With the discharge of 10260 Downtown Diner in January 2018, the design aesthetic of LEGO’s Creator Expert modular buildings collection shifted from pre-war structure to the chrome and neon of the 1950s. This development continues with the 2019 modular constructing, 10264 Corner Garage. The set consists of 2,569 items and retails for $200 within the US ($269.99 in Canada and £159.99 within the UK).
Just like the current LEGO Star Wars set 75251 Darth Vader’s Citadel, the preliminary response from LEGO followers and collectors has been combined. However how does the set maintain up once we look past the field pictures and truly begin constructing?
The packaging & directions
The Corner Garage is available in a normal Creator Expert field, showcasing the constructing’s a number of ranges on the entrance and the way it matches with the opposite present modular buildings on the again. The again supplies necessary clues about which modular buildings will proceed to be produced for the subsequent couple of years, with 10255 Meeting Sq. on the far left and 10260 Downtown Diner within the center. It stays to be seen when earlier modulars like 10243 Parisian Restaurant which are nonetheless obtainable from the LEGO Store might be retired.
The stuffed field incorporates six units of numbered luggage, together with the tan baseplate, two giant grey plates, and the only instruction booklet in its personal wrapper. As with all earlier modulars, the Corner Garage doesn’t embrace a sticker sheet — all distinctive designs are printed.
The construct & new elements
To be clear, once we say that there are six units of luggage, every group of luggage accommodates much more elements than the bag teams even in LEGO Star Wars UCS units like 75181 Y-wing Starfighter — I exploit a tray from Ikea when constructing giant units, and one group of luggage (together with the smaller inside luggage with tiny elements) usually used all eight compartments in my tray. The first bag consists of the elements for the closely tiled baseplate, together with a part of the again wall of the storage and a lot of the floor flooring inside element.
The storage features a raise mechanism that’s activated by an extended, brick-built bar that extends to the standard open area behind the constructing. We’ll take a better take a look at this mechanism later on this evaluate.
On the finish of the primary bag, the bottom flooring continues to be solely partially full, although it consists of all of its inside element. The LEGO designers have made in depth use of the comparatively new rounded 1×2 plate all through the constructing, beginning with the columns on both aspect of the door on the left aspect of the construction.
The tire changer machine contained in the storage features a wand accent first launched with the Harry Potter collectible minifigs a number of months in the past. Nevertheless, it’s fascinating that the black wand accent on this modular constructing set comes on a totally totally different sprue from the sprue used all through the Wizarding World minifigs and units, pictured right here in brown (probably revealing totally different manufacturing places that use totally different molds, or an issue with the unique mould).
The space in entrance of the storage the place the island will sit incorporates a brand new turntable half — the opening within the middle of the modified tile matches the outer ring of the clip in the midst of the underside of four×four spherical plates, accommodating any Technic pins or axles inserted by way of the opening in the midst of the plate. (The black old-style 2×2 turntable base is just there to accommodate the bottom of the opposite column holding up the awning, with out truly being hooked up.)
The second and third luggage embrace the elements for the remainder of the bottom flooring, together with the fuel station island and awning. One of many four×four plates within the island’s base clips into the white turntable base described above.
An indication on prime of the island is printed with the lettering “Jo’s Garage: By Accident We Meet”.
The gasoline pump has an indication on prime with the requisite Octan branding on 2×2 spherical tiles. The tile on the reverse aspect can also be printed with the identical design.
The most noteworthy facet of the entire constructing is that the whole entrance wall is constructed at an angle throughout the bottom, utilizing these rounded 1×2 plates we talked about earlier to attach the entrance wall to every aspect.
The wall turns the nook by having a 1×1 spherical column because the nook, with the 1×2 rounded plates extending from the column into every connecting wall.
This off-grid development leads to a variety of odd little projections from the wall, together with the checkout stand with the money register, which sits on a number of 2×2 triangle tiles.
In earlier LEGO units which have included a storage door, the versatile storage door has usually slid up beneath the ceiling on 1×14 bricks with a groove, together with earlier modulars like 10197 Hearth Brigade (though 10197 was launched almost 10 years in the past in 2009, the 1×14 bricks are nonetheless the “normal” approach of dealing with storage doorways as lately as LEGO Metropolis and LEGO Pals units in 2018). We’ll return to this storage door mechanism once more later on this evaluate.
