Lego Creator Expert: Detective’s Office 10246 Review

IMG_0069I basically got all these nifty creator houses by the end of 2014. Although I enjoyed building them there was already a new model announced for 2015 – the detective’s office. I made it to the Lego store on 2nd of January with friends visiting Nuremberg, and got the model (Slave I was sold out, but I got that one later hehe).

One good thing when opening the box – there’s only one big instructions “book” containing all the build sections and referenced bag numbers. Less chaos in the instructions library then. There are 4 sections with plenty of bags each – which requires plenty of space when sorting the bricks. Enlarge the couch and get refreshments 😉 They’ve also added a new “Expert” logo into the model’s box and instruction manual. The model itself consists of 2262 bricks which is fairly average amount other houses in the Creator series.

IMG_0077The first build step builds the left bottom part including a pool house, with darts and a hidden storage for smuggling stuff into it (they advertise that as play feature, which is cool but actually a bit hard to play with). Other then it looks like, this house is not split into 2 sides (like the pets store 10218)  Look at all the details when building this part – from billard queue extensions to a ceiling fan, there are many.

IMG_0082Next up: Al’s hairdresser which includes building a way for smuggling stuff into the main pool house. The coolest thing I’ve ever seen – a mirror plate without any stickers, directly attached into the hairdresser’s room. And again – lots of lovely details, even a minifigure taking off his heat for getting the hair cut. And you’ll know it from the previous Creator models – you’ll build the letters “A L ‘ S” from combining Lego bricks.

IMG_0097The third build section builds the entire first floor which is tied together with stairs from the ground. The left part features the detective’s office while the right room is more or less for the staircase and a restroom. The brick colors are pretty cool here – the detective’s office looks like made of brick, while the room at the right mixes light with more dark blue and white. The outside features a firefighter ladder which can be used to chase smuggler’s by the detective.

IMG_0106The first floor leads to the second floor with an additional staircase on the right. The interior fits as kitchen including a cat. Although it’s been a bit small for that. I would’ve found it better using the remaining space on the left side. Although building the water container is one of the coolest build techniques I’ve ever seen 😉

The build is finished by putting together the letters “P O O L” in a top-down logo for each side, similar to the Creator Palace Cinema‘s logo. All minifigures are integrated into the various scenes already so no mess with putting them “somewhere”.

It took me ~5 hours to build this nice model, and I can definitely recommend it. There are no repetitive steps, stickers but only joy when building the model, brick by brick 🙂

LEGO – More than just bricks

lego_pirates_islandLEGO is something I’ve been building since my childhood. Be it the first LEGO Pirates island with 2 pirates, or LEGO Technic. Growing up, it’s still building stuff with LEGO – but more with landscapes or physics and computer stuff like Mindstorms.lego_space_shuttle

It’s still that moment – you’ll get the package (especially at christmas, where you’ll shake the package to hear that there’s LEGO bricks inside!) and that moment when you open it, looking at the bricks in smaller mounts, the instructions. Hey, let’s look directly into how to build it … hm, no. First off, open everything and sort the bricks. You cannot beat it without sorting – it will get annoying, especially if you’re building models with 1000+ bricks.

Still, after you’ve everything on your couch (floor is better, but couch is much more confortable), start the instructions. Visualize your model, compare the steps, focus on which parts are built there. Get an idea how the LEGO designer tried to make building as much enjoyable as also challenging. Go further, see progress. Oh, that was just the ground floor (of the house). Take a break, get something to eat and drink. No, dear friends, I cannot join you now, no Twitter, shut up. You’re not important now. Now it’s just me, relaxing and fighting my own challenge, building the greatest LEGO model there ever was. Using my imagination, and make it reality.

lego_ps3_games_hobbit_lego_movieI also do enjoy playing all the available LEGO games on my PS3 for that exact same reason – it’s fun, humor and you’ll get into your very own, small world of bricks 🙂 Or visit the LEGO Land, getting to know that bilder bigger models is an even more challenge than ever expected. But – when I am old enough, I’ll look for a job at LEGO, or something similar. Building bricks and going into the imagination flow is like forever young!

 

lego_land_millenium_falconPutting bricks together might sound boring. Selecting different colors and methods to put them together, and sometimes even see – oh, wow, that little stair, and that detail, oh my gosh. There’s a rope, pulling down some stuff, oh, so children can play too. Not everything is round and smooth, it’s bricks and they fit together as once. And if you break the model again, you can build your own imagined model. Toy with your phantasies and show it to others. Be proud of fighting the challenge. Life got more than enough challenges. They all may be satisfying, but at a certain point you’ll choose what’s most important.

Calming down from work, getting some time off, not running directly into a Burn-Out. Last months were exhausting, overwhelming (Icinga Camp SFO, roadtrip trough California, Nevada, Utah,…) coming back, knowing that the almighty OSMC hosted by my employer NETWAYS starts soon, and Icinga 2 must get ready and released in 2.2. Still, that’s a lot of stuff going on. But once you figure that you’re working too much (and thanks Bernd & Martin, I appreciate your feedback (“Geh ham!” style always works ;))), it’s time to go for LEGO.

lego_store_bagThanks to Markus & Nicole, I recently visited the LEGO Store in Nuremberg. Never really walked into there, looked like a large room with LEGO boxes. Nothing special from the outside. The inside is just like: Looking at all the built models, getting an idea about their size and detail grade. Oh, I want that one. Oh, look, I know that brick. They used that 15 years ago already for something completely different. Oh my, there’s Pick-A-Brick – I recently created a present based on Legoaizer for a friend using an image putting it together as mosaic.

It was successful – I got totally into building the LEGO Creator series. The Export series, the smaller ones are cute (3in1), but I need the bigger challenges. Like I already own the Red X-Wing Starfighter but totally missed the older UCS (Ultimate Collectors Series) models.

The Palace Cinema is truly a magnificant model, it took me ~6 hours to build, in 3 parts. And since the Expert models for the town can be put together as city street, yeah well, need to say more?lego_palace_cinema

So I made a list of Creator Expert models I would like to have. Problem: Older models in their exclusiveness don’t last that long in the LEGO sortiment. I had a nice conversation with their support team about that, and maybe the LEGO designers will put solder models into new shape. But that’s not the point either – I want to collect the expert series, as much as possible. There are certainly models like the Coffee Corner, Market Street or Green Grocer – all sold out, and cost too much money.

So, the affordable ones reduce to

  • Fire Brigade 10197 (only on Ebay, Amazon)
  • Grand Emporium 10211 (sold out in Nov 2014, removed from LEGO sortiment end of 2014 as heard from store employee)
  • Pet Shop 10218 (available in LEGO Store Nuremberg)
  • Town Hall 10224 (sold out in Nov 2014, removed from LEGO sortiment end of 2014 as heard from store employee)
  • Palace Cinema 10232 (built already)
  • Parisian Restaurant 10243 (new model 2014, should last a bit longer)

The tower bridge (10214), Sydney Opera house (10234), the VW T1 camping bus (10220) and the Maersk Containership (10241) will be fading out shortly, either by the end of 2014 or in 2015. Yet I was told by the LEGO Store staff, that there might be new exclusive creator models anytime soon. So let’s see about that 🙂

lego_pet_shop_parisian_restaurantlego_fire_brigadeThere are rumors about a new 2015 Creator expert model, but no announcement yet. There’s a new UCS model coming too – Star Wars Boba Fett’s Slave I (75060). Definitely something I am waiting for 🙂

I will get them all, sooner or later – 3 of them are waiting being built on the weekend. Life is hard, but sometimes you’ll just go offline, and build LEGO.