Review: 10255 Assembly Square

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Modular Buildings have become a highlight of the year for many LEGO fans and with very good reason. They offer spectacular structures, brilliant building techniques and a tremendous selection of different pieces which represent both the fundamental principles of LEGO products as well as the most advanced aspects of their design over the last decade.

2017 will mark the tenth year of the theme and this milestone is celebrated by the release of 10255 Assembly Square. The set contains 4002 pieces and is therefore the largest Modular Building yet as well as one of the most impressive based on the exceptionally positive reaction to its announcement in October. LEGO has kindly sent us a copy of the set so we can provide Brickset readers with an early review in advance of its worldwide release on the 1st of January.

Box and Contents

The box is far larger than that of any previous Modular Building and displays the model against a delightfully sunny background with the Creator Expert logo in the corner. A unique tenth anniversary icon has been designed for the packaging and it appears on both the front and back of the box as well as on the cover of the instruction manual.

The back of the box demonstrates many of the details which can be explored and shows the floors removed to reveal an extensive interior. 10251 Brick Bank and 10246 Detective's Office are shown for scale alongside 10255 Assembly Square and it is apparent that this set is far more substantial than either of its immediate predecessors.

The box contains 34 bags divided across six numbers as well as one 32x32 baseplate, one 16x32 baseplate, one 8x16 plate and an enormous instruction manual which is 308 pages in length. I was quite surprised to find that the manual is not packed in a bag as has often been the case in recent years, although it arrived in perfect condition even without additional protection.

Minifigures

Eight minifigures are included as well as a baby. They all share the same smiling face and are split between those who are designed to fill a specific role and those who are a little more generic. The packaging suggests that the woman on the left of the image below is a mother and an AFOL who occupies a small apartment above the bakery.

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The man wearing a plaid shirt seems to be a musician and the other characters are a florist and a photographer, with the latter perhaps being a friend of the artist in 10243 Parisian Restaurant. Each minifigure has some more printing on the back of their torso.

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The dentist features a new torso which is printed with a tooth emblem and some dental equipment while the barista wears a brown apron. This design has previously been seen in 60097 City Square while the neighbouring ballerina is sporting a white tutu which was first used in the fifteenth series of the Collectable Minifigures.

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The final minifigure works as a chef and he comes complete with a toque as well as printing on the front and back of the torso. This element was only recently updated so is still uncommon, appearing in just three other sets at the moment.

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A baby and a dog are also included. The baby looks absolutely adorable and this version is only available elsewhere in 60134 Fun in the Park - City People Pack while the dog, based on a Chihuahua, is seen in a total of four sets.

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I think this range of characters is sufficient to populate the set, although there is plenty of room for many more and fifty minifigures could comfortably occupy Assembly Square on an especially busy day!

The Completed Model

Assembly Square looks absolutely spectacular when completed, presenting a colourful model which is packed with details and realistic architectural features. The set is unusual among the Modular Buildings in that it is divided across three structures, although two share a party wall. They represent distinct building styles and the variety of different colours used for the rendering and brickwork is very pleasing to the eye.

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The back of the model is significantly less detailed than the front, as one would expect, but it still looks quite reasonable on the whole, with a nice combination of sand blue, sand green and tan walls which contrast with a green base. There was considerable consternation when the traditional green baseplate was retired in favour of a bright green version at the beginning of 2015 so I am sure the inclusion of green baseplates here will appeal to many buyers. 32x32 and 16x32 stud examples are present, giving this model a much larger footprint than any previous Modular Building.

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Two smaller models are also included and these can be placed on the pavement outside or taken indoors. The camera is brilliantly designed, with bellows behind the lens and a large flash bulb mounted on one side to replicate the style of photographic equipment from the early twentieth century. The tripod is also constructed very nicely and the model makes use of some interesting pieces including a pearl silver parabola, three dark bluish grey ball connectors and a 1x1 round tile with pin which has not previously appeared in black.

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The pram is also constructed using some interesting techniques as brackets are used to form an attractive curved shape. I like the red colour scheme and there is room for the baby to stand or lie down inside while a minifigure holds onto the handle at the back. There is plenty for the baby to see as they are taken around the square, most notable of which is a delightful fountain made using white parabolas which is topped with a metallic silver sphere. Curiously, the fountain is the final section of the model to be constructed but its octagonal base is among the first.

