10260 Downtown Diner revealed

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Downtown Diner

Downtown Diner

©2018 LEGO Group

Here's the press release for the next modular building:

10260 Downtown Diner, 2,480 pieces
US $169.99 - CA $219.99 - DE 149.99€ - UK £129.99 - DK 1399.00 DKK
Available from 1st January, no VIP early access.

Discover a place where music is on the menu!

Drop in at the LEGO Creator Expert 10260 Downtown Diner, where you’ll discover a healthy portion of fun and surprises. This impressive model features removable building sections for easy access to the detailed interior, which comprises a ground-level 1950s-style diner with a large curved front window, red bar stools, jukebox, counter and an open-plan kitchen.

The mid level has a gym with boxing ring, punching bag and weight training room, while on the upper-level you’ll find a recording studio, complete with vocal booth, mixing desk and a refreshments cabinet.

The facade of the building features pink-and-teal Streamline Moderne styling with a large ‘DINER’ sign. Other external features include arched windows, balconies and a staircase, plus a pink convertible car and a detailed sidewalk, complete with mailbox, parking meter, flowerpots and a streetlamp.

This incredible collectible toy has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm. Includes 6 minifigures.

  • Includes 6 minifigures: a chef, waitress, boxer, rock star, manager and a bodybuilder.
  • The 3-level Downtown Diner comes with an array of brick-built details, including a detailed facade with pink-and-teal Streamline Moderne styling and a large ‘DINER’ sign, external staircase, arched windows, drainpipe, balconies, decorative roofline, opening skylight and a rooftop terrace, plus a detailed sidewalk with a mailbox, parking meter, flowerpots and an ornate streetlamp. This set also includes a pink 1950s-style convertible.
  • Ground level features 1950s downtown American diner styling with a large curved front window, red barstools, benches, jukebox, candy machine, counter, 2 soda dispensers, and a kitchen with a coffee machine, stove and a cooker hood.
  • Mid-level features a gym with a boxing ring, punching bag, weight training room, water dispenser and a wall clock.
  • Upper level features a recording studio complete with vocal booth, soundproofed walls, mixing desk and a refreshments cabinet.
  • Take a ride in the stylish convertible and head for a diner where fast food and music are on the menu.
  • Help the chef prepare the fastest food in town while the roller-skating waitress lines up the orders.
  • Drop in at the gym for a couple of rounds in the boxing ring or a good workout on the punching bag.
  • Open the skylight and eavesdrop on the making of a hit album.
  • Accessory elements include roller skates, guitar, golden record award and a buildable barbell.
  • Remove the building sections to access the detailed interior.
  • New decorated elements include a decorated door, album cover, lots of teal-colored and pink-colored elements, and a dual-face minifigure with singing and smiling expressions.
  • Special elements include new flower stalks and flower heads, plus 1x3 ‘jumper’ plates, 2x2 plate with 2 studs and a minifigure torso with boxing gloves.
  • Measures over 13” (34cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.


From a UK perspective the price seems very fair indeed and having just checked at xe.com, the UK, Canadian and European prices almost exactly match the US price, within a few dollars. Only Denmark is getting a bad exchange rate, equivalent to about $223.

So, what do you think of it? Assembly Square is a hard act to follow but this one looks at least equivalent in terms of interesting details and building techniques.

You'll find a full set of images showing the set's gorgeous details on the set details page.

 

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171 comments on this article

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By in Puerto Rico,

What happened to the plain smiley faces?

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice! I'm surprised at how annoyed I am that they've got rid of the classic heads for the minifigs though!

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By in United Kingdom,

Very excited... and reasonably priced, phew!!

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By in United Kingdom,

It just doesn't "feel" like a modular - colour palette, non smiley faces and a non-complicated roof build.

I'll still buy it though

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By in United Kingdom,

Thank you for the comments about the vehicle. I've removed that statement from the article and deleted them as they are now superfluous.

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By in United States,

Really great looking set. My long standing "issue" with the modular buildings, though, has always been that there isn't a cohesive architectural style or era. Some are heavily inspired by European architecture, some seem heavily American. You have buildings that seem to feel 1950s, and others from the 20's or earlier.

And I agree, a strange digress to go from 10+ years of plain smiley faces to the newer style. Easy swap, but still a strange choice.

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By in Netherlands,

Incredible how LEGO equals or even surpasses each previous modular when it comes to originality and design! Day one purchase!
(However, I prefer the minifigs to have the standard smile.)

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By in United States,

I love it. Many cities have a mix of architectural styles, so the variety doesn't bother me. I think as a whole it's more cohesive than Assembly Square.

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By in United States,

As a huge fan of Moderne Streamline design, I'm pretty stoked! There is a nice balance of detail with overall design, and I love the little nods such as the 'Elvis-like' character with the pink "Cadillac."

Ladondorf: perhaps after 10 years LEGO is taking the modulars into a new era? (The Post-Smiley Era Modulars?)

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By in United Kingdom,

I feel like the building would have looked better if the diner was built fully around the corner of the building. Although we don't need another corner modular I think it would have looked a lot better.

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By in Germany,

Flippin' ace! And only a couple of EUR more than the GBP price too! :-)

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By in United States,

If only I had a Back to the Future Delorean to park in front of it!

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By in United States,

@one wag: What do you mean by noncomplicated roof? The SNOT construction of the arched section is fairly complex, as is the completely inverted detailing along the roof line of the tan section.

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By in United States,

My god. It's beautiful.

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By in Canada,

Absolutely splendid. Loving the story of each floor. Would look best as a corner building IMHO. I could have done without the car, but it does fit in as wunztwice wrote.

Definitely going on the wishlist.