The third set of luggage additionally consists of the elements for the mechanic store’s blue tow truck, which incorporates an fascinating Technic mechanism for the rear crane.
The crane mechanism features a new bracket piece, with the 1×2 studs-up portion of the bracket in the midst of the piece relatively than the highest or backside, and a 2×2 plate backside slightly than studs.
The fourth set of luggage supplies the elements for the second flooring with the veterinarian’s workplace. The vet’s workplace has a big entrance window with a printed design that reads “Dr. Jones Animal Care: No Snakes!” a sly little Indiana Jones Easter egg.
This entrance window is constructed on its aspect, with 1×1 brackets holding the window in place.
Just like the entrance wall on the bottom flooring, this subsequent flooring follows the identical off-grid angle, utilizing 1×2 rounded plates to attach the wall on all sides. To fill in gaps on both aspect of the angled wall, there are columns with a row of 1×1 “double-cheese” (or “tent”) items in mild grey. The partitions look flat in consequence, with a column of 1×1 items offering an accent — a remarkably intelligent approach of filling what would in any other case be an ugly hole.
The white inside wall perpendicular to the entrance wall additionally requires 1×1 rounded plates for its connections to the again wall.
Each the second and third flooring embrace a bay window on the correct aspect, above the storage door. The bay home windows are constructed from pairs of boat bridge home windows on their sides, with a central 1×2 column of home windows to fill the hole.
The sideways ship home windows are hooked up to plates with clips, which in flip connect to columns of telescope items (as proven on this photograph from the subsequent flooring up, which has much less muddle in entrance of the window).
When full, the second flooring has a ready space for animal sufferers and their house owners, in addition to an examination room with quite a lot of gear. Discover how the LEGO designers have used 1×1 spherical tiles in addition to nook wedge tiles to accommodate the off-grid development of the partitions.
The general flooring plan of the highest story (bag group 5) is actually similar to the center story with the vet’s workplace, minus the central dividing wall perpendicular to the entrance wall. This makes the highest flooring pretty extensive open, targeted extra on the inside particulars to which we’ll return later on this evaluate.
The sixth and remaining set of luggage consists of the elements for the roof, which is a reasonably easy development with particulars largely targeted on the studs-out cornice.
Every story consists of studs-out particulars constructed on brackets that includes a repeated, leaf-like motif of 1×1 rounded nook tiles. This motif comes collectively within the cornice with curved arches on the prime of every column, and an ornamental boss within the middle of the cornice. The motif additionally makes in depth use of 1×1 “double-cheese” slopes — the set features a whopping 80 of this comparatively new piece, because of the gap-filling columns on the angled partitions and the motif between every flooring and within the cornice.
The completed mannequin
When absolutely full, the nook storage is a considerable constructing that evokes mid-century structure within the Worldwide or Bauhaus types, with gridded home windows and rounded corners. Most of the most iconic buildings on this type date again as early because the 1920’s and 1930’s, so LEGO builders complaining about LEGO’s shift to a “post-war” design aesthetic might need to learn up on architectural tendencies main as much as World Warfare II.
One of many extra exceptional elements of the set is how the 1940’s fashion nook fuel station matches with the higher tales of the constructing. I’m lucky sufficient to reside in part of the USA the place a few of these nook fuel stations have been preserved and transformed to different functions (akin to espresso outlets or micro-breweries — that is Seattle, in any case), and I see buildings very very similar to this one across the metropolis daily.
However, I do share the opinion of LEGO builders who’ve expressed confusion concerning the juxtaposition of a vet’s workplace above a mechanic’s store. As a lot enjoyable as a vet’s workplace could also be inside the world of Creator Expert modular buildings (in any case, the place will pet house owners take their pets after adopting them at 10218 Pet Store method again in 2011?), I can’t assist sharing the ache and confusion that the animals listening to fixed banging and clanging should really feel.
