Usually LEGO Creator sets are not the most exciting, and not the ones that get LEGO blogs and forums buzzing. This is actually quite sad because LEGO Creator sets are well designed, often include instructions for building 2-3 alternate models, and are in general the closest to classic LEGO sets. There is one LEGO Creator sets this year however that has been viewed with lots of curiosity; the #31026 LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Cafe.
We have talked about the LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Cafe before when it was first revealed at the toy fairs earlier this year, however now that official set pictures have been revealed by Amazon, it is worth discussing it again. Especially since this is the first time we can also see the alternate models. So let’s take a look. 🙂
First of all, the reason the LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Cafe is so interesting is because it obviously looks like a smaller version of the highly popular LEGO Modular Buildings. Both the Bike Shop and the Cafe section is nicely detailed inside and outside, giving the buildings a more fuller look then most LEGO City structures.
But there is more to be excited about! While the LEGO Modular Buildings have removable levels, the LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Cafe opens up like a doll-house, allowing play inside, as well as expanding the street-view of the buildings if you choose to leave them open.
And if that is not enough, the set can be rebuilt 3 different ways; as a combination of the Bike Shop & Cafe, or as Auto Repair Shop, or a Flower Shop. It appears that both the Auto Repair Shop and the Flower Shop has an apartment attached next door (also the Bike Shop has a second-story apartment), making the setup quite like in the LEGO Modular Buildings.
Here is the official description of the #31026 LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Cafe to give you more details: Open a world of adventures with this exciting 3-in-1 Bike Shop & Cafe. Serve delicious muffins and espresso coffee to your customers at the cozy cafe. Then visit the neighboring bike shop, buy the cool red bike that’s for sale, mount it on your car rack and head for the hills! Fold out the Bike Shop & Cafe for your very own main street, where you can add your own LEGO creations! What kind of shop will you build next? You can also rebuild the set to create an auto repair shop or a flower shop. Includes 3 minifigures: 2 men and a woman. 1023 pieces. Price: $89.99
- Includes 3 minifigures: 2 men and a woman
- Features 2 separate buildings: a bicycle shop and a cafe
- Bicycle shop features a loading ramp, removable red bicycle, tools, and first-floor apartment with kitchen area
- Cafe features outdoor seating, a bank ATM, money bill, cash register, 2 muffins, espresso machine with cups
- Also includes a car and buildable bird
I’m really curious to see how the LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Cafe will be received by LEGO fans. I like it very much, and I believe that if it becomes popular LEGO will be inclined to produce more such sets to create a series – basically offering a smaller and more affordable alternative to the LEGO Modular Buildings. Actually, even if you just get multiplies of this one set and build the different versions simultaneously, you get a whole LEGO City street setup right there!
The LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Cafe should be available this summer, and in the meantime you can check out the currently available LEGO Creator and LEGO City sets or browse the LEGO Buildings section at the Online LEGO Shop (just follow the links to get there).
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Cafe? Are you looking forward to this set? Would you like to see more such buildings in the future? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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