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    I really like the final result and it would have been a day-one purchase without our current lockdown. I have read a few pages and, indeed, to me it looks like they took the opportunity to try to please everyone, but especially old fans of the pirate line. I understand the disappointed fans of the original project, which had certainly some different aspects and looked more structured headquarters with remains of an old sailing ship rather than the opposite. That being said, while I loved it, the original submission was way too monochromatic and uniform. It is certainly a great MoC and it would be great to have it as a part of a display, but I feel like the final product managed to become much more appealing, not only for Pirates enthusiasts.
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    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    It is not just a matter of two in one. As I said, I was not a big fan of the CG either, although I think the DD is much better than most of the people consider. In fact I doubt the latter and not the former even though they are both large buildings. What I do not really like about the "bookshop" set are the interior details, which are not up to the same level of the previous modulars (excluding the CG). For example, I do not see anything as great as the bottom floors in PR and DD. I am not blaming the designer for that, as the two-buildings choice clearly provided more variety outside, but limited the amount of space per floor to develop something special.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I believe I was not able to convey my point, so I repeat it. The key point is the town building aspect. In my original post, I said that compared to other themes modular buildings (creator expert) and city overlap much more than other combinations. I think that is evident why. Then, I suggested that, as we get a modular building per year, maybe LEGO would not want to release the same kind of building from both the creator expert line and the city line (one of the largest of the wave) within the same semester. I made an example saying that, as police stations are pretty popular with kids and they may be building a lego town, the parents, who may be buying sets from the creator expert line too, may either postpone or dismiss the idea of buying another police station which would cost more. It is likely that the best set would be the one from the creator expert line, but having playability in mind, they could opt for the city one. That is it. I do not completely agree with what you said. We agree on the fact that SW is much more popular than modular buildings. But SW big sets are mainly thought for collectors and not for 6-year-old children as city are. They are quite expensive compared to what you get in other themes with the same price and I doubt the average parents buy primarily SW sets for the children. That is why, in my opinion, the comparison does not hold up. Also, the cost may not be an issue for collectors, but 100 euro/pounds/dollars is not an amount of money that anyone can spend twice in a row, especially for toys.
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    [MOC] Modular Police Station

    Stunning! The facade looks very clean and elegant and the interior is really well designed. The large corridors and internal spaces make it seem quite realistic, although I believe that reducing those a bit would not take away too much. I say this as I think it would fit very well with the other official modular buildings if this particular is changed to reduce a bit the piece count. Great work (and patience)!
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    Creator Expert 10270 Modular

    Yes, I agree. That is my main problem with the set. It really seems it would fit more with some of the recent Creator 3 in 1 modulars. I would rather see a single building on a 32x32 baseplate. From outside, it clearly looks way better than the average set of that line, but I honestly do not see much difference in the internal elements. I really want to like it, but I will not purchase it for now. I skipped the Corner Garage last year, and while this one has certainly elements that I like better, I would put them almost at the same level. Nevertheless, the CG was also more expensive, thus I would say this one may be superior overall. In my opinion, all the rooms are quite boring. In this regard, I have to disagree with who says that this is superior to the PR or even the DD which had much more interesting internal designs,
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    In such case, no one, or at least not nearly as many, really builds an environment around them like for city sets. The SW vehicles are really meant for display and not much else so they are targeted more as items for collectors. Also, there is a much bigger difference in price between the UCS falcon and the system one compared to a modular fire station and city fire station, making them quite distant in this regard. This is quite different from lego cities where also children may be involved and you can actually build a whole town without spending too much.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I have seen it, yes. What I am saying is that, while other themes like Architecture are obviously just meant for display, the creator expert modular buildings are something that can be fitted in a lego city comprising sets from the City line. I can think of a few situations where, having both of them coming out at the same time, one would one for the CIty one. Let's say that the buyer has young kids: most likely the City one will have more playability and it contains characters from the show they are watching. Would you spend 180 $ for another police station in a few months? Again, let's say you want to complete your city in a short time, but you do not have too much money. The City one may be a compromise. In my opinion, I would avoid this overlap, although it could still sell very well. It is true that City sets usually are simple, but small builds do not need to be complex in every case. My favourite town set is the Pizzeria set from 1994, which is a great example of that.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Well, the modulars are almost an extension of the city line, while usually the other themes have more differences among each other.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I believe it all comes down to personal taste and your LEGO collection. While nice to look at, the architecture sets are only meant for display. If you are someone like me, who has always had a preference for town sets and has still a built lego city, a modular is much more appealing as I can integrate it with what I have. Moreover, if you have a lego city, interiors are something almost essential. For this reason, I would like to see some buildings which are not the typical ones from the city line. Also, I doubt LEGO would release a modularpolice station in the same semester as the city one I do not care too much about playability either, although I feel it needs to be believable that LEGO characters would live inside.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    My impression is that the main target are families where adults like LEGO too. I can see two types of situations. 1) The set itself may be still or their daughter/son, but they are ok with spending more for a good product and display it. 2) AFOLs. Do we have a number for the sold units (sets)? That could give a hint.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I can see a school as a possibility. I think it can provide a wide variety of rooms (classes, labs, meeting rooms, canteen, school yard...). I have my doubts on a museum, since you may need to have large rooms with only the showcased pieces. Yes, you may try to change themes for the different floors, but the visitors would be doing more or less the same things, which would reduce playability. I know it would be mainly for AFOLs, but it seems LEGO always tries to include scenes where people interact. A police station may be released sooner or later. If they continue with the current American-style, it would be nice to see one with the 80s look. As much as I would like to see an old post office, I am afraid it will never happen. Hopefully, they can fit a little one in one of the next composite modulars. @Hippocampe I would be interested in a media center, but as I previously said, I have the feeling that it might look a bit too "adult" compared to the current style there are using- A proper train station would be great too. It has been a while we had one also in the regular city line.
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    [REVIEW] 10264 - Corner Garage

    Great review Jim! Regarding the set, I share your general opinion. It is a good set, but not something marvelous as some of its predecessors. Basically I do not find anything that stands out and makes me want to purchase the set. Granted, another big issue for me is its price. Here in Italy it costs 190 euro while the diner was 160 euro and I liked it much more too. To buy a set with that price tag, I would like to see something better.
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    Lego City 2019 - Rumours, Speculation and Discussion

    I do not think it adds much, but the text below in Italian says "Fire-extinguihing mission in the city", so it is definately not meant to be a fire station.
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    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    You can find a "2018 sets discussion" in almost each subforum. For example for the trains, this is the topic. Sadly, there has not been any evidence of a new station so far. Back on topic, the downsized models look great. Regarding the idea of applying this style to the Creator "3-in-1" line, I would say that, since it is directed to kids, it really needs to maintain a high level of playability. I do not think these MoCs fulfill this requirement.
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    MOC - Modular based on Corner Deli 31050

    I was not a fan of the original set either, but I really appreciate your work. In particular I like the ground level, which is very detailed, but at the same time it seems the minifigures have enough space to move around. In my opinion, mainly because of its colour scheme, I think it would look great next to the Detective's office (10246), even though it looks more modern.