"I really like Steamboat Willie, but this is the first time the LEGO quantity control department has dropped the ball. The last bag(3) was missing a lot of LEGO pieces, it is almost like they forgot to put a bag in the box. So I had to order all the pieces individually and hopefully I didn't forget anything. Though I don't think I did, but I will find out when the missing pieces arrive. I have built Creator Expert sets that have many more pieces that hand no missing parts. So I was a little surprise that this set did."
"I really wanted to give this a 5-Star Rating, but I just couldn't do it. The overall appearance is very detail with the exception of the garage. I think adding a car or another vehicle that you could put on the car hoist or tow truck would had been a nice touch. The floor of the garage should had been smooth or titled instead of studded. The layout of the veterinarian office and the apartment is a little odd, but in the LEGO Designers defense they didn't have much to work with. I personally would had a tool store or an auto supply store on the second floor and the veterinarian office on the third floor. I might kept the apartment as is and have it the owner's house. Even though I gave it four stars I would still recommend it to others as it was a fun build."
"While not my favorite LEGO Creator Set the Parisian Restaurant building has grown on me with its charm. The build itself is pretty straight forward and there really isn't anything that challenging. The only knocks I really have against it is that it seems narrower than the other builds that I have done. I also don't really care too much for the green color of the building that much. I do like the setup of the restaurant itself and having the LEGO minifigures propose adds a nice touch to it."
"I wasn't going to buy another Lego Creative Expert Set for awhile, but after seeing how detailed this set was -- I couldn't resist. What really made me pull the trigger was seeing the dentist office and apartment that had a bathroom. Even though I don't like going to the dentist the details that Lego put into that dentist office was amazing and the rest of the rooms are just as good when it comes to details. The Photography Studio is a little small, but I love the old fashion camera. The Dance Studio with the mirror and the very detailed piano is just beautiful. The only room that I have a small gripe with is the outdoor grill, it's bland compared to the other rooms. I think I might add an umbrella to that room, so if it rains the minifigures won't get wet. This is only my third creative expert modular build, so I really can't comment on the easter eggs that Lego has put into this set from previous modular sets. However, one won't be disappointed if one is new to the modular scene. This set is a little more expensive that most modular sets that Lego has done, but it's worth it if one is a lego fan which I definitely am. I know there are cheaper solutions, but being a graphics designer I know that buying true Lego is the proper thing to do. The designers and everyone involved in the manufacturing process at Lego deserved to make the money of the product. The only thing I get disappointed in is when I finish building a Lego set and building the Assembly Square was fun, but the build went too fast. It was also challenging at times, but not to bad. I have found out that separating the parts before starting to build helps out a lot. I think the playability on this set would be extremely good, for I even find myself posing the minifigures when going to take pictures. Pushing a button so the pastries come out of the oven in the bakery is just cute. I'm 53 years old and find building Legos to be fun, for it's like building a jigsaw puzzle that when all the pieces are together it forms something that can displayed for a long time."
"This Lego kit was one of the easier builds that I have done, but also has a few more negatives than the other builds. The first negative has to do with stickers, for I found it easy to make a mistake even following the instructions. The second part of my sticker gripe is the upper front window, for I accidentally ruined the red dividing sticker. To me it would had been better having two windows and some kind of thin divider going down the middle or make a special window for it. However, it still looks nice without the red divider. The second negative (others have already commented on) is that it lacks minifigures and not only that it doesn't seem that London Bus is setup of them either. I would imagine the playability of the London Bus would also be lacking if I were a child. I do like the details that went into to the London Bus, but it just seems that Lego's heart wasn't in this model. Just my opinion."
"I love the details that Lego put into this modular set and I hope they keep this up. I decided to start my own Lego City and hope to add more modular sets in the future. The Diner had some unique building techniques that I found interesting and a little challenging at times. I find it funny that Lego included a gym, but I guess Lego figured if you go to a greasy spoon that you should work it off afterwards. The recording studio was an unique addition as well and is well detailed. The one gripe that I have is that I wish the cups had SNOT , so that would stay in one place when the set is moved from one place they would. I usually don't comment on playability, but the Diner and the Palace Cinema to me would have plenty of playability for children. I even find myself at 53 posing the minifigures in order to take unique pictures which brings me back to my own childhood. I recommend to anyone who only has money for one modular building to purchase the Diner first. You won't be disappointed."
