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2024 Modular Building rumour and speculation
Looking at the stats of Modular Building so far, we've had...
Ten that could be classed as a private business:
Cafe Corner, Green Grocer, Grand Emporium, Palace Cinema, Parisian Restaurant, Brick Bank*, Downtown Diner, Corner Garage, Boutique Hotel & Jazz Club.
Three that could be classed as public service buildings:
Fire Brigade, Town Hall, Police Station (*although there's a case for saying that the Bank could be classed as public service)
And four that I've classed as mixed use:
Pet Shop, Detective's Office, Assembly Square and Bookshop.
There have always been a gap of at least two other sets before a corner building is produced, so given that 2022s Boutique Hotel was a corner build, it's unlikely that we'll see another one in 2024.
Presumably the development process for next January is already well under way, but any early thoughts as to what might be coming our way?
I could potentially see any of the following fitting in...
- Doctor's surgery
- Record Store
- Ambulance station
- Travel Agent
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As for your list, trying to focus on both concept and content (e.g. how to furnish it attractively inside):
- Vet - as @Bumblepants said, already in CG.
- Doctor's surgery - possible, also gives some opportunities for nice interior detailing
- Record Store - plausible, although we've had quite some focus on music already
- Ambulance station - that'd be nice (especially as my wife is a paramedic)
- Library - don't think so as we've already had the bookstore as a book-themed Modular
- Travel Agent - could be an option, but wondering how to furnish that other than with a (couple of) desk(s) and some posters on the wall? Also, were travel agencies a thing during the age the Modulars usually represent?
A flower shop would also be cool, but that is mostly already covered in Assembly Square i guess. I'd also dig a bus-station in the same kind of layout as the CG but with apartments upstairs, and a cool bus to come with it.
Potentially it could be some sort of newspaper/news office. But don't know when the Bugle is likely to retire.
I’m currently working on a MOC inspired by #10190 Market Street and I could see Lego producing something similar. The ground floor is a small farmer’s market (bulk fruits and veggies) with a garage door that opens into a small store with shelving and coolers. The first floor uses the roof of the market as a deck for tables and the building above the store is an ice cream parlor. The second floor will be a small residence or office, I haven’t decided yet.
I tend to prefer the ones that aren't just a single monolithic building, but we might be due for one that's closer to that design style. CG was the last monolith, and it was set back substantially because of the pull-through. BB is the last one that took up nearly the full practical footprint with a single, consistent-depth building.
But I think 2024 is the year this will happen! - we've seen stations in a few Ideas sets that have made 10k, the Monkey Kid City of Lanterns, and the rumoured underground railway in the Harry Potter bank.
I do like the travel agency idea! A hospital/urgent care has to come at some point.
I do hope they do a grocery again in some fashion. They gave another cafe in assembly square (10 yr) and hotel (15 yr). Maybe they will do a grocer for 20 yrs, or a whole Market Square. Grocer, farmer's market, seafood market.
Some other ideas:
Seafood Restaurant, Apartments (I mean, where are all these minifies living?!?), Bicycle Store, Furniture Store, Electronics Store (think old Radio Shack style), Mansion Brownstone, Arcade, Bed and Breakfast, Antique Store/Second Hand, Comic/Game Store. Just to name a few! haha!
1. Comic book shop (imagine all the possibilities of Marvel and DC comic book cover tile pieces although I doubt this would ever happen.)
2. Karate dojo (They can call it Dragon Kai Dojo, a nod to Karate Kid/Cobra Kai, and have Ninjago's Kai be the instructor. This can even be above the comic book shop.)
3. A school (it can be a city prep school that I think will fit in with other modulars.)
Speculationwise, I don't think it will be any of these.
As a side, I am currently building 10270 Bookshop (which is a better build than it looks, and I only went for it as there was a great deal off Amazon EU), but I don't get the basement part of the town house? It's pointless! This is my 5th Modular, but it might be the first modular that I adapt. I'm thinking of converting or adding a new ground floor grocer shop using the 60345 Farmers market van for parts.
But the speculations are fun (nowhere close to reality, but fun nonetheless)
1. What the most obvious gaps are in the range
2. Time between releases of a similar thing
3. Competition from other ranges.
Now, while a printery (as opposed to a newspaper office) is a great idea, bear in mind it might've been LEGO's own higher ups rather than the modular team/designer etc. who thought both it and DB would hurt profits.
A post office might be the perfect release for next year; it will be 3 years since the Police Station, and outside of a doctors or a car dealership, is by far one of the most missing aspects of the range. It would also fit perfectly with having a vehicle (mail van) and could have apartments above it, providing accommodation.
Whilst everyone laments the lack of a train station, please bear in mind they take up a LOT of room, and while they could subvert this by using elevated tracks, the problem is they then need to offer a way to connect these train lines to other aspects of the range, which won't work well. And because LEGO build off a baseplate, a subway is unlikely, although they could hint at an abandoned station...
Something like this? It's from Mike Doyle's book, 'Beautiful Lego'.