Review: 21310 Old Fishing Store

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You can always guarantee that there will be a level of anticipation when it comes to the release of a new LEGO Ideas set. After all, by definition at least 10,000 people must have been sufficiently motivated to log in to the LEGO Ideas website, vote for a project and fill in a brief questionnaire in order for an Ideas set to ever exist in the first place. That having been said, has there ever been a LEGO Ideas set which has been as eagerly anticipated as 21310 Old Fishing Store? Not by me, certainly; there have been a number of Ideas sets to date that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on, notably 21108 Ghostbusters Ecto-1 and 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V, but my enthusiasm for the Old Fishing Store exceeded even those. I’m therefore delighted to be able to bring you a review of the set ahead of its official release on September 1st.

Box & Contents

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The front of the box (above) features an image of the completed build superimposed on a coastal scene. The image is framed and presented against a backdrop of weathered sand green planks, with a fishing rod, reel and float thrown in for good measure. The top of the box features a full inventory of the 2,049 elements contained within the set, although this is partially obscured in my review copy by damage inflicted by the hapless courier who delivered it. The back of the box (below) offers, amongst other things, an exploded view of the completed build plus a number of smaller panels which highlight some of the interesting features of the set.

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The box is secured by tape seals. Box contents include sixteen numbered bags of elements, a tan 32 x 32 baseplate, and a single instruction booklet sealed in a bag alongside a small sticker sheet. The perfect bound instruction booklet is a substantial 276 pages from cover to cover. In addition to the building guide the booklet contains brief interviews with Robert Bontenbal, who submitted the original Ideas proposal for the Old Fishing Store, and Adam Grabowski, the LEGO designer who turned Robert’s design into a retail set. There’s also a 3-page inventory of elements and advertising for the LEGO Ideas website and a few of the currently-available Ideas sets. The inclusion of a sticker sheet (below) is unusual for an Ideas set; the sheet contains a total of 11 stickers.

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The Minifigures

The set contains four minifigures. The Captain (below, centre left) has what appears to be a new torso featuring an Aran jumper print. His cap, which has a Black Visor and Gold Braid Pattern, has only appeared once previously, as a part of the Series 10 Collectible Minifigures Sea Captain, while his head print with its grey beard, eyebrows, sideburns and stern expression has featured as a part of four different minifigures to date. The Fisherwoman (centre right) also appears to have a new and exclusive torso print, featuring a fishing gilet with multiple pockets and a couple of fly fishing hooks. Her dual-moulded sand blue and dark green legs also appear to be new, although her smiling headprint and her reddish brown hair featuring a ponytail have previous appeared as a part of many other minifigures.

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Similar to the Captain and Fisherwoman, the Fisherman (far left) sports what appears to be a new torso print, in this case the top half of a pair of olive green dungarees or waders. The print matches up nicely with new dual-moulded olive green and dark blue legs at the front and back; it’s just a shame that the olive green print doesn’t also extend out to the sides of the torso. The head print also seems to be new, although the dark bluish grey cap has previously graced well over 100 minifigures. Finally, the Child (far right) has a dark azure torso with a print featuring a hoodie worn over a lime and green striped shirt. This torso has previously appeared as a part of only five minifigures, but the head print, short light bluish grey legs and white cap have appeared much more widely. Below you can see the four minifigures from behind with their hair and headgear removed; all four figures have nicely backprinted torsos, although there’s no backprinting on any of the heads.

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The Build

The build is broken into seven stages. Stage 1 kicks off with assembly of the four minifigures, after which the foundations of the Old Fishing Store are constructed. The tan 32 x 32 baseplate upon which the store is built has only ever appeared in eight sets, most recently 10251 Brick Bank, while tan 2 x 2 corner tiles are only appearing in a set for the third time. A number of olive green elements make a welcome appearance during the build; 1 x 4 bricks are only appearing in a set for the fourth time in this colour, as are 2 x 2 plates, while olive green 1 x 2 masonry bricks are appearing in a set for the first time, and olive green 1 x 1 bricks have only appeared in three sets to date. The foundations, which incorporate a hidden spider and web, are reinforced by various arch bricks including a reddish brown 1 x 6 x 2 brick arch and a number of reddish brown 1 x 8 x 2 brick arches which are appearing in a set for the first and third time respectively. The foundations also feature reddish brown 1 x 2 x 2 bricks with inside stud holder which are appearing for the fourth time in this colour. The lower aspect of the store’s walls are made up of a pleasing mix of olive green, light bluish grey and dark bluish grey elements. There’s a nice rock effect at the base of the walls which is achieved via the use of a combination of light and dark bluish grey slopes including 45 degree 2 x 1 triple slopes and 65 degree 2 x 1 x 2 slopes. The area beneath the raised main deck on the left of the store is blocked in with a number of reddish brown 1 x 4 x 2 lattice fences, only previously seen in 10241 Maersk Line Triple-E in this colour; the fences are backed by black 1 x 4 x 2 panels which are only appearing in a set for the sixth time.

