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  1. eliza

    MOC: Costume Shop Modular

    My latest modular is a costume shop. This is a full three story modular so it has the full height, but is only 24 studs wide. The costume shop is pretty small. The back room is where the costumes and there is a small changing room under the stairs. This Revolutionary War re-enactor is buying a hat to complete his ensemble. Upstairs are two one bedroom apartments. These have the luxury of private baths! The back with fire escape still needs a little work. Finally for size comparison with the Fire Brigade and my small Florist shop. I like a variety of building sizes. Thanks for looking!
  2. AVCampos

    [MOC] 31008 HawkMech

    Here's something I built to practice "single-set MOCs"... a mech using just the parts from 31008 Thunder Wings. As in my opinion the set has too many main colours (white, black, orange and blue is just BOLOCs), I tried to make orange as hidden as possible, and I kind of think this ended up well... Besides the poseability in the legs and arms, it can also convert into an aerial form, for faster movement. Considerations about this first try: the design ended up good, and I managed to give it quite some articulation using the set's parts. The aerial mode could integrate the terrestrial mode's legs better, and the ball joints are a bit too weak for the "knees".
  3. I got the Highway Pickup set a few weeks ago, and put it together in the main configuration, (its a 3 in 1 Creator set) but felt it looked a little off. To me, it was way too short a truck for the size of the cab. It also had a really steep angle to the flatbed when loading a car onto it, in its original configuration. So I decided to make it a little longer. I added a 4 x 12 plate to the back end of the flatbed, and reinforced it underneath to handle the extra length. I am still a little unhappy with how it looks, the wheelbase is a little short still, but I'm not going to mess with that part of it. It looks good enough now for me. I can even haul the Palace Cinema limo on it. The truck is a little bit oversize for minifies maybe?!
  4. doink

    MOC: Family home and family

    I have been at it again - the children asked me to create something that resembles us but cooler... as if that would be possible! Anyway, here are some images... thoughts and comments as ever are welcomed. Home sweet home Back garden and the family Kitchen with some pizza - yum! Attic bedroom Dad with the tablet and the dog...
  5. Hello all. Just thought I would share some pics of a modified "Family House" set 31012. I really liked the basic design of the house, but it was just a bit small and got lost in my city. So with some extra parts, I widened it, added another floor and added some interior details. While it's nothing amazing, I think it now stands out much better in the city. What do you think? Original set:
  6. skcheung

    31021: Horse

    It is much more fun not to follow instruction. I wonder I can build a lot of other animals with the creator set 31021. I have built a horse because it is the Year of the Horse according to Chinese calendar.
  7. eliza

