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Getting it shipped from the UK to Continental Europe on the other hand... Only Germany will pay EUR 239.99 for #10255; elsewhere it'll be EUR 259.99. 169.99 GBP currently works out as approx EUR 190. Too bad Amazon UK does not stock modulars. (except for 3th party sellers)
On top of that, sets ordered on a Sunday were delivered on the Wednesday...
UK customs are not so nice (likely because they can tack on "handling charges"); Luxembourg customs wave most items through, but you can get unlucky for anything > 100 EUR.
Unfortunately Amazon UK does not have the modulars, so shipping will likely be more than $7.95 for this set. Might still be worthwhile.
Took me lots of tries to build & dismantle the front facade of the Bakery shop to improve on stability.
For some reason, the bakery shop entrance area took much more time to work on than the previous building. Maybe because now have to consider on the structure given it is modular, unlike the previous building which is one non-removable solid block (except the rooftop).
Anyone know which sets come with the single leave with clip? Can't seem to locate it on Brickset.
Even if you're over it, I suspect there's a second, unofficial, threshold before they start arguing the toss.
It may also make a difference if you're looking at a single purchase over the limit (for which it's also easier to check the value) or multiple ones that have a similar total.
But that is another discussion for elsewhere.
I think I'll just buy my own Modular and let the Americans visit London for a nice Cheap holiday after the Brexit vote crushed our currency.
If they leave it a bit longer they might soon get £2 for each dollar.... and I wish I was joking.
I do like this set a lot at first sight but there are also a few things I don't like so much.
Best building I think is the building on the right,i do love the tilework on the walls outside,the tower is great and I also like the way they done the glass on the ground floor window. The whole building and accessories have nice shapes.
The middle building imo is the least good building. There are a lot of things I don't like about it. First the roof,it is similar in looks to the roof of the Parisian restaurant but where I love the Parisian restaurant roof I don't like this one. One reason is that it is constructed using just 2 big prefab elements. Another thing I don't like about it is that it is a non functional roof,there is no room below it and the roof is more like a windscreen. Another weak feature of the middle part of the set imo is the fountain. Why is there a fountain there? it makes no sense to me and it takes away some of the sight on the front of the building,the whole scene also becomes a bit to crowded. Maybe instead of a fountain just a simple bench or small tree/flower perk would have been better imo. Then there is the bucket with brooms, not a big fan of this either as it doesn't make much sense to have this at the front of the building. On the back it would have made more sense imo. Then the middle building is a little bit further back then the other 2. I think this gives a great effect on the front, creating a nice space but it does look a bit weird at the back alley with 1 building sticking out.
Then the building on the left I do like a lot,its nice overall and the alley is also a nice feature that I think works very well.
The whole set feels a bit like halve a set,it would be awesome to get 2 of these and double up every one of the 3 buildings to make 3 full seize single modulars. Specially the building on the right would look great when mirrored with 1 tower on each side. Maybe the roof of the middle building can be made functional as well.
Overall it looks like a great set though if you want to be nitpicky then there are a few things that could be better I think.
Hmm true, without all the minifigs it would be less crowded. I still don't like the fountain though,its not only the fact that there is a fountain but also the fountain itself. I think that makes it bad for me is the white color,white is the worst color for lego to have and the white fountain just looks a bit "cheap" ?
Another thing that would look much better in a different color and that has been bothering me with every modular set are the street lights, Black would have been a much better color I think.
May also redo the left building to make it modular and furnished, though I'm running out of large plates.
I love the Friends bunny instead of the rooster ;-)
And about the price. Really interesting the UK pricing with this. I might be lucky enough to be in England next year. This might be the perfect holiday souvenir - especially as the car won't be stuffed to the brim this time with prerecorded VHS tapes like in the olden days ;-)
Recreating a set from pictures is a skill I aspire to acquire. :-D I find that following the instruction booklet is like painting-by-number.
I think the biggest challenge has to be recreating models that use official sets (i.e. alternate builds) just from looking at the photos. No mistake allowed as all parts have to be accounted for in the model, unlike free models such as this where you can choose to use any method or bricks to create the same look.
I was thinking whether to replace it with Reddish Brown tiles but then it looked too contrasty with the orange cheese, so decided to go with below.
I am German. But we have many friends in England, and I was there on holiday for a month each year from 1979 to 1998, with only two exceptions. So forgive me if I feel a least partly like a Brit ;-)
After all, my favorite TV shows are Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers, Keeping up Appearances, Men of the World and Blockbusters (the original with "can I have a P please" - Bob Holness of course), my favorite movies are Clockwise, Life of Brian, and The Full Monty, my favorite sweets are Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles, ...
And my favorite toy during those summer holidays were the Bayko bricks of one of our friends. Almost as much fun as Lego - but with the added thrill that you could poke your eyes out with those metal rods ;-))
Press Release: http://brickset.com/article/24033/10255-assembly-square-press-release
Product Page: https://shop.lego.com/en-GB/Assembly-Square-10255
It's exactly what I feared :/
£179.99 (32x48) - £180 / 3 = £60
£179.99 is totally fair; I'll take it!
£60 for each building is beginning to be a ripoff.
Anymore, is just profiteering.
I remember that mess with the Ferrari too. It actually soured me on buying it right away.
More than a month to go though... things might still change.