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The Old Fishing Store comprises a main building on the right together with a tower which emerges from an area of decking on the left. Stage 2 of the build commences with tiling of the decked area; this utilises some dark tan 1 x 3 tiles printed with a wood grain and 4 silver nails pattern which have only previously appeared in a single LEGO Batman Movie set, as well as a few dark tan modified 1 x 4 plates with 2 studs which are only appearing in a set for the fifth time. With the decking completed attention shifts to the main building. A couple of olive green 1 x 8 bricks are sneaked into the build at this point as part of an internal wall; this is noteworthy as this element has only previously appeared in one set in this colour. The floor of the main building is split into two levels which are connected by a short brick-built staircase; both levels feature tiling which employs a dark tan and dark green checkerboard effect. Pairs of 1 x 1 tiles are substituted for 1 x 2 tiles on a number of occasions, which is irritating for those of us who have a compulsion to ensure that 1 x 1 tiles are always neatly aligned…. A dark tan 4 x 6 plate is incorporated into a small area of decking in front of the main building. This element has only previously appeared in 3 sets in this colour, and it’s quickly covered over with reddish brown and dark tan tiles together with the first appearance in this build of a medium dark flesh printed 1 x 4 tile with a wood grain and 3 silver nails pattern, an element that has only previously appeared in five sets. More of these printed tiles are laid down as part of a ramshackle staircase leading up to what will be the main entrance to the store.

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The interior of the store starts to get some fixtures and fittings during Stage 3 of the build, including a counter made up of reddish brown containers and topped off with rare dark orange jumper plates. We see the first appearance of stickers at this point in the build; it wasn’t so long ago that stickers were entirely absent from Ideas sets, so their appearance here isn’t welcome. Next the walls of the main building are raised by a few bricks, predominantly with light bluish grey 1 x 2 and 1 x 4 SNOT bricks which will allow them to be clad with tiles later, and a side entrance and window, both with uncommon tan frames, are installed. The rear wall of the main building is hinged and can be swung open to reveal the interior; the outer aspect of the wall is decorated with a pearl gold tap first seen in 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, together with a pair of what appear to be pipes embellished with a couple of 1 x 1 printed tiles which represent pressure gauges. Attention then shifts to the tower section. The floor of what will be the tower is tiled with dark blue and medium dark flesh 1 x 1 tiles; the latter have only previously appeared in a single set. A desk made up of a reddish brown chest complete with medium dark flesh drawers is then installed; the chest and the drawers have both only previously appeared in five sets. The time has now come to start cladding the outside of the building. This is accomplished by way of sand green 1 x 2, 1 x 3 and 1 x 4 tiles; sand green 1 x 3 tiles are only appearing in a set for the fourth time. Some of the tiles are mounted on a single stud; this allows one end of the tile to be raised or lowered slightly so that it appears crooked, thus providing a run-down or ‘distressed’ appearance. Four flat silver fish hang from the front of the store, and a fifth is suspended above the side door.