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By in Sweden,

I like this one! One problem, no smiley faces?! The car looks cool and I like the Miami 50s style. It seems like I think the opposite to @BigDumbWookiee, I really like that the modular buildings are everywhere from time and space!

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By in Hong Kong,

Just my personal view, but I think it looks pretty ugly from the outside. The interiors evoke the era of 50's US style diners etc. nicely but the exterior is a strange mish-mash of styles. "Streamline Moderne" it definitely is not!

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By in United States,

- I like the reveal of the arches over the windows. A nice touch.

- Liquor cabinet in the recording studio would make Don Draper proud.

- I have to agree this would probably be better as a corner building.

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By in United Kingdom,

Easy miss.

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By in Austria,

This would've worked way better as a corner building. Not a fan of the car and the window fences.

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By in United States,

It may or may not be my favorite Modular, but I like it. Mostly, I'm glad it's not $300 or something.

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By in Poland,

The diner looks stunning. I waited long for the official release. It’s almost a corner building because it looks good from 2 sides. And the vintage feeling is very nice!

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By in Germany,

I for one like the new faces. Especially the boxer looks so much better than with a plain smiliey face!

The architecture, well, Streamline Moderne, alright, and it does look nice and something different, but then the tan section shouldn't have that elaborated cornice, if I'm not mistaken. (I'm not really an expert in architectural theory, though...)

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By in Poland,

Now everything is confirmed and we don’t have to rely on low quality leaked photos or rumors. Now I can finally relax!!!

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By in Norway,

Very, very nice! Well done (again!) Lego! Only miss the classic faces but as others have mentioned it`s a ewasy swap. Day 1 purchase for sure!

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By in United States,

Beautiful! This and the Infinity War trailer made my day.

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By in United States,

@BigDumbWookiee: I can definitely understand why LEGO made the choice to switch to more detailed faces. When Assembly Square came out I saw a lot of comments on Facebook from people complaining about how the minifig faces were so basic and didn't figures from other sets. For people who grew up on sets of the 80s where plain smiley-faces were the norm, sure, they added some nostalgic value to the sets. But a lot of AFOLs nowadays either grew up with more detailed figs, or only got into LEGO as adults. And you know how a lot of AFOLs see stickers in high-dollar sets as unacceptable cost-cutting? That's how generic faces might seem to AFOLs who don't have that kind of childhood nostalgia to associate with them.

Overall I'm so excited! Gorgeous colors (including one that for a long time I thought was gone for good), gorgeous techniques, gorgeous architecture, and even a gorgeous car! Great to see the modular buildings continue to evolve and explore new creative territory!

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By in United States,

I like how there bringing back turquoise!
My wallet is dying in 2018 ( :

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By in United States,

Definitely getting this one.

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By in Russian Federation,

It looks amazing

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By in United States,

Very nice modular. I've been waiting for an old 60's Diner for a long time! This looks pretty solid.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like this especially the cadilac style car, and the way the diner letters have been constructed,
My daughter would love this for her friends minidolls,

Just looked at the interior also looks great the upstairs work out room/ boxing ring caught my eye..

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By in United States,

It took as long for non-standard faces to appear in modulars (2007-2018) as it did the non-standard faces to appear in system sets (1978-1989).

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By in United States,

Who else wants to build this while blasting a rock-a-billy play list in the background? ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

Hmmm - honestly not sure how I feel. Certainly miss the simple happy faces and feel they helped make the line a bit more special than other sets. Also not sure how it "fits" in with the other sets (aesthetically as well as physically with the exposed stairs) and I definitely could have missed the car - the limo from the cinema is parked behind the street in my display and I guess this one will do the same. I appreciate they have tried to do something different and like the price, the diner and gym and how I can recreate nighthawks by Hopper but its does look a bit small on the inside and the colours? I'm not sure. Maybe it will be a grower....

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By in United States,

I am eagerly awaiting the designer video.

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By in United Kingdom,

In my opinion this is a very sad set for a modular! Especially when you look at the detail on the older ones! Think I will give this one a miss.

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By in United Kingdom,

This will be ordered on Jan 1st just as I did for assembly Square - the 2nd and 3rd levels are even better than I was expecting, love the spiral metal staircase. I add additional generic figures to the sidewalk so the new faces won't look out of place anyway... If they bother you just replace them with plain smiley faces. Only uncertainty is how it looks with adjoining buildings

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By in United Kingdom,

NICE ???? I might get this if the price comes down !!

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By in Netherlands,

I love how different it looks from all the previous modulars. Fantastic! Beautiful addition to the modular line.

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By in United States,

Neat! It looks a bit smaller than the others, so maybe it'll be cheaper? Also, the fact that all the minifigs have unique faces and not smiley ones makes me even more interested. My wallet is not interested, however.

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By in United States,

This is art. I hope there's a designer video so that I could understand what inspired all the design decisions that made this set possible.

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By in Germany,

I have waited all the year for a new modular building and now they expose this???

So sad about it.

- The replacement of standard Smiley faces is disappointing. At least the could have added some simple Smiley heads officially as an addition for the collectors to swap between them. When displaing I will leave all figures inside the house for sure...
- It does not fit into the other buildings. I have all of them since Cafe Croner and I don't know where to put it in between
- Car Looks nice but when I buy the modular houses it is all about the building. LEGO, please leave those cars and make a piececount for the building! (fire brigade car was an exception)
- The antenna serves as an Alibi to make this whole thing look bigger....
- The left side of the building looks so unfinished. They could have made the house a bit wider so it could have some locker rooms for the sporty woman and the boxer for example...
- The Music Studio Looks like a filler to me
- The outside of the main part of the upper building Looks ugly, especially the Grey Stones above the Windows and this dark yellow tone of the bricks. The Colors somehow don't really match for me with the rest of this building

At least there are also positive aspects....

