This review is of build number 3 from this set – the flower shop. For all the details of this set, and a look at the minifigures, check out my review of the main build. For the auto repair shop, check out part 2.
Dismantling and sorting:
Dismantling the auto shop didn’t take too long, and again, rather than sorting all the parts out, I just rummaged through them to find what I needed. As this build is generally aimed as a quick build or for younger builders, it might be helpful to find the parts you need first to stop any younger ones loosing patience with the process.
The instructions have 69 steps over 71 pages. Again, they are on the blue/yellow pages that are standard for creator sets. This set of instructions also features the full brick listings.
The building is a simple flower shop, featuring a flat above the shop.
This build was classified as the ‘quick build’ model of the set. Indeed it only took about an hour and a half to build (including time to find the parts I needed.)
This build is not particularly challenging and older builders may be bored by it. However, for younger builders, it is a perfect introduction to LEGO house building.
It is hinged, as are the other buildings, allowing for a good level of access for play. Unlike the auto-repair shop, this build features the ‘click’ latch to hold the building shut.
This straightforward build features a sofa and a coffee table as accessories for the flat over the shop. The shop itself has plenty of detail, including glass fronted counter, potted plants and a water spritzer. Whilst simple, the shop is well fitted to sell flowers to all of its visitors.
This build does not feature a car, although one could probably build one from the remaining pieces if that is wanted in addition to this building.
This was a pretty easy build that didn’t require much concentration to put together. This build would be most suitable for younger ages, and those who want to put something together quickly from their LEGO. Again, it makes a nice addition to any LEGO city you may be building.
The set as a whole:
As this was the last build of the set, it’s time for a little overview of my thoughts on the whole set.
To me, this set represented a way to get building buildings and to learn how to build in hinges, windows and stairs. I would heartedly recommend this set for that purpose.
In building these models though, I fell a little in love with them They are the perfect in-between size from modulars and the smaller creator sets. They give a LEGO town some character, and if you could have all of them built and open, you would have a brilliant street.
My criticism of this set comes from some pretty boring mini-figures, a lack of accessories (a bike shop with only one bike? Really?) and the fact that there is so little furniture on the properties (although given their size, not a surprise). There are some build issues (like the auto-shop not clicking shut) but for the most part, these are pretty stable sets that will stand up to some fun play.
Overall rating: 8/10