LEGO’s modular buildings have all the time been exceptional for his or her logical consistency — one thing that builders and collectors might not have observed till the logic is damaged. Personally, my all-time favourite modular constructing is 10246 Detective’s Workplace, with its pool corridor, barber store, and so forth. Equally, 10243 Parisian Restaurant options an artist’s loft on the highest flooring. The logic of a vet’s workplace above a mechanic’s storage with a bachelor pad above the vet simply doesn’t maintain as much as the unspoken logic of previous modular buildings.
Corner modules are infamous for his or her lack of element on the again — designed as they’re to abut towards two different modular buildings, with solely a small notch within the again for the alleyway. The Corner Garage is not any totally different, with quite a lot of oddly coloured stripes and bricks that mirror flooring ranges and inside particulars slightly than a give attention to the rear exterior.
Regardless of my qualms concerning the logic of the inside areas, the bottom flooring fuel station and mechanic’s store are very nicely executed. The fuel pump island even features a water bucket with a squeegee.
The storage door options yellow bollards on both aspect, and the storage door itself rolls up.
The Technic mechanism we noticed earlier connects to the highest phase of the storage door, with a tire hooked up to the central Technic axle. Turning this rolls the storage door up into the ceiling with out obscuring the open inside with a big beam the best way utilizing 1×14 bricks with a groove would.
The tow truck matches comfortably by means of the storage door, although in case your tow truck wants work your storage enterprise could also be in hassle.
When a automotive drives by way of the storage doorways, it may well match over a carry constructed into the ground.
Urgent the bar constructed into the wall raises the carry.
The raise itself solely raises the car by about one brick excessive, and the Technic arms are floppy and slippery sufficient that the car tends to slip off and crash into the entrance wall. Nevertheless, it’s a enjoyable little mechanism that provides a little bit of play worth.
A doorway on the left aspect of the storage leads as much as the vet’s workplace. The door deal with has a stunning piece printed with a pawprint, and there’s a terrific brick-built tree subsequent to the door as nicely.
The vet’s workplace ready space has two couches, with a resident parrot on a perch and a big fish in a small aquarium. The orange fish within the aquarium is hooked up to the wall with a Technic pin, and as we noticed within the official product pictures, tends to need to “float” the wrong way up — maybe the vet ought to look into getting a bigger tank that doesn’t kill his fish…
The far aspect of the examination room includes a desk with cluttered papers and a lamp together with one other desk with a frog underneath a heating lamp and a few drugs bottles.
The entrance of the examination room has the examination desk, the place the vet can inspect the little woman’s rabbit. There’s additionally a 3rd desk with extra medical gear, together with scissors and a syringe.
The prime flooring has a bachelor pad for the person within the cableknit sweater. His condo has a stunning kitchenette with a range, prep space, and sink. The range even has a tray of cookies inside. Nevertheless, the poor dude’s rest room would be the smallest rest room within the LEGO world. I additionally suspect he might have mechanics and vets traipsing by means of his house all through the day to make use of the constructing’s solely amenities…
His mattress is a bit odd as nicely — an azure pillow on white sheets with a metallic bedstead evokes a hospital quite than a cushty residence. I’ve dubbed this fellow “the bachelor” as a result of he has adorned his condominium with a “Rock & Roll” poster (a printed 2×2 tile) and a toy truck or practice engine on a shelf.
The bachelor can sit in his studio condo’s dwelling space and watch exhibits about bridges (one other 2×2 printed tile) on his old-school tv with a rabbit-ear antenna.
The roof is a reasonably spartan affair, although it does have a deck chair and umbrella (a printed four×four radar dish) and planter field.
Reinforcing our level concerning the “logic” of LEGO Creator Expert modular buildings earlier, each flooring is related by staircases, together with the roof, which has an angled set of doorways main downstairs.
The mechanics’ tow truck is value a better look. It has a two-tone shade scheme in shiny blue and darkish blue, reminding us a little bit of the Bugatti Chiron.
The entrance hood pops off to disclose an engine, in order that the mechanics have one thing to work on of their storage.
The crane on the again has a Technic gear for a knob, which turns a crank that raises and lowers the crane arm with a hook on the top.