    MOC: Lawyer's Office

    I enjoyed making the small Florist shop so much that I've decided to do a few more smaller modulars. This month is a small Law Office... seems necessary in a city with so much crime. The first floor is reception. The second floor has desks for two clerks and a large window office for the lawyer. Here it is next to the Florist. Back still needs a little work... comments and suggests are welcome. Thanks for looking!
  8. Im finally clearing out the last of my loose bits and pieces and have placed small lots starting from 1 CHF on ebay. Postage prices for larger items can be high but thats thanks to Swiss Post and not a profit from my side. Roamingstudio on ebay 4993 Creator Convertible Various Fabuland pieces RC Buggy Motor Kit (working) RC Buggy Motor Kit (working), sealed bags 9V Battery boxes (PP3) 5x PF-M Motor (sealed) - open to offers 5x PF-XL Motor (sealed) - open to offers Lonely old 4.5V motor Train Related Red Train Fronts / 2924a Red Train Front / 2924b Yellow sliding Doors Type 1 White sliding doors Type 1 Light Grey Sliding doors Type 2 Light Grey Windows 1x2x2 (from set 7740) Dark Grey Platforms / Raised Baseplates Old white windows with trans-blue glass Old white train windows Old black train windows Old black train doors Dark Red Pantograph with 2 fingers Crane Grab from 4555 / 4549 Girders to make train bridge (4) Girders to make train bridge (4) Girders to make train bridge (4) Boat related Brown boat rigging Black boat rigging White boat mast (from 4030) Red boat masts (like from 4030) Black boat masts (like from 4030) Misc Decorated white tiles (misc lot) Red vehicle suspension / springs from 4525 If anyone wants to make a job lot offer on some or all items please send me a PM.
  9. The Antarctic Snow Cruiser was a vehicle designed late 1930's, intended to facilitate transport in Antarctica. It has a very interesting and adventurous history. Cruiser (known as Turtle), a very innovative vehicle, designed to operate at extreme conditions. Plane (known as Eagle), a Beechcraft D17 Staggerwing type airplane mounted on the roof of the cruiser. (To get the airplane on or off the Cruiser, a ramp of snow was to be built-up to meet the sloping aft deck of the "Turtle".) This set presents the Arctic Snow Cruiser with a correct minifig scale. All the parts connects fine, the whole vehicle is very stable to grant great playability. With tons of features the set offer a very good playing for everyone. You can find it at: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/46670 If you like it, please support it. Thank you. More to read about: http://www.joeld.net...nowcruiser.html or at the project's page: http://antarcticsnow...er.blogspot.com
  10. LEGO's 2013 CREATOR range has brought quite a variety of new models; there may not be much in the way of innovation, but I'm sure the LEGO Group knows what sells. For many, the highlight of the new sets will be this latest foray into the realm small-to-medium size cars, last visited with 2010's 5867 Super Speedster. In many respects, 31006 is a follow-on to this model, as we shall see, and we'll get to compare the two later. Review: 31006 Highway Speedster Set Information Name: Highway Speedster Number: 31006 Theme: Creator Release: January 2013 Parts: 286 Minifigures: N/A Price: GB £14.99 | US $24.99 | EUR 19.99 | AU $29.99 | CA $29.99 | DKK 179.95 A note on the pricing: In the UK, Europe, and Australia, this set occupies the same price point as 31008 Thunder Wings, which has some 50 fewer parts; whereas in the US and Canada, the Highway Speedster is considerably pricier. 31008's pricing is as follows: GB £14.99 | US $17.99 | EUR 19.99 | AU $29.99 | CA $24.99 | DKK 179.95. I can only assume that TLG have done their market research, and consider this set to be a sure-fire hit that will sell despite the higher pricing - interesting because it's rather a European-looking car, in my opinion. Links ... Shop@Home ... Brickset ... Bricklink ... Peeron The Box Click for a larger full-frontal image The familiar blue-and-yellow CREATOR colour scheme is, on this box, enlivened by a coastal roadway-graphic context for the car. I appear to have - quite unintentionally! - mimicked this for the title picture. It's more than you tend to get on most CREATOR boxes, and I think flatters the car somewhat. It is interesting that the alternative model insets - given unexpected prominence on the box of Thunder Wings - are relegated to their usual position here. Over the back, the three models parade themselves on the same 'speckled' floor found in the lower half of 31008's box rear. Click for a larger image Here, the car's opening features are opened for your delectation. I like the way the bley studs on the side of the nearmost model have their LEGO logos aligned - something I tend to take care to do when building official sets - although it is quite possible that these images are digital renders, which are often used on box art, I believe. I have often criticised the CREATOR set inventories - found as usual atop the box - for having a background gradient that can make some of the parts difficult to see; I'm pleased to report that this problem appears to have been fixed. Click for a larger image It'll be interesting to see if this lighter background extends across the entire range. The wheel construction here provides the customary '1:1' reference; it gives you some idea of the depth of the box, which is considerably deeper than that of 31008 ... ... though both share the same frontal dimensions. I doubt the 50 extra pieces require the increased interior space; it may be designed to mitigate the price hike for North American customers. This paradox continues inside the box: only three polybags reside within, compared to 31008's four; one however contains a small foetus. Each model gets its own manual. In common with the rest of the standard CREATOR range, no stickers are included; I wonder if this habit is to change with the introduction of the CREATOR Expert range and its decals. The Instructions The primary model's booklet has a shiny, high-quality cover. Having a smaller height than the box, the car is forced to encroach onto the yellow surround, as if breaking out of the page. The other two manuals have covers of a similar quality to the inside pages. A plain blue surround makes the instruction steps clear. With about 4-5 pieces per step, the build nevertheless progresses at a reasonable pace. As you can see from this picture, the rear and of the model is almost complete before the front is more than a skeleton: There are a few small sub-builds, but it's largely brick-on-brick, with very few colour-differentiation issues. Two double-page spreads advertise the rest of the new range, and some CITY vehicles. It's nice to see that the new Small Cottage gets a mention here! Behind this lies the inventory; found complete with part IDs here and here. There's nothing in the second manual besides instructions; the third's rear cover advertises the LEGO Club, with its disturbingly-faced mascot: The Parts A few pieces of blue and red break up the black, white, and grey monotony of the larger parts bag and its smaller offspring. It's nice to see a number of trans-black parts. Trans round tiles and a number of white cheese wedges could prove useful; the large number of light bluish-grey 1x1 studs would be handy if you're a fan of Derfel Cadarn's medieval walls. The other two bags contain quite a collection of white bows, tiles, slopes, plates and wedges, all are welcome in my collection. I'm really pleased to see large numbers of 1x2 plates in various colours. The yellow plates might be a little surprising; we'll see why they are necessary in due course. The only new(ish) part is the 1x2 brick with studs on one side, which I highlighted in my Octan Tanker review. Model 1 - Highway Speedster The primary model is a curvy, 10-stud wide supercar with large, purposeful front air vents, wing mirrors, large 'low-profile' tyres, and a rear-mounted engine. Size-wise it is similar to 2010's 5867, and as we shall see, the two compliment each other rather well. The low roof, and wedge-shaped profile building to a higher rear end, gives the car a suitably sporty look. The use of this piece improves the look of the tyres, which otherwise would look rather chunkier than you'd expect for such a car. They do a reasonable job off imitating alloys; the pearl light grey colour looks a little flat and it would have be nice to see them in metallic silver. Better still would be new wheel parts with low-profile tyres, but that would undoubtably push the cost up, if it is even possible at this scale. I like the red and black recesses in the sides, which otherwise would be rather flat and blocky. The low front is dominated by the twin air intakes, lined quite effectively with wedges, cheeses and bows to create a stylish look. The trans-red 1x1 rounds are a little surprising, but their resultant look complements the other, rather subtle, red parts in the intakes, without being too 'in your face.' The back is simple but smart, and looks somehow familiar. Using 1x1 round plates to imitate exhausts is perhaps a little simplistic, but it does show the younger builders how to create complex effects with simple parts, I suppose. Bows and slopes have been used in this model to recreate sexy supercar curves to quite good effect, seen best in this rear oblique view: You'll note the transparent cover to the engine compartment: a realistic feature of many modern supercars. It opens, too, as we'll see shortly. The little red tiled spoiler is rather understated; it also serves as a handle to open the engine cover. A new feature in this latest supercar is the transparent roof, formed from a 1x4x3 window panel and a 1x4x1 wall element attached SNOT to a 1x4 brick. It isn't hinged, but lifts off quite easily to access to the interior. I think the smooth look is an improvement over the previous studded plate of 5867. There's no rear window, however: the driver would have to rely on his wing mirrors! No steering in this car! I doubt a steering mechanism could be added at this scale without losing much of the exterior aesthetic; I wasn't expecting any, so I'm not disappointed. Note that, unlike most previous CREATOR cars at smaller scales, the wheels are connected directly via a 'live' axle. A minor side-effect of this construction technique is