Review: Assembly Square (10255)

Designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of modular buildings by LEGO, Assembly Square (10255) stands out in terms of design, size and parts selection.  Let’s take a closer look why.

Read the full review here.

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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.

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.

Blue Shores

The Blue Shores is the second of the new buildings included in The Promenade layout for BrickWorld.   While the layout overall was inspired by New York architecture, the Sand Blue and White in this building reminds me of the sea.  Hence the name – Blue Shores.

More images here.

 

Changing Brands

Palixa and the Bricks shows why she is one of my favourite builders with her latest modular building, the Microsoft Store.  She has taken what was already a great building and  made it even better by adding her touch to the facade and the interior.  This has included changing the Apple Store to a Microsoft Store, redoing the facade, replacing the single apartment with two outstanding studio apartments and last, but definitely not least, adding a rooftop bar.

This studio apartment is just brilliant in terms of the layout, colour combination and design.

Head over to Flickr to see more images of this awesome building.  Thanks Palixa and the Bricks for the inspiration and showing us what LEGO is all about.

The perfect vintage

If you’re looking for the perfect vintage, you need not look further than Jason Skaare’s 18th modular building, the Wine Shop.  In addition to the great wines on offer, the building also packs a lot of great details and clever parts use, inside and out.  I particularly like the shop sign incorporating the vines and wine glass, the use of the barrels as planters and the use of the crates to get the panel effect at the bottom go the building.

Here is a close up of my favourite part of the outside of the building – the terrace, complete with deckchairs and a the vine covered trellis.  How relaxed would you be hanging out here?

The clever details continue inside the fully furnished interior, with a unique shelf for the wine bottles and great stereo unit.

Head over to Flickr for more images of Jason’s Wine Shop.

Surf’s Up

With boards, wetsuits, snorkels and everything in between, Min Jiet Yong’s Surfer & Diver Heaven is the place to go for all your surfing and diving needs.

My favourite part of the facade is the upper floor, especially combination of spindled and lattice fences.  I also like how the patterned tiling draws the eye to the building entrance.  One the inside, the Surfer & Diver Heaven has one of the best interior store displays I’ve seen.

Head over to Flickr to see more of the Surfer & Diver Heaven!

Modular Bank

BrickyBoy has taken Lego’s City Bank (3661) to a whole new level, converting it into a beautiful 16-wide modular building.  The facade on this building caught my eye – it has so many details, but they all work together flawless so that it doesn’t look cluttered.  I also love the textures and the colour combination.

BrickyBoy-ModualrBank-Front

I also like how the back of this building has lots of details to catch the eye, such as the overhanging part on the top floor and the use of the area under the stairs.

BrickyBoy-ModularBank-Rear

You can see more images of this gorgeous modular building, including the lovely interior, on the Eurobricks post here.

Literary Sensation

Mauro Cavinato (kevin8) is sure to hit the bestseller’s list with this stunning corner bookstore!  I love the harmonious colours and overall shape of this modular building, especially the smooth roundness of the ground floor and the seamless transition to the more angular upper floors.

Kevin8-Bookstore

The interior is fully furnished, with the book store on the ground floor and a spacious apartment for the store owner on the upper floors.  I particularly like the ladder used to reach the books on the higher shelves.

Kevin8-Bookstore-Interior

Head over to Eurobricks or flickr to see more images of this gorgeous corner bookstore.

Inspiration – Jared Chan

It was both the official TLG modulars and the amazing MOCs by others that pulled me (quite willingly) out of the dark ages and inspired me have a go at creating my own modular buildings.  One of the things I would like to use this blog for is to showcase some of those buildings and builders that have inspired me.  Consider this just the first of a series of such posts, as there has been (and continues to be) many inspirational builds and builders!

First up is Jared Chan, specifically the series of high-end stores he built in 2010.  Below are images of his Hermes Store, Burberry Store and Gucci Store, which are my favourite builds from Jared.  I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

Hermes

JaredChan-Hermes

JaredChan-Hermes-Interior

Burberry

JaredChan-Burberry

JaredChan-Burberry-Interior

I just love the Burberry pattern of the floor here!

Gucci

JaredChan-Gucci

JaredChan-Gucci-Interior

Head over to Jared’s flickr sets for even more inspiration.