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.

10225 Assembly Square

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.

Under New Management

Palixa and the Bricks’ modified Cafe Corner building has come under new management and they have spared no expense in renovations, not only redoing the facade, but also adding a whole new floor to the hotel.

Budgets were clearly not an issue with this renovation.  Each room has its own ensuite and has been beautifully furnished with bright, modern furnishings.

Even the attic has been converted into an opulent suite.

Modifying the Cafe Corner like this not only looks great, but also allows you to experiment with colour combinations and essentially have one of the originals modular buildings without the expense.  Best of all you don’t need a copy of the original model, as you can download the instructions (BrickSet).

Head over to Flickr to see more of Palixa’s modified Cafe Corner.

Modular Conversion Review: 41101 Heartlake Grand Hotel

Your first thought may be, why a modular conversion, as this building is most of the way there already, right?  Ditch the elevator and make the floors a bit wider and there you have it.  That would be too simple.

And it was.  Read why here

10251 – Brick Bank

LEGO has released high resolution images of the next modular building, Brick Bank (10251).  And it is absolutely gorgeous!

There were so many “OMG!” moments for me as I was pouring over the images.  I won’t reveal all of them, as that will spoil the fun for you, but I just have to point out the Sand Green windows, including those new half arch window pieces.  And those beautiful new fences in Black are a must have!!

The Brick Bank will be available in January 2016.  In the meantime, there are lots more images here to drool over and below is the official description from LEGO:

10251 Brick Bank

Ages 16+. 2,380 pieces.
US $169.99 – CA $219.99 – DE 149.99€ – UK £119.99 – DK 1399.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.

Make a safe deposit at the Brick Bank!

Make a secure deposit at the highly respected Brick Bank, featuring an array of intricate details and hidden surprises. Easy-to-remove building sections provide access to the detailed interior, comprising a bank with an atrium foyer, tiled floor, arched windows, ornate chandelier, lockable vault and a transaction counter with security glass; a laundromat with printed window, tiled floor and 4 laundry machines; plus 2 second-floor offices with an array of detailed furniture, fixtures and accessories. The exterior of the building features a detailed sidewalk and an elaborate façade with carving and statue décor, decorative roofline, large arched windows, central balcony, clock and an accessible roof terrace featuring a large skylight.

  • Includes 5 minifigures: a bank manager, secretary, teller, and a mom and child.
  • The Brick Bank features a bank, secretary’s office, bank manager’s office, laundromat and a detailed façade and sidewalk.
  • Bank features an atrium foyer with wide, arched entrance, triangular-patterned floor tiling, ornate chandelier, oxidized-copper colored skylight, transaction counter with hidden alarm buttons and security glass, and a bank vault with safe deposit boxes and a large round door.
  • Laundromat features a printed window, tiled floor and 4 laundry machines.
  • Secretary’s office features a wall clock, desk, typewriter, cabinet with opening drawers, fireplace and an espresso machine.
  • Bank manager’s office features a large desk with banker’s lamp and approval stamp, leather-look chair, printed portrait, statue and a cabinet.
  • Accessory elements include a mug, document, camera, candy, blank white paper, chrome-golden coins, 1 chrome- golden bar and banknotes.
  • Remove the building sections to access the detailed interior.
  • Unlock the bank vault to access the safe deposit boxes.
  • Visit the laundromat for a spot of laundering.
  • Stack coins with the coin counting machine.
  • Special elements include a printed prize check, printed ground-floor windows, a special printed portrait in the bank manager’s office, plus rare, sand-blue and dark-green bricks, and sand-green window frames.
  • Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Building series 10243 Parisian Restaurant and 10246 Detective’s Office.
  • Brick Bank measures over 10” (26cm) high, 10” (25cm) wide and 10” (25cm) deep.

Customised Cafe Corner

Reanard Pangestu, from the Modular LEGO Buildings group over on Facebook, has created his own version of the classic Cafe Corner.  I love the simple colour scheme of this version, the use of the 1×1 round tiles in Pearl Gold on the awnings and the feature tiling in front of the door.

This is a great way to learn about building techniques, while at the same time creating one of the classic modular buildings without breaking the bank.

There are more images of Reanard’s customised Cafe Corner on Facebook and, if you want to have a go yourself, you can find the instructions for the Cafe Corner on BrickSet and the original parts list on Rebrickable.