that manoeuvring the car in small spaces (ie., doing a three-point turn) is rather more difficult than with independently-spinning wheels. There's a large cavity under the passenger compartment, the floor of which is mounted above the large blue chassis rails. I'd expect a 'real' car to have quite a low floor; this is something of a design floor flaw which will cause us a bit of a headache shortly. Now we'll take a little tour of the car's features. The front headlights make use of a minifigure neck bracket to attach indicator lights; it's a fairly common technique that I've used before, and can be very useful. I do wonder whether the parts should have been white, though. The top-right frame shows the little recess under a 2x2 white tile that contains a trans-red round tile at a half-stud offset. I'm not sure what it's for, but it gives the car a Knight Rider vibe. Now there's an idea... I've already pointed out the very attractive round rear lights, but let's look at them again. Opening the engine cover reveals that, unfortunately, the engine is a little disappointing, especially compared to the hinge-brick V8 from 5867. In what is, I believe, a first for CREATOR cars, the Highway Speedster features gull-wing scissor doors (thank you, SirBlake, for the correction). The bley stud acts as a handle to allow the door to be lifted more easily ... ... even if the resulting 'open' door looks a little lame. Lifting off the roof allows easy access to the interior, itself quite smartly laid out: The chairs are a little perfunctory. The dash can easily be modified for right hand drive. It's also worth pointing out the two black symmetrical wedge plates under the windscreen, which form an attractive rhomboid shape here. Here's the downside to the high floor of the passenger compartment: You can't sit minifigures inside, without removing the roof. Actually, you can, but it involves a bit of modding including removal of the steering wheel, and lying the fig down almost flat. To be fair, you're probably not going to be trying to squeeze this car through the streets of LEGO City! I actually prefer the look without the roof. I was pretty keen on 5867 Super Speedster when I reviewed it back in 2010. 31006 is its natural successor; I've hastily rebuilt the earlier set so that we can see how well they sit together: 31006 shows up some of 5867's flaws. Its front fender is rather too deep; 31006's wheel trims make the chunky tires of 5867 look rather odd. 5867's curves, quite advanced at the time, look a little blocky, particularly on the wings; 31006's fluid contours are a vast improvement. On the downside, 31006's rather simplistic engine is a disappointment, and I've already pointed out the poorer turning circle; neither does the front trunk/boot cover open. I also miss the oblique-mounted doors of 5867 which greatly-enhanced its shape. However, the two sit quite nicely side by side, and this view reveals why I think the two sets complement each other. I remember pointing out that 5867's rear resembled a Lambourghini; the lovely round rear lights of 31006 are definitely saying 'Ferrari' to me. See here for a higher view. Model 2 - Highway Recovery The inclusion of a Recovery Truck as the second model in the set marks a pleasing contrast to the sporty primary model, and shows how a little lateral thinking can produce a very different creation from the same set of parts whilst sticking to the vehicular theme. Owners of 5867, however, won't be surprised - the second model in that set was also a truck, and even used the same SNOT technique for the windscreen. I would hazard a guess that the same designer is responsible for both sets (Morten, I believe). The use of tiles and slopes to provide a smooth upper surface for most of the truck is quite effective. You can also now see why the yellow plates are included in the set - they create a striped pattern along the sides, as you might see on an emergency recovery vehicle; it's a nice touch, if not exactly stunning. Trans-orange cheeses complete this image as emergency lights on the roof. The combined effect is perhaps seen better in this low view: Also apparent is the neat arrangement of inverted slopes along the underside, culminating at the front in a curved bumper. The arrangement of lights, radiator grill, and the centred 'badge' is a little messy, but it's probably the best that could be done with the available parts. The brick-built crane/hook assembly combines a number of contrasting colours, and isn't exactly beautiful, but it is functional: The main upright doesn't move very much; the arm extends a little way, and the hook barely moves at all, being restricted by a small plate/cheese wedge spur. This is necessary to enable to hook actually to hook anything - otherwise it would just swivel uselessly. The protruding blue 3L friction pins spoil the look slightly; it couldn't have greatly altered the price of the set to include a couple of 2L pins, but then again I'm sure just about everybody has a few spares lying around, if the protruding pins bother you. An interesting shortcut is used to attach the crane arm to the body: It is simply skewered on the rear axle. Neat! Note that this model also has 'live' axles (indeed, all three models do). Here's the crane in 'action' - Cameron's antique racing car has broken down, again. The minifig bracket that creates the hook works quite well, provided there is a plate or brick underside that it can hook onto. You have to place the towed vehicle onto the hook by hand, and it might struggle to tow anything with a low ground clearance. The truck's interior is neat and spacious, and can seat a System minifigure with ease: However, the cab roof is quite securely attached, and it can be tricky to remove. This view also highlights what I think is one of the major flaws of this build - it's just a little too low to the ground; you would expect the wheels to be mounted a plate or two lower, perhaps. Model 3 - Highway Racing I wasn't desperately keen on this third model - a classic racing car - when I first saw its pictures, but having built it and spent some time looking at it in the flesh, as it were, I've come to like it quite a lot. Like the 'concept car' model in 31008 Thunder Wings, an ugly lump of bricks transforms during the latter stages of the build into a smooth and sleek racer. I particularly like the use of wedges to define the bulge around the cockpit; the array of lights at the front looks a little odd, but it might be the best that could be achieved with the parts. The sides are finished with a SNOT panel with a row of bley studs representing, I suppose, exhausts. See, I've aligned the LEGO logos too. It's profile is somehwat dull, but I like the bowed front and the little wings over the rear wheels. The wheel-hub inserts do well here to give the appearance of spoked wheels, though they are a little too wide for realism. The back end is also neatly bowed, and here you can see the beautifully-tiled cockpit interior: It is interesting that the steering wheel is mounted slightly to to the right - I would expect the car to be a single seater. There's a jumper plate included in the set, which I don't think is used elsewhere in the model, so this could be easily corrected. The car's size is a little too large for a System minifigure, but it looks to be the ideal scale for to fit a Fabulander. It's possible, but only with a minor modification: I've removed the seat backs here so that Gibson Goat can challenge Cameron Crocodile to a race! This is perhaps what led Cameron to break down. Click the links below for some alternative views: Conclusion LEGO CREATOR's latest advance into the territory of small-to-medium sized Supercars provides us with a sleek, sporty, powerful-looking roadster that builds on the successes of its predecessor. There is some superb usage of bows and slopes to define the curvy contours of the car; the simple addition of wheel inserts vastly improves the realism of the look. If you own 5867, you will be delighted to note that the two cars are the same scale, and will look pretty sitting side-by-side on the shelf, especially given the 'allusion' to real supercar brands provided by their rear ends. The two included alternative vehicles are good models in their own right, with sufficient variety to make them interesting and fun builds, and as always significantly increase the value of these CREATOR sets. Yes, there are a few minor flaws, but overall I think the designer has done a fantastic job here. Design 9 The aesthetic of the supercar is enhanced greatly over that of its predecessor, with a wonderful use of curves to depict the svelte lines of a luxury roadster. The two alternatives are imaginative in their variety, and attractive to behold; they can be inspiring in their use of the available parts to create a very different vehicle from the original. I'm not so keen on the rather simplistic engine of the main build, and if I were to change one thing, I would lower the floor of the interior. Build 7 The build process is fun if a little pedestrian; unlike 31008 Thunder Wings I didn't experience any 'wow' moments here, although there are a few neat little tricks used here and there. The highlight is seeing how the gorgeous curves take shape. Parts 7 Aside from the new 1x2 SNOT bricks, which are already becoming quite common, there are no rare or interesting parts; however, the overall part variety and colour palette looks to be more useful than many of the set's contemporaries. Playability 8 A few fun features enhance the experience, but primarily this is a set for pushing around the carpet or sitting pretty on the shelf, at both of which it excels. Value 10 I've scored here for the UK price point: at £14.99, this set is a steal. Less so, perhaps, in North America, where it seems to have been hit be a 'desirability' premium, or something. Or perhaps TLG has taken pity on the recession-ravaged UK, where clearly people can no longer afford luxury cars, even as toys! Overall 82 % My Score 9/10 A great set, at excellent (albeit location-dependent) value. Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the review. I'm sure people will have a lot to say, particularly about the price issue. Fire away! Rufus Resources My 5867 Super Speedster Review My 31008 Thunder Wings Review LEGO CREATOR home page My flickr Set Endpiece Who needs steering, anyway?
  11. Artanis I

