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European, of course.
And would you look out that, it will be out just before my birthday. I'm heading to the Shepherd's Bush store then, so I will definitely be picking this up without question.
A French native such as @Supersympa would be able to confirm this though - qu'est-ce que tu penses, Eric? :-)
It's listed as "Coming Soon on 1 Jan 2014" so VIP early access could be a couple of weeks before that, although with the normal delivery times it would be unlikely to get to us before Christmas.
Olive suggests military, tanks, fatigues, camouflage, war games. It's an urban colour, industrial, drab. The cliche is that Parisian restaurants are romantic, warm, budding lovenests. The storyline where the LEGO guy is making his marriage proposal is pretty much in keeping with the ambiance that is a Parisian restaurant, but why is he kneeling in a vomit coloured building?
I understand why Jamie picked this colour. What a treasure trove of rare olive in so many sizes of bricks. The gesture is very, very generous.
Thing is, I see these buidlings everyday. I have never seen an olive building, nor is my cliched image of a Parisian building an olive one. Most are light grey, stone, tan. Those colours are boring in LEGO world. Okay, how about sand blue, sand red, or better yet, the light yellow of Friend's Heartlake High? But wait that also has a dark blue roof, would light yellow have been too repetitive a choice? I dunno.
It's a beautiful building. I'm just gonna switch my girl's Heartlake High to olive. School= drab.
The Coco Momo in London: http://moonmoccasins.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/cimg8359.jpg
If it were January 14th, it would have been 'Disponible le 14 Janvier'.
Colouring the Parisian restaurant olive green is like colouring the classic American barn light blue instead of red, or Cinderella's castle purple. For me, it's a bit of a disconnect.
Paris's skyline is pretty much caught in a time capsule. It has not changed much since Haussmann (died 1891) dictated that all buildings be only of a certain height, colour, style, etc. While London has been more experimental in shaking up its cityscape, Paris's uniformity, while great for selling postcards, can be stifling. You've got a couple of rogue places: Georges Pompidou Centre, La Defense (on the periphery), the black monolith of Tour de la Montparnasse, but nothing to shake the implaccable cliched image that brings droves of tourists to Paris. It will be interesting to see what city planners do with a revamped Les Halles.
That said, the roof of the Parisian Restaurant is a master stroke. It screams Paris, in its line, shape, and baroque detailing. It's not a French mansard roof - the Pet Shop's pet store roof is more representative - but it sure is a beauty.
On the other hand I do consider an American barn to be red ;-)
Just because it's Parisian doesn't mean it's in Paris.
I think the Modular buildings are for a LEGO universe, not a human one. The LEGO town I'm building isn't in New York or London or Paris... it's in Legoville and the minifigs that live there are an eclectic bunch of characters form all corners of the Legoverse - where there are green Parisian Restaurants and blue barns.
On the other hand the sooner than usual release of 2014's modular might indeed mean that there will be another one coming out in the 2nd half of 2014.