One of the new sets that was released this month is the #31115 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Space Mining Mech. As the name implies, the set comes with three alternate instructions; a space mining mech, a poseable 4-legged cargo carrier with a robot pilot, or a poseable 2-legged robot.
I really like the mech. It’s about six inches tall, and features poseable legs and arms, a spinning buzz saw, a jetpack on its back, and a face with changeable expressions. And you also get a cute brick-built alien and a set of space crystals. The 4-legged cargo carrier is also pretty good with a set of arms at the front to pick up items, and carrying space at the back. The tall, 2-legged robot is more funny than practical, but I think kids will like it.
All three vehicles are driven by simple brick-built robots, but the cockpits can also accommodate a minifigure. Overall, I think this is a fantastic set that would provide many hours of fun for young builders, and the models look nice enough (especially the mech) to interest adult fans. The set is only $24.99, which in an excellent price for a 327-piece set with so much play value. If you are interested, you can purchase it at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.
But wait, that’s not all! An interesting thing I noticed is that the mining mech from the #31115 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Space Mining Mech set has the same color-scheme as the rover from the #31107 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Space Rover Explorer that was released last year Both of them are white with red and dark-blue stripes. Are they meant to work together? I definitely think so! And the #31107 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Space Rover Explorer also provides a minifig driver for the mech and the other two vehicles from the #31115 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Space Mining Mech.
I’m always delighted to discover such less obvious continuations and references that tie together different sets or even different themes. Sometimes there are even hidden Easter eggs that connect sets from decades apart. Another obvious one is the minifig featuring the LEGO Classic Space logo in the #31107 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Space Rover Explorer. Whoever designed these sets knows how to please both young and old LEGO Space fans!
If you are not familiar with the #31107 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Space Rover Explorer set from last year, the main model is an excellent space rover with a cockpit, lab/living area, a working crane arm, and suspension. And you also get a buildable alien and an awesome minifig. The two alternate models are a fully equipped space base and a viper-style space flyer. All three models are so good, that many LEGO fans purchase three sets and combine the models for a more extensive display model or play experience. This is a larger set with 510 pieces for $39.99, which, again, is a very reasonable price for what you get. Although the set was released last year, it is still available at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.
I would warmly recommend getting both #31107 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Space Rover Explorer and the #31115 LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Space Mining Mech. They both look good, provide lots of playability and alternate builds, and it’s pretty obvious that they are a match made in heaven… I mean space…
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Creator Space Rover Explorer and the LEGO Creator Space Mining Mech? Are you planning to get either of them? Or both? Which alternate models do you like best? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!
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