Around this time of the year, LEGO announces their next modular build. Many people in the LEGO community were hoping for a museum, school, library or a hospital, but instead LEGO has announced the LEGO Assembly Square! If you haven’t seen information for LEGO Assembly Square, here are the pictures and the description of the build:
Take a trip to the amazing Assembly Square, developed to celebrate ten years of LEGO® Modular Buildings, featuring a wealth of unsurpassed, intricate details and hidden surprises. Easy-to-remove building sections provide access to the highly detailed interior, comprising a ground level with a bakery, florist’s shop and café, a middle level with a music store, photo studio and dental office, and an upper-level dance studio and apartment with access to a rooftop terrace with barbecue. The exterior of the building features a detailed sidewalk with outdoor café furniture, fountain, streetlamps and a highly elaborate facade with beautifully detailed windows and doors, three buildable shop signs, spired tower and a decorative roofline. Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO Creator Expert Modular Building series 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10246 Detective’s Office and 10251 Brick Bank. Includes eight minifigures and a baby figure.
- Includes eight minifigures: a dentist, barista, baker, florist, music store assistant, dancer, photographer and a LEGO® fan, plus a baby figure.
- The three-level Assembly Square features an authentic, elaborate facade with detailed windows and doors, three buildable shop signs, spired tower, decorative roofline and a rooftop terrace, plus a detailed tiled sidewalk with a fountain, outdoor café furniture and two streetlamps. The highly detailed interior includes a bakery, florist’s shop, café, music store, photo studio, dental office, apartment and a dance studio.
- Ground level features a bakery with counter, cash register, shelves, opening oven, wedding cake and assorted buildable pastries and treats; a florist’s shop with counter, cash register, garden tools, flower arrangements, bouquets and a blue and yellow macaw parrot element; and a café with espresso machine, counter, bench seating and pie elements.
- Middle level features a music store with a buildable drum set, two guitars and saxophone element; photo studio with buildable classic camera and adjustable tripod; and a dental office with buildable reclining chair, waiting area, telephone and a sink.
- Upper level features a dance studio with buildable piano and reflective mirror element; an apartment with buildable foldout sofa bed, detailed kitchen, toilet, micro LEGO® train, modular buildings and Eiffel Tower, and access to a rooftop terrace with buildable barbecue, table and a neglected plant.
- Accessory elements include a ballerina skirt, Chihuahua, pretzel, ornamental chicken and candy. Also includes a buildable telephone, grill, baby carriage and buildable lamps.
- Remove the building sections to access the detailed interior.
- Adjust the camera tripod and take photos all around the square.
- Recline the dentist chair and reveal those pearly whites!
- Open the oven door to remove your freshly-baked pastries.
- Fold out the sofa bed and relax while you admire your modular buildings collection!
- Celebrate Modular Buildings with this awesome 10th anniversary LEGO® Creator Expert set!
- This set offers an age-appropriate build and play experience for ages 16+.
- With over 4,000 LEGO® pieces, this model will really put your LEGO® building skills to the test!
- New-for-spring-2017 decorated elements include a dentist torso, dentist window and 2×3 tile with the 10182 Café Corner box front.
- Includes lots of curved and corner angle tiles, garage doors used as box windows and LEGO® Technic excavator scoops used as roofing elements.
- Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Building series 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10246 Detective’s Office and 10251 Brick Bank.
- Measures over 13” (35cm) high, 14” (38cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.
You should also check out this LEGO Design video by Jamie Berard where he goes into detail about the pieces used and the new pieces introduced with this set.
What I love about LEGO Assembly Square
Holy moley! This is the largest modular set LEGO has released to date at 4,002 pieces. While the price feels steep, it breaks down to 4¢ per part. That’s really *really* inexpensive for a LEGO set. If you’re on the fence, I would recommend you save your kids Christmas money for this set.
I like that it feels like there are a bunch of smaller builds in a larger set. However, it’s also a con for me. I feel the whole dentist’s office with one chair, pool hall with one pool table, barber shop with one chair setups are a bit small. Almost as if they are trying to pack a ton of stuff in the build. I would prefer a modular dedicated to each space instead of smaller, crowded scenes.
And, for those of you like me, who love seeing new parts, check out the still from the video above where Jamie shows us the new parts you can expect to see in the modular. Don’t you just love the LEGO modular box tile?
How to purchase LEGO Assembly Square
This modular won’t be about until January 2017, so don’t expect to find it as a Christmas gift (unless you’re able to find someone who has put their early release LEGO Assembly Square set on eBay.)
Once it’s available, you can find LEGO Assembly Square on Shop@Home! (Those were affiliate links, btw. You know the drill.) ;)