    REVIEW: 31007 Power Mech

    Not Review Academy approved! Read at your own risk! I noticed that this set has not been reviewed, so this will be the 2nd time (besides board games) I've bought a new* (this one not so new for some) set and had the opportunity. This time I have a better camera but unfortunately I was in a hurry to build and photograph so I apologise in advance for a few shots. I also forgot to crop the photos. Full Flickr set available here. CREATOR: 31007 Power Mech 223 pieces 381g MSRP/RRP: $19.99 USD, £14.99 GBP, €19.99 EUR, $24.99 CAD, $29.99 AUD, $39.99 NZD Usual fluff from TLG: Blast into the future with the Power Mech’s articulated arms, grabbers and leg boosters or rebuild it into a helicopter or pickup truck! Be king of the robots with this amazing 3-in-1 Power Mech! Make way for the mighty Power Mech! Suit up for futuristic battle with strong green armor, powerful arms, grabbing claws and leg-mounted boosters and launch into the sky! The Power Mech is a bright battle bot ready for anything! Move the arms and legs for realistic robot action. Then rebuild it into a fast helicopter with moving rotor or a heavy-duty pickup truck with rugged offroad tires. •3-in-1 model: rebuilds into a fast helicopter or heavy-duty pickup truck •Features green armor, twin antennas, articulated arms and legs, hand grabbers and leg-mounted boosters •Helicopter features moving rotor and large engines •Pickup truck features folding tailgate, detailed engine and rugged off-road tires •Move the Power Mech’s arms, legs and hand grabbers for realistic robot action! •Spin the helicopter’s moving rotors! •Rev up for a wild ride with the pickup truck’s rugged offroad tires! •Measures over 6" (18cm) tall and 5" (12cm) wide •Helicopter measures over 1" (4cm) high, 5" (15cm) long and 3" (8cm) wide •Pickup truck measures over 2" (7cm) high, 7" (18cm) long and 2" (7cm) wide Instructions for download: http://cache.lego.co...ons/6036599.pdf (mech) http://cache.lego.co...ons/6036296.pdf (helicopter) http://cache.lego.co...ons/6036298.pdf (truck) Bricklink | Lego Shop @ Home | Brickset This set caught my attention due to the lime green colour (I've always been drawn in by green ) and the appearance of the mech really reminded me of mid 80s Transformers, specifically the head. The colour particularly invokes thoughts of the Constructicons/Devastator. I have not seen this set in a shop, I assume it's one of those annoyingly limited availability sets you can only get at a particular retailer - and one I don't live near . As I was placing an order for the Tower Of Orthanc set from S@H, I decided to grab this one while I was at it. So, get on with it... Box: Not a huge box, because it's not a huge set. On the front, the main build (a six-fingered man?!? My name is Inigo Montoya... ) is featured prominently in somewhat of a wrestling stance, and accompanied by the secondary & tertiary builds of a small helicopter and a truck (roughly minifig scale) featuring a closed tray. Australian boxes are the western European ones, so they have as little text as possible because there are so many languages to cover. "3 IN 1" advertises the fact that there are 3 models that can be built in this set. I don't remember seeing anywhere on the box anything about you only being able to have 1 built at a time. (I know it's obvious to us, but you know, Nans...) We do however have a parts inventory on the box (top or bottom? I forget): On the back, a very simple illustration showing the majesty of the power mech, with his sidekicks already transformed and ready to roll out. A quick look at one of the sides. Nice 3D bevel effects there. Instructions: Three booklets, one for each model predictably. Because the bags are not numbered, the inside cover shows us that it's helpful to sort the parts into separate colours rather than a big pile. Instructions are set out as you'd expect, the same as most Lego themes these days with simple steps and part call-outs the whole way. Step 1 of the mech was too much for me, I had to give up. Doesn't look like many parts, perhaps I've been buying too many large sets lately. Let's have a squiz at those next. Parts: As I mentioned, these sets don't use the numbered bag approach. Obvious reason being: if you want to build the models in a different order. This time around, it's 3 bags of parts. Let's lay them out for a better look: All fairly common parts really, if you are into multiple themes you would've seen this all before. (We even get 2 standard 2x4 bricks.) I have heard that the lime 2x1 cheese slopes are rare, well here's a bunch of them. On to the models. Model - Truck: I chose to start with the truck. Simple build really. Didn't take long (each model took 10-15 minutes roughly) to build, and quite a few parts were left over: Depending on where you live, you may know this vehicle as a pick-up truck, perhaps some variety of lorry, or in Australia it would be known as a utility vehicle/truck but referred to as a "ute". This particular model is the type with sides around the tray to drop your goods into, avoiding the need to tie things down. The rear tailgate wall folds down as in real life, but there is no canvas cover in this instance. It's one solid brute of a machine, take a look at the bonnet (hood)! Big headlights to warn the deer/cows/roos of a fair fight coming, (although that grille is a bit susceptible, better throw a bull-bar in front) and big honking wheels. The walls are solid! Nice detail with the step to get up into the cabin, and it's good to see a rear window, that's very useful! (Except that there's solid brick on the inside...) Unfortunately due to the part restriction (all 3 models using the same parts) the cabin cannot seat a minifig. You may be able to see the 2x4 wedge plates that close in the space. Easy modification if you're that sort of person. Let's check out all the angles: Obviously if you were to clean this up (replace some parts with others not in the set) you would change the white cheese for lime green, and the hinge plates for standard 1x4 plates, and rearrange the cabin area to fit a minifig in. There are a few areas in the chassis where other parts would fit better than what is included. Model - Helicopter: Next up is the helicopter. Even smaller build this time, but some more interesting moments than the truck. Nice snot on the sides and rear, I liked how that fit. Many parts left over: Not a lot to say about this model, it looks okay but it does still look a bit blocky from some angles. The rotor spins freely which is important for toy helicopters, and the details show nice use of the parts available. The cockpit opens too, that's a nice inclusion. Let's get some angles: As with the truck, I don't like the white parts showing. Swap them out for lime green or dark grey and we're good. I was surprised by the use of 2 2x2 tiles with pin for the rotor, that was a bit different to the usual. Model - Power Mech: Robot, automaton, mech, whatever you want to call it. This Lego set really is a transformer triple changer. The build this time used most of the parts (as was expected), and was a lot more modular compared to the linear nature of the truck. No surprises, as we are building feet, legs, arms, torso etc. Lots of snot involved, with only very minor greebles. Leftover parts: He's pretty solid. Nice big but well sculpted torso, arms & legs. The shoulder joints look a bit exposed, as do the hips. By adding more chunk to those areas we would lose poseability, I fear. The problem with the parts used to connect these legs to the torso is that they aren't symmetrical, and if (as in this case) the brick part is a different colour to the pin part you get an ugly situation. One hip is grey at the front and back at the back, the other is black at the front and grey at the back. My primary concern about this model. The white is not so much a problem on this model, it looks fine, but I think I would've used grey instead. I like the use of the wheel arches, I would've liked to have seen the wheels used somehow, but that may have been a bit too Hasbro inciting. Looking at it from behind, it's very bare (normal for the underside of sets). Being a standing model, I think it should have something, either snot, inverted slopes or those new inverted tiles. Something to cover his back. I like the view of the off-square angles better than the straight-on front & rear. The lights on the chest are interesting, and the little rockets on the lower legs. Let's talk poseability. Head rotates 180°, but doesn't tilt up or down. To look up, he has to bend at the hips. There is no flexibility in the core at all, this is not a problem really, just makes it harder to look up/down. The universal joints in the shoulders mean that the arms can position just as well and even better than normal human arms. Despite not having wrists, the combination of the universal shoulders with standard elbows mean that the hands can take any normal position. For the legs it's not quite so rosy, having no rotation at the waist makes the walking, well, robotic. The hips can move backwards, forwards and sideways. The unfortunate thing is that there are no functioning knee joints and the ankles only tilt sideays. One leg forward and one leg back to walk means that the leg is straight and the foot is not flat on the ground. It doesn't look too bad, but it maybe could've been better. At least he can show sass with the legs a bit sideways, the feet sit flat in that instance. He has opposable thumbs but only 2 fingers per hand, they must be pretty strong. And now some vogue... let's strike a pose! "Say wha?" "Step aside, sir" Aghast! Nice balance Flexible sideways splits, and double jointed ankles? Stayin' Alive Crab or something... Yes, he does transform: into this... thing. (And yes, he does have an anus, thanks for sharing... why I don't know...) I like the look of this guy, I'm not into those Bionicle/Hero Factory style figures. They seem to have big holes everywhere, and don't use much in the way of standard bricks. They don't really look "Lego" to me either. This guy is made primarily from stuff you'd find in a normal set, with studs everywhere. The body parts are all in decent scale to each other. Often the arms or legs will be too short or something like that. The final word: I built this model last because I was expecting to keep this one built rather than the other two. This is only my 4th Creator set, the other 3 I bought because of the parts. One of those I bought 3 of, so I built each model from separate sets before dismantling into storage. This one might stay built though. I thought that the inclusion of 4 big tyres only used in 1 minor model was a bit strange. Was it worth buying/the money? That's the question everyone wants answered when they read a review. My answer is always another question: "Is any set worth buying/the money?" I enjoyed it. Don't know if I enjoyed it as much as it cost, I never really know that. I liked the look of the set pictures, and I don't mind the final model in the end. To be perfectly honest I feel like I'm buying outside of my normal theme interest when it comes to Creator. Score? X apples out of Y oranges. You can probably get the feeling of a qualitative score by reading this post. Hope you enjoyed the "review" and thanks for reading/looking. If you have any further comments on this set or review feel free to contribute, any questions or photographical requests go ahead. I don't have the smaller Creator set (31006 or 31008?) to compare that mech to this though.
  12. kdenty

    ObiVille - My Lego town

    Finally got some decent photographs of my town, ObiVille (named in honor of the true ruler of our house - Obi the Cat!) It's 'Standard' Lego build and lives on top of my two Ikea Malm draws in my 'Lego' room. I do have room for 2 more modules if I can find somewhere else to display my Death Star (which currently sits nicely in the corner taking up lots of room). And finally the great leader and Lego Chewer himself, Obi: You may notice in some picture 2x2 turquoise bricks - these are cat deterrents as they sit upside down with a few drops of Olbas oil in them which he wont go anywhere near! I coveted Pet Store for a long time but surprised myself when i finally got to a Lego store that I came home first with Palace Cinema. Then I got Pet Shop followed by Town Hall then Parisian Restaurant. I think Town Hall was the easiest and fastest to build as it is mostly building with less interior detail. Parisian Restaurant made my fingers ache and probably put my blood pressure up with the tension of building it right as it had so many smaller components. I think my favorite alternates between Pet Store (which just makes me smile with it's cuteness) and Parisian Restaurant (whose colours i love the most) I think the pictures came out really well today. It was a really dark dull day and the household energy saving bulbs make photos look yellow. I was taking photos with my Daylight/Sad lamp above my head (which is about 30x40cm and not lightweight) - my boyfriend thinks I've gone nuts!
  13. thrak76

    I didn't expect this!

