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What order to build modulars in?

graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
edited March 2012 in Building and Techniques
I have GE, PS, and FB and am itching to actually build one even though I have enough other stuff to do. Was just wondering what peoples thoughts were on what order to build them in as to not be disappointed by the next built. So I guess ranking of least interesting build to most interesting.


  • dougtsdougts Member Posts: 4,110
    there's no wrong answer - they will all be enjoyable builds. But I would say:
    least interesting: GE
    Most interesting: PS

    FB is in the middle, FB but has some tedious/repetitive aspects to it, so if you don't like that, maybe do it first.
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    GE is very tedious. I had to stop because it was so boring. FB has an interesting build. I've never built PS but it looks unique.
  • dougtsdougts Member Posts: 4,110
    ^ agree on FB. I personally find it very interesting with a lot of neat touches (interior of 2nd floor is awesome). I mostly listed it as I did because of all the plate-building ont the front facade of the first floor.
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    ^ Yes, that was the downside. Especially if your a person like me, that has to make the tiles straight and perfect. Those 1x1 tiles. :(
  • mathewmathew Member Posts: 2,099
    GE kind of sounds like it's overrated. I already know the interior is rather mediocre and now I've read from several people that it's tedious to build. I'm kind of wishing that I bought Fire Brigade when I had the chance.
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    ^ Its tedious to build, but once its complete, it looks amazing.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Member Posts: 3,639
    ^^The build is one matter, the finished building's look is another. GE has the most depth for its layers, with deep in-set windows and the top trim extending outward in good detail with flags, nice corner build with revolving door, well designed escalator.
  • jocappyjocappy Member Posts: 207
    Start at a corner and work down the block.
  • weinnerweinner Banned Posts: 148
    Am I the only one that actually really likes GE? It's one of my favs..
  • lulwutlulwut Member Posts: 417
    GE looks incredible especially once you finish the little arches on the roof. Building the brick effect wall with the little lamp posts were tedious but I thought the results looked amazing. But yes, building the 3rd floor on GE got dull as it essentially 2nd floor repeated.
  • dougtsdougts Member Posts: 4,110
    ^ agreed. the roofline on GE is by far the best of the series.
  • JasenJasen Member Posts: 283
    edited March 2012
    I've built the FB, GE, and PS in that order. I Time Lapsed them all which made it a bit different but from my perspective -
    It's weird looking at the box and trying to work out how big they'll actually be. You really can't tell until you begin.
    I have to say starting every build I fell into procrastination but once the 1st floor was build on all of them I was totally entralled. This goes for all of them. I had a sense of "wow - this is going to look sweet once it's done" and just launched into the rest of the build.
    The 2nd floor on the GE, I agree with a few but it does look spectacular once built as the 3rd floor is similiar. Buy yes that roofline makes it and I got "warm-fuzzies" and still get them looking at it.
    With the FB and PS they were in a league of their own.
    FB had a nice interior but the PS was just technical but they all have their own positives which you will discover as you build.

    In all Mods I got the feeling "when will it end" and I can be impatient but when you finish and stand back in awe (especially when you put them together) makes it all worthwhile :D

    They all look fantastic together and compliment each other.

    It's then you think.... should I break them all down and enjoy the build again :D
    It's not like model planes etc - glue won't hold you back :D

  • andyscouseandyscouse Member Posts: 365
    I would say there's no "right" answer; I have built mine in the order they came out. Typically, they take between 5 and 6 hours to complete, and I built GE in 4½. Lined up they look delightful!

    Build as you desire - pull names out of a hat - draw straws ... but just build!!

    I can't wait to get PS and TH to complete the (current) crop of modulars.
  • Brewer51Brewer51 Member Posts: 248
    I'm interested to know why PS is such a good build. For me it's a toss up between GE, FB and PS (can only afford one) and I'm leaning towards GE purely because of how the finished product looks.

    Looking at the images of PS on brickset, however, it really doesn't look like that much of an interesting build. What is it that people enjoy so much about it?
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ Member Posts: 4,179
    They're all great, quit worrying about it you lot and just get on and build them :o)
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 519
    ^ What that guy said.
  • andyscouseandyscouse Member Posts: 365
    ^ and ^^ indeed!!
  • andyscouseandyscouse Member Posts: 365
    @Brewer51 If you can only afford one at the moment, get FS, as it'll be the first to retire ... it won't be around too much longer. If you miss it ... well, we all know what that'd mean!
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Member Posts: 3,639
    edited March 2012
    @Brewer51 I'd go with FB, as Andy suggested. It's a different build for Floors 1 versus 2, so you'll get a nice varied experience from it and it looks good as a standalone. Notable points are the rolling garage door, 3-segment stairs, sliding pole, interior kitchen.

    One of the positives about PS is that you get 2 different styles in 1 set, such as the roofing and outdoor patio. The building technique is more ingenious to make do with half the width and still accommodate the stairs, rooms and fixtures. And notice the difference in windows and how they are made, very subtle but smart.
  • Brewer51Brewer51 Member Posts: 248
    @Brickdancer and @andyscouse;

    Thanks for the advice. I do love the look of GE but I'm not much of a fan of reptetitive builds - so I think I'll go with FB, especially as it's the cheapest out of the 3. I knew it was due to EOL soon, do either of you have any idea how long PS/GE are due to stay on for?

    After some research on FB, I really enjoy the detail too. The pingpong table, the refrigerator, everything. It also has quite a charm to it with the 1930's sign and the old-style engine.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Member Posts: 3,639
    Petshop EOL is not in sight, since it was new for last year. GE is the question right now, whether or not it will make it to 2013. My feeling is yes, just purely speculation based on them extending shelf life of their bigger $100+ sets by about a year over hypothesis. Either way, plenty of time left on the EOL clock for both of these. So FB would certainly be the wisest choice now. Especially since its OOS at RRP every where except Lego [email protected] Best to move quickly.
  • DougoutDougout Member Posts: 888
    I don't know which one to build either. I like the FB, I think it would look nice in a train layout. I sort of want to build the Pet Shop, I think I could put two together and make a nice apartment building. However, GE I think is what appeals to me the most. I love the exterior with the window cleaner and the shop sign. I don't mind if the build is a big repetitive, and I think I could add some other lego elements to it if it turns out a bit bland.
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    ^ The GE ground floor is amazing. The second and third floor, not so much. All modulars look great in a city/train layout. ;)
  • emilewskiemilewski Member Posts: 482
    FB was my first modular and made me fall in love with them. I found it a fun build and being the first to go EOL should be a no brainer. Once you build it you will have a need to buy the others.
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Member Posts: 995
    Wanted to bump this thread because something came into my head that I wasn't sure about...

    Do the modulars fit together in any order, or are they designed to line up in a particular order? Looking at the footpath of each building got me wondering whether there is any pattern between them when aligned, that would look out of sync if rearranged.

    Mostly wondering because I'd like to get a modular or two - but I probably wouldn't be getting one every year, so there would be a couple of gaps. So if I skipped, say, the Pet Shop and went with Town Hall would it slot in seamlessly? I'd be content with having two corner buildings (when another one is eventually released) and a couple in between.
  • graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
    edited April 2012
    They are as the name implies "modular". They're all designed to fit the same footprint and have the same connections on each side so that you can place them in any order.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
  • graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
    ^ what about 6 and 7?
  • dougtsdougts Member Posts: 4,110
    there's only 6 in my view.
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Administrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    I'm sorry, I was dialing... ;o)
  • graphitegraphite Member Posts: 3,275
    ^ well then it should be 867-5309
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