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30 June 2020

LEGO® 40411 Creative Fun 12-in-1: Professor's One Set MOCs

Today we welcome the Professor (on Instagram) for an altogether different kind of LEGO® review! He's a French engineer who loves LEGO Star Wars and Creator – especially the 3-in-1 sets, as he loves to create his own alternate models – which made him ideal to take on the new set 40411 Creative Fun 12-in-1. This is a gift-with-purchase in many parts of the world from July 1 to 26 with qualifying purchases over $85 / €85 / £85.  He added so many of his own builds, it's now a 50-in-1! 


According to me, LEGO is synonymous with infinite play. I love making several creations from just the parts of one set – what I call One Set MOC. This is the very essence of LEGO. Only limited by your imagination!



That is why I loved the '12-in-1' concept of this set, 40411. After having quickly looked at the parts, and models list, my enthusiasm subsided a little. I think that the models are quite simplistic, which is normal for a rather young audience I suppose. Unlike the Creator 3-in-1 sets, where we have real parts reusability, here we have the impression of having several small sets combined in the same box. In fact, I feel that some models were created independently of each other.

Each set seems to have its own specific pieces, with dedicated colours :
  • the pineapple, with its green leaves
  • watermelon, and its four large red parts
  • ice cream, with its brown parts
  • the castle, and its beige parts
  • the duck, and its round and yellow parts
  • the fish, and its small light green parts
  • the pink flamingo, and its… pink parts
In the end, we have these seven small 'sets' which rarely use the parts of the other sets. And then we have five models which have obviously been made with parts from others, but are not as successful:
  • the cherries
  • the boat
  • windsurfing
  • the little fish and the coral?
  • the parrot
In my opinion, there are too many colours, and too many parts not reused from one model to another.

In honesty, I didn’t actually make all the models; I preferred experimenting with the creative capacity of this set instead. Speaking of which, it wasn’t easy with so many colours, and so many varied pieces. I also regret that some pieces are not as numerous as I expected. For example, we only have three round bricks; with four, we could have made car wheels.

Nevertheless, after a few days, I managed to make a fair number of creations, and I transformed this 12-in-1 into a 50-in-1 set by adding my own 38 creations. Some of mine are not the best, but no worse than those of original of the set.

Here are my creations, grouped by their theme.

Animals

Coral and yellow fish


Parrot


Hummingbird


A bird in a nest


Peacock


Ant


Butterfly


Lion


Dog and rabbit


Coloured fish


Constructions and landscapes

Inca temple


House


Beach landscape


Little house near a river


Mc Donalds


Objects

Pizza


Music box


Perfume bottle


String instrument


Watch


Saxophone


Tape dispenser


Gun


Flower pot


Smiley


Sci-Fi

Star Trek USS Enterprise


Wall·E


Star Wars ship


Multicoloured Millennium Falcon


Star Wars Snow speeder


Star Wars Sand speeder


Transport

Pirate ship


Cart and horse


Bike


Fighter jet


Helicopter


Sailing ship


Old plane





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15 comments:

  1. This is a hugely impressive article, well done. Parrot is top notch, brick separator included.

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  2. It always amazes me what you guys are able to do with a limited palate of parts - makes me feel like the most un-creative builder on earth! But this is even more impressive with such a tiny selection of parts (240?!), plus the odd choice of colors. Bravo!

    I had no interest in this set, but I now think this is a must get to show my kids all the possibilities!

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  3. I'd say "the little fish and the coral" is meant to be a seahorse...

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    1. Never a good sign if people are not sure what it is!

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  4. Oh you think? yes, maybe in fact.

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  5. This is in the same vein as the two Christmas 24-in-1 GWPs. Someone ran the numbers on one of those, and it would have taken something like (I think) seven copies of the set to make every model simultaneously. But, the total of parts that get reused is small enough that building every model at the same time uses significantly less parts than two copies of the set. With half as many models in this set, it sounds similar, but probably to a lesser degree.

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    1. Indeed, the number of parts reused is quite poor. Each model uses few parts. But it is however possible to make more complete models with more parts. This is also what I wanted to show with my MOCs

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  6. Great article! This proves that you can literally create anything you want no matter what pieces you have on hand.

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  7. I am hugely impressed with your mocs. But also with this sets capacity to build so many varied things that are good or very good. Inspiring!

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  8. Totally insane. What a creativity power !!
    I'm totally in love with some models : Millenium Condor, Wall-E, Entreprise, Landspeeder... everything with a "cookie" effect. so nice !

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  9. Very impressive, saved them all for future reference...

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  10. I have a young child who will be delving into this set shortly. Do you have the instructions on these additional builds? They are so impressive! Thank you for a fantastic article.

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    1. No I doubt he made any instructions but he took many more photos, he is publishing those on this Instagram. Link at start of article

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