The only obvious criticism for 31129 Majestic Tiger is that the LEGO Group has included ‘majestic’ in the name of the set, because it leaves us with one less superlative to use to describe what is otherwise a stand-out creation from the Creator 3-in-1 team.
Using a combination of clever tricks and techniques, the form of a tiger is fully realised and beautifully expressed in a poseable, fun build. What more can we say?
— Set details —
Price: £44.99 / $49.99 / €49.99 Pieces: 755 Minifigures: 0
— Build —
There’s not much more you need to know about 31129 Majestic Tiger than we have already stated in our opener. Right from reveal through to launch (when it sold out online), it’s a clear stand-out from the January 2022 line-up, and will certainly continue to impress for the duration of its shelf life. That’s for its choice of subject matter, its use of colour and build techniques and its sheer brilliance in realising the former with the latter.
Remarkably for how good this model is, it is only stretched across four numbered bags and 755 pieces, some of which are actually for the small bird side-build. It means that not a brick is wasted in putting together the tiger, and that it begins to take shape rather quickly in your hands.
Utilising any number of ways to turn bricks and plates on their side and to place them at an angle (ball joints play a part in more places than you can immediately identify), the Creator 3-in-1 design team has captured the most important aspects to a tiger’s form whilst keeping the build process interesting and engaging, and the final model still very accessible and sturdy for play.
And play with it we all will, thanks to all the joints built into the creature that open up the possibility of innumerable cat-like poses, from head to tail. This is where the fun can really be had, as you decide whether to set the tiger roaming through the jungle, or ready to pounce on its prey, or creeping along in the long grass, or midway through a roar, or just about to clamp its jaws down, perhaps on your finger.
The most important aspects to the tiger are actually easy to overlook in and amongst all the fun, but are only able to be overlooked for how quickly your eye accepts them. These are the striped pattern of the tiger, which has been skilfully built into the model through careful colour selection of various parts, and the head, which so brilliantly catches the size, features and expression of a tiger.
It’s arguably the most complex part of the entire build and it is undeniably the most important, because without those piercing eyes staring straight through you, or those menacing teeth on display, or the smart integration of black and white to break up the orange, the rest of the model wouldn’t work half as well. As it is, the eyes have you locked in, drawing you in and holding your attention, just like everything else about 31129 Majestic Tiger.
Did we mention that there are two other builds in this Creator 3-in-1 set? Using the same selection of parts, you can also put together a red panda or a koi fish. Both are effective and interesting builds, but let’s be honest about what 99% of us will be building here…
— Price —
Every now and again with a LEGO set, price flies out the window. If you can afford to buy Creator 3-in-1 31129 Majestic Tiger, then there is nothing but the very best design, display potential, play and fun to be had at your fingertips. Even at double the price (and let’s see how bad Brexit gets), this set would still be tempting. Don’t believe us? It sold out at launch online in the UK, US and Europe.
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— Summary —
31129 Majestic Tiger doesn’t need to be a Creator 3-in-1 set – as much work and expertise can clearly be seen in the alternate red panda and koi fish builds, but the lead model of the huge, roaming, colourful tiger steals the spotlight. This is a piece of LEGO art and creativity, bundled in the form of an official LEGO set that we can all have a chance at owning.
There is so much to take in, appreciate and enjoy about 31129 Majestic Tiger over and over again – it’s the type of LEGO set that will appeal to and reward LEGO builders across various age groups and themes.
It’s one of the best in recent times from the LEGO Group, and is a fine example for why LEGO fans have such high expectations of LEGO sets – because sometimes, every possible expectation is met and then exceeded, and the end result is something very new and really quite amazing.
This set was not provided for review by the LEGO Group.