"I normally don't buy Lego sets from Ebay, but I found one listing that was only $20.00 higher than the listed price (at the time). The reason I bought this modular building is that it reminded me of working at the old Terrace Theatre as a Doorman (Usher) which was my very first job and a specific memory of my late mother when she told me stories of going to the movies with her friends and sisters. It's a shame this set is retired, for the detail of the set is beautiful. I like that it's a corner modular set, for I'm just started building modular sets. Though I hope in the future Lego will come up with a better designed theatre (cinema) that has the following improvements. 1. The screen is square, by that I mean the movie itself is square instead of crazy triangular shape that it is now. 2. There are a few more row of seats (at least one more row of seats) and maybe have them at a slight incline? 3. That the movie projector has its own room even if it's tiny. 4. Maybe put a pinball or an arcade game in the lobby? 5. Either make the limousine better or get rid of the car entirely? 6. Make the roof more modern or at least 50s styling.
Though I plan on making modifications in the future on this current set.
I would recommend anyone to pass on this one for it's not being manufactured by Lego and people selling this are usually selling it at too high of a price."
"This is one of my favorite Lego Sets to build and here is my take on the Carousel build and overall look of it. First the overall look of the carousel from my perspective. This compliments the Lego Ferris Wheel very nicely and using animals instead of traditional horse is a very brilliant move. The carousel is beautifully detailed with trim that it makes you wish you could shrink yourself to that size and ride it yourself. The instructions are nicely done and if you follow it step-by-step then you should end up with a solid Lego Carousel. I have read other reviews saying that they are afraid of picking up and carrying it because it breaks on them. I for one don't find that the case and I would guess if it's falling apart easily either you don't have something right or something is not clicked down. Here are my few negatives on the carousel. The first one is the stickers, for I personally can't stand putting stickers on parts. However, I have become better at applying them and I understand it would drive up the cost of the Lego products if everything was printed. The second one is the small holes that randomly shows up on the decorative trim . It would had been nice if all of them were solid, but it's not a deal breaker for it really isn't that noticeable unless you are really looking for imperfections. I would also guess on a real life carousel that was transported from location to location you would see small imperfections - well that is how I look at it. Thirdly, I hate when I finish a Lego Build for they go to quick. LOL I'm 53 years, so playability isn't a factor; however, I would think the Carousel would have more playability than some of the other sets that I have built."
"I hope Lego comes up with more challenging sets as the Taj Mahal. When finished the Lego Taj Mahal makes a nice display piece, but fair warning it's fairly huge. I like that the bags are numbered, for I have a small nook in the family room where I build my lego sets. I understand that people have a whole room dedicated for Lego, but this works out nice for people who don't. I have built 4 Lego sets so far and yet to have a missing piece which impresses me very much. About 1/4th way through the build process I changed my building technique a little and notice it was much easier to have every part separated and the very small pieces put into bins. It takes about 20-30 minutes to separate the pieces, but speeds up the actual build time immensely. I'm 53 years old, so playability is a non-factor for me, but I would say the Taj Mahal has no playability whatsoever. It's a very nice display piece and now I just have to find a place in a room where I can put it. I'm glad that Lego re-released this set and to all the so-called "collectors" stop calling yourself collectors. A collector is one who treasures their collections that rarely parts with anything unless it becomes really really valuable. No your just trying to make a fast buck at someone else's gullibility. I'm not a collector, for I build these Lego sets, for me that's part of the fun and it's a challenge."
"I really enjoyed building the Lego Ferris Wheel, but really really enjoyed building the Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket. I would recommend building this Lego Set if you can only choose one. This set is amazing and fun to build. I only have a few negatives about this set. One being I think the stands to hold the Saturn V Rocket in the horizontal position is a little flimsy. On two the build went to quickly, but I really don't consider it too much of a negative. It was a challenging build, but not to difficult where you want to throw in the towel."