Some of the ideas submitted were having more town and everyday buildings with enclosed walls, a realistic scale, and more detailed architectural elements. There are six sets of numbered bags, so we will discuss each of those sections separately.
I would also note here that each of those sections takes about one and a half hours to build, with a total building time of about nine hours. So, if you plan to build this set, make sure you give yourself enough time, and take some breaks in between building the sections. The rest of the bags sit loosely in the box, along with the two baseplates. The baseplates won’t get solidly joined until much later in the build.So if you can, choose a solid surface to build on. It is worth noting that the blue and yellow parrot in the flower shop is not just a new color, but a new mould with slightly different head and other details. The bakery would be fine if it would only sell pastries, as you could imagine they are prepared somewhere else and this was just their retail store. One of the highlighted features of this section of the build is the bakery windows made of garage-door panels. It is actually a pretty challenging build as you need to line up and connect everything perfectly, but the idea is ingenious. Unfortunately, the end result is not the most appropriate for a bakery, as you can barely see through the thick panels.
They sort of have a fenced window effect – the kind you see at pawn shops, gun shops, and stores in shady neighborhoods. Another feature of this section that is a bit perturbing is the clock in the bakery shows it is eight minutes to noon.
I also really like the techniques used for building the bottom of the spired tower above the entrance of the bakery. There is also a little station to prepare cafe and serve pies. All three buildings have fairly tall first floors, but while the bakery and the café shop are large enough for adults to reach in, the flower shop has a smaller footprint. It also brightens up the building (along with the dark-pink/lavender awnings), that could otherwise easily get lost as it sits much further back compared to the other buildings. In this section you also join the café shop and the flower shop with a wrought iron awning with some vines growing over it. Noteworthy parts in this section are the 1×1 round quarter tiles in tan, black and with a pie-print, the 1×1 round plates with hole in the middle in translucent orange (used as lights inside the café shop), and the large curved tile above the door (you get four of these in total). Over the bakery is the dentist’s office, and over the flower shop is the photo studio. The dentist’s office is a very fun build, especially the chair, the lamp, and all the dental tools around. The light aqua color is just perfect for this application. There is not much else in the dentist’s office besides some cabinets and a little waiting area. A number of reviewers pointed out that they find it strange that there is no wall between the two sections, so minifigs have full view of the dentist torturing patients. The photo studio is pretty simple, but comes with two brilliantly built details; the backdrop and the old fashioned camera. The second floor houses a music store, and the third floor a dance studio. They are fairly plain with not much in them, so these are the sections you can definitely build up with your own ideas. However, there are still some very nice building techniques that you can find here.
I particularly like the construction of the windows. The piano is a beautifully detailed musical instrument using some complex building techniques. Definitely one of the highlights of the entire set. The walls on both floors are sand-blue, so you get a lot of regular sand-blue bricks as well as the textured ones with the horizontal grilles on one side, and vertical grilles on the other. While officially all the grilles are placed horizontally in the set, you can play with them to work out your own pattern.
You also get 25 white 1×1 bricks with the scroll decoration, which are used for the roof.
I think way too many people thought their mirror was defective in the previous set, not knowing that the film had to be removed.
The apartment on the third floor of the bakery building, and the terrace of the flower shop building are on the same level, so they are built at the same time. The apartment’s door leads to the very spacious and cozy rooftop terrace with a nice grill and seating area for two. The last thing you put together to finish off the structures is the roof and tower of the bakery building.
I really like the building techniques used for the white decorative roofline, and that dark-blue tower capping off the spired tower of the first and second floors is so handsome. For the last part of the build, we go back to street level to finish the water fountain, and build a couple of standard streetlamps.
I don’t know if you have noticed this, but there are so many doors!
I would mention though that the minifigs are spread out between the sets of bags, so in each section you will get one or two. But at some point in the building process everything got securely locked in, and the set is easy to move around with no worries. It was one pleasant surprise after another for a solid nine hours. And if you can, get a second one too, just for the parts. It is expensive, but you do get a lot of pieces in the set along with, what appears, to be quite a few uncommon pieces/colors.
Lego 10255 ReviewI would seriously consider getting a second one just for the parts. There are so many cool, new parts–especially the new tiles. It drives me crazy that they didn’t coordinate the times on the clocks.
I feel like all analog clocks should either be 12:01 or 10:21, so they can be used along with the old printed digital clocks. And it’s a very large and impressive set.
