Enlarging the Bookshop

When I wrote my review for 10270 Bookshop, I mentioned that the shop itself wasn’t nearly big enough, and I wanted to buy another copy of the set to expand it. Well, I haven’t been able to do that, but I did see something on Facebook recently that piqued my interest.

If you don’t know, LEGO MOC Worldwide is a fantastic source of amazing LEGO builds. Alexx Willett posted the image below (and a few others) back in early March, and it blew me away. He’s combined four sets into one giant building.

Look at it! It’s beautiful! All those birch trees. As you explore some photos of the gorgeous interior, read on for a quick interview with Alexx. I reached out to ask him a few questions.

BB: Hi Alexx! Tell me a bit about yourself.

Alexx: I’m a 39 year old man from the USA who’s a husband and father of wonderful girls. I’m a service member (military) who just recently returned from a deployment. I re-started playing with LEGO around 2016/17 when I purchased the TECHNIC Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 set. I’ve been at it ever since.

BB: Why a bigger bookshop?

A: When I buy official LEGO sets, I always expand my sets as I don’t like the original size. I’ve done this with all the official LEGO Modular Buildings. I felt the original bookshop was lacking and wanted to venture out and try something different.

BB: I am so glad you did! What was your process? Did you plan it out, or just free-build?

A: Originally, I was using instructions for the basic layout, but then I just went rogue and started free building. I had zero plans or vision for what I was looking for. I just knew I wanted to build a larger version of the set on a 48 x 48 stud plate utilising all four sets that I bought.

BB: Final question – any advice or tips you can give to LEGO fans that want to expand their sets with multiple copies?

A: My advice is be prepared ahead of time and have fun.

Short and to the point! Thanks for being a good sport Alexx, and well done again on the amazing build! You can see more of Alexx’s expansions in some images below.