The Professor (on Instagram) is back today with more of his excellent alternate builds, this time using the 2020 LEGO® Creator 3-in-1 set 31107 Space Rover Explorer. 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.
I’ve always liked the LEGO® Creator 3-in-1 sets as they’re often a good basis on which to create plenty of MOCs! 31107 Space Rover Explorer contains many pieces specific to the theme of Space. Let's take a quick look at its parts and 3 models, before I experiment with my own creations using only the parts in the set.
Parts in 31107 Space Rover Explorer
Spacer's delight! Minifig Torso Astronaut Classic Space Logo Dark Blue Straps (6301986 | 973pr9706c01) was introduced in this set and also now appears in 31111 Cyber Drone.
Glass for Train Front 2 x 6 x 2 in Transparent Brown/ Trans-Black (6299774 | 17457) also appears in 10277 Crocodile Locomotive. It is inserted into Train Front 2 x 6 x 2 in White (6079143 | 17454) which has only appeared in 4 other sets since 2014.
Here are some other relatively rare pieces I found in the set, including a nice selection in Bright Yellowish Green/ Lime.
The 3-in-1 models of LEGO Creator 31107
The hero model, the rover, is very well made and especially playable with all its accessories.
The two characters, one alien and one robot, are very characterful and offer a lot of storytelling possibilities.
I like the sections that come off, allowing discovery of the interior of the vehicle.
The wheel suspension system is nice, but built oddly.
LEGO space base
The second model is a space base. We clearly find the same atmosphere as the rover here, but minus the wheels!
The cool thing about this model are its sliding doors.
The third model is a spaceship. The overall design is rather nice with the wings slightly tilted, but it lacks detail and playability.
The Professor's alternate builds of 31107 Space Rover Explorer
In short, this set is literally “space, space, space”! I have tried to create other things with 31107 Space Rover Explorer using only its parts.
At first though I stuck with the Space theme, inevitably starting with a rover; slightly different from the original set though:
I also tried to make a two-seater spaceship:
To try to get out of the Space theme, I made a tractor:
And using a little more imagination, I made a white tumbler:
In the end, 31107 Space Rover Explorer did not inspire me as much as I had hoped: the pieces are too specific to the theme of Space for my tastes, but it will certainly please all Spacers! Hopefully it will inspire you more.
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