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#76 Thee Pirate

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Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:17 PM

View PostBachus, on Sep 6 2009, 04:02 AM, said:

I will... I wasn't enthousiast either when I first saw this building. But it is really great! It has so much detail inside. I like it better than Cafe Corner.

Woah, woah, woah. CC is an amazing building  :tongue:
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Posted 06 September 2009 - 02:29 PM

This looks like an amazing set, and I truly can't wait to get it. :)

The gold helmets are fantastic, and I love the use of grey frogs for helmet holders! The Table Tennis table, along with the sofa and kitchen are just fabulous.  :tongue:

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 06:02 PM

I have bought the fire brigade recently.
Even if the building looks very good and impressive, I have to admit that I find it really far from the level of CC and GG. I don’t know really why…
Maybe it’s due to its architecture, which is more “square’ish” than the two first one.
The facades don’t look as details IMO, just like the first floor. Maybe it’s due to its architecture inspiration…

But there is a point that I’m very pleased with. :sweet:
It seems that TLC has solved its colours issues.
All the light grey pieces looks the same, and better, the dark red too! The variation of colours in dark colours is easier to distinguish and with this set, nothing to deplore! :thumbup:

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 07:03 PM

Wow - this Fire Brigade looks so great next to the other Exclusive sets.

I wish that my budget allowed me to buy these kinds of sets. It's really what I've wished for in LEGO sets my whole life

Great review - thanks  :classic:
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Posted 18 September 2009 - 03:25 AM

View Postalex54, on Sep 18 2009, 04:02 AM, said:

I have bought the fire brigade recently.
Even if the building looks very good and impressive, I have to admit that I find it really far from the level of CC and GG. I don’t know really why…
Maybe it’s due to its architecture, which is more “square’ish” than the two first one.
The facades don’t look as details IMO, just like the first floor. Maybe it’s due to its architecture inspiration…

My problem with it is that the first floor feels vastly oversized compared to CC and GG. The whole building seems like it is a different scale. I mean, the height is about the same as the first two, but whereas they had three intricate and separate floors, Fire Brigade has 2 starker and less detailed levels. Maybe it's just that so much of the floors are large windows, and the other two were relatively modest in that respect, but I don't think they look quite right next to each other.

View Postalex54, on Sep 18 2009, 04:02 AM, said:

But there is a point that I’m very pleased with. :sweet: It seems that TLC has solved its colours issues. All the light grey pieces looks the same, and better, the dark red too!

I disagree about the colour issues. Yes, dark red is now the new browny dark red (and has been since mid 08), but the ordinary red in the firetruck was all over the place, and I have never seen such poor yellow as was found in the tube for the fire pole and the dreadful looking airtanks. Really bad! :sick:

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 06:46 AM

View PostSvelte, on Sep 18 2009, 04:25 AM, said:

I disagree about the colour issues. Yes, dark red is now the new browny dark red (and has been since mid 08), but the ordinary red in the firetruck was all over the place, and I have never seen such poor yellow as was found in the tube for the fire pole and the dreadful looking airtanks. Really bad! :sick:
Yeah, yellow appears to be a problem still. The 7641 City Corner had both almost transparent and some kind of alien looking yellow in it. The alien color can also be found on some of the 2009 Pirate minifigs (one of the soldiers in 6243 Brickbeard's Bounty had an 'alien' head and some minifig parts in 6241 Loot Island suffered the same fate). I'm glad to hear that the dark-red is ok though (and that there's not too much yellow in the 10197).

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:19 PM

TRU has taken the set off of their website...Beginning of the end?

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 08:39 PM

That was a funny review to read....although i do not think i will buy the set, simply because it is too big for my city, it was fun to read, really !!

You should do more reviews in this way... it made me laugh !!!

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Posted 08 March 2011 - 11:50 PM

View Posttypo, on 07 March 2011 - 08:19 PM, said:

TRU has taken the set off of their website...Beginning of the end?

Absolutely not. It will be widely available through around October/November.

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 02:07 AM

TRU put it back up. Maybe I jumped the gun...

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 02:09 AM

View PostMAH4546, on 08 March 2011 - 11:50 PM, said:

Absolutely not. It will be widely available through around October/November.

If not longer, because sales on this set have been slower than any other modular.  I just bought 2 from the tru bobo sale.  I have yet to open the box.
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:35 PM

View PostMAH4546, on 08 March 2011 - 11:50 PM, said:

Absolutely not. It will be widely available through around October/November.
Any idea when the Grand Emporium will be discontinued..??

