They often incorporate intriguing build techniques, great colours, rare and often new parts, and a much more complex build style.
I mentioned last week that this review will be split over 2 weeks.
In fact, the actual office only takes up 1 of the 5 rooms in the building.
I think the flower cart guy was smuggling the barrels out for wider distribution. The story is a great addition to the set, and just increases the playability of the set as a whole. In the box you’ll find an instruction book, brown 32×32 baseplate, grey 8×16 plate, and 18 bags of parts.Two of the new pieces that are the most interesting, however, are both round 2×2 tiles. One has a dartboard print, and the other is a round plate with a knob in the middle . Other interesting parts include 4 full pairs of showshoes (used as fanblades), and a good selection of different doors and windows. Finally, we also get a 32×32 reddish brown baseplate . The minifigures in this room include a darts player and a pool player. If you aren’t sure what greebles are, it’s basically the fine detailing on the outside of a set to make it look more complex and cool.
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I can’t imagine the pool player would get a decent shot off!
The pool table was an interesting build, as the cups are completely separate to the table itself. It looks great though, with the 1×1 plates as pool balls. With a little reconfiguration, you can set up the table to be as different as you like. The fan overhead looks great – it kinds of reminds me of an oriental fan.
I really like this room – it’s one of my favourites. The secret panel under the trophy cabinet is constructed really well. There are also plenty of studs in the floor around the room, so there are loads of places to set up the characters. Over at the barber shop, it’s even more cramped, as there’s a little outdoor walkway between the two rooms. There’s a staircase that can be moved out of the way, so you can access the other hidden hatches, but there is definitely less light coming through this room. This was genius, and my favourite part of this build. Out the back, there’s the grate with some greenery on it, and a rubbish bin, that contains a red cap. If any one has any ideas, let me know in the comments!
I thought they could have done much more with this, but it does leave more options for us!
Firstly, you get plenty of 1×2 and 1×4 profile bricks in medium nougat. These are great in any build, and there are loads!
The printed parts are the best in this room though, and there are plenty!
I really like the detective’s magnifying glass – it actually magnifies!
The desk lamp is way out of proportion, though. Needless to say though, it’s in the wrong spot. All in all, there’s much more space in this room, so it works much better. The 174-page perfect-bound instruction manual is sealed in a bag, but without a piece of card in with them. There seems to be a move towards one thick perfect bound manual rather than mutiple thinner, stapled ones in recent large sets; presumably it’s a cost cutting exercise.
I believe this is the first time a 32×32 baseplate has appeared in brown.
There are a few notable parts in them, which in hindsight would have been better photographed on a darker background. The other tile has appeared before but is uncommon. There are only a couple of brand new parts in the set although there are plenty of old parts in new colours. One of the new parts is a 2×2 round tile with stud in the middle, in white.
I am sure this will have a lot of uses, like the 2×2 round tile with hole that was introduced last year does. The 4×4 domes are not new but are uncommon and are new in dark green. As has become customary in recent modular buildings, the ground floor of the building has a tiled floor. In the pool room, it’s a dark green/tan/blue carpet. The light and ceiling fan, which uses minifig snow shoes for the fans, is a neat feature of the room. It can be twisted out of the way to gain access to the table below. The new 2×2 round tile is used for the table top in the corner of the room.
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Here’s the other side of the room showing the dart board and trophy cabinet. It is in these that are presented with the second new part in the set: scissors.
I believe this is the first set that silver cup cakes/finials have appeared in. Mid-way through construction the salon is taking shape, complete with chair and sink.
I didn’t notice it because it has a protective layer of paper on it which has to peeled off to reveal the mirror. It’s the same size as the panes that fit 1x4x6 window frames at the front of the salon and is held in place using plates with rail top and bottom and 1×1 bricks with vertical handle at the sides. It was difficult to photograph in-situ but you can just about see it reflecting the chair and floor in the picture below. The stairs are hinged to provide access to the salon below.
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The toilet is built first using two shades of light blue and looks excellent. The paint rollers are used for the outside lights. With a toilet, wall mounted cistern and sink, it’s bit of a squeeze in the bathroom. Next, the central corridor section is added before moving on to the left-hand side of the first floor, the detective’s office. The floor is not tiled which is a shame, and given the small surface area, surely would not have pushed the price and piece count up by much.
I think it’s supposed to be the fire escape, rather than a balcony because it doesn’t have a proper floor and there’s a ladder on the left hand side which can be dropped down. Here’s a view of the back, which retains the same impressive level of detail as the front of the building. It’s good to see the proliferation of this useful part. Construction begins on the right side of the building again, which on this floor is a kitchen area. Presumably the brown thing on the wall is a (very large) rolling pin and the red dome a mixing bowl. Another 2×2 round tile with one stud is used for the table top.A wall cupboard finishes it off and the corridor section, similar to that on the first floor, completes the enclosed space of the second floor. As is always the case in modulars, they all have classic smiley faces and all bar one, come with an accessory. There are some great general purpose torsos among them. One solution to improve its appearance would be to buy two and repeat the first floor. The reducing stature of modular buildings is a worrying trend: how much smaller will they get in future?