+ Looks like there are no Stickers and everything is printed (Biggest + on this whole thing)
+ Price is ok
+ Car is nice but as mentioned abouve it is all about the house
+ Boxing ring and interior of diner, expecially Music box, are looking fine, nice bulding techniques

To sum up LEGO could have really come up with something better than this.
So many modular line fans are asking for a Long time for buildings like a Post Office, a School or a Doctor/Hospital (Don't come with the small Dentist room in Assembly Square...). Why don't they listen to them??????
If it wasn't for the fact I have alle houses so far I would like to pass on this one.

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By in Germany,

Some guys over at Eurobricks thought there were no single removable floors anymore. The saw it with their "eagle eyes" on the leaked pic. Hmmm, maybe sometimes they should calm down with their dystopian views.

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By in United States,

The modular buildings make quite a colorful and stylistically diverse skyline and I think this adds more to that already, I personally don’t care about the classic smiley face being replaced as I already have a lot of non smiley face minifigs inside and outside my modulars and if anything the variety adds more interest in my opinion.

The only thing I don’t like too much is the car and more specifically it’s proportions, nothing that some simple modding can’t fix though.

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By in United Kingdom,

As someone who buys to enjoy the build and thinks the figs are a nice bonus addition to sets instead of the selling point, this is a really nice looking set and one that has been added to an ever growing list of sets to get in the near future.

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By in United Kingdom,

Day one purchase for me! :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I appreciate that LEGO is branching out into different architectural styles. The easiest way for something to get old is by having it stay the same as time goes on. It's not everyone's cup of tea but it's certainly different so I respect this decision.

I'm gonna assume the aesthetic came as a result of the fact that so many new curved parts have been introduced into the lego system over the past few years, and they wanted to create a building that incorporates as many curved parts as possible.

Though I miss classic faces. For me, the classic face suggests an almost premium quality to these sets.

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By in United States,

It's gorgeous, but I agree with everyone else about the faces. I must say for everyone attempting to buy minifig heads on bricklink, you might have a hard time. I did so for my bricklinked cafe corner and market street, and the standard head is not very common. I would expect it's availability to diminish after the release of this set, too.

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By in United States,

He should not be spotting her while wearing Boxing Gloves. That was the first mistake.

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By in Belgium,

I like the new faces. I love populating my modulars with CMF's and have even been known to change the heads of the classic ones (I know, some of you won't like that one bit). Maybe @Aanchir has a point since I'm an AFOL from the last 3-4 years and have never liked it.

Don't mind different styles either, I love variation in my city! As long as it's fun to build I'll be there :)

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By in Czech Republic,

I need it!

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By in Germany,

Looks pretty nice, the faces are a bit disappointing. I always considered those part of the charm.

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By in United States,

I know how my Christmas money will be spent! She is a beauty! Also the new faces don't bother me a bit, as the vast majority of my town's population has more decorated faces anyway.

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By in United States,

I’m upset about the use of non-smiley faces. Other than that it’s awesome and as a Miami native love the Miami-inspired look. I am not bothered that it’s different from the tigers - every modular is a very different design from a different region and era.

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By in United States,

Loooove it.

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By in United States,

So good. Love how complex the design is - not just a straight up building, the same way Parisian Restaurant wasn’t. The front window is just crazy...but $170 is out my budget. Oh well.

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By in Sweden,

On first view, it looks rather 'small', nearly more like the Creator 3-1 'sub-modular' line. On a more closer look (e.g., looking at all the other images), it's full of great, interesting details, both in terms of construction and play features. I think it's fantastic overall!
I must say though that I don't really like the car. I don't mind the color (I wanted a pink Cadillac instead of the London bus as this year's big Creator vehicle :) and it's also quite detailed, but somehow to me the proportions look off.

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By in United Kingdom,

I collect the modulars !
DISAPPOINTING. UGLY. And WHY??
Of course I'll buy but only to keep up the collection. It doesn't fit in with the others. 12 months waiting and we get this. Think I will leave unopened and stored away ??

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By in United States,

This looks great!
Even though. I was hoping for more Ninjago city style architecture.

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By in United Kingdom,

One word: TEAL!!!

Also, the face swap should be an easy task for an AFOL if need be.

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By in New Zealand,

I assume the reasonable pricing parity won't extend any further than the US/Euro zone. £130 is currently a smidgen over NZ$250, but my guess is that we'll get stung with a $300 price tag.

Bearing in mind that the set is a bit of a cop-out on size - the balcony/canopy conveniently reduces the footprint to that of a corner building - I can only see this being bought when there's a decent discount available.

But other than the size issue and the expected price issue .... yeah, great set! Ish. With caveats.

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By in United States,

ugh, not a fan of the styling! oh well that's $170 saved for other things

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By in United Kingdom,

It looks like a fantastic addition to the modular range. Despite being from the UK I have a great fondness for the US 50s Streamline Modern aesthetic so this one is right up my street! I love the look of the DInER sign (even if the lower case 'n' is a little awkward) and the curved glass frontage is spot on. I'm impressed by the new techniques used to hide the floor joins far more effectively than on previous modulars. I think the Cadillac is a fun addition but then again I liked the PC limo so what do I know?!

All the interiors look good but I'm particularly pleased with the radio/recording booth. I spent a brief time as a radio DJ and from what I can see it looks a pretty good impression of a real studio.

