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 – 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

 

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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