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The walls of the building continue to the raised during Stage 4 of the build, and more interior furnishings are added. Reddish brown and olive green 1 x 1 round tiles, the former which have only previously been included in five sets, are used to top off reddish brown pillars around the perimeter of the building, and reddish brown spindled 1 x 4 x 2 fences are installed around the edges of the main deck. The fences are topped off with tiles, including more of the medium dark flesh tiles printed with the wood grain pattern mentioned earlier. Moving to the interior, a cash register featuring a printed 45 degree 2 x 2 slope is assembled and placed on the counter in the store, along with a number of other bits and pieces including a trans-black bottle, a nice-looking lamp incorporating a rare white round 1 x 1 tile with with bar and pin holder, and a light bluish grey 1 x 1 tile printed with a calculator pattern. A printed yellow 1 x 1 tile which looks like a Post-it note is placed on top of the cash register; this element is only appearing in a set for the third time. A white life preserver hangs from a dark tan modified 1 x 2 brick with studs on 2 sides that is only appearing in a set for the fourth time in this colour.

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A pair of light bluish grey 1 x 5 x 4 brick arches are combined to span the back of the main building, while at the front a main entrance which utilises the same tan frame and reddish brown door as the side entrance is installed, together with a front window. The front door is stickered with an ‘OPEN’ sign, and a flat silver fish is hung over the door. Red and white life preservers decorate the outside wall to the right of the door; the red life preserver is appearing in a set for the first time ever. Front, side and rear windows, all with tan frames, are then installed in the tower; the rear window is fitted with a trans-clear pane which is stickered with what looks like old newspapers. Lintels are constructed over the windows, and more SNOT bricks are laid down to further raise the walls of the building.

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One of the things which struck me about the set when I first saw it was the sheer volume of standalone accessories both inside and out, and many of these are assembled during Stage 5 of the build, although most of the interior accessories are only installed at the very end of the build. Accessories include a sizeable anchor, chests, crates in various colours including rare yellow and light bluish grey examples, boxes, barrels and old tyres. The numerous receptacles are filled with tools and other items ranging from minifig scissors and grappling hooks to flippers and sticks of dynamite. There are even a few crates containing lobster or fish on a bed of ice made up of trans-clear cheese slopes and 1 x 1 tiles. One of the chests is decorated with a couple of 1 x 2 tan tiles printed with a picture of a fishing hook which appear to be exclusive to this set, while one of the boxes has a lid consisting of a printed medium dark flesh 2 x 2 tile that is only appearing in a set for the fourth time.

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With a host of accessories now assembled, attention shifts to additional interior decoration in the form of pictures and maps represented by printed tiles, dark medium flesh nets only previously available in a single set, fishing rods, chains, red toolboxes only appearing in a set for the sixth time, a float incorporating a red 2 x 2 dome bottom brick only previously seen in three sets, diving gear, a lamp constructed from uncommon bright light orange elements, and a ton more besides. It has to be said that assembly and installation of the myriad of accessories plus all the interior decoration is time consuming and fiddly, and it can get a bit tedious after a while, but given that the alternative is a sparsely furnished interior it’s undoubtedly worth persevering.

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With the interior largely complete the remainder of Stage 5 can be wrapped up at a significantly faster pace. The walls are further raised, and the sand green-clad upper part of the hinged rear wall is quickly constructed and attached, after which the main building’s reddish brown gables are assembled in preparation for the addition of the roof.

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Stage 6 of the build is predominantly concerned with construction of the roof of the main building plus completion of the sand green cladding. It also heralds the appearance of a dark orange cat which has thus far been restricted to fewer than ten sets, and a trio of rather excellent rubbery seagulls which have only previously been included in a single set. A ramshackle canopy is attached at an angle over the front entrance to the store, and a printed 2x4 tile announcing “ANTON’S BAIT SHOP” is mounted on the canopy. The main roof consists of two sections joined together by a combination of hinged elements including dark brown modified 1 x 2 plates with a horizontal clip which have only previously appeared in six sets and medium dark flesh modified 2 x 3 tiles with 2 clips which have only previously appeared in five. Each roof section is made up of a patchwork of plates and tiles of various types and colours, a couple of which are stickered. These are arranged on top of reddish brown 6 x 16 plates which are only appearing in a set for the fourth time. The roof is held in place by gravity alone and I had occasional difficulties placing it correctly. A small chimney topped with a flat silver round 1 x 1 tile printed with a silver circle, which is only appearing in a set for the seventh time, is mounted on the roof, at which point Stage 6 is done.