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White lamp posts are a consistent feature of Modular Buildings and this set includes two at the edge of the pavement. 2x2 tiles form much of the pedestrian area but these are accented by a selection of 1x1 plates as well as some new 2x2 corner tiles with an angled surface which appear in four different colours and tessellate beautifully to create some interesting patterns. A bijoux café occupies the building on the left of Assembly Square and its design is reminiscent of 10182 Cafe Corner as the awnings consist of white and yellow stripes while a radial sign hangs over the door with a coffee mug at its centre.

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However, these features have undergone substantial alterations since the 2008 set and now look far more refined in my opinion. I like the alternating colours of the teeth which form the valance of the awning and the tables underneath are equally impressive, with curved seats and a table design which is highly detailed despite using only three pieces. Potted plants are situated on either side of the door and this opens to reveal an equally detailed interior.

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The café contains just two tables and looks very cosy, with a pair of golden lampshades on the wall as well as wooden flooring and a decorative counter design. The cash register looks very traditional and the coffee machine behind the counter does not look particularly modern either, maintaining the rustic designs which have dominated the other Modular Buildings. Plenty of accessories are included too such as cups, plates and slices of pie which are printed on the new 1x1 quarter-circle tile. This piece also appeared in 41126 Heartlake Riding Club which was released during the summer but I am sure it will be new to most people.

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A minifigure can exit the café through a back door and this brings us into a small outdoor space which features a climbing plant as well as a narrow walkway through which one can return to Assembly Square. The walkway is covered by a pearl dark grey lattice and this has some more greenery growing on top which I like very much. Another door is hidden beneath the walkway covering and that opens directly onto a flight of stairs while the reddish brown door towards the left of the image below allows access to the florist which we will visit a little later in the review.

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The sides of Modular Buildings are often rather unsightly and that is certainly the case here as the furnishing inside results in a jumble of different colours. The lower section is not too much of an issue as that will be covered if the model is attached to another building but the upper section might be visible if placed beside some of the smaller Modular Buildings such as last year's 10251 Brick Bank. However, this is unavoidable without the addition of an extra layer of bricks and that would reduce the space inside so I think this less attractive angle is a worthy trade for greater interior detail.

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The view from the front is much more attractive, with tall windows surrounded by sand blue rendering which is formed using 1x2 grille profile bricks appearing for the first time in this colour. A window box filled with flowers is placed outside the angled window and this is held in place by turntables at the top and bottom. There is very little movement but it is worth noting that the window does not quite fit perfectly and its angle can therefore be altered accidentally, albeit only slightly.

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Each floor is separated by a row of dentillation, formed using 1x1 tiles with half circles in light bluish grey. They are identically designed but for the inclusion of a small balcony on the top level which is accessible through a glass door. This is mounted in an angled frame which is new for 2017 and it looks great, as do the carved stone eaves above. There is even more detail to be found inside.

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The first floor contains a music store which stocks guitars, both acoustic and electric, as well as saxophones and a drum kit. The acoustic guitar features some lovely printing and is very rare, having only previously appeared as an accessory for the Mariachi in Series 16 of the Collectable Minifigures. The counter is again topped with a vintage cash register and this includes a pair of new sloping elements which feature a flat surface on top. These are bound to prove useful and they also appear in white elsewhere in the set.

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A dance studio occupies the top floor and this seems best suited to ballet as a mirror is mounted on the wall with a pearl gold barre fixed underneath. The mirror element first appeared in 10246 Detective's Office and is truly reflective so I am pleased to see it included in another Modular Building. An upright piano is placed beside the stairs and this is probably the best model of the instrument yet which is saying a great deal as plenty have been designed before! I love the three foot pedals beneath the keyboard and the alternating black and white keys look great, using grille pieces to good effect as has become the standard for LEGO pianos in recent years.

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The roof is accessed by a third staircase which leads to an opening hatch. This is formed using a technique which may be familiar to some as the same elements represent a hatch in one of the alternative builds for 31026 Bike Shop & Cafe. A skylight allows plenty of light into the dance studio beneath and the rooftop features carved stonework around the edges, with a particularly attractive curved shape at the corner.