    I just received a 10232 Palace Cinema set. This is my first Modular building set, and the largest Lego set I've ever received. While I knew that the piece count was 2000+, and i had an idea of the finished size of the set... I did not expect the huge box that it would be in! Wowzah! It's exciting and intimidating at the same time to behold the box! I'm resisting tearing into this beast because there's a few other sets I'd like to assemble first for the Reviewer Academy. Anyone else surprised at the size of the box of their first "large" set?
  14. This set is about to disappear from the shelves. It is already Sold Out on Shop@Home in all the countries I checked, and it is fast disappearing from the shelves in most shops. I got this on sale for £12.49, which is pretty good value for the parts. This 'quick review' is a little experiment - an attempt to document the set while I still have chance, and to see if there's mileage in doing future reviews in this style. A full-scale review is pretty time-consuming, so this is a potential way to increase the review output. Review: 7291 Street Rebel Theme: CREATOR Availability: 2012 - 2013 Parts: 196 Price: GB £17.99 | US $19.99 | EUR 19.99 - 22.99 Links ... Shop@Home ... Bricklink ... Brickset The Box Click each frame for a larger image The standard CREATOR box is nicely square, and relatively heavy, containing two instruction manuals and a larger than average parts selection. The rear does a good job of showcasing the three builds - all motorbikes; in each case the stand is deployed, and a solitary inset depicts the other play feature of the main build - the rear wheel's suspension. The Instructions The three models are crammed into two booklets: the first with papery covers for the main model, and containing the set inventory and WGW kid; the second with shiny thicker covers for both secondary builds and with instructions right up to the back cover. The familiar blue CREATOR background with yellow surround is found throughout, with part call-outs for all models. Model One - Street Rebel Street Rebel is a handsome sports bike with a working rear 'suspension' formed from two elastic bands, two large headlights mounted on the front forks, and 'working' steering which we'll examine in more detail shortly. The body is mostly brick-built, with a little Technic for strength; Technic forms the majority of the front forks and the rear pivots. I've partly disassembled the side to show the Technic bracing for the body, and also the minor SNOT-work on the side: I like the way the large 45-degree angled liftarm is pinned in two places. Nothing ground-breaking, but it had never occurred to me that these liftarms might be used this way, so I've learned something! The bike looks a little tall with the rear axle at full extension; in reality the weight of the bike would compress the suspension somewhat ... ... and here it is at full compression, mimicked by removing the elastic: It's also a good view of the rather makeshift exhaust, which points disappointingly skywards in this pose - it's one of the weakest points of the set. The top view is very smart : The steering in all three models is based around this part. Here it is at maximum deflection, which isn't very far. This wouldn't be a problem at speed as cornering would be achieved more by leaning the bike (except that the square tyres won't help in this respect!), but manoeuvring at low speed would be rather tricky. The bike looks purposeful from the rear: Again, the exhaust looks a little naff, and the rear mudguard - which the instructions indicate should be angled upwards somewhat, though it isn't clear - is rather too short for my tastes. Overall, though, it's a smart machine with clean and sporty lines, and quite impressive in its simplicity. Those wheels could be useful for larger vehicles - shame there's only two of them! Model Two - Big Chopper 'Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead.' The elongated handlebars and front forks clearly indicate that this bike is not a bike, it's a chopper. Some clever use of inverted Technic allows the 2x3 dark bley plate to sit studs-downward; it ins't doing anything but being a plate, but I like the touch. Alone of all the models, the chopper's headlight actually faces forward ... ... though you can angle it up if you wish. All three models have a stand; this one and the third are a little different to the primary model. Note the rear mudguard - it's attached studs downward via a clippy-hinge, allowing the use of a slope to give a nice contour, at the expense of ugly visible anti-studs. The chopper has the best steering angle of the three, but even then its play isn't huge. This view allows another look at the SNOT rear mudguard/seat, and also the interesting use of SNOT bows to create a reasonably realistic fuel tank. The long front forks make the chopper's body sit leaning slightly backwards: This isn't the model's best angle: the ugly exposed Technic bricks don't look so hot. Note the construction of black bricks and inverted slopes at the bottom centre: I thought these may be there to prevent excessive downward force breaking the model, but you'd have to use a LOT of force to break it, and the black bricks won't help if you do. Model Three - Retro Bike I was at a slight loss as to what to call this one, but it reminds me quite strongly of 1970s police motorcycles (think Magnum Force). Shop@Home calls it a moped, and you can see why, given the curvy rear end, but then the tyres look a little too beefy. However, the seating configuration would fit with a moped. I like the use of the bows to add curves to the sides, and the angled Technic liftarms to recreate the splashguard (or whatever it might be called!) in front of the footplates. I know nothing about mopeds. It's looking more and more mopedy to me now. Again, the bike leans backward slightly, though not as markedly as the chopper. The rear mudguard is a little basic, but it works; the exhausts, mounted a little too high, less so. Of course, there's a stand, and this one works well. It's design is identical to that of the chopper. This bike has the least effective steering of the three, caused by a slight difference to the design: a 5-long liftarm sits within the prongs of the steering bracket, restricting movement quite severely. The picture is kind to it: the front wheel hardly moves at all. Note that the front headlight always stays in line with the body, which might make driving at night somewhat hairy! Conclusion I'm always impressed by the ability of LEGO designers to cram three models into (most) CREATOR sets, using the same parts to produce a maximum of variety whilst utilising different techniques to keep the builds interesting. At first glance, the three models do look similar (they're all bikes, after all . Except the chopper ) but they are all very different types of bike; thus providing a little education in addition to the building fun - at least for thise who haven't seen Pulp Fiction. This isn't a jaw-dropping set, by any means - but it's fun and instructive. If you can pick one up on sale before it disappears, do so: but if so, with those big tyres that aren't so useful in pairs - if I were you I'd pick up two. Thanks for reading! This quick review is intended to provide a record of this set for posterity without taking an age to write. I don't propose to write every review like this; please do let me know what you think of the concept. Rufus
  15. Hello, I'm a newbie in the LEGO system. It's because of the birth of my son few months ago that I'm into it. He is just a reason for me to buy some LEGO :-) Something I always wanted to do before ;-) I know that there is already a review on that set, but I wanted to do something less technical, something for newbies from a newbie. Sorry if I don't use the righ names for bricks. I'm new... ;) I hope you will like it :) If it's against the rules to post another review of the same set, please let me know. I delete it. One more thing. I'm not an english native speaker. So please correct me if there is some mistakes :-) Ok, my first real set. A Creator one. Simple, not so expensive, and quite nice actually. I know that I’m going to get the X-Wing soon, so I wait to buy more Star Wars set in the future. But at the same time, the more I look into the Creator line-up, the more I see the possibilities of it. As you can see, it’s a 3in1 model set. But you can’t make 3 models out of the box, you can just make one at a time. I knew that of course (as everybody knows, but what about kids?). And I presume it’s not a bad idea to buy these kind of set by two minimum. For example, with this set I could build the truck, the car, and hook them together. Or do some kind of race between the two cars. Inside you get three polybags with bricks, and 3 manuals. One for each model. Each step is very well explained, you build few bricks per step, progress is steady and reasonable. Even for me it was fun. It took me about 30′ to build the main model. Most boring part is to “un-build” the model before making another one. The main model is a superb sport car with a rear mounted engine and scissor doors. There are less than 20 sport cars with these kind of doors in real-life. I don’t know