Parisian Restaurant. Modulars are a series of huge minifig-scale buildings that make up a city street and are arguably the modern-day sets most beloved by AFOLs. They're the kind of thing you dreamed of designing as a kid, but didn't have the bricks nor the talent.
Mr Berard has the talent. Tempting as it is to rave about just how gorgeous it is, there's simply no time for that - as there are at least four completely new parts in this set! Surprising, as Designers working for the Creator Theme are not allowed to request new part moulds; they can request new colours of parts but must stick with the existing parts inventory. So presumably these must have been created for sets in other Themes prior to Jamie utilising them, but it just so happens that Parisian Restaurant has been revealed first. I'm under the impression the reveals of the other sets containing these parts will occur during the next five weeks.
So what are these new parts? I'm indebted to reader Chris McVeigh for doing the hard work for me. When this set was announced, I was frantically busy at the Great Western LEGO® Show so his message detailing all the parts he'd spotted was very welcome, thanks Chris! First a quick nod to this new scooter. Adorable! Very Vespa; I'm envisioning a vignette of a glamorous Italian businesswoman effortlessly dodging her way through Roman traffic with coffee cup in hand. But good luck to anyone searching for a non-scootery use for this new red element. (And yet, as sure as the Earth turns, I know that someday somewhere somehow someone WILL use it in a spaceship.)
Next, we have a new bow! You know how I love a bow. The Dark Blue [BL]/Earth Blue [TLG] roof at the rear of Parisian Restaurant seems to feature new 2X2 bows above and below the windows. Looks like there's one in Tan [BL]/Brick Yellow [TLG] as well, as this picture of the chair in the first-floor apartment suggests. It joins the same family of curves as part 11477 (the 1X2 'baby bow') and 61068/88930 which is the 4X2 version.
Now for something quite special; a 2X2 inverted dome. Here Jamie has attached a flower stem to it, indicating there must be a single stud in the bottom of the 'bowl'. Flickr user Chris Malloy, present at the Seattle unveiling, snapped a couple of pics of this part and asked Jamie a pertinent question. Apparently both round and square 2X2 bricks will attach on top of this new part, I assume held by that large lip on the rim. I'm dying to see what a regular 2X2 dome looks like on top. It won't make a perfect sphere but should look very cool.
promotional video, the set has bricks in 1X1, 1X2, 1X3, 1X4, 1X6 and 1X8! Of these, only 1X2 and 1X6 are currently available so this represents a massive leap forward for the colour. Ah Monsieur, with these new elements you are really spoiling us.
mentioned a few months back is being used in a way that takes advantage of the central anti-stud on its bottom. I guess that means this new version is being kept separate from the old in TLG factories after all - usually, parts from new moulds seem to get mixed in with the old ones.
10243 Parisian Restaurant will be available in January 2014 and the prices will be US$159.99 | CA$189.99 | £132.99 | €149.99 | DKK1299.00.