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We’re on the home straight now, with only Stage 7, which involves finishing up the tower, to go. The tower is a very straightforward build, with the main point of note being the large number of sand green tiles used for the cladding – this set is a dream come true if you’re a fan of sand green tiles…. The tower is modular, with both the upper section and the roof designed to be readily detachable. The viewing balcony near the top of the tower utilises a reddish brown 4 x 12 plate which I was surprised to discover has only previously appeared in six sets. More reddish brown spindled 1 x 4 x 2 fences are installed around the edges of the balcony, with a pair of bright light orange crabs providing an unusual but appropriate decorative touch.

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The tower’s elongated pyramidal roof is a patchwork of black, reddish brown and dark bluish grey 45 degree slopes. It’s topped off with a weather vane featuring a light bluish grey cockerel which is only appearing in a set for the second time ever in this colour. The tower, and indeed the whole build, is completed by the addition of a white flag hanging out front and the construction of a nicely realised pearl gold telescope which is installed on the balcony. The telescope incorporates a number of pearl gold elements such as a round 1 x 1 plate with flower edge and a Technic 2L round pin connector with slot which are rare in this colour.

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As previously described, the entire rear wall of the main building is hinged and swings open to provide access to the interior (below). As you can see from the picture, I wasn’t joking about the huge number of accessories – there’s barely room to move in there! I suspect that most people who buy this set will do so with the intention of displaying it, but thanks to the inclusion of four minifigures plus all these accessories there’s no shortage of play value should you feel so inclined….

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The Verdict

I thought that the LEGO Ideas theme had probably peaked with the release of the outstanding 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V set earlier this year, but a mere matter of months later I reckon that LEGO has managed to raise the bar even further. The Old Fishing Store is a superb set – interesting to build, wonderful to look at, and an excellent parts pack to boot, containing a whole heap of sand green tiles, SNOT bricks and rare elements. It’s also a pretty faithful realisation of Robert Bontenbal’s original LEGO Ideas submission. The level of detail is amazing both inside and out, although the downside of this obsessive attention to detail is that construction of the accessories and interior is inevitably fiddly and time consuming, and may therefore end up being frustrating for some. No more frustrating than assembling a typical Modular Building, however, and in fact I found the Old Fishing Store to be as enjoyable to build and at least as accomplished as a Modular, which is pretty much the highest praise I can lavish on any LEGO set…..

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21310 Old Fishing Store will be available from 1st September at a RRP of £139.99 / US$149.99 / €149.99. Many thanks to the LEGO Group for providing Brickset with a review copy of the set. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

 

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57 comments on this article

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By in United States,

AMAZING REVIEW!!! This makes me want to buy 2 of them! One for display, and 1 for parts! Thanks Dr. Dave!!!

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By in United States,

Great review! Thank you! Day 1 purchase for us and that's our version of "high praise"!!!

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By in Czech Republic,

This is a great looking building! Too bad (realizing now) that there is not a hint of blue water base and some small fisher boat - then it would be even better

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By in United States,

I greatly anticipated Exo-Suit, but I'm an old Classic Space nut so a bit biased. This set is not for me, but it's a fantastic rendition and I can certainly appreciate it.

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By in United States,

Awesome review! I was sold on this set before and I'm sold even more now, if that's even possible. It's so crammed full of stuff it feels more MOC than set. I can't believe how many accessories they included in this thing. And sand green tiles...

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By in United States,

The level of care and detail put in this model is just amazing. I was kind of on the fence on it at first, but seeing this review it's going on my must have list. (This year is murder for my wallet...) I haven't gotten into the modular buildings much because, sadly, I can't afford everything, but this is one building that I definitely want in my collection.

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By in New Zealand,

Great review. I enjoyed building my Old Fishing Store almost as much as you!

This is a great set with an impressive parts inventory. Great selection of minifigure accessories have been included.

I love the Captain minifigure, for obvious reasons. Thanks for the link to Aran sweaters. At first, I thought his jumper was based on Royal Navy Submariners jumper pattern. The gold braid on the peaked cap represents a non-functional chin strap.

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By in United Kingdom,

I really can't see the appeal of this set. It looks like a second rate modular set to me, and certainly nowhere near as impressive as the Saturn V. I doubt there'll be any stock problems with this set (unlike the Saturn V).

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By in United Kingdom,

Stickers in an Ideas set? Very disappointing.

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By in Puerto Rico,

This is one set I will save to buy as it's mighty useful for any scene.

