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2016 Modular Building

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  • Patrik78Patrik78 Member Posts: 142

    Thanks for the link, nice review :)

    So... it really is white (the 2nd floor), sigh :( Looks monotonous, white is too aggressive for such a large surface imo.

  • morvitmorvit VancouverMember Posts: 6
    edited December 2015
    After seeing the jang review, the set seems better than the pictures indicated. But I can't help but feel it's just not up to the standards of the restaurant and detective office. I think I would prefer the cinema over it too. The exterior of the bank is just lacking and the second floor is quite run-of-the-mill.
  • MynattMynatt OH/NYMember Posts: 573
    Patrik78 said:

    So... it really is white (the 2nd floor), sigh :( Looks monotonous, white is too aggressive for such a large surface imo.

    I agree and disagree. I also agree that the color is a bit monotone but in all honesty I believe that it is better than a dull grey bank.

    However, I disagree because I am ok that it is white since it is the first modular to come in white. What got very dull to me was the repetitive tan/brown/beige colored buildings. The grand emporium, Town Hall, half of the pet shop, and palace cinema, were all to repetitive within their color schemes for me. With much happiness, the Paris restaurant and detective's office were very refreshing in their colorful color schemes. 

    While l wish a the bank could have come in either a dark blue or a dark green, I am fine with white.
  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 482
    Adzbadboy said:
    MrJ_NY said:
    I'm hoping we get a polybag that is associated with the new modular,the way the Flower Cart was designed almost as an accessory to Detective Office.I've heard rumor it may be the 40221 set images have surfaced of but it seems to be a rather high piece count.Time will tell...
    We do have one though...

    What is the set # for the pic you posted?
  • MrJ_NYMrJ_NY A flick missle away from Brickagara FallsMember Posts: 592
    edited December 2015
    That is purported to be set 40221 but no firm details that I know of.It seems the free poly will be a Nexo Knights starter set in January so I'll have to wait for whatever it is that's in that pic "40221 is a seasonal set to be released in 2016"
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,177
    That would be an odd choice for "Spring", and I'm not sure of a universal holiday that would fit two park benches and a statue.
  • SarkySarky Vancouver, CanadaMember Posts: 23
    Aaaaand everyone's now bored so it's time to start speculating about 2017! :)
    Bumblepantskiki180703Salamalex
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 5,944
    ^something somthing rerelease!??!
  • Patrik78Patrik78 Member Posts: 142
    edited December 2015

    I would like to place my bet on a modular Police Station, somehow in an old-fashioned style.

    "New" Death Star will be quite similar to the original one, but not that much to still attract the attention of us - addicts. Are you in the "I need the new Toy Shop despite the fact I own the old one" club? Then beware...


  • prevereprevere North of Bellville, East of Heartlake, South of Bricksburg, West of Ninjago City Member Posts: 2,878
    ^2017 Modular? I'll bet the field. Something that nobody has mentioned yet.
  • LeeLee ukMember Posts: 138
    An Apple Store.

    Would it have to be built in china first?
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Montreal, CanadaMember Posts: 1,039
    i'd love a Modular Sausage Factory ;)
    SumoLegoSarky
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,886
    New Death star will be nothing like the old one. That is my prediction. Based entirely on having seen the new movie.
    madforLEGO
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Montreal, CanadaMember Posts: 1,039
    Or even a Modular Plopp Factory!!!
    LostInTranslationSumoLego
  • mr.pigglesmr.piggles Snow FortMember Posts: 326
    I'm never going to let this Police HQ thing go. My modular city is filled with law enforcement, because those are the pieces most readily and cheaply available on resale sites. They need somewhere to work. 

    Though I'm starting to think about a library. A newspaper office? A proper corner deli? Besides those everything else I see walking about my small town downtown has been covered, aside from a tattoo parlor, bike shop, bodega, and psychic. It's kind of a diverse little town.


