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 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 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