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By in United States,

Just bought Ninjago City two weeks ago and now I want this. Kill me.

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By in Canada,

Thoughtful review. Nowadays I'm appreciating being told how rare a certain element in a certain colour is more and more as I dabble in Bricklink orders. Sand green tiles will certainly be welcome in future MOCs.

This is the best set available in my opinion, even if destinys bounty and ninjago city are tempting. Closest thing to a castle-ish style MOC yet. Fingers crossed for those down the road.

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By in United States,

I'll be buying five of these in lieu of a UCS MF. Assuming the day one limit will be 2 though. Maybe just 2 of these and 2 Ninjago Cities. Now, just hoping that windfall I've been hoping for comes through by Friday morning. Has the designer posted any real life images of what he used for inspiration for this building? I'm curious where the real life waterline on this would be.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review! I can honestly and genuinely say that this is the first "day one purchase" for me. I am a very conservative LEGO purchaser, and even reluctantly skipped the excellent looking Saturn V for this Ideas set. Now just curious if it will sell out quickly like the Saturn V did...

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By in United States,

I'll definitely be picking this one up to add to my city's harbor. I think this calls for an epic lighthouse MOC to accompany it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review as always. I thought this set would be good but after this review and seeing the shear amount of detail and accessories makes it a must have!!! The only disappointment is the inclusion of stickers but I can overlook that.
I've just bought the London bus, Ninjago city and the Destinys Bounty, now this set and then of course the HUGE mystery set, (ahem, millennium falcon!!!), I'm going to be bankrupt but it's worth it!!!
I think this set will be popular but somehow don't quite see it being as in demand as the Saturn V is, I still feel lucky for grabbing one of those early from John Lewis and it was their last one!!!

PS: Small correction to the review, the Antons Bait Shop sign is a print, not a sticker!!!

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By in Czech Republic,

to Dieselville : as a matter of fact I talked to the UK LEGO customer care asking the same thing: is Saturn retired? They were quite taken aghast, not expecting such a question.. excused themselves to ask the product manager and two minutes later re-assured me that they certainly plan carrying on producing this set in 2018. Well, that is valid for EU region.. not sure how the Mexico plant would see that. But I believe that Saturn is definitely not yet gone. Not for long.

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By in Czech Republic,

To mrdoofa :

I wonder if the latest IDEAS project (another NASA Spaceship) could not stand behind all of that demand for the Saturn. Its been published before the Saturn went even online for sell. And in my opinion- it does look way BETTER THAN SATURN!

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks, @mrdoofa - corrected.

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By in Poland,

@ Sabreman64
Yeah, sure. This set is for connoisseurs. Saturn is for those fixed at phallic stage.

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By in Switzerland,

Oh wow. You are really enthusiastic about this set. I mean yeah, it's a nice house. But it's just that. A house. It's nowhere as exciting or great a set as the Saturn V, that is only available for like a day every time it's back in stock every now and then since it's been released. Sorry, but this set will be so overshadowed by a far superior ideas set this year, nobody will remember it in 10 years except for ...well, house enthusiasts

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By in United States,

Good review but it got a bit reptitive constantly saying this piece has only appeared in seven sets or eight in this colour before.
This is a nice set but it is no Saturn V rocket.

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By in Czech Republic,

mike978: I had the same feeling regarding the list of rare bricks.. perhaps.. this could be solved by some "colored bubble" (column) listing all the rarities?

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By in Poland,

Sorry guys, but what is the point repeating, that "it's not the Saturn V", etc.? Of course it is not Saturn V. We are not in kindergarten, we know the differences between buildings and rockets.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great review @DrDaveWatford. This was my first day one purchase, from Leicester Square last week and first fan signing event I've been to. The set looks just amazing and I'm really looking forward to the build when I get some space on the kitchen table soon.
I thought I really wanted Saturn V after seeing the reviews, but then I saw the finished set and its just a tall white tube, plus I got bored of waiting for it to come back into stock again. They had lots of copies in store last week, but I didn't give it a second glance. Old fishing store is definitely the best Ideas set to date.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for your review; I cheered when I saw it was up! My partner and I were just sitting comparing the pics here to the original Ideas submission, and it's really impressive how TLG have managed to be very faithful to it while making improvements.