which one they got the inspiration from, but I feel that the Lamborghini Aventador was partly used for this model. With a lot of imagination and beers, you could see some similarities. That is an aggressive front I quite like. Look at these air intakes. For sure the engine needs lot of oxygen. Original engine on this model was a V6, I want to modify it a little to make a V8. More powerful. More fun. Rear view is not bad either with 4 exhausters. I just wished that the little red tiled spoiler was placed a bit higher. What I find nice on that car are the transparent engine cover and the scissors doors. It’s fun to play with them. Look at this engine. I’m also planing to modify it. I find it a little bit too flat, too small and too low. It doesn’t look powerful enough for me. I’ll think of something. [update] I did some modifications on the engine. Still a V6. I wanted to make a V8 not as low as the original design, but then I couldn’t close the top. So I had to move the engine back (closer to the rear), with 2 cylinders lower than the other 4 (I’m not sure if that was accurate to real-life engines). The 2 yellow bricks are the injectors (didn’t have another colour – I wanted them black, or even red). There is no steering wheel on this car, something I wasn’t expecting anyway. I did modify the wheel system though. Originally, the wheels are connected by one axle. So they all spin at the same speed when you want to turn a corner with the car. You know that in your real car, you have a differential to help you turn because the wheel on the outside needs to spin faster than the wheel on the inside of the turn. So as you see on the picture, I cut the axle into two part thus I made some kind of “differential”. It’s easier to turn the car like that. Not perfect, but way easier. Beside that, I wished the roof would open as well. I like that car. It was fun to build, and it’s nice to play with it. The Lotus Seven Like Can’t get out of my mind that this model looks like a Lotus Seven. I like this model as well, but not as much as the main one. It was also fun to build. I have in mind to build it in red. I just need to find all bricks for that... The Truck That’s the model worth buying another box for. I think that a child would play a lot with one of the sportcar and that truck. The crane is articulated. But don’t expect it to be that useful, the moving parts are a bit too loose and thus don’t keep their position. It’s often falling down one way or another. But may be it’s because I didn’t tighten them together that well. As I prefer the main design, I didn’t really bother fixing that problem for now.
  16. Easy question - what's the cheapest way to buy a lot of Lego? Harder bits: - I live in New Zealand, so anything bought overseas comes with a whopper price for postage. - I want to build a few MOC's to create a town for my daughter's Friends and minifigs to cohabit, and as a new AFOL and KFOL (she's 5) we're starting from a very limited resource pool of bricks. I'm looking for navy roof tiles, tan coloured bricks etc - the kinda thing you don't get in bulk lots from Mum's-getting-rid-of-their-now-grown-up kid's toy collection. - I am pretty damn poor. Any help would be appreciated! Cheers Alexandra
  17. Sorry if i have posted this in the wrong category, but I wanted to share my first moc creation published to Lego Cuusoo entitled Modern Modular Furnished Beach Front House. It is a displayable and playable piece meant for adults and children alike, both boys and girls. Please do not let the pink colour put you off; I have proposed this in many different colours including neutrals like grey and white. I designed it with the intention of making this house as flexibly integrative as possible with all types of Lego scenarios. This house is bifold; it can open in the middle on hinges like the Monster Fighter's haunted house, and the roof is removable in 3 parts. It also has originally designed furniture and assessories. I am currently working on the landscaping. A complete set of updated photos are available at the following links: thank you for your interest and your vote!
  18. Hello everybody! Sometimes the question is raised why there is no Star Trek™ LEGO®. I would like to present a possibility to you how you can go to your local toy store, buy an official set, but go home with a Star Trek model, instead. This works out in form of an additonal alternate model of Creator Set 31006 - Highway Speedster. It's a model from this year, so you will have no difficulties aquiring this one. It consists of 286 pieces. Building instructions can be downloaded of course! When building alternatives I usually have two rules in my mind. - Don't let it look too much of a patchwork - Use as many pieces as possible The result this time was a Starship Enterprise model with clear deisgn lines, and an appropriate stand. Unfortunately it only uses about half of the pieces available. Sometimes that happens but usually the two official alternatives to the main model also use much lesser pieces. So here we go! Building instructions can be donwloaded directly from my homepage: http://st.deckdesigns.de Thanks for your time and interest! Yours Chris.
  19. This is my own alternate model for 6912 Super Soarer. However, I added a few extra pieces up front to make the laser cannons. Click any image to enlarge it. The thrusters can pivot, thanks to the TECHNIC elements included in 6912. An unintentional design feature is that the thrusters can also fold away into a "parking" mode! I designed this model in LEGO Digital Designer. LXF File - Instructions (.xps format) - Brickshelf Gallery Special note: This is the first MOC I built with a friend. I designed the model entirely by myself, but my friend and I followed the instructions together to build it. Here are the pieces I used in addition to those included in 6912: - Trans-Dark Blue 4589 Cone 1 x 1 without Top Groove (2x) - Black 3957 Antenna 1 x 4 (2x) - Yellow 4081b Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Light - Thick Ring (2x) -Toa Of Justice
  20. CREATOR 2013 News 31000 Mini Speeder Pieces: 65 Price: USD 6.99 Brickset 31001 Mini Skyflyer Pieces: 62 Price: USD 6.99 Brickset 31002 Super Racer Pieces: 121 Price: USD 14.99 Brickset 31003 Red Rotors Pieces: 145 Price: USD 14.99 Brickset 31004 Fierce Flyer Pieces: 166 Price: USD 14.99 Brickset 31005 Construction Hauler Pieces: 256 Price: USD 17.99 Brickset 31006 Highway Speedster Pieces: 286 Price: USD 24.99 Brickset 31007 Power Mech Pieces: 223 Price: USD 19.99 Brickset 31008 Thunder Wings Pieces: 235 Price: USD 19.99 Brickset 31009 Red House Pieces: 271 Price: USD 24.99 Brickset 31010 Tree house Picture courtesy 'Fedro Photo's' on flickr. Thanks to Just2Good Pieces: 356 Price: $29.99 Available: August 31011 Flying Adventures Picture courtesy Brickset. Pieces: 618 Price: USD 59.99 Release: August 31012 Family House Picture courtesy Brickset. Thanks to sgeureka. Pieces: Price: 10250 Chinese Year of the Snake Pieces: Price: Original Post: I looked in the retailers catalogue and I could tell something Moderators, feel free to change or remove this post if it is not acceptable. 2 little sets 31002 Race car, with mostly yellow pieces 31003 Helicopter with mostly red pieces 31004 Eagle, with mostly brown pieces 31005 Sattelschlepper?, German word I not can translate 31006 Sportcar, mostly white pieces 31007 Robot, mostly green pieces 31008 Powerjet, mostly bleu pieces 31009 Red little house with dark blue roof pieces, male minifig and another barbecue
  21. I haven't gotten one of the Creator 3 in 1 houses yet, but I have been looking at the reviews and pictures posted here and trying to plan how to furnish it for minifig use. I have always been fascinated with the housing and making things more usable/realistic for the minifigs. Back in the days of blue and grey Space sets, I used to make stoves, seating and entertainment sets for the bases I built. I'm wondering what some of you who have the Creator series have done with furnishings in the limited (sometimes next to none I notice) space you get after the build. I have been looking through the forums but haven't seen anything yet. So what have you got? Or is this something you haven't thought of yet and now the juices are flowing, so what are you planning? I'm working on getting some bricks together in my collection to use for MOC esp. this particular kind of thing, so besides stealing chairs and desk from some of my City Advent Calendars once I get something put together I'll post some picks and update this post. Now I'm going to go look at the amount of stud X stud space some of these reviews have and plan my layout. But I would love to see some ideas from others!
  22. Hi. I am a new AFOL and very new to brickfilms. Here is my first real effort. It was filmed and edited entirely on my iPad. I learned a lot while doing it, so I'm hoping future efforts are even smoother. I really enjoy watching build videos, so this takes that basic concept but adds a bit of storyline behind it. I chose set #31010, the Creator Treehouse, for my first one because it is still pretty new and doesn't yet have a lot of reviews or build videos. Future efforts will mix new and older sets. Thanks for watching!
  23. 3nslav3

