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(And not inertia, soundbites and anointment?)
2. Green Grocer
3. Grand Emporium
4. Cafe Corner
5. Fire Brigade
6. Pet Shop
7. Town Hall
8. Detectives Office
9. Brick Bank
10. Palace Cinema
I never built Market street and i don't think the Amsterdam style house is universal enough to blend in with the rest, particularly in that color.
Next you'll be saying the rankings need to be objectively verifiable. :-) I could rank all these sets based on how much I like the name, having not owned/built/seen any of them. I'd be mad to do so, and you'd be mad to read it or trust it, but it'd be as valid as any other criteria on this thread. Just not very popular! ;->
Each person ranks these based on their own criteria and that's perfectly okay to me. That's what makes rankings fun...to see people's lists and why they put them in that order. If we want to say "rank in order of visual preference" or "rank in order of playability" then that's fine and I'd gladly do that, but I was ranking in overall terms and in that case I take every possible criteria into account.
My ranking is very difficult. I agree with many others that basically any one could essentially be at the top or bottom on any given day. A tie, essentially, other than MS, of course.
Looking at the list, I would also put PR towards the top and MS toward the bottom, but I wouldn't include my vote in the overall tally because it would skew the results (although it is consistent with others on first/last choice).
I also added a new analysis to include people's votes who didn't vote for everything. It's a little difficult to describe, but it looks at individual set-to-set comparisons rather than raw rank.
Maybe I'll add a little chart so we can see how it's changed as votes have come in, too (not that that should have much significance, but it's still fun).
I don't understand the hate either. Sure it's not the best, but hardly the worst (besides MS).
And I think 'hate' might be the wrong word to describe people's feelings about Palace Cinema, but maybe 'being unique' (like in not really fitting with the architectural style of other buildings) is exactly the problem with the PC?
My rankings differ from the consensus by an average of 1.6 placements
Market Street 0.261 (me 11, avg 10.739)
Palace Cinema 0.304 (me 8, avg 7.696)
Detective Office 0.435 (me 4, avg 3.565)
Fire Brigade -4.435 (me 2, avg 6.435)
Cafe Corner 3.174 (me 10, avg 6.826)
Green Grocer -2.913 (me 1, avg 3.913)
1. Parisian Restaurant - the perfect balance between detail, size and interesting build.
2. Brick Bank - loved the intricate interior build, though it was clearly at the expense of exterior scale.
3. Pet Shop - I'm surprised that this doesn't get more love. A well done domestic building alongside an easily modifiable small business just begs for it to be purchased in multiples. And though it may lack the finesse of the latest crop, it has a charm of its own.
4. Fire Brigade - my first modular, so a little bias may be coming into play, but it's an interesting build with some lovely details and a great vehicle.
5. Detectives Office - I enjoyed the build more than the finished result.
6. Palace Cinema - I like the look of this overall, but it was just a bit dull for me...
7. Town Hall - same as above, but without the benefit of a particularly striking exterior. Big though!
8. Grand Emporium - same as above, but without the size benefit and with added repetition in the build.
But where sentimental reasons are concerned it's impossible to even compare or contrast those different opinions as they are necessarily arbitrary.
I know it won't solve anything definitively, but the data set is complex and random enough without sentimentality coming into it, it just seems to me that's one controllable thing we can do something about to make the overall results more meaningful. :)
But I think they learned well from TH. A more of the same, only bigger approach really didn't work for that set, and they went a completely different direction thIs time. And I'm happy to have proper third floors back after several years without them
1. Green Grocer
2. Brick Bank
3. Parisian Restaurant
4. Palace Cinema
5. Detective's Office
6. Cafe Corner
7. Town Hall
8. Pet Shop
9. Fire Brigade
10. Grand Emporium
11. Market Street
When the new set comes out Assembly Square that would be in my top three position
As you are all obviously modular experts, can I please ask your opinion on the following.
My wife is really getting into lego & always wanted the Palace Cinema. Therfore it is her surprise present this Christmas.
My dilemma is now, should I try & get the other buildings that are avaibable as the cinema on it's own might look a bit out of place.
If you say yes, which ones should I get if I limit myself to two others or should I tighten the belt & buy all four?
We have limited space but that doesn't seem to slow her down at all.
Thanks in advance for any help/guidance offered.
But if you're just going with 2 others, I'd go PS and PR. Those are the oldest of the remaining 4. It's not foolproof (as evidenced by TH disappearing), but more often than not it's safest to go with the oldest first. BB, for instance, hasn't been out for a full year yet, so it should have some good life left. Versus PS that has been around for a long time.
My thinking is now while double VIP points are on in the Uk, purchase the Pet Shop (due to stlux's post) & the Parisian Restuarant.
Then when the next double points are on offer (usually March in the Uk), I could get the Brick Bank & Detective's Office.
As for the Anniversary building being released in January, I'll cross that bridge when I came to it.
I couldn't care less about fine dining so I'm not interested in Parisian Restaurant however well made it is.
I am a money nerd, however, thus I picked Brick Bank as my entry into modulars
Ordered Pet Shop yesterday so the ball is rolling.