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Ranking the Lego Modular Buildings: 1-11

thomaspp13thomaspp13 miami, flMember Posts: 29

Hey folks. I know this or a subtheme of the above has been discussed on many embedded threads before, but I thought it would be fun to have a dedicated thread for a ranking of the existing 11 modulars. 

Owning all 11, for me/my personal/subjective ranking of these iconic buildings is as below (from most favorite to least favorite). My criteria is really based on visual external appeal more than anything else.

1. Café Corner

2. Grand Emporium

3. Green Grocer

4. Town Hall

5. Palace Cinema

6. Parisian Restaurant

7. Detective's Office

8. Pet Shop

9. Fire Brigade

10. Brick Bank

11. Market Street

I've also uploaded a youtube video discussing my thoughts on my collection of modular buildings and the above ranking here.

I'm curious to hear your ranking and thoughts. Be well!

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  • TheMaker37TheMaker37 Norfolk,VaMember Posts: 492
    1. Parisian Restaurant 
    2. Cafe Corner
    3. Grand Emporium 
    4. Detectives Office
    5. Brick Bank
    6. Town Hall
    7. Palace Cinema
    8. Green Grocer
    9. Fire Brigade
    10. Market Street
    11. Pet Shop
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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,061
    klatu003 said:
    They are like my children. How can I pick a favorite?  I love them all for their unique qualities, except Market Street, that thing is not even allowed at the kiddie table for Thanksgiving.
    ^ Perfect response.

    The thought, precision and detail put into the Parisian Restaurant makes it my favorite. 

    (The Brick Bank is a close second, and the Green Grocer is a close third - in fact, the rest are so close, you could put them in any order and I would agree.)

    The pits is definitely Market Street.  For obvious reasons.  A distant #11
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  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,270
    Ranking them is hard as I like them all.  But I also have the 0-th spot reserved for the 11 I've designed myself.  I don't own Market Street and don't really care to.  My Cafe Corner and Green Grocer are alt color builds and not original sets but I ranked them based on how much I like the design.

    1. Parisian Restaurant 
    2. Green Grocer
    3. Fire Brigade
    4. Town Hall
    5. Detectives Office
    6. Cafe Corner
    7. Pet Shop
    8. Brick Bank
    9. Palace Cinema
    10. Grand Emporium 
    11. Market Street

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  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,891
    graphite said:
    Ranking them is hard as I like them all.  But I also have the 0-th spot reserved for the 11 I've designed myself.  I don't own Market Street and don't really care to.  My Cafe Corner and Green Grocer are alt color builds and not original sets but I ranked them based on how much I like the design.

    1. Parisian Restaurant 
    2. Green Grocer
    3. Fire Brigade
    4. Town Hall
    5. Detectives Office
    6. Cafe Corner
    7. Pet Shop
    8. Brick Bank
    9. Palace Cinema
    10. Grand Emporium 
    11. Market Street

    Your list matches mine right down to owning only alt color versions of gg and cc.
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  • Jern92Jern92 MalaysiaMember Posts: 838
    1. Parisian Restaurant
    2. Grand Emporium
    3. Town Hall
    4. Fire Brigade
    5. Palace Cinema
    6. Pet Shop
    7. Detective's Office

    Don't have Cafe Corner and Market Street so can't judge those. Also I haven't built my Brick Bank and Green Grocer so will reserve judgement on those for later. 
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  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,432
    I've only got the newer modulars, so can only rate them:

    1: Parisian Restaurant
    2: Detective's Office
    3: Brick Bank
    4: Palace Cinema
    5: Pet Shop

    Even though PS is at the bottom, I still really like it. In fact, I love 'em all! :-)
  • monstblitzmonstblitz Hornell, NYMember Posts: 632
    I've still got GE, PC to build and I'm halfway through DO, but I'll do my best to rank them once I get through them all.

    I really like them all, and it's hard to pick a favorite. Even my little red headed step children Cafe Corner and Market Street (bricklinked with alt colors). My ghetto cafe corner might be my favorite, because it was my first bricklinked project and was a labor of love.  Something about having all those used pieces from multiple orders scattered all over my dining room table and then turning them into a beautiful, if somewhat odd colored, Cafe Corner made it a lot of fun. 


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  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    edited September 2016
    my ranking:

    1. Green Grocer
    2. Fire Brigade
    3. Parisian Restaurant
    4. Detectives Office
    5. Pet Shop
    6. Town Hall
    7. Brick Bank
    8. Palace Cinema
    9. Grand Emporium 
    10. Cafe Corner

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  • josekaleljosekalel Rio Grande Valley, TexasMember Posts: 681
    Uhm...

