Cast Iron Modular

The Cast Iron Modular was one of the eight buildings included in The Promenade, and one of the two whole new ones.  As the name suggests, the Cast Iron Modular was inspired by the cast iron buildings of New York.

Unlike most of my modulars, this one is not furnished.  I am really happy with how it turned out, but I struggled to think of what it should be.  It’s a shop, but I’m not sure what it should sell.  And after building it four times already, I’m ready to move on, so this one will stay unfurnished!

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Old world charm

Using LEGO pieces from dating from the 70s to today, the Old Pharmacy by ThomaS (tsi) literally span decades worth of charm! The front of this building is gorgeous and makes great use of the old 3761 windows.  I also love the rounded shape of the roof.

The back of the building is just as interesting as the front, with lots of details in the facade as well as atmosphere created by the minifigures going about their day-to-day tasks.

The old water pump reminds me of my grandparents for some reason, although I don’t specifically remember them having one of those.

Check out tsi’s BrickThat folder for more images of the Old Pharmacy, including the stunning interior.

Modular Conversion Review: 71016 Kwik-E-mart

The thing that immediately caught my attention when the high resolution images of the KwiK-E-mart (71016) were first released was the amount of interior detailing and the printed parts.  In this respect, it doesn’t disappoint in real life!

But how does it stack up as modular or a parts pack? Read the full review here!

Fishy Masterpiece

cimddwc never fails to impress, as is evident in his latest masterpiece, the FishMaster, a fully furnished modular building housing a fishmonger on the ground floor and an apartment upstairs.

I love the combination of Light Salmon (Scala wall panels) with the light Bluish Grey and White.  A very pretty combination, which, if it weren’t for the fact that the colour names include a fish, would seem at odds with the nature of the business that occupies the ground floor!

The gorgeous front facade for the first and second floor are created using clever SNOT techniques, as well as an interesting combination of pieces.

Head over tho Flickr for more images of this beautiful building!  And check out his other buildings while your there to see why cimddwc is one of my favourite builders!

Modular Conversion Review: 41093 Heartlake Hair Salon

When I see a new set, the first couple of things that I ask myself is how I could convert it to a modular building and whether it would make a good parts pack for an MOC modular building.  To help answer these questions, I’m going to start a new type of review, which I’m calling the modular conversion review.

First cab off the rank is the Heartlake Hair Salon (41093), which was released in January this year.

Read the full modular conversion review!

En Garde

Superfunked has created the perfect Fencing Studio for the Fencers from Series 13 of the Collectible Minifigures.

Lots to like about this building.  My favourite details on the front are the different textures in the facade, the black awning and the coffee cup sign.  Here’s a better view of the coffee cup:

The Fencing Studio is fully furnished, and boasts an apartment, clothing store and office as well as the Fencing Studio.  I particularly like how Superfunked has done faithfully reproduced the coffee shop counter from The LEGO Movie.

I love the open back on this building, which adds immensely to the playability.  It does make it a little harder to photograph front on, but obviously much easier to photograph the interior and definitely worth it if you intend to do more than just display the building.

Head over to the Flickr album for more angles of Superfunked’s Fencing Studio!

 

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.

Double Delicious

Whether you are after a sweet treat or something more salty, you can’t go past peedeejay’s Bakery and Fishmonger.  Inspired by the Pet Shop, peedeejay has built not just one, but two gorgeous 16-stud wide modulars.  Both buildings are fully furnished with a shop downstairs and one-bedroom apartments upstairs.

My favourite of these is the one on the left, I think partly because the lower level reminds me of my favourite sweets – all sorts – while the upper facade is a great mix of colour and textures.

The rears of the buildings also have plenty of details to catch the eye, such as the cute bay window and the terrace on the upper floor.

Head over to EuroBricks or peedeejay’s gallery for more images of these gorgeous buildings.

Sweet Tooth

If you’re a sweet tooth, the Modular Candy Store by eliza is sure to have something to satisfy any sugary craving!  The facade was designed to look like a 1890s iron facade and is just gorgeous.  I love the colour scheme and the clever use of the ladder piece to create the trim above the shopfront.

The inside is fully furnished with a pick-a-brick equivalent, but for sweets, as well as a party room to make the most of all the sweets on offer.   See it on flickr!

Total Tomboy

If you’re looking for the perfect tomboy outfit, you can’t you past Tomboy Clothing.  Inspired by a building in Bruges, Belgium (and we all know the best things come from Belgium), Barrie Crossan’s Tomboy Clothing houses a clothing store on the first two floors and a very stylish apartment on the upper two floors.

The clever use of the small roof space to create a bedroom with en-suite and balcony is one of my favourite parts of this building.

With a gorgeous facade, clever interior detailing and beautiful presentation, it is not hard to see why Barrie Crossan is rapidly becoming one of my favourite builders. Check out the rest of the Tomboy Clothing building on Flickr!