Speed boat, aeroplane or the titular helicopter? LEGO Creator 31092 Helicopter Adventure offers them all
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The 3-in-1 LEGO Creator sets are always a fun, little set, especially for younger or newer builders. Each set comes with a selection of parts that can be used to create three individual builds, really showing how creative you can be with a specific selection of LEGO elements. Not only is this a fun concept for the individuals purchasing the sets, but I also think it must be a great test of skill for the LEGO designers. 31092 Helicopter Adventure in particular allows you to create a miniature speed boat, a simple airplane, and a very nice helicopter as the main build.
Typically in a 3-in-1 Creator set, the models are not always equal in design and detailing, which is definitely the case with this one here. The smallest build you get to put together from this selection of pieces is the airplane. There aren’t many parts in this model, and the overall design is very simple. This design also lacks “play features” by not incorporating a propeller or landing gear, etcetera. Looking at this model from the front and from the back, it’s a fairly straight forward design.
Also included in this 3-in-1 is the speed boat. This design is certainly a step up compared to the plane, though I wish I knew what this model was inspired by. To me, the back portion feels a little incomplete, like it is missing a few inverted slopes on the bottom. This is a minor critique, and I am glad to see the propeller piece placed on this build, which spins nicely when you blow on it. It allows kids to get a bit of that play action to it.
For each of the 3-in-1 designs, I really like the colours used. The lime green and yellow mix together really well with the black and darkbluish gray accents. Plus, they are fun colours for children to get in a small set.
The final build included is the helicopter, the main model for this set. It is easily the best, and is really well designed despite its small size. It also includes multiple play features – rotating blades, retractable landing gear, the small rotor on the back and a small adjustable wing on the sides. The shaping and design of this helicopter is very nice, and incredibly sturdy. If you were to drop it, little to nothing would break.
As the photographs show, there is excellent angling used to execute that curvature to the cockpit. Underneath the windscreen element, you can see a modified 1×2 plate with two horizontal clips attaching to a 1×2 plate with bar attachment. This allows the cockpit area to hinge down. Then, with the use of 2×4 wedge plates, the sides of the cockpit and body fill in the gap seamlessly. It is always so fascinating to see spaces filled with wedge plates and other unique methods. The set designer did some fantastic work with this aspect of the design.
This is a very solid 3-in-1 Creator set for younger builders. The helicopter design and the bright colours truly makes this set unique and is probably what draws the attention of potential buyers. Because the two other builds are not as strong as they could have been, I would recommend other LEGO Creator sets over this one. To get a taste of the challenge the LEGO designers have with these sets, it is well worth trying to build an original model using only the pieces contained in the box.
This product was provided for review by the LEGO Group.