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The next building is the smallest but features some of my favourite details, particularly when viewed from the front. A pair of large flowers is mounted above the door and this is decorated with a flower-shaped doorknob which I absolutely adore. The flowers resemble tulips and each one comes complete with a bright green leaf, represented by a claw appearing for the first time in this colour. Racks of plants stand outside the shop and the pink awnings look great in contrast with the white of the wall at ground floor level.

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The upper level has sand green walls but only a sliver of this colour is visible as the windows are very large and the roof is dominated by two shovels which form a curved shape. I was impressed by this use of a Technic component when the first images were revealed but was also a little concerned that these would occupy a great deal of space. Fortunately that is not the case and I think the result looks tremendous, as does the architectural detail underneath which is created using a series of hammer accessories mounted on their side.

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The view from the side is less appealing. Much like the side of the bakery there are some strange patches of colour but these cannot be easily obscured as the florist does not connect to any other buildings on this side. Fortunately the colours are arranged in large blocks so do not look too bad, although it would still have been nice to see something covering the white area on the first floor.

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There is little detail at the back of the florist but I like the row of alternating trans-green and trans-clear windows which are included in reference to the colour scheme of 10251 Brick Bank. The window on the ground floor can be opened so might provide an opportunity for the burglars from last year's set to make another attempted robbery. The section of wall above the window is easily removed to access the interior as it is has a fairly high ceiling so would otherwise be difficult to reach.

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The interior is quite detailed, with a flower display in the corner as well as some prepared bouquets on the rear wall. A small plant is kept underneath a bell jar on the counter and a staff member can get to the cash register by lifting the wooden flap. The owner appears to own a parrot as a new bird with a mixture of blue, green and yellow feathers is sitting on a perch next to the side door.

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A photographic studio occupies the next floor and this is perhaps the most sparsely furnished room in the entire set, although the delightful camera discussed earlier goes a considerable way to make up for that! I like the roll of white paper against the wall and the white upper windows are also a great detail, representing partially retracted blinds.

10255 Assembly Square

The roof terrace is quite nicely detailed with a small outdoor kitchen and some equipment which is clipped to the wall. I like this area but find this blue chairs to be rather gaudy so would have preferred a more neutral colour which would be more in keeping with the traditional aesthetic of the rest of the model. I should also mention that the dark orange plant stalk has only appeared once before in 21128 The Village.

10255 Assembly Square

The roof terrace is accessed by a series of staircases which lead down to the bakery, passing through the dentist on the way. These look great and also serve a very practical purpose as this allows much more space inside which can be occupied by more detailed furnishings and minifigures. I like the wrought iron styling very much and also applaud the use of the relatively new bar connector elements to form the handrails.

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As at the other end, the side wall looks rather messy and the patches of dark bluish grey and white at the top are particularly irritating as they are left exposed when joined to some of the other Modular Buildings. As ever, it can be connected using a pair of Technic pins at the base and they line up perfectly so can be attached to any of the eleven Modular Buildings released over the last decade.

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The front of the bakery is one of my favourite aspects of the entire set. Rolling shutters are used to create the windows and each one is topped with a sloping roof in dark blue. A pretzel identifies the building as a bakery, although there are no pretzels to be found inside which is somewhat ironic. The light fixtures on either side of the window make use of acetylene torch elements which is a brilliant demonstration that almost every piece can be reused depending on your own imagination!

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Another of the new angled door frames is used for the front door to the bakery, although this one is cast in black so is consistent with the dark colours of the door casing. A curved step leads up to the door and it opens outwards, passing just underneath the inverted underside of the bartizan tower.

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The interior is densely furnished with a large counter, some shelving, an oven and a couple of displays which are shown in the windows. The rustic design looks great and I like the liberal spread of cakes and desserts which provide a splash of colour in contrast with the grey walls. The wedding cake is particularly impressive, using a Technic turbine element for the lowest tiers and even including a pair of tiny figurines to represent the bride and groom on top!

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The bakery also hides the only true play feature found in the set. Pushing a green plunger at the back will reveal some biscuits on a tray inside the oven. This is a neat little feature but its activator is rather obvious and detracts from the appearance of the model when it is viewed from behind. Perhaps this could have been replaced with a subtler switch design.

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Nevertheless, the function works very well and shows great attention to detail on the part of the designer as the baking tray would otherwise have been almost impossible to access. The door is hinged and there is a paddle clipped to the wall for moving food around inside the oven or placing it on the counter.

