10246 Detective's Office

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Here's the picture you've been waiting for: 10246 Detective's Office, the new modular building which will be available early next year.

I believe they have been sent out to brand stores to enable them to be displayed at the Brick Friday event at the end of the month. I suspect the photo was taken in one of the stores.

via Eurobricks.

 

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By in Taiwan,

I have mixed feelings about this. The two uneven buildings is very different, but also feels abit too modern. Expect to see some surprises in the interiors. I think the color palette of hair salon is great while the star office could be more standing out.

We're getting two hair salon in the same season? Nice to see another police lady here, Not sure if the leftest guy is the detective some FOLs expect to see.

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By in Canada,

I'm liking the little alleyway between the buildings...

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By in Singapore,

Very nice indeed!

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By in Germany,

In my local LEGO store (Leipzig) is an exclusive shopping event (on the 22nd). I think they will show it there.

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By in Germany,

Looks like one of the best modulars so far. And it seems to have real play value: a private eye, a police man, a suspicious barber and a mysterious belle...

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By in Italy,

i'm in love

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm unconvinced by this. It's too gimicky for me and has a character very specific in time and place rather than having the classic style of others of the modulars. It has a theme that matches the Palace Cinema but then I'm not sure how the Palace Cinema fits in with the others.

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By in United Kingdom,

Certainly not the best modular but it looks like it comes with a brown baseplate.

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By in Canada,

This will be the Modular I get, I think. Spider-Man finally has a proper place to hang out at.

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By in Malaysia,

Buildings Modular is getting better and better. The barber shop is unexpected.

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By in United Kingdom,

Totally love it. Looks like a Jamie design. But please, please, PLEASE let those not be window stickers! Getting transparant stickers over transparant windows that size will be total hell... No way it will be transparant...

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By in United States,

Looks awfully great! This, between the petshop(s) will be quite the eyeful! My first inclination is GE/DO/PS/TH what a street!

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By in France,

Release in 2016 ?? We will skip 2015 with a warpzone ? :)

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By in United States,

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By in United Kingdom,

Why is it listed as a 2016 set?.:P

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By in United Kingdom,

It looks BEAUTIFUL... so so excited to add this to my collection!

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By in United Kingdom,

It looks like everything I hoped it would be and more. As a previous poster said the Modulars are getting better and better with every release.

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By in Netherlands,

What is the 'pool' sign for?

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By in United States,

^It's a pool hall ("BILLIARDS" would have been harder to fit on a sign that small)

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks fantastic, I'm sold already - it will fit in nicely with the modular Fire Station. I can't wait to see the insides!

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By in United States,

@Rytupiop:
I agree. Not the best one at all. The contrasting colors aren't that great at all, and the drab brick built structure on the agency isn't close to the best building at all.

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By in Australia,

I love it! I really liked the two-buildings that formed the Pet Shop, so I am really happy with this design.

It also has a 'shady part of town' feel to it which I really like; contrasts with the toff of the parisian restaurant.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not into this sort of thing, but what I do love is the fact that they used Hero Factory/Bionicle fists for the roofline of the detective building. I never thought that piece would be useful as architectural detailing.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'll be getting this! Looks great.

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By in United States,

Looks like the cat done it! Very nice set and I'm looking forward to adding it to my display.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hope this is a january 1st release. Looks like I want lego gift cards for christmas again :-)

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By in United States,

Ahh, I've been waiting for the red 2x2 hole tiles and dark stone grey Unikitty tales for months! They've been in LDD all year.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is that a new 1x6 piece with brick pattern on it?
This looks more fun than previous modulars.

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By in United States,

On "pool" the L is a corner TILE instead of plate. Many other interesting techniques used. I thing it's by far the second best modular building, only behind the Parisian Resturaunt.

Thanks for reading!

Sorry, I'm a bad speller.??

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By in United Kingdom,

I love it! It's everything I was hoping for, charming, and I love the split height. The modulars are pretty eclectic in their heights, hopefully this can help integrate the shorter with the taller ones.

