Feral flora

Sebastian Zaberca shows us what happens when plants go bad, with the Botanical Institute being overtaken by carnivorous vines.

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Fortunately, the plants haven’t yet destroyed the property, so we still get to admire the beautiful building that houses the institute.

Thanks, as always, for the inspiration, Sebastian!

A few of my favourite things …

Zara is one of my favourite places to shop, so it was no surprise that the Zara Clothes Shop by Alex (Olympio Albano) caught my attention.  The massive Zara store is spread over three levels, but you don’t need to worry about lugging all that shopping from one floor to the next, as there is a (manually operated) lift to take you from floor to floor!

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There are plenty of details to catch your attention, so head over to the Flickr album to check them all out.

10225 Assembly Square

LEGO have released high resolution images of the Assembly Square (10255) due for release on 1 January 2017.  The Assembly Square is the largest to date, with over 4,000 pieces going into building the three distinct buildings.

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The Assembly Square probably looks a little familiar as it pays homage to ten years of modular buildings.  Which features of the past modulars can you spot?

We have a little while to wait to get our hands on this set, so here’s a link to the glorious high resolution images for you to drool over until then.

Here’s LEGO’s official description:

Celebrate ten years of Modular Building with the Assembly Square!

Take a trip to the amazing Assembly Square, developed to celebrate ten years of LEGO® Modular Buildings, featuring a wealth of unsurpassed, intricate details and hidden surprises. Easy-to-remove building sections provide access to the highly detailed interior, comprising a ground level with a bakery, florist’s shop and café, a middle level with a music store, photo studio and dental office, and an upper-level dance studio and apartment with access to a rooftop terrace with barbecue. The exterior of the building features a detailed sidewalk with outdoor café furniture, fountain, streetlamps and a highly elaborate facade with beautifully detailed windows and doors, three buildable shop signs, spired tower and a decorative roofline. Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO Creator Expert Modular Building series 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10246 Detective’s Office and 10251 Brick Bank. Includes eight minifigures and a baby figure.

  • Includes eight minifigures: a dentist, barista, baker, florist, music store assistant, dancer, photographer and a LEGO® fan, plus a baby figure.
  • The three-level Assembly Square features an authentic, elaborate facade with detailed windows and doors, three buildable shop signs, spired tower, decorative roofline and a rooftop terrace, plus a detailed tiled sidewalk with a fountain, outdoor café furniture and two streetlamps. The highly detailed interior includes a bakery, florist’s shop, café, music store, photo studio, dental office, apartment and a dance studio.
  • Ground level features a bakery with counter, cash register, shelves, opening oven, wedding cake and assorted buildable pastries and treats; a florist’s shop with counter, cash register, garden tools, flower arrangements, bouquets and a blue and yellow macaw parrot element; and a café with espresso machine, counter, bench seating and pie elements.
  • Middle level features a music store with a buildable drum set, two guitars and saxophone element; photo studio with buildable classic camera and adjustable tripod; and a dental office with buildable reclining chair, waiting area, telephone and a sink.
  • Upper level features a dance studio with buildable piano and reflective mirror element; an apartment with buildable foldout sofa bed, detailed kitchen, toilet, micro LEGO® train, modular buildings and Eiffel Tower, and access to a rooftop terrace with buildable barbecue, table and a neglected plant.
  • Accessory elements include a ballerina skirt, Chihuahua, pretzel, ornamental chicken and candy. Also includes a buildable telephone, grill, baby carriage and buildable lamps.
  • Remove the building sections to access the detailed interior.
  • Adjust the camera tripod and take photos all around the square.
  • Recline the dentist chair and reveal those pearly whites!
  • Open the oven door to remove your freshly-baked pastries.
  • Fold out the sofa bed and relax while you admire your modular buildings collection!
  • Celebrate Modular Buildings with this awesome 10th anniversary LEGO® Creator Expert set!
  • This set offers an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 16+.
  • New decorated elements include a dentist torso, dentist window and 2×3 tile with the 10182 Café Corner box front.
  • Includes lots of curved and corner angle tiles, garage doors used as box windows and LEGO® Technic excavator scoops used as roofing elements.
  • Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Building series 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10246 Detective’s Office and 10251 Brick Bank.
  • Measures over 13” (35cm) high, 14” (38cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.

Review: Batcave (76052)

When the Batcave (76052) set landed at my doorstep, I must admit I wondered what I was going to do with it.  It doesn’t look like there is much there for someone who is mostly interested in modular buildings and conversions.  Let’s see how it stacks up.

Read the full modular conversion review here!

Outdoor Store

Tobias T. has managed to pack more into the Outdoor Store than just a beautiful facade.  With four levels, the building boasts three businesses (outdoor store, commercial office, piano school) and a fully furnished apartment.

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Tobias even managed to fit in a couple of of BURPs, using them to create a rock wall that customers in the outdoor store can use to test the products.

Head to the Flickr album to see all the details.  Thanks for the inspiration, Tobias!

Warehouse Conversion

Barrie Crossan demonstrates again why he is one of my favourite modular builders with the Converted Old Amsterdam Warehouse.  The Warehouse features a whopping six floors, housing a cycle repair shop, dressmaker, two one-bedroom apartments and a two-bedroom apartment.  Each one of them fully furnished too!

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While the interior is beautifully detailed, my favourite spot in this building is actually the bench in the garden adjoining the building.  A perfect place to chill out with a book I think.

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Head over to Barrie’s Flickr stream to check out all the gorgeous details!

Cheesy Goodness

You can’t go past Palixa and the Bricks‘ latest modular building, the Cheese Shop and Bistro, to get your fill of cheesy goodness.  It is a fully furnished, three story (+ roof) modular building featuring a cheese shop, cheese making facility and one bedroom apartment.

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I love the interior of this modular building, especially the back counter, the mezzanine level above the shop counter and the furnishings in the apartment.  The lounge chairs are just exquisite!

See all the cheesy goodness on Flickr.  Thanks Palixa and the Bricks for the inspiration!