Your first look at the summer Creator sets

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Townhouse Pet Shop & Café

Townhouse Pet Shop & Café

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Images of the four summer Creator sets have been found on a Belgian toy store's website by Themer.

They include 31095 carousel (55€), which could be the second in a new line of Creator fairground rides; 31096, a dual-rotor helicopter (55€), and hitherto unknown 31098 log cabin (35€)

However, the best of the bunch looks to be this 31097, a townhouse, which weighs in at 80€ and features a shop and cafe on the ground floor. It no doubt joins up with other modular Creator buildings, like last year's 31077 Modular Sweet Surprises.

The shop states that they'll be available from the end of May.

You can view images of all four after the break and in the database.

31095-1{Carousel}
31095


31096-1{Dual-rotor helicopter}
31096


31097-1{Townhouse/pet store}
31097


31098-1{Wilderness hut}
31098


78 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

These all look really nice! The helicopter is a beast; the log cabin might be a bit pressed for interior space, though.

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By in Poland,

I might buy all of them.

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By in United States,

I like the modular and the log cabin, however the other two don’t interest me that much. I’m getting sick of LEGO helicopters recently, and this one doesn’t seem to bring anything new or fresh to the table. The UFO seems too simple for my liking, however I can see why people would be appealed by it. The log cabin is a nice, cozy set that I would say is max $30, and the modular seems like a more affordable expert model that still seems to have some of the same intricacies as the more expensive counterparts.

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By in Norway,

Total meh, Creator was such a great theme but nowadays it has just turned into more City. Seriously disappointed that they haven't abandoned that "modular" system, it makes the buildings really boxy and dull. Also the Log cabin really illustrates why we NEED to get 5-tall doors back, the current 6-tall ones fits Friends minidolls and are kinda acceptable for the larger modular sets but looks awful when used for smaller buildings like this.

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By in United States,

Luckily I'm not interested in any of these. Phew!

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By in United Kingdom,

Love the look of the Helicopter and the Carousel - both have working mechanisms so that's something to get excited about. I WAS hoping for another nod to a retro theme in the Carousel, like the Pirate Rollercoaster did a little while back, but hey, it wouldn't take much modding to make the seats into little M-Tron, Blacktron and Space Police doodads.

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By in United States,

These are neat but not for me. Good quality sets though.

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By in United States,

Modular?? Oh yeah bring back mini-modulars. Please!!

I also like that it’s “our” first look. Brickset team probably saw this months ago.

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By in United States,

The carousel is a must for me. It'll look great in an amusement park. I'll probably also be adding the town house to my wish list.

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By in Serbia,

Wow, that townhouse looks so good! I actually like all of them, but that one is the best I think.

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By in United States,

I haven't bought any of the smaller creator sets for 2-3 years now but this batch looks quite promising. I'll probably buy the carnival ride. The townhouse also looks good but that price is creeping into creator expert territory and it doesn't look THAT good.

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By in Germany,

Ninjago, City, Creator, Batman pics are out. Will there be a SW wave? Or are 3 waves (January, April, September) enough?

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By in United States,

I saw leaked images of these a few weeks back and--I must say--I am a bit disappointed with 31095. The title teased a carousel and this is most definitely not a carousel but rather a space ride. Despite that *awesome* UFO up top (and is that a space cow?!) I don't think it looks half as nice as the Friends 41128 Amusement Park Space Ride (which I have and have motorized). After seeing last year's Pirate Roller Coaster, my prediction for this 3-in-1 amusement park subtheme had been that they were going to do a ride to celebrate each of the four classic LEGOLAND themes and that the carousel was going to be an homage to classic Castle (what with its galloping horses and all). I guess this pays homage to Space (though the color scheme is off) and that's good, but I would have preferred a different title. Oh well.

I'm a bit on the fence about the 31097 Townhouse, though what excites me is that I think I see some dark orange 1x3 bricks. These are a key element to Town Hall, which I am currently piecing out at my local Bricks & Minifigs and on Bricklink. They are a relatively rare element and go for about $1.25 each. This should hopefully bring the cost of them down.

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By in United States,

The Creator modular system is awful and needs to be cut yesterday. But the others look fine.

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By in United States,

Cabin feels like more of the same, but the other 3 are fantastic!

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By in Norway,

The carousel and the town house looks good and are must-haves.

