Coming 1st September 2017, LEGO® Ideas 21310 Old Fishing Store has 2,049 pieces - the highest number ever for a LEGO Ideas set - and will retail for £139.99 / US$149.99 / 149.99€. Sven Franic is here to tell you all about the colours, parts and minifigures you will find in this stunning fan-designed set.
RobenAnne) would be made into a set. A lot of us hoped for it, but never thought such a large project would be deemed feasible by the LEGO Ideas team. A particularly attractive feature was the colour scheme in Sand Green and the inclusion of so many accessories and animals, most notably the seagull which was only briefly featured with one of the characters in the 2013 collectible minifigures series 10.
ColoursRobert expressed how the colour scheme was a very important aspect of the design process; he apparently even created a mood board to determine the colour schemes while sketching the initial design.
The whole set is filled with earthy and mossy tones with faint differences in shade. Under dim light, Olive Green and Sand Yellow [TLG] / Dark Tan [BL] could easily be mistaken for each other. While this might give you a slight headache while building, it gives the model a super-realistic feel as you can create the impression of gradients.
If we take a look at the elements colour chart, Reddish Brown is definitely the most prominent colour, with Medium Stone Grey [TLG] / Light Bluish Gray [BL] just behind, used for most of the utilitarian SNOT bricks. Earthy tones like Sand Yellow, Olive Green and Sand Green share space, while bright colours like yellows, blues and reds are almost completely absent from the inventory, not even used for the hidden structural parts of the build.
Parts12891pb01). At first I was sceptical about it getting into the final set because the same seagull was previously announced in the official set description for the LEGO Creator 10243 Parisian Restaurant, only to be absent in the final release. One can only assume this was due to technical difficulties in getting a collectible minifigure element into a set which was produced (at the time) in a not fully operational factory in China purposed for the collectible minifigure theme. However, here we are almost four years later, and the Old Fishing Store not only includes the elusive bird, but gives us three of them!
The set also comes with a 32 x 32 stud baseplate in Brick Yellow [TLG] / Tan [BL]. The inclusion of baseplates used to be common practice with almost all sets containing static structures, but are given much less importance today. In an interview for Zusammengebaut, the design director for LEGO City Ricco Rejnholdt Krog explained: “We think the play experience is enhanced without having the baseplate because it opens more functionality when everything is not locked down”. He then goes on to demonstrate some modular functionalities of a City set which would be lost using a baseplate.
The Brick Yellow baseplate in the Old Fishing Store doesn’t make the structure look compacted into a square or restricted in any way. The building is so rugged with intentional unevenness from all sides that the straight edge of the plate doesn’t appear extrusive. The colour of beach sand compliments the rest of the build and emphasises its seaside environment.
Another thing I was sceptical about in the adaptation process from fan design to official model was the building technique for making the model look rugged. As a fan, you can get away with having tiles and plates hanging on just one stud, unsecured from rotating. It is not uncommon for such MOCs to feature elements which are not fully pressed down, but such building methods wouldn’t pass the strict regulations LEGO sets have to fulfil. Not even structures secured on all studs are immune from being disqualified. The chief designer for Creator Expert, Jamie Berard, once explained how they put the finished concept models to an oven-test to find clutch power weak spots in structures. Sometimes elements go flying off and then it is back to the drawing board. To my surprise, the Old Fishing Store maintained most of the building techniques featuring tiles connected to single studs, manually positioned at an uneven angle. While building or handling the model, you will probably move a lot of the tiles out of their intended position, but it’s no big deal since this building thrives in randomness.
Since the set is a late release for this year, we might be slowly depleting the new elements and colours intended for this year’s run. There is one brand new re-colour which is exciting to see. The 1x2 Profile Brick now available in Olive Green. (6202628|98283)
A very useful piece first seen in white in the last Collectible Minifigure series makes a scarce appearance here with only one used to hold a lamp. (6186681|20482) Thankfully, a spare one should be included with your set.
Another re-colour shared with the upcoming 70620 Ninjago City is the crowbar (6186698|29585) in Black. Unlike the Ninjago set where a number of them are cleverly used to form a rooftop, the Fishing Store uses them as… well crowbars.
A slightly rare element having only appeared previously in the 76052 Batman Classic TV Series is the window shutter in black. (6143430|60608) You get 16 pieces, or 8 windows' worth.
A timeless element that has been with us since 1967, Fence 1X4X2 (6202676|3185), was previously featured in Reddish Brown only in 10241 Maersk Line Triple E but is given a new Element ID for its re-release in the Fishing Store.
The set is just packed with different accessories. The LEGO Group has produced a surprising number of sea-related items through the years and they all come together in this set. It is a lucky time when a lot of the elements are still in production from the LEGO City Coast Guard theme. Some new elements work really well to create harpoons or the buoy made of an element first used for balloons. The only thing I am not sure about is the inclusion of TNT for fishing purposes since that is a very controversial and usually illegal practice.
Stickers and printing
I personally think most of the stickers are surplus, not because I don’t like stickers, I just think the model is detailed enough without them. Particularly redundant in my view are the stickers that give tiles a scratched wood or metal effect, especially since there are two printed tile elements to create the same effect. The working hours notice, the newspaper clipping and the boat rentals sign are all nice though.
two other 2017 sets at present. The two printed tiles are used collectively throughout the build to give some variety to the weathered appearance.
MinifiguresThe set comes with four minifigures donning some cool new prints.
The salesman or fisherman comes with Olive Green overalls printed over a Medium Stone Grey torso (6205344). The overalls continue down to the legs which are dual-moulded Olive Green and Black (6207113). His head print with sideburns is also new (6205341).
The fisherlady, customer or whichever role you want to give her has a new printed fishing vest with hooks and pockets printed over a Brick Yellow torso and White short sleeves on dual-moulded arms in White and Bright Yellow [TLG] / Yellow [BL] (6205335). Her dual moulded legs, which seem to represent Earth Green [TLG]/ Dark Green [BL] boots over Sand Blue pants, are also new (6207109) .
The child minifigure is made up of all standard, seen-before elements.
Conclusion21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V earlier this year. Your fat AFOL fingers will probably get stuck in the narrow space with high walls, but it still makes a great display model. It doesn’t fit the Modular Buildings range right off the bat, but with a bit of creative planning, anything is possible.
I think both Robert and Adam did a great job designing and adapting such an unusual structure. The deliberate roughness with the correct colour choices create an orderly chaos which results in probably one of the most realistic looking models ever produced as a set by the LEGO Group.
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