Review: 31031 Rainforest Animals

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Yesterday's review of the Technic 24 hour race car provoked a lot of reaction. I don't think this review of Creator 31031 Rainforest Animals will prompt quite the same response although given that the parrot has what I believe is a first for an official LEGO set, a (how can I put this politely...) defecation mechanism, maybe it will...

Box and contents

The set's 215-pieces arrive in a spectacularly colourful box thanks mainly to the parrot's attractive plumage

31031 Rainforest Animals

As this photo shows, the box is sealed with tabs. "So what?" I hear those of you in the USA asking. I believe most boxes in the USA are sealed in this way but in Europe we have horrible rip-seals on boxes this size that ruin the box on opening. They may be better at preventing tampering in-store but they are a nuisance for box collectors.

31031 Rainforest Animals

Fish

The smallest of the alternative models is a tropical fish, maybe a piranha or something. It's pretty ugly, but then so are a lot of fish...

31031 Rainforest Animals

31031 Rainforest Animals

Chameleon

The chameleon looks a bit better although still a bit of a hotchpotch of colours. I do like the eyes which, much like the animal's, can be rotated into different positions.

31031 Rainforest Animals

31031 Rainforest Animals

Parrot and friends

The parrot is undoubtedly the star model of the set and the one that will sell it. Its plumage is bright and colourful, and although I haven't been able to find an image of one quite like it, representative of parrots in general. The bright orange beak looks great in my opinion and the bird has a lot of character.

31031 Rainforest Animals

The set comes with some 1x1 round tile 'seeds' that can be fed to the parrot. There is a cavity inside its body to hold them.

31031 Rainforest Animals

Then, sometime later they can be, er, deposited on the floor by lifting its tail. As I said, this must be the first set that features a working defecation mechanism, and one that kids will no doubt have a lot of fun with...

31031 Rainforest Animals

The wings are a bit on the short side but they look suitably feathery. They can be splayed out and angled into a variety of poses.

31031 Rainforest Animals

Parts are also provided to build a small bug...

31031 Rainforest Animals

... and a frog, whose head is jointed allowing his jaw to open...

31031 Rainforest Animals

31031 Rainforest Animals

.. so that the bug can be swallowed whole. I wondered why the bug has been included, but an image on the side of the box similar to this one explained it all...

31031 Rainforest Animals

Here are the three creatures together:

31031 Rainforest Animals

Verdict

I'm a big fan of Creator sets, particularly animals, and this set did not disappoint. At £12.99 and $14.99, it's good value: there's no Hollywood tax to pay and no minifigs to bloat the price.

It's everything a LEGO set should be: a great selection of colourful reusable pieces, good looking models and, thanks to the s??????g parrot, great fun to play with...

45 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Built this at the weekend to asses if it was a good donation set, well I suppose I knew that already ;-)

Fantastic value for money, just need to decide if parrot droppings are suitable for hospital wards! Oh and my box was normal the thumb tab variety. Purchased from the brand store.

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By in Poland,

Now that's what I call crappy play feature........ XD (Pun Wholeheartedly Intended)

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By in United Kingdom,

Perhaps it was seen as being too similar to the parrot? Might have a go at building it, though...

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a great set and goes nicely with the previous monkey one, with a fun mechanism that should not be pooh-poohed. And the frog an bug are icing on the cake.

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By in United States,

You had me at defecation mechanism.

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By in Denmark,

The parrot eats the frog, the frog eats the bug, bug eats the parrots s**t. Perfect circle?

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By in United States,

This could be the next flick-missile. A play-feature to be included in almost every set.

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By in United States,

FYI - The Parrot depicts the Great Green Macaw.

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By in United States,

That's... weird. :P Not something I expect from a LEGO set, but okay...

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By in United Kingdom,

@LEGOGeek: Very interesting to know, thanks.

I don't know about this set to be honest. I'll have to see what money can be put aside. ATM I'm trying to get loads of Constraction - like HF and Bionicle. :-D

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By in United States,

I really like the look of this set. The chameleon would look better if his eyes were green and not red. I am sure my kids will like the pooping parrot feature too.

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By in United Kingdom,

I liked the monkey the set and I like this one too....but there are so many other things around! I might have to try and get that monkey now..!

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By in United States,

I guess I will have to get this one -- I have two boys, 8 and 10. The pooping mechanism will delight them. But this isn't the first recent pooping LEGO bird. The robin from the new LEGO Ideas set has tail feathers that are attached with hinges. My boys discovered that you can bend them up and put white studs in the area under the tail then fold the tail down. Later you can lift the tail a bit and the studs fall out (they debated whether to use brown or white for bird poop, I suggested that white was more accurate).

The things you do when playing LEGO with young boys...

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By in United States,

For what it's worth, our box, from [email protected] USA, was actually the first perforated rip-seal I've encountered. I would have preferred the tape-seals that I'm used to.

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By in United States,

Strangest play feature ever? My 5yo will love it.

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By in United States,

I built this over the weekend with the 3-year old. The main build (parrot, frog and "buzzy") surpassed my expectations. And the digestive tract surprise is a hit with the little one. A great value at $15, in my book.

