LEGO City Mini Shop Series on CUUSOO

by admin on September 25, 2012

in LEGO City Designs

Here is a LEGO City project that you might like to support. CUUSOO member Pekko posted a series of LEGO City mini-shops with real brands business names to brighten up your LEGO City. Besides being cute, the sets add a little bit of retro by using the old-school LEGO City shops format on 8×16 baseplates. And they can also connect to each other. Each of the shops comes with 2 minifigures 1 staff and 1 customer. 

Currently there are 7 proposed sets in the LEGO City Mini Shop Series, and I’m sure more can be added in the future. I think they real challenge with these sets is going to be getting licenses from all of the different franchises, but I suppose it is doable as it would be good promotion for them as well. Here is the list of proposed LEGO City Mini Shop sets (you can also check out the interiors here – please note it is a big page and takes a while to load):

LEGO City Mini Shop Starbucks Coffee – come with Starbucks cups screen parts, coffee-machine, and two minifigures. I can tell you that my minifigs have been waiting for this for a long time!

LEGO City Mini Shop Apple Store – comes with mini versions of iPhones and iPads for your little people, and two minifigures. Here is where minifigs can geek out and buy all the latest gadgets!

LEGO City Mini Shop 7-ELEVEN – comes with beverage-cooler, soda-cans, and two minifigures. I particularly like the colors on this set!

LEGO City Mini Shop McDonald’s – comes with McDonald’s cups, overhead-menu, and two minifigures. Standard LEGO colors work really well for this – a match made in heaven!

LEGO City Mini Shop Dunkin Donuts – comes with donuts, overhead-menu, donut-trays, donut-box, and two minifigures. This is why all minifigures look overweight. 🙄

LEGO City Mini Shop LEGO Shop – comes with new sticker on LEGO box, Pick-A-Brick area, and two minifigures. Now your minifigures can buy some LEGO just for themselves!

The proposed price for the LEGO City Mini Shop Series is $19.99 for each set, but with licensing fees this could get higher. Still, I think these sets have great potential with lots of playability and cuteness. The project currently has a bit over 2,000 votes. Please remember that CUUSOO projects need to reach 10,000 votes before LEGO would consider them for production. If you like this LEGO project, please VOTE HERE

So what do you think of the LEGO City Mini Shop Series? Do you like them? Would you buy them and add them to your LEGO City? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉 

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nace10 (Noah M.) A.K.A. Link Of Hyrule (Zelda rocks and so does Ninjago & LOTR & SW & Kirby! & LEGOS!) September 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Love those!!! The Starbucks & McDonalds are awesome! The 7 11 is really coll, but the inside is kinda lame.


nace10 (Noah M.) A.K.A. Link Of Hyrule (Zelda rocks and so does Ninjago & LOTR & SW & Kirby! & LEGOS!) September 25, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Coll? I meant cool. 😳


nace10 (Noah M.) A.K.A. Link Of Hyrule (Zelda rocks and so does Ninjago & LOTR & SW & Kirby! & LEGOS!) September 25, 2012 at 1:31 PM
admin September 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM

What was it? It has been removed. 😕


nace10 (Noah M.) A.K.A. Link Of Hyrule (Zelda rocks and so does Ninjago & LOTR & SW & Kirby! & LEGOS!) September 25, 2012 at 5:47 PM

It was a helms deep for 89.99 it ended at 99.99.


admin September 25, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Hm… I’m wondering why it was taken down. I thought maybe it was like another Legen of Chima set or something… 😕


nace10 (Noah M.) A.K.A. Link Of Hyrule (Zelda rocks and so does Ninjago & LOTR & SW & Kirby! & LEGOS!) September 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM

It ended.


admin September 26, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Oh, I see. I guess I should just have used the item number instead of the link. 🙄


Eric at A Lego a Day September 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM

It could have been a scam, too. eBay has had a rash of fraudulent Lego sales lately involving purchasing product from with stolen credit card numbers.


admin September 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Eric, yep, I’m very aware of that. Even though I shop on eBay regularly, I would NEVER buy a sealed-in-box currently available LEGO set that is advertised for less than the actual retail price. If it doesn’t make sense, don’t buy. 😉


Eric at A Lego a Day September 27, 2012 at 9:58 AM

It’s good to be cautious, but it can be legitimate. Take the recent Toys R Us sale. If you bought two copies of a set, you’d get the third free. In essence, it was a 33% off sale. If you were able to sell two sets at 20% of MSRP, you’d get to get your set for much cheaper than retail.