My main concern is how it will fit when backed up to other modulars, the picture on the back of the box it looks very awkward next to AS. This is mainly because of the white/pink/turquoise awning that runs all the way around to the back being one long strip (how would they pint the side up against the next building?). Looks like it was planned to be a full corner modular and this was changed late on in designing.

As for the new faces, yes it is disappointing but they are easy to swap out.

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By in United States,

Nope.

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By in United States,

I like how the Modular sets help one appreciate the construction of various architectural styles, so Streamline Moderne making an appearance is fine with me. It also makes me think of visiting Americana Retro restaurants in Europe like Mel's Diner in Spain— not merely visiting Miami or LA.

But the "DINER" sign doesn't quite work — I think it is way too big and garish— and the main tower would be better in white with more subtle accent choice (brick yellow?) than teal or pink. But overall I like the better integrated wrap-around windows than Ninjago City's treatment. And I don't mind teal and pink showing up on diner restaurant level's interior.

I'm also pleased with the new era of Minifig faces for the Modulars—though an occasional character with the classic face could still work.

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By in Germany,

At first glance, possibly the best modular building since Parisian Restaurant. Looks really nice!

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By in Serbia,

The car is absolutely horrendous, as is the case with all modular vehicles. I'm guessing that Jamie designed the set. The building is beautiful but vehicles obviously aren't his thing.

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By in New Zealand,

In 1931 there was a devastating earthquake in Hawke's Bay on New Zealand's North Island east coast. It was centered 15 km north of Napier.

The rebuild that took place in the aftermath occurred during the rise of Art Deco architecture as a style. Napier is now considered the Art Deco capital of the world.

This diner is going to fit in nicely between more conservative architecture styles of the adjacent modular buildings.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/earthquake-helped-turn-city-art-deco-capital-world-180958081/

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By in United States,

I foresee some nice Fallout mocs incorporating this set

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By in United States,

Yes please! The first thing I thought about when I saw this was the Back to the Future diner.

I am perfectly ok with the different architectural style. There aren't too many cities that don't have at least one or 2 odd-ball or throwback buildings. I'm also good without it being a corner building. 4 corner modulars is enough for now in my opinion.

I'm also good with the non-smiley face minifigs. The boxer has MUCH more personality with the big mustache to match his hair than he would with just a plain smile. I'm sure most folks have plenty of boring smiley faced heads in your collection. Just swap them out if it is that big a deal.

I would prefer to see a little more window treatment in the tan section but I understand the focus is the 50's diner and they probably didn't want to take attention away from that. The jukebox is a great little build.

Between EP8, Batman movie sets and this, Jan 1 is going to be a heck of a shopping day.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is looking amazing. Kudos to Lego again for another great set

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By in United Kingdom,

Well, what a nice surprise from LEGO on this gloomy and cold afternoon! I saw a picture of this set over a week ago (just an exterior one), and I couldn't wait for this set to be announced, mainly because the non-plain heads on minifigs looked "suspicious".

But,I tell you now, I love this set already! Such a nice colors, and after seeing the interior and the pink "cadillac" I wil ldefinetely buy it! The non-plain heads actually looks way better as they help reflect the athmosphere and look of the era even more in my opinion.

I just hope I will have some spare cash on the first day of January,but it will be a miracle considering I just bought a Bank (-20% offer) and Palace Cinema (retiring)...

Well done LEGO, another great modular!

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By in United States,

Also, at less than 6 cents/part in the U.S., this is a great value as well.

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting to read the differing opinions on this. If I saw this at a AFOL show I'd be impressed as it's nicely done but something felt 'off' when I first saw it. Didn't know if it was the styling or design but didn't shout 'NEW MODULAR' to me. Now realised it's partly the lack of classic smilies (easy fix) but it also does feel smaller or less grand than some of the previous offerings. That feeling may change with a designers video.

And what's up with the boxer's hairstyle? Is that an in joke or reference I'm missing?

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By in United Kingdom,

Lovely.
Definitely getting one.
But maybe not more than one. :)

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By in United States,

I like it, but I think this is the first modular that feels like the parts are greater than the whole. There is so much ingenuity in the design and layout that I want to love this. However, something about the beige facade... or is it the (when attached to another modular) darkened alley... or is it the narrow teal curve apex... feels wrong.

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By in United States,

Buying 2 of these and doing a "mirror" build on the second with the 2 arches side-by-side would be a nice model. I would connect the white trim in the front to make it smooth and perhaps reposition the Diner sign to the center. By eliminating one of the "kitchens" and removing the center walls on the second floor, you could create quite a bit of dining space. Hmmm.... that's why I love Lego!

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By in Canada,

Beautiful. Seems really fun to build.
But it doesn't fit well with other modular. Too different: curves, colors, etc. I have no idea which other modular I should put beside this one.

I thought it was a friend set until I saw a minifig!

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By in United States,

As an AFOL with six modular sets + Ninjago City to my name, I will of course be buying this.

That said, I do find it a slightly odd choice. I see the point on the faces, but I don't mind the change there.

What I am a bit surprised about is the fact that we have another eating establishment, with another chef. Parisien and Assembly Square both have elements of these. Plus Assembly Square also has the music studio element too it.

I know people were not keen on the idea of a modular Lego Shop, but some of the Ideas sets coming out show brilliant examples of train stations, libraries and other such establishments seen around the world. So to choose a set that represents 1), a very American theme, and 2) "not of this time" is a quirky departure.

That said, I love the modulars, the prices are good for what you get and they are fun to play with, or display.

Only problem is, I am running out of IKEA Trofast sets to put them all on!!!!

As a side note Cunning having the 60 year set free at a price point JUSTbelow the modular price - Nice

And I look forward to seeing some of the other 100+ sets being released on Jan 1st.