  • Bricklover18Bricklover18 PA, USAMember Posts: 720
    I'm surprised they haven't made a Starbucks yet.
    kiki180703Lee
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,322
    a police station would be my first bet, and since the new theme seems to be about criminals, maybe we could have a casino.
    Lee
  • arathemisarathemis sometimes here, sometimes thereMember Posts: 353
    Or a post office or just a regular living house block (or more), a library, proper bar/pub, a disco club (with a disco globe, dance floor, tables and chairs on the side, a bar etc).
    There are still plenty that need coverage :).
  • William_TownsleyWilliam_Townsley Perth, Scotland Member Posts: 880
    I would love to see a post office
  • FauchFauch FranceMember Posts: 2,322
    edited December 2015
    you mean a cookies and candies pub?
    LegoTTkiki180703
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,177
    ...A newspaper office? ...
    What's a newspaper?
    kiki180703VorpalRyuspepper
  • mr.pigglesmr.piggles Snow FortMember Posts: 326
    It's the thing that has really important daily stuff in it-- crossword puzzles, adverts, and horoscopes.
    kiki180703Sarky
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,177
    Hmm... I should look into one of these.  I have Google and Wikipedia downloaded into my matrix every four hours.
    VorpalRyu
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,177
    Or even a Modular Plopp Factory!!!
    It will be an extraordinarily Ploppular Modular.
    kiki180703VorpalRyuBumblepantsPenkid11
  • AquapolisAquapolis Member Posts: 31
    I was counting the number of sets in the series and realized there are already 4 corner buildings - does that mean there wouldn't be anymore corner buildings?! And that could mean that the next one (2017) is the last one to complete the streets (total of 12 buildings). 

    This cool be interesting. :D
  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,822
    Aquapolis said:
    I was counting the number of sets in the series and realized there are already 4 corner buildings - does that mean there wouldn't be anymore corner buildings?! And that could mean that the next one (2017) is the last one to complete the streets (total of 12 buildings). 

    This cool be interesting. :D
    With how popular this series is, there's no way LEGO would just stop entirely because they've made twelve buildings. And it wouldn't make much sense to completely stop doing corner buildings after four, either, because then people who missed out on one of the earlier corner buildings wouldn't be able to get a complete block.

    Seems to me it's more likely that LEGO would just keep going with a similar pattern to what they've been doing (making every third building a corner building), so people who have been collecting all the Modular Buildings would just have to start a new block.
    dougts
  • AdzbadboyAdzbadboy London, UKMember Posts: 2,625
    ...Still waiting for the designer video...
  • AquapolisAquapolis Member Posts: 31
    Aanchir said:

    With how popular this series is, there's no way LEGO would just stop entirely because they've made twelve buildings. And it wouldn't make much sense to completely stop doing corner buildings after four, either, because then people who missed out on one of the earlier corner buildings wouldn't be able to get a complete block.
    I totally agree with you, but it's just funny to think about the scenario if they stop after 12. They could show the final block with market Street next to the 2017 modular. And all hell will break lose. 

    I love modular but I don't mind getting trolled by Lego. :D
    Brikingmampepin
  • kiki180703kiki180703 Montreal, CanadaMember Posts: 1,039
    Designer video is up!

  • Bosstone100Bosstone100 USAMember Posts: 1,407
    ^ is it just me or does that look small?
    Briking
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,426
    ^  It's not just you, it is small.  Too many interior details and not enough bricks. Again.
    pharmjodMynattkiki180703dougtsBrickDanceryoupunkBrikingcanon03ARo2891
  • pharmjodpharmjod 1,170 miles to Wall Drug, USAMember Posts: 2,886
    Which is why I'll need to buy two or three just to build together. Curse you LEGO!
  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 802
    wow that is tiny. Feels like a Creator 3-in-1 building
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    things have been steadily heading in this direction 3 straight years now:  smaller builds, but more interior detailing.  rinse and repeat the next year, then again.  I complain about it every year but get generally overwhelmed by the masses who all think the trend is great.
    pharmjodkiki180703TheLoneTensoryoupunkBuriedinBricksARo2891
  • MrShinyAndNewMrShinyAndNew Member Posts: 249
    Corner buildings look small because there is relatively more sidewalk in front. But it helps to remember that many of the "larger" modulars have space in behind, that is, they don't extend to the back of the baseplate.

