Time to move house? sick of the old place?
Then you need the Model Town House!
If you don't like the house we can change it to something else, you need a school for the kids? price too much, how bout an apartment?
Set Name: Model Town House
Set Number: 4954
Price: $70US, $100Aus
Dimensions 57.3 x 38 x 9.5cm
The front of the box shows the main Creator house model
The back of the box shows all three models and each vehicle.
Three instruction booklets included, one for each model. Each is a pretty intense build, hence the large individual booklets. I decided to build the smallest model first. The Town House.
Model 1: Town house.
I really enjoyed building this model. It was a good way to ease in to building the other bigger models. This build consisted of two standalone town houses and a truck. I really liked the quaint neighborhood feel upon completing this section. On completing this section, there was a fair amount of bricks left over. It kind of felt like TLC could have made another floor for one of the houses from what was left over. The truck was a nice vehicle, though you wont fit a minifig in any of the vehicles except the convertible. They are scaled slightly smaller than a normal minifig car.
A nice front on view, showing off the nice individualized windows on each house. It would have been a lot easier to make them copies of one another, but designers have gone for nice separate builds for each, bravo TLC.
A peaceful suburban street.
A better look at the side of two storey house.
Birds eye view.
Just look at the nice windows on the smaller house, as well as the great guttering.
An imposing structure.
Complete with truck.
Model 2: The main house.
For my next build I went for the centrepiece, the grand daddy of living Lego style. If this baby doesn't cut it you will need to move to the big smoke and find an apartment on Cafe Corner
I love the corner detailing on this house, it is a fiddly part of the building and I often found myself pressing the tiles back onto the headlights after adding a few levels of bricks, however I think you will agree it looks really nice.
From this angle it looks rather majestic, even a little like a haunted mansion!
With a nice sports car parked on the driveway, the owners aren't short of a penny!
Though it may get a bit drafty in the lower floor of the house looking at the massive gaps above the windows
A quick view of the Garage and guttering on the side of the house, very nice. The door looks great open or closed and stays open very easily.
A better view of the tiling outside the house, and a look at the side windows.
Model 3: School house.
Off we go to the lovely school down the road.
Here is the typical angle as viewed by a Kindergarten child on the first day, a little intimidating!
From this angle we can see the lovely layout of playground equipment, including the basketball court, see-saw, and jungle gym amongst others.
A couple of views of the side of the school, complete with waste bin for lunch wrappers etc.
A well built schoolyard and house.
Birds eye view.
Parts: 9/10, An excellent variety of parts worthy of MOCing into other buildings etc. I was missing two parts unfortunately
Build: 9/10, I enjoyed all builds, however the most intense is obviously the largest flagship of the set. Both of the other builds were left with quite a few spare parts.
Design: 9/10, All three sets are strongly designed, I tip my hat to TLC, they pulled out all the stops on this set. Obviously with no interior or back of the house designing the score is slightly lower, but if those were included the price would have skyrocketed.
Price: 9/10, I picked two up for $89 Australian each and sold one on for a tidy sum, so I certainly wont be complaining about the price per part
In conclusion, I bought this set with the plan of bolstering my tan bricks, headlight and tile supplies, however I fell in love with the great designs and learn't a lot about Lego house building from the various models. I strongly recommend picking one up if you can find it at a good price. I believe fans were caught out when it stopped selling September last year. Its an awesome parts pack and features some great builds. So don't hesitate if you see one that's been sitting in some small town supermarket or elsewhere, because they fetch a hefty price on eBay and Bricklink nowadays.
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Thanks for making it this far, some extra pics can be found at my Brickshelf
Edited by WhiteFang, 23 May 2009 - 06:21 PM.