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By in Australia,

You know what absolutely stupid thing annoys me about this set, I know those tan round tiles are supposed to be pancakes, but come on would it have killed you to bring back the printed waffle tile instead? Or throw some of the pie tiles in. :P

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By in Argentina,

This just feels like a rehash of Parisian Restaurant. An external staircase, restaurant up top and artist's studio (Albeit a different kind of artist's studio) on the ground floor... And I preferred the happy faces from before. I like that they're using new colours, but I don't particularly enjoy the 50s aesthetic. The lettering is well-executed and the interior will no doubt blow us away, but it's nowhere near the same level of previous buildings.

I'll pick it up later in the year once it isn't sold out anywhere, but I'll probably modify the diner area into some other kind of business and I'll *definitely* be switching out the generic City faces.

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By in United States,

Is it just me, or does the 1950’s aesthetic feel like a nod to 1958 being the year for filing a patent on LEGO bricks

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By in Australia,

As a huge fan of art deco, I gotta get this. So many cool details and things.
I dont know why but it reminds me a lot of Happy Days...

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By in United States,

.....darn it LEGO.....just take all my money!
Personally I like the decision to update the heads, they look like more complete, collectible minifigs now. That singer for example might be a reuse of the torso but he looks like he could easily be in the CMF line.
Beautiful model; now it’s time to deliberate what NOT to buy on Jan 1....

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By in United States,

@easterhouse: The other restaurants aren't open 24 hours. ;) In all seriousness, there are a lot of types of restaurants, and unlike municipal buildings like the Town Hall, which you can conceivably do with only one of, restaurants are one of the most common types of businesses in any given city.

@seermouse: You can't make waffles on a flat grill! You need a waffle iron to do that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thats what I like to listen to when I’m eating my lunch - two guys boxing.
As Cafe Corner ended my dark ages I am very loyal to the modular series, but this does not fit easily with the rest, lovely though it is. That said if it was a cinema or record shop... that might sit better... so that will be it’s fate on my street!

I must agree with those who posted about the individual floors being greater than the whole.

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By in United States,

I absolutely love it. It's got a brand new style to the Modular line that will fit in with a typical American downtown area. I'll get it for sure.

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By in Switzerland,

I like it, even though it fits even less with the other modular buildings than others. I absolutely LOVE the boxer. He ist fab-u-lous!

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By in Puerto Rico,

I just noticed, LEGO's bringing back Turquoise!

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By in United States,

@seermouse I think those are supposed to be pancakes/flapjacks, not waffles.

Missed opportunity to include some of those BrickHeadz Jack Sparrow 'bacon' tile prints.

The alternating 1x1 clear and silver round plates between both sides of the front of the jukebox bothers me - I guess it's intentional, but symmetry there would be more pleasing.

They really could of included alternate plain smiley's for the minifigures, unless that print is no longer being produced...

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By in United States,

Hmmm. Mixed feelings about this one, sort of like I had with the Palace Cinema. I had high hopes for so many other types of buildings we have yet to see. Afterall, we already have a restaurant. On its own, I absolutely love it. But this feels like it belongs more with "Town Plan" than with the current Modular lineup. That's not a bad thing; I liked that cinema style better anyway. I may definitely have to separate my modulars; I think this would go well with the Detective's Office though. I have no doubt it will be a fun build though, and it's still a must-have to continue my modular collection.

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By in Norway,

Must say I fall in the "big smile" camp on this, clearly playful and fun like Ninjago City (the unofficial benchmark going forward)

As for simple smiles, "MINI HEAD NO.1" is in Bricks & Pieces, four or so for $1 - so stock up now if need them.
(Also 70.000 on bricklink still)

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By in Sweden,

That front window is just amazing. Feels like a corner building with the added option to still be able to connect it on the side. And I'm very pleased to see that we at last get another 6 stud car that seats 2 minifigs next to each other.

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By in Norway,

We'll get one for our collection :)

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By in United States,

The boxer reminds me of Riggs from the new Lethal Weapon series

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By in United States,

Wow, what a set. I saw just2good's preview/thoughts on YouTube this morning. I agree with his opinion on the use of the ugly tan color for the upper part of the building. Why couldn't it have stayed white? He also pointed out the lack of the smiley faces.

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By in United Kingdom,

I just realized after couple more comments posted here, that Diner set can be a great mix and match with CMF ! I already got a few in mind, and as most people talking about replacing the non-plain heads, I will do quite the opposite and put different heads into the modulars that I already owe to "freshen them up". I got few CMF mixed with my modulars already, so I will go a step forward xD...

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By in United Kingdom,

That’s a trip to the Lego store guaranteed on 1st January for me, which has been the case every year since the new modulars have been released on 1st January.

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By in United States,

I don't miss the old heads one bit. They always looked incongruous, even as a touch of nostalgia, and as the buildings and the other minifig pieces started taking on modern LEGO techniques, it lost its charm. Had the entire minifigures been printed in a retro style and the building techniques simplified, it would have worked in the long term, but it just doesn't anymore, and to have minifigures who can emote and react to the scene is much more charming to me. Plus, it lets the CMFs and City sets work better with the modulars, which I always combined anyway.

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By in United Kingdom,

Like the building, but don't think its fits with the rest of the Modular theme

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By in United States,

I like it. I think it is a great addition to the Modular series. I can't wait to add it to my street.

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By in United States,

I love it but it won't top Ninjago City that by the way: has a dinner, a restaurant and a gym, and I already invested my couta of three years this year. I am also making a small dinner on my own.

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By in United States,

I'm not a huge fan of this modular, but it may look okay next to the Palace Cinema.

Really wish Lego would make a modular police station that is way overdue.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would like the ground floor on its own and bigger!