A comment regarding the red highlighting in the instructions.
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But only for the more involved building steps, like the water, where you had to place many 1×2 plates next to each other correctly.
I can’t wait for this set it looks great!
I find it handy as some instructions aren’t aleays clear.
I love this set so far and after the review more so than before.
I do wonder about the trend of smaller buildings. Perhaps the modular building team has to function on a smaller budget?
So realistically, this is completely realistic.
I want to enlarge it, to put the stairs back farther, so the interiors are not taken up by them. Any chance of an investigation and fix for it sometime?
Its great to have a save web site to read and look at!
Since that set is nearly all blue parts, this is indeed very helpful. The atmosphere of this one really gets me. My lab manager used to do his dart tournaments there).Some of the very old ones, regular and technic, have this throughout the instructions. They seem to be getting smaller all the time.
We really could do with a nice big church. Hope everyone has a good new year and you get all wish for. However when things become this predictable, they also become boring. Some people will love it, some people will hate it, and some won’t know what to think of it. It has a wrap around porch that starts at the side and takes you to the back of the building. It also includes an attic studio-apartment that is only accessible from the back. First of all you will notice that there are two different level roof-lines.
I wouldn’t be surprised if people buy two of this set so they could add an additional floor. Another break from the pattern in regards to the layout is an alleyway between the two buildings. This is the first time we can have minifigs walking from the street at the front to the alley at the back without having to walk through the inside of a building, which really opens up the playability of the layout. The alleyway includes the entry to the barber-shop and also a stairway to the second floor above the barber-shop.
You can add some shady alleyway activities here, if you like. A third aspect of the external layout that is unusual is that there is in fact not two buildings but three. At least that’s what it looks like from the outside. Interestingly, on the inside the brown building is actually not separate but is simply a little hallway. This split between the buildings (which is also highlighted by the colors), gives the whole structure such an interesting look.
I should also add here that this set looks really good from the back!
We got the pool-hall at the bottom floor, and the detective’s office on the second floor. The detective’s office can only be accessed by going up the stairs on the right side of the alleyway over the barber-shop, and then walking back towards the left, passing the bathroom.
You walk up to the second floor of the blue building through the stairway in the alley. But then the only thing you find here is a bathroom and the entry to the detective’s office. Is the bathroom a public restroom since it is accessible from the street?
Both are fairly believable, but then it get’s weirder because if you keep going up to the third floor of the building, there is a full kitchen. But why would they need such a large kitchen, especially when the detective’s office is so crammed?
Also, this kitchen (just like the bathroom below) is fully accessible from the street via a couple of flight of steps with no doors anywhere. Or are completely randomly placed bathrooms and kitchens are really part of architecture somewhere in the real world?
On the other side almost the entire bottom floor is built up of dark-blue bricks – a gorgeous and rare color!
The top floors are two shades of light-blue that are absolutely beautiful!
This is an extremely useful piece that will also appear in some other 2015 sets. And there is also that beautiful reflective mirror that is included in the barber-shop. It is on a plain piece of white plastic, protected by a thin layer of paper that you need to pull off when building the set. There are also 6 red 2×2 round tiles with hole (also called a doughnut tile) that are used for the lettering on the side of the building. Another notable and very useful piece is the 1×1 round plate with hole in the middle in black – 17 of them!
The black magnifying glass for the detective is actually a new piece – larger and thicker than the previous version.
I should mention that all the decorated parts (door and window-panes, dart-board, etc.) are printed. There is not a single sticker in this set. For example, in the barber-shop a second chair could have been added for better realism, if not for that opening cabinet that hides the hidden door and needs a lot of clearance (thus takes up a lot of space). Also, that whole strange placement of the kitchen we talked about before could have been eliminated and replaced with something more realistic. Another feature that caters to the smuggling operation is the balconies above the alleyway. They are there to facilitate chasing the smugglers and adding some parkour-type of action – which also means that they don’t really function as real balconies. They can only be accessed through a couple of windows, and they don’t have true floors, only bars that escaping minifigs can hang on to. They are usually at the back or side of buildings, not at the front. The newspaper-stand at the front of the pool-hall is a really fun little build, and fully functional too!The interior of the detective’s office is perfect in its glorious messiness, and the fan in the pool-hall is ingenious. On both sides of the alleyway between the buildings, the walls don’t go all the way up to the next floor. In otherwords there is a big gap on the interior walls (two bricks tall), that seems to serve no purpose and makes the buildings look unnatural. Fortunately this is all happening in the alleyway and is not too visible, and if you do want to fix it, it is very easy to do so by just adding in a couple of standard bricks and topping them with some tiles. There is no cardboard backing with the instructions inside the sleeve. The booklet itself is one very thick 175 pages long book, instead of the 2-3 thinner booklets that we are accustomed to. It also has a wonderful parts selection and beautiful colors. These old buildings are often remodeled several times and ways from their original intent leaving strange spaces and accesses. Like maybe a waiting room for clients, or a secret cabinet in the pool room. The barber shop has no direct access to the second and third floors. Al would have to walk out of the barbershop and walk up the flight of steps just like everyone else. Also, the only way the detective can go to his office is through the floor with the bathroom, so it is definitely more of a public bathroom than part of someone’s private apartment.
