For the final of my LEGO® Creator 3-in-1 set reviews, I’m taking a look at the largest of the newly released sets. The Townhouse Toy Store is a small modular building and like past waves of Creator 3-in-1 it follows a similar style to other sets in the theme. As it’s a 3-in-1 set, there are three different builds to try, the lead model is the Townhouse Toy Store or you can rebuild it into a Cake Shop or Flower Shop. But are these three models worth building and which are three builds are best? Read on for my review of LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Townhouse Toy Store.
Indulge a LEGO® Creator 3in1 fan’s love of detailed models in this Townhouse Toy Store (31105) set. Little builders will spend hours exploring the 2-level townhouse, with an apartment upstairs and a toy store downstairs, plus a working rocket ride. Inspire creative building freedom Kids get 3 different build-and-play experiences with this LEGO Creator 3in1 set. They can build a 2-level townhouse toy store and rebuild it into a cake shop with a seating area and a LEGO workshop attached to the back, a pretty flower shop with a skylight, or something new. This building toy encourages imaginative play and will make a great Christmas present or birthday gift. Unique, stand-alone models with play options LEGO Creator 3in1 sets include detailed, realistic models that encourage imaginative play. The toys offer endless building and play opportunities while helping to spark creativity in children of all ages. These impressive, inspirational kits make great gifts for fans and kids for any occasion.
- Set Name: Townhouse Toy Store
- Set Number: 31105
- Pieces: 554
- RRP: £39.99/$39.99/49.99€
- Measurements: measures over 20cm high, 13cm wide and 10cm deep
- Alternate Builds: Cake Shop, Flower Shop
- Minifigures: 2
- Availability: LEGO Stores, LEGO.com, LEGO Retailers
Lead Model – Townhouse Toy Store
The lead model is a two story building which features a toy store on the ground floor and a small dwelling above it. The build is best described as a ‘lite’ version of a Creator Expert Modular building. After building my first Modular set before Christmas, I found this to have the same sort of unique details and use of parts as the much larger building, but obviously on a much smaller scale. However the smaller scale doesn’t mean the set skimps on details.
The first thing you build is a coin operated type Rocket Ride, you’d often find outside of a shop. It’s a nice size compared to the building, with enough room to sit or in the case of the short legged boy, stand a Minifigure. The best thing is the ride actually works. A small dial is connected to a simple rod system, which rocks the rocket, when turned.
The bottom of the building features the Toy Store, there are no fancy stickers to signify what type of store this is, instead there is a brick-built train above the door and a toy soldier standing guide by the door. Inside are a few more toy type builds, including a by-plane and truck, along with a trio of printed tiles to represent LEGO set boxes.
Like the larger modular sets, the first floor is built independently to the ground floor, but can be connected to it via a few stud connection points. The inside of the room is fairly small, but features a little bed and a few plants, plus there is a small baloney area. As much fun as the Toy Store is, it’s the Townhouse part of the building which has more detail, both inside and around the exterior. The use of elements around the outside of the first floor, is quite impressive. It almost looks a little like the Bookshop, thanks to the use of a similar colour scheme. The building is topped with a simple roof area. This continues the detailed brickwork around the rim of the roof and a blue spire.
Model 2 – Cake Shop with LEGO Workshop
The second model you can build is a small Cake Shop which for some reason has a LEGO workshop connected to it. It doesn’t use all the elements of the first build, but has same sort of style build. Unlike the lead model, the Cake Shop is a single storey building, but it does feature more of an outdoor area. One of my favourite part of the build is a clever chiller cabinet, this has a stack of shelving, with one of the window frames in front of it and a transparent door. Simple but looks great. I also like the doorway, this has some great detail, like an ornate frame and little cake sign. The smaller room within the shop, features a tiny LEGO room, the printed LEGO sets are reused and there is a tiny LEGO truck displayed on the wall. I’m not sure why the Cake Shop has a LEGO room, but it’s a nice addition to the overall building. Hey direct access to cakes when building LEGO shouldn’t be scoffed at.
Model 3 – Flower Shop
The final rebuild is a small Flower Shop, like the Cake Shop, this is also single storey but much smaller. As with all of the sets different builds, the size doesn’t mean the detail is limited. In fact the Flower Shop has some of the best use of elements to create some great looking features on the exterior of the shop. The front facade of the shop looks particularly nice, with 1×1 round bricks and 1×1 plates used to create ornate columns around the door. The various sized window panels give it a old fashion look and the feature I love most is a skylight built into the roof. Unlike the other Creator 3-in-1 sets, these alternate builds are vastly different from each other. Even though each of the builds are shops, even the till points are all different, with the one in the Flower Shop being an old fashion style cash register.
The set includes two Minifigures – a young chap with a chilling stare and a older lady with an excellent torso. The young chap is a simple looking character, he uses the short legs and red jacket torso. He has two faces, one slightly scared and the other slightly scary, as it gives him a chilling vacant stare. The other Minifigure is an older lady, she has a fairly generic head element but and amazing torso, which features a LEGO logo on the back. This has been used for various LEGO employee Minifigures, but is quite rare, as it’s only appeared in three other sets. Both Minifigures have their pieces mixed up across the other two alternate builds.
After building many of the smaller 3-in-1 vehicle sets, I would say they left me feeling a little uninspired by the theme. They are decent little builds for younger builders, but they aren’t that exciting beyond the lead model and lack play features. So as I went into building the Townhouse Toy Store, expecting more of the same just with more elements. What I actually found was an amazing little set, with a surprising amount of detail, even the alternate builds of this set were almost as good as the lead model. I would even go as far as saying of all the sets I’ve built so far in 2020, this is favourite. I love all the small details which add architectural features both inside the building and over the exterior. Although smaller than the Creator Expert Modulars, this set features a 1×2 brick with connector pin holes, in the foundations so technically you can connect it to the larger sets. I also like that considering the size of the set and it’s price point, it features some rare printed pieces in the form of the ‘LEGO sets’ and the torso. I will definitely be more inclined to pay closer attention to the future Creator 3-in-1 sets in this style. They are far more detailed than most LEGO City sets and really enjoyable to build.
This set was provided to BricksFanz by the LEGO Group for purposes of review. The thoughts within this review are that of BricksFanz and do not reflect those of the LEGO Group. Providing the set for free, does not guarantee a favourable opinion of the set.