Release Year: 2011
Pieces: 2032 (with 4 minifigures)
The houses themselves are a shop front with accommodation at the top, and a brownstone style building that is ready to have someone move in. The painter is putting on a coat of paint, and there are some boxes in the upstairs room ready to go. This build is big. There is plenty to look at in each building, so let’s get stuck into it!
Parts & Minifigures
As with many modulars, the parts are great. The biggest additions are the plethora of parts in Sand Blue, used to build the majority of the Pet Shop building. You get 1x1s, 1×6 and 1×4 bricks in this part. This set is still the only one in the entire LEGO range to have these in the collection, and they’re great to have. Another part introduced in this set is the bucket, used for some storage at the rear of the Pet Shop. It comes in the metallic silver colour and looks good. A bit big for a minifig to hold, but still good to have. These buckets are extremely rare, as they only appear elsewhere in bright purple in some Friends sets from 2012 and 2013.
Other parts rarely seen are the arched top window frames at the top of the Pet Shop building, a pot in white, a bright yellow frog, and more. One difference you may notice is in the fences at the front of the brownstone building. The black fences have actually changed since the image was taken for the box art. The photo shows the fences as the 1x4x2 with 2 knobs variety, but the sets these days come with the 4 knob element. It’s a small thing, but can look a little different. It’s an easy fix with some tiles though, so no major issue. There is just too much else to mention! If I did, I’d be here for a week, so let’s move on to the minifigures.
Spares are always a plenty in modulars, and this is no different. Standout items are spare flowers, a green stalk, a bone, and fire, along with loads of 1×1 goodies.
Ok, this bit is going to be big. We’ll go building by building, floor by floor. First up is the brownstone. This building first starts with the construction of the sub-floor. It’s pretty simple, but the interesting bit is the construction of the support structure for the big bay window
The second building is the blue Pet Shop. As I mentioned before, the sand blue bricks in the building are unique to the set, and you get a fair few of them.
So, a rating for this one. It’s a great build, and is able to be separated, which is awesome. It’s relatively playable, but with not much in the rooms, doesn’t leave all that much to play with. This modular gets 8 out of 10 dog bones.
I’ve taken plenty of photos on this set, so if you want more, check them out on Flickr.