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By in Czech Republic,

The box art gives a suggestion that the Diner might be placed somewhere on Florida, Cuba.. etc. .. but its excellent

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By in Portugal,

Am I the only one blown away by the technique used in the side windows!?

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By in Denmark,

Danish price = incl. 25% VAT.. that might explain it..

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By in Singapore,

Worst modular ever. Very disappointed. Might even skip as I don’t want to display it it’s my complete set of modulars

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By in United States,

I think the top floor is a radio station because of the antennae on the roof and old radio stations had sound booths

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By in Canada,

I like it very much as a stand-alone, but it doesn't fit with the existing modular city block. It won't be part of that display.

Maybe LEGO has run out of ideas for the current style of modulars, and we are about to be hit with a whole new type of city block. Here's hoping.

And I also prefer the traditional yellow head smiley minifigs. I don't like these minifig heads, but of course they can be replaced.

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By in Australia,

My first attempt at a career straight out high school was as a sound engineer in a recording studio, during which I also worked in a guitar store on the side for extra cash. Between this and #10255 somebody at TLG must be prying into my early life... if they release an architect's office next year we'll know it's more than just a conspiracy theory!

With the Art Deco styling and the Happy Days vibe in the diner I like it. I really like it.

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By in United States,

...Well, it looks like they ended the pupil-less eyes trend. Regardless, this is an impressive set.

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't have any of the modular buildings but this could turn me...

(Of course I can't get into Modulars full time - Star Wars is too much of an investment as it is!)

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By in Sweden,

Love the theme, the diner looks amazing and so do the interiors. The only thing I don't really like is the rather plain-looking tan exterior of the main building. Oh, and I mourn the loss of the plain smiley faces, I kinda wish LEGO would include six of those as optional for those who would rather keep the classic style. Six more pieces in a set of this size/price wouldn't be much to ask.

I think this'll look great alongside the Detective's Office and the cinema, for that old-school yesteryear vibe.

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By in United States,

For all the people who think that the building looks ugly or out of place, that's kinda the point of these diners. I see them all the time, these old diners from the 50's or 60's that are still open and operational, but haven't been updated and just stick out like a sore thumb. I really like how this looks, but much like my peeve with the Parisian Resturaunts balcony seating area, it bothers me slightly that the side wall of the building this Diner will be attached to is going to be exposed.

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By in Germany,

Is that a lower case 'n' on the diner sign?

I actually really how it will 'stick' out from the other modulars. Definitely buying!

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By in United Kingdom,

Love it, will be my 1st modular. Not sure if the boxer looks more like Pablo Escobar or Har Mar Superstar!

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By in Czech Republic,

By marook in Denmark, 29 Nov 2017 23:04
Danish price = incl. 25% VAT.. that might explain it..

- and we in Czech Republic have 21 %.. Germany has 19 % same as UK.. so WHAT?

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By in Czech Republic,

By gylman in Canada, 29 Nov 2017 23:51
I like it very much as a stand-alone, but it doesn't fit with the existing modular city block. It won't be part of that display.

- I completely agree.. to me it would make more sense to put it next to the Detective's Office.. I kind of take these PIs as :"smucks" who would fit nicely in the neighborhood of such a low-cost diner.

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By in United States,

I think this would look great between the detective office and some row houses. Fits right in with the boxing gym to the wrong side of the tracks

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By in United States,

It seems like the modular series is slow moving forward through the decades... a diner is long overdue, this is great! The Art Deco style is rendered beautifully and will fit right in next to a movie theater. I love the rare colors (especially of the car), but my favorite part might be using the small dump truck buckets as the ventilation hood... genius!

I bet the colors and futuristic style will look great near Ninjago City, too!

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By in Canada,

I think can see it. Until now I have put all the modulars in one big display.

With this one, I will separate it from the main block, but attach it to the Cinema and to the Detective office. It should work. So, now I will have two different blocks in my city, one upscale, one less so.

I have my own art deco diner I built many years ago. Maybe I'll add it to the block.
http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/gylman/EBTownContest2007/lowrespics/alow_-_frontviewsigns.jpg

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By in Canada,

I don't really see the classic modular building design in this one. Still, great set!

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By in New Zealand,

It looks like we get double-sided faces for the singer, the manager, and the body-builder.
Also, those tan upper floor facades look to be largely snot-built with tiles for brick-effect.
And the head-rests in the car seem to utilise the new 1x3 jumper plates in pink.

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By in United States,

Love it!

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By in Poland,

I really like that the stairs are made with flat tiles, can't understand why in modular building they're making the stairs from this awful Staircase 7X4X6 element that looks very childlish

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By in New Zealand,

I like the parking meter.

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By in United States,

Do we really need another restaurant?

Also disappointed about no classic smiley. I won’t say that was the reason why I bought the sets but it definitely helps. Especially considering I swap out winter village and other cmf with classic smiley. Sad day.

Otherwise it looks neat, but doesn’t fit for me. I’ll likely pick it up since I have the others but I won’t be happy about it. I’m just waiting for them to raise the price again.

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By in United States,

This looks fantastic! I can't wait to get it.

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By in United States,

While I like the idea, I wasn't sure I was sold on the clash of architecture between this and the recent slate of 30s/40s-style American buildings.

But the detailing inside totally sells me on this. Diner! (Dashes off to get his hot dog vendors.)

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By in Australia,

When I first saw this I thought it was fake. I would have expected more 'Lego media coverage' about the choice to discontinue the classic faces.

I am unsure about this set. The pink is very annoying (the car is fine, I understand the Elvis reference) but the sign....
The long glass window that rounds off at the roof ruins the model. It looks like a giant jukebox. Speaking of which I have seen many great attempts at a jukebox and the official designers attempt is the worst. ITS SO BLOCKY.