10255 Assembly Square

A dentist's office is found on the next floor and this can be seen from the exterior where the window is printed with a tooth emblem as well as the phrase 'prevents yellowing' in reference to the tendency of white LEGO pieces to become discoloured over time. Medium dark flesh tiles recreate brickwork and these are punctuated by light bluish grey 1x2 jumper plates to provide some additional texture.

10255 Assembly Square

The bartizan is undoubtedly my favourite part of the entire model. It presents a beautiful shape and makes use of the extremely appealing new brick with studs on two adjacent sides, allowing you to mount 1x1 slopes in a corner configuration as exemplified here. This will be very useful for other creations but is put to excellent use on this model as the colour scheme looks fantastic and the bartizan tower is unlike anything seen on the other Modular Buildings.

10255 Assembly Square

Dark blue slopes form the pinnacle and two decorative lattice windows are arranged around the base of the roof. The white finial on top matches the carved stonework on either side and there is a sculpted relief at the front which features a chicken!

10255 Assembly Square

The interior of the dentist's office is completely open plan which is rather unusual as the waiting area has a perfect view of the dental chair. Thankfully there is some reading material in a rack in front of the reception desk which will hopefully distract any nervous minifigures. A telephone is placed on top of the desk so inhabitants of the city can ahead call and make an appointment.

10255 Assembly Square

Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience but would be even worse if one were to find a truncheon hidden in a chest of drawers, perhaps for knocking out difficult patients! Fortunately that can be hidden away and the rest of the room is exactly as one would expect, with a sink fixed to the wall and a reclining chair. An articulated lamp is fitted above the chair and a table can be rotated over the legs of a minifigure.

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The final area to be explored is also one of the most interesting. A studio apartment is found on the second floor and this is obviously the home of an AFOL who has been collecting for several years as various sets are on display, notably including 10182 Cafe Corner, 10190 Market Street and 10185 Green Grocer.

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These are arranged on a shelf above the sofa bed and this really works as you can fold it into different configurations, although no pillows are included so it looks slightly plain when folded down to form a bed. There is also a small kitchenette which is complete with an oven, a sink and some cupboards, one of which is probably a fridge. A small bathroom is situated behind the kitchen and this contains a toilet with a high level cistern and a pull chain, designed much like the toilet in 75827 Firehouse Headquarters.

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The occupant has constructed a train layout which appears to feature the orange hue of 10233 Horizon Express as well as a tunnel and an area of water around which the track runs. They are also displaying 10181 Eiffel Tower in the corner and the box for 10182 Cafe Corner is resting on the sofa bed. This is printed on a 2x3 tile and it looks terrific, adequately celebrating the tenth anniversary of Modular Buildings in my view. You might also be able to spot 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van and 10242 MINI Cooper MK VII on a shelf near the back door.

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Overall

This is a tremendous set. I can never choose a single favourite Modular Building as my selection is constantly changing but 10255 Assembly Square is definitely another contender for the title! It is as detailed as any of the others and includes a thoroughly impressive selection of new pieces as well as plenty of interesting architectural features.

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The small size of the buildings may bother some people but this is quite typical of many European cities and I think it looks brilliant. The tip of the bartizan stretches 35cm high so this model is taller than many previous Modular Buildings and will look splendid on display. I am also satisfied that the price of £179.99 or $279.99 is reasonable and would therefore have no hesitation in recommending this set. Whether you are an ardent collector of the range or have never bought one before, this will certainly be a worthy purchase when it is released on the 1st of January!

I hope you have found this review informative. Let us know by liking this article and share your thoughts on the set in the comments below.

This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

66 comments on this article

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By in France,

superbe emsemble, combien d'euro pour la france svp ?

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By in Sweden,

Wow, thanks for a great and very detailed review! I really want this set now.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review Capn. I'll be adding this to my collection for sure.

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By in France,

@tomtomlolo: sûrement 300€ :(( . This is a beautiful and detailed model, love it. Hesitate to buy it but the choice is too hard.

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By in United States,

This is a fabulous review. I don't typically have "day-1" purchases with Lego, but I make exceptions for the Modular buildings. I'll be dropping by my Lego store bright and early on January 1 to pick this up! The details are just lovely -- especially the micro-scale train, the antique camera, and the wedding cake.

