TobyMac (@efraimaspie) examines another of the upcoming 2021 LEGO® Creator 3-in-1 sets: 31122 Fish Tank. Released 1 June 2021 priced £24.99/ €29.99/ AU$44.99 (except North America; 1 August US$29.99). Buying this set? Consider using our affiliate links, New Elementary may get a commission: UK LEGO Shop | USA LEGO Shop | Australia LEGO Shop, for other countries 'Change Region'. Products in this article were provided by LEGO; the author's opinions are their own.
The second LEGO® Creator 3-in-1 set I’m reviewing is a lot smaller than 31120 Medieval Castle. But size doesn’t matter, as long as it brings us some new elements. Let's take a dive into the Fish Tank.
The set contains 118 different elements, with 352 parts in total quantity. The tank itself uses a lot of black elements, but the fish in the tank bring a colourful palette for you to enjoy. There are no new moulds, prints or a sticker sheet.
We welcome 4 new recolours. I’m most excited about the 2 SNOT bricks, expanding the possibilities of colourful MOCs.
- 4 x Plate 1 x 12 in Dark Azure (6185543 | 60479)
- 2 x Brick Special 1 x 2 with Studs on 2 Sides in Bright Orange/ Orange (6345590 | 52107)
- 2 x Brick Special 1 x 1 with Studs on 2 Sides in Bright Purple/ Dark Pink (6334462 | 47905)
- 1 x Brick Round 3 x 3 Dome with Center Stud in Bright Reddish Violet/ Magenta (6290543 | 49308)
- Cone 3 x 3 x 2 in Bright Purple/ Dark Pink (6310205 | 6233) has appeared once before in a 2021 Friends set.
- Brick Round 2 x 2 Truncated Cone in Bright Purple/ Dark Pink (6329278 | 98100) has only appeared in the 10280 Flower Bouquet.
- Brick Round 2 x 2 Truncated Cone in Bright Bluish Green/ Dark Turquoise (6278463 | 98100) also appears for the second time.
- Slope Curved 2 x 1 Inverted in Light Purple/ Bright Pink (6296041 | 24201) has only been seen in 2 sets, the last one being 76199 Carnage.
Also worth mentioning is the quantity of brackets in this set. You get 78 pieces of various 2-wide brackets, along with some extra 1-stud wide and 4-stud wide brackets.
As usual, there are 3 models in this set. I must say, only the Fish Tank seems really interesting to me, but I’m ready to be surprised.
Model A is the Fish Tank. The base is made out of Brick Yellow/ Tan plates, surrounded by brackets. So far, so good.
The tank is done pretty fast. I do have a hard time liking it. There is grey and blue sticking out and the sides have a thick part near the bottom, with a very slim clip connection underneath it. It just looks messy.
The saving grace of the model are the inhabitants of the tank. There are 5 cute fishes, a submarine and coral decorations.
Model B is a treasure chest, along with some mini-builds. The model uses 224 parts, of which a lot are brackets.
What can I say? The multitude of colours in the brackets disrupt the looks of the chest. It feels like a prototype model where the designer used whatever colour of part was within reach, and then forgot to update the colours for the final model.
Again, the mini-builds save the model a bit, but this is really not doing it for me.
The third model is an easel with a canvas, using only 160 parts. Again, I’m not a fan of the distracting colours in the easel, but as a build, it works very well. It could work as a small display piece. I like the idea of adding a canvas. Most readers of New Elementary will of course immediately design their own paintings.
As you might have noted, I’m not liking the models in this set. The Fish Tank has a great interior, but the tank itself needs some colour swabs for me to work. The treasure chest, well, it’s a direct skip. Weirdly enough, I like the smallest model, the easel, the best. With ‘the best’ being relative to the other models.
You do get some nice recolours with this set. And besides a load of brackets, there are also some black tiles to be found but they can also be found on Bricks & Pieces, so I’m not sure if the set is worth it.
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