I don't see much point in comparing it to the Saturn V in terms of its appeal (as for sales/difficulty getting hold of it, only time will tell) - some people like detailed buildings, some people like detailed spacecraft, and shockingly some of us even enjoy both. I feel we're in a golden age for Lego, and I can't believe there have been two Ideas sets in a row that I'm this excited about - three when you count Women of NASA, coming in December...

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By in Australia,

Saturn V for space nerds and the ole Fishing Store for fishing nerds. Me, I grew up sat on many a river or lake bank hoping for that special fish. Never saw the fun in looking at the stars and wishing I could go to the moon. I've been waiting for this set for close to a year now since it was announced and I'll be at the shop first thing in the morning, cash in hand. Great set, great review.

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By in United States,

Comparing Old Fishing Store to Saturn V is worse than comparing proverbial apples to oranges; it's like comparing Destiny's Bounty to Ferrari F40 or Disney Castle to Porsche 911.

Ideas is not a theme, it's a forum for fan creations. Saturn V is epic not only due to its execution but because it may be the most significant set ever from a historical perspective.

Old Fishing Store is a spectacular version of what I fell in love with as a kid, Classic Castle: great buildings for minifigs to exist in that light up my imagination and create a world of their own.

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By in Australia,

Brilliant set. Though not sure I want to pay $250 Australian for it. Especially when it's only US$150

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By in United States,

Looking forward to getting this set. Unfortunately it won't be a day 1 purchase since I still have to get other things first.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm going to the Lego store on Saturday, I hope they haven't sold out by then!!!

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By in Netherlands,

A great review, and this makes me want the set even more. It's a day 4 purchase for me (creditcard limit resets on the 3rd).

I'll join a few other though in asking if it's really necessary to constantly mention how often a part has appeared? I understand it's the reviewer's style and he's excited about all the rare parts, but it does take the pace out of the read and appears very repetitive. Would it be an option to mention the parts in a separate block of text?
No disrespect meant ofcourse, i appreciate all the work that goes into making reviews and posting them here, and i am happy that there are people who enjoy making them for us to read.

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By in United States,

I agree with others. This isn't even in the same class as the Saturn V. Not only is Saturn V a great build and looks fantastic, you have cross over appeal from so many other sectors beyond just Lego fans. This set might sell well, but the Saturn V is on a whole other level. It's unavailability is evidence enough of that.

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By in Japan,

Good review, and I am looking forward to picking this up as I love building... buildings.
One thing is that while I enjoy a certain amount of "this part has only been in one set" or so remarks, I thought it was just much here. I think "this part in only 1 or 2 sets" is fine, but giving a breakdown of this part in the color has been in 10 sets just got redundant. I understand that some people enjoy it, but perhaps just being able to list up at the end would make up for an easier read.

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By in Russian Federation,

This set is better on photos. In reality it's a mess like any other unreleased ideas set with 999 random pieces used for some scene in the set to be relevant. It's not elegant even for fishing store. It's too much in roof design ,inside main structure ,outside . Set is a real mess

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By in United Kingdom,

Very good review. I think the set looks great, I love the chaotic style of details. And those new torso prints look great too. No yellow skin (except the arms) so they are easily switched for fleshie heads and also easily switched for male or female minifigures.

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By in Czech Republic,

Thanks for mentioning that Aran sweaters pattern. I was digging some information about this and I had to order one from Aran Islands :-) This is something I was looking for.

The house is great and nice addition to my almost full range of modular houses. I hope that more houses from RobenAnne (Ideas) will be approved because he created full range of "water" related houses and all of them are great.

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By in United States,

Finally!! The long wait is over, death can finally take me…well as soon as I finish the build that is!

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By in Jordan,

This is probably the best Lego Ideas set so far in my opinion. I totally agree with ChrisChicken's comment, the Saturn V and this are too different from each other to be compared.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is one of those sets that looks fantastic but I don't really have any desire to own - it just costs so much more than I'd want to pay. I like the idea, but I'd almost rather see it as a £40 creator set than a massive collector's centerpiece.

That said, for some reason I desperately want the Sea Captain fig. I love his jumper, it looks so cosy!

