The next modular building is a bank

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Brick Bank

Brick Bank

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Earlier today LEGO unveiled the next modular building at BricKorea: 10251 Brick Bank. Here is the press release:

10251 Brick Bank, 2,380 pieces
US $169.99, CA $219.99, DE 149.99€, UK £119.99, DK 1399.00 DKK
Available January 01, 2016

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 with 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 four 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 bank notes.
  • 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.

You will find more images on the set details page. We will add the designer video when we know its URL.

I like the 'money laundering' that's going on in the launderette next door!

118 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

That looks absolutely amazing

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By in United Kingdom,

It's a corner! Time for another one of those

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By in United Kingdom,

I like it! I especially like that it's two shops in one. Adds more variety to the town. £119.99 is a plus as well!

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By in Italy,

Looks good to me.

I like the use of Light Blue Gray gold bars as stones on the bank exterior and all the little achitectural twiddly bits. Plenty of potential for new tenants in the Laundromat if required.

Just got to wait until New Years Day now - I assume that is the release date.

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By in Germany,

Looks flippin' great! Nice details. Can't wait to get this one!

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By in Germany,

I really like the use of the new nexo knights shields as floor tiling!

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By in United Kingdom,

Totally brilliant. I love all the details on the facade. Nice use of the Elves keys and glad to see the Elves fencing in black - I'll need extras of that!

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By in United Kingdom,

Black Elves fences, sand green Window 1x4x2/3 with spoked rounded top. Looking forward to those becoming widely available

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By in United Kingdom,

Awesome modular, some great new pieces too.. I also like its two shops.. A good price too ????????

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By in United Kingdom,

The 'gold bar' piece in grey was a really great choice, as it adds a lot of depth to the architecture. I'm not crazy that it's another U.S-centric building, but it looks to be one of the best designed buildings yet. Can't wait to grab one!

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By in Belgium,

Didn't wow me on first impressions - not sure about the sand green window frames.

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By in United States,

Looks fantastic, I can't wait to get it. Wondering about yet another corner building - not that I'm complaining (much) - it's just that with corner buildings it feels that inside space is sacrificed for sidewalk.

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By in United States,

This is amazingly nice. Great details. But then I look at the narrative in the pictures and this is probably also the cheekiest Lego set I've ever seen. (I know I'm surrounded by UK citizens here so feel like an idiot for phrasing it that way, but it's the word that came to mind) Loving it.

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By in United Kingdom,

In one of the images the bank manager/clerk/whoever is handing someone a sweet :0 !
Ace Brickman won't be happy!!

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By in Canada,

Absolutely stunning. Looks like the Lego [email protected] site is gonna crumble Jan 1st just like last year...

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By in United Kingdom,

Love the detailing, especially the gold bar pieces in grey, definitely going on my shopping list. Though I'm starting to worry a little about the state of the Modular area, first we have "under-the-counter" cookies and now money laundering surely it's time for a modular police station!

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By in United States,

This has solved my modular dilemma! Since they have released two US style buildings in a row that's what I'll collect!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm so excited!!!! I just need to get the last 2 first though as I only have the Pet Shop. Those or The Ferris Wheel????? I can't decide!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Speechless...

...One of the best things to come out of the press release for the LEGO Creator, Expert - Brick Bank (10251) is definitely the most outstanding street layout I have ever seen in the LEGO medium.

Jaime and the design team really made a phenomenal decision to avoid the traditional one building per modular after the Town Hall (10224) and Palace Cinema (10232) which were definitely a step down from the previous ones. This new style that started with the Parisian Restaurant (10243) really helps make the modulars look better as products furthermore making them more realistic and authentic.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like the wings from the Doctor Who Weeping Angel have been used to form part of the plaque / structure on the front.

And am I the only one to see the irony of a bank / laundry?!?!

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By in United Kingdom,

Winner!

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By in Belgium,

Nice design. Pity that the buildings are getting smaller.

10185 Green grocer 35
10197 Fire brigade 35
10211 Grand Emporium 37,5
10218 Pet shop 26,5
10224 Town Hall 50
10232 Palace Cinema 38
10243 Parisian Restaurant 30
10246 Decective Office 28
10251 Brick Bank 26

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By in United States,

You know how I was so skeptical about the Detective's Office when pictures first came out, but it grew to loving it after seeing how much went into it? Well this is the exact opposite, I need no time to blather in how impressive this is.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love all the little architectural touches in this one.

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By in United Kingdom,

I just found out that the LEGO Creator, Expert - Brick Bank (10251) is designed by Marcos Bessa, The cheque is signed by him ;)

Marcos certainly finished of the new trilogy of Modulars very nicely. It's definitely the most outstanding street layout I have ever seen in the LEGO medium :)

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By in Canada,

@Renegade007cjh, those wings have been available for some time now, appearing in (for example) numerous Chima sets.