Certainly one of our favourite particulars constructed into the storage is that this rolling device cupboard, which makes use of 1×2 plates with rails to evoke the drawers.
The crane mechanism is sturdy sufficient to haul the pink Cadillac that got here in Downtown Diner. (The woman from Downtown Diner appears slightly upset that her automotive is being hauled away. Maybe she shouldn’t have double parked.)
The Corner Garage consists of six minifigs — two storage mechanics, a biker, veterinarian, younger woman, and bachelor. With the vet’s workplace on the second flooring, the set additionally consists of a number of animal figures, together with a canine, frog, rabbit, and fish.
The two mechanics put on equivalent overalls with instruments tucked into the entrance pocket. The feminine mechanic wears a baseball cap with a ponytail, whereas the male mechanic wears an old-style practice engineer/police officer hat. Their buyer is a lady who introduced in her scooter. She wears a zip-up jacket and has each wavy hair and a black helmet.
The lady mechanic’s baseball cap seems to be notably nice from the again, together with her ponytail threaded by way of the opening behind the hat. Neither mechanic’s torso is printed, however the biker’s jacket has stitching particulars.
The biker is accompanied by her trusty scooter, wanting beautiful in medium azure (a brand new shade for the scooter piece).
The little woman has an extended braid and wears a striped pink shirt printed with a cat design. The man who lives above the vet’s store wears the cableknit sweater first launched in 21310 Previous Fishing Retailer, whereas the vet wears a physician’s coat.
All three of those minifigs have detailed printing on their backs — the sweater is especially pretty.
Solely two of the minifigs have alternate expressions. The feminine mechanic has a smiling face with smudges of oil or grease in addition to an alternate face that appears decided. The younger woman additionally has a two-sided head, with a small smile on one aspect and a tragic face on the opposite (since she’s taking considered one of her animals to the vet).
Conclusions & suggestion
10264 Corner Garage is certainly not an ideal LEGO Creator Expert modular constructing. The constructing doesn’t fairly “flow” the best way earlier modular buildings have, with a vet’s workplace sandwiched between a mechanic’s store and a bachelor pad (one easy answer: invert the order of the top-floor condominium and the second-floor veterinarian’s workplace). However, it has a fantastic “Bauhaus” type of design, with some really pretty particulars within the columns on the primary flooring and within the cornice on the roof line. The wonderful tow truck together with the automotive carry add some enjoyable play options to a constructing that might in any other case consist primarily of static element.
When positioned between two current modular buildings, Corner Garage virtually appears to work as a transition between the early 20th-century constructing types (just like the Brick Financial institution right here) that characterised earlier modulars and the neon glitz of Downtown Diner.
The rounded corners of the awnings on each buildings tie them collectively splendidly, whereas additionally sustaining a reference to the detailed brick-work on the higher tales of each these two latest additions and earlier modular buildings.
Wanting past what we see as logical or “flow” flaws within the number of inside areas, the Corner Garage continues to be a worthy addition to the LEGO Creator Expert modular constructing collection, with some fascinating new methods for off-the-grid partitions, sideways window development, nice printed items, and a number of other utterly new elements all contributing to an aesthetically pleasing entire with pretty exterior element and an enormous number of inside options. Whereas some might balk on the $200 price ticket, the set does embrace over 2,500 items (although many are small 1×1 items), and the precise value of modular buildings has the truth is various significantly through the years based mostly on the dimensions of the finished constructing.
Finally then, whether or not you select to include this newest constructing into your modular assortment turns into a matter of style and aesthetic preferences slightly than something that’s objectively higher or worse about 10264 Corner Garage. Is it my private favourite? No, not essentially. However I do assume it matches properly with the brand new, recent course that LEGO started taking with Downtown Diner, and I’ll have an interest to see the place the theme heads within the years to return.
10264 Corner Garage consists of 2,569 items and 6 minifigures. The set will probably be obtainable January 1st, 2019 from the LEGO Store (US $199.99 | CA $269.99 | UK £159.99), Amazon.com, eBay, BrickLink, and elsewhere.
The LEGO Group despatched The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for evaluation. Offering TBB with merchandise for evaluate ensures neither protection nor constructive evaluations.
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