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LEGO Brick Bank & Firehouse designer videos

by admin on January 10, 2016

in LEGO Exclusives

The designer video for larger LEGO models is usually available when a new set is first introduced. LEGO fans really like these videos because they get a chance to hear directly from the designers who worked on a particular model. The designers often share interesting details, highlight the features of the set, as well as share some of the challenges they faced working on it. For some reason the release of the designer videos for the #10251 LEGO Creator Brick Bank and the #75827 LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters was delayed, however now they are both available. Watch both below. 🙂

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#10251 LEGO CREATOR BRICK BANK: Make a safe deposit at the Brick Bank! Make a secure deposit at the highly respected Brick Bank, featuring an array of intricate details and hidden surprises. Easy-to-remove building sections provide access to the detailed interior, comprising a bank with an atrium foyer, tiled floor, arched windows, ornate chandelier, lockable vault and a transaction counter with security glass; a laundromat with printed window, tiled floor and 4 laundry machines; plus 2 second-floor offices with an array of detailed furniture, fixtures and accessories. The exterior of the building features a detailed sidewalk and an elaborate façade with carving and statue décor, decorative roofline, large arched windows, central balcony, clock and an accessible roof terrace featuring a large skylight. Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO Creator Expert Modular Building series #10243 Parisian Restaurant and #10246 Detective’s Office. Includes 5 minifigures: a bank manager, secretary, teller, mom and child. 2380 pieces. Brick Bank measures over 10” (26cm) high, 10” (25cm) wide and 10” (25cm) deep. Price: $169.99 – BUY HERE

#75827 LEGO GHOSTBUSTERS FIREHOUSE HQ: Get ready to bust some ghosts at the Firehouse Headquarters! Recreate iconic Ghostbusters scenes with the 2-story Firehouse Headquarters, featuring laboratory, living quarters, containment unit and much more. Capture the ghosts with the proton packs and restore order, or solve other supernatural cases! Includes 9 minifigures: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Library Ghost and Zombie Driver. 4634 pieces. Measures over 14” (36cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 14” (38cm) deep. With walls opened out, measures over 14” (36cm) high, 18” (46 cm) wide and 14” (38cm) deep. Firehouse Headquarters doors can open to fit the #21108 LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 inside! Price: $349.99 – BUY HERE

Those were interesting, weren’t they? Please note that you can also find full reviews of both sets at the following links: LEGO Creator Brick Bank Full Review and LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ Review. I hope the designer videos, as well as the reviews, give you a good idea about these sets, and help you make a decision if you would like to get them.

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What do you think? How did you like the designer videos? Are you planning to get either the LEGO Creator Brick Bank or the LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters? Or both? Feel free to share your thoughts and own reviews in the comment section below! 😉

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jabber-baby-wocky January 11, 2016 at 10:40 AM

The Brick Bank is a must. It looks great. I just saw the Ghostbusters HQ box in person, and it is massive! The biggest box I have ever seen. A child can climb into the box! I don’t know if I would even have the patience to build such a big set. Do you guys know how long it would take to build it?

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admin January 11, 2016 at 10:45 AM

I don’t have the set, but I read that the HQ takes about 12 hours to build. Yeah, that’s a huge amount of time! Building probably would have to be spread out to several days, or even a couple of weeks! I certainly can’t imagine sitting through 12 hours of building. I like LEGO, but that sounds like torture! 🙄

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VirtualMirage January 11, 2016 at 12:08 PM

I just received both last week and began working on the bank over the weekend. As another mentioned, the Ghostbuster’s box is huge and heavy (I think the ship weight was closer to 18 lbs).

The bank is broken up into 4 sets of bags, I’ve finished both bag sets 1 and 2. So far, I am really enjoying the build. Some seem to complain that the buildings are getting smaller at the expense of more detail. While I don’t mind the size of the buildings, and the last few that came before this, I do see a few quirks with this build where growing the size of the building out by 1 studs both directions could have resolved:

-I find it a little annoying that the door inside the bank that takes you to the safe is partially blocked by a column for the stairs. Secondly, that same door does not open all the way because of the flat decorative tiles that are on front of the teller’s counter.
-The safe door takes up a lot of room to open. The extra space by expanding out a tad would go a long way to resolve this. Plus the safe door only opens up about 3/4 of the way because of the wheel on the outside of the safe hits the wall. As such with both, you can’t have the safe door open and expect a minifigure to be able to walk around it, thus blocking a path.
-I, like others, am not a fan of the interior wall that goes between the laundromat and bank not matching the height of the rest of the walls. not too hard to remedy and I see why they may have left it that way for ease of access. Maybe using those 2 stud 1×4 plates to allow the wall to “break away” could be done to accommodate both solutions?

