It’s early December – Modular announcement time! LEGO France may have leaked it early on Facebook, but here’s all the information. 2020’s modular is 10270 Bookshop. It’s also a little blast from the past, harking back to 2011’s Pet Shop, as the build is done on two separate 8×16 baseplates. LEGO was incredibly generous and sent me an early access copy, so a review is below as well.
One side has the eponymous bookshop, and the other has a town house. With 2,504 elements and releasing on January 1st, 2020, it’ll cost US $179.99 / DE €159.99 / UK £149.99 / AU $249.99.
So far we’ve got no Australian pricing, but I’m expecting AU $269.99, given the exchange rate today.
The bookshop, called Birch Books thanks to the rather nice looking birch tree out the front has the bookshop on the ground floor, what looks to be a sitting area on first floor, complete with a grandfather clock, and a loft on the third floor with a bed and chameleon enclosure.
The town house has a small basement on the ground floor, with a fold up ladder and little mouse trap, a living space with a very nice looking reading nook on the first floor, and a bedroom and balcony on the third floor.
The minifigures include a the female bookshop owner, a man in a tie and suspenders, a young boy with his toy plane, and an elderly couple who live in the apartment next door.
The facade of the buildings look beautiful. The teal of the apartment, number 107 (also the colour number for teal) and the curved stairs look very elegant, as well as the tiling on the roof! The bookstore looks a little more paired back, but still with some beautiful framing and architectural highlights.
The tree in particular looks beautiful, with the autumn coloured leaves, as well as a few on the pavement for good measure. There’s also a very nice looking nest, with a blue bird, a new colour for this element.
Some of the details inside include a very nicely tiled bookshop floor and carpeted staircase, although there’s not a lot of books in that bookshop!
The book on display is Moby Brick, a very clever LEGO adaptation of the classic novel. It also looks like the man is bringing a flower to the bookshop owner – a budding romance perhaps?
The reading lamp looks very nicely done, and it makes me happy to see the lady has an alternate sleeping face! There’s nothing better than falling asleep with a good book.
This image cracks me up. Has the chameleon (who looks superb) gone rogue and beheaded the bookshop owner? Also, after reviewing the set, there’s no stairwell behind there. What’s going on?
There’s a pumpkin patch out the back of the apartment, a nicely detailed fireplace, and some cups of tea, perfect with a good book.
As a librarian by day, this is a great subject matter for a modular. All we need now is a library! I really like the look of this one. The more I pour over the images, the more I like.
Below is the full press release, and some more images, followed by the review.
Ages 16+. 2,504 pieces
US $179.99 – CA $199.99 – DE €159.99 – UK £149.99 – FR €159.99 – DK 1299DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Build and display a quaint bookshop and modular town house
Recreate the charm of a backstreet bookshop that you might discover in any European village or town with this LEGO® Creator Expert collectors’ toy. The 3-story bookshop and adjoining modular town house building is filled with fun building techniques and surprising details, including a display window, reading nook and an open-out design. Collectors will love to display this big 2,504-piece LEGO set proudly alongside their other modular buildings.
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10270 Bookstore Review
I didn’t get a lot of time to build this one, with just this afternoon to build and review, so this will be a shorter modular review than normal. Inside the box you can expect to find 18 numbered bags making up eight stages, one back of plates, two 8×16 green baseplates, and two instruction booklets, one for each building.
The minifigures are of high quality, with the favourite being the man with the tie and suspenders! He looks very smart. The others are not as exciting, but good inclusions. One thing that has clashed for me is the boy with the scarf. It’s probably just because it’s over 40 degrees C in Western Australia today, but it just seems odd compared to the other minifigures.
The build process is highly enjoyable, typical for modular buildings. The architectural detailing is elegant, although there are a lot of curved stairs in the bookstore, so be prepared to make a lot of those stairs! There’s also a lot of work using the 1×1 tile variants. I was particularly impressed with the bookshelves on the ground floor of the bookstore. There’s a lot of disorganised books there, so it looks very natural. The tiling on the floor also looks beautiful, as is the arch above the door, using the rounded 1×2 plates.
There’s not a lot of room in the upper floor of the bookstore, but the chair and grandfather clock are very well created. The roofline of this building is gorgeous. With sweeping curves and simple stone detailing, it looks beautiful. There’s also a large variety of single colour microphone elements, used in the greebling and also inside the town house.
The namesake of the shop, the birch tree, is lovely. The autumn colours of the tree offset the building well, and the blue bird just pops. I also like the tan coloured neck scarf used as a nest! It’s the perfect fit for the tree. What makes the tree even better are the dropped leaves on the footpath. Including the round fence area underneath was also a nice touch.
The town house is so vibrant in teal! I particularly love the little garden at the front. There’s a massive assortment of the three leaved single stud plants – 25 leaves in four colour varieties. I’m a big fan of these elements, so having more colours is a big plus. I like the basement inclusion. There’s not a lot down there, but there doesn’t need to be. It’s a shame the baseplate isn’t tiled, though. I’m not sure how many basements have lawn!
The big bay window at the front of the town house is amazing. The use of stacked candles as pillars is so simple! The lights by the front door are spot on, as is the peaked arch above the door with the street number.
Moving up the apartment into the attic is a very large bed and dresser, with a great little lamp! I’m going to remember that design. The tiling on the roof is stunning, but fiddly. It took a while to get straight. I like the ability to remove the back wall to see in with ease.
When these are connected to the other modulars, I’m sure they’ll pop. The tree and teal building will set them apart. I just haven’t been able to do it as my shelf is full! This is modular number eight for me, so I’ll have to get a longer shelf.
This is another fantastic modular. It’s beautiful from the outside and very well detailed inside. It’s unique, plus it’s a bookstore, so that by itself is a win for me!
ELEMENTS & MINIFIGURES: 18/20
DESIGN / APPEARANCE: 19/20
VALUE FOR MONEY: 8/10
So, what do you think? Are you going to add 10270 Bookshop to your modular street? Let me know in the comments!
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.