Yes, it’s a bit of work for some plastic bricks, but I, um I mean WE, need to finance our hobby somehow!


admin September 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

LOL! Yeah, we do need to finance our hobby! 😉

I still rather shop on BrickLink for new sets, or Amazon. A lot more reliable. And for selling, I also prefer BrickLink. eBay fees have gone up insanely. Often whatever profit you made is gone with the fees. 🙁


Eric at A Lego a Day October 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Yeah, I don’t remember the last time I bought or sold Lego on eBay. Bricklink is the way to go.

Rabbit August 20, 2013 at 5:47 AM

I never too unless I really won’t it!


legostuff71 September 25, 2012 at 1:30 PM

cool, the dunken donuts shop would be great for the police to go to for their coffee and donut break. I don’t know about the mcdonalds, do we want to have overweight mini figures.


Rabbit August 20, 2013 at 5:49 AM

No noooooo


Garmadon September 25, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Good Idea!
But I doubt Lego would actually like to use those names 😕
They would probably change them, cause otherwise they would probably need permition from those companies.


NinajgoFan515 September 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

They need to get permision but you would think Lego will not try to get permision -_-


Kai ZX September 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Yeah great idea! I love donkin donuts!


J.C. September 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Nice, but I am still waiting for the Space Marines project, Admin.


admin September 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Hm… I have read that the Space Marines project on CUUSOO is probably going to get ditched because of the very similar LEGO space theme coming out next year. 😕


J.C. September 25, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I read that too on Brickset. But you can still rite about it! I’m guessing TLG got the idea from SM, so if it reaches 10,000 before 2013, TLG would be so :$ that they used HJ’s idea without any credit to him, that they would change their theme and I (J.C.) would LOL. That had a lot of capitalized letters, didn’t it? 😉


admin September 25, 2012 at 9:11 PM

It may be a coincidence as it takes LEGO several years to develop a theme. If I remember correctly they start working on themes four years before the actual launch. 😉


Jacob September 25, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I think it was probably a coincidence as well. I think I may have preferred the Space Marines project to the new galaxy line (I really depends on how it ends up looking). One of my biggest problems when LEGO does a theme like that is the “xenophobia” they seem to have with good guys. In the Space marines project, there was at least one species the was clearly not human fighting against the bad guys. Most LEGO themes generally have humans all good guys and all other “ugly” species as bad guys. I am afraid this will continue with the galaxy theme. I am curious how Chima will deal with it, though, as I have seen no indication of proper “people”.


admin September 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Jacob, the human good-guys vs. non-human/ugly bad-guys issue with LEGO likely won’t change. It is so much part of their core philosophy. Also, little kids (LEGO’s target audience) tend to see the world as black and white. Although you could say that Star Wars does break this pattern with some non-human, non-“pretty” species being on the side of good. And some decent looking humans being on the dark side. This is one of the reasons why I like SW so much. It was really a breakthrough from the conventional way of portraying humans and aliens.

So, it could happen, but it takes quite a bit of educating the audience. With Star Wars it is already done through the films, so LEGO just had to follow through with authentic looking characters. Everybody already knows that Yoda is a Jedi master, even if he looks like an ugly little green alien.

However with in-house themes LEGO may not want to put the effort into education; and want their characters to remain obvious good-guys or bad-guys right off the shelf. And of course there is nothing there to stop a kid or adult thinking more outside-the-box to change up the parts and make non-human good-guys, pretty pirates, or clean-shaved robbers with proper teeth. 😉


Jacob September 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I felt the reason the way you identified if they were good guys was what kind of uniform they were wearing. An alien wearing a space police uniform would be a good guy, a human wearing a Blacktron uniform was a bad guy.

