While LEGO has been releasing lots of large and exciting sets, there are many smaller ones also that are definitely worth your attention. We recently discussed the #31050 LEGO Creator Corner Deli (see: LEGO Creator Corner Deli Review), an inexpensive set packed with unique features, colors, and a very pleasing look. Today I would like to show you another small set in the LEGO Creator line that has an all around winning design; the #31048 LEGO Creator Lakeside Lodge. 🙂
LEGO fairly regularly releases small log cabin type houses and huts in the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 line (meaning you can build three different houses from one set). There was the #5766 LEGO Creator Log Cabin in 2011, the #31025 LEGO Creator Mountain Hut in 2014, and now the #31048 LEGO Creator Lakeside Lodge. All three sets are very nice, but this latest one has a super special feature in the form of an adorable brick-built moose. 😀
Here is the description of the set: Spend a cozy weekend at the 3-in-1 Lakeside Lodge! Build your own holiday retreat set in pleasant surroundings with a red, brown, green and blue color scheme, and a cozy interior with a stove, bed and a table. Chop wood for the campfire, do a spot of fishing from the balcony or just enjoy the peace and tranquility together with the friendly moose and the tiny frog. When you feel like a change, rebuild to create an observatory or a small cabin. Includes a male minifigure, plus a buildable moose and a frog. 368 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE
All three models that you can build with this set look good, but my favorite is the log cabin. I particularly like that LEGO designers didn’t just stick the house on a baseplate, but built a nice rounded terrain around it with stacked plates representing land, a grassy area and the lake. You normally see such details in LEGO fan created models, so it is nice to see them in an official set. The interior is also nicely detailed with a stove, bed corner table, and more. But the two features that really won me over is the yellow flower piece used as a cracked egg in the kitchen, and the same yellow flowers used for making lily pads in the lake outside. What a simple but brilliant design! And of course there is the moose. In fact I have heard that a lot of people buy this set just for the moose!
The Lakeside Lodge measures over 3” (10cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 6” (16cm) deep, the Observatory measures over 4” (12cm) high, 5” (13cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep, and the Small Cabin measures over 3” (10cm) high, 5” (13cm) wide and 5” (13cm) deep. So they are all quite substantial.
The size of any of these buildings would go well with the previous releases, and could even be added to the LEGO Winter Village series. Below is the video-review of the set by JANGBRiCKS, who will show you all three houses you can build with the set in detail.
All in all, this is a very nice set with lots of play-features, alternate models, good parts-selection, and a friendly moose – all for an inexpensive price. I know everybody is talking about the flashy licensed sets and printed-from-head-to-toe minifigures, but I think where LEGO really excels is in these generic smaller sets with no big name license behind them. They are just LEGO… and that’s not a bad thing at all… You can find the #31048 LEGO Creator Lakeside Lodge – along with other 3-in-1 LEGO Creator sets – at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Creator Lakeside Lodge? Do you have the set already? Or are you planning to get it? And what do you think of the moose and other details? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
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