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By in United States,

Awesome review, as always!

In my opinion, the jumble of colors on the side of the wall make it look slightly grungy, like a building in a real city would look. That's just my opinion, though.

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By in New Zealand,

Fabulous review. This is a must-buy set! I love the awesome detailing, and they way these modular buildings have evolved over the years.

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By in United States,

Oh goodness, what a terrific set, and what a great review, thanks Capn! I will be in line waiting for the LEGO store to open on January 1.

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By in United States,

I've considered getting modular buildings in the past, but never have. This one though...is very tempting. Great review on a fantastic set!

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By in United Kingdom,

I love the set and will certainly be buying it on the 1st! I hadn't noticed the bride and groom figures on top of the wedding cake so that's a terrific detail.

Thanks for the great review!

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By in United States,

Wow! Excellent review. You've convinced me to buy this next year.

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By in Canada,

Thanks for the thorough review! Looks like it will be a fun build with all the various details!

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By in United States,

I'll definitely be buying - might wait until spring though.

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By in United Kingdom,

I really want to get this, but am worried it might be too tall for the space I have planned for it. Can you please give the set's dimensions?

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By in United Kingdom,

@The Wrights - It measures just over 35cm in height and 38cm wide.

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By in United States,

I want it, but will wait for double points.

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By in New Zealand,

An excellent review of what's an outstanding set! I'm amazed at the level of architectural detailing we're getting in these buildings. Fantastic techniques that really show the versatility that comes with an inspired imagination. And I totally agree that the bartizan is a quite brilliant piece of design and execution!

I'll be interested to see what the NZ price is for this. GB£180 is just NZ$320, which is pretty good. But US$280 is NZ$405, so less attractive if we're pegged against the US price. The thing is, I expect this will be priced at NZ$450 at the very least. I'll be very surprised if it's less than that and utterly astounded if it's anything like the UK price.

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By in Australia,

Looks great. But definately not a day 1 purchase for me. Too much of the same thing.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks, Capn.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review and well worth the wait (I have been impatient to read it for the last few days!) Looks like an excellent set and one I am looking forward to getting on January 1. My nephew is also looking forward to investing in one at the same time.

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By in Netherlands,

Great review, great set.

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By in Australia,

That's a great review. Gosh, what an amazing set. So many details.

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By in Netherlands,

I'm surprised by all the positive reactions of this set. I am a great fan of the modular buildings (I own all of them from the Fire Brigade on and I even Bricklinked the Green Grocer - in medium dark flesh btw...), but this one is really UGLY! It's like someone ate all the previous buildings, got sick and spit this one out. It's so pale in color. In fact, when you watch the designer video, you will notice that Jamie looks like he's not feeling too well, as the color settings of the video look very pale and sick (or is this a reference to the dentist?...). It's an interesting set for all the new pieces and pieces in new colors. But it just looks horrific. When you want to put too many things into one set, it's never gonna work. And what's up with the electric guitar in the music store? I thought the modular buildings were all a little bit in the 20's/30's style? And the drumkit with yellow cymbals? Come on! It's not like they're not available in gold... I'm a professional musician, so a modular building with a music store should be the ultimate combination, but this one I pass. It would definitely spoil my whole modular street. One advantage for me: because I skip this one, I was able to use my savings to buy the Sydney Opera House (10234), finding out that I was just in time before it got retired... So I am very thankful the designers messed up this Modular ;-)

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By in United States,

Can you start including extra pieces and new / rare / unique pieces pictures as part of reviews I always thought that was cool it is probably like 200 extra pieces with all the detail! Fabolous set amazing details. I might just get this and take it with me on my canoe! Oh what a signal that would be...

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for such a detailed review! :)

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By in United States,

Great review. I agree that the green cone for the oven play feature is a little odd. It seems to me that a good option would be to replace it with a medium stone gray tap (part 4599). Less obvious and then it just looks like a spigot, which would be much more natural...

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By in United States,

Great Review. Awesome set.

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By in United Kingdom,

The modulars keep getting better and better! If only I could set aside the funds to buy them, but then I also wouldn't be able to display them... Quite frustrating.

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By in United States,

Is that parrot a new mold? The back doesn't look as angular as before.

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By in United States,

I like how the Dentist's office is located right above the Bakery.
As if to say that people will surely get cavities from the sweets. :)

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By in Australia,

Brilliant review! A very tempting set.

