"Recently Lego announced it has agreed to allow Swedish furniture company IKEA to produce Lego-themed furniture. Well, I recently bought an IKEA yellow modular unit in order to place and display my beloved Lego modular Creator sets, which are all my pride and joy. I spent an extra NZ$40 over the white coloured option in order to have a Lego-themed yellow unit which was well worth the extra cost. Most of my modulars fit in each box of the unit (excepting the Cinema and the Town hall which are shelved elsewhere), and those that do not usually just need a spire that is too fall to fit in the box to go therein, which brings me around to the Diner: as you can see by the images I removed the spire on top of the Diner to get it to go in that box, which I am happy with. The Diner is one of those modulars, along with the Detective Agency, which do not really do themselves any justice until one has actually built the models and has them to peruse in the brick, in front of oneself. the 2d images on the boxes do not really show how awesome they both look once they are actually built and are on display, unlike Antoine's french restaurant which looks so moreish on its box imagery and the bank which brings itself out from the box images too of itself.
The diner is a FUN build. Especially the ground level awnings (under where the DInER sign on the building is). Building that white surrounding awning reminded me somewhat of the front and back bumpers you need to make on the red VW Campervan. Another feature I really liked on the Diner is the clip-on beige brick works that adorn the first and second floors of the building. To me it is luxury to have more than just one brick for a Lego model's walls (like, for example, the Ghostbusters Firehouse having luxury inner walls).
This model is well worth buying, for yourself and/or your children, and for any of you who want a future investment (which isn't really my buzz). I think building this one's children would be fun and help with bonding, especially for fathers and sons.
As a finisher to this review I put my favourite Minifigure on the footpath in front of the Diner, which you may be able to make out in my appended images: my Nestlé Nesquick brown rabbit which was only available in Australasia in the early 90's (I Believe).
"Firstly I wish to state that I will be posting a different review as I build my way up the model. I will use European usage on floor levels i.e. the ground floor, then the first floor for the level that goes above the ground floor, etc, these being particularly prevalent for the very nature of these Expert Modular sets.
I was lucky enough to spend three years going to school in the City of Light starting from 14 years of age. A chance not many Kiwi boys get in life and these years formed a deep love in me of Paris as well as an admiration for the french peoples and their beautiful language which I learnt and continue to learn. I had been collecting the Modular sets starting from the ones that were still available (I have Pet store, Fire station, Town hall, Emporium but I do implore Lego to reissue the Cafe(with amendments as it is rather ugly from the back), factory and Green Grocer).
What struck me immediately with this set is the amazing complexities of what is going on inside and around the set. It is infused with the french Joie de Vivre within it's very walls. The Kitchen is gob-smackingly detailed with everything within arms reach of a very contented Chef playfully throwing his knife in the air to catch it on the rebound in my mind's eye. I do admit that i build my sets in a particular way. All of the Legos written on the studs must be aligned in the same direction, even when they are not in view. You will see this in the second close up of the building's facade, seeing the Legos lined up a-symetrically so that they look juuuust right.
As I continue building this set, I keep finding more and more reasons to love it even more. I recommend it to all lego afficionados. I have not found it a challenge yet, but I do see it as being for older children, starting from age 30+ ;)
I will keep you posted with the next level once i have completed it, with new photos of what for me is the best lego set yet."
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My burgeoning Modular Row
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Close up of the inside of the ground floor
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Legos on the knobs arranged to be read from the street, right side up
"This set is really an eye turner. It is smart, fun and fast to build and tows other lego cars and trucks.
What i think makes the current crop of vehicules stand out is the ergonomic design of these models. They look so modern and so moorishly show-shelfable, at least from a collector's point of view. I really think the designers have come so far from what went before and are really investing their energies into Looking at the design of real trucks and cars and translating that to the models they design for us to build.
all of this makes the models we see in the shop even more popular and collectable. i don't ever collect anything because it might have monetary value down the way, that is just rapacious. i collect because something looks and feels and smells good and looks even better when stacked up next to it's other family of collectibles.
Lego bricks and what they make are perfect for all of this and if you are collecting for the right reason/s then you will gain more for yourself and others, happiness wise, in the future(my lego collection is going to my nephew when my time has come), :)"
"Having just bought myself a Weta movie original copy of the Tower of Orthanc earlier this year(I got one of the last ones), Lego have gone and finally made a Lego version of my very favourite tower in the whole of Middle Earth for me to also add to my collection(there are lots of towers both in ME and here in new Zealand-home of Middle Earth but Orthans is my very favourite, even over the tower Ecthelion). I am also a HUGE modulars fan. Minus three hard to get sets, I have the whole Market street(lego afficionados will know which sets I mean). I like the way this set breaks upinto stories, playable and poseable movie sets if you like. Tolkien would definately approved of this, and I do to, thanks LEGO, you just blew me away :) So what is next? a 6000 piece Lego Barad-Dur me asks? One can only dream..."
"Firstly I wish to say what a wonderful set this is. It is playable(the roof comes off similar to the modular sets, poseable(I love surprising my visitors by placing Bagend upon my huge Tolkien collection of books), and comes with SIX minifigs(You see THREE Bilbos in the shot I sent, one from this set, one from Riddles for the ring set and one from the US Target edition of The Hobbit on BD). I'd also like to point out how great LEGO were to me upon my encountering problems making the large rose window that you see to the left on the set. I just could not get the pane to fit properly within the arches that made up the window frame. I double checked and rebuilt the window to no avail. I had a german friend whom loves Lego as much as me, but has a very german technical mind come over to see if I was missing anything. Finally I came here and appealed to Lego sensibilities. Within a week or so I received a package from Lego apologising and saying the arches in a small amount of early sets were not quite the right size that were the ones needed (never fear the set you order from here will have the correct ones to make your window). They thanked me for telling them and also included a Penguin keyring to say sorry. THANKS LEGO! You are the best. You look after us too when you make mistakes :) PROS: fun building that a father can do with his son. Hours of hobbitting/dwarving hi-jinx around the smial that is Bag End. Loads of condiments for Bombur to stuff his face with :D. Bilbos famous Party tree as described and used 60 years after The Unexpected Party in Lord of the Rings is shown growing on top of the model. Friends commonly comment on how GREEN the bricks are and how many different shades there are. Cons: Bag end could have been bigger. Maybe Lego should do what video games devs do and make dlc so we can get expansions. The front corners of the green base plate are prone to falling apart very easily. The model needs to be designed so it is tethered together by a few more bricks so the base pieces don't come apart so easily. All in all a great buy, and great to see it in stock. I recommend this set to any Lego enthusiast/Tolkienite."
"This set is made up of very small pieces. I do like the way that these modulars are marketed towards adult builders, but I wish the first four sets were still available to purchase as many greedy people online are selling these sets for ridiculous amounts. Happily if you missed out you can still get them(albeit in smaller form) in this miniversion of Market Street. I shall be making sure I do not miss out on any future modulars. The latest being the wonderful theatre. thanks lego... Now how about re introducing that yellow castle (set 6075)I had as a kid. Vontage sets would be very welcome indeeed. Thanks lego for making this set for us. I recommend it for any adult builder and collector :)"