Other than the expert sets, I think Lego’s best designs are their Creator 3-in-1 creations, not only are they value for money but there’s plenty to keep a body busy building. This is the case with the 31052 Vacation Getaways set – as well as the main build of an RV (with picnic stuff and even a bear!) you can build a decent sized house, and the third one is this rather nifty yacht. Third builds often seem to be an afterthought of “What else can be made from these pieces?” but I’m pleased to report this one is very nicely thought out and was highly enjoyable.
Unsurprisingly the instruction booklet is a great big thick affair, but I was soon the proud owner of a yacht keel.
Next steps were adding more to the superstructure and the cabin, with windows, and archway for the minifigures to pass through and even a galley, complete with bench, seats, coffee cups securely on the wall against bad weather breakages and a stove with a frying pan on it, very cute.
Very clearly a proper boat by this point..
And now the smoothing of the upper parts of the cabin, adding some rails, and this perspex thing, which at this point I assumed was the windscreen for the pilot to peer through, although it did seem an odd angle for such a thing, and then those yellow things behind it.. what’ s going on here? I flicked back a few pages in the instructions to see if I’d made a mistake, but no, exactly as described..
Oh, except it’s hinged, and you need to push it down onto the main deck and click it into place. The black handle bit should have been a giveaway I suppose! And the yellow things turn out to be the cushions for couches, so the minifigures can lounge and relax.
It’s likely because I’m not the ocean-going yacht type, but assembling this part had me confused as well, was it the front? The rear? Are those grey things fishing poles…? Turns out this cockpit is the upper section of the yacht, which is removable so you can see inside and get your minifigures in and out of the galley.
When they’re not lounging under their perspex covers, that is (seems more like a greenhouse to me, what a strange design!)
Now that’s a proper yacht, I especially like the awning at the rear on its frame, with small black spikes with rounded knobs over which you slide the provided holes in the awning material.
Assembly took just under four hours, which isn’t too bad, considering I’ve still the two larger builds to go at once I’m willing to take the yacht apart. And those will be more complex and take longer, given how many pieces were still left on completion.
Vacation Getaways is definitely good value for money and should have a lot of play value for a youngster as well as the enjoyable build itself, I’m looking forward to making the house up once I’ve found somewhere to put it, that is…!