I got a Barnes & Noble gift card for my birthday last month, since it's one of the only stores I'll still go to. I wanted to get out of the house, so last night I took a walk there just before they closed, and scored a couple LEGO sets.
LEGO Creator 31112 Wild Lion - I've only built one of the alternates s far, an ostrich. There's also a boar in addition to the titular lion. It's one of the few Creator sets I've seen in a while where I like all 3 builds. The lion is accompanied by a tiny vulture. Since I was able to build the vulture and the ostrich, I assume some of his parts are used in the boar. The boar's tucks aren't used in the lion, so the lion also gets a bloody rib cage made of the tusks and some red bricks.
LEGO Classic 11013 Creative Transparent Bricks - About a third of the 500 pieces are transparent. Like most Classic sets, there's some simple builds shown on the box, with instructions for littler kids. They're little animals and a wizard, similar to other Classic sets, but with some transparent bricks. There's a solid green turtle with a clear blue shell, and a solid yellow lion with a (mostly) clear orange mane. Unfortunately, the bottom of the lion's mane is solid orange. I don't know if this was an aesthetic choice, or if they just don't make that brick shape transparent.
This is the first Classic set I've seen with parts in numbered and unnumbered bags. The numbered bags contain parts for the suggested builds. Bag 1 contains the parts for the lion and duck, bag 2 the turtle and robot, etc. The other pieces are in the unnumbered bags. This is probably to make building the things on the box easier for the little kids this kit is intended for. But, it kind of goes against the build-something-out-of-a-pile-of-bricks vibe other Classic sets have had, and more towards the these-parts-are-for-this-those-parts-are-for-that that single build sets have.
Also, there may be too many colors of LEGO now. 500 pieces divided over 20-something solid colors and another dozen clear colors mean you only get a few pieces of most colors. There's just over 20 regular blue pieces. Then, 2 light blue 2x1 tiles, 3 round tiles in a different shade of light blue, 4 bricks in a third shade of light blue, and 4 teal bricks. It's hard to build much when you run out of your chosen color almost immediately.
Usually, when I get a Classic set, I build the stuff on the box, then get inspired to build at least half a dozen other things with the remaining pieces, then put whatever's left in my LEGO bins. This time, I built a walrus, and am pretty much out of ideas.