I have been tinkering with mine for several days now, making several changes. Torn between this and another ninjago temple. This is definitely one of my favorite modular buildings sets so far.
LEGO Creator Assembly Square ReviewI really like the color combinations too. That’s one of my favorite parts of the buildings. It is a great building experience and beautiful to look at. One way you can tell if you missed something is to see how many extra pieces you have left. So after finishing the set you end up with 2 1×1 dark-gray plate, and 1 1×1 green plate, then you know you missed adding one of the 1×1 dark-gray plates somewhere. This set unfortunately has to go on the wait list. Building the older ones can be kind of boring. It looks like the angle of the picture confused me as it is slightly tilted to the left and noon is not at the top. This three-level set features intricate details and hidden surprises for a fun, challenging building experience. Gorgeous interior sections help spark storytelling ideas and inspire careful examination and appreciation. Includes eight mini figures and a baby figure.Looking forward to getting more of these “town” streetscapes. She built the whole thing with minimal assistance, and now says that building is just part of who she is.
We also got a “lighting set” from a third party. There’s a flower shop, a dentist, a photography studio. Our grand-daughter loved it and worked non stop on building. These highly detailed sets clock in at over 2, 000 pieces and are most definitely fan favorites.
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Thankfully, the box is big enough to show all the parts, because there are a lot. There are 33 bags covering six segments, and a single 306-page instruction manual. The minifigures are spread throughout the bags. The first notable aspect is the intricately tiled sidewalks and floors. Unlike past modulars, the sidewalks are sprinkled with 1×1 plates, allowing you to pose minifigures without fearing the gentlest bump will send them sprawling. There are four baked goodies in the oven, and many on display. The back wall features an assortment of very fancy cakes, but the real jewel here is the three-tiered wedding cake in the front window. The base is a round wheel hub, which works really well as a fancy tiered wedding cake. The oven door is all brick-built, and ends up looking like a properly massive iron door. The shop uses a 1x4x1 lattice fence as a bouquet-holder, which is clever and effective. The parrot hangs out here, presumably greeting customers. Inside, you’ll find a clever little espresso machine. The back of the shop features the steps to get up to the second level for this building.The center of the square has a fountain, and the base has some nice mosaic work. Sadly, the fountain itself leaves something to be desired, especially since it’s one of the last things to be built in this otherwise highly detailed set. The front desk is very simple but effective with a phone and a few magazines. The sink is great, making use of a new piece (a 1×2 45 degree slope with tile). Don’t ask what a dentist needs with one of those. The cool window feels lost though, since it’s used on the window inside the square, which is hard to see when you’re looking at the build from the front.
I understand it wouldn’t fit with the aesthetic of the front-facing walls, but it’s sad it’s been tucked away. It’s highly recognizable and is only 20 pieces. It uses rods with balls as the tripod, which are held between two 1×1 plates with clips. The room is dominated by a brick-built backdrop that employs the curved 1x3x2 bricks to make a nice, even studio backdrop. There’s also a nifty little portrait of some old fellow in a business suit as an example of the photographer’s work; it will make the perfect decoration in an executive’s office. There is a bright red electric guitar and a classic acoustic guitar, along with a saxophone on display and a drum set. The drum set is well done even though it uses few parts. There’s a mirror, made of a clear 1x4x6 door frame insert with a beautifully reflective surface applied to one side. This comes packed in its own resealable baggie so it won’t be scratched. It’s held to the wall by the clips holding the bar, two 1×1 clips, and a row of 1×2 plates with door rails. There is an access point and a skylight, and the sides of the roof use half-arches and 1×1 bricks with scrolls. This studio loft features a tiny bathroom, a tiny kitchen with microwave, and a pull-out couch that actually functions. No loft apartment is complete without a roof-top patio.
LEGO’S Biggest Modular YetIn this case, you’ve got some plants, furniture, and a great grilling area. The much-vaunted use of excavator scoops for the roof actually works really well. The roof over the loft apartment is pretty simplistic, using more 1×1 bricks with scrolls and a white chicken. Between the 1×1 bricks with scrolls are two stacked jumper plates topped off with a 1×2 plate, giving a nice half-stud overlap on each row.
