Saturday, 27 April 2013

10218 Pet Shop mini review (at last!)

Yep, I've finally finished it and got around to reviewing it! I do like to savor the bigger sets, and I'm always at work so I don't get much time on them!
2032 pieces for 120 GBP / 150 US$ gives a very decent price-per-piece, though a lot of pieces are very small so it's a bit of a false indicator. For instance, it takes 33 small pieces just to make the 'PETS' sign. 
For your money you get two separate buildings, four minifigures and six animals. 
The minifigures include a man, a woman, a decorator guy and a girl. As seems to be usual with Lego non of the individual parts are unique but the complete combinations haven't been used before. The girl rides a green bike which is fairly rare, having only been used in 3 other sets from the past couple of years.

The people.
The animals include a cat, a dog, a fish, two parrots and a mouse (or rat, I can't decide!)  There are also two frogs, but these appear to be ornamental / architectural rather then pets. The parrots, cat and dog all have print on them to some degree which makes the fish and mouse/rat look a bit plain in comparison, but that's just a minor whinge from me! I'm a bit surprised they didn't have a snake in there, maybe it's because there is a definite lack of room in the shop.

The pets.
Onto the buildings. Both make use of standard bricks in neat or unusual ways. From porch roofs to shop signs, there's a variety of techniques that show a lot of thought has been put into them to create something a bit different and interesting. 
Firstly the house. The bottom floor is raised  to accommodate a low cellar / coal storage area and a trap door inside the building allows access. The front door is reached by steps which always remind me of old Victorian houses in the middle of cities. Furniture includes a sofa, coffee table, hat stand and some flowers in a vase on a stand. My favorite part is an old-style telephone. Made out of four standard pieces it  looks perfect! I always admire the designers who come up with ingenious ways of using pieces that were designed for something entirely different, the telephone ear/mouthpiece is a light saber hilt from the Star Wars sets!
There is a neat spiral staircase to the next floor which is obviously being decorated. A paint pot, a paint roller and tray is a bit of a giveaway. Aside form the paint stuff there is nothing else in the room. Another spiral staircase leads to the top floor which is empty apart from a couple of 'boxes'. There is a door that leads to a small roof garden.

The house, with the decorator only just starting to paint!

On to the pet shop itself. Basically the same dimensions as the house but very different internally. The frontage has the shop and an arched entrance to a stairwell that leads to the floors above. The shop has a small aquarium (way too small for the fish, the poor thing can't move in there!!) and two cages, one each for the cat and dog. There is a hole in the base of the wall by one cage where the mouse/rat can scuttle in and annoy the cat. There is also a check-out desk with an old style cash register, again fairly well rendered with five standard pieces. 
On the floor above there is a nice little kitchen with a coffee maker, a sink unit, a cooker, table, chair and a nice little fire place. It's quite surprising how much there is packed into a small space! A flight of stairs lead to the top floor - a small bedroom with bed and a lamp. In fact the top floor is only half a floor, the other half is the double height kitchen. A skylight on the roof tops off a very impressive building.

Pet shop, kitchen and bedroom.
The two building can be attached with each other or kept separate, and of course hook on to any other building in the modular series. There have been complaints within the Lego fan community that this set doesn't fit in well with the other modular buildings, but I think it adds a bit of variety. How many cities have all their buildings 'fitting in' with all the others? Cities evolve and they never evolve evenly!
As with all modular sets, this is expensive, but I consider it worth the price. Lego's first pet shop is a great addition to the modular line, and something that's been missing for a long time.

The finished buildings.

9 comments:

  1. Looks like a lot of fun, Hairy Caveman! LEGO sure has come a long way from when I was a kid! Thank you for the detailed review. Your finished buildings look great. xo Jennifer

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  2. Thanks Jennifer. Every year Lego brings out new pieces which help in making more detailed finishes. A few years ago this set would have looked very different! Kind regards, Brian.

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  3. Me encanta como explicas cada uno de los detalles y esas fantasticas fotografias.
    Es una casita genial!!
    besitos ascension

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  4. Thanks Ascension! I hope it translates well!

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  5. Sai che a me non sembra un topo? Non riesco a capire che animale ossa essere, nei negozi non si vendono topi... però mi trovi d'accordo, il pappagallo il gatto con i dettagli stampati sono più belli,degli altri,a confronto sono troppo banali.
    Nell'insieme e davvero un bel set, mi piace tutto l'edificio.
    Mely

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  6. Hi Mely! Thanks for your comment, I wish they had put some print on the mouse to make it look more interesting. Maybe they will in the future. Kind regards, Brian.

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  8. Oh Gosh, have this set but haven't had a chance to make it yet - Your build looks Awesome! Now you have me soooo wanting to get this built. Both buildings really look so terrific together - Thanks for yet another CooL Review!

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  9. Thanks Tiggy! Go for it! I'm sure you'll have help one way or another!! It takes a while to build it, I could only get a few minutes here and there during the day so it took forever!

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