Release Year: 2014
Pieces: 2469 (with 5 minifigures)
After pulling yourself away from admiring the box, you’ll find three instruction booklets, a 32×32 baseplate in light grey, an 8×16 plate in dark grey, and 18 numbered parts bags, 1 through 4. And, no sticker sheet! Hooray!
When this set was released in 2014, there were a number of parts that were new.There was the red scooter, which has been seen in only 5 other sets since, the 2×2 inverted single stud dome, used as flower pots on the balcony, the 2×2 round tile with hole, used in the plate stack (which I absolutely love) and table lamps, the sloped curve 2×2 2/3 in both tan and dark blue, seen in that beautiful roof, and the 1x4x2 black fences, with 4 studs instead of just the two outer ones. I’ve seen these replacing the two stud versions, and yet they don’t change in the instructions. I’m not sure what the reasoning was, but they probably are a little more versatile.
Other elements that are still quite rare in this set include the obvious printed Chez Albert’s sign on a 2×4 tile, the different olive green elements, the 3×3 dark red roof tiles, and the white croissants, to name just a few. There are some amazing elements in this set including loads of food elements, it’s hard to keep track, but one of my favourites is the minifigure ring. It’s great to get one, and a couple of spares at the same time.
Being a modular, there’s not a whole lot of swooshability to this set, as it’s more intended for display than anything, but with the inclusion of minigifures, there’s always a little play element in there. It’s definitely possible to have the waiter serve the romantic couple, ride the scooter around, have the chef cook up something delicious in the kitchen, and have the artist paint a masterpiece. I’m not sure I’d do it, but it’s definitely a possibility!
Design / Appearance: 20/20
Modular buildings are always great value for money, as there is a plethora of parts, and this set is no different. It’s still available from the LEGO Shop Online at RRP, and it works out to be around 10c per element, which is very good value. Modulars are extremely well known for skyrocketing in price after the set retires, so getting in now is definitely in your interest. Being a very popular one, it’s probably likely to increase in price much faster than the other recent ones. If you’re able to get it cheaper than RRP, like me (I got mine for under $200), then consider yourself lucky, as it’s listed on the LEGO Shop Online as Hard to Find, and only comes up in shops occasionally. If you come across it, drop what you’re doing and snap it up.
Do I even need to fill this section out? It’s a modular, one of the more sought after ones that’s affordable (unless you’re in the money for the first few), and is an absolutely beautiful addition to any collection, even if you’ve never had any of the other modulars before. If you’re planning on using it just for parts, again, it’s a ripper, with all the olive green, not even counting the other elements included.
I’m taking some time off over the next couple of weeks, so there’s not going to be a review next Monday, but when I get back, there’ll be some very special reviews. I won’t be reviewing a set, but rather LEGOland Malaysia! Yep, I’m heading to Singapore for a holiday with a couple of days at LEGOland, and even staying at the Hotel for a couple of nights! Prepare for a whole bunch of photos and a review or three!