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By in New Zealand,

^^ Dentist's chair above bakery ... hmmmm. Just a bit of a tweak and I see a Sweeney Todd MOC appearing in the very near future!

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By in United Kingdom,

@TeaWeevil - Yep, new mould for the parrot. Bit more definition than the old one, but co-injected and not printed.

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By in United States,

It's so beautiful. No words. And all that sand blue, sand green, medium flesh...

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By in United Kingdom,

Is this up on the uk lego shop yet?

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By in Serbia,

A must have set in 2017 for sure. Thank you for the detailed review and photos! ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

As an aside, it's a nice bit of trolling by Lego to include the Cafe Corner box. Look here's a set that you can only get for an obscene amount of money on ebay. Maybe it should have a Lepin logo in the corner.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks like an amazing set and can't wait to add it to my "high street" but might have to wait a couple of months after a Christmas present of Tower Bridge... hopefully be able to tie in purchase with a matching complementary small set that ties in - maybe a bus/tram stop? Super review - thank you! One thing - IMO I think a small brick built advertising billboard on the side of the florist would disguise the white panel...

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By in United Kingdom,

I've got all the modulars from the Pet Shop onwards and I'll be getting this as it's my favourite Lego series.

The only downer for me about AS is it feels a bit samey, when I first saw it I wondered if they've done it all. It looks a lot like Detective's Office, has similar layout with an alley and similar building features with the 1920s New York feel. All of the other modulars stand out with a unique concept but I don't see it with this one.

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By in Ireland,

Does anyone else think a couple of minifigure statues would have looked nicer on top of the wedding cake to represent the bride and groom? The simple studs are nice and old-school, but the availability of the "statue" pieces that can double up as figurines might have been better.

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By in Japan,

@mflinn_2056 If you haven't already been advised, check out New Elementary blog they do detailed parts reviews and recolours. As always Brickset, The Brothers Brick and New Elementary along with Brick Link as my go to favourites for all things LEGO (the LEGO store is a given!) Hope that helps.

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By in Netherlands,

@LukeSkywalker they probably did it for the colors, maybe there wasn't any budget for a recolor in black and print for both.

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By in United States,

Great review, however one significant detail of Assembly Square is that it contains as "easter eggs" architectural and detail homages to all previous modular sets. Therefore, a complaint about the roof terrace eatery's chair colours makes less sense when seen in light that the façade is the similar style or colours as the Parisian Restaurant that also used chairs in this colour for its outdoor seating.

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By in United States,

@AfterBeat: I agree with you on the cast colour for the cymbals, but as to an electric guitar I see no issue as the modulars regularly introduce anachronistic details, notwithstanding many "20s/30s" styling cues for many things. For example, coffee machine in the Pet Shop apartment and espresso machine in the Brick Bank. Even a self-serve laundromat didn't emerge till mid-20th century.

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By in United States,

This is a great review; not too long, not too short, and to the point. As some others have mentioned, it would be better if you noted the unique pieces and extras, but otherwise, I don't think there are any complaints. I also think that this would be a great Sweeny Todd MOC, but I'll leave that to the experts.

I'll try to hold off as much as I can to get this set, but I think it'll be a day one purchase.

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By in Canada,

Thanks for the review.
I love the shape of the buildings, the architectural details and interior details, and the interesting use of some parts. But I don't like the colors: far too much different colors. It seems a little bit 'random'. Also, I prefer a set with one 'building' (maybe 2 for this one), like Green Grocer, Grand Emporium, Ghostbuster set, etc. than a set with multiple buildings that are relatively too small for the minifigs, like the Assembly Square and the Pet Shop. In the latter case, I would be tempted to buy 2 sets and create 2 bigger buildings with more uniform colors . PS: Sorry for my english

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By in United States,

I will agree with many here. Definitely a great looking set overall. I do find it troublesome how tiny the buildings are, even if they are "accurate" to a lot of cities. They just come off as REALLY small. It works since there are 3 buildings in one set, but they probably could have tweaked it a little and did only 2 building and made it a little more substantial.