    MOC: Supercharged Camaro

    I've been busy :P this started out as set 5867 (super speedster) , this is the result of using google search for camaros, started building the front and moved to the back of the car and this is the result, I'm very pleased with it :D and it takes 2 minifigs ;) Thanks for watching!
  24. Capt. Stabbin

    Creator style houses

    Hello Everyone! After seeing the wonderful review of the new creator set 31009 by Rufus, I decided to make my own row of them. I also added furniture and tiled the floors. I decided to keep them on 16 x 16 baseplates so I could move them around my city easier. I hope you enjoyed looking at them as much as I did making them. C&C Welcome
  25. THUNDER WINGS!! Hhuurrr! It's macho. <flex biceps> MEN WILL LIKE THIS. Thunder wings!! Propeller Power ... Sonic Boom ... Street Rebel ... Fierce/Ferocious Creatures ... Roaring Roadster ... The LEGO Co. has often resorted to hyperbole to increase the masculine appeal of these smaller CREATOR sets to their target audience, but THUNDER WINGS!! takes this decidedly to 11. As we shall see, there is a certain logic behind the use of this monicker for this particular 3 in 1 collection. As you will probably have noticed if you've read any of my previous CREATOR reviews, I'm a big fan of planes, and certainly from the looks of the box this latest airborne offering promises an attractively-styled fast jet with what looks at first glance to be quite realistic styling for a relatively low price point. To see how it lives up to first impressions, and to check out the alternative models of this set, read on ... Review: 31008 Thunder Wings Set Information Name: Thunder Wings Number: 31008 Theme: Creator Release: January 2013 Parts: 235 Minifigs: N/A Price: GB £14.99 | US $17.99 | EUR 19.99 | AU $29.99 | CA $24.99 | DKK 179.95 Links ... Shop@Home ... Brickset ... Bricklink ... Peeron The Box Click for a larger frontal image Like the CITY range, I don't think the CREATOR box art has changed since around 2004, although the yellow surround has perhaps receded a little compared to its predecessors. In this 3 in 1 set, the secondary models have been given a surprisingly high billing; usually one would expect small insets at the bottom (compare 6912, 5767, and 5892). The result of this is a somewhat crowded cover; the '3 in 1' logo obscures part of the main model. The back, however, follows the tradition of displaying the secondary builds more prominently, with a rearward view of the plane: Click for a larger picture The rather eclectic mix of models has given the box artist an intersting dilemma in choosing the background design, overcome quite effectively with the use of a blue marbled 'floor' blending into the blue sky at an arbitrary horizon. The floor effect seems to lack perspective, however. Good to see I'm not the only fan of Lens Flare. The customary CREATOR set inventory is once again featured on the box top: Click for a larger picture This allows you to make a shop floor decision on whether to buy the set depending on its contents, and allows the less thrifty to fork out £15 for the one part they need because they can't wait for Bricklink. I never do that, of course. Opening the thumb tabs reveals the following contents: Three manuals and four polybags make this quite a weighty set: 454 grammes (or exactly 1 lb for Americans and metrically-challenged Brits). The Instructions Each build gets its own instruction manual featuring a shot of the model and little else. They're all the same size with slightly varying thicknesses; models 1 (plane) and 2 (robot) have nice shiny covers, but model 3's (car's) booklet cover is lesser quality (the same as the inside pages). Opening the first manual, we find that the 'don't pour the pieces onto the back lawn' instructions have been replaced by a rather endearing cartoon: I really like this! Particularly the minifigure's puzzlement-bordering-on-abject-fear in frame 2 resolving in to supreme joy by frame 3 when he has managed to sort the parts (which, given the scale, are presumably Nanoblocks). Pandora has pointed out that a similar cartoon appears in the latest Friends sets, adjusted appropriately for theme. A plain blue background with yellow CREATOR surround minimises distraction from the instructions: themselves quite simple, with about 2-5 parts per step and piece call-outs for all three models. The build flows smoothly, and is nicely paced; the only slight issue I found was differentiating flat orange 1x1 round plates from their trans-orange equivalents. Towards the rear of the first manual, there's a double-page spread of the many other new CREATOR models this year. 31007 Power Mech gets a whole page to itself opposite this one; that is perhaps because it will appeal to those who bought this set because of the robot secondary model. I will hopefully do a review of the white sports car soon , but the one I'd really love to get my hands on is that rather splendid eagle. Following this is a double-page spread of the inventory, replete with part IDs; see Page 1 here and Page 2 here. Instructions in the other two manuals go right to the back page. Click the thumbnails below for larger images: The Parts The four polybags can be arbitrarily divided into two large and two small. Click for a larger picture A few splashes of orange brighten up the blue-dominated large part selection. There's not a huge amount of interest here; the Bionicle joints will most likely end up in the Useless Parts container unless you're into making Mechas. The four black hinge-plates (bottom right) could be useful, particularly if you're trying to make a round tower in the style of Derfel Cardarn, though you'll need a lot more than four! Wedge-plates and tiles are the highlights of the smaller-part line-up: Click for a larger picture A slightly unusual inclusion for a CREATOR set is the four pearl-dark grey mechanical arms; we'll see their interesting use in one of the models presently. Note the juxtaposition of flat and trans-orange 1x1 round plates, the source of the only (albeit minor) colour-confusion in the build. Model 1 - Thunder Wings!! Thunder Wings!!'s primary model is a twin-engined, twin-tailed, swept-wing jet that is clearly based on a fighter design but, like previous jets in the CREATOR line, given a more 'display team' livery. As you can see, the wing sweep is created not just by the use of wedge plates, but also by mounting the wings onto the body at an angle. This, it turns out, is a major feature of the set, and we'll look more closely at it later. The nose of the plane is quite neatly styled with bows forming blue and white stripes along the side, and creating a nice contour behind the black nose-cones. Like the 5892 Sonic Boom, the engine air intakes comprise SNOT- (Studs Not On Top) mounted wheel arches; the smaller scale of this plane makes them appear relatively larger, but I don't think they are overly large for the model. Behind the air intakes, the lovely smooth stripes are lost, and the colour-scheme starts to get a little fussy; with white, blue, dark and light bluish-grey, black and orange all vying for attention, the wings aren't as clean and streamlined as the sweep would like you to believe. The blue 1x2 plates outboard of the orange tiles aren't strictly necessary, and their removal would go some little way towards tidying them up. This high shot from the rear is quite flattering. I nearly used this for the title picture. You can see here the slight gap between the blue wedge plates behind the wings - which are attached perpendicular to the fuselage - and the bley grille tiles on the wing surfaces; this could be corrected with some clippy-piece trickery to allow an offset and also create working ailerons in the process. The designer has obviously opted for simplicity. Also apparent is the use of levers at the wing-tips to give the impression the wing-tips are parallel to the fuselage, with some success. Noticeably absent on this jet are the green and red port and starboard navigation lights I've come to expect. The 'colourful' wings are all-too obvious when viewed from the front: The trans-clear stand isn't included in the set! The plane has a pleasingly low, sleek forward profile, though from this angle the air intakes do look a little on the large side when compared to the cockpit. Two wide wheel hubs form the engine exhausts at the rear; between them and the tail fins are two of the mechincal arms, the purpose of which here is unclear. The (suggested) upward slant of the horizontal stabilisers is achieved with the help of these 1x2 clip plates, at the expense of making the stabilisers rather thicker than they should be, but it helps to make the rear profile rather more interesting. A nod to realism this isn't: upward-sloping horizontal stabilisers on fighter jets are, to my knowledge, unusual; usually they are flat but some are downsloping (Harrier, Phantom for example) - but this is not possible here. The side profile reveals a number of faults on this plane. Behind the air intakes, the lower white stripe that started so promisingly behind the nose degenerates into a blocky mess. The fuselage itself is a little too deep, and ends with an ugly bley step in front of the exhausts. The tail fins taper quite well, but aren't a patch on the beautifully-styled tail of Sonic Boom; they are about as good as the scale will allow, although I'm not keen on the orange and black stripes. In case you were wondering... no, there is no undercarriage on this plane. It's really rather disappointing, especially since the designer managed to squeeze retractable landing gear into the much smaller 6912 Super Soarer. Instead, large bley and black plates make for a featureless underside: It's a shame that the same colour wasn't used for these plates. Some effort has been made to give contours to the sides of the fuselage, forming a 'waist' level with the trailing edge of the wings. Ideally, I would expect the engine bulge to be maximal under the wings, and to taper gradually toward the exhausts (see for example the underside of the Tornado), but I can live with this. Less forgiveable is the sudden step behind the engine intakes. I don't normally show build pictures of CREATOR sets, but it's worth drawing attention to a couple of points. Firstly, note the rather unusual use of some parts to enable three complete builds with a minimum total part count. Here a Bionicle ball and socket parts are used simply as filler - the joint doesn't move. Behind this are two 2x2 bricks with pin, facing each other. The pins don't do anything and are barely visible