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Lego's 2011 Creator House,
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This review is from: LEGO Creator Log Cabin 5766 (Discontinued by manufacturer) (Toy)
**Update December 2013: this set has had a long run and is now finally out of stock at both Amazon (proper) and Lego. It will likely be delisted soon from Lego's catalog. This was a great set, but prices are rising well above the MSRP of 29.99. If you can find them at MSRP, sets #31010 and #31012 are very good. Set 31025, Mountain Hut, will be available 1/1/14, hopefully at the same price as the Log Cabin.**
Lego's Creator line is one of my favorite because the sets avoid the use of really specialized pieces and, instead, focus on the creative use of more basic pieces. This is much closer to the way Lego sets were when I grew up. You can, of course, buy the bulk Lego sets, but I find those boxes provide too many 2x4 bricks and not enough of the one-stud wide bricks and other key elements (like angled roof pieces). Creator sets like this one provide a great mix of very useful pieces, often in colors that are hard to find. And because these come with directions for multiple builds, they encourage rebuilding and experimentation.
This year's first Creator house is a tidy little log cabin (there is another house, #5771 Hillside House, arriving later in the year, as well as a lighthouse island, #5770). This one is on the small side and it is not built on a baseplate but on a number of small plates (this represents a bit of shrinkage compared to years past). But it has a great color scheme, especially the dark roof tiles, and it has plenty of windows. There is a fireplace, one mini-figure, an ingenious kayak, a tree, and a fire pit with a spit. The top lifts off and the back side (of the A-model) opens up like a giant door; my kids have a lot of fun with this latter feature. The set has decent playability, though it really shines if you have other Lego people and things (vehicles, animals, droids, whatever) to expand the storyline. And since the cabin is unfurnished, your kids may want to make their own brick beds, brick tables and brick chairs.
Overall this is a very useful set with a lot of possibilities and a modest price tag. It makes a good gift because if you don't like one design, it is easily changed into something else.
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Initial post: Feb 9, 2011, 12:10:28 PM PST
Thank you for the detailed review...it helped me decide to buy this!
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