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Agree that the 2 'eras' arent very compatible. You either jump or you dont.
Hey, it's Lego, can't lose the love, unless we are talking friends,, then that's another story.
Also, I think that in 2017 (ten after the cafe corner was released) they should re release the set with improved interior and exterior design while still basing it on the original design.
Would I pay premium to get the 3 earlier sets? Nope. I have missed the boat. So be it.
1) LEGO is already releasing a haunted house set
2) A Haunted House wouldn't fit in with the current modulars.
I love this theme. I have all the buildings sans the Market Street and I was lucky to grab a second Green Grocier when it was on sale before it was discontinued.
My advice would be if you really like them and you know you're going to want them all, start now with what is available and save for the others and watch ebay closely, there are buys to be found, but they are few and far between. Also watch craigslist, and be patient.
I like it more than Cafe Corner.
But sales and reception were enough that they started doing yearly releases, and they may have developed a plan at that point in time (starting with GG or FB), or perhaps even later. But I think you are right - they don't have any kind of rigid architectural plan - they just try to do interesting and unique things with each release. Obviously, these aren't always going to go together in such a way as you would see in a real-world street from any one setting. And that's ok, it's supposed to be a fictional amalgamation of a variety of generic styles, not a representation of any one place.
I really could do without the minifigures though. I know it adds "play value", but I think this theme is geared toward adults and I'm sure we all have enough minifigures to populate a row of buildings right?
I also need to buy more copies of Pet Shop before I come to regret it.
I also bricklinked Market Street. I substituted the dark blue for regular blue, but I'm slowly acumulating the dark blue ones. It's not as great as CC, GG or FB, but still a nice build.
I'll also probably be grabbing the Haunted House for a Halloween display.
It's been an expensive hobby having been in the dark ages for over 25 years. I'm almost there though. GE, PS and UCS Death Star are all I have left on my list to grab before it's too late. I'm assuming Town Hall, Haunted House and UCS R2 will be around for at least 2 more years.
CC and MS are too far gone, even if you can afford them, the prices are just nuts. And I say this, having one more CC NIB to sell. ;)
Yes. GG is great. I built a 1/2 GG with spare parts and it still looks great. $500 is steep, but you can try to Bricklink the model. Wait and buy 2 Haunted Houses and use the second one for parts then bricklink the rest. I'm not a fan of Market street, but it you can buy GG and Bricklink CC, I would do it. CC is still a great model, but probably not worth spending $1,000 or more for it. I think you could Bricklink a CC for about $400.