fits in my 5 rules.

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Final Thoughts: Again this was a set I looked forward too but with over a dozen pieces the wrong color (arches, lights) I just feel unsatisfied with this set in general. A sad fact considering how nice the classic car looks, and the working engine cover and gullwing doors on the super car.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

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)

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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

Lego Creator – Prehistoric Hunters (6914) Review

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Lego Creator – Prehistoric Hunters (6914): Because this came from Pley I didn’t even know that it was actually a 3-in-1 set, and I just wanted to make a T-Rex. I’m not sure why it’s called Hunters considering it has a brachiosaurus. Either way though it’s an interesting set for the usage of colors and pose-ability.

 

Time to Knoll: 7 Minutes

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Time to Build: 14.5 Minutes for the T-Rex

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12.5 Minutes for the Brachiosaurus

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11 Minutes for the Pterodactyl

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 191 and 99 Steps – Manual for Rex Build. 69 Steps for Pterodactyl, and 89 Step for Brachiosaurus – and their Manual. (41 and 60 Pages)
  • Price: Retired on Lego and $89.95 on Amazon
  • Weight: 127 grams
  • Combo Points: (5X11X2X3) = 330 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 24mm x 48mm x 160mm or 184.3 cm³

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Scores:

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

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So I realize that this being a dinosaur model I could totally get into some obscure fact about dinosaurs, maybe even trying to see how much decayed dinosaurs become the oil in the plastic of Lego bricks – but that will have to wait for next time.

Apologies that this is a bit more standard, but when I saw this set I was disappointed it didn’t contain one of my favorite dinosaurs (A tie between Velociraptor, Pachycephalosaurus, and Triceratops) I felt I just had to use the same subset and turn this into a 4-in-1 and I made my own trikey.

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I did have to do a few tweaks to make it work (mostly that headpiece) but I was able to get the set up into Lego Digital Designer so that you folks could build this set as well.

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Remix: So for this weeks remix I wanted to use all the nice limb pieces to make a VTOL spaceship. So I’ve got 3 pictures (top, landing, and in flight). I’m rather pleased with the front end, and sort of hatch cabin, and the front-end bending down came out like I wanted – still it even looks kind of dinosaur-y still. (Guess I could call it a raptor)

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Final Thoughts: While there’s not a lot of pieces (others will notice a smaller piece count than many previous reviewed sets) – there’s a lot of good pieces. The amount of nice hinges in various forms is what makes this a nice adaptable set on it’s own, and combined with it’s 3 tone color scheme and you can get a lot of mileage out of it. (Of course the retired and Amazon price sort of detract from that)

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars