21318 Tree House revealed in LEGOLAND Discovery Centre!

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A brand new LEGO Ideas set, 21318 Tree House, is already available to purchase at the LEGOLAND Discover Centre in Grapevine, Texas!

This set contains 3036 pieces so is considerably larger than past LEGO Ideas sets and it costs $200.00 at the LEGOLAND Discover Centre in the US.

Further images have been published on Facebook, revealing that this set also includes an impressive selection of foliage elements which have been manufactured using the modern Plants from Plants technique. Additional information should emerge shortly.

Are you looking forward to 21318 Tree House? Let us know in the comments.

Furthermore, 10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy is available in the same store. You can read our review of the set here.

83 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Oooooh

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By in Canada,

It kinda looks like a creator house set..

Idk it looks fine until you see the original

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By in United States,

Wow, might have to buy another Ideas set now. Bizarre that there has been no official PR...

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By in Portugal,

Great set, curious about which designer worked on this masterpiece project!

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By in Canada,

"Autumn leaves included". That's pretty cool. Hopefully we'll have a proper reveal soon.

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By in United Kingdom,

Facebook page is down ... Something tells me this set wasn't meant to be 'discovered' just yet.

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By in Russian Federation,

Do you see 3k parts here?

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By in Brazil,

3036 pieces on this? What?

The designer must have used a lot of 1x1 plates then.

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By in United States,

I think this looks fantastic and I can't wait for a better look at those plant part recolours.

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By in United States,

Perfect for lord of the rings mocs

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By in United States,

As a LEGO set, it’s great. As a representation of the original ideas set, it’s disappointing. It doesn’t look like the original set at all.

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By in Germany,

It looks very brown :) Nice enough from first view, but I guess I'll wait for more photos and your review

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By in United States,

Ooh, the autumn foliage option is a nice touch.

@kakistos We knew they would have to shrink it and rework it, and I wouldn’t say it looks nothing like the original.

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By in United Kingdom,

It’s gorgeous, but the price? The size of the box I’ll need to store it in? The amount of foliage likely to keep snapping off? This is a soft ‘no’ from me, I think.

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By in United States,

Nice one

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By in United Kingdom,

Does it come with Pete and his Westie in a poly bag?

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By in United States,

very nice but absolutely out of my price range, unfortunately

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By in United States,

Looks great but $200?

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By in Austria,

And now the VIP points question: is it better to buy the set in the US or in Europe ;-)

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By in Canada,

I think it will make a beautiful display set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks fab! Looking forward to this coming out.

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By in Canada,

Looks atrocious compared to the original. https://ideas.lego.com/projects/ab7ac32b-e713-489d-bdc6-e14b22738ba8

Original was 2600 pieces only. I would’ve paid $300 for it. I wouldn’t pay $100 for this 3000 piece ugly looking thing. I supported the original Ideas piece, not this. Will not be buying and I hope others follow to show Lego how poor of a job they’re doing on Ideas recently.

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By in United States,

Ewok village expansion set

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By in United States,

@morvit: What exactly don't you like about it? It looks utterly charming to me. There's certainly room for disagreement about some of the aesthetic choices (I like the brighter, more varied colors on the set but I can see how some people might prefer a duller, more rustic color scheme), but I can't fathom what would make you consider it "atrocious".

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By in United States,

I was really excited about this set and now that I see what they've done with it, its ... OK. I miss the adventurers vibe of the original creation.

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By in United States,

@Bycougars At first I really wanted to buy one of these sets. Now I want to buy three of these sets. This could easily be turned into a beautiful Lothlorien display.

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By in United Kingdom,

Need to see more but excited

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By in United Kingdom,

Reminds me of Ewok village...

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By in United States,

Other than being more lightly-colored, I think it looks quite close to the original submission.

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By in United States,

@morvit: the original design looks like it would appeal to a much smaller audience than the new one. It's definitely more realistic, but also much darker and (slightly) less inviting.

Also, what are you referring to when you say Lego has been doing a bad job with Ideas recently?

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By in United States,

Very different than the original submission. I wonder if there were legal issues with Disney over how close it was to the "Swiss Family Robinson". The ideas submission looked quite faithful to the film, and by extension, the Treehouse in Disney World, as well. This looks like a very modern home, simply in a tree.
Swiss Family is still my wife's favorite movie, so this set is still on my list, but my excitement has certainly been tempered.

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By in Canada,

@Lyichir It looks like a $200 Lego City set. The Lego City bright colouring, lack of details (eg. Complete absence of foliage below the house) replaced by play element (eg. Autumn leaves!).

The Treehouse idea is akin to a classic rock song (eg. “Living on a prayer”) to which rock fans helped it get to 10,000 votes. Then the label decides to change it from a rock song to an R&B/rap song because they think they can make more money off a different audience (eg. 10 year olds). The core song structure and lyrics may be the same, but it is a completely different song.

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By in Poland,

@morvit It looks like a City set? Really? Which one?

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By in Canada,

Do you have to be in Texas to buy it? Or is it available online?

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By in United Kingdom,

There was something quite fantastical about the original that I quite liked, it looked like the setting wasn't intended to be the modern era, and the spider webs made it look a little more mysterious.

Regardless, I actually really like what they've done here and I look forward to seeing it in person, but I can understand why some people are disappointed.

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By in United States,

I know others may disagree, but this looks like an absolutely beautiful set in my opinion. Not to mention a fantastic price per part even if a lot of them are just 1x1's. Now I just need to find $200!

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By in United States,

@morvit: You're kidding yourself if you think the building level for this looks anything close to what you'd find in a City set. Even the colors, while brighter than the original set, are much more subdued than what's typical in LEGO City.

I can't help but be reminded of the many ridiculous complaints I remember seeing that the Downtown Diner and Ferris Wheel looked like Friends sets, or that Corner Garage looked like a 3-in-1 set. I'd expect AFOLs to have a more sophisticated and nuanced idea of what an adult building level can entail than just "dull colors good, bright colors bad".

And I'm not sure why there's any question about this being big enough for a set with over 3,000 pieces. Looking at this it's unmistakably a massive model. The landscaping around the foundation is much more detailed than the original model's more basic flat-sided pedestal, and the trunk, roots, and branches have a much more realistic curved shape. Not to mention the piece count increase from having two different color options for the foliage!

Considering how many equally bewildered comments about piece count there were for other unmistakably massive and highly detailed sets like the T-Rex Rampage and Corner Garage, I'm thinking that a lot of people either struggle to gauge size of a model from pictures online, or just aren't aware of how easily even basic structural reinforcements like increasing floors or ceilings from one plate in thickness to two can drive up a model's piece count.

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By in United States,

@ morvit: I think this looks SUPERIOR to the Ideas version. The tree trunk looks way more realistic, the colors are more aesthetically pleasing, and the tree houses are much more cohesively designed and similar to what ACTUAL tree houses look like, not something an Ewok would live in.

But you keep being you and bashing sets without any valid criticism whatsoever. This makes you sound like a troll, maybe you should read Huw's guide to offering intelligent criticism made after the T. Rex Rampage review.

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By in Australia,

Looks like a Boab

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By in United States,

@morvit, it’s fine to not like it, but I think atrocious is a very harsh word. There are only a select few LEGO sets over the years that I would use atrocious to describe, and this most certainly isn’t one of them. I like this version compared to the original submission. It feels more inviting and looks cleaner. The other one was a bit too busy. And I’m sure the ideas submission failed many of Legos standards in terms of stability, playability, construction, etc.

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By in United States,

Cool looking set!! I don't know that it's going to make the cut for my wish list, though. I'm still playing catchup since I started getting sets again last year, so the Ninjago Docks, Disney Castle, Downtown Diner, Corner Garage, Carousel, the eventual 2020 CE Modular, and maybe even the CE Roller Coaster are still on the list above it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice! Expensive but nice.

Appears to come with duplicate foliage parts in a variety of colours that you can swap to represent different seasons.

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By in Canada,

Wallet’s safe :)

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By in United States,

Looks pretty cool. I doubt I'll get it, but it definitely caught my eye.

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By in United States,

Banging. My. Head. Against. The. Desk.

How, and why, does TLG, company of saving micrograms of plastic per piece in some of the most systemically organized, efficient, and precise high-rate production factories in the world, keep releasing new sets at ONE official store in Texas, or California, or Romania, BEFORE they even announce the thing?

Can you imagine the iPhone XI being discovered lining shelves at just one Best Buy in Oklahoma and the Singapore Airport Apple store a couple weeks before a big show where it's set to be announced?

Maddening.

This set though, looks exceptionally complex & detailed. The trunk-to-canopy ratio makes it look like a baobab though. Maybe it looks more leafy from an oblique angle.

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By in United States,

@theJANG

I really think that an employee at that LEGO store messed up and put it out before the official reveal. At least, I hope that would be the case. Mistakes happen all the time, and if they didn’t it would be a very uneventful world. Sometimes a little mess up like this can help people realize how much it takes just to release a single product at the same time.

However, if it wasn’t a mistake, I’d 100% agree with you.

That being said, this is a set that IF I had $200 laying around, I’d totally buy it. It’s just another reason why LEGO Ideas has benefited the LEGO community, even if it doesn’t look like the original submission.

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By in Australia,

I actually had no interest in the original submission, which I found to look a bit dull colour-wise and more of an MOC than anything.

But seeing these pics floating around on Instagram past couple of weeks, and the back of the box, has me more interested. It looks a lot brighter and more appealing, and more like a ‘proper’ set.

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By in United States,

On topic: both the original submission and the final product are equally attractive.

Off topic: "Living on a Prayer" a classic rock song? Oy, as someone who lived through that era, that song is as pop as today's Old Town Road.

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By in Norway,

Well, the "house" part is very nice, IMO it strikes pretty much the right balance between muted brown main colors and bright highlights - not to mention a convenient bathroom with all-wood plumbing (although I'm not sure if that botanical toilet paper does the job). The "tree" part on the other hand is far more questionable, as Reventon and Jang mentions it looks kinda like a baobab. My first thoughts were more like how a nice, large tree would look if you cut off 90% of its crown (leaving it with just enough branches to survive), and then waiting a few years for it to grow somewhat back.

Unfortunately Lego as usual grossly underestimate how many parts you'd actually need to make a nice big tree, it's not enough with four brown half-arches and a few foliage pieces. This disappointed me with the latest Harry Potter "Anglia and Whomping Willow" set too, the early descriptions only mentioned the car, the tree and the price (and not the half-baked castle section) - I really expected a much larger, more detailed tree with a far more elaborate motion function.

I really think a Creator 3-in-1 tree set would've been a nice idea, letting you either build one really large, detailed tree (think the botanical equivalent of the Grand Carousel), 2 or 3 medium-sized ones, or a collection of smaller bushes (and include 2 minifigs and a picnic blanket for play value, maybe an evil lumberjack if conflict is your thing). And I also think they needs to work on their crown building techniques, not all trees have that all-horizontal acasia look.

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By in Italy,

A very nice set to show, but i think that some pieces can falling off easily

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By in Germany,

Funny, I wasn't too thrilled when they originally announced this to become an offcial Ideas set, as the original submission, while beautiful in its own right, just wasn't my cup of tea.
Now that I see the final product, I can't help but appreciate the original submission much more.
Then again, both versions look appealing and I might now even get the set at some point. Could make use of my VIP points (if they are indeed still there after the switch to the new system) to get this one for free and then be done with VIP points in future. Win-win-scenario ;-)

Interesting though imho that the original submission
- looked quite a bit larger
- was much more detailed
- appeared to use far more sophisticated building techniques
yet still used about 400 to 500 less pieces than the final product. Amazing.

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By in New Zealand,

I’ll be getting tree of these.

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By in United Kingdom,

I’ll definitely buy this, looks amazing!!!

I would say the original Ideas submission does look amazing, beautiful even (but quite different) and probably does more with less bricks, but I guess it also looks a bit more fragile than the production set at the same time.

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By in Latvia,

This is awesome! But, unfortunately, I don't have money nor place to display this, and I'm sure it's BIG!

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By in Singapore,

I’m still suffering from brittle brown phobia. It will take another 5 years to subside.

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By in Poland,

This actualy looks like a decent "wood and trees" part pack.

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By in Austria,

After the disastrous Ship in a Bottle and the meh Flintstones, I'm pleased with this one.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ooh, nice! :D I do not have that kind of money to spare, but I can definitely appreciate a well-built set when I see one ^^

Looking at the initial submission, as linked to in the comments above, which I hadn't seen before... while I most certainly do like this as it stands, I can also understand some of the dissatisfaction. To me, though, it's not about colours or detail; what mostly strikes me is that the 'house' bits themselves in the submission had a very sort of... I'm not sure the word, almost 'antiquey'-looking design to them, like they were something out of the past. The official version has very much brought them into the modern era which, to me, doesn't quite have the same aesthetic appeal.

Still a very nice set though, in my opinion! Another one for the list of "I'd love to own it but probably never will" xD

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By in Australia,

All plant pieces are made from plants now, right?

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the original ideas submission and i voted for it. I agree that this new official version is quite noticeably different to the original, but i still like this version a lot too. Definitely going on my shopping list.

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By in Belgium,

It is still available in Belgium at Dreamland toy stores. I bought it just An hour ago. Excited to start Building.

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By in United States,

If I get a few of these, I could make myself a proper Ewok village!

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By in United States,

@axeleng: Interestingly, I felt sort of the opposite way looking at the original proposal's tree—while the proposal's tree has more foliage and branches, I feel like the proposal's tree feels less "finished" toward the top, which sort of terminates almost as if the top of the tree were chopped off, rather than narrowing and branching into individual limbs like the final set. The larger size of the new tree also feels more proportional for supporting the weight of a treehouse of this scale, which makes the set as a whole feel sturdier and less likely to adversely affect the health of the tree. I sort of wonder whether Lego did research into effective and sustainable treehouse architecture during the development of the final set.

@albus: Only the ones made from polyethylene, the softer plastic type used for these sorts of foliage pieces. Parts like the "palm leaf with clip" used in the original proposal don't use polyethylene, which might be part of why Lego opted not to use them in this set.

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By in United States,

It looks great. I don't know if I can swing $200, but if I ever come across spare money, I may have to pick this up.

I think it looks well done. It may be different from the original, but aren't they always? Have people honestly thought LEGO wouldn't change a thing on any of the submissions. They have to go through multiple phases of design to make sure it is durable while maintaining a certain piece count and price AND making sure production runs are able to run effectively through their factories. Also while maintaining a hopefully fun, but easy enough to understand build experience for the target audience...

I would almost buy this out of spite of all of the people saying they won't buy it. This baffles me.

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By in Australia,

@Lyichir Thanks for the reply, but I should have phrased my question better. Do all sets with the softer foliage pieces now use the new plant-based stuff? E.g. does the new Jurassic Park set use it? I just didn't think it was unique anymore but they are calling attention to it for this set.

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By in Singapore,

@Aanchir: To be fair, the Corner Garage really does remind me (in a good way) of the 3-in-1 Corner Deli with the dark orange brickwork and the corner design! But I'm being facetious; as you've said, the Garage is a Modular Building, which is in a class of its own.

I can see where some folks are coming from with the "doesn't look like X pieces" thing. Yes, many people do fail to appreciate how much goes into structure, interiors and whatnot. But I also think some people just don't like having to pay for elements of a set that they're not interested in, such as overly detailed building interiors that aren't going to be seen half the time, play features they're not going to use, aesthetic details that in their opinion took way too many pieces for too little appreciable end result, or even *entire features*. Like with the Jurassic Park set that just came out, some people wanted just the T. rex, some wanted just the gate, and others were excited to have both but had no interest in the minifigs or the vignettes on the back of the gate.

As a personal example, I have no interest in Modular Buildings because they're too proportionally large for the small space I have for my LEGO town, they have more interior detail going on than I actually need, and they use too many and too varied pieces for building techniques I'm not always interested in. For the MSRP of the Corner Garage I could get five copies of the Corner Deli at MSRP and build a street of five unique albeit City-scale buildings for a slightly smaller total piece count (2335 compared to the Garage's 2569). Having said that, I recognize the appeal of Modular Buildings to other AFOLs and am certainly not going to slam them as all-around poor value — they just aren't for me. And I do see that not everyone tempers their feedback as much as I do.

@theJANG: Funny I should hear you first mention my country that way... I shall stop by on opening day and let you know if I spot anything unusual ;)

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By in United States,

This looks fantastic. I do wish there was more foliage extending down throughout the model but overall this is a very attractive displayable set. I can't wait to get it.

