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Modular questions

So I'm a noob to the modular game, bought my first one today in the detectives office. Naturally now I must complete my block. Gonna grab the pet shop and maybe the cinema after that. I've seen pics of them together and they look great. I noticed there are some other smaller creator buildings like the toy shop, bike shop and cafe. Are those built to a different scale and not a match for the detective office builds? Was thinking about grabbing them but not sure if they'd be compatible or if they are a different sort? Thanks for the help.

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  • JenniJenni JapanMember Posts: 1,390
    They are different. They're minifigure scale but are not as solid or detailed as the modulars. Whether you can have them in your street is up to you and what you like. I have seen a picture of the bike shop set fleshed out to look more like a modular.
    ChubblesdougtsAdeelZubairThe458
  • T_LarsT_Lars USAMember Posts: 104
    Way different scale between them. I'd say the modulars are twice the size, and unfortunately there are a few other problems you'd run into. The Creator sets open in a clam shell fashion, like a doll house where the modulars are stacked on each floor. That would make it hard to connect them together. The creator sets are also built on regular plates where the modulars are built on baseplates, so they wouldn't level up with eachother.
    Chubbles
  • ChubblesChubbles USAMember Posts: 459
    So the creator sets sound more like if I want my son to build his own street similar to mine but that he'd be able to do on his own.
    Pitfall69AdeelZubairBuriedinBricksThe458
  • T_LarsT_Lars USAMember Posts: 104
    Bingo.
    The458
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    Perhaps the real answer is this. You have built the Detective Agency (10246). See the little connector holes and pins on the sides - they all match for the modular series, so you can click them all together. The Bike Shop and other non-Modular sets don't have these.
    @T_Lars is quite correct about how they open differently; You can of course adapt sets however you like. Detail differs, but as others point out from time to time - it's all very well having a lot of detail inside the buildings - but no one ever sees it! Once you line a few up, it's all about the outsides (which are very detailed, and generally great).

    Finally be warned and give up now! Some of the older Modular sets are moving up in price! you better have deep pockets!
    Best wishes!
    Chubbles
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,313
    An alternative is to forget what is past, and enjoy the future ones.
    binaryeyeChubblesSirKevbagsBuriedinBricksShibprevereMrs_WobbleheadThe458gifinim
  • ChubblesChubbles USAMember Posts: 459
    Yea I'm gonna grab what I can now and move forward, collection begins now
    StuBoy
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair London, UKMember Posts: 2,703
    I own the Mini Modulars and Pet Shop, so I'm getting Town Hall, Palace Cinema, Parisian Restaurant before they are discontinued. I should be purchasing Detective's Office on Monday (I call them Modulars Wave 2.) As for the other mouldars I will get them all in my life time.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    ^ Town Hall is already gone.
  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair London, UKMember Posts: 2,703
    edited January 2015

    ^ Town Hall is already gone.

    Huh, @SirKevbags the current pattern of them being discontinued was one each year and each one is available for 4 years:

    Fire Brigade (2009) - Discontinued in 2013
    Grand Emporium (2010) - Discontinued in 2014
    Pet Shop (2011)
    Town Hall (2012)
    Palace Cinema (2013)
    Parisian Restaurant (2014)
    Detective Office (2015)

    I don't understand why they would discontinue the Town Hall before the Pet Shop...
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    edited January 2015
    Adzbadboy said:

    ^ Town Hall is already gone.

    I don't understand why they would discontinue the Town Hall before the Pet Shop...
    We'd be a damned sight richer if we did! :-)
    SirKevbagsAdeelZubairPitfall69
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,030
    The longer and deeper you're involved it's best not to try and "understand" TLG decisions. Just accept the fact they do whatever they want because they can or prepare yourself for a whisky habbit / alternative more useful therapy ;-)
    AdeelZubairShibdougtsPitfall69SirBenmargot
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFW/BGMember Posts: 7,297
    @chubbles I had a lot of fun bricklinking the older modulars I missed out on, the Cafe Corner and the Green Grocer. I recolored or even redesigned some parts of them to save money since some of the out of print doors/windows/colors are outlandishly priced. I would also say Fire Brigade is a brilliant set and if you can find a price you can stomach paying I would recommend it.
    Chubbles
  • ChubblesChubbles USAMember Posts: 459
    Of the sets I am most likely to miss out on the Fire Brigade is the one I'd be sorry to miss because when a police modular comes out the OCD collector in me is going to want both the fire house and police station. First thing I want to do is secure the Pet Shop today and then within the next couple of months the Cinema (still undecided on the Parisian). Fire Brigade I'll keep on my watch list and hopefully one falls into my lap at a reasonable price like you said.
    The458
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,481