And so many new and interesting part uses. I'd spotted Unikitty's tail in the roof, thanks TheOneVeyronian for identifying the Bionicle fists, the ball joint pillars on the bar are great, and there's a new astromech conical head piece acting as a plant pot on the street. Can't wait to get it (I'll have to not leave it too long! :P) and see how many other clever tweaks it's got.

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By in United Kingdom,

Brilliant. :-) Much better than I could have ever imagined. :-) Will try to get it, but will probably be a bit expensive. :-(

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By in United States,

Neat use of pieces :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree that it has a 'shady part of town' feel, which I really like. It's so detailed, and I think the fact there's a detective office, pool hall, barber shop and apartments makes it seem a bit better value for money - not that the other modulars weren't good value, just that this seems a lot more fun. I'm interested to see the interiors.

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By in Australia,

OMG the parts!!!

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By in United States,

I definitely think this is worth the wait. There is so much I like about this. I agree this will look great near the pet shop and townhouse. Definitely asking for LEGO gift cards this year

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By in Germany,

Hmmm. It's not a corner building, but you can't really add another modular on the right side, because there are windows in "AL's" ... If you take a look on the backside: for me it's too much coloured.

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By in United States,

As pathetic as this may seem, the factor that decides if I get this or not might be if those are window stickers. I love the appearance of the set otherwise. Just hate stickers that much.

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By in United States,

@odindusk hence the reason why I still haven't picked up the palace cinema yet

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By in Australia,

@tsi - That "window" in Al's could be there to look like a mirror.

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By in United Kingdom,

@ tsi almost certainly a mirror, has a reflection in it on the left hand side and yellow lights above it.

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By in Sweden,

It looks like a brown baseplate... that would be great!

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By in United Kingdom,

need a bigger house running out of room for more.... look great thou :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Bluewater store will be displaying this and the new Slave One on Saturday 22 Nov 2014 at 8 a.m. for their invite only event

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By in New Zealand,

Is that a new logo for Expert sets? I have never seen the silver star made with 2x2 bricks before.

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By in United Kingdom,

Not the most impressive modular from what I can see so far although I like the varying heights and colour combinations of the two buildings. The biggest problem I have with the modulars now is that I think their a victim of their own success. I think due to the amount of quality buildings in the moc community TLG will find it hard to come up with new ideas. The use of new and exclusive pieces such as the unikitty tail and paint roller in black might just keep them ahead of the game for now. I personally find the modular line is not getting better as such but more staying a very safe course rather than feeling like an 'expert' set. I can see why they do this as the modulars are now appealing to builders with families, it must be a very enjoyable set for people to build with their kids. I would love TLG to test the water with an interim larger or double baseplate sized modular using sophisticated, challenging or complex techniques even if it is a bit more expensive. Here's hoping.

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By in United States,

Wow. I haven't followed the modulars a lot recently but this one has absolutely caught my attention. And now I really want it ...

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By in Canada,

I don't have any modulars myself (Haunted House is as close as I have), but I think this one is really interesting.

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By in United States,

I'm excited for this set, I think it has the potential to be one of the best modulars. However, I'm trying not to get my hopes up because it appears to be kinda small, about the same height as the pet shop, might look out of place alongside the Green Grocer, Fire Brigade, Grand Emporium, or Town Hall. But I love the new architectural detailing, and how it has a lot of "depth". Most modulars are a flat display surface with a pretty facade, but this one you can see inside from the lower windows and alley, as well as the roof being a little farther back in the center. The Green Grocer was also good at achieving that perception of depth, part of why it's my favorite modular. One last thought: anybody notice the stud reversal in the "Pool" sign? I wonder how they achieved that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Knew it would look decent next to the Parisian restaurant!

What's the part above the hero factory fists?

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By in United States,

Not what I was expecting at all. For some reason I was expecting a more English victorian era "Sherlock Holmes" type building, but it's cool. I like the "bad part of town" vibe. The barber shop is awesome. I also like the staggered roofline

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By in United States,

I love it! Cannot wait to obtain it. Will be getting PR for my b/day on Wednesday, so this is a great, well-timed modular. Love the alleyway, differing heights and use/variety of pieces. May have to double-up on this one!

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By in Canada,

@Legonizer I've always thought we needed plates with studs on both sides. (Or the bottoms on both sides.) That would do it. Not sure what they have done though.

