10184 Town Plan
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Packaging & Parts
The Build (Service Station)
The Build (Cars & gas pumps)
The Build (Cinema)
The Build (City Hall)

Packaging & Parts: This set, which is a 50th Anniversary set and listed on shop.lego.com as an exclusive, brings us back in time to the 1950's and I'm so glad it has. This is an excellently designed set, advertised as containing "rare LEGO colors and elements." There certainly are a lot of great colors and elements in this classicaly designed and beautiful set. It truly transports us back to the days of quality designed LEGO products.

Here is the usual shot of the front of the box and the back of the box. On the back of the box we get a snapshot of the letter from Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen with the exciting word "included" across it. I can't see this being a selling point for children...or adults, truthfully. The pieces come in numbered bags, 1 through 4, that correspond with sections of the two-book instruction manual. Here's a shot of that amazing ;) letter, in two languages...and a close-up of the official signature. Oh, look a sticker sheet-or DSS (dreaded sticker sheet) BOO! For this set, I'm actually okay with the use of stickers as there are a lot of cool pieces I wouldn't want to see printed on...makes it easier to re-use them in other creations. The more I see the DSS, the more I feel this way. Here is the index of how the four sections are broken down: Section 1 is the Service Station, Section 2 is the cars and gas pumps, Section 3 is the Cinema and Section 4 is City Hall. There are a few significant new molds used in this set. The new door is used here in trans-white/clear. It is set in a red frame. I think this new mold is a little tall for mini-fig scale... We get a new modified brick with clip in white and light bley. We get two new pieces in metallic silver, a 3 x 3 radar dish and a modified 1 x 2 tile with grille. Happy Anniversary, have 3 gold 2 x 2 bricks. Last time we celebrated their 50th anniversary the gold bricks were 2 x 4. We also have a very cool new mold with this 1 x 2 x 2 66 degree slope. I must have missed something or TLG did with the amount of extra pieces I had after the build. This set comes with eight mini-figures: The bride and groom, Cinema employees, Service Station employees and two random town men.

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The Build (Service Station): The Service Station alone is one of my all-time favorite LEGO buildings. The classic 50's style, garage door and cool curved bricks and window make this a unique and fun build. Building the first step reminds me of one building my first system set (6375 Exxon Gas Station) when I was a kid. You can see the layout of the structure including how the hinged quarter works. Here's a good indication of why I think these new door molds are too tall. The interior is very detailed, including a tool bench, a work area and small convenience store. Here is a view behind the counter of the glass case and register. One thing I dislike about this build, and it's a very small nitpick, is how they use modified bricks with groove for a garage door for all 1 x 2 bricks in the set. It's not a big deal. I just think it's lazy. Here's an example in white and one in red. Moving on, I love the details they put into the decor of the gas station, including insets in the wrap-around stripes. The garage door is just beautiful. I like the classic look of the clear door and it looks so good when it's right out of the package, before the plastic yellows with age. Here you can start to get an idea of how the hinges will give you access to the store and the garage. It's an excellent feature for playability. I also really like the air conditioner above the door. Have you figured out how they get the curved window at a 90 degree angle? Still wondering. Well to get an answer or confirmation, click here. The whole window is pretty ingenious yet simple and gives the station it's classic sleek curve. Some of my favorite rare pieces are the car wash brushes. The car wash is fully equipped with three brushes. The structure is held sturdy by all the 1 x plates that create the cool facade. I was pleasantly surprised with this really cool skylight-nice classic look! However, I was really confused by this weak avant-garde/abstract tree. Dear LEGO, give us a new Cyprus tree mold please. The rounded shape of the sign is achieved with this method. Please note again, that the 1 x 2 brick in the sign is modified with a garage door groove. Like a proud new papa, I've taken a lot of pictures of the finished product. Enjoy these detail shots: Side angle shot from the Garageback viewside angle shot from the Car WashCar wash side with the hinge flippedGarage side with the hinge flippeda nice 3/4 aerial shot

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The Build (Cars and Gas Pumps): This next step builds the cars and gas pums which really complete the beautiful Service Station. Clever little techniques create a very cool gas pump. We see the new silver radar dishes used on these vintage outdoor lights. The completed gas pump island is an excellent compliment to the overall set. On to the cars...the classic blue car has a cool deatil inside, an upholstered seat. People who know me know that a 4-wide car drives me nuts, but I'm okay with it here. This is the 50's when only one person could fit in a car...I like the simple bracket techniques that create the back bumper and the front bumper. The rear spoilers are a very cool addition to this classic car. The fuel truck has an excellent feature, a small step for the driver. Look! It's the return of the car door! I hope to see this mold utilized more often. I miss it in the newer cars. Again, I like the simple method used to create a cool front bumper. Next up is the fountain...it's construction starts with this cool trans-light blue plate. The "water" is surrounded by plates so the curved pool effect can be achieved. Here is the configuration of the bench seat and legs. The back of the bench is constructed with battle droid arms and an umbrella stand. The benches are constructed on great plates that complete the fountain base. Here we have the completed fountain. More pictures of this completed step: Front shot of the blue carRear shot of the blue carFront shot of the fuel truckFinