Jump to content


4954 Model Town House Review


17 replies to this topic

#1 Sinner

Sinner

  • Mike's Magical Elf


    Posts: 19298
    Joined: 29-April 07
    Member: 1554
    Country: Australia

Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:51 PM

Posted Image

I have been taking photos for this review for a few months and I finally took the rest of the photos last night.

Posted Image
All the parts. If you want tan, this is the set to get!

Posted Image
Main model.

Posted Image
The garage is a great addition...

Posted Image
...but the car only just fits!

Posted Image
The main house is very nice looking.

Posted Image
The windows extend to the sides...

Posted Image
...but not the back.

Posted Image
The chimney and drainage work very well, and I love the "basement".

Posted Image
I think the front works very well. When I was making this I was multitasking doing weight training; do a set, do a step, do a set... and I ended up missing one of the row paths. I discovered this after I finished the basement. :-|

Posted Image
The removable roof reveals BYO floors. Probably why this is called a Model house!

Posted Image
The roof was quite interesting to build. This is my first large house set so it all was very new to me.

Posted Image
I love the garage door.

Posted Image
More nice pipework.

Posted Image
This photo I mis-focused but there isn't much to see anyway!

Posted Image
The door is a nice touch. The grill to the right on both sides is not just decoration as it hides the hinges for the door.

Posted Image
I also made one of the sub-models. I was considering keeping this but I decided against it.

Posted Image
Once again the sides have windows...

Posted Image
but the back doesn't. The truck is there to make the photo more worthwhile!

Posted Image
The roof to this one doesn't come off easily as all the tiles are used for the front.

Posted Image
Just to clarify; these houses aren't attached so you can arrange them however you want.

Posted Image
The fronts are quite elaborate and it seems that Lego were trying to make this almost like a simpler market street.

Posted Image
The truck is too small for a minifig...

Posted Image
...but it probably was my favourite car.


Thoughts

I highly recommend this set. In most countries it is good value for money, including Australia. The design is excellent and three instructions are included. (The third is a school. If anyone has made it and wants to post photos feel free! At least one person at EB has made it.) I love how each house has its own car. Due to the way the primary model is made it is a bit weak at the corner, but that was a design choice. My only real complaint about this set is how Lego is going though a mould transition and thus some roof slopes are rough, others are smooth. I can accept either, and Lego has been moving to smooth slopes for years now, but to have a set with about 50/50 is annoying. (The MTT was the same.) But that is my only gripe with this excellent set.  *wub*





Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Full details on the Siegfried About Me page!


#2 Paradosis

Paradosis

    Posts: 253
    Joined: 05-March 06
    Member: 684
    Country: United States

Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:58 PM

Thanks for the review, and tons of pics! I've been wanting to pick this one up since I saw it. I thought the 4956 Creator House was nice, but this Model Town House is in a completely different league! I also like the alternate models that you can see in the catalogues.

#3 Lasse D

Lasse D

  • Pink Poodle


    Posts: 921
    Joined: 24-December 06
    Member: 1144
    Country: Denmark

Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:03 PM

Thank you for the review Sinner. At first I wanted this set for the 4 blue 1x1 slope tiles, but I can see there is much more into it than that. It sure is a great value compared to what you get in the Building Bonanzas (no cars and less detail).

It was funny to see the little side story in your pictures. Would it be hard to modify the cars to fit minifigs better?
Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#4 Asuka

Asuka

  • Pictural Poet


    Posts: 6658
    Joined: 19-June 06
    Member: 816
    Country: Schnitzelland

Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:30 PM

A beautiful and humorous review with very fine pics.  *y*
A fantastic set, full of neat details and in a wonderful color scheme.
Great for every City builder for sure. I guess we waited for sets like that.
We dreamed about them. I´m glad we got them now. :'-)

EDIT: Congrats! It seems you´ve got your bucket back....  :-P

#5 tedbeard

tedbeard

    Posts: 1070
    Joined: 16-August 06
    Member: 905
    Country: Canada

Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:45 PM

I found the use of parts well done by the designers. I made a car and then tried to make a house from a different instruction book. I could not as several pieces were already used in the car. Nice to see them using all the parts like that rather than having a lot of "extra" bits.

Moral of the story: one instruction book at a time.  *sweet*
Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#6 Sinner

Sinner

  • Mike's Magical Elf


    Posts: 19298
    Joined: 29-April 07
    Member: 1554
    Country: Australia

Posted 28 September 2007 - 12:08 AM

View PostLasse D, on Sep 28 2007, 08:03 AM, said:

It sure is a great value compared to what you get in the Building Bonanzas (no cars and less detail).
I was all for the white house until I saw this set. I still wouldn't mind it though. :-D

View PostLasse D, on Sep 28 2007, 08:03 AM, said:

Would it be hard to modify the cars to fit minifigs better?
The problem with the blue truck is a lack of headroom. However the truck is quite low and I can't see it being too hard to change and still have it looking good.

View PostAsuka, on Sep 28 2007, 08:30 AM, said:

Great for every City builder for sure. I guess we waited for sets like that.
We dreamed about them. I´m glad we got them now. :'-)
I think Lego were really listening with this years creator sets.  *wub*  With the exception of the ferris wheel. they are all sets that you could buy 10 of and not have too many hard to use parts.

View PostAsuka, on Sep 28 2007, 08:30 AM, said:

EDIT: Congrats! It seems you´ve got your bucket back....  :-P
Well, in this reality anyway!   X-D  Who knows what goes on in the "Wacker and Walrus" world but I do seem to be a tormented soul.  :'-(





Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Full details on the Siegfried About Me page!


#7 Hinckley

Hinckley

  • Kills for Cash?


    Posts: 29254
    Joined: 15-September 05
    Member: 486
    Country: Chicago, USA

Posted 28 September 2007 - 02:08 AM

Awesome review! Luckily you have two cute little friends and one beautiful lady to help you out! :-P I likewise love *wub* this set and your review does it credit! I laughed outloud a lot as I read it. I especially love you trying to look through the windowless back :-D  :-D  :-D

Great job, now sort that out and start building for our competition! X-D

New Member? Read This | Questions? Need Help? Ask Here
Site Guidelines | Eurobricks FAQ | Visual User Guide


#8 Shadows

Shadows

  • Awesome, brilliant, not redundant.


    Posts: 14408
    Joined: 30-April 07
    Member: 1558
    Country: USA

Posted 28 September 2007 - 03:10 AM

Excellent review with great pics and cameo appearances by some of our EB favs *y*

Definitely a set that was on my 'to get' list already, and this only confirms that. Might make me want two, just because I love tan so much and I'd like to see if something could be done to bulk up that car.

Great job as always! :-)

Shadows is looking for stalkers. Yep, you heard me right. CLICKY!



New Member? Read This | Questions? Need Help? Ask Here
Site Guidelines | Eurobricks FAQ | Visual User Guide | Tutorials


#9 MatthewUSA

MatthewUSA

    Posts: 323
    Joined: 12-March 07
    Member: 1446
    Country: United States

Posted 28 September 2007 - 06:56 AM

Thank you very much for the review Sinner.  I definitly  *wub* this set.  This will make a great addition for us "Townies".  I thought the size was too small.  I plan to make my house fit practically the whole baseplate.  Plus I will definitly add floors, that looked  :-D .  I can't believe TLC skimped on the floors.

#10 simonwillems

simonwillems

  • Technic Campaigner


    Posts: 1351
    Joined: 08-December 06
    Member: 1116
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 28 September 2007 - 09:53 AM

Thanks for this review Sinner!

I love this house, with the nicely made tiled corners, the colorscheme and the garage.

The only thing I dislike about this set is the way the windows are attached in train windows (so they turn inwards a little) instead of the usual frames with shutter-attachment-ability. But that is something that can be fixed in the blink of an eye.

I will certainly buy this house some day when I find it at reasonable price.

#11 Holodoc

Holodoc

  • Hasn't seen the box


    Posts: 3795
    Joined: 24-November 06
    Member: 1094
    Country: Germany

Posted 28 September 2007 - 10:58 AM

Thanks for the review Sinner! *y*
... although we had a not very detailed one already... :-P

I bought this set at TRU with 20% off resulting in 54€. X-D  Definitely a must buy for every townie.
You get tons of useful parts to build other buildings as well. [shameless self-promotion /OFF] ;-)
You have to love tan bricks though. 8-|

MOC ON!
Even more interested in LEGO bricks & parts? Read Tim Johnson's (aka Caperberry) blog: Posted Image

#12 paul_delahaye

paul_delahaye

    Posts: 781
    Joined: 12-March 06
    Member: 694
    Country: United Kingdom

Posted 28 September 2007 - 10:38 PM

I too have bought this set and the only thing I notice which is a bit odd, with the exception of there being no floors in the house is the lack of a steering wheel in the car!

#13 PaulC

PaulC

    Posts: 278
    Joined: 26-June 06
    Member: 832

Posted 29 September 2007 - 08:19 AM

Thanks for the review Sinner! I definitely want this set now. The mixed rough and smooth roof bricks would annoy me on a model like the MTT, but here it looks as is if the roof is quite old with some parts being worn and pitted and some parts being replaced with new roof tiles. I quite like the effect.