This being said I have been wanting a diner for a long time and I will finally have a place to put my 2 'Hot Dog Man' (from CMF series) and my 1957 Chevrolet 'Retro Ride' MOC. The recording studio is a great idea and I love the Rock n Roll record case.

The 'corner modular' design I think is good for this as a stand alone set but hugely limits its uses in a modular street. As many people have mentioned it just stands out way to much. The faces I can deal with but the entire architecture is just too out of place. It is too 'modern' for the rest of the modular's and too 'retro' for a 21st century setting.

The builds in the gym are good but I am very annoyed that the gym was obviously included for the single reason to please the minority who would want a 'healthy balance' to go with the 'bad food' in the diner. Argh! If only "That Sugar Film" had never been made and we might have had something interesting and useful on the second floor like an 80s arcade.

When I first saw this it reminded me a lot of '80s Cafe' from Back to the Future. Despite it being supposed to be 50s it definitely feels like a retro diner in the 80s.

I will get this because I need a diner but it will definitely be the worst modular to date. I very much hope the modular line does not continue through the decades. I want more old cars and buildings.

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By in Australia,

The parking meter is a great idea.

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By in Serbia,

@Brickchap - out of all the different forums and sites I visited since the Diner was revealed, and hundreds of comments I've read, you're the only one who thinks the gym was included because of some "healthy balance" PC reason. I think you're reading too much into it. 80s arcade makes no sense whatsoever in a building so obviously set in the 50s.

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By in United States,

Everyone seems to be complaining about the non-classic heads in this set, but everyone keeps forgetting that the second modular building, Market Street, didn't have classic heads.

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By in New Zealand,

Confirmation of my prediction - NZ gets hit with a 20% price-gouging mark-up. Easy pass on this one, like with Assembly Square. And Ninjago City. And the Old Fishing Store. And Destiny's Bounty. And the UCS Millennium Falcon. And .....

I estimate that TLG have lost out on $5000-6000 of sales over the last year or so. From me alone. Now multiply that by all other AFOLs with disposable income but no desire to be ripped off. Just how many millions are TLG prepared to lose before the message gets through?!

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By in Norway,

Why do posters from Australia and New Zealand need to complain about pricing in EVERY article on this site? It is very tiresome, predictable and boring. Bunch of whiners...

On a more relevant note: I like this new modular. It is different, and it looks like a fun build! On the (always long) wishlist it goes. :-)

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By in Serbia,

Serbian prices are higher than those in NZ and Australia (and also Norway and Denmark) despite the fact that the average net Serbian salary is only around 400 EUR per month. There's no point in complaining, we just find ways to obtain sets cheaper (like buying them in the EU and then getting tax refunds, or using benefits like paid RLUG support from TLG, or AFOL shopping days). Perhaps it's harder for NZ and Australia due to their geographic location...

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By in Poland,

I love the new style of this modular and cannot wait to see it next to the Assembly Square. It's good LEGO is starting a new era in modular structures and i hope the trend to continue in following years. TBH i loved the inclusion of classic faces in previous modulars, but i do switch faces and heads, depending on the display i want. I also include a lot of minifigs from CM series to brighten up the sceneries. That is why i appreciate the change. I hope the price in my country is reasonable, although my wallet is already crying.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow this is a marmite set, either love or hate, no inbetween, I need to catch up on the modulars, I only have the Pet Shop so far, I like it, yes it doesn’t fit in with the other modulars, but what street is ever perfectly aesthetically pleasing and perfectly arranged?

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By in Australia,

Wow, I love this! The non-smiley faces are a welcome change, especially the two sided head for the rock'n'roll singer who would look not very rock'n'roll with the traditional smiley face. These faces give the figures more character. I agree with previous comments about the building's best location being next to the Palace Cinema and Detective's Office. The car is a big improvement on the one from the Palace Cinema and if it seats two figures up front and one in the back I'll like it even more. I also agree with the previous comment about this being a retro 50's diner in the 80's. The dance instructor and Miami Vice guy from CMF series 17 would look perfect together in the diner. The interior details are excellent as always. Thanks again Lego. Must have!

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By in Netherlands,

I'm not to sure about this one. It hase some great elements (the art deco sections and the spiral starmircase), some mediocre sections (the tan facade) and some plain awfull bits (the backside with the hood of the stove portruding).

Don't really care about the faces or the car but I do dislike getting another chefs torso and another Grey jacket with pink scarf torso.

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By in United States,

The design of this one looks so great, I really want to buy it! The lack of the generic smiley face on the minifigures actually surprised me, but the fact that it includes different faces makes the set look much better. Too bad there’s no early VIP access, or I’d ask for it for Christmas. Great set anyway, it might be the first modular I buy.

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By in United Kingdom,

So, a diner with just the one table?

There is a hint in the picture with the roller-skating waitress that there might be a second table since the chair is double-sided but the angled view from above doesn't convince me that there's enough room there for it. I suspect if they're not showing it then it's not there.

Can anyone confirm?

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By in United States,

@Hobbythom, I think the vent hood is brilliant. Not only is it an incredible part usage to show a thin walled hood over the grill, but the hood projecting out of the back of the building adds some detail and character to the back, and could even been considered the exhaust port for the grill hood.

I also love all the curves and "glass" in this design. This continues to push the envelope of what a building made from blocks can look like.

Finally, I think the switch away from the classic smileys is positive. To me, the modular series is about creating as much realism as possible from Lego, and adding the new faces absolutely contribute to that goal.

