Introducing the 2011 LEGO Creator set, 5770 Lighthouse Island!
To grab your attention, READ HERE: Over the past few weeks, I've purchase and built four sets, all from different themes.
1) Pirates of the Caribbean's Queen Anne
2) Maersk Cargo Train
3) City Fishing Boat
4) This Creator Lighthouse
Why do I point this out, you must be asking? The answer is, because this set was the most enjoyable build.
Let's have a look at it in greater detail...
Set Number: 5770
Set Name: Creator Lighthouse
Release Date: May 2011
Price: $39.99 (USF) found at TRU
Accessories: small boat, two pelicans
Special Elements: light brick
The set includes seven (7) bags in total and are not numbered:
And two large blue baseplates: one 16x16; the other 6x16:
One minifigure is included, the Lighthouse Keeper. I would have rather preferred a minifig similar to that of the black hat wearing nautical fig included in World City set 7045 Hovercraft Hideout (Doc 13):
The first build is that of a small motor boat - not too impressed with the overall design:
The motor sub-assembly attaches to the back:
The build starts with a simple baseplate foundation with a mix of bricks in different colors:
Then a layer of green plates:
Building layer upon layer of the walls for the house and the lighthouse tower, one will be surprised to find the beginning of a rod and gear system:
Then another gear sub-assembly to attach in the opposite direction:
The tower is then topped with a layer of white plates and grey 2x2 plates. A few black slopes attach to the rod that turns when cranking. Two small silver stickers are supposed to be plased on the slopes and reflect light when turned. Not pictured are the silver sticker pieces:
The set includes LEGO's working light brick:
which is placed within the tower section sideways. Lights used in real lighthouse are known as Fresnel Lenses.
The completed tower:
When lit, the light looks like this:
Railing is made with skeleton legs and white water spouts. Surprisingly, the different pieces line up well:
Completing the tower, a few seagulls are added to the house and dock. The design is clever:
A close-up of the dock:
And the completed lighthouse:
A fantastic feature of this set is the backside:
The back wall opens with the use of two sets of standard brick hinges:
Not much interior space and scarce furnishings, but still a great feature with the open back. I would have liked to see a more complex stair system, but the simple plate with cheese slopes does suffice:
The set includes the typical extra pieces, but also a 4x10 black plate. Checked the instructions, didn't leave it off when building this model:
So what do I think of this set?
Having the Creator Beach House, the Appletree House, the Log Cabin, and now Lighthouse Island, this set is my personal favorite of the Creator sets (NOTE: I don't own and of the others for a comparison, but that's because I didn't like them well enough to purchase). At the same time, I've waited many years for a nice LEGO lighthouse only admiring Dolphin Point from afar. This set is MORE than I bargained for, and well worth the wait. I was surprised to discover the rod and gear system upon building the tower, and the attached house is equally nice. The working light is a superb feature and simply turns on when pressing a black round 2x2 brick attached to the large radar dish atop the tower. Unfortunately; like other sets with the light brick, the light does not stay on without pressing. The set is not LEGO City, but I'd hate to imagine a more junorized version. At the same time, this set makes an outstanding addition to a City Habor by the Bay. Now I need to add that harbor scene to my Train Town.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
What would have made this set better?
- As mentioned above, I would have loved to see a spiralling set of stairs similar to Dolphin Point; however, space is rather limited within the tower.
- A light brick that stays on for a few minutes after pressing.
- More of a traditional Light Keeper minifig - you know, the kind with a blue jacket, gold buttons, and a skipper hat.
- More accessories, like a few brown buckets of lamp oil, a fishing pole, and some detailed furnishings for the house.
For $40 (USD), I think this set is a great buy. I'm tempted to buy one more set adding on to the tower to double its height. The set looks nice, has a great design, and will make a fine addition to a seaport (if one has the space in their table towns). Having two alternate models only adds to the overall quality.
All things considered, I give this set 5 stars. I hope you have enjoyed this exclusive EB review and I look forward to reading your thoughts.
NOTE: see additional images on Page 2.
Edited by WhiteFang, 08 May 2011 - 04:54 PM.