Set Name: 30021 Parrot
Theme: Creator Promotional Set
Piece Count: 46 (according to Bricklink)
Resources: Brickset, Bricklink
The last few years have seen a seeming boom in the production of LEGO promotional sets, although it has become harder to predict when and where they will strike. Will it be a Target Easter special in the US? A Daily Mail reader offer in the UK? A mini tractor at Toyworld in Australia? Some sets (like the Fantasy era Castle ones) never get made at all. Others (like the recent Castle Kingdoms one) arrive on Bricklink months ahead of the official launch of the theme. For OCD polybag enthusiasts, this must surely be a vision of hell. For those of us who like sweet little random surprises, it adds a frisson of excitement as a freebie or when making a purchase for something else.
The 30021 Creator Parrot was apparently released through German retailer Tengelmann's - a kind EB member sent me the 30021 so that I could present you, dear, reader, with this EB Exclusive review!
So let's get down to business:
The polybag shows and image of the finished set:
The rear view isn't particular spectacular:
The parts are a nice primary mix, with lots of useful 1x1 plates, red cheese, 2 1x3 red tiles, white bricks with stud on 1 side...
The instruction leaflet has a very classic feel. In a regular set, this would be a 16 page booklet
The rear finishes the model and shows some ads for the January Creator wave:
The first section to be built is the legs and lower body. Look at those teensy feet! That has to be an evolutionary dead end SNOT-work bulks out the tummy.
The head is next to be assembled. Great detailing with the black 1x1 plate under the orange slope to keep in line with the black feathers below.
Shake your tail feather!
The final model. Great colours, fun little build, and quizzical expression. What a lovely promo!
I like the yellow 'go faster' stripes on the back of the wings. It's rare for official models to look sweet from behind, especially promos!
A side view.
And yes, there is a play feature....
'Freeze! Put your wings in the air and back away from the birdseed!'
The wings spin on the half Technic pins. Cute touch.
And indeed, this handsome bird is the star of the Prince of Persia Month Caption Contest. Enter today!
One of the better-designed promos of the Creator line. It is certainly unique in not just being a mini-version of some other set - unless of course LEGO has a terrifying foot-high 1000 piece UCS Parrot planned for us With a great selection of new parts, this is fun and useful - and if you like the look of it, you can download the instructions (or follow the ones in this review) and build it yourself! 5/5.
(With thanks to grogall for supplying the bird )
Edited by WhiteFang, 05 May 2010 - 07:14 AM.