on the finished plane. These parts are each vital in one of the alternative builds. Secondly, let's have a closer look at how the swept wings are achieved: The angle is produced by 2x2 hinge plates and 2x4 wedge plates. The point of pivot is between the rear stud of the white 2x4 wedge and the adjacent stud from the white 2x4 plate on the fuselage, enabling a snug fit and a sturdy attachment. This is quite an advanced technique for a smaller CREATOR set; it gives you a glimpse of how Ralph_S achieves his incredible results. I've certainly learned something from building this - moreso than from any other LEGO set I've built in recent memory! It's the highlight of the model, if not the entire set. Click the tumbnails below for some alternative views of the plane. Sadly, the Super Soarer has been parted out, but here's Thunder Wings in company of the flagship jet of the CREATOR range, and my own F-18 Hornet [/shameless plug]. It's not so obvious from the photo, but Thunder Wings is considerably smaller than the F-18, so we probably shouldn't expect too much in the way of features; however, I really would like to have seen landing gear even if it were only detachable rather than retractable. Model 2 - Thunder ... Thighs? The second model of the set is some kind of Mecha, identified as a 'robust robot' on Shop@Home. Now, I have no interest in mechas (they're not called 'meh-cha' for nothing ) so I was expecting to pass over this particular build with alacrity. The robot has a chunky body, nicely rounded and striped at the front but somewhat flat at the back, with freely mobile arms connected via ball joints and legs which, connected via clicky joints, are somewhat less mobile. He looks like an Eric to me. Perhaps Eric's most prominent feature is his two large shoulder-appendages of uncertain purpose. They look suspiciously like wings, even if it's not clear how they could possibly act like wings, and suddenly the choice of the name 'Thunder Wings' for the set starts to make a little sense, even if it remains a little arbitrary. Eric can't turn his head unfortunately - it's attached directly to the chunky upper body, between two stylishly-curved shoulders. I like the use of the wheel-arch pieces to line the shoulder joints here. The right-hand panel shows what would be quite interesting offset SNOT work, were it not for the fact that these studs decidedly are on top - it's the main body that is SNOT here. The 'wings' behind are attached via one stud sandwiched between two plates, which allows a little movement, from their maximum spread here to vertical. It's a perfectly valid technique, but it might make some people uncomfortable. Being essentially a brick-built Action Figure, Eric is of course poseable. [i once admonished a Reviewers Academy student for saying 'poseable'. My spellcheck doesn't like it, but it's used no less than twice on this set's page on Shop@Home, so it must be ok!! I stand corrected. ] Here he is attempting to walk. His ankles flex only laterally, and he has no knees, making this a difficult task; he looks more like he is speedskating. This is about the only 'walking' pose you can get him to balance in. Note that the clicky-hinges at the hip joints have different coloured sections; as these parts exist only in one 'right-hand' orientation, they appear to be different colours when viewed head-on. This is apparent also in the Power Mech set. Eric's arms are very mobile. Here he has clearly found something crotch-ticklingly funny - or else whatever he's doing to his crotch has made him rather ashamed. You decide! You'll note that Eric has only two fingers on each hand - his 'thumbs' are two 1x2 clippy-plates which don't move, making gripping things a little tricky. All that walking and laughing has made him tired, so it's time to sit down: He looks like he's looking at something interesting in the distance, and perhaps massaging his big tired feet. Ahhhhh! He's so tired, now he needs a little lie down: Or perhaps he's doing the backstroke. Note the 'wings' here are in their 'vertical' position. It's a shame that he can't point his feet down and his head up, or you could make him do a great 'Superman' flying pose. The lack of opposable thumbs hasn't prevented Eric from taking his rage out on two nearby sigfigs: He can grip System-Rufus reasonably well, but he could only pick Rufus Rabbit up by the toe between his fingers. Ow. I actually had quite a bit of fun with this build. Its poseability means that there is far more play potential in the robot than in either of the other two builds, and it's quite an attractive model. For some reason I'm reminded of 80's cult animation . The plane, on the other hand, makes me think of .Model 3 - Thunder ... Wheels Model 3 is described on Shop@Home as a 'futuristic concept car' but to me it looks more like a cross between a hot rod and a dragster. The 'wings' here are - I presume - the white rearward-pivoting spoilers; they could also refer to the wedge-slopes over the rear wheels, I suppose. Either way it's a little lame, but it does serve to provide something of a common theme between three very different models. The car tilts dramatically downward towards the front, again in keeping with a hot rod or dragster: The ground clearance at the front it minimal: as you can see in this picture, there is less than a plate-height between the body and the ground, which might cause some difficulties when zooming it along the floor. Like in the plane, the stripes along the side are quite staggered. There's another unusual use of a wheel-arch piece at the front; not entirely successful this time, although this is as much to do with the unsightly orange slopes behind as it is the arch itself; moreover I'm not keen on the blue headlights. As these trans-light blue rounds are only included in the set for Eric's eyes, it's a shame they couldn't be trans-clear. The back of the car is neat, if a little plain; a simple SNOT panel creates some interesting and attractive angles with the blue inverted slopes beneath, and two inverted Technic plates give the appearance of exhausts, though I'm not sure they are necessary ... ... as the engine appears to have upward-pointing open exhaust manifolds created with the pearl-dark bley mechanical arms: I like the use of 1x2 clippy plates to look like pipes between engine and exhausts. In the right-hand frame, two staggered SNOT pieces provide a very secure support for the side panels. The car has a very small area for a driver's seat, denoted by the orange 'cushion'. It seats a minifigure, but only just: A grille tile takes the place of a steering wheel however, so Rufus has to steer by leaning from side to side, or something. Rufus Rabbit has to stand! The car is quite fun to build, and is chunkier than its external appearance might suggest; the bodywork is for the most part nicely styled, and it makes quite a pleasing third model. A slight redesign of the front end and the side panels (losing the topmost blue wedge plates and mounting the SNOT panes a plate higher) could have made for a very attractive car. Conclusion Being a fan of planes, I bought, built, and reviewed this set first out of the whole (extensive) 2013 CREATOR range. The official LEGO pictures and the box art promised an attractive, sleek small-to-medium size jet, and recent set releases have shown that LEGO can produce decent and fairly realistic fighter jets even if their military heritage is heavily disguised. And I find I do like this set, but for very different reasons from what I expected beforehand. The jet itself, when you scratch beneath the surface, is a little disappointing. The styling which looks good on the upper surface is rather tatty and mismatched underneath the wings, and the two-toned plates on the bare underside highlight the lack of undercarriage, which detracts from both play and display. It is, however, eminently shwooshable, and despite my misgivings about the colour scheme of the wings, it is an attractive jet. The best feature by far, though, is the superb demonstration of angled juxtaposition of plate surfaces (there must be a catchier phrase to describe this!). Then come the secondary builds. Had I bought this set just for the plane, and hadn't intended to review it, it's likely I never would have built them, and I'd have lost out. Both are fun in their own ways, and I can see the target consumer getting hours of fun from this little set. I even kinda miss Eric now he's been destroyed. Kudos must be afforded to the designer for providing three very different models from a limited palette of parts in one set. The price is the relatively large number of leftovers from model 1, but it's impressive nonetheless. Design 8 Viewed from the top, the plane is a sleek and attractive fighter-styled jet, and really benefits from the swept-wing configuration. It is let down by the messy construction beneath the wings, and mismatched colours here and there. However, it's still lovely to look at from the most important angles; moreover, the inclusion of two pretty good - and varied - secondary builds serves to bolster the score significantly. Build 9 A mostly brick-on-brick construction of uninteresting parts somehow builds to a surprisingly attractive result in each case; it's enjoyable although a little pedestrian. Major bonus points are awarded here for the swept wing technique. Parts 6 A rather mediocre parts selection lets the set down here - you've probably got most of these parts already, and it's unlikely you'd buy the set for the inventory alone. Playability 7 The plane is eminently swooshable, but the lack of landing gear or any other added feature do restrict the possibilities of bith play and display considerably. The car can be zoomed along a table, but on a carpet or other bumpy surface it'll snag. Eric the Robot saves the day here - he's fun to pose and cute to boot. Value 7 CREATOR sets are always good value on a parts per pound basis; this one perhaps doesn't hold up so well compared to the myriad similarly-priced sets in the current range, but it'll keep you amused for a time, and keep kids quiet for far longer. Overall 74% My Score 7/10 There isn't really that much to recommend this set to your average AFOL, unless they are a die-hard plane fan. I do, however, think this would make a great set for kids. Provided, of course, that they are sufficiently MACHO. Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed the review. Please let me know what you think! Rufus Resources My other CREATOR jet reviews: 5892 Sonic Boom Jet 6912 Super Soarer Special Themes CREATOR Review Index My flickr set