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By in United States,

Mega blocks has studs on both sides plates.

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By in United States,

^looking at the picture it looks like it might be 1xsomething plates stacked on top of each other in the middle. So they are probably pointed left then stacked pointed right.

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By in Canada,

^ @gmonkey76
It could be some of these 4581225: Plate 2X1 W/Holder,Vertical alternating studs to left, studs to right stacked on top of each other like you suggest, sandwiched between the white plates. They could clip to a vertical rod. However, there seems like there is something different going on at the top. Perhaps 370926: Plate 2X4, 3Xø4.9 with a pin of some sort through it? (This 427402: Connector Peg W. Knob would be too long.) Any ideas?

Edit: I used HTML HREF links for the parts, but somehow they got stripped. Not sure what I did wrong.

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By in United Kingdom,

I was hoping for a Sherlock Holmesy Victorian town house to go with my Parisian Restaurant and Town Hall, so I'm a little disappointed that it's such a distinctly american-looking set. Of course, I suppose this is in keeping with the alternating styles trend, so I guess I can look forward to a european building next year. Ho well.

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By in United Kingdom,

Are those pool balls through the window or some gobstopper machine with the newspaper dispenser? Best modular yet personally, completely inspired. Heaps of Style with some honest grim brickwork and much needed drab reality to offset regular bright colours.

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By in Germany,

They seem to have new "brick" bricks: 1x4 :)

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By in Germany,

my only gripe is the fact that while they are two different buildings they are on the same base plate. I really liked how they did the petshop since it was on two different baseplates. TO me it allows for a little more individuality in the cityscape since you can then put each of the two buildings in different areas rather than always having them next to eachother.

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By in New Zealand,

Looks great but was anyone else hoping for a corner modular to round off the block of 10?

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By in Austria,

Best looking Modular set yet, I simply love it. It has that NY vibe to it, the colors used in this one are top notch, especially the light blue and the brown, love it! Lego did it again, so hyped for this.

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By in Germany,

What a beauty!
It seems to me as if this is a tiny town in itself: so many things going on!!
I love the fact that Detective’s Office isn't as square as most of its predecessors but has a more natural appearance.
Since I’m one of the privileged few owning every single building since “Market Street” this definitively is a must buy.
LOVE IT!!!!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't see why the building being on the same baseplate is a problem. There's only ever been one modular that was split-able before, and these buildings are joined above the alley and not in a straight line. If they could be pulled apart the alley could be left open on one or both sides, or the buildings would have to be boring and we'd probably all be moaning at how dull they were!

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By in United States,

Anent the double-sided plates on the sign: could they have not employed the 4081b "Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Light - Thick Ring"?

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By in United States,

Whoa... I'm completely blown away by this. The new hair recolors, the POOL sign, the sheer number of brick-bricks, the Pet-Shop styled arrangement, dat newspaper box, everything. If I could afford a modular, I'd buy it instantly. :P

EDIT: Those HF fists on the top are a stroke of genius. I couldn't even figure out what they were until I read TheOneVeyronian's comment. Thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

Re: the double sided seeming sign, check out the back of box photo of the first floor, it looks like they've used two 1x8 tiles vertically, facing in each direction (or at least 2x3 for the top three studs), there must be other points of connection further down.
I imagine it's probably rafeman's suggestion further down with the 2x6 plates on either side, and then a 1xsomething cplate coming up from each one, side by side.

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By in Netherlands,

cool set love the Blue Building !!

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By in United States,

Did anyone notice the new trend with the lamppost? It is sitting on a plate, just like in the PR, yet not in the earlier sets. Interesting they decided to do that.

Granted, I did that to all of my sets a long time ago, but it is interesting to see them officially doing it now.

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By in United States,

Detective's Office? That's an interesting choice. I guess they've done about everything else.

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By in United States,

i may have to get this as my next modulars if none of the other one are on their way off (only have the pet shop).

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By in France,

Well,well... +1 to my want-to-build list

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By in United States,

Stud reversal on the pool sign is easy -- two 1x plates each aimed the other way. We do that trick all the time at LegoLand...

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By in United States,

I guess I know where my $90 of VIP points is going...great set.

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