You could take out the bathroom and make that into a waiting room for clients of the detective, or even with the bathroom in there you could put in a bench of something. And there is a secret cabinet in the pool hall. There where the whole smuggling operation ends up. But… they could have made it much bigger on the inside by stretching the building and eliminating all the extra space on the back. There’s a good 4×32 empty studs behind the building. And there is nothing in there besides a garbage can and the little doorway to the hidden space behidn the barber shop.
I am crazy about buildings having the appearance of coming from different eras and socio-economic strata. It adds so much richness and diversity to the mini city.
I don’t have a problem with being literal about the use of space inside the buildings.
I deal with people of the law; they are all the same to me. In fact, it’s new for 2013, but it is rare. Of course, if you turn the barber shop into a cafe you may want to rip out the kitchen and turn it into a public eating area.
I was also thinking about the walls that are too low on the first floor. They may actually be play features, in that they allow people with big hands to reach into the pool hall and barber shop. This would definitely come in handy if you are playing around in the alley way.
I am hoping for more of that true reflection mirror piece.
I also get a kick out of how they use small ball joints for purely decorative purposes right in front of the pool hall. And yeah, those pillars are really sweet!
However the smuggling route in itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it is a fun take on the prohibition period. The two brick gap in the middle is quite weird too, but something that can be worked around, as you said.I do however like the interior of the barber and pool hall. However it is a bad thing that it is portrayed as public. The little hallway toward the detective’s office is nice too, the potted plant is a good detail. The kitchen exit is well executed too, in all it’s simplicity. What would be nice as well is a split level second/third floor on the office’s side, although that would interfere with the skylight. Ca you tell me approx how long it takes to build a set of this size please?
She has seen this set and as a challenge for her we let her have it – but he is only 8!!We are intrigued as to how she copes with it but didn’t know what to compare it to. My suggestion would be to let her build the set by herself (if that’s what she would like), but encourage her to take breaks every hour. Play outside, get some fresh air for a bit, then come back and continue. This will allow her to have the best building experience. Even for me as an adult it can be frustrating to build for more than two hours.
I built this set (and all other large modular houses) in a span of two days.
She can do that too; spread out the building for several days. She is up for a big challenge, and that in itself is very impressive!
By taking breaks, and getting help if she needs it, will assure that she will have a memorable time and set her up to take on even bigger and bolder challenges in her life. She in on page 127 and spent 14 hours on it so far. The starting point is the box – it is big and heavy, as you would expect for a 2, 262 piece set. The rear of the box shows how well it fits it in with the latest modulars. It also highlights the main play features included and the extensive internal details. The instructions were in a separate plastic wrapping. As shown in the random page below, the instructions include red lines around the area where the bricks are placed. It’s no surprise that the back of the instruction booklet lets us know that we can win a set by providing feedback on the set that we have just built.
I am going to leave you to peruse a high-resolution image of the parts panel at your leisure. Jamie has done a great job with the brick-built pool table, which comes complete with side pockets!
You can also see the gap in the wall between the pool hall and the barber shop. The fan made with blades made from the snowshoes is not only a clever solution, but also looks good and is functional.
I may have spun it a few times myself as well!
I needed an action shot for this review. These shots show the two minifigures that are included in the number 1 bags – we’ll have a closer look at them later. The facade of the pool hall is 16 studs wide and therefore could easily be converted to a stand-alone building. From this angle, you can see that parts of the upper walls remain unfinished at this stage.
I was perplexed with the piece of cardboard and almost threw it in the discard pile with the empty baggies thinking it was some sort of mistake.
I like to discover the details for myself while building, rather than via the video. The clever details don’t stop there, as you can see in the shot below, which shows the barber chair and hair washing basin. Al’s customers don’t have to move from their chairs once they get comfortable. There is also a secret external access point for sneaking the contraband into the barber shop. Step 42 on page 55 shows that the cardboard is actually meant to be a mirrored surface. And we have also added a roof overhang at the back of the pool hall.