While the black iron stairway behind the building look nice, I don't like that the only access to the Dentist AND Apartment are through the lower buildings. This means, in order to go home at night, the apartment tenant has to go through the bakery, then through the dental office, then home. That makes no sense to me. I could see having a rear stairwell that would connect the buildings, but it would have to be from the ground up and would work better on the other side with the alleyway. I'll have to tinker with it, but I don't like that detail. Yes, it gives more room inside, but it isn't realistic. If we want stairs out of the buildings, why not do a dollhouse style building and remove all stairs anyway. That would give more room.

I think this is a late Christmas present for me, so I'll likely get it in January, but if I was spending my own money, I would certainly wait for double points. This is too expensive otherwise to spend full MSRP.

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By in Netherlands,

I'm looking to buy a second modular building, debating if I should get Parisian restaurant or this

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review; cheers Cap'n!

I absolutlely ADORE this set and can't wait until I can afford it. May be a while though, as I just forked out for the Sandcrawler before it retires!

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By in United States,

@AfterBeat @quixotequest: Yeah, the idea that the modular building sets are specifically set in the 20s and 30s has never been more than fan speculation. In fact, arguably, it's been obvious since the second year of modular buildings that they were set in a more modern time period — the Green Grocer has floor-length glass-door coolers, which I don't believe existed in the 30s.

It drives me nuts when people nitpick modular buildings based on these sorts of assumptions that never had any substance behind them. It's more realistic to say that the Modular Buildings depict a historic neighborhood in the modern day.

The cymbal color is probably because gold 2x2 radar dishes are currently out of production, and the LEGO Group wanted to focus their budget for recolors on other, more important things. Even if LEGO has produced a part in a certain color in the past, that doesn't necessarily make it any cheaper to put it in a current set unless it never left production.

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By in Czech Republic,

Great review, thanks! Now, let there be Sunday, let there be Sunday, let there...

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By in Canada,

Realistically, could an AFOL live in a studio apartment? I guess they'd obviously need a storage locker.

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By in United States,

^ The studio apartment is for the Lego :)

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By in United States,

Surprised there isn't a unique printed brick saying the set is the 10th anniversary, there is one for the Technic line..

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By in United States,

When I first saw the set I thought that the AFOL was only babysitting, which was how she could afford all that Lego, not to mention having a "permanent" Lego train set up

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By in United States,

@ Aanchir: Yes I think your view makes most sense—notwithstanding the design of the two automobiles in the Modulars collection— to see them more as a historical district of a modern city. I saw this while living in Spain all the time: vintage items — even things like cash registers — alongside modern equipment, technology or otherwise.

I also didn't know the gold parabola is out of production as I just bought six of them on Bricks and Pieces a few weeks ago in order to make velvet ropes & stanchions for my Palace Theater.

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By in Netherlands,

Can't Lego make a police station or something with those curved window pieces? Than they need to make a glass insert! Oddly the modulars are the only place where a pane is needed for those parts.

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By in United States,

Wow. The back of these buildings are way to bland for me. I also agree with the statement made above me that it is not realistic to use the fire escape as stairs. I'm still planning on getting this, but there will likely be some major modifications to the back. Other than that, this is a great set.

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By in United States,

I am torn between buying this or the Lego Ewok Village... I've heard rumors that the ewok village will retire soon, and I love star wars, but this just looks so amazing. Any suggestions?

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By in United Kingdom,

Is no one else in the UK who wants this set concerned that it doesn't appear to be on the Lego shop website anymore? Infact, if you look there is nothing on there with a 1 January release date which makes me wonder if there are stock issues. It's on the US site but not ours. I'll be sad if I can't get it the day it's meant to come out!

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By in Italy,

They removed it because of people asking to buy it earlier...so don't worry, we'll be able to buy ours tomorrow ;-)

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By in Netherlands,

Just bought one for EUR 259,99 in the NL Lego store! Me happy :-)

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By in United States,

Wow! This set is almost $60 cheaper in the UK than in the US, and the UK price includes taxes. That's a 27% increase in price for US consumers, and many of us have to add an extra 8-10% on top of that for sales tax. Normally the discrepancy is not nearly this high, I wonder why it is so drastic with this set?

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By in Netherlands,

Ordered one on NL store, but status says 'under review'. Does anyone know what that means?

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By in United States,

Currently on back order in the US. @Brickmiser There's your answer. It is higher in the US as people will pay no matter what, apparently!

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By in France,

ensemble acheter 259.99€ en france. resultat superbe

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