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They will get expensive fast but there are many things you can do to make your collection unique. Add extra levels, Bricklink older models, buy plans of other designs or just dream up your own cool building.
Here's some links that give you an idea of how big and popular the Modular theme is.
#31050 Corner Deli
#31026 Bike Shop and Cafe
The Official Modulars are more robust and detailed:
#10246 Detective's Office
The price of the Modulars is about $160 each versus the Creator sets at $40.00-50.00 each.
I hope this doesn't lead to disappointment.
It may be different in your country but here are 2 ways to possibly save 10%.
Wait until 7 March for double VIP points at the Lego store or Lego.com.
In the US, you get 10% off if you use your TRU credit card on a Thursday. If you dont have one, you get 15% off when you first apply. With the amount you have spent on 4 modulars, you would be over 1/2 way to your next one with the savings/points.
I originally disliked the arrangement of the Detective's Office, but having watched Jang's review on YouTube I changed my mind. I'm currently waiting for funds (and a decent offer) to purchase both Brick Band and the Detective's office to add to the collection.
You've a fun few weeks ahead.
And it would probably kill off the theme much quicker.
i am working on some MOC's to make my ones stand out.
right now i have 2 pet shops set and i have 1 more on order, i also have 3 of the cinema set on order.
modulars can and WILL eat up your money!
Second, when building my Pet Shop, I noticed that the black fence pieces are of the type that have the four studs on top but the instructions and the picture are the type with just the studs on the outside posts. Was this a change late in the run or are they all like mine?
The only ones I'm missing after my 10 months back in Lego are the Cafe Corner and Green Grocer, and I also only started getting back into Lego because of the large SW UCS models.
* awaits Market Street comment *
On the topic of the PC, that the was the first modular I built and I really like it but I can understand how some might not like the style. I think the only thing that irks me is that the upper windows, the 2x3 curved window frames, dont have any inserts. I would have thought at the very least they would have gotten lattice or something similar.
Part of the attraction of the modulars is that they have a degree of realism. That ought to mean various flesh tones, but that opens them to claims of prejudice. That's neatly avoided by using yellow heads, but yellow heads aren't realistic. By using the generic head they can turn them into a sort of hallmark and nobody tries to make a big deal out of it.
Other sets usually aren't supposed to be realistic, have some sort of back-story, are part of a much bigger world, or have another excuse - although it still doesn't stop people commenting on perceived biases.
it is now 2 months shy of a whopping 5 years old.
I figured that was the reason just from reading posts from you guys. I would love to get a hold of some of the older ones if I ever come up on any good deals, mainly town hall and fire brigade. I'm mainly a Star Wars collector but jumped into the modulars when I saw the Brick Bank in person at the Lego store. I love them so far and can't wait to see what the 2017 building will be.