Also, I may be spoiled by BIONICLE’s story line. For the most part, LEGO themes don’t have nearly as much story as that. In it there were huge grey scales, and even alternate universe versions of characters who would be on different sides based of the conditions there.


admin September 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Oh, Bionicle! I always avoided the topic as I know practically nothing about that theme. If you ever feel like writing about it, just shoot me a line! 😉


Rabbit August 20, 2013 at 5:52 AM

Can I ask how do you put a photo for this thing
And I have heard that too that the same set is coming out next year


admin August 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Rabbit, I’m not sure what do you mean. You want to put a photo where? 😕


Darren September 25, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Licensing fees? Those companies should pay Lego to make those sets because they are basically advertisements! I like the designs but would personally rather see “mom and pop” versions of those types of businesses.


admin September 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Darren, good point – I would say it goes both ways though. If LEGO makes a licensed Apple Store, it will sell like hotcakes with all the geeks, nerds, generic Apple lovers, and also LEGO fans. If LEGO just makes a small shop that looks like a computer store, it will sell to LEGO fans, but not much beyound that. So the publicity and advertisement goes both ways. 😉


gid617 September 26, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Yeah, I don’t think LEGO would find it that hard to get licenses. And these are really cool, I hope they get made!


Eric at A Lego a Day September 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM

They could likely get licensing agreements from most of these companies, but I don’t see Apple letting anyone sell something with their logo on it.

I’d prefer to see generic versions of these myself.


ntk743 September 25, 2012 at 3:18 PM

That looks awesome! I would get the Apple Store set!


SKOUTLAW FOR LIFE September 25, 2012 at 4:47 PM

i would get the lego lego store and the lego apple store and AWESOME!


Jacob September 25, 2012 at 9:45 PM

The whole licencing issue would defiantly be a make of break for LEGO (lets just be glad that LEGO bricks have sharp edges so they don’t look like rounded rectangles…)
If a licence could be made, I see some of these (McDonald’s and the LEGO store in particular) doing well. However ever, the LEGO uniforms Iv’e seen look nothing like that in the picture. Still, I wish the Toy’s R Us and LEGO Truck that was released came with a TRU/ LEGO employee instead of just generic city figures.


admin September 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Jacob, please note that CUUSOO projects are only suggestions. LEGO has the right to completely redesign an idea once it reaches 10,000 votes. So how will the actual set look like or how the minifigures will look like is not final.

Interestingly, the first CUUSOO projects were in fact fully designed by LEGO. Only the concept was given and voted on. Even the Minecraft project that did have a fan-created submission was completely redesigned.

Now that so many talented LEGO fans joined CUUSOO and submitted ideas with fully designed models, it is going to be interesting to see where LEGO will go with the designs – Will they keep them? Will they change them? Because many of us vote on the projects on face-value – meaning we want them to look like on the pictures. And if LEGO would redesign them, the voting audience may not be happy.

CUUSOO is still in beta, and this is one of the reasons. It will take a while to flush out all this evolution and see how to deal with it. 🙄


Jacob September 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I know they will likely be redesigned. Its just, LEGO already had made a TRU truck and a LEGO truck where they had an opportunity to make LEGO and TRU employees, but just went with regular city figures. If LEGO were to make all the licensing agreements and made the sets exactly (or better) than what they look like now, except only put in city minifigures that had already been released, then it makes the sets significantly less desirable. The whole redesign issue is one that we’ll just have to see as time moves on and more projects get approved.


Aubseywaubsey- Ninja of Elfs September 26, 2012 at 9:53 AM

I would get the Mcdonald’s and the Dunken Donuts, I think this is really cute idea! =)


bejeken September 27, 2012 at 8:12 AM

this is so awessssoome, I like the shops


Håkan, Sweden September 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Hmmm, they seem to have followed the usage of putting stickers on top of multiple bricks. Makes it impossible to disassemble the model afterwards. I would have preferred if they, when possible, used 1x 4x 3 panels instead.


Håkan June 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

The Dunkin’ Donuts issue might be harder to solve though. The only 1x8x2 pieces I find are less useful.


Quad September 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Very Cute, I think I might just have to wander on over there and give it my support. 🙂


Quad September 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM

I also like how the LEGO shop has a normal 2×4 as a giant one. lol.