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By in United States,

I like all of these (except the helicopter), but mostly I’m just excited about the news of upcoming sets.
I feel like the only news I’ve seen for months has been for licensed stuff: Star Wars, comic books, and Disney.
Love the brick-built wolf & eagle in the cabin set!

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By in United Kingdom,

There has been some great smaller Creator sets over the last few years: the pirate tree house, Sunshine Surfer, Vacation Getaways, Pirate Rollercoaster, and Houseboat.

The colour choices are always great with them.

As someone else wrote, the townhouse is maybe veering into Creator Expert territory without the detail.

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By in United States,

Hehe a flying cow

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By in Netherlands,

Where do you guys see the modularity in these sets? Afaics, there is no such thing here, the 31097 is more like the earlier houses we craved after the modular awfullness earlier?

I’ll get that one and the caroussel, the log cabin is a maybe...

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By in Hungary,

"Twinblade, on full alert!"

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By in United Kingdom,

Was excited about the 'new' white parrot element on top to the creator cafe/petshop, but apparently it was in one of the Incredibles sets last year. Still a fun looking set, it's almost like they're a training ground for the larger Creator/Advanced modulars.

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By in United States,

There's a blurred line between Creator and City nowadays, considering all these sets can technically be classified as City. Also the Carousel is misleading as it's not actually a tradition carousel, not to mention we already have a few actual carousels before.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is there only four being released?
They all look cool though..

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By in Netherlands,

There are also pics of alternate builds on the Belgian site, maybe you can add those to the listing?

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By in United Kingdom,

The townhouse caught my eye instantly wow what an amazing realistic build I absolutely love it, and it will probably cost around £80 which is fantastic for that set also the UFO ride looks epic and I want those two sets.

The other sets are passable and bland but they are cool enough.

And I just noticed the townhouse uses the Parisian Restaurant 2x2 menu tile which I find is a nice inclusion

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By in Canada,

What is the deal with that buildable dog in the Townhouse set? Am I the only one getting Brian from Family Guy vibes from it?

Creator models are always so intriguing, but I have to agree a lot of these modular sets seem to be City extended trying to push non-fire or police based sets as we haven't had any actual house sets in LEGO City proper for a long time.

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By in Netherlands,

The townhouse looks really great. But I must say I'm disapointed with yet ANOTHER hot dog cart. Couldn't designers have a fresh idea? Furthermore don't agree with the comments Creator and City have become very similar since there's a lot fewer building involved with City sets.

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By in United Kingdom,

Architecture sets also have pictures and information, Empire State building looks amazing and description says over 55cm tall!

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By in United States,

Please tell me that building has a closed back please.

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By in Australia,

Hotdogs and helicopters.......That’s new and different from Lego.

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By in United Kingdom,

Alien Conquest!!!

Thank you, LEGO

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By in Russian Federation,

Too much City, not enough Creator.

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By in United States,

Geez, you all will find complaint about anything!

These are 3-in-1 sets designed to inspire creative building. You're missing the intent of the theme if you're just buying these to only build the main model and leave it at that.

It's LEGO - make it into whatever you want.

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By in Netherlands,

Awesome sets.

And the "Modular" system gets better the more sets you have.

The system is great to quickly interchange some exterior and furniture around, which also is meant for kids.

They even improved it this time around actually adding some street details again.

It's not meant to be Creator Expert style of detail, and that theme is still around for those who want fully closed big buildings at a larger scale.

And the Log Cabin doesn't surprise me that much, it's been a fact that Tree Houses and Log Cabins re-appear every few years

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By in Netherlands,

UFO, rocket, rocket, rocket, cow.
M'kay?

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By in Sweden,

The townhouse looks fantastic!
Love the Tintin reference in the carousel. :)

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By in United States,

@axeleng: I strongly disagree about the door height. 5 bricks tall is wholly inadequate as a standard for LEGO doors even in minifigure-based themes, because it doesn't account for variations in minifigure height. A minifigure with a hat or headgear is generally about 13 plates tall at minimum. By comparison, a 6-brick-tall doorframe has a 16 plate tall entry clearance due to the frame thickness, a 5 brick tall door without a frame has a 15 plate tall entry clearance, and a 5 brick tall door with a frame has a pathetic 13 plate tall entry clearance. That means numerous classic and/or modern minifigure pieces can prevent a figure from fitting comfortably through ANY 5-brick-tall door. And it's not just cartoonishly oversized headgear like wizard hats or mascot costumes that presents issues here! https://brickset.com/sets/8831-4/Bride, https://brickset.com/sets/71010-16/Spider-Lady, https://brickset.com/sets/71011-5/Tribal-Woman, and https://brickset.com/sets/71019-1/Kai-Kendo are among those who'd be forced to play limbo because some Frank Lloyd Wright-esque architect decided that reasonably sized doorframes didn't fit their "aesthetic".

Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the varied techniques and details on display among these sets, and I look forward to seeing more pics that show other angles and alternate builds in more detail!

@patrizio84: I imagine that when every set has to build three different things it's even harder to avoid any of those builds repeating stuff from past sets than it would be in a theme like City or Ninjago.

Plus, regardless of theme, there's always going to be plenty of people who will enjoy seeing stuff that was in sets from previous years just because they don't have those older sets in their collection. LEGO doesn't keep on making Ninjago bike chases, City police stations, Friends performance stages, and so on because they don't know how to make other things, it's because they are things kids continue to buy and enjoy year after year.

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By in United States,

patrizio84,

It took LEGO 12-13 years to make a hot dog bun piece. That piece can only be used as a hot dog bun piece. I think the agreement between the designers and the higher ups that okay new pieces was that there needs to be 5 hot dog carts a year every year to make it worth while.

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By in United States,

Holy crap intermeshing rotors for the win!

That’s a must-have right there.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is that a snowspeeder on the left hand side of the carousel?

It makes me laugh how hypocritical Lego can be. How many fast food snack bars and carts do they put out and yet they feel its wrong to encourage bad diet, so no longer will they put lego in Happy Meals etc.

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By in United States,

^ Rating corporate hypocrisy on a scale of 1 to 10, I think that's a 1.

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By in United States,

They don't put LEGOs in Happy Meals because there is no profit in doing so. Also because McDonalds probably wants toys that even 2 year olds can use.

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By in United States,

@David1985: Hot-dog carts were actually showing up in sets pre-bun as well, so I imagine it was more a matter of "We use so many hot dogs so why haven't we made a bun piece for them yet?"

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By in United States,

I like the helicopter and the cabin

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By in United States,

Nice. That amusement park ride has more fun side builds than the Ferris Wheel.

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By in United States,

@magpie9: There’s a big difference between selling a toy that portrays meals that for most families might just be an occasional indulgence, and creating toys that make kids think if’s normal to eat at the same fast food place six to eight times in the same month.

I won’t pretend my brother and I didn’t pressure my parents to drive us to McDonalds again and again so we could get all the Bionicle Matoran sets, but as an adult I have a lot more sympathy for how frustrating that is for parents, particularly those whose kids aren’t as scrawny as we were and who might not like their kids learning they’ll be rewarded for how much junk food they can consume.

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By in United States,

@Star Wars Trumpet:
Twin, interlaced blades. About the only thing they have left to do is stacked contra-rotating blades.

@axeleng:
The Charles T. Fisher mansion in Detroit has a front entrance with double doors that are about 12' tall. So just be glad they aren't rolling out modern doors that are 8-9 bricks tall.

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By in United States,

It looks like the Townhouse set comes with 2 white parrots! They're part of the roof ornamental sculpture.

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By in United States,

The townhouse looks great, and I like the log cabin, too. I can also foresee, sometime this summer, an article comparing this space ride with the Friends space ride from a few years ago...

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By in United States,

how come you guys didn't update and put in the lego city space sets? they were shown

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By in United States,

@magpie9: In addition to what my sister said above, from what I'd heard not putting actual Lego in Happy Meal toys wasn't because Lego was morally opposed to it, but rather because McDonalds preferred Happy Meal toys that didn't require assembly and got complaints from parents back when they did include actual "brick built" toys.

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By in United States,

@Purple Dave: They haven't done that yet in Creator, but they DID have a twin-rotor helicopter like that in two other themes (the same year, no less!): 70170-1 in Ultra Agents and 42052-1 in Technic.

Dual-rotor helicopters with interlaced blades have also appeared previously, in sets like 70227-1 from Legends of Chima and 8971-1 from Agents. I suspect the reason there haven't been more real-world, modern-day sets with interlaced or coaxial rotors is that the gearing to achieve those effects is often a little too elaborate for the target audience of most City sets.

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By in Netherlands,

The Nexo Knight heligoyle had 2 interlaced blades as well with a single rotation action feature that makes them spin.

I wonder if this set has some rotating wheel to turn on the back to make both rotors spin together.

