To B or not to B?

If, like me, you came out of your dark ages some time after the first modulars were released, you’ve probably pondered this question: Should I “BrickLink” the Cafe Corner (10182) (or Green Grocer (10185), or Market Street (10190), etc)?

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The original modular buildings are just stunning, especially the Cafe Corner and Green Grocer.  So, for me, the answer was a resounding yes!

Or so I thought.

I made up the big spreadsheet to work out exactly what pieces I had and what I still needed.  I put together the wanted lists and started doing a lot of orders from BrickLink.  Each little package that arrived was a step closer to being able to build these buildings.

Unfortunately, some of the parts for the original modulars are quite expensive.  I didn’t rush out the buy these parts, and looked instead for alternatives.

The only exception to this was the 1×8 bricks in sand green for the Green Grocer.  I was lucky enough to buy these for around 50 cents a piece, if I recall correctly.  There is no way I would pay $3.00 or more for a single brick!  And you don’t have to.  For the Green Grocer, you can easily substitute 1×2, 1×4 and 1×6 bricks, which are available in abundance thanks to the Haunted House (10228).

In the end, I never did get all the parts for the Cafe Corner or the Market Street.  For the Cafe Corner, I made the following substitutions:

  • 3308 1x8x2 arch in dark bluish grey instead of dark blue
  • 3861 1x4x5 doors in plain white (not a great substitution)
  • 43888 1x1x6 pillars in dark bluish grey instead of dark blue
  • 60593 for the 2x4x3 windows with 60608 panes, in place of the 4132 windows with 4133 panes
  • 4460a and 4460b black roof slopes in place of the dark red ones
  • 60593 windows in place of the 1x2x3 panels

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The missing parts are still on my wanted list, but I’m happy to wait as long as it takes to get those parts at  what I consider to be reasonable prices.

Why?

Because I realise that while I like the official modular buildings, I would much prefer to build an MOC!  I’ve only built the older modulars once or twice, and I broke them up almost as quick as I built them.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know that when I first started putting together all those BrickLink orders.

It doesn’t mean I regret what I have spent to date on BrickLinking the older modulars.  I get satisfaction out of knowing that I can build them if I want (albeit with substituted pieces) and building these modulars taught me techniques that I can apply to my own modular buildings.

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