But these are just some nitpicks to an overall great design. I’m looking forward to finishing out the build and then starting on the Ghostbuster’s HQ.

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admin January 11, 2016 at 12:41 PM

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Brick Bank. I had pretty much the same criticisms on some of the interior details. None of them are major though and I still think it is an excellent set. I heightened the wall between the bank and the laundromat on mine. I did keep the wall removable, but just on regular studs. Since the wall is only 1 stud wide, there was no need to use the special 1×4 plates with two studs.

As far as the safe’s door being too big to fully open, and interesting real life experience is that I used to live next door to a bank where the safe was positioned just like that. The bank was old, and when it was refitted with a new safe, the door couldn’t open fully. I know this because when the bank was in the middle of being demolished, my dad and I walked through the building one weekend when the workers weren’t there. The safe was enormous and didn’t quite fit. The demolishing people ended up attaching the door of the safe to their crane as a wracking ball, and that’s what they used to knock down the walls. It was fun to watch. So yeah, too big safe doors happen in real life too. 😀

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VirtualMirage January 16, 2016 at 11:52 AM

So I finally finished the build. It took quite a few days for me to complete it since I was only allocating a hour here and there all week. Plus, I am a little OCD and I have a method that I try to follow where I try to have as much of the LEGO embossed logo on the pieces face the same way (actually, one of two direction). It’s overkill, but I then get to enjoy the building process just a little bit longer and I feel when examined closed, there is better continuity from one piece to another (making feel more like one massive piece).

Anyways, the build was great. I don’t have too many other nitpicks to add to my list other than the door that leads out to the roof. Again, there are bricks that block some of the door path that make it very hard to move a minifigure through it. Otherwise, everything else to me looks great or is not worth bickering over. There are some new techniques in this build that I have never seen before, which is always a plus. The level of detail is, again, top notch. I won’t go into too much so as to allow others who want to build it find them on their own. I do like how the white bricks looks versus what appeared to be tan in the original promo photos.

Another nice little appreciation of the build is how much light the set lets in. Between all the windows and the skylight, you can see still quite a bit of the inside without having to take it apart.

Also, my set wasn’t short any pieces. As per the usual build, there are some extras pieces left over that could be useful for other projects.

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admin January 16, 2016 at 1:25 PM

Thanks for sharing your review! Glad to hear that you were not missing pieces. I talked with other people about my missing pieces also, and it seems like it was just an anomaly in my particular set. Funny thing is that I just recently learned that there are people who align studs. I would never have the patience for that, but while I was building the Brick Bank, I thought of that, and tried it out a little bit. Not for me, but I admire people who can do that. I also don’t align the logos on the window panes. Am I a terrible person? 😈

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VirtualMirage January 16, 2016 at 1:53 PM

Naaa…my folks think I have “issues” for doing that. But I see nothing wrong with keeping some consistency.

Figuring that a regular modulars building takes me 8.5-10 hours to put together following this method, I don’t even want to think about how long it will take me to put together my next project, the Ghostbusters HQ Firehouse.

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admin January 16, 2016 at 5:52 PM

I’m actually scared of the Ghostbusters HQ. I don’t think I would ever have the patience for something that big. I have heard it takes about 12 hours to put it together without being meticulous about details like the studs. My guess is it could easily take you double that time. 😉

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VirtualMirage January 17, 2016 at 7:37 PM

That’s about what I figure. Seeing that 2100-2300 piece sets take me about 9-10 hours (depending on complexity), I figured the 4600+ piece GB HQ set will be closer to 20-22 hours.

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admin January 17, 2016 at 8:26 PM

A nice way to spend a few days! 😀

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