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:57 PM

View PostRoger Rabbit, on 30 May 2011 - 07:35 PM, said:

Any idea when the Grand Emporium will be discontinued..??

The Grand Emporium will no doubt be readily available for at least another year if the availability of the previous modulars is anything to go by. They all last for around 2 years from release as a general rule.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 05:56 PM

View Postsamshaw44, on 30 May 2011 - 07:57 PM, said:

The Grand Emporium will no doubt be readily available for at least another year if the availability of the previous modulars is anything to go by. They all last for around 2 years from release as a general rule.
I went into the London LEGO store, and all exclusives were in stock (inc. Medieval Market Village), although no Grand Emporium...

As for this review, awesome set, however none of the pictures seem to work for me  :sceptic:
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Posted 04 July 2011 - 04:24 AM

I just bought this set and the LEGO Store & was surprised to find the instructions in a plastic bag with cardboard backing. :classic:

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 08:44 AM

View Postjansued, on 18 July 2009 - 12:24 PM, said:

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I've got this set and although it's good, it's my least favourite of the modular range.  I would suggest you retrace your steps through your instructions, as I don't think you should have the two 1 x 4 black tiles or the two 1 x 2 dark bley plates left over.  These are not normal lego spares and I don't remember having them when I build my Fire house, I think you missed a step :-)

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 02:37 PM

I jut ordered this set online and I specifically bought it because of the size of each floor of the building (two stories instead of three).  I plan on removing the back wall and making it into a "doll house" for my daughter.  I'll be keeping it a Firehouse (she is pretty flexible with her play themes) but plan on doing some remodeling as she is still very young.
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Posted 07 July 2011 - 11:51 AM

Got this set 2 days ago, strange thing is that i'm missing several bricks.
one dark red corner brick, two 3x1 grey bricks and a 12 stud plate.

This is my first set that I got thats not complete. Although the box was sealed and al the bags too...

But overall I think this set is great. But some rooms for the fireman to crash in would be nice too.

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Posted 07 July 2011 - 02:19 PM

I bought the set at the event in Windsor and i have to say there are some really great sections and some weak elements to it.

sure, the interior is not al that brilliant. i dont like the fridge, for instance, and the seat lacks some legs. the small cupboard, on the other hand, is sweet... the table tennis is a mistery to me... did they have those in the early 20-30's? hmmm

The flag at the front of the house was not a good decision either, but i can live with it...

what i do like, however, is the front section of the first floor: the combination between dark red tiles and light bley tiles is great, the large windows give it classic feel to it all. the buiding technique is innovative and attractive. but most of all, it's a fairly large room, you can easily turn this into a gymnasium or class room... The roof section is pretty nice as well.

in all, i'd say this set is one of the best, the front is less chaotic and in fairly natural colors, it has a fair interior, contrary to Café Corner, which has no interior at all, and holes instead of windows, and the car is quite nice too

happy to have it... :sweet:

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 02:21 PM

Thanks for the review! I have decided to buy the fire brigade as my first modular building! After reading your review, I'm sure I won't be disappointed  :classic: I also like how these modulars can provide parts for MOCs.

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 01:53 AM

View PostiDave, on 07 July 2011 - 11:51 AM, said:

Got this set 2 days ago, strange thing is that i'm missing several bricks.
one dark red corner brick, two 3x1 grey bricks and a 12 stud plate.

This is my first set that I got thats not complete. Although the box was sealed and al the bags too...

But overall I think this set is great. But some rooms for the fireman to crash in would be nice too.
i just got one for my birthday and am missing over 20 pieces. called cust. service and determined I was missing a whole bag. It's in the mail, until then I have just the top floor put together. Can't wait to finish it!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:56 PM

I have four quantity of 10197 and I modification four sets into one large Fire Brigade but I am still working on it.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:12 PM

I also had the problem with some missing pieces.  Had a couple light bley 1x2 plates missing and a couple of the silverish grills missing.  Didn't get any grief from Lego about it and am getting the parts, but it sounds like this set had quite a few issues with missing pieces.  This is the first new set that I've ever had missing pieces in.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 05:54 PM

I too was missing pieces in this set, and I don't have a lot of these colors in my collection so its hard for me to just replace them. I believe the piece I was missing was a 1x10 light bley brick, it may have been longer or shorter I can't recall, but it was an inconvenience nonetheless. Like most of you, this is the first set I have EVER had that was missing pieces.

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:50 PM

Debating whether to get this or not while it is still around, what do you guys reckon given the similarities with the up and coming Town Hall, this won't be my first modular, already got GE and PS
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