Now to review the new LEGO® Modular, 10255 Assembly Square, in a different fashion. Last time I examined all the new and interesting pieces; this time I'll take a look at the build. There is, naturally, too much to talk about so I will limit myself to explaining where the completely new LEGO parts are used and some of my favourite techniques.
The new 2x2 wedge corner tiles (Design ID 27263... I think) are mostly used to cover the baseplates and you can tell that LEGO designer Jamie Berard had a lot of fun with these, around the fountain in particular. Note how he also covered regular tiles with the Nexo shield tile and wedge bricks to create the impression of right-angled triangles. Clearly Jamie also had fun creating the pretty tessellations on the three interior floors. It’s a shame he couldn’t/didn’t use Medium Blue 2x2 corner tiles (Element ID 6167572 | Design ID 14719) in the cafe, which have just become available in The LEGO Batman Movie 70901 Mr. Freeze Ice Attack.
You can also see in the above picture how the new “corner SNOT" bricks in Brick Yellow [TLG]/Tan [BL] (Element ID 6175968 | 26604) are used. Ironically enough, it is to avoid corners...
The turret is topped with rare Earth Blue [TLG]/Dark Blue [BL] 75° roof slopes, Dark Stone Grey arched window frames and, right at the very top, “Blade No. 9” in White (6136388 | 24482) which was a part I chose for The New Black. It’s great to have something symmetrical to finish off a spire - the LEGO System is oddly lacking in such pieces. This piece has only appeared in White in two Nexo Knights sets: 70323 Jestro's Volcano Lair and 70339 Ultimate Flama.
The Dark Stone Grey base of the turret, above the bakery door, is especially interesting. To create the curved effect, Jamie has inverted three quarter-dome pieces (Design ID 88293) using a neat 180° reversal technique made possible by the Plate 1x1 w/3.2 Shaft/1.5 Hole (20482) which you can see in Warm Gold [TLG]/Pearl Gold [BL] below; the 3.18 bar section of these is inserted upside-down into recessed studs below. Simple, neat and very secure.
Also note the bakery door in the picture below. This is the new 45° angled door/window frame (Design ID 28321) used here in Black (Element ID 6177156). The next door we add to the model (to the cafe) is a normal frame rotated 45° using 2x2 turntables, as is the window of the instrument shop. Perhaps Jamie is making the point that both approaches have their place.
The other 45° frame element is used on this balcony: White (6177157), facing inwards this time. Note how Jamie has exploited the zig-zag shape of this piece to create a moulding above the door using inverted slopes.
For the top of this building Jamie alternates the exotic 1x3x2 half-arch (88292) with a similar shape he creates with a 1x2 inverted slope and the ‘curlicue’ scroll brick (20310).
It now seems to be a 'Modular tradition' for Jamie to create interesting architectural effects near the tops of buildings using unexpected elements. On the central building, six ‘Thor hammers’ (6004729 | 75904) are attached using Erling bricks and rest perfectly in between vertical bars.
The roof of this building (which contains the florist and artist's studio) is simply two upside-down large Technic shovels (6109280 | 18943) which have only ever appeared in 42043 Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 and 42053 Volvo EW160E.
I adore the colour scheme in the cafe — I truly want to visit it! — in particular, the funky blue section that carries from the floor to the counter. There’s a lot of colours going on here yet Jamie has made it all coherent.
I love the way the mirror is added to the dance studio. It does not connect to anything; rather, Jamie has made use of the gap in part 4081, between the brick and the projecting clip light. It is then kept in place with rail plates above it.
Although they are not brand-new in Medium Stone Grey, the teeth tiles (6151688 | 24246) are noteworthy as 46 are needed for the model! Why so many?
The other two of these bars are used with the two new Bright Green claw pieces (6177124 | 16770) to create the stems and leaves of the giant flowers of the shop sign, which you can see in the centre of the picture below.
Like I said at the start, there is so much more I could describe but after some 4000 words on the subject (appropriate, given that this is a 4002-piece set), I'm calling it quits here! Hopefully the information about the new pieces and they ways they are used has whetted your appetite. The set is released on 1st January 2017 priced £179.99 / US$279.99 / €239.99.
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