You go in one door and out the other at the dentist’s office to go upstairs to the loft apartment. Access to the music shop comes from an external door at the back of the coffee shop; but you can’t get to the dance studio without passing through the music shop (that’s one way to drum up business, eh?). The dentist’s window is printed, as are all of the 1×1 round tiles with donuts and pastries. There are 1×1 quarter-circle tiles printed as pie, too. There’s the banker’s portrait, the suspension bridge, and a newspaper printed on 2×2 tiles. And while we’re on the topic of printing, there’s an unprinted white chicken. There are both new colors for existing elements as well as a number of brand new elements. And if you are looking to stock up on 1×2 bricks with grill in sand blue, you’ll find plenty of them here. Here’s a comparison of the new parrot (blue and yellow dual-injection) and a classic parrot. There are eight minifigs in this set, plus a baby, which comes with a plain white body. The back of the box demonstrates many of the details which can be explored and shows the floors removed to reveal an extensive interior. The box contains 34 bags divided across six numbers as well as one 32×32 baseplate, one 16×32 baseplate, one 8×16 plate and an enormous instruction manual which is 308 pages in length.
I was quite surprised to find that the manual is not packed in a bag as has often been the case in recent years, although it arrived in perfect condition even without additional protection. Each minifigure has some more printing on the back of their torso. The dentist features a new torso which is printed with a tooth emblem and some dental equipment while the barista wears a brown apron. The final minifigure works as a chef and he comes complete with a toque as well as printing on the front and back of the torso. This element was only recently updated so is still uncommon, appearing in just three other sets at the moment. They represent distinct building styles and the variety of different colours used for the rendering and brickwork is very pleasing to the eye. Two smaller models are also included and these can be placed on the pavement outside or taken indoors. The tripod is also constructed very nicely and the model makes use of some interesting pieces including a pearl silver parabola, three dark bluish grey ball connectors and a 1×1 round tile with pin which has not previously appeared in black. The pram is also constructed using some interesting techniques as brackets are used to form an attractive curved shape.
I like the red colour scheme and there is room for the baby to stand or lie down inside while a minifigure holds onto the handle at the back.There is plenty for the baby to see as they are taken around the square, most notable of which is a delightful fountain made using white parabolas which is topped with a metallic silver sphere. Curiously, the fountain is the final section of the model to be constructed but its octagonal base is among the first. However, these features have undergone substantial alterations since the 2008 set and now look far more refined in my opinion. Potted plants are situated on either side of the door and this opens to reveal an equally detailed interior. Plenty of accessories are included too such as cups, plates and slices of pie which are printed on the new 1×1 quarter-circle tile. Another door is hidden beneath the walkway covering and that opens directly onto a flight of stairs while the reddish brown door towards the left of the image below allows access to the florist which we will visit a little later in the review. The view from the front is much more attractive, with tall windows surrounded by sand blue rendering which is formed using 1×2 grille profile bricks appearing for the first time in this colour. A window box filled with flowers is placed outside the angled window and this is held in place by turntables at the top and bottom. There is very little movement but it is worth noting that the window does not quite fit perfectly and its angle can therefore be altered accidentally, albeit only slightly. Each floor is separated by a row of dentillation, formed using 1×1 tiles with half circles in light bluish grey. This is mounted in an angled frame which is new for 2017 and it looks great, as do the carved stone eaves above. The first floor contains a music store which stocks guitars, both acoustic and electric, as well as saxophones and a drum kit.
REVIEW LEGO CREATOR ASSEMBLY SQUARE 10255 + LED MAGICThese are bound to prove useful and they also appear in white elsewhere in the set. A dance studio occupies the top floor and this seems best suited to ballet as a mirror is mounted on the wall with a pearl gold barre fixed underneath. The roof is accessed by a third staircase which leads to an opening hatch. A skylight allows plenty of light into the dance studio beneath and the rooftop features carved stonework around the edges, with a particularly attractive curved shape at the corner. The next building is the smallest but features some of my favourite details, particularly when viewed from the front. The flowers resemble tulips and each one comes complete with a bright green leaf, represented by a claw appearing for the first time in this colour. Racks of plants stand outside the shop and the pink awnings look great in contrast with the white of the wall at ground floor level. The upper level has sand green walls but only a sliver of this colour is visible as the windows are very large and the roof is dominated by two shovels which form a curved shape. Much like the side of the bakery there are some strange patches of colour but these cannot be easily obscured as the florist does not connect to any other buildings on this side. Fortunately the colours are arranged in large blocks so do not look too bad, although it would still have been nice to see something covering the white area on the first floor. The window on the ground floor can be opened so might provide an opportunity for the burglars from last year’s set to make another attempted robbery. The section of wall above the window is easily removed to access the interior as it is has a fairly high ceiling so would otherwise be difficult to reach. The interior is quite detailed, with a flower display in the corner as well as some prepared bouquets on the rear wall. The owner appears to own a parrot as a new bird with a mixture of blue, green and yellow feathers is sitting on a perch next to the side door. A photographic studio occupies the next floor and this is perhaps the most sparsely furnished room in the entire set, although the delightful camera discussed earlier goes a considerable way to make up for that!
