(Written by William)
Have you ever had the experience where a LEGO technique seems to suddenly click for you? I know that type of experience usually comes to me when I’m building a LEGO model of my own creation. That’s primarily due to the fact that I’m asking the LEGO-elements to do something they’re not specifically designed to do.
The other time I get that experience comes from working with LEGO Technic elements. All the moving possibilities are intriguing, but I kind of expect to be fascinated with those particular sets.
What surprised me the most is having that experience while working with standard LEGO-elements. What’s more, it inspired me to challenge myself and make my own creation that was just like the set.
MINI LEGO MODULAR BUILDINGS SET #10230
That’s right. This LEGO VIP-exclusive LEGO set literally took my breath away with the things I learned. The set sells for $80, but is only sold to VIP members. Of course, most people who would buy it are probably already members anyway, and if not you can sign up easily. (You can see a full review of the Mini Modulars here: Mini LEGO Modular Buildings Available Now!)
The Mini LEGO Modulars set boasts an impressive 1300+ elements to make micro replicas of five of the most popular LEGO Modular sets; Café Corner, Market Street, Green Grocer, Fire Brigade, and the Grand Emporium.
SMALLEST UNIT POSSIBLE
I think what made me receptive of the techniques I learned was knowing that this LEGO set used the smallest elements possible. This gave me the right frame of mind to accept that on the most basic level, this is what is possible.
Taking this into consideration, I could then expand my understanding to larger applications easily. In fact, I’m very comfortable with large-scale projects. I’m used to working with the concept of going big. My limitations in building typically come from the finer details.
Forced to face these elements gave me an appreciation for LEGO I never knew I lacked. I was humbled by the miniscule size while impressed with the amount of detail that was possible.
SIDEWAYS & OFF CENTER LEGO BUILDING
There are more techniques used besides side-ways and off-center, but they are the two techniques that stood out. Nearly every micro-building used these techniques to great effect.
Window-ledges lined up like magic, elements rarely put together began to fit seamlessly. This is drilled into your head when you’re forced to make entire floors of a building with these techniques and it manages to be a sturdy build.
I think the other reason why it resonated with me is because it built things the way I like to create. There is a density to these models not found in the average LEGO set. This reinforcement gives these tiny buildings a nice heft and weight that I find very satisfying.
INSPIRED LEGO BUILDING
Many times I will find a LEGO set and think, “Man, I can make that better”. This is one of the few times I had no urge to change a model in any way. Rather it inspired me to create my own micro-buildings to show to other LEGO fans.
I’ve already planned out a model which I’ve tried to scale with the Mini Modulars. That way, when I’m done I can have a whole series of micro-buildings that reflect larger counterparts. I find myself both nervous and excited just attempting such a project.
What about You? Have you ever run across a LEGO set that inspired you to become a better builder? Do you find you like sets that parallel your own building style? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Here is a list of currently available Modular sets at the online LEGO Shop:
- #10230 LEGO Mini Modulars
- #10218 LEGO Modular Pet Shop
- #10197 LEGO Modular Fire Brigade
- #10211 LEGO Modular Grand Emporium