    The longer and deeper you're involved it's best not to try and "understand" TLG decisions. Just accept the fact they do whatever they want because they can or prepare yourself for a whisky habbit / alternative more useful therapy ;-)

    I often find myself thinking about this whenever I see people's comments that imply hey know what TLG are planning from past sets. There is often no rhyme or reason, which irritates a lot of people, but if you can just enjoy the ride it's quite enjoyable.
  • KiwiLegoMeisterKiwiLegoMeister New ZealandMember Posts: 212
    The bottom line is that Lego will simply do whatever makes them money. Plenty or preferably most.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 4,220
    There's a pattern to everything, until it is broken. TLG decided to break the Modular 'pattern'. As a result, nothing can be considered safe.

    Besides, look at Sydney Opera House. Last year (I mean 2013...), people would have put good money on them finally discontinuing Tower Bridge and having SOH available for 3 to 5 years. Instead, just a year later, SOH is reduced, probably soon to go EOL, and TB is still with us...
  • Sethro3Sethro3 United StatesMember Posts: 937
    It all depends on how well each set sells AND how much is already in production/planned production. If it didn't sell stellar and they are running out of their initial production run, then they likely wouldn't do a new production run just to be nice to a handful of people who didn't get it. Whereas, if another set is selling really well, they will continue to keep it out as a money maker for as long as they can. Look at the Death Star...2008 and still counting...
    MrJ_NY
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    Legoboy said:

    Adzbadboy said:

    ^ Town Hall is already gone.

    I don't understand why they would discontinue the Town Hall before the Pet Shop...
    We'd be a damned sight richer if we did! :-)
    This isn't a slight, but how did you NOT know Town Hall was EOL/Retired? You are pretty involved in the forum.

  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,483

    There's a pattern to everything, until it is broken. TLG decided to break the Modular 'pattern'. As a result, nothing can be considered safe.

    Besides, look at Sydney Opera House. Last year (I mean 2013...), people would have put good money on them finally discontinuing Tower Bridge and having SOH available for 3 to 5 years. Instead, just a year later, SOH is reduced, probably soon to go EOL, and TB is still with us...

    But was TH a Modular in the sense of the CC GG FB, etc? It was substantially more expensive than the others, and as others have noted in the past, it is taller than the other as well. So while a mod I'm not entirely surprised it went when it did, especially since it seemed to follow the '2- 2.5 year plan' as other non- mod sets have sets have.

    I guess the other thing to note, once again, is to not assume when a set goes EOL.
    If you want it, buy it when it comes out, or the first available double points, or other deal if in the US.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,837
    Pitfall69 said:

    Legoboy said:

    Adzbadboy said:

    ^ Town Hall is already gone.

    I don't understand why they would discontinue the Town Hall before the Pet Shop...
    We'd be a damned sight richer if we did! :-)
    This isn't a slight, but how did you NOT know Town Hall was EOL/Retired? You are pretty involved in the forum.
    Apologies. Just for you Chris, we'd be a damed sight richer if we did know that Town Hall was to be discontinued before Pet Shop. I worry about you sometimes.

    Seriously though, there have been a few comments made over the past couple of days that have made me stop and question what year I'm in. I should never have gotten into that hot tub on New Years Eve.
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,446
    edited January 2015
    ^My comment wasn't for you @Legoboy‌. I was questioning how @Adzbadboy‌ didn't know TH was gone?

    I know better NOT to get into a hot tub aside from the movie reference, but especially with you ;)
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