The roof terrace is quite nicely detailed with a small outdoor kitchen and some equipment which is clipped to the wall.
I like this area but find this blue chairs to be rather gaudy so would have preferred a more neutral colour which would be more in keeping with the traditional aesthetic of the rest of the model. The roof terrace is accessed by a series of staircases which lead down to the bakery, passing through the dentist on the way. These look great and also serve a very practical purpose as this allows much more space inside which can be occupied by more detailed furnishings and minifigures.
I like the wrought iron styling very much and also applaud the use of the relatively new bar connector elements to form the handrails.The front of the bakery is one of my favourite aspects of the entire set. Rolling shutters are used to create the windows and each one is topped with a sloping roof in dark blue. The light fixtures on either side of the window make use of acetylene torch elements which is a brilliant demonstration that almost every piece can be reused depending on your own imagination!
Another of the new angled door frames is used for the front door to the bakery, although this one is cast in black so is consistent with the dark colours of the door casing. A curved step leads up to the door and it opens outwards, passing just underneath the inverted underside of the bartizan tower. The interior is densely furnished with a large counter, some shelving, an oven and a couple of displays which are shown in the windows. Pushing a green plunger at the back will reveal some biscuits on a tray inside the oven.This is a neat little feature but its activator is rather obvious and detracts from the appearance of the model when it is viewed from behind. The door is hinged and there is a paddle clipped to the wall for moving food around inside the oven or placing it on the counter. Medium dark flesh tiles recreate brickwork and these are punctuated by light bluish grey 1×2 jumper plates to provide some additional texture. The bartizan is undoubtedly my favourite part of the entire model. It presents a beautiful shape and makes use of the extremely appealing new brick with studs on two adjacent sides, allowing you to mount 1×1 slopes in a corner configuration as exemplified here. Dark blue slopes form the pinnacle and two decorative lattice windows are arranged around the base of the roof.
The white finial on top matches the carved stonework on either side and there is a sculpted relief at the front which features a chicken!
The interior of the dentist’s office is completely open plan which is rather unusual as the waiting area has a perfect view of the dental chair. Thankfully there is some reading material in a rack in front of the reception desk which will hopefully distract any nervous minifigures. A telephone is placed on top of the desk so inhabitants of the city can ahead call and make an appointment. Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience but would be even worse if one were to find a truncheon hidden in a chest of drawers, perhaps for knocking out difficult patients!
An articulated lamp is fitted above the chair and a table can be rotated over the legs of a minifigure. These are arranged on a shelf above the sofa bed and this really works as you can fold it into different configurations, although no pillows are included so it looks slightly plain when folded down to form a bed. There is also a small kitchenette which is complete with an oven, a sink and some cupboards, one of which is probably a fridge. Hesitate to buy it but the choice is too hard. You’ve convinced me to buy this next year. Can you please give the set’s dimensions?
Fantastic techniques that really show the versatility that comes with an inspired imagination. My nephew is also looking forward to investing in one at the same time. And what’s up with the electric guitar in the music store?
It would definitely spoil my whole modular street.
I might just get this and take it with me on my canoe!
I agree that the green cone for the oven play feature is a little odd. It seems to me that a good option would be to replace it with a medium stone gray tap (part 4599). Bit more definition than the old one, but co-injected and not printed. Thank you for the detailed review and photos!
Look here’s a set that you can only get for an obscene amount of money on ebay. Even a self-serve laundromat didn’t emerge till mid-20th century.
I do find it troublesome how tiny the buildings are, even if they are “accurate” to a lot of cities.
I could see having a rear stairwell that would connect the buildings, but it would have to be from the ground up and would work better on the other side with the alleyway. Yes, it gives more room inside, but it isn’t realistic. If we want stairs out of the buildings, why not do a dollhouse style building and remove all stairs anyway.