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My Lego Creator 3 in 1 House Kit

Updated on July 16, 2013

49 years old: NOT too old to play with Legos...

Blame it on my parents... I'd had Lego building sets as a kid, but I'd outgrown them, well, like at least 35 years ago. Then my younger son turned 6 and my parents bought him a Lego set for his birthday. He loved it (and so did I). It started out innocently enough... he needed some help putting it together, so naturally I helped. More Lego sets followed for birthday and Christmas presents and with each one I'd help with the assembly. Then, for his birthday this year they got him the most awesome set yet - a Star Wars fighter. Well, I really couldn't wait to build it... err... "help" my son build it. So "we" started but I was hogging it and doing all the work, which made my son mad. I asked myself "what are you doing???" and stepped back so my son could build his toy. I also resolved to buy my own Lego set, and soon... Am I addicted to Legos? If I am it's my parents' fault:)

Which One to Buy?

So many Lego sets to choose from, so little time...

OK, I'd made up my mind to get my own Lego set... but which one? My son's "collection" runs across the gamut - Lego Star Wars, Lego City, Lego Ninjago, etc, etc. I wanted something a little less exotic. Just in case this turned into an actual hobby for me, I wanted a series that I could build into a decent collection. After looking at the different series they make I decided a Lego Creator set was my best choice... but which one? I wanted a fairly large kit with lots of features, so I decided to get the totally awesome Lego Creator 3-in-1 #5771 Hillside House. It was a great kit and well worth the money. I'd just made two mistakes though - I only bought one and my son wanted to build it and it caused a little conflict the second mistake was not realizing just how much fun these things are to build. I just HAD to by another...

For my second set, I decided on the LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Treehouse Building Set. The Treehouse kit is smaller than some of the other kits with "only" 356 pieces, but like all the Lego 3-in-1 kits you can build it 3 different ways, With this kit you can choose between a Treehouse, Barn, or Lakeside Hut. Since the Treehouse is obviously the coolest option, that's what we built. Yes, I said "we" - this time I got smart and bought two kits - one for me and one for my son. That way there's no arguing about who is hogging the kit:)

LEGO Creator 31010 Treehouse (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Creator 31010 Treehouse (Discontinued by manufacturer)

I bought this kit because treehouses are really cool. I had a real one when I was a kid, heck I wish I still had one. This kit is smaller (and less expensive) than some of the other 3-in-1 building sets, but it still takes about an hour and a half to build, working at a relaxed pace. For kids of course there's still lots of Play Value left in it when the building is done...

 

Anticipation

Wow, maybe these things really ARE addictive...

I ordered our sets about a week before leaving on a trip to visit my parents. Usually I get things in 3 or 4 days when I choose the Free Shipping option, but this time it took a little longer and the arrived the day we left - what a relief!!! Didn't want my wife to open the box while we were gone and have to explain why I'd "wasted" money getting 2 identical kits. I put one of the kits (mine) away and packed the other. I didn't tell my son about it - I wanted to surprise him when we got to Bishop. He gets a little cranky on long trips and I wanted something to cheer him up when we got to Bishop. I was right on both counts - he was cranky when we got to Bishop, and he got over it as soon as I told him about the Lego kit. So after dinner the first night we built it. I let him do all the building because I knew I had my own kit waiting at home...

Treehouse Features - The Lego Creator3-in-1 Treehouse kit is another great buy...

Lego Creator 3 in 1 Hillside House
Lego Creator 3 in 1 Hillside House

Lego's #31010 Treehouse is a smaller set with 356 pieces. It lacks some of the features of the bigger sets like swing up roofs or hinged walls, and it doesn't have as many "extras" (cars, etc) but it still has lots of play value. There is a working bucket hoist, working dump pail, and a ladder that can fold up to keep people out of your treehouse:) I also thought the telescope and flag were nice touches, and there's also a frog for the pond, a dog, a Lego kid, and a wheel barrow. If you build the Lakside Hut, there's enough pieces to build a small boat and an oven with a removable pizza. And the Barn has a detailed garden. We decided to build the Treehouse, which uses almost all the pieces, but like the other 3-in-1 kits we've built there were spares for some of the smaller, easily lost pieces. Working at a relaxed pace, it took my son about an hour and a half to build the kit. Since then, he's spent quite a few hours playing with it along with his other Lego kits. It fits in nicely with other sets in the Creator Series and also the City series kits. My son had/has a lot of fun building and playing with it and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Treehouse Virtual Tour

Showcasing some of my favorite features...

These pictures should give you a pretty good idea of what you'll get when you buy the Lego Creator 3 in 1 Treehouse building set. All photos were taken by me and are Copyright 2013 by Ken Deboy. You may use them on any website you like as long as they are attributed to me, including a link to my home page.

Front View

Lego Creator Treehouse front view
Lego Creator Treehouse front view

From the front, you can see the pond...

Side View

Lego CreatorTreehouse side view
Lego CreatorTreehouse side view

From the side, you can see Lego Boy with his dog, the wheel barrow, the flag, and the ladder. If you look closely at the ladder you'll noticed it's hinged in the middle so it can fold up and keep people out.

Top View

Lego Creator Treehouse top view
Lego Creator Treehouse top view

From the top, you can see the loft, the flag, the telescope, the crank for the operating bucket houst, and some if the detailing on the tree.

The Pond

The pond is one of my favorite things about the kit. When I was a kid, our house had a pond in the back yard, and my parents also had a large vacant lot that had 2 streams on it. No frogs but it they were full of trout. The lot is also where my real treehouse was. Gosh, to be a kid again...

The Frog

Here's a better picture of the frog since he's out of focus in the previous picture...

Climbing the Ladder

Enjoying a Pizza

Watching Out for Pirates

Past Projects

Other Lego kits I've built...

These things are like chips - you can't stop after just one. Thank goodness they're not bad for you:)

Lego Creator #5771 Hillside House - My first Lego 3-in-1 building set...

My Next 3 in 1 Kit - Lego Creator Family House

 

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    • hovirag profile image

      hovirag 4 years ago

      It is so great to be able to create several things out of one pack - kids love that!

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      Thomo85 4 years ago

      The creator sets are great I love the fact they give you multiple creations to create from the one set.

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      mcstacy 4 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. Your lego creation looks great. : )

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      I found an unopened Lego Kit in my attic not long ago that looks very similar to your set. I do not know how old it is, but I put it out for the grandchildren and I am not sad that I did. They love it and there are more than enough pieces for them to build something together.

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      Yamin Joe 4 years ago

      I love Lego, when my son was a kid I bought him many Lego's and played with him,the best I loved was building a Helicopter with him!

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      EpicFarms 4 years ago

      I LOVE Legos! I still have quite a few leftover from childhood (I used mine to build stables for my Breyer horses ;o) Fun lens.

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      BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

      We also all love Lego, love the way you both "Help" each other build each other's sets.

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      What a great way to share time with your son building LEGOs and memories. Also, it sounds like your perfect job would be working for LEGO as a model builder.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Our whole extended family loves LEGO! Good for you! ;-)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      In spite of your having to share the project it looks like you had lots of fun, and I'll bet your son even got a kick out of it, and will enjoy combining the parts with other sets and making his own designs. You too!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      This is awesome! I have always adored Legos. I can't imagine all the fun with such a huge set. My husband has always wanted a dedicated room for a huge train display that goes all around. I have always wanted to build the town it goes through, a Lego town!

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      Rick King 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Enjoyed this lens and shared it with my son who has several sets that I used to have to 'help' him build. Now he is a master builder of his own, but I still think he could use a little help from time to time.