Friday, 25 October 2013

Lego Creator set 31012 Family House mini review.

Between work and real life I've finally managed to finish the latest Creator house, set 31012. For your 59.99 GBP / 69.99 US$ you get 756 pieces which includes 2 minifigures and a light brick. The instructions come in a bag with a cardboard backer so they don't get scrunched, ripped or battered which is nice! There are no unique pieces here though some parts are in certain colors for the first time in this set. 

The house owners and their sporty little car.

General view of the front.
I like the fact the roof has been made from two different colored slope pieces, it adds a bit more interest to the model, as does the chimney stack. The light brick is operated by pressing the black-topped vent near the top of the roof, and internally the light brick is nicely hidden.

Back of the house when swung open on it's hinges.

The house has two floors (just about) and is hinged down the middle so you can swing the garage away from the living area which give access to both parts. The living area is a double height room with a large ceiling light which is nicely designed and is lit up by the light brick from above to give the impression that the ceiling light works. There is also a table, swivel armchair and a fireplace along with a staircase to the top floor. 

Fireplace with a blue, very square, armchair!

Sadly there is no kitchen which would have added play value, the space is taken up by the garage, which, to it's credit, has a very nice brick-built door that swings up for the little car to enter / exit. 

Nice garage door with car.

The top floor consists of probably the smallest bedroom Lego has ever made and a small balcony over the garage that hosts a barbecue along with a partially decked floor. The bedroom has a bed and a modern style free-standing spotlight which wouldn't look out of place in an interrogation scene! 
Outside there are a few 'plants' with a small pond and a tree with a bird on top. As usual with Creator, the trees and any animals are brick-built, using lots of pieces instead of one which helps add a bit of variety.
This is a nice set and there's lots of playability here, despite the lack of a kitchen. The light brick adds a little extra to the whole thing and makes the inside look nice and cosy!


There have been quite a few houses in the Creator line and they certainly help add a bit of 'normality' to an otherwise emergency-service overloaded City! Along with the modular buildings you can actually have something that resembles a little part of a city suburb which can't be bad! 

16 comments:

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    1. Thanks Mii. I just need to get loads and loads more! Kind regards, HC.

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    2. OMG...wonderful house! Great colored roofing with nice shaped pieces,
      the chimney is cool! The swinging door is gorgeous and the light inside the house is adorable!
      That Family House is good for everybody :)
      Kikka

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    3. Hi Kikka! With the limitations of Lego, it's a pretty good house. I still wish it had a kitchen though! Kind regards, Brian.

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  2. Very enjoyable review, Brian. I love the staircase, blue garage back door, and the movable garage front door. This set looks like it would be a lot of fun! xo Jennifer

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you! My son has played more with this than any police or fire station, so I think you're right, it is fun! Kind regards, Brian.

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  3. The house does look cosy. Love that they have lights now. When I used to play with Lego *mumbles about how many years ago it was* it was cool but not light up your house cool. I may have to get my niece into this stuff so I can pretend it I'm not buying it for myself ;0P

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    1. Hi Pepper! I have to admit I use my son as an excuse for buying so much Lego...he's used to it now and knows the drill..!! Kind regards, Brian.

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  4. La casa è bellissima, mi piace molto il tetto, sembra vero! Devo dire però che l'albero è poco realistico, ma nel complesso mi sembra un ottimo set.
    Un abbraccio,
    Mely

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    1. Hi Mely! You are right about the tree, it doesn't look great. Creator trees always look simplistic and blocky! Kind regards, Brian.

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  5. Oh Wow, Missed this one - I love that opening garage door, and the light brick really does give a Wonderful effect - Great pics and review of a very neat set!

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    1. Thanks Tiggy! It's definitely one of Lego's better houses! Kind regards, Brian.

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  6. why did they only create lego friends recently !!!
    I would have loved to play with such a house when I was a little girl . at that time it seems it was only for boys ...
    so cosy indeed, and with light...wow =)
    great post
    xxx

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    1. Hi Valma! This is actually a Creator set, not a Friends one, but they are very similar. Every so often Lego tries to encourage girls to buy stuff. It started with Paradisa in 1992, then Scala, Belville, Clikits and finally Friends which, according to Lego, is doing very well. It's never too late to start enjoying Lego though! Kind regards, Brian.

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  7. A little bit late , but great post !
    the home lighting system gives a great result! ... very cosy :)
    "exellent" en français !
    kind regard
    denis

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  8. Hi Denis! Merci. If the house had a kitchen it would have been even better! Kind regards, Brian.

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