Friday, 4 October 2013

Lego Creator set 31010 Tree House mini review.

I've collected Lego Creator sets ever since they started making houses in minifigure scale so they blend in with City sets perfectly. The plus point with Creator is there are, generally, more pieces per set. The idea is to be able to make several different models out of one lot of parts, so whereas a dog in a City set is one single piece that is undeniably a dog, in Creator it is made of several which resemble the shape of a dog, or thereabouts.
  The tree house comprises of 356 pieces and includes one minifigure, a  little boy with a big smile on his face! At a cost of 24.99 GBP / 29.99 US$ it is very good value for money. There are no new pieces or colors but, as is usual, the minifigure is unique in this combination of hat, head, torso and legs.


   Being a Creator set the build is slightly more challenging than City sets and uses more complicated techniques to achieve the end result. There are lots of nice little features such as a fold away ladder to stop unwanted intruders, and a container of 'water' to pour on their heads if they do manage to get up the tree. There's a working winch to pull a bucket of water from the pond below, though in the best traditions of Lego, in City sets the bucket is a rubbish bin! At the base of the smaller tree there is a secret compartment that hides a treasure map and there's a pull along trolley to fill with goodies for the tree house.

The treasure map with the secret compartment open.

  The boy also comes equipped with a telescope, a radio and a nice big pizza, no wonder he's got a smile on his face!
  The house part is sparsely furnished with only a bed and a storage container. A table and chair would have added a bit more fun.


  Okay, the tree doesn't look much like any tree I've seen but the main part of the model is the house and it's deck and they are nicely designed. With all the extras this is a great set with lots of play value and the instructions show two alternative builds as in all Creator sets, so if you get bored of the tree house there's always another house or a little hut with a jetty to keep you amused.
  It's a thumbs up from me!
 

12 comments:

  1. Hello Hairy,
    I don't know how many lego tree houses I tried building when I was younger. This set has some really great accessory pieces!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac! I built a lot in my younger years but they were never as good as this! Kind regards, Brian.

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  2. Great review, Brian! That tree house set looks really cute and fun. I'd enjoy playing with it, and I know my husband would too. :-) xo Jennifer

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I think me and my son are going to have some quality time with this! Kind regards, Brian.

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  3. Ciao Brian, questo set mi piace tantissimo, la casetta secondo me è la parte più bella, mi piacciono i dettagli del tetto e la posizione delle finestre, sono d'accordo con te sull'albero, forse aveva bisogno di un pò di verde in più.
    Un abbraccio,
    Mely

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    1. Hello Mely! Definitely more green and maybe even a branch or two would help the tree! Kind regards, Brian.

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  4. Takes me back to the awesome Robin Hood treehouse set from the late 80s.

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  5. For me the 1980's were definitely Lego's heyday, when every new theme was breath of fresh air and the models were indeed very awesome! Kind regards, Brian.

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  6. Genial, no le falta ni un detalle.
    Me encanta.
    besitos ascension

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    1. Hello Ascension! There are a lot of added little bits with this set, they all make it more fun! Kind regards, Brian.

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  7. Wow, thats a Very Cool Treehouse - I can see Lots of adventures and playability there - Nice Build PiX and as always an Awesome Review!

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    1. Thanks Tiggy! I've got plenty more to come! (That's probably why I haven't got any money left at the end of the month!) Kind regards, Brian.

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