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  1. When I was a kid, they had exactly that (early 90ies). As I remember, they were small cube-shaped boxes full of basic bricks in just one color. That was the time when Lego was pretty much only using the basic colors, and yopu could get them in white, yellow, red and blue (I think). There also was a similar box full of all kinds of slopes, which I also got a couple of for the ever growing city I had as a kid. Good times... I really don't understand why Lego doesn't do something like that nowadays. Even the most basic boxes you can get now have lots of specialized parts and often way too many different colors, too.
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    [MOC] Bubble Building

    Great work!
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Looks a lot better in this picture. The blue might be medium blue, after all . I still find it a tad too colorful, but I already see some bits that might just convince me to get two or three - all-white parrots!, 3 or 4 of the large window panel pieces or the ornate fence in white, to name a few
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    MOC Bakery & Florist's Shop

    Very nice! Love how you managed to make the facades look interesting despite their relativ simplicity. Having two houses separate in three sections is an interesting idea, too, don't think I've ever seen that before. Sure makes it easier to take a look inside.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Thanks! And no worries - we're good! After all, it's all about having as much fun as possible with Lego - and talking about it, about what we love and what maybe we don't.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Thanks :) First off: I sometimes use hyperbole when talking about stuff that I feel passionate about - which I do, regarding Lego. I get why this might come across the wrong way sometimes, but that's really not the way it was or is meant. I'm a MOCcer of modular buildings, For that reason, I like sets that have a good selection of pieces in colors that I find suitable to use in one of my MOCs. I generally like to use somewhat realistic tones on the exterior of my buildings. Thus I wouldn't use most of the brighter colors Lego has (which, btw., includes classic bright yellow, blue and red aswell). You may have gleaned from the context in my post that I purchase sets like this mainly as parts packs for MOCing, because they are one of the few cases where one can get 1 x X bricks in significant numbers, plus other useful bricks for buildings, at relatively low-cost. I got at least 3 copies of Bike Shop, Park Street Town House and Corner Deli each and (with discounts) got a better price per piece ratio each time than on a modular! I really want more of this type of set. But I don't need or want large quantities of bricks in colors I wouldn't consider using visibly in large quantities in a build. If I had them, they'd propably end up buried somewhere where you can't see them (and I have more than enough old bricks for just that purpose), or would very occasionally be used for some minor interior detail. But when buying sets for parts, I want to get as many 'good' parts as possible. In that regard, medium azure bricks are pretty 'bad' for me. And I also really just don't like medium azure when used en masse. It's fine when used as accent (e.g. for bathroom floor tiling), but when used on walls or for larger floor areas, it just feels garish and - yep! - horrible to me. But, disclaimer: That's just my personal taste, and there's no reason to get worked up about it And, yes, some of the other 3-in-1 Creator houses also had 3 or even 4 main colors. But they all were colors I like or am ok with. And, no, this has nothing to do with medium azure being a 'Friends' color, what crazy idea is that?!?! I hardly would've built an entire modular in cool yellow if I was on some kind of weird crusade there, wouldn't I? I also really like teal - see the roof on one of my other MOCs, which was built before they even brought that color back. It took me several BL orders to amass all those slopes. Though I propably wouldn't use it as the dominant primary color in a build. But I loved it's use on the Diner, for example.
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    [REVIEW] 10264 - Corner Garage

    Same goes for me. It's April now, and I still haven't got a copy of this one. Just feels bleh to me, like an average MOC at best. All of the floors lack detail big time (with the vet being closest to the standards set with the prior sets), and I absolutely can't forgive the untiled ground floor either. Seeing images like this makes me cringe - the way the edges of the tiles from the exterior show up on the inside looks so untify and unfinished! All that and the whopping 20% price increase we got here in Germany (from 150€ to 180!) makes me very reluctant to pick up this set. If it had ~300 pieces more (which coincidently would be right about the number you'd need to tile the ground floor and get the detail level up to the standard of the last few sets), I'd propably be less critical, but with this one, Lego took two unpopular steps at once.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Thanks for the heads-up. Looks like a step back in the right direction, but I'm not sold yet. Of course it's hard to tell from such a small, pixelated image, but it seems a bit cluttered. And it may use too many different colors to be of real use as a parts pack, unlike most of the old 3-in-1 townhouses (I count at least four main colors for the exterior walls - tan, dark red/reddish brown (?), medium nougat and what I fear is medium azure or something horrible like that. Could be medium blue, though)
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    [MOC] Cheese Shop

    Great work, already faved it on flickr yesterday! Absolutely love the facades of both buildings, you pretty much hit my sweet spot there - lots of lovely details everywhere, but all blending together nicely to still create a nice & clean looking building. Well done! PS: Just the tiniest thing: The two ice-cream scoops pieces on top of the cheese shop's roof seem to be hovering in midair
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    Great build overall, as we're used to when you get down to it Like this a lot better than your last one, great detailing throughout, both on the exterior and interior. I absolutely love the typewrite, such a simple little build, yet you instantly know what it's supposed to be (assumning you're old enough to have seen one in real-life, that is). Only thing I don't particularly like is the usage of medium blue and dark orange (or is it medium dark flesh?) on the facade. Feels a bit jarring and doesn't go too well with the otherwise tan and grey color scheme. Maybe losing the medium blue would already fix that, otherwise I'd go with a more muted color, maybe dark tan? Regarding the Ideas discussion: Some valid points made, but overall I don't see anything wrong with following one's dream to get a MOC produced as a set. Unlikely though it may be in case of modulars.
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    10264 Corner Garage

    That looks stunning already. Looking at it with much of the dark orange still missing on the top floor makes me think that it might actually look really good if the top floor was actually done in another, more toned down color. Something like dark bley, for example. That might help the roof to stand out more.
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    LEGO Sci-Fi 2019 Pictures and Rumors

    Finally got some copies of Benny's Space Squad this week. Such an awesome small littler set. Hope it sells tons, causing Lego to make some more sets to go with it. It being a simple & small build, I decided to try building it without even looking at the instructions, so just with the box images as reference. Almost got it right, only thing that was off was that I put the inverted tiles beneath the spaceship, not the little buggy .
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    So just swap the Record Studio with the apartment, too :) Diner / vet / apartment and garage / gym / record studio go together pretty well. The first three are all quieter establishments, while the last three are not, or at least aren't negatively impacted by noise (I imagine there'd be music playing in the gym).
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Yeah, some of the combinations they do are a bit weird. But to be honest: I think they mainly do it to avoid repetition. Just looking at the exterior of many modulars, you'd expect the upper floors to be taken up by apartments or offices (regular or doctor's). But just imagine what it would be like if they actually did that - having one or several apartments in every modular would be extremely repetitive. Adding in a business of any kind makes it much more interesting, and who cares if the arrangements aren't realistic? I quite like the route they've taken with the last three. Finally, we get three full floors again, and the buildings mostly make sense in the way they are laid out (unlike DO & BB, which don't). Now just get someone on board again for the next one who likes to do interior detailing, and we're all set .
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Downtown Diner hands down. It's actually one of the best of the entire series (top 5 for me), and propably was the most fun building experience of all. I just loved how all the Lego geometry worked out, especially one the ground floor.