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By in United States,

Which one do you think is the best in the trilogy?

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By in United States,

I may get it for pieces....

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By in United States,

I never seen so many zip line handles in a LEGO set :P

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By in United Kingdom,

Lovely and reasonably priced too, well..... here in the UK.

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By in United States,

Well, that looks great. But now it's $170. Modulars not two years ago were $150...

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By in Pakistan,

Looks nice and maybe I'll be more impressed when I see this in flesh, quite likely in fact . I do have a problem with the shrinking size of the modulars , so much so that I'm just starting to feel not as excited about the offerings as I used to.

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By in United States,

What a fantastic set! We've been asking for a modular bank since the beginning and TLG gives us one. Can't wait to scoop this one up and add it to the layout. :)

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By in United States,

Now that is one fine looking bank! Too bad it doesn't come with real money! LOL :P

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By in United Kingdom,

I really like it, it will look fantastic with my previous nine. I thought it would have had a were ATM. Slightly worried how they are getting smaller.

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By in United States,

Am I the only one who finds "leather-look chair" quite funny?

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By in United Kingdom,

Disgraceful! Its an inside job!
Some of the best in-set humour.

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By in United States,

Was really hoping for a library or a museum, but this looks awesome and I'll likely get it as soon as it comes out. Maybe a museum next year :)

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By in United States,

Was really hoping for a library or a museum, but this looks awesome and I'll likely get it as soon as it comes out. Maybe a museum next year :)

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By in Ireland,

My wish list just keeps on growing. Love how the angel wings look above the door

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By in United States,

Alright! Another orange brick separator!

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By in United States,

After taking a look at "more images", I see http://brickset.com/parts/6112751 in pearl gold; this gives me hope that it is not "color-locked", and may start to appear in more standard colors. There also seem to be an ample amount of black hollow studs (http://brickset.com/parts/6100627).
Overall, although I have yet to get one, this looks to be my favorite modular building yet -- I, for one, am fond of this new trend of having a "story" to go with an already amazing set.

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By in Belgium,

Is there a picture where we can see the 'leather look chair' in? Love this modular! I actually don't care that the building is less tall. In a normal city there are buildings of different heights, right? :)

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By in Denmark,

im crying!!!!! its so beautiful!

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By in United States,

Beautiful building! Love the laundromat details. Love that it's a corner building but the entrance isn't on the corner itself -- different from the Grand Emporium and Palace Cinema. Bummed there isn't any brick-built writing in this one though (unless I'm just not seeing it?).

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By in United States,

Splendiferous details. I don't collect modulars, but sets like this make me wish I could/did.

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By in United States,

Looks fantastic. Can't wait.

Also noticed we will get Black Widow's awesome hairpiece!

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By in United States,

Meh. It feels so tiny....

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By in United States,

Looks good. Love how they used the ingots(?) for detailing.

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By in Belgium,

Looks great and I will certainly add it to my collection, but I can't deny that it gives me the impression that the model is rather small. An extra floor would have given it an even more impressive look.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yet another set I have to buy :-)

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By in Canada,

Is the building white or tan? It's tan in the one picture on this page, but it looks white in all the rest...

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By in Netherlands,

Awesome! Is the Designer video out already?

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By in United Kingdom,

I always really like the corner sets but this is a waste of a corner, this is one that doesn't make me sad I don't collect them.

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By in Denmark,

Color-wise the most beautiful Modular yet.

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By in New Zealand,

I really like the play features of this set. It looks like there must be a opening in the chimney on the ground floor next to the vault. Why else would there be a Technic pin in the chimney.

New Expert logo on the box.

Great batch of new parts in new colours.

This is a "must buy" for me.

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By in United States,

I was also wondering why the last picture on the item page shows a tan building? I believe and hope the bank is white as all the other pics show. I think it looks better that way.

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By in Belgium,

Love it. My dream for the modular series (together with a museum or police station)!
Great details

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By in United States,

So where's the obligatory Lego City robber? Or do we have enough of those now to stage a heist? :P

But anyways, this looks great! I haven't followed up on modulars lately but this one almost makes me want to get into them again.

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By in United States,

The aesthetics of this building are pretty awesome, but it looks really small. I bet my Grand Emporium (without the giant sign) has at least 3" on this thing.

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By in United States,

I love the design and some of the parts usage and techniques.

But I will also inject my now annual complaint about the ever-shrinking size of the Modular lineup, along with continued diminishment of their value proposition

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By in United Kingdom,

2400 pieces, £120 and a great design, all seems fair enough to me. It looks fine in terms of size.

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By in United States,

why are so many of these comments repeating in succession

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By in United States,

Love at first sight... I currently have a shelf that can hold four modulars per row, two rows, with just one space left for a nice corner building! I've waited for this thing for a long time to complete the display.

