In a small green valley nestled within the Rocky Mountains, tall pine trees surround LEGO's latest Creator set, 5766 Log Cabin. This "3 in 1" set offers rest and relaxation for LEGO Town fans, as they can imagine the sounds of a babbling brook and perhaps even Rocky River in the distance.
Set #: 5766
Year Released: late 2010
Piece Count: 355
Retail Price: $30 (USD)
While the image of the little Log Cabin as part of the boxart is certainly vivid and colorful with its brown walls and yellow and tan door and windows, I was surprised to not see green pines, valley, and river in the distance. Rather, the background image of bley monochrome pines look more like a modern World City.
Like all "3 in 1" Creator sets, LEGO builders will love the three varieties of Log Cabins pictured on the back of the box with instructions contained within:
In addition to the main model, cabin fans can build this low-sided roof cabin with small stream and bridge...
or this hinged folding two sided cabin similar to LEGO System's classic Town House.
I was surprised when opening the box, to discover not a thin green standard 32x32 stud baseplate, but rather these thicker green baseplates (16x16 and 8x16). I did worry that the size of the cabin was going to be small, but would later be okay with the size.
Log Cabin includes one Happy Camper minifigure; I'll nickname him Bob. Bob has a nice green backpack to store his provisions.
With not much to do in the deep forest, aside from wood chopping and fishing, Bob has a bright yellow raft or kayak for some river fun. The kayak was a fun little build, although I would have been equally happy with LEGO's one-piece yellow raft, although I do recognize this is Creator, and it's about building components, rather then "pre-fab". It's also nice to see LEGO designers creating these little additions out of bricks, and the design is good. Having the kayak and the small blue water baseplate, I'm tempted to create a forest scene with an extended river and lots of trees. NOTE: Not pictured on the bottom of the raft are two round upside-down smooth tiles that I didn't get around to placing on the kayak.
What I find most awkward in this set is the tree. I think the designer(s) chose to try something a bit different here, and it just doesn't seem to work for me. A taller, pine-like tree would have looked better next to the cabin. Maybe I just need to warm up to the design and appreciate it for what it is.
A small campfire outside offers two chicken drumsticks for dinner tonight. I like the simple design which looks good. The black rod is later used for the railing of the bridge for one of the alternate models (pictured above).
Creator houses (and cabins) are always sparse of interior furnishings, although they offer easy accessibility for play (not sure why). Inside the Log Cabin is a nice fireplace; however, along the left (West) side. The grey bricks are also used for an exterior fireplace in one of the alternate models.
I like the brown walls of the cabin, but can't help to wonder how log bricks would have looked. Perhaps they would have been too busy. Overhang at the ends create the "log-look". I like the tan frames and yellow pane windows, and appreciate having five of these and a matching door within this set.
The roof of cabin has its own assembly and attaches to the house as one piece. It seems easy lift on and off, and I like the dark red (although the picture color looks more like standard red). Dark green would have been an interesting color for an alternative. The right side of the roof has some bull horns which provide a nice addition of detail to the cabin. Western fans love bull horns! Mess with the bull, you get the horns... I digress.
One of my favorite aspects of the cabin is the use of classic brick hinges. Yes, hinges are back! This takes me back to the Fire Station I had in the late 70s/early 80s, as well as Classic Castle. It's great to see them used for the large back wall, which after opening, allows easy accessibility to the interior. It's just too bad there's no furnishings to fiddle with. The hinges are also used to close/open one of the alternate models in Classic Town townhouse fashion.
After building the set, one has a nice cabin and river scene with a strange tree in the background (Reminder to self: must get over the tree).
Some additional close-ups of the cabin.
Comparison with the Classics
For an old dated Classic Town fan out of the 70s and 80s, I'm going to compare this set to Rocky River Retreat (6552), as I think the play after building may offer similar aspects; both sets have a cabin, a small river, tree(s), and a kayak. Does it offer the same play value? Unfortunately not as Rocky Retreat has more accessories, a vehicle, and a bridge for added play. What the Creator Log Cabin does offer; however, is standard and useful pieces, and a cabin that one can furnish for added playability. As mentioned above, I'm tempted to expand this cabin to create that wilderness scene with lots of trees, greenery, and perhaps even some mountains and a river as part of the landscaping.
Compared to Other Creator Houses
Compared to other Creator Houses, like the Beach House and Apple Tree House, the Log Cabin does not have as intricate designs. What it does have are the wonderful hinges and better accessibility for added play value. The brick-built kayak is cleverly designed and certainly adds additional fun. For the price, I don't think $30 (USD) is bad at all, especially considering the alternate models with instructions. I do wish the roof had some sloped caps at the top though, as the entire roof just seems unfinished to me. The colors look great as I like brown, yellow, and tan, (as well as the newer dark red roof slopes), and these are all useful pieces for building later.
LEGO certainly "hit the mark" on this one. Log Cabin appeals to the non-licensed basic builder, the Classic Town fan, and the "brick collector". It will be interesting to read your comments in regard to Creator Log Cabin. I look forward to the feedback, and since I've been neglecting Town a bit lately, it's nice to share a topic here in our friendly EB Town community.
Edited by WhiteFang, 07 December 2010 - 02:22 AM.
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