Welcome one and all, let me start by saying that ever since laying eyes on this set, it has been gnawing away at me to get it, and thanks to the Australian Governments recession busting stimulus package, I picked up Green Grocer and Cafe Corner!
Has TLC delivered one of the greatest sets ever? Read on to find out.
10185: Green Grocer
Come join our hosts for this review. First up is Oliver Clothesoff and his lovely wife Patty O'Furniture.
OC: Lets show these lovely out-of-towners around Patty
PO: It will be my pleasure.
Also give a rousing welcome to Eileen Dover and Ben Down. They will guide you through this rollicking adventure in true Lego style.
BD: I dropped my quarter down the drain here.
ED: Sorry, I can't see it.
On with the show, you wont be disappointed
Set name: Green Grocer
Set number: 10185
Year of release: 2008
Price: $149 US, $249 Aus, ~$155 Eur
Box size: 57 x 48 x 10
Weight: 3.18 Kilograms
Bricklink, Brickset, Peeron, S@H
We start our review with the front of the box. Its a whopper! Its shows our four plucky hosts in all their two dimensional glory coexisting peacefully in this lovely building. A quick spin picture demonstrates that, yes, the house has 4 walls just like a real house.
The back of the box reveals all of the inbuilt goodness of this set. The characters moving through the building and an awesome site of Green Grocer alongside Cafe Corner and Market Street.
The top of the box has the complete parts list, though to be honest, if the beauty of this set hasn't won you over, a checklist probably wont help all that much.
Here is a picture of the side of the box showing what trouble young Ben Down can get up to! (Link as the picture is long ways and interrupts the review flow too much.)
Underside of box
This set comes with three manuals, the first for ground floor, second for first floor, and third for the top floor and roof, whew I get tired just thinking about building this beauty!
The back of each manual has different advertisements for Lego.
The random instruction page.
Just take a look at all the polybags for just the first part of the build. 10 bags plus two 16 x 32 baseplates.
The first floor doesn't require anywhere near as many bags so don't be alarmed.
Back to 10 bags for the top floor and roof, normal programming has resumed.
Part one of the build.
I have taken a picture of all the parts included for part one (not the others though) As you can see by the two pictures there is quite a few small pieces for this section.
The minifigures are contained in the first section of the build (This may be the most common way, but if anyone has built the Death Star 10188, they will know that the parts were scattered throughout the sets poly bags)
It is often hard to take a flash photo of the figures when one has a white torso, suffice to say there is no printing on the front of Eileens torso though. All figures have no printing on the rear of the torso's. They all come with the classic smile face of Lego past.
OC: Hey, who you calling plain!
Part one of the build
This set starts off with a whole lot of tiling to get the beautiful floor built, then heads skyward after that.
OC: I tell you Eileen, now that the tilers have finished, the builders will be back in a week or so.
ED: Hope so, its a bit drafty at the moment.
PO: My, you certainly look hungry Mr rat.
OC: Why you bugging me kid? We got sandwiches in stock already!
A view of the newly installed cash register with all the candy goodness, and the beginnings of a fridge.
I really love the entrance to the upstairs rooms, complete with mail boxes in the hallway.
ED: Well, at least my mail is starting to arrive, even if I don't have a place to sleep yet.
So many great colour parts just in the food and drink products on level one.
PO: We better get some refrigeration in here soon or we are ruined!
The waste bins around back of the shop.
OC:What do you mean Santa's been?
OC: Well we got doors at least. The guy will be back later with the refrigeration equipment.
BD: Hmmm, bananas look good.
The fully stocked shop looks amazing.
BD: Mmmmm five finger discount! yoink
The angles on the shop door, awning and fruit boxes really give the shopfront a lovely extra dimension in detail. Not to mention the hanging lanterns, fire hydrant and street lamp.
ED: Hi everyone, the baby has arrived via stork. When will the bedrooms be built?
PO: ... and when the builders were finished they left all their rubbish lying in the street!
Part two of the build
I really love all the sand green bricks that come in this set. They will be very useful for future building, though it looks like they were limited for choice for 1 x2 bricks as you only get the garage door groove bricks in this size, even though they are used not just on the front for detailing. Note the lovely columns continue up onto the next level. Also some great balcony detailing using the black skeleton feet.
From this angle, you get a better look into the first floor to see a nice fireplace and a bannister, which is all the interior we get for this floor.
OC: Its ok Patty, the curtain makers will finish soon.
From the rear we can see the great fire escape taking shape. This is a great feature for the back of this set and has been designed really well.
Recreating the famous box picture shows the kitty
Third part of the build.
This being the start of the top floor building. We are off to a great with a continuation of the lovely bay window on the right, great wall detailing and the nice carpet rug and Grandfather clock.
OC: Think of it as a picnic under the stars Patty, We even have half a clock to use for firewood if it gets cooler. Large cupcake?
Some nice facade work again with the black slope pieces and windowing.
PO: Well Mr Puss, I still say its too drafty up here. Apple?
A radiator as well really lifts this floor above the one below, and should keep the residents a bit warmer up here.
PO: I heard that!
A shot of the Grandfather clock as well on the almost completed part three. Take a look at the finish on the bay window roofing, very nice
We are getting there now, three floors together and the Green Grocer is looking like a member of a sprawling city street in some bustling city somewhere.
Fourth and last section of the build, also shown in manual three. Featuring a nice balcony around back with barbeque, umbrella table and chairs its perfect on a sunny day.
PO: Ben how did you get up there?
ED: BBQ sparrow wings are almost done.
This is what you ave been waiting for! It looks awe inspiring with its beautiful architecture now on fully completed display.
Sometimes words aren't enough, so enjoy all the views of the completed Green Grocer.
Its Modular baby yeah! Take in an aerial shot of the Green Grocer's levels.
Another exploded view of all 4 parts.
Good ol spare parts shot, its a cheese lovers dream!
Build: 9/10: This took me about 6-8 hours as I was taking my time photographing it and searching for all the small pieces takes a while. It was an enjoyable build that kept me focused all the way through with no really mundane repetitive parts.
Pieces: 10/10: Bang for your buck here, so many great small pieces and not a single BURP or LURP to be seen.
Playability: 7/10: A lot of doors, windows, fire escape, mail boxes and the modularity of this allow for some playability, but it really is about looks.
Design: 10/10: Its hard to imagine what they have missed on the design of this set. It really looks great up close and from a distance.
Conclusion With a total score of 9/10 This set has rated well for me. I will mention again that I fell in love with this set from the moment I saw it, and at the time had yet to branch out into City, however I am so glad I did whilst this set was still on sale at S@H. Anyone who has any doubts should definitely not miss out on owning one of the true AFOL Lego masterpieces out there.
More pictures on my Brickshelf.