    1. Palace Cinema
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  • AdeelZubairAdeelZubair London, UKMember Posts: 2,686
    ^ Showoff!  :)
    Ha Ha! I had it typed up months ago and never had a chance to post it on the forum.
  • tallblocktootallblocktoo CanadaMember Posts: 497
    I'd go pretty much with @JudgeChuck's list.   Might flip that last two around but as mentioned by several folks its very hard to have a favourite.  
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,432
    I'd go pretty much with @JudgeChuck's list.   Might flip that last two around but as mentioned by several folks its very hard to have a favourite.  
    It's 50/50 for me... PC is just a little more distinctive than PS, so just pips it...
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  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055

    My List:

    1. Green Grocer
    2. Detectives Office
    3. Parisian Restaurant
    4. Brick Bank
    5. Pet Shop
    6. Fire Brigade
    7. Town Hall
    8. Palace Cinema
    9. Grand Emporium 
    10. Cafe Corner

    The Parisian Restaurant is third on my list of overall favorites, but it would be #1 if I were basing the list on exterior aesthetics alone. PR is the only modular imo that pull off being a stand alone display piece.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,829
    Presumably those not including an eleventh are only leaving it out because they don't have it?!  ;)

    Not sure I should rank one to eleven as I've only built two, but of those I have built:-

    1  Cafe Corner
    2  Market Street
    SprinkleOtter
  • Bitsyww2Bitsyww2 Member Posts: 27
    Here's how I rate the ones I have:
    1)Detectives office
    2)Townhall
    3)Parisian Restaurant
    4)Grand Emporium
    5)Pet Shop
    6)Palace Cinema
    7)Brick Bank

    Honestly 2-5 could have been in any order.  I like all the modular buildings a lot and they are all in my top 20 favorite sets in my collection
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    Legoboy said:
    Presumably those not including an eleventh are only leaving it out because they don't have it?!  ;)

    Not sure I should rank one to eleven as I've only built two, but of those I have built:-

    1  Cafe Corner
    2  Market Street
    or we aren't including it because it wasn't designed by a LEGO designer who had access to the full array of parts and colors, nor made for the same pricepoint.  it's an anomaly that one can choose to include or not include with the rest of the series.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,645
    CircleK said:

    My List:

    1. Green Grocer
    2. Detectives Office
    3. Parisian Restaurant
    4. Brick Bank
    5. Pet Shop
    6. Fire Brigade
    7. Town Hall
    8. Palace Cinema
    9. Grand Emporium 
    10. Cafe Corner

    The Parisian Restaurant is third on my list of overall favorites, but it would be #1 if I were basing the list on exterior aesthetics alone. PR is the only modular imo that pull off being a stand alone display piece.
    Fire Brigade looks pretty good as a stand alone set.
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  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,672
    1. Fire Brigade
    2. Cafe Corner
    3. Green Grocer
    4. Detectives Office
    5. Grand Emporium 
    6. Pet Shop
    7. Town Hall
    8. Parisian Restaurant
    9. Brick Bank
    10. Market Street
    11. Palace Cinema
  • oldtodd33oldtodd33 Denver 4800 miles to BillundMember Posts: 2,578
      1. Cafe Corner
      2. Green Grocer
      3. Grand Emporium
      4. Fire Brigade
      5.Town Hall
      6. Detectives Office
      7. Pet Shop
      8. Parisian Restaurant
      9. Brick Bank
    10. Market Street
    11. Palace Cinema
  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 755
    klatu003 said:
    They are like my children. How can I pick a favorite?  I love them all for their unique qualities, except Market Street, that thing is not even allowed at the kiddie table for Thanksgiving.
    Hahaha! You nailed it! Adzaboy also did a nice response. This is a fun thread!

    AdeelZubair
  • thomaspp13thomaspp13 miami, flMember Posts: 29

    You guys are hysterical! Thanks for chiming in with the rankings.

    My further thoughts:

    1. I am always a bit amazed how much attention and love Parisian restaurant gets. Yes, it a detailed set, but the green exterior is not to my liking frankly. It's a fine set, but nowhere near the top of my list. Thankfully we have 11 to choose from!

    2. The good old controversial market street: Yes, it's one of the modulars despite being sold under the Factory line and being designed by a fan and not a professional lego designer and, yes, it's not the most beautiful, BUT it's certainly one of the 11 Modulars and if you want a full set of Modulars, you gotta have it! I still very much enjoy having it in my city.