    As for the size of the modulars getting smaller, here is a rough estimate of the size of the modulars' exteriors. They are all pretty irregularly shaped and I am roughly counting studs based on the 3D views on brickset, so the numbers are not guaranteed accurate. But based on this estimate I'd say the average size of the modular's exteriors isn't decreasing much if at all over time. The Brick Bank looks smallish compared to, say, the Palace Cinema, because it doesn't sport a huge roof facade that makes the building appear much taller than the main part of the building actually is.

    Cafe Corner, 2007, 2056 pieces, corner, 25x25 - 8x8 corner cutout, 3 stories (561 sq studs)
    Green Grocer 2008, 2352 pieces, 16x32, 3 stories tall (512 sq studs)
    Fire Brigade 2009, 2231 pieces, 16x32, 2 large stories tall (512 sq studs)
    Grand Emporium 2010, 2182 pieces, Corner, 25x25 studs, 3 stories tall (625 sq studs)
    Pet Shop, 2011, 2032 pieces, 32x16 studs, 3 stories tall (512 sq studs)
    Town Hall 2012, 2766 pieces, 32x21 studs, 3 stories tall (672 sq studs)
    Palace Cinema 2013, 2196 pieces, Corner, 25x25 studs, 2 stories tall (large facade) (625 sq studs)
    Parisian Restaurant 2014, 2469 pieces,  14x32 studs, 3 stories tall (448 sq studs)
    Detective's Office 2015, 2262 pieces, 17x32 studs, 2.5 stories tall (544 sq studs)
    Brick Bank, 2016, 2380 pieces, 24x24 studs, corner, 2 large stories tall (576 sq studs)
    Dedgeckokiki180703
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    edited January 2016
    and now done more accurately, last 7, minus the outlier Town Hall.  My method of measuring is number of studs of Exterior Wall.  So a 4 by 4 building 10 bricks high would be 160 studs - 40 per wall

    FB: 2750
    GE: 2850
    PS: 3328
    PC:  2400 (doesn't include roof structures or the big marquee)
    PR:  1967 (doesn't include blue roof, but does include the straights sides of the 3rd floor)
    DO:  2520 (includes all the nooks and crannies)
    BB:  2264

    so, PR/DO/BB average 2250 compared to 2976 for FB/GE/PS, which equates to 24.4% less building exterior.

    Even if you completely do not count either side of the PS double wall (where the two halves connect, it's still 2699 to 2250, and a 16.6% decrease

    DedgeckocheshirecatBrickDancer
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,426
    edited January 2016
    ^^ The way most people perceive size is by height. If you look at the height of the modulars, they seem to be getting shorter seemingly because the exterior height is being exchanged for interior detail.

    10182 Cafe Corner 14 1/8" tall
    10190 Market Street 13" tall
    10185 Green Grocer 13 1/4" tall
    10197 Fire Brigade 15 3/8" tall
    10211 Grand Emporium 16 1/4" tall
    10218 Pet Shop 11" tall
    10224 Town Hall 19 1/2" tall
    10232 Palace Cinema 14 3/4" tall
    10243 Parisian Restaurant 11 3/4" tall
    10246 Detective's Office 10 3/4" tall
    10251 Brick Bank 10" tall 

    I measured each building at it's tallest point including the bill board on GE. 
    cheshirecatyoupunk
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    and another indicator:  The Modulars used to be a great (really only) source for longer 1xN bricks in any kind of quantity for non-bright (natural) colors. That has also changed drastically.  Here is a count of 1x8 and 1x6 bricks in all the Modulars to date (sans the TH):

    1x8 1x6 Tot
    CC 70 42 112
    GG 85 30 115
    FB 33 70 103
    GE 48 67 115
    PS 49 113 162
    PC 69 42 111
    PR 29 33 62
    DO 5 21 26
    BB 42 55 97

    As one can see, this supply dropped drastically with the last 3 incarnations. The average prior to Town Hall was 120 per set. The latest 3 have averaged just 62, a 49% decline in the number of these 2 parts.  

