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LEGO Review – 10246 Ferrari & 75899 Speed Champions
Here are two sets that I just think are wonderful. However, let me warn you, the Ferrari box isn’t kidding when it says it’s expert level. I had to redo several things, and even had to have someone else be a second set of eyes at one point. On to the reviews.
Let’s start with the Speed Champion set first. The only reason I bought this was for the minifigure. I thought it would be cool to have it in the large car, not thinking about the scale thoroughly before making the purchase. Oh well.
In terms of the build itself, I was quite satisfied with it. The car is nice, but I feel like it could be smoother? I don’t know… I did like some of the new (to me) pieces in the set. It did make me wonder if I’ve been missing out on a lot of things as I feel like there are a lot of new things lately.
On to the Ferrari, the real reason we’re all here.
This set is so cool, and yet, difficult to build. It didn’t help that I have to have the word LEGO going in the same direction. My first mistake happened early one. I was one stud off with the foundation, and it led to strange things, and I had to go back and redo it. I was happy I caught it early on, but this particular mistake was HARD to take apart.
Things continued well, and along the way, I was so appreciative of all the little details. The interior and seats are very well put together. However, on some of the items, I would wonder why it was being built that way, thinking there may be a better way, but it would later serve as “help” for another element later down the road.
The angles on the doors and just behind the doors are very well created. It’s a bit cumbersome to build, but in the end, it’s so sleek that it’s more than worth it. I did opt to leave out the stickers because I was afraid of ruining the perfect line they created with the black bricks.
The interior of the door was simply stunning. I felt like I was building the real deal. I did however have a problem with one of the doors. It took about 30 minutes to figure out what on earth was wrong with it. The same thing happened with one of the headlights. In that case, I had to take apart the center section and work back to one little mistake pagggeeesss ago.
Although there isn’t much play-ability in this set, I can still say it’s a good purchase. I personally don’t like technic, and for a long time, I felt like they were getting all of the best high-end car models. Well this time, we got one, and oh how good it is. The way the back window is constructed is creative, and more than anything, I really enjoy how accurate this set seems to be.
Love all of these pieces, especially the yellow ones, which are new to me.
LEGO Review – 10246 Creator Detective Office
Like many other adult fans, I really like the modular line LEGO has been giving us. Each building has its own style, but still fits in on the block. Although, I have to say that now, I feel like the block is getting a bit crowded…
Building this set was really fun, and very relaxing. As usual, I had to make sure that the word LEGO on the studs were going the same way when ever possible. This of course increased my build time, and not in a good way. I was tired by the end of it, and couldn’t wait to be done. I think I bit off more than I could chew, kind of like with the Helicarrier.
Along the way while building, I made a few minor modifications to meet my aesthetic needs. I reversed some of the bricks so the pattern would look good when you’re looking at it. I did the same thing with the window tile that has the name on it. I felt like it looked better if you could read it from the outside. Although, now that I think about it, maybe LEGO made a mistake on hte instructions for that part. I didn’t like the way the brown lined bricks were set up on the third floor, and changed them so the patterns would be consistent.
The modification I made, then changed: the fists. On the roof, large fists are used as decor, and frankly, it’s SO clever. I always appreciate how set designers can take something and completely change how they use it. The directions had them facing “inside out” so I reversed it for a smooth finish. However, upon seeing my completed work, I wasn’t happy, and tried it the other way. Turns out, their way was much better in this case. The “absence of hand” on the inside is what gives the building a Victorian-like style.
Like all of the other modulars (except for the first one or two ever released), the inside has lots of function, play, and story. I’m not sure what the whole story is, but somehow, cookies are involved.
I really like the hidden door for the cat to go through on the first floor. What was really cool was how it was built without any “special” pieces, rather, clever construction using standard stuff. And the toilet!!! A lot of the little details were just so nice to have. The pool table was great, and I could only wish that the pieces moved, rather than be connected to the table. I can see it going well both ways. The fan over the pool table is so cool. Using the pieces they did was yet another clever use of pieces.
If part harvesting is your thing, THIS is the set. Well, for me it would be. I’m in love with the dark blue (and new dark red too), as well as brick-bricks. You know, the ones that look like real bricks. Although this isn’t my favorite color of the bricks, you get a lot of them, even as 1×4 pieces which is nice.
The barber shop area was a cool build too. The use of a real mirror piece was nice. The only down side, and I feel this way with most of the modulars, is that it seems like there isn’t enough play space? Although, my hand is larger than a child’s, and maybe that’s why I feel a bit cramped.
Overall, I had a good time with this building, and am looking forward to the next one. Seriously.
LEGO Review – 31032 Creator Red Creatures
Overall, for $15.00, this is a GREAT purchase. If you’re into part harvesting, then the colours are spot on in this set. If you’re into clever builds, you may want something a little more advanced, or maybe the go-kart with working steering wheel.If you’re considering getting into mech building, I have to say, this is an epic set to get you going. I know there are other actual mech sets out there, but this one will also get your creative juices flowing.
