We have discussed preliminary images of the #10246 LEGO Creator Detective’s Office a few days ago (see: LEGO Modular Detective’s Office & More!), but while the set looked really exciting, we only had a couple of blurry photos. Since then the full press-release of the set became available, along with high resolution images and the designer video by Jamie Berard. So let’s take a look at this exciting addition of the LEGO Modular Buildings line! 🙂
The #10246 LEGO Creator Detective’s Office is the 10th set in the LEGO Modular Buildings series, and it does not disappoint! It is an interesting mish-mash of smaller buildings, indicating a shadier part of town, with a pool-hall, a barbershop, a detective agency and an apartment with a cookie smuggling operation (watch the designer video for details). While the previous LEGO Modular Buildings also had some fun play-features, this one is full of them – making this set kind of a crossover between complex large display models that appeal to adults, and play-sets that are geared towards kids. It reminds me of end scene of The LEGO Movie when father and son were able to reconcile their differences and play together.
Here are the official details of the #10246 LEGO Creator Detective’s Office: Discover a world of mystery and adventure with the LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office! Step through the open archway and into the barbershop, where seated customers are pampered in the reflection of a large wall mirror, while next door, competitors play pool and darts beneath the comforting whir of a rotating ceiling-fan. Venture to the first floor and you’ll find the detective’s office, his desk strewn with clues, a safe containing valuable evidence and a concealed wall compartment. Then visit the adjacent bathroom, featuring a classic pull-chain toilet, before taking the stairway to the well-equipped kitchen, from where you can access the roof terrace, complete with large water tower. This latest addition to the LEGO Modular Building series is packed with unsurpassed detail and hidden surprises. Easy-to-remove roof and ceilings provide access to the delightful interior, while the exterior of the building features a decorative roofline and a beautifully designed façade. Can you solve the smuggling mystery?
- Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Detective Ace Brickman, Al the barber, dart player, pool player, police woman and a mysterious lady in red.
- Features a pool-hall, barbershop, detective’s office, bathroom, kitchen, water tower and a cat
- Detective’s office features a desk, assorted clues, brick-built lamp, filing cabinet, fan, safe, painting, concealed wall compartment, newspaper, menu, wanted poster and a wall lamp
- Pool-hall features a hinged, rotatable ceiling-fan, pool table, printed dartboard, pool cues, pool balls and a drinking glass
- Barbershop features never-before-seen scissors and reflective mirror element, 2 wall lamps, barber’s chair, hinged cabinet, 2 mannequin heads and a broom
- Bathroom features a detailed pull-chain toilet
- Kitchen features a stove, barrel, table, cabinet, refrigerator, wall clock and a rolling pin
- Accessories include Ace Brickman’s brimmed hat, briefcase, magnifying glass and a police hat
- Special elements include never-before-seen scissors and reflective mirror element, printed dartboard, wanted poster, 1×1 round plate with hole in black, painter’s roller in black, designing element 1x2x2 in dark gray, 1×2 bricks in light blue, 1×3 tiles in brown and a 32×32 base plate in brown
- Detective’s Office measures over 10” (27cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep
- Recommended for Ages 16+
- 2,262 pieces in total
I think this set is fantastic. While still fits perfectly with the previous LEGO Modular Buildings, it has also shaken up some of the previous and predictable patterns with some very interesting and creative ideas. I particularly like the color combinations; they don’t match, but at the same time they kind of do – like many buildings in real life.
Another aspect I really like is the back view of the buildings. Previous sets in the line usually have a little something going on; some windows, backdoor, garbage can, fire-escape and that sort of stuff. The #10243 LEGO Parisian Restaurant started to get away from this pattern with a porch that wraps around to the back, and an apartment and studio that are only accessible from the back. The LEGO Detective’s Office goes even further with more interesting details, patterns, and colors, that I think would look good even as the main façade. In fact I’m toying with the idea of turning this set around for my display. 🙄
The #10246 LEGO Detective’s Office is going to be available in January 2015, directly from LEGO via official LEGO stores and the Online LEGO Shop. Prices are as follows for different countries: US $159.99 – CA $199.99 – DE 149.99€ – UK £132.99 – DK 1399.00 DKK (Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit your local Online LEGO Shop for regional pricing). In the meantime you can check out the currently available LEGO Creator Modular Buildings at the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Creator Detective’s Office set? Are you planning to get when it becomes available? Have you been collecting the LEGO Modular Buildings, or is this going to be your first one? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉
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