The small button near the front probably is for the winch.

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By in Singapore,

Yeah, as others have said, that "Carousel" is not a carousel. Assuming it had gotten a proper name, though, it looks to be a fantastic addition to smaller(-scaled) amusement parks! Surely it works much better than one of the alternate builds of the Pirate Roller Coaster.

The Townhouse and Pet Store looks amazing! Plus it's another corner build, so my Corner Deli would pair excellently with it! It does look like it's going to cost more than double though. I'll have to give it serious thought. I also find it funny that they've essentially borrowed the coffee mug sign seen on several popular coffee shop MOCs. Makes you wonder if that was intentional or not. Either way, it'll go especially well with the sandwich sign on the Corner Deli.

The alternate builds sound exciting too: the Market Street with the hair salon and dental clinic, and the Bank whose picture apparently hasn't been uploaded.

@eMJee83: I believe "mini modular" is the fan nickname for the Creator buildings from Bike Shop & Café to Park Street Townhouse, because they were designed to be laid out as a street just like the Creator Expert Modular Buildings. One thing this townhouse offers over those previous sets is the ability to remove each floor, just like the MBs and the even older Creator houses. But unlike what Huw suggests in the article, as you said it is nothing at all like the 2017-2018 modulars.

I agree the naming confusing as, though. I wish there were a more proper name for these buildings. There's just so many ways for any LEGO model to be modular that "modular" just isn't an effective way to categorize anything anymore.

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By in United States,

I like the carnival ride set probably get on sale and the town house is nice as well.

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By in Sweden,

Gah! I've bought too many lego sets recently, have too many unopened, and have prebought too many for my kids! How will I get the creator townhouse and the toy story sets! :-(

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By in Poland,

There are also 2 exclusive FRIENDS sets - French Restaurant and Fish ride.

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By in Austria,

I´ am buying the Helicopter!

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By in United Kingdom,

That wolf is amazing!

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By in Ireland,

These are pretty superb sets. The townhouse is definitely the best. Not sure I'll get it though.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the mechanism for the double rotor helicopter. Have we seen that done before?
The townhouse looks great too.
And the cow on the UFO ride is very funny and imaginitive .

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By in United States,

for some reason, I think the best part of the log cabin set is the brick built animals.

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By in France,

I like the townhouse and log cabin. Would have liked to see a couple of the printed wood tiles from the fishing store in the cabin though

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By in Ireland,

The Creator range used to have great houses like 31012 Family House, 7346 Seaside House and 5771 Hillside House, more expensive but good value for money.

31048 Lakeside Lodge, released in 2016 was EUR 27 in Ireland for 368 pieces with 1 minifigure and was a complete cabin/lodge, a little pricey for the size but still okay.

Now we get these stupid overpriced facades. The 30198 Log Cabin has 1 extra minifigure compared to 31048 but doesn't have a back, is priced at EUR 35 and looks to have fewer pieces than 31048.

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By in United States,

I love most of these sets - Creator 3-in-1, TBH, is one of my favorite LEGO themes, so naturally I was very excited when I saw these! I like the Carousel a lot, I think it looks great! (love the concept of "smaller-sized" fairground sets, as much as I love the big Creator Expert fairground models). I love the dual-rotor helicopter, as I love LEGO planes and helicopters, even though I know it won't be for everyone. The Town House/Pet Shop I think looks amazing, IMO, I love how it looks more like a modular building. I really want to know if it'll be in the same Creator "modular" style, which I personally do not like as it makes the builds fragile. I also hope it won't be too expensive, as it looks like it has a lot of pieces. I really like the Log Cabin, but unfortunately it appears to be another one of those open-backed buildings...As an owner of the Lakeside Lodge set from 2016, I must say, It's a bit of a let down for me. I really, REALLY wish Creator would stop making these open backed buildings, and return to the older style with the hinges. But other than that, it still looks great, IMO, and I will still probably be picking it up, especially if it's on clearance or something. But, all in all, this wave looks really, really, REALLY good, IMO! (Sorry about all the 'reallys' :) )

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By in Norway,

Aanchir - I'm not saying 5-tall should be the ONLY standard (given the popularity of Friends, the 6-tall ones won't go away soon), but more that Lego should have a better selection of (particularly smaller) doors in general (personally I'd love the see variants of the old 3x4 door too). For instance, if I place place Ebony Maw (a supposedly tall, imposing enemy) behind the the door of the pizza place in the 76108 set, I can see his whole face below the "Open" sign. Agreeably my sticker is about 1mm higher up than in the official pics, but it still looks ridiculous.

