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Fantastic Gift Idea,
This review is from: LEGO Creator 5766: Log Cabin (Toy)
At 355 pieces, this set is actually better value than the images would suggest as it packs in so much detail within a small space. This is always the ratio to remember with Lego pricing - it's the quantity and size of the components themselves, not the scale of the final product. As such, the Log Cabin is good bang for the buck and makes an attractive gift option.
The main features of the showcase (Expert) Log Cabin model include a plain minifigure, a removable roof, a hinged back wall that allows more discreet access inside the cabin, a lovely fireplace, a little canoe for the minifigure to ride, a tall tree on its plate and a barbecue on the go... Looks tasty!
Unlike 'City' or other product lines that rely on specialised moulds for a design solution, the Creator range makes use of legacy components in order to build up detail and function. So, although the scale of the model would suggest it could have used less bricks, the final build is a much more satisfying (and classic) approach to model making. Many Lego fans appreciate this if they're somewhat overwhelmed or demoralised by the countless licensed sets out there.
This is apparent throughout the Log Cabin's design - the little canoe/boat has a very interesting build that is, in direct contrast to a 'City' approach, focused on clever techniques, rather a single mould. The roof of the cabin is a separate build, and is done so very much like a real life building (it can also be lifted off easily). Even the tree, which stands on its own small plate, is built from an array of nice components. It helps younger builders to think more about what they're doing, and to not just expect the solutions in favour of speed.
The Log Cabin has a really pleasing and almost sweet design from the outside; it just seems like the perfect retreat. I love the overlapping logs on the corners of the building, which suggests the roughness of the build. One of the best features of the product is actually the colours of the components - they're beautifully vibrant. It reminds me of many forest/nature sets from the 1990's.
Yet while the appearance is almost impossible to fault, the inside of the Log Cabin is a different story. I perfectly understand that the focus of the product is building techniques and design, but I'm surprised that the designers chose not to include any furniture. Not only would this have enhanced the playability of the product, but I feel it would make the inclusion of the minifigure a bit more justified, because all he can really do is go for walks and ride his canoe. Perhaps it came down to cost goals and space saving.
Another thing I am surprised at is that a Light Brick wasn't included for the fire place. This would have made an excellent addition to the interior and thus create some sort of cosy light source, but again, it's absence can understandably be put down to space saving and use within the other two designs.
Finally, I note that one reviewer mentioned the lack of a window pane in the upper frame of the Log Cabin. The reason for this I would have thought is fairly obvious; it's a log cabin, and made from materials that can be found in the forest. Anglian Glazing is a bit too far to walk to!
The other two models that can be built in this product are a bit weak for a Creator set, so I don't feel they deserve much attention. They are nice easy builds, but I imagine even a child would find them a bit boring. I'm wouldn't allow this to detract from the value of the product though, because the Log Cabin itself is something you wouldn't want to break up.
In short, the Log Cabin may not be the most complete addition to the Creator series, but I think it has bundles of playability and a wonderful exterior design to go with it (plus, it's up against some stiff competition with the likes of the 'Lighthouse' and the 'Seaside House'. Older children and adults will most certainly want to purchase this purely as a showpiece, and younger children will enjoy having this as a contrast to existing City products. It's classic Lego, and I love it to bits!