PuzzlingPieces
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  • April 4, 2017
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  • January 21, 2019
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PuzzlingPieces's Reviews
 
Posted:January 21, 2019
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Age: 35-44 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Expert LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Design and Mechanics
" I really enjoyed building this set. Both 2018 Diner and this Corner Garage have provided a great build experience and look really nice.
With this new set, a lot of effort has gone into providing a cohesive architectural vocabulary throughout and it shows.
The mechanics are super - the garage opener is buttery smooth and the tow truck was a nice surprise. Similarly, a very unique approach to the bay windows left me pleasantly surprised.
Lots of use out of the (new) rounded 2x1. The new flower elements are really nice, and I also really liked the tree on the pavement - the build is more stable and looks fuller than the trees that have come before,
A very tricky corner space is handled very well overall. The vet's office is great. Some slight complaints with the studio apartment. I know this kind of cramped space is realistic, but the toilet in the kitchen really creeps me out. I wish the bathroom had been fleshed out a bit better.
The toy truck on the wall is a real shining moment. In theory it feels like it wouldn't work, but the build takes into consideration the actual construction of the transparent cheese piece, and that thicker edge really helps create the impression of the separate cab.
The set also provides an interesting look into the design process. There are a couple of places where you can see a compromise has been made. Not in quality, but in design/color etc. It doesn't bother me - real life requires compromises - why shield children from this?
Some fiddly detail work but not too much, and this is an expert build after all. Not too much repetition at all. When building, set 3 has 3 bags, set 4 has 4 bags, and set 5 has 5 bags - useful when pulling them out. Also, there are 80 grey 1x1 triangles and 2 grey cheese pieces, so watch out in set 6.
Another fantastic set from the Lego team. Thanks! I look forward to working it into my cityscape. "
I would recommend this to a friend!
From:  United States
State:  Massachusetts
Age: 35-44 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Expert LEGO builder
Purchased For: Self
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Challenging
Challenging
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+8points
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 Firehouse Headquarters
Firehouse Headquarters
Firehouse Headquarters
 
Posted:April 4, 2017
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Age: 35-44 years old
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Expert LEGO builder
Overall: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Luxury, Detail-Oriented Build
" I found this set to be very expensive when it was announced, and I don't think I would have ever bought it for myself. Luckily I received it as a gift and I really enjoyed building it.
It's a very generously scaled building. The way one would free-build if one had an abundance of bricks. Along with the extra high ceilings, the walls are double thick. It's beautiful and solid.
I was worried it wouldn't scale too easily with the rest of the modular builds, but actually it fits in fairly well.
Technically, the designers used some nice, clever tricks, with a lot of attention to detail. For fans of the movies there are lots of easter eggs and the potential for scene replication is tremendous.
The pieces you get among the 4634 are another interesting way to look at the potential value of this set.
131 2x1 bricks with studs at 90 degrees (6015344)!!!
61 6x1 bricks (4541528), and that's just in the brick-red color!!! That's astounding for any free-building. 2 of these sets would give you enough pieces to build virtually any kind of city building on a very generous scale, as long as you were happy with the colors. And albeit at a hefty $700.
I really liked the way the build was structured too. They mixed up the heavy lifting with the fine detailing very nicely, and it was rewarding to watch these intricately sculpted scenes come to life. Again, a luxury feel in the multiple heads for Tully and multiple wigs for Ghost Librarian.
As usual I'd push for more printing and fewer stickers, but there's is tons to discover in this set. Dancing toaster is one of my favorites, along with the arcade machine and ice-box style fridge. Ditto the styling in the bathroom, really clever and style-accurate.
Minor quibbles. Once agains chairs that minifigs cannot sit on well (I'm looking at you Simpson's House). If you look at instruction 469, why use two 1x1 tiles instead of a single 1x2? SIMILARLY, given the spare no expense feel of the rest of the building, I was surprised to see the use of the large wall panels on the back of the building (leaving a depression). Maybe it was to save weight on the hinged section and they carried it through for consistency, but it would have been nice to use solid bricks there instead.
Some nicely colored transparent pieces and of course the fireman's pole is awesome. The traffic light is lovey and the fire escape breaks up the outside surface nicely, and I really like their flying ghost solution to add texture to the other side. Beautiful barn doors, and a shout-out to the designer that did the kitchen sink - that was a new one for me.
So, if you want to splurge, if you have a windfall coming your way, it's a great set. The 13 point ratio is tough, but it's really well done.
This is the first set I built completely digitally. I pulled the pdf from shop.lego.com and there's a pic of my setup below. It worked really well. I had trouble finding clear instructions for 42025 but this set was no problem, and I didn't have a problem telling colors apart as some others have reported.
Logistically Lego must be happy. Very few extra pieces, and nothing really more than a 1x1 tile in weight. Lots of extra whips and an extra fireman's pole (but no handle). In terms of building sequencing, I had one unlabelled bag amongst the free floaters, and because I spotted the Venkman torso, I was able to figure out it was for Set 9. In terms of separation not quite as tight as some other sets. often you'd have a situation that had a 1x2 flat tile in the same bag as a 1x2 single-stud tile. I've had other builds that seemed to be very careful to avoid a situation like that. But again, this is an extremely minor quibble. Building time was longest for the Set 1 - I started the first Ghostbuster's movie when I started the build, and finished at 1:21. By the time I finished Set 2 I was 40 minutes into the second movie. After that I settled into an average of about 45- 55 min per Set. It's a big building and there is some repetition, but once you learn the pattern it goes quickly, and this is where you have to pay particular attention to the 1x1 tiles to keep them even (if that's your thing).
Minifigs are great. Nice arm printing. Beautiful job with Dana's outfit. Sharp all around, though admittedly I'm not as picky as some others.
So that's it. If you can, you should.
P.S. Only thing missing would be a nice fluorescent green wiggly tube to use as a beam from the proton pack.
P.P.S. and kudos on the slime coming out of the sidewalk. Beautiful touch! "
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I would recommend this to a friend!
From:  United States
State:  Massachusetts
Age: 35-44 years old
Gender:  Male
Customer Type:  LEGO Fan
Building Experience:  Expert LEGO builder
Play Experience (Optional)
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value for Money (Optional)
4 / 5
4 / 5
Level of Difficulty:
Challenging
Challenging
Very Easy
Very Challenging
I would recommend this to a friend!
+111points
118of 125found this review helpful.