I agree on which is the best vehicle, and if it doesn't fit minifigs, just mod the heck out of it!  X-D

#14 Sinner

Sinner

  • Mike's Magical Elf


    Posts: 19298
    Joined: 29-April 07
    Member: 1554
    Country: Australia

Posted 29 September 2007 - 04:49 PM

Thanks for the thanks guys!  *sweet*

View Posthinckley39, on Sep 28 2007, 11:08 AM, said:

Great job, now sort that out and start building for our competition! X-D
I started building today!  *sweet*

View PostMatthewUSA, on Sep 28 2007, 03:56 PM, said:

I can't believe TLC skimped on the floors.
It didn't bother me as I downloaded the instructions prior to buying the set. I think it was a deliberate choice to make the house flashy looking but not very functional. Due to the cool looking corners it isn't very strong either; while breaking it I was reminded of a zip!  :-P

View Postsimonwillems, on Sep 28 2007, 06:53 PM, said:

The only thing I dislike about this set is the way the windows are attached in train windows (so they turn inwards a little) instead of the usual frames with shutter-attachment-ability.
These were my first windows like that and it surprised me. I wouldn't be surprised if Lego are trying to phase out the old windows.

View PostHolodoc, on Sep 28 2007, 07:58 PM, said:

Thanks for the review Sinner! *y*
... although we had a not very detailed one already... :-P
I notice that, but since didn't show what the original set looked like I saw that more of a MOC.  8-|

View PostHolodoc, on Sep 28 2007, 07:58 PM, said:

You get tons of useful parts to build other buildings as well. [shameless self-promotion /OFF] ;-)
I was actually considering adding a link to your MOC anyway. Thanks!  :-P

View Postpaul_delahaye, on Sep 29 2007, 07:38 AM, said:

I too have bought this set and the only thing I notice which is a bit odd, with the exception of there being no floors in the house is the lack of a steering wheel in the car!
Once again, I think this is just a sign of all style, no substance!  :-D

View PostPaulC, on Sep 29 2007, 05:19 PM, said:

The mixed rough and smooth roof bricks would annoy me on a model like the MTT, but here it looks as is if the roof is quite old with some parts being worn and pitted and some parts being replaced with new roof tiles. I quite like the effect.
Fair point. What confuses me though is the (CG) cover has the rough ones shown... :-|





Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

Full details on the Siegfried About Me page!


#15 Lasse D

Lasse D

  • Pink Poodle


    Posts: 921
    Joined: 24-December 06
    Member: 1144
    Country: Denmark

Posted 30 September 2007 - 09:59 PM

Sinner. You have convinced me. I bought this set yesterday when it was on sale at International LEGO weekend in Skærbæk.
Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

#16 Zaktan of the Shadows

Zaktan of the Shadows

    Posts: 1589
    Joined: 11-January 07
    Member: 1232
    Country: Canada!!!

Posted 01 October 2007 - 02:22 AM

Sweet! Looks like an awesome set. I might get it, I have to see. Looks like it has a lot of good parts.

-ZotS


#17 Wout

Wout

    Posts: 2613
    Joined: 29-March 07
    Member: 1485
    Country: The Netherlands

Posted 01 October 2007 - 06:30 PM

Thank you for the nice review.
I want this set too with al those tan bricks and black slopes and the cute blue car *wub*

I like the old windows more, I hope they don't stop producing them
Duke of Equestria

#18 WhiteFang

WhiteFang

  • Beep beep!


    Posts: 15579
    Joined: 31-December 07
    Member: 2351
    Country: Singapore

Posted 25 July 2008 - 09:51 PM

Sinner, thanks for this outstanding review! I am glad that I had read this review in advance, before making my purchase on this set earlier with my girlfriend. We built this set for a total of 3 hours, to complete this beauty, in about 2 hours ago. There are stars circling around my head at this very moment, when I post this reply.  :laugh:

I must admit from the bottom of my heart, that this is an wonderful piece of house, that simply shows the beauty of it, with the European kind of houses, where there is a garage. Furthermore, there is a lovely blue car. I am seeing stars right now, in the middle of the night, and I must drop a thanks to you personally as well.  :sweet:

Although it is empty from its interior unlike the 4996 Beach House, but this set has the majestic look which simply place a "Wow" factor in front of it upon completion.  :blush:

At the moment, we had plans for getting the second set next month, to build the other design as well. Hopefully, I will be able to share with you guys, all of my different Creators sets, with its alternate designs as well in the near future.  :wub:

My BrickLink Store // Sign up for Reviewers Academy // Trains & Town Reviews // Black Knights Kingdom (EBRP) // Watch out EB News!

Click here to find out more about WhiteFang


New Member? Read This | Questions? Need Help? Ask Here

Site Guidelines | Eurobricks FAQ | Visual User Guide


My name is Wilhalm Bloodaxe and I am back to be part of the Ragnarök Now Redux.

Lord Kenneth Valise, Level 1 Knight, 28yrs old human
Power: 4 Health: 10/10 Gold: 10
Inventory: One potion, a Greatsword (WP: 3) and a Shield (SP: 2)




Reply to this topic



  


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users