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brickmeistro posted a topic in LEGO TownAfter a long time collecting other themes and being on the sidelines on most of the creator expert sets, I have now been bitten by the modular and large landmarks bug. I realise that the tower bridge - 10214 has been around super long and could easily retire without any notice. The same could apply to Detective's office 10246 and Brick Bank 10251. I have been monitoring the prices, but they are all much higher than the 1 year low point. The 6 month lows represent a £108 discount over RRP and a £62 discount after accounting for the 10% cash back. If the price doesn't drop further and shop at home don't drop prices or offer any more double/triple VIP points offers before retirement, I would have lost £23 (half of the current 10% cash back). Would you recommend that I take advantage of the current 10% VIP points/cashback? Or do you think there's a chance of a better price drop at Lego or one of the online retailers before the sets retire?
I wanted to expand the detective's office which in my opinion is the best modular building to date. This building is about 95% ready and that is good enough for me because I don't want to make any more bricklink orders :) The expanded building is 2 floors higher than the original. I wan't to build basements to my city and that's why I plan to build all modulars onto a 4 brick high base. The building may look like the original one but it is structurally very different and that is why it took a very very long time to build. This building a 2 bricks further back on the baseplate than the original. I think I'll need more space on front side and decided that all modulars need to move back a bit. Back side is pretty similar to to original, exept for the oversized antenna on top floor. There will be an alley on the left side of the building and the entrance to basement is from there. In the front there is an opening. Inside of it are two levers which eject techic axles from the side of the building. These axles hold modular buildings in place when they are side by side. I don't like the normal connection style using techic pins because it is difficult to remove a single building from a row. Let's start going over the details from the top. The billboard has a spy camera, more on that in the next image. There is spy living in here! The spy is not there at the moment, I don't know yet who that spy is, but I think the next modified modular building might reveal that. Also note that the front side of the building can be opened. Each floor has separately openable wall. Second floor from the top has the detective's office from the original building and a greenhouse(?) on the other side. The story behind the the plant room is that I have only ever bought one collectible minifigure pack and got that crazy plant person from it. I dont like it but I thought that he needs to live somewhere in the city and so this is his house. He's got a green bed and a grow light on top of it. There is a small pond in the middle of the room and the plant guy is standing on it and "drinking" water from it. Another image from the greenhouse. The next floor has a record store. Credits for this idea go to RyanHoweter and his ideas project Lego record store Record store from another angle. The original toilet is on the same floor as the record store. Not so private anymore... Street level has the pool table and the barber shop like the original building. Door to pool hall was moved from the front to the side where entrance to barber shop is also. These opening walls were rather difficult to make. The newspaper box has to be removed before opening the walls but that is the only piece that is blocking any of the opening walls. The corner of opening barber shop wall fits into the extra space from the stairs. The bench is attached to the wall and the tree and the lamp post just barely miss the opening wall. The last floor has a bar. The bottom right room is a storage space and the door to it is in the corner of the stage where a cat is lying. The storage room has a sliding secret door which leads to a secret kitchen where cookies are made. This kitchen is much better hidden than the one in the original, the detective will never suspect anything. Part of the street can be removed easily. It is held in place by the same lever which attaches this building to it's neighbours. This is the band, they are playing jazz. The rest of the basement. The whole building with all walls opened. I really like how everything worked out. It is so easy to look at and show other people details without removing floors. The structure is not as durable as in the original building but it is good enough. I can easily remove floors (one or multiple) without fear of breaking something. Walls open without force and it feels like there is enough support for everything. I learned A LOT during this build and I had so much fun doing it. I will definately modify more of the modulars. So what do you think about this? And greetings to all! This is my first post to here, happy to join this awesome community.
After finishing the Standalone Barber's Shop side, it was time to tackle the Detective's Office/Highlander side. It's still a WIP but it's coming along quite nicely I think. The second and 3rd floor interiors still need to be completed but should be done soon I hope. A few more images can be found here. 20170121_133033 by David Kerkes, on Flickr 20170121_133022 by David Kerkes, on Flickr 20170121_132843 by David Kerkes, on Flickr 20170121_132821 by David Kerkes, on Flickr
NagaSadow posted a topic in CommunitySo my next purchase is coming up and I have it down to two sets; either the detective's office or the temple of airjitzu. I have 4 modular sets and a few ninjago sets. I really can't decide! I would like to ask anyone who has both the detective's office and the temple of airjitzu their opinion. Can anyone help me please? opinions would be greatly appreciated :)