    On the bright side, the BB shows a notable uptick from the PR and DO, so there may be hope yet, though I fear that is largely due to it being a corner and have 2 large blank sides to fill in.  Next year should tell us more about this trend.

    I would also note that the DO did substitute a large number of 1x4 and 1x2 masonry bricks, which likely brought the 1x8 and 1x6 brick count down by about 10 to 20.  Still, even 46 would be easily the lowest number to date.
    cheshirecatyoupunkcatwrangler
  • wardmwardm BelgiumMember Posts: 583
    Can everyone please stop whining about the size of the modular and be happy that it's such a beautiful and great set... I think for a bank, it's just about the right size! I saw it in the LEGO store and it looked bigger than I expected, because of the two buildings in this set.
    Salamalex
  • wardmwardm BelgiumMember Posts: 583
    Jern92 said:
    wardm said:
    Can everyone please stop whining about the size of the modular and be happy that it's such a beautiful and great set... I think for a bank, it's just about the right size! I saw it in the LEGO store and it looked bigger than I expected, because of the two buildings in this set.
    I think you forget that everyone else does not have to follow what you think. We're all different, and have different opinions, all of which are equally valid.

    I'm personally of two minds; I admire the beauty of the set and will buy it, but I also think it's too small.
    Sorry if I sounded offending, but it worries me that there's so much negativity... Why can't we all just be happy? :) 
    kiki180703Salamalex
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    Jern92 said:


    I'm personally of two minds; I admire the beauty of the set and will buy it, but I also think it's too small.
    this exactly.  What there is is great.  Just not enough scale.
    tallblocktoo
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    edited January 2016

    wardm said:
    Jern92 said:
    wardm said:
    Can everyone please stop whining about the size of the modular and be happy that it's such a beautiful and great set... I think for a bank, it's just about the right size! I saw it in the LEGO store and it looked bigger than I expected, because of the two buildings in this set.
    I think you forget that everyone else does not have to follow what you think. We're all different, and have different opinions, all of which are equally valid.

    I'm personally of two minds; I admire the beauty of the set and will buy it, but I also think it's too small.
    Sorry if I sounded offending, but it worries me that there's so much negativity... Why can't we all just be happy? :) 
    who said anything about not being happy?  I'm very happy today.

    I'm not interested in doing the "Everything is awesome, another 5 star LEGO set, everything they churn out is absolutely perfect in every way!" routine.  As fans and purchasers of LEGO's products, it is our right to let known what we like and what we think could be better.  I want LEGO to make the best most interesting products and to improve continually.  I'm not just going to blindly accept everything they do as being a great move.

    For 3-4 years, I've consistently bemoaned the decreasing grandeur of the Modulars on display.  I'm not going to stop making those criticisms at the proper times and places.  
    VorpalRyucheshirecatBumblepantsBrickDancerJern92youpunk
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    oldtodd33 said:

    ^^ The way most people perceive size is by height.
    Maybe. But there is one group of people that don't - and their perception counts for a lot more than those of people here - the designers. They're given a price point for the model and that is the final arbiter of what they do.

    I imagine there's some market research into what customers, on the whole, want from a modular. If it's not what you want, then that's just unfortunate. The answer seems to be detailed interiors. Firehouse HQ isn't a modular, but it's a fairly plain box with lots of interior. So going back to modulars, if you're going to have detailed interiors, something else has to give. I doubt there are many people who want a larger building at a significantly larger price. TLG have experience of that with Town Hall, so they'll have real data to back it up.

    It's almost a certainty that, given the interiors are deemed important, larger buildings would see the complaints here replaced by complaints about how current modulars are so much more expensive that earlier ones!
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 12,177
    Every modular should be four stories tall and $299.99.

    Then we can complain about how Lego discontinued modulars due to poor sales...
    VorpalRyukiki180703Adzbadboy77ncaachampstallblocktooPaperballpark
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    edited January 2016
    ^^ @TigerMoth He said perceive SIZE by height (whilst relating it to a stud count discussing the relative SIZE of the modulars), not content or quality or desirability. Detailed interiors cant be a perception of size, whilst as you say they are a trade off for size which may fit better with market demand. 
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