    3. I'm excited to see what may be coming our way in 2017 on the modular front. There isn't a lot out there in lego for me at the moment so while I wait for the new modular I am focusing on a skyscraper MOC.


    Best!


  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 2,144
    I love them all in their own way (as several comments above also allude too) although I hold a special affection for Pet Shop as for me, it elicits a certain "city" feel for me.
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  • davee123davee123 USAMember Posts: 814
    Interesting-- for myself:

    (1) Detective's Office
    (2) Parisian Restaurant
    (3) Brick Bank
    (4) Palace Cinema
    (5) Town Hall
    (6) Fire Brigade
    (7) Grand Emporium
    (8) Cafe Corner
    (9) Pet Shop
    (10) Green Grocer
    (11) Market Street

    I'm honestly surprised at how seemingly low Palace Cinema is for people.  Going by an average of the above, it ranks pretty squarely 2nd-to-last above Market Street.  But I honestly thought it was very well designed, and had great character.

    To me, it feels like the lineup has been slowly improving over time, getting more and more detailed and realistic.  Comparing Cafe Corner, Market Street, and the Green Grocer to more recent sets, it feels like they're not quite on par, and are made with a more basic selection of elements.

    I always feel bad that Market Street gets a bad rap-- I didn't think it was all that poorly designed or anything.  It's main shortcomings (for me) are that the "short" section is pretty flimsy, and it doesn't have a detailed interior.  Apart from that, the detail level always felt similar to other modulars of the time.

    Counting everyone that's voted for all the modulars in this thread (assuming that those who skipped Market Street would place it in last place), it seems like the results are:

    (1) Parisian Restaurant (avg rank 3.667)
    (2) Detective's Office (avg rank 3.889)
    (3) Green Grocer (avg rank 4.000)
    (4) Fire Brigade (avg rank 5.000)
    (5) Cafe Corner (avg rank 5.556)
    (6) Town Hall (avg rank 5.667)
    (7) Grand Emporium (avg rank 6.222)
    (8) Brick Bank (avg rank 6.444)
    (9) Pet Shop (avg rank 6.889)
    (10) Palace Cinema (avg rank 8.000)
    (11) Market Street (avg rank 10.667)

    So, a pretty close grouping for the top 1-3, and then a close race for 4-9.  But 10th and 11th place seem a bit more securely locked in, barring some aberrant voting!

    DaveE
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  • klatu003klatu003 Hobbiton, Shire, Middle EarthMember Posts: 724

    One development of the Modular series is the humor and backstories.  I look forward to discovering these while building them, they make me laugh.  On display it is more about the exterior aesthetics.

    Grand Emporium – guy trying on pants (previewing “Where’s my pants” guy)

    Pet Shop - Cat chasing mouse out hole in back, painter with a swath of paint started on wall.

    Parisian Restaurant – engagement story, full on kitchen, artist upstairs, well stocked dumpster.

    Detective’s Office – the whole cookie caper concept.

    Brick Bank – money laundering, no, literally.

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  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,270
    edited September 2016
    I'm only going to talk about the Palace Cinema, since I am a historic theatre buff.... but old city theatres were never the same size as other businesses... the were much larger.  Most old movie palaces (as they were known in the USA) had just a narrow entrance front on the town main street, with the larger auditorium set farther back behind other storefronts.   While Palace Cinema was a pleasing design from the outside, it failed on the inside.  

    A lobby and grand stair case were common, and a main floor and balcony theatre seating were as well. Squeezing 6 seats into the 2nd floor looks awkward.  Also, I found no need for the showing of projection equipment and cameraman.  You will find this in no theatre image I have ever seen.  The projection booth was behind the back wall, and should have been "implied" in the design, rather than wasting space in it.  

    I think that the theatre should have had a 1st floor foyer with stairs at one end, a concession, and main floor seating.  At the top of the 2nd floor there should have only been a balcony taking up about 1/2 of the space.  On the far wall of auditorium should have been a 2 story procenium (arch surrounding the screen).  

    Granted that this all was too much to put into the size footprint that this building takes up.  Which is why a projection area took up scarce space in the model, as would any restroom facilities.