Absolutely brilliant use of wings, shields, etc. I love it when the designers get creative like this and use pieces from other themes i.e. Unikitty tails in Detective's Office.

Bank and laundromat... ha ha ha love it

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By in Costa Rica,

Lego's been releasing wave after wave of police sets in anticipation of the release of the one bank worth robbing.

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By in United States,

Piece count is a poor indication of value. LEGO keeps trading out 1x6 and 1x8 bricks in favor of cheese slopes, 1x1 tiles, and myriad other little bits. Gotta look at size and mass.

this offering is easily the smallest modular to date, and they've added another $10 to the price this year. That's shrinking value.

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By in United States,

My comments repeated because my computer was lagging :/
My apologies to the comments section for this article.

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By in United States,

@ LegoPegasister2015: People get impatient and press the "post comment" button too many times.
I think the piece count is a bit unreliable, but we're talking about "all-exterior" vs. "both". I prefer interior details because it makes the building more realistic, even if they have to reduce the size to fit the price point.

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By in United States,

And yet they quietly increased the price by $10 USD again.

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By in United States,

@chrismajor2124 Judging by the other images, it looks like the woman with Black Widow's hair and the lime pants is a thief.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like a trip to the Lego shop on New Year's Day for me!!! I really like that the new modulars have a bit of a story line especially with Legos great sense of humour. The modular buildings maybe shrinking in size but I think the level of detail is increasing, personally I prefer attention to detail rather than sheer size.

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By in United States,

...where'd the picture go? the finished set does NOT have that much tan...

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By in United States,

Nope, it doesn't. The lighting in the pillars' ridges just makes it seem tan.

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By in United States,

Everyone seems to be in love with it but I find it pretty "meh". Architecturally speaking I think it is pretty vanilla and boring. I'm also getting a little tired of the modulars having staircases. I'm all for them if they make sense with the design, but they take up too much space that I think would be better used with an actual room or something.

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By in Australia,

First impression: must have! It does look slightly smaller than previous modulars but also appears to have more detail. The bank will keep all those City cops and robbers occupied. Love it!

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By in United States,

Lego makes bank!

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By in Ireland,

@vader11 The price is advertised 3 months before the set goes on sale. How is that "quietly" increased?

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By in Malaysia,

Hope to see more on the vault

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By in United Kingdom,

The vault's not very big - LEGO obviously bank elsewhere. :-)

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By in Ireland,

I like it, but don't love it. Certainly a big improvement over Detective's Office. I really dislike that there's another half-wall. For me, a big part of the appeal of these sets was how you'd render a real building in lego (as much as possible) and these "solutions" undermine that. It's still far better than the exposed exterior of DO. It's easily modded, but I wish that they'd include removable wall sections, or have the levels split lower than the floors if space is such a concern.

BTW: You might want to change the image to one that's colour corrected. The tan first floor exterior doesn't look as nice as the actual white.

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By in United Kingdom,

why are they getting smaller? I guess I can have 2 sides to my street, one side with the larger the other with the smaller.... but I do love it. however as someone edit the detective office to be larger, maybe this is something to do the same with?

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By in Australia,

I think it is great! But would like to see 'Brick Bank' on it somewhere... I like that they have some small modulars and hope they will continue to have the bigger ones as well... rather than uniform, makes them far more dynamic.

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By in United Kingdom,

Love it- just need to find the space for it! (being a tiny bit smaller does help, even if it will jar a bit next to the Town Hall)

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By in United States,

@AFOLlower: Keep in mind that all of the modulars have an identical footprint, so the only way this one will save space is if you have a low ceiling over it.

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By in United States,

I see a lot of comments about how the Modulars are getting smaller. If you look at the piece count, they are not trending smaller. I've heard the designer, Jaimie, talk about his overall design approach to apply more details into the buildings and interiors. I think this is evident if you compare the Pet Shop to more recent offerings such as the Detective's Office. These sets are not getting smaller (other than maybe their actual height), they are getting more detailed and the piece count is staying relatively steady.

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By in United States,

^ piece count is a poor judge of size. 1x1 tiles and cheese slopes are considerably smaller than 1x6 and 1x8 bricks.

They *ARE* smaller. that is indisputable. Just line them up next to each other and it is plain to see. As you state, there is a tradeoff as they are now considerably more detailed inside and out. Not everyone sees that as a positive change

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By in United States,

Size going down; price going up. Both bad trends

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By in Belgium,

Are those grey bricks on the outside of the ground flour "gold bars" but in grey??? LOVE IT!