Bricklloksee November 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM



Tomo January 27, 2013 at 7:50 AM

I am a fan of lego city. I would love to see these in stores. I would definitely buy these!


admin January 27, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Tomo, yeah, they are really sweet and would work in any LEGO City. 🙂


Bailey February 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

These buildings are awesome are you going to sell them and if you are tell me and I’ll dibble the price


admin February 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Bailey, this is a CUUSOO project. Please read the details. 😉


Jennifer May 29, 2013 at 8:04 PM

I would LOVE to have thee available. My family would definitely buy them!!


Lego king June 30, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Apple should agree for the apple store to be made!!!Now that’s something Samsung cant coppy!!!!


gennaro cadavero October 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM

hello, I would buy the stores, what should I do?


admin October 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Gennaro, this is a CUUSOO project, not a currently available LEGO set. LEGO may produce it in the future, but at this point the best I can suggest is that you build your own. 😉


gennaro cadavero October 22, 2013 at 3:02 PM



Milly Bolger February 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM

it looks amazing


admin February 18, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Milly, yeah, it actually made it to 10,000 votes, but unfortunately it was rejected by the LEGO team due to licensing issues. 🙁


Alexander Amini June 14, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Awesome!!!!! when and where can we buy them?


admin June 15, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Alexander, this was a submission on LEGO CUUSOO (now called LEGO Ideas). It did not meet the review requirements so it will not be made into an actual LEGO set, but you can certainly copy the design. 😉


daniel July 7, 2014 at 7:16 AM

can I buy these stuff?


admin July 7, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Daniel, this series was not approved as a LEGO CUUSOO/LEGO Ideas product, so your only option is to take the pictures as inspiration and build them yourself.


bennno447 July 8, 2014 at 8:49 PM

really love them my friends mum loves Starbucks.
sad that arn’t making the they should because i reckon loads of people would buy it


kacey November 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM



kacey November 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM

i like shopping here because I love the simpsom house and the city it take alot of building but it is werth it love it


Chan Qi Hao November 27, 2014 at 5:16 AM

I would like to buy this . This is so cool


Nancy Garcia December 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM

This legos are un Puerto Rico
In what shopping

Estos legos estan en Puerto Rico
En cual tienda


admin December 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Nancy, this is a project created by a LEGO fan. You can’t buy it. Although if you like, you can copy the desing. 😉


brickmaster February 9, 2015 at 1:13 AM

come on you can sell these without votes. Besides other companies might start selling them


Ji Yun February 6, 2015 at 1:04 PM

I want buy lego.


brickmaster February 9, 2015 at 1:10 AM

Hi just forget about voting and just sell them. they look so awesome they needed to be added to my lego city just sell them please


brickmaster February 9, 2015 at 1:11 AM

trust me they will sell so fast


brickmaster February 9, 2015 at 1:12 AM

ps did I tell you they look awesome


elly February 27, 2015 at 12:07 AM

I’ve seen that these mini shop series has been sold online.


admin February 27, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Elly, I believe they only sold the instructions online. I’m pretty sure I saw them on eBay.


ricks July 23, 2015 at 4:40 PM

Please sell this set my moms bday is here and I want this for her and somebody please make a Chick Fila.


Emiliano August 16, 2019 at 7:51 AM

I would be interested in buying the item. I kindly ask if it is possible to send it also in Italy.
Thank you


admin August 16, 2019 at 12:42 PM

Emiliano, this is not a LEGO product but a fan created model from years ago. It’s not for sale.


admin October 1, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I mostly shop on BrickLink as well, but for discontinued complete or nearly complete LEGO sets eBay is often much better! I have bought at least 6 sets on eBay that costs a $100 or more on BrickLink. BrickLink is heavily targeting collectors, which means older complete sets are listed at a premium price. On eBay you can often find the same sets in the same condition by someone who just wants to get rid of it and happy to take any price. Just saying… 🙄


gennaro cadavero October 22, 2013 at 3:01 PM

store starbucks, mcdonald’s, seven….


kacey November 15, 2014 at 1:28 PM



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