    Ironically in real theatres of the 1920s and 1930s... there were no concession booths.  You just went there to see a movie.... which may explain the lack of enough restrooms in most old movie palace. They were built before the invention of the "big gulp" beverages.... ;-)

    Concession stands were introduced in the 1940s.
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  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,829
    dougts said:
    Legoboy said:
    Presumably those not including an eleventh are only leaving it out because they don't have it?!  ;)

    Not sure I should rank one to eleven as I've only built two, but of those I have built:-

    1  Cafe Corner
    2  Market Street
    or we aren't including it because it wasn't designed by a LEGO designer who had access to the full array of parts and colors

    .....but is considered by LEGO and Brickset to be a modular. Just wondering.
    SprinkleOtter
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129


    2. The good old controversial market street: Yes, it's one of the modulars despite being sold under the Factory line and being designed by a fan and not a professional lego designer and, yes, it's not the most beautiful, BUT it's certainly one of the 11 Modulars and if you want a full set of Modulars, you gotta have it! I still very much enjoy having it in my city.



    you are welcome to hold this opinion - but it is just that.
  • MeganLMeganL West Coast Outpost, Brickset TowersMember Posts: 117
    I'm with some of you; I have them all except CC, GG and MS.  I love them all and don't think I could choose one over the others.
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    Legoboy said:
    dougts said:
    Legoboy said:
    Presumably those not including an eleventh are only leaving it out because they don't have it?!  ;)

    Not sure I should rank one to eleven as I've only built two, but of those I have built:-

    1  Cafe Corner
    2  Market Street
    or we aren't including it because it wasn't designed by a LEGO designer who had access to the full array of parts and colors

    .....but is considered by LEGO and Brickset to be a modular. Just wondering.
    Brickset is an arbitrary non-official DB with a focus on cataloging sets together.  Of course it's going to be listed with the modulars, as that makes the most sense.

    As far as I'm aware, LEGO doesn't and hasn't acknowledged any "official" list of modulars. The closest thing we have is Jamie mentioning that the DO was the "10th" modular in his designer video. That counts for something, but could just very well be his personal view, and not necessarily "canon".

    In the end, it doesn't matter.  People are free to define their own collections however they want to.  I wasn't speaking to what was official or what wasn't, just posting an opinion on why myself (and some others) didn't list it in their lists.  

    One thing that cannot be debated, whether you include it in the series or not, is that it is an outlier in terms of design process, allowable budget, and what parts/colors were available to the designer.
  • RogerKirkRogerKirk BrightonMember Posts: 364
    1. Detectives Office
    2. Green Grocer
    3. Parisian Restaurant
    4. Palace Cinema
    5. Cafe Corner
    6. Brick Bank
    7. Town Hall
    8. Pet Shop
    9. Fire Brigade
    10. Grand Emporium
    11. Market Street

    Really surprised by the Palace Cinema getting such a low ranking up to now. It's one of my favourites for the shape and the style of the building.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,829
    dougts said:
    Legoboy said:
    dougts said:
    Legoboy said:
    Presumably those not including an eleventh are only leaving it out because they don't have it?!  ;)

    Not sure I should rank one to eleven as I've only built two, but of those I have built:-

    1  Cafe Corner
    2  Market Street
    or we aren't including it because it wasn't designed by a LEGO designer who had access to the full array of parts and colors

    .....but is considered by LEGO and Brickset to be a modular. Just wondering.

    As far as I'm aware, LEGO doesn't and hasn't acknowledged any "official" list of modulars. The closest thing we have is Jamie mentioning that the DO was the "10th" modular in his designer video. That counts for something, but could just very well be his personal view, and not necessarily "canon".


    @dougts, @10230 Mini-Modulars suggests to me LEGO officially consider #10190 to a Modular, but like I said, I was just wondering and made a light hearted query. A joke. Not to worry. Definitely not a UCS.
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  • thomaspp13thomaspp13 miami, flMember Posts: 29
    dougts said:


    2. The good old controversial market street: Yes, it's one of the modulars despite being sold under the Factory line and being designed by a fan and not a professional lego designer and, yes, it's not the most beautiful, BUT it's certainly one of the 11 Modulars and if you want a full set of Modulars, you gotta have it! I still very much enjoy having it in my city.



    you are welcome to hold this opinion - but it is just that.