For the Creator animals aficionados, how do you rate the Monkey set or Furry Creatures against this one? We've not purchased either of those yet. The set in hand was way more aesthetically appealing to me. (Yes, and I'd buy the Hub Birds set in a heartbeat if it were available at retail pricing. The 3-year old is jonesing for a swan, by the way.)

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By in United Kingdom,

Picked it up a few weeks ago and I love it! Thanks for the review.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review! I love the originality of the set! I really like the creator theme as a whole as every year your guaranteed to see something never before done in Lego. They're always great value and encourage the building of various creations using the same pieces, in ways other themes don't. I'll have to add this set to my ever growing collection!

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By in Hungary,

The bug steals the show for me. Love it!

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By in United States,

Poop-Chute Parrot! I'm not sure who will be more excited, me or my son. I can picture my wife rolling her eyes right now.

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By in United Kingdom,

@AlphaBravo, all are excellent and you won't regret buying any of them.

I made a Bricklist of large Creator animals a while ago: http://brickset.com/sets/list-2195 I've just updated it with this year's. They are all great.

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By in United States,

I love the pooping feature and have the fly fly around the 1x1 "tiles" :P

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By in United States,

My little sister got this set for Christmas. I thought it was pretty awesome: Good price, even in Canada; a myriad of bright colors; a pooping parrot... yeah, I wonder if Red Creatures is this good?

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By in United States,

Wow, a pooping parrot? XD

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By in Australia,

Clearly LEGO is attempting to steer children away from eating LEGO pieces by given them an example of what food actually is - namely, bugs and excrement.

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By in United States,

The parrot is just so hilarious. On the whole, all of the creatures in this set manage to be much more charming and aesthetically pleasing than the previous animals sets, which turned out looking pretty off.

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By in Australia,

... is just me, or are there a lot of toilets and toilet-related features in 2015 Lego sets? Are they running with a theme, here?

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By in Australia,

I bought this for the GF via LEGO online, waiting for it to arrive. Im sure she will love it, she already has the monkey and cat sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love this set - no waiting for a 30% discount on this one, I had to have it immediately!

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By in United States,

@Zordboy, yes it does seem that way. There are at least 3 toilets in the construction theme, including a porta-lou.

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By in United States,

A pooping parrot? What on earth? Ok, LEGO....

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By in Australia,

I think the fly looks adorable however it does look out of scale compared with the other animals. It hardly fits in the frogs mouth!

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By in United States,

Even without the surprise feature, this looked like a great set, particularly the elusive 4th build (the bird of paradise, which I thought was one of the alt models for this set...evidently not). Great parts pack and a great build in its own right.

These Creator animals sets keep delivering--I just picked up the Forest Animals and am amazed at the amount of expressiveness the monkey possesses. It has become one of my favorite sets. Keep 'em coming!

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By in United Kingdom,

Hahaha love it! Will definitely be getting this!

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By in Australia,

@StorzN ... and then there's the toilet in the Heartlake City Lighthouse, and we can add the pooping rainforest bird to the list.

That's starting to become a substantial list, is what I'm thinking.

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By in United States,

I'm pretty sure that's a Norwegian Blue.

It's got lovely plumage.

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By in United States,

Good review, neat set. Likely will be getting it for the GF (if she does not buy it before I would get it for her Birthday)
But one question @Huw. What would someone find more of a 'nuisance'? A Box having to be a bit ripped as a box collector? Or opening the box to find dog food (or other rattling product), other LEGO (not the set supposed to be in there) or 30 year old LEGO/megablock with an old LEGO advert brochure to mimic the instructions? Then trying to explain to the CS rep at a store you got it like that?
I would say, based on personal experience, the slight ripped open box over a tampered with box for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Don't bother trying to pretend that you're not enjoying the defecation mechanism too Huw!

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By in United Kingdom,

Set looks good - just a quick point about the push-tab-to-open boxes, I never do this, just get a sharp knife and insert it in the join where the side of the box meets the bottom of the box and proceed along the join moving your knife gently in and out.

Keep a close eye on it as you move the knife to ensure it remains 'on track' and when you get to the bottom you can gently open the flap and hey presto it's all intact, doesn't ruin anything, probably the neatest way to get in!

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By in United States,

So this set has the push tab seals? I guess I was confused by the term "rip seals." I've really only encountered the thumb push tabs on small $10 sets and then taped seals on basically everything larger than that.

This set does look neat. I think they are really nailing the creator line anymore. I have been buying that more, which limits my licensed spending...uh oh. LEGO has done it again.

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By in United States,

We just bought this box because my son loves birds, and we happened to see a picture of a peacock using this set on the amazon website. Too my dismay, the peacock picture does not appear anywhere on the box, nor is it included in the directions on how to build. Anyone by any chance know where to find directions for the peacock? I could probably figure it out if I worked off the picture, but I am not an expert and doing this will take me more time than I have available.

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By in United States,

Wonderful, thank you, cmrt1014!!!

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