The #10260 LEGO Creator Downtown Diner, the latest in the LEGO Modular Buildings series, was released just a couple of days ago. I don’t have the set yet, however as soon as I do, I plan to review it in detail. In the meantime, LEGO released the designer-video with LEGO Senior Designer Mike Psiaki and LEGO Designer Carl Merriam. Both Mike and Carl share some interesting details about the development of the set, so let’s watch the video and talk about this a bit. 🙂
Previous LEGO designer videos introduced a new set by simply sharing some of its features and highlights. However, recently LEGO changed the format of these videos, and now we learn a bit more about what happens behind-the-scenes, as well as the designers themselves. I do like the new format, as it allows us to learn more about the process LEGO designers go through to bring a new LEGO set to life. Unfortunately, this is at the expense of showing off the set in more detail. I hope that in future videos LEGO will find the balance between showcasing a new set and letting LEGO designers share about themselves and their work.
I found it very interesting how much the set changed from the original concept to the final product. As Mike said, it all started with the idea of an Art Deco-style car dealership that later morphed into a diner by the suggestion of Carl. And they were also able to include at least one car, from Mike’s original car dealership idea. I’m actually looking forward to see someone taking up the challenge of turning the diner back into a car dealership!
Mike also talks about bringing back teal, a LEGO color that was retired a long time ago (or more accurately, “killed” by LEGO designer Mark Stafford). We talked about this here: LEGO Downtown Diner & The Return of Teal. Funny thing is that Mark Stafford tweeted this a few days ago about the set: “Looks awesome… shame about that weird blue-green color that looks like it should have died many years ago…” That’s highly amusing, if you know the history of teal (see article linked above).
It’s also interesting that at the beginning of the video Mike says that the LEGO Modular Buildings collection doesn’t have a hotel, right after showing the long retired #10182 LEGO Creator Café Corner (with the giant hotel sign), the very first LEGO Modular Building from 2007. This immediately made LEGO fans speculate that the next LEGO Modular Building might be a re-release of the #10182 LEGO Creator Café Corner. I know many LEGO fans would be very happy with either a straight re-release of both the Café Corner and the #10185 LEGO Creator Green Grocer (from 2008), or updated versions. Mike’s teaser, and some recent re-releases of large sets like the #10256 LEGO Creator Taj Mahal, are starting to make LEGO fans very hopeful about the return of the oldest Modulars.and the
It is also worth noting that while most of the LEGO Modular Buildings were designed by Jamie Berard, the #10260 LEGO Creator Downtown Diner was worked on by other designers. Many LEGO fans are attached to the work of Jamie, so they may not like the change, however it is nice to get some unique and fresh ideas from other designers as well. Mike Psiaki is a very talented designer himself, as demonstrated by his portfolio.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the #10260 LEGO Creator Downtown Diner was released just a few days ago, and some LEGO fans already call it their favorite, or one of their favorite sets in the LEGO Modular Buildings series. If you would like to check it out in more detail, visit the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the #10260 LEGO Creator Downtown Diner? And what do you think of the designer video? And the possibility of the earliest LEGO Modular Buildings coming back? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
And you might also like to check out the following related pots:
- LEGO Downtown Diner & The Return of Teal
- LEGO Modular Building Downtown Diner Coming! (press-release)
- LEGO Modular Buildings 10th Anniversary Video
- LEGO Creator Assembly Square Review
- LEGO Creator Brick Bank Full Review
- LEGO Detective’s Office Review & Thoughts
- LEGO Parisian Restaurant Walk-Thru Review