    Yes, sir. What video of Jaime are you referring to? Have a link - curious. Tks.
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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 14,061
    dougts said:

    The closest thing we have is Jamie mentioning that the DO was the "10th" modular in his designer video. That counts for something, but could just very well be his personal view, and not necessarily "canon".
    I think that is canon.
    Pitfall69
  • TigerMothTigerMoth Member Posts: 2,343
    dougts said:

    As far as I'm aware, LEGO doesn't and hasn't acknowledged any "official" list of modulars.
    TLG isn't even consistent in its use of the word "modular" - there are at least four different terms they have used. Other than the description, as in "it is modular" (nothing in upper case), none of those categories covers all of the sets. Brick Bank, for example, is a "LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Building"; Cafe Corner is not and was not. When you start talking about a series or list then you can choose from quite a variety of different combinations.
  • ColoradoBricksColoradoBricks Denver, CO, USAMember Posts: 1,672
    edited September 2016

    Yes, sir. What video of Jaime are you referring to? Have a link - curious. Tks.

      around the 16th second mark.
  • stanleycoolbrickstanleycoolbrick Planet EarthMember Posts: 2
    I know that my choices aren't really modular per se but I like the MF Haunted House, The Ghostbusters Firehouse and The Simpsons House.
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  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,970
    ^ Don't worry. I'm sure everyone can agree that these deserve to be called modulars.

    lights blue touch paper, runs away...
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  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Near ManchesterMember Posts: 4,053
    Hmm, my list would be similar to adz's:

    1. Parisian Restaurant
    2. Brick Bank
    3. Detectives Office
    4. Green Grocer
    5. Fire Brigade
    6. Pet Shop
    7. Town Hall
    8. Grand Emporium
    9. Palace Cinema
    10. Cafe Corner
    11. Market Street

    I don't have the last two, but I have no real wish to get them, so they get the last two places.

    For me, PC was just badly executed. It felt unfinished, rushed, not up to the usual high standards.
  • CircleKCircleK U.S. - Columbus, OhioMember Posts: 1,055
    Another hit against the Cinema was the use of stickers. I get it and realize it was a necessary evil, but it was another strike for me. I don't own the PC and doubt I ever will. 
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  • TheBigLegoskiTheBigLegoski Amsterdam, NederlandMember Posts: 1,435
    Uuuuhm.... I only have two modulars.

    Palace Cinema
    Pet shop

    Tada!
    Now that is quite some list, isn't it...

    Next one on my wish-list is Parisian Restaurant.
  • sweetness34sweetness34 San Diego, CA.Member Posts: 339
    Own and currently on display:
    1. Parisian Restaurant 
    2. Brick Bank
    3. Fire Brigade
    4. Town Hall
    5. Green Grocer
    6. Cafe Corner
    7. Pet Shop
    8. Grand Emporium    


    Own but have not built yet:
    9. Detectives Office                      
    10. Palace Cinema 


    Do not/will not own:
    11. Market Street



  • AustinPowersAustinPowers GermanyMember Posts: 278

    My list is as follows. I have ranked all of them according to my personal taste, whether I own them or not (yet).

    1. Detective's Office
    2. Parisian Restaurant
    3. Brick Bank
    4. Palace Cinema
    5. Green Grocer
    6. Town Hall
    7. Fire Brigade
    8. Grand Emporium
    9. Cafe Corner
    10. Market Street
    11. Pet Shop

  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    1. Ghostbuster's HQ
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  • thomaspp13thomaspp13 miami, flMember Posts: 29
    I know that my choices aren't really modular per se but I like the MF Haunted House, The Ghostbusters Firehouse and The Simpsons House.

    Cool! Is the Simpsons House larger than your typical baseplate? I'm thinking about the QuickieMart.... but not sure how it will fit in modular city.
  • natro220natro220 USAMember Posts: 545
    I know that my choices aren't really modular per se but I like the MF Haunted House, The Ghostbusters Firehouse and The Simpsons House.

    Cool! Is the Simpsons House larger than your typical baseplate? I'm thinking about the QuickieMart.... but not sure how it will fit in modular city.
    Even if you don't include the actual Kwik e Mart in your city, it includes excellent parts to MOC a more appropriate looking convenience store.  I'm making a Shell and Octan across from each other.

    Since everyone else is doing it, here's my ranking.  I've built them all, but sold my Cafe Corner, Market Street and Green Grocer once their values became too good not to sell.

    1) Parisian Restaurant
    2) Detective Office
    3) Brick Bank
    4) Green Grocer
    5) Town Hall
    6) Palace Cinema
    7) Pet Shop
    8) Fire Brigade
    9) Grand Emporium
    10) Cafe Corner
    11) Market Street 
  • stanleycoolbrickstanleycoolbrick Planet EarthMember Posts: 2
    I know that my choices aren't really modular per se but I like the MF Haunted House, The Ghostbusters Firehouse and The Simpsons House.

    Cool! Is the Simpsons House larger than your typical baseplate? I'm thinking about the QuickieMart.... but not sure how it will fit in modular city.
    You can always make an "other worlds" section like in the LEGO movie
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