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By in Canada,

When does the designer's video usually gets uploaded for a set like this? Same day as press release? I can't find anything.

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By in United States,

This is definitely going to be a day one purchase for me, I rather like the way the teal and pink go together in this set. Additionally, I’m excited that they put some studs on on the sidewalk again like in Assembly Square, minifigres really bring the set to life on the street, and now they won’t fall over!

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By in Sweden,

@LinuxBrickie: I also thought about that, and when you look at the image which is taken straight from the front ( https://brickset.com/sets/10260-1 - More Images, towards the bottom) it certainly seems like there is no table for the other side of the double sided bench (it's clearly visible through the front door).

Got to love that iron spiral staircase btw, with the super old small fence pieces turned 90 degrees as steps, just perfect.

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By in Austria,

And now we got to wait another year for the next one.

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By in United States,

Great looking set but not without it's quirks. I don't mind the exclusion of the classic heads. It'd be much harder to convey the different expressions of the various things going on in the set with just the classic face.

As for others getting an 80s cafe vibe from BTTF, that might well be because the style was likened after a 50s diner vibe in the first place (remember Marty going back to hook his parents up). Sorry though, no neon colors and MTV music videos to stamp it as 80s. Clearly 50s with the pink caddy and juke box.

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By in United States,

Glad to see a new modular building on the way. I was a little concerned that Assembly Square, which was announced in October of 2016, was the swan song or a break for the modular building. October came and went without a modular building announcement.

The LEGO designers have delivered on my wish for a recording studio. I guess Abbey Road wouldn't fit in to the Americana era theme. Maybe the Yellow Submarine Beatles can stop by to collaborate with the Elvis-like minifigure.

Love the attention to detail on the sound diffusion (not sound proofing) material. Would have preferred that the reel-to-reel had used printed tile elements, 15535, for the reels, but maybe it was a limited space or printing issue.

There is something about the diner's design large window placement that reminds me of Edward Hopper's painting, Nighthawks, the classic night time diner painting.

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By in United States,

I wonder if i using VIP points to purchase the model will disqualify me from getting the 60th anniversary set, even though the model is worth $170

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By in United States,

Pass...no plans for a '50s diner in my city. Maybe if the pink cadillac was a delorean it'd be a nice gag, but eh...

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By in United Kingdom,

Not liking the mini figures but love the price.

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By in United States,

Oh LEGO...I love you for your pink Cadillac
Crushed brickbuilt velvet seats
Riding in the back
Cruising down the street
Waving to the girls
Feeling out of sight
Spending all my money (on LEGO)
On a Saturday night
Honey I just wonder what you do there in back
Of your pink Cadillac
Pink Cadillac!!!

Definitely picking this up. So much charm and lovely little sub assemblies!

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By in Canada,

I actually am disappointed this wasn't made into a corner modular. I find that we have too many straight sections now and now enough corners to make several blocks.

I really like that the mini-figures have more detailed printed faces now gives the set more zaze.

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By in Singapore,

For the sets that I owned, I swap out the classic faces of the minifigs for the modern ones. It looks a little more cohesive with the CMFs I populate the buildings with. Hence, I'm quite excited about the new minifigs.

Looking forward to the release!

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By in United States,

Those who are saying it doesn’t fit in with other modular buildings - I think that’s the point. No city is designed all at once, and any remaining styles from bygone eras will stand out. The charm is in the variety.

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By in Germany,

Interesting how the missing apostrophe in "Jims" seems to suggest that the Diner is not situated in an english-speaking country -- or that its owner is illiterate.

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By in Canada,

I think it would have been nice as a corner but would work well as an end against a side street with a gravel parking lot in the back.

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By in United States,

@Brick Dangerous: Or that it is a mere grammatical error? I'm a huge grammar nerd but "illiterate" is a pretty judgmental word to throw around for something as trivial as a missing apostrophe. The name is still just as legible as it would be if the apostrophe were there. In fact, being able to correctly infer at a glance that the name is SUPPOSED to be possessive demonstrates that no real meaning has been lost.

Also, on a personal level, I'm less bothered a missing apostrophe in a possessive like this than I generally am with the opposite—an unnecessary apostrophe in a pluralization.

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By in United States,

I actually bought 6 smiley face minifigure heads off eBay in preparation for this set

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By in United States,

Anyone else thinking they might omit the "Diner" sign on their personal build? Looks too big and gaudy to me.

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By in Australia,

@ Copterman

Yes I will do that too. The size is not to much of a problem, but I will definitely change it to red.

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By in Germany,

@ Lyichir: Sorry, not a native speaker, so you're probably right about the "illiterate" part. In my defense, I was just trying to be funny ... at ol' "Jims" expense. Excuses, Jimbo!

Edit: Nice set by the way, despite the little spelling quibble.

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By in United States,

Hello everyone! :D I LOVE THIS SET! I can't wait to buy it! Uhhh... a person (I forgot who) said that they disliked the roof/front tall window because it looked like a jukebox. I'm pretty sure that was the point because it is an old Diner that HAS a jukebox, and I love the window design! I'm am sad though that LEGO went away with the classic heads, although I do agree this set looks BETTER without them. Can't wait to get this set!! I love the car!

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By in United States,

I know these modular's are pretty small, and they can't put a lot in there. I have the Grand Emporium, The Detective's Office, Palace Cinema, Assembly Square, Parisian Restaurant, and the Brick Bank. These things aren't very large, even Assembly Square (I think)! So what I really want is another PUBLIC bathroom, The one in Assembly Square in part of an apartment, that's obviously NOT public, so the only one is the Detective's Office, so hopefully in the future they can make another public bathroom!

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By in Indonesia,

Coolest modular building ever?

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