The Brickset 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 4

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Corner Garage

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The penultimate instalment in our 2019 Brickset Gift Guide discusses sets costing between $100 and $200. Twenty sets have been produced in this category and you can view the whole selection here.

I think we are spoilt for choice among these sets! Find out what the Brickset team chose after the break...


CapnRex101

21318 Tree House (£179.99, $199.99, 199.99€)

Choosing one set within this bracket is extremely difficult because there are various sets which I would undoubtedly recommend. For example, several of the Star Wars models are impressive, such as 75244 Tantive IV or 75251 Darth Vader's Castle, while 10265 Ford Mustang is potentially my favourite set of the entire year!

However, breadth of appeal is an important factor in selecting one set which I would recommend above any other. 21318 Tree House is therefore my choice. This model looks absolutely spectacular on display and feels totally different from any other LEGO set. The meeting of natural design with artificial structures is seamless and the building experience is enjoyable too, despite some repetitious areas.

Finally, the price of £179.99, $199.99 or 199.99€ represents excellent value for money in my opinion, hence I would highly recommend 21318 Tree House!

You can read our review here.


MeganL

10264 Corner Garage (£159.99, $199.99, 179.99€)

When I first saw that the Friends line had a set costing over $100, I was very excited. And while 41375 Heartlake City Amusement Pier is a great set, I don't think it's quite worth the price tag (definitely look for it on sale!).

So for me, this category comes down to two beautiful sets, 21318 Tree House and 10264 Corner Garage. Both are wonderfully detailed sets that offer a great building experience. Plenty of play and display value are present for both sets. I love that the Tree House offers autumn foliage. But I love the Modulars, and for me, the year's modular is the set to beat in this price range.

Corner Garage fulfils all the things I expect from a modular experience, from the great colour schemes to the innovative parts usage. It's got to be my selection, even if it doesn't have a car - I can always build one of those!

You can read our review here.


FlagsNZ

10264 Corner Garage (£159.99, $199.99, 179.99€)

There are many aspects of the building techniques used in Creator Expert Modular Buildings that are inspirational.

The building technique that stood out for me was using the new 1x2 pounded plate - introduced during 2018 - to enable the 45° window along the front of the building where the studs are slightly "off-the-grid".

I love the Dark Orange colour that has been used for the brickwork of the building which is complemented with the smoky Medium Azur[e] for the window and door trims. There is a very clever roller door for the garage too.

At 7.8c per part, it also represents very good value for money. The 10264 Corner Garage will therefore add a valuable building to your Modular Street.


Huw

42110 Land Rover Defender ($199.99, £159.99, 179.99€)

My choice in this price range is right at the top of it: 42110 Land Rover Defender. Launched at the same time as the real vehicle in October, it's an exceptional Technic set. Inside is the most complex gearbox in one, while the exterior of the real car is captured perfectly using a mix of olive green Technic and System parts.

It's a challenging build, but a very worthwhile one.

You can read our review here.


What would you recommend from the twenty sets in this price bracket? Let us know in the comments.

30 comments on this article

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By in United States,

What a time to refresh the page! My personal picks are Newbury Haunted High School, Rocket Assembly and Transport, and Droid Commander.

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By in United Kingdom,

Have to agree with @capnrex101 and go with the Treehouse although a close runner for me would be 75810 The Upside Down just because it looks like a funky build. (Never seen Stranger things either).

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By in United States,

I would say the Saturn V Rocket is a great set in this price range

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By in France,

@Steaxz : I would rather say the temple of airjitzu. or the parisian restaurant.
But for this year, maybe the tree house, at least it looks unique, corner garage is just another modular.

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By in Canada,

Hmm.... I don't agree with Brickset on this occasion.
For kids or Ninjago fans...
70677 Land Bounty

For Lego Fans...
10265 Ford Mustang
or
75810 The Upside Down

Those three are easily the best sets in the price range. If I had to pick one, my personal favorite would be the Ford Mustang.

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By in United States,

Is there an affiliate link? Buying Parisian restaurant because of this article and want to help out.

EDIT: Forgot to mention why.
The corner garage got me to look into modulars and that made me want the Parisian restaurant.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Do1633 - Certainly: [See below...]

Thank you for supporting Brickset!

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By in United States,

I'm with @capnrex101 on this one. Tree house was by far the best. This is coming from a huge Star Wars fan who is saying the Tree house is better than the Tantive IV and the 20th Anniversary Slave I.

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By in United States,

The Tree House is beautiful, I love how they included autumn leaves as well as normal ones. Overall, the building techniques look really clever and I’d love to visit something like it IRL. I don’t understand why they decided to put Bail Organa in the Tantive IV set instead of one of the Episode III ones (he doesn’t even appear in A New Hope). The “choked” Captain Antilles face print is priceless, though. Darth Vader’s Castle doesn’t appear for long enough to spark my interest that much, although the Bacta Tank Vader is a cool figure. The Corner Garage looks like a solid set, I love the flat on the top floor and the veterinary is cute. I agree with the Amusement Pier being overpriced (although it still looks like a good set), and the LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster from last year was a better deal IMO. The Land Rover looks pretty awesome.

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By in Germany,

Tree house is a nice set.
I would like to recommend Car Transporter 42098 (https://brickset.com/sets/42098-1/Car-Transporter).
I enjoyed both the build and the model. I think there are good options for modifications, extensions (which car would you like to add: 42093 or your own desgin?), and it also offers playability.
It's also a good parts pack with affordable price/piece ration.

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By in United States,

I would like to point out that the window frames for the Corner Garage are sand blue, not medium azure. Also, weren’t there supposed to be more riddles today? I enjoyed the previous ones!

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By in United States,

The Mustang would have to be my choice here.

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By in United States,

If we're not limiting ourselves to sets released this year (but still available), the Apollo Rocket is still one of the best sets ever made. Easily top 5, arguably top 1.
I got the Mustang recently, that's a great one, too.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Mosquitosquisher7 - Yes, but they have been delayed slightly after all the discussion surrounding BrickLink yesterday. I hope to publish them within the next couple of days.

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By in United States,

@CapnRex101 Is there a US link? I know, filthy American and all that.

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By in Belgium,

How anyone could choose the corner garage is beyond my comprehension. It is by far the worst modular to date.
The tree house on the other hand looks good, but not as good as the original idea's project.

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By in United States,

@Huw thanks!

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By in United States,

@Tuun
I agree that Corner Garage is the weakest of the Modular Buildings, but it’s still not a bad set IMO (maybe I’m a little biased :P).

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By in United States,

@Steaxz, that is a great set, but it’s not from 2019.

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By in Australia,

The Star Wars range is great. I’d go for Kylo Ren’s shuttle, Slave I or the Millenium Falcon.

For younger kids, the Newbury Haunted High school or the rocket assembly wold work.

Then for Technic fans, the Land Rover. Architecture people might also enjoy the Empire State Building.

Creator? No prob. Get the Mustang or Corner Garage.

And let’s not forget Stranger Things or the Treehouse.

Phew. What a selection!

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By in Ireland,

I have the 3 sets but I don’t like that the garage is not symmetrical.

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By in United States,

Will there be another addition to this list for $200 + sets?

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By in United States,

The corner garage is a nice set, but I don’t like the price increase from previous modulars, and it’s only mediocre as modulars go. I’ll be waiting for it to go on sale in a few years.

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By in United States,

My favorite set of the year is definitely 75244 Tantive IV which could be my favorite Star Wars set ever.

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By in Germany,

As a great Classic Technic fan I would go for the Car Transporter 42098.
As for non Technic sets I would be torn between the Tree House, the Mustang, the Tantive IV or the Corner Garage. Sure, it might be the worst Modular since the Pet Shop (the one I liked the least overall) but it is still not a bad set overall. What irks me the most is that it feels so insubstantial somehow. Didn't stop me from buying it (at a nice discount) though ;-)

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By in Australia,

Corner Garage: "Wonderfully detailed"...hmmmmm thats debatable....

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By in United States,

I'm gonna go pound me some plates! FlagsNZ, can you share that technique? ;)

I also like the 911 RSR for looks and how easy it is to motorize, though it doesn't have all of the features (nor parts count) of the Land Rover. But what it does have is wheel arches, real pistons, and other interesting parts, used in a build that looks gorgeous and offers good play and better customization capabilities. It all depends what you're looking for.

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By in Ukraine,

Thank you! Sets are really great!

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By in Finland,

I'm absolutely buying corner garage for myself, unless the 2020 one is way better

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