I don't know how much kids really care about the figures actually fitting through the doors, but you rarely pose them an the threshold itself (since there are no studs there) and when placing them either in front of or behind the door you normally have to add a plate to your measurements. If you really care about proper clearance I guess frameless doors are the best (then you avoid the annoying middle pillar between double doors too), I'd personally prefer that they introduced variants of the https://brickset.com/parts/design-47899 style (like in plain and four-pane versions) - these looks nice as they're slightly inset and avoids that unsightly rounded edge of the classic four-pane doors.

Edit: Gunther & Koolbrix - I do believe the log cabin is actually a hinged building, it's shown in the open position but it looks like it's possible to close it by swinging the left part behind the right.

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By in Netherlands,

@Koolbrix
It's not the same modular style of 2017/2018.

Instead of 8x8 and 8x16 modules with removable windows and door parts, it looks like this uses 12x12 modules for the street level, and 8x12 for the buildings.

Sets like Corner Deli had optional side by side or corner layout when opened up and this looks to be the same idea, minus the hinges.

However this is a lot larger, with full 7-stud deep interior space, Corner Deli only had 2 studs of interior at the balcony side, this balcony seems to still have 5 studs behind the door.

There are technic pins at the ground floor, and at the drain pipe at the top inside the corner to connect the 2 walls.

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By in United States,

@axeleng:
Thanks for telling me you think it's hinged - upon closer examination of the picture I think it is too. If it is, then I will definitely have to buy it, as I love this style of "wilderness cabin" builds.

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By in Netherlands,

I stopped buying creator houses when they stopped putting backs to them...

Totally awful IMO the ones from the last couple of years. Just google all the beautiful ones from the past and tell me that a house with four walls and a complete roof isn’t the way to go?! Imagine they stopped putting backs to our beloved modulars? Oh the horror of such thoughts!,

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By in United States,

Finally, something that is not a licensed product.

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By in Germany,

Oh no, the town house is such an utter disappointment :-( Just imagine what 80 € could buy you just 2-5 years ago. 31026 Bike Shop & Cafe had two beautifully made, coherent buildings, 31050 Corner Deli was exceptional at less than half the price. And even the still well made 31065 park Street Town House was of similar size and 20 € less.
31097 now has is architecturally incoherent and it feels like half the brick mass is 6x5x1 Window walls and half of the bricks are 1x1 rounded plates. No thanks! This must be 45 € or less for me to really consider buying it.
For the rest of the summer sets: The carousel is quite interesting and well made but not my playing field. I'm tired of helicopters and I prefer the older log cabins, which had roof bricks and some green space around it (e.g. 31025).
Up until now, this will be a real money-saving Lego-year for me :-)

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By in Italy,

The Townhouse reminds me of 31026 and 31050, maybe I can set up a small city section along with some Friends sets :)

And I could also MOC them to be fully enclosed and roof-detachable

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By in Italy,

The carousel is a must have for me.

Really afraid that LEGO don't produce modular houses anymore (such as the 4956), it was one of my favourite themes.

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By in United States,

@desser1: I'm not sure what you mean about the Pet Shop and Cafe being "architecturally incoherent"? Sure, the ground floors have different colors/textures than the upper floors, but the same is true of the vast majority of the Creator Expert Modular Buildings, including Cafe Corner which had different colors, textures, and window shapes for literally every floor! I'll gladly take that over the old-school Creator buildings like the Model Town House which were boring and repetitive as far as building techniques are concerned, and largely devoid of interior detail.

Furthermore, the bottom floor of the right building (the pet shop) has the same style of windows as the floors above it, and some peeling paint on the sides that reveal it's literally constructed from the same materials as the floors above it, and the pet shop owner simply painted over them to make their business more eye-catching. Also, the set only appears to have about four of those large window panels that you seem so bothered by.

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By in Netherlands,

@Aanchir, I read desser1’s comments in a similar light to my own. I..e ‘architecturally coherent’ means they are complete houses with 4 walls and a roof. This lot and those from the last 2 years are not architecturally coherent. Apparently you like that but I read in these comments (am I biased?) that most people prefer the ‘architecturally coherent’ ones. As Calabar writes, it appears TLG has killed the theme for most of us. Would love to know how this reflects in the sales figures.

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