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By in Singapore,

As for my thoughts on this treehouse, it looks majestic and pays decent tribute to the original design while still maintaining that distinct LEGO Group aesthetic that sadly doesn't jive well with some other fans. I have no interest in it personally, however, so I'll leave y'all with an obligatory quip about the timely fix for brown elements and the inclusion of the Plants from Plants elements — y'all won't have to worry about the set disintegrating 5 years down the road ;)

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By in United States,

I think I have mixed feelings. I think both designs have pros and cons. I think where my main issue is, the final version has a drastically different feel than the original. It is not that one is better than the other, but it comes across as, okay the submission is a large treehouse, so we will release a large tree house... but they are completely different time periods/locations. The one has a historic/fantasy/Swiss Robinson feel, which is part of its main charm. The one released feels more like a large treehouse in a modern period. It would be like Ideas accepting a building from the late 1880s, but the final release, while keeping the same colors and height, went with a modern aesthetic instead. That is not what the ideas design was or what was voted on.... and what was released was different.
Now, personally, I do like both. I like both for very different reasons. I also do have some issues with both. I think I will end up with this one. Having said that, I do simultaneously have issues with a complete change of the aesthetic/time period, since for those that voted and really liked the Ideas set are getting something released that really is just different.

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By in United States,

It hasn't actually been revealed on Lego Ideas yet so I wonder why its out somewhere else?

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By in United States,

@Albus: Oh, okay. I'm pretty sure they've converted to using plant-based polyethylene across all sets. I think the reason for the callout here is due to how many foliage parts are used and how prominent and thematically important to the set they are (which may also be the reason they opted for two full sets of leaves, one for summer and one for autumn). It makes a good "flagship set" for the plants from plants initiative.

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By in United States,

I'd consider this on my wish list but it wouldn't be at the top. It's a seemingly nice detailed build. I like the almost 3D baseplate look compared to the original submission.

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By in United States,

Gotta say, I've been looking forward to seeing this since it was announced as a winning Ideas set. Had I never seen that Ideas set, I would rate this at a 9/10, and top/near top of my mile long Wanted List. However, after comparing pictures of two I'm a bit let down, and see in the comments am not the only one. The final product is much brighter, which is a change that would probably have equal support for either version. I do like the ability to convert between a Spring or Fall look. This version appears to be slightly shorter, which isn't a big deal either. The cabins though just don't look nearly as architectural in this version. The original had those window wrapped classic yet modern vibe cabins. These seem much more ordinary and even mish-mash. The original also had more ornate stairs, and I preferred their placement closer to/wrapped around the tree. One big improvement w/the final product is the base. Still very displayable, but much easier to integrate into a landscape. So overall it's still a set I want, but not the set that I was dying to see. Which means it's something I will easily wait until Christmas to buy, rather than saving up my lunch money and losing my voice whining for ASAP.

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By in United States,

The set looks nice but I won't be putting it on my list.

It's large and large sets need to really wow me to justify the price for a single concept. I'd absolutely love to look at a complete set, though. Probably has lots of interesting features and build techniques.

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By in Croatia,

Huh. It looks like something I would make, serviceable but not really noteworthy. I googled the ideas treehouse and yeah, that's some pro **** there. Mad respect for the designer. If I squint it looks real. If I squint here, it looks like a pile of bricks :) It's weird. It has the level of detail of a typical playset but scaled up whereas I'd like more detailed stuff, not just bigger for the sake of it.

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By in Switzerland,

It looks like a creator set.

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By in United States,

Waaaayyyyyyy tooooooo pricey!!!

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By in Germany,

The original looked better, but this might end up being an okay set if further details emerge. Will also depend heavily on the price in Europe.

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By in United States,

I prefer the stairs and roof colors in the original, but like the overall vibe more in this version. I'll be getting this one!

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By in United States,

Of the two models, I prefer the original, but I'm by no means unhappy about the final product. I suspect many of the changes were due to making the model stronger and more stable, and then keeping the part count reasonable after strengthening its underpinnings. Probably won't decide whether or not to buy until after I see it reviewed here, but IMO the final product keeps a lot of the feel of the original and it's certainly an impressive model!

And I was able to post this! Never could post a comment about the new VIP program, but I must admit my experience there was pretty much the same as most people, and better (for what that's worth) than some.

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By in Australia,

@Lyichir Thank-you! Good to know.

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