Being the meticulous person that I am, as usual, the word LEGO is pointing in the same direction whenever possible. The biggest con: my fingers hurt. There are a lot of little pointy things that you’ll want to get lined up nicely. I’m comparing this to something like a modular build with less finger tip pointing.
In general, the image on the box is really what got me excited about the set. As I built the dragon, I was a happy person, until I got to the head. It’s underwhelming, and seems a bit small, perhaps stunted. On the box, the head looks ferocious. Mine just looks a bit eh.
However, the colour palette TOTALLY saves the day for this red creature. New Dark Red is by far one of my top favorite colours, and put that with the tan- presto! It’s magic. The other saving grace for this set is how pose-able it is. With it’s sturdy limbs, the dragon is able pose effortlessly and I’m going to have fun taking some photos 🙂
LEGO Review – Creator 31031 Rain Forest Animals
Being the mature grown up that I am, I decided to pass up this set simply because it was small, simple, and I’m not a huge fan of animals. Then, by way of the internet, I learned that the bird poops! I mean really, could I ask for anything more mature and clever than that? Needless to say, I had a grin on my face as soon as I opened this set. I do want to add, I didn’t just build the bird because it poops, but also because this variation of the 3-in-1 seems to be the most interesting. The fish and chameleon seem like a bit of an afterthought by the set designers. I can totally see a group of them sitting in a room, ecstatic that the bird has so much functionality, then saying, wait, guys, it’s supposed to be a 3-in-1. Quick, think of something else we can make!
This build for some reason seemed to take longer than I expected, but in a good way. Usually the smaller sets are a bit on the easier side. With this one, I was able to let the good times roll for about 30 minutes.I really appreciated how the pooping mechanism worked. It was actually quite simple, but to give the bird a nice shape, the whole middle section is “bulked up” with some extra bricks. The feet are nice and sturdy, even when you open the head to load the crackers. When loading them, you do have to be a bit careful since the opening is a bit small.
The most memorable part for me was the tail. In all of my LEGO building, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a smooth piece layered on top of a smooth piece in this way (see photo). It’s given me ideas for other builds in the future. However, I can see how any build that uses this technique must be at a certain scale.
In the end, I couldn’t help but think “Awwk. Polly want a cracker?” This bird really is a lot of fun. If you have an extra $15 lying around, or can skip your morning coffee for a few days, get this set. You’ll have a lot of good laughs.
LEGO Reviews 31027 & 31030 Blue Racer & Red Go-Kart
Race cars anyone? Kid Three loves all things cars and vehicles. When these sets were first announces, I knew we had to have them. I know, it’s so childish, but have you seen how cool these look?
31027 Blue Racer
I had to build the mini go-kart. I just couldn’t help myself. I have to admit, I almost bought two of these so I could also build the blue racer. Since I also purchased the Red Go-Kart set, I felt these two would work well together. At some point, I’ll probably take some funny pictures of a Mario and a mini Mario together with the vehicles.
As strange as this sounds, I felt like I sped through this build. For some reason, I was expecting more. I’m not saying I’m disappointed, rather, maybe I should have bought two of them.
For the price point, I feel this is a solid set. It doesn’t have as many details given its size, but it would be a great stocking stuffer or small gift for someone. Like the Red Go-Kart, one could easily go wild and purchase a ton of these just for the fun of it.
31030 Creator Red Go-Kart
Seriously, buy a fleet of these things! By far, this set was one of my most favorites in a very long time. What stood out the most to me was that I was able to create something with decent functionality in a small amount of time. Don’t get me wrong, I love my giant sets like the next guy, however, sometimes you just want to build something simple. In this case, I didn’t have a lot of time, and my stock pile was getting WAY out of control. I believe right now there are about 20 sets waiting to be put together.
OK, back to the Go-Kart. LEGO really hit the nail on the head with this one. I can’t stress how much I love that there’s a working gear mechanism that allows the front wheels to turn. I could be wrong, but it seems like as of late, you have to spend a bit more to get entry-level movement.
I truly cannot wait to think up clever things to do with this in terms of photography. I’m still smiling at this set…
LEGO Review – Creator 31021 Furry Creatures
This was an interesting purchase. The truth is, I didn’t really want to get it. The LEGO store didn’t have the Tropical Animals set at the time when I went in. Our most favorite LEGO Store employee recommended the set to me, so I caved and got it. I figured at the least, I could part harvest it.
I decided to put together the bunny, mainly because I’m not into dogs, and absolutely detest rodents. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the creation in the end. The bunny doesn’t use too many pieces. There are at least 1/3 of the pieces left over, perhaps more. It’s small, cute, and I like it. I think what I like most about it is the cartoon appearance it has.
If you need a quick, inexpensive, set as a gift or *cough* for yourself *cough* this is a good selection. Happy Building!