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By in Germany,

Well, since everyone and their aunt Sally seems to think it necessary to juxtapose their personal opinion on a rocket with their subjective take on a house, I'll gladly reciprocate: While the Saturn V looks bland, uninvolving and boring, the Old Fishing Store is chock full of details, infinitely more intricately designed, much more interesting to look at and therefore a thousand times more appealing from an aesthetic standpoint. The Saturn V is ... long. That's about it. It is for the gigantomaniac, whereas the Old Fishing Store tends to the connoisseurs, those with an eye for detail, those who cherish the finer things in life. Just compare pictures of the two if you must, it should be pretty obvious. Hey, it's not exactly rocket science. :]

In summary, I'm afraid I'll have to agree with the "phallic stage" comment above. It's occurred to me as well and is about the only sensible explanation for this "phenomenon".
So there.

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By in Austria,

Sorry, but with all the information on rare parts, this review is a tedious read.

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By in Germany,

Just ordered mine at the German online store!

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By in Belgium,

Love this set and have just ordered it from LEGO [email protected] So it is a first day purchase.
I only think there is one flaw in the design. On the side of the shop there is this deck, from which some tires are hanging down. This suggests that a boat would be able to dock against the side of the deck (right?).
But for this to be possible there'd need to be water there. That water would flood the stairs leading up to the entrance, and possibly the entire shop.... Somehow this does not make sense...

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By in Czech Republic,

To ROBL: You are just too inspective. The whole appeal of the set is to give some "idealistic" feel of a sea cottage / house. That is also why there is the seagull (cliché) and other items. You just cant take it from every angle and criticize "there stairs are too small. or the deck is too small".

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By in United States,

@ROBL @crayxmp I had the same question earlier about where the water is supposed to be. I don't care, I still think it is a great set but in order to put it in to a larger diorama or add sets to it it'd have to be modified to make it water friendly. I think it is intended to be water at the front/dock side but the entrance would be at the top side of a hill. I.e. each side of the build is at a different elevation and taken separately as crayxmp alluded.
Similar to this on the dock side and entrance side: https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/new-england-fishing-village-1824861.jpg

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By in United States,

Thank you for the very detailed review. This set looks so incredible... with this and the Ninjago City set, LEGO is moving into MOC style territory with their designs, which makes me feel like I'm dreaming. The level of detail inside and out is ridiculous (love all those little crates with the lobsters), and the overall aesthetics of the structural design and color scheme are subtle and compelling. The figures are great too, especially the captain and the fisherman. I was planning on waiting for 2x points to get this, but I may just have to snap it up Sept 1 before it sells out...

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By in United Kingdom,

Hey everyone - it is available to order NOW at UK shop lego.com! Got mine ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

Me too!!

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By in Sweden,

Look so much better than the Saturn V and probably the best Ideas set after yellow submarine.

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By in United Kingdom,

Funny how fantastic sets like this bring out the worst in people commenting.

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By in Canada,

Thanks for the review!
I appreciate the details about the parts.
In fact, I'm more interested in pictures of new/rare parts (and construction techniques) than minifigs. One way to include details about parts could be a specific section, as it is done for minifigs

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By in Ireland,

Just ordered on the Irish site. I guess they anticipated the impact demand would have on server stability this time and released early.

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By in New Zealand,

@ ROBL

I thought the same thing when building the first stage. If you look at the first image of the build, above, I thought there was going to be a low water and high water level to a jetty. The foundation structure of this set replicates structures found under a wharf really well.

There is lots of room to MOC something up.

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By in United States,

Been looking forward to this set for a long while. Assuming the local store has stock I'm going during my lunch break tomorrow. Won't start building it right away though considering after 2 weeks I'm still only on the #11 bags of Ninjago City =P

(Also, the Saturn V looks OK but doesn't hold a candle to my 10029 Lunar Lander!)

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By in Belgium,

@crayxmp @willworkfortoys @FlagsNZ
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Appreciated. We have to keep our structures and minicitizens save and protect them from water. Have to ensure there will be no second Houston in Legoland. :-(
My thoughts are with the people in the south of Texas. Hope they have seen the worst and can start rebuilding lives and cities soon.

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By in United States,


I must admit it has been quite some time since I've purchased any set, much less an Ideas one, but this looks like a must-buy!

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