10182 Cafe Corner Photo Review!
Posted 08 March 2008 - 03:08 PM
I just ordered the Cafe Corner (finally).
My hope is the colors issues are fixed by now.
Posted 08 March 2008 - 09:04 PM
You do know that you can buy the Green Grocer without owning the CC?! ;-)
Posted 26 July 2009 - 07:26 PM
Very optimistic - I would not count on that!
I don't know, mine is 4 months old and doesn't have any colorissues! Or am I really lucky here?!
Posted 26 July 2009 - 07:42 PM
I actually prefer the new plastic as it does have brighter colours - hopefully it will weather well too. Yellow doesn't seem right mind you - too pale. White is especially good obviously.
Any of my recent sets have had no issue, because of course they are all the one brick type - the new plastic.
I've nearly come to the point with MoCing/sorting mind you of separating old and new white bricks - even apart from yellowing, the old ones all look terrible next to the new ones, even the old ones in mint condition.
I prefer the greater flexibility of the new bricks too - I can understand it might be an issue for large structures or structural elements, but for day to day building it really makes things so much easier (no need for picking, just pull the bricks apart).
Posted 26 July 2009 - 07:47 PM
Maybe you didn't notice them. See this for a picture and the typical symptoms to look for.
At this point, I doubt the colors will ever be fixed completely. TLG has surely realized by now that most people haven't even noticed the quality reduction, and they have little incentive to fix it. Some colors do at least seem to be improving, although very slowly.
Posted 26 July 2009 - 10:40 PM
Good point, after a pretty close look to the building I have to conclude there are just a few issues.
The biggest issue is the colorvariation in the dark red plates (noticed this before in the Model Town House, the dark red jumper plates)
Further I spot 1 darker redbrown brick and 3 redbrown bricks with a less smooth surface.
That's really it, at least on my copy, plus it's only noticable from it's backview. Ok I'd rather have no issues in a set like this but yeah youcan't have everything I guess..
Posted 26 July 2009 - 10:52 PM
Well, I think actually it's more just that the stocks of bricks using old plastic are getting used up.
Perterz: sounds like a vast improvement - on my Café Corner the 1x8 tan bricks are all lighter, and many other tan bricks a bit darker. Most of the red-brown is the lighter shade that is ubiquitous now in my experience - but in this set the 1x4s, 1x6s and some 1x8s are noticably darker (I'm not talking about old brown - just a darker shade of red-brown). You can notice the difference in brick type too though as the darker ones jam together tighter and have less of a sheen. Also some older slopes that are a darker shade of dark red and have no texture - and others are the newer brighter ones (again, most dark red in sets in the last year or two seems to be this) and they have proper texture as many slopes are starting to have again.
Ditto goes for market street - a lot of older navy colour that's darker - but in using some of my existing brick stock (from Agents) for modifications it was obvious that the colour differences were where there were newer navy that is lighter (all my Agents brick stock is that shade).
So I do live in hope that this is a time-limited problem.
Edited by brickzone, 26 July 2009 - 10:56 PM.
Posted 08 August 2011 - 04:53 AM
I was checking this review to see what color that 1x1 grille piece is. And I noticed that "Inspiration model". And, I was curious if anyone has built it and maybe has instructions or part count? I'd like to add this "official" set to my street.
Posted 08 August 2011 - 06:03 AM
I had not one inkling as to the level of an investment it actually has become.
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