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By in United States,

I so look forward to every modular. My first impressions:
1) It has a small footprint. Smallest modular yet (excluding MS).
2) When I look at it, it fails to get my attention. No way Jamie designed this.
3) The Laundry mat should stick out to give the structure some most needed depth.
4) The groove bricks on the corner look horrible.
5) I like the use of the zip line and cupcake top.
6) Windows look printed.
7) Love the Money laundering.
8) Like the colors of the laundromat, the rest is just blah.
9) The bley Gold bricks are connected to a 1x2x2 somehow. Is that a new snot piece?
10) Nice to see the elves pieces making an appearance.

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By in United Kingdom,

Why no designer video yet :(

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By in United States,

The facade is beautiful. I don't love the higher price with the smaller building though. Interior details are all great, but to make it that much smaller on the outside to keep it in the same general piece count is ridiculous. I liked the earlier-mid Modulars where it had SOME interior detailing, but not as extensive as the last few. Sure, the story can be fun, but I feel like I am spending more money for less. How is that a good trend and how come not everyone is waking up to it???

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By in Canada,

I've gotten the Pet Shop and the Detective's Office, so I'm keeping my interest within that narrow archetectural parameter. I initially thought this didn't fit, but the Laundry mat side actually does. Hm. Maybe I will want this for Birthday/ Father's Day afterall.

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By in Canada,

Great looking set, but the exchange rate is killing me at $220 CDN!

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By in Ireland,

Personally I like the trend of more detailed interiors. Yes the buildings are somewhat smaller but there is serious over reaction here. Some of the comments would have you believe these are micro scale compared to previous modulars!

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By in Netherlands,

Excellent!
These building are getting better and better!

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By in United States,

Ok. Serious question. I am very behind on buying the modular buildings, and was planning buying most. From what I have seen, they slowly retire these out in order from oldest to newest. Next on my list to buy in that order is "Pet Store" although I am the most underwhelmed by this. However, in looking at these, I saw that they have retired the Town Hall. Why did they retire Town Hall before Pet Store? Wow - then to see the vultures on Ebay for prices on Town Hall. Does anyone know where I can get a complete set of Town Hall reasonably priced. I do not need a box. Just the complete set with figures and instructions. Thanks.

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By in United States,

Town Hall was a poor seller, since it was unpopular and seen as too expensive. I was lucky enough to get it last year, and I like it, but it's generally unpopular.

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By in United States,

^^ I think Town Hall is way better than this bank.

BTW...Someone complained about the short wall on the first floor between the laundromat and the bank. I think they do that so people can actually stick their hands in that small room and put figures in there, movie pieces, etc.

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By in Canada,

str8clown1n doesn't look as impressive at first glance but it is many peoples' favorite modular. I recommend considering yourself lucky it is still available and pick it up a.s.a.p. Then go Palace Cinema, Parisian Restaurant, Detectives' Office.

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By in Netherlands,

I love this set. It looks great. I just don't get the chimney... I think it's a waste of space.

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By in Netherlands,

I love this set. It looks great. I just don't get the chimney... I think it's a waste of space.

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By in Czech Republic,

Perfect for the lego remake a movie "Hold-Up" (1985) with J-P Belmondo ! ;O)

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By in Canada,

What a great set. Definitely going on my wish list. Can't wait to see all the little details. As mentioned above I also like the little play features that have been added. My kids love playing with these.

@kasmca I hear you on the CAD's! Might have to look at sourcing this in the US...

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By in United States,

I seen this now listed with pictures on Lego shop at home site. What is confusing to me is several images show white bricks for top floor and others shows sand-yellow bricks. Which one is it white or sand yellow? Does anyone know for sure.

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By in United Kingdom,

There is even an oblique reference to the mystery machine set in the laundrette. The Daily Babbler tile on the wall is of the newspaper from Scooby Doo and shows the tree from the set.

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By in United Kingdom,

The bridge picture behind the bank counter appears in the Big Bang Theory set.

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By in United States,

Outstanding!!!!

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By in United States,

Looks like a great set.

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By in Poland,

Once again a smaller building for the same price that we paid for the bigger modulars..

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By in United States,

Actually, this is not the "same price" as previous modulars... it is $10.00 more than the Parisienne Restaurant and the Detective's Office which were both $159.99. As for the model itself, I like what I see. The Detective's office had an "animated" (not as serious) look to it whereas this looks very professional and architectural!! For those who have not gotten a copy of the Pet Shoppe I'd recommend doing so soon as I'm sure with this just around the corner the EOL is near for #10218. Personally, I've not gotten a copy of the Detective's Office and likely will acquire this bank model before doing so...

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By in Netherlands,

I love it. Great details. A nice addition in my Lego City. I would buy more than one.

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By in Malaysia,

I love it very much and I would like to own it. The details are nice and cool.

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By in Czech Republic,

Must have for me. I am curious about the outer color of the second floor though, some people say it is white and all those tan pictures are caused by a bad angle/light etc. However when you compare the bank with Parisian restaurant on last pictures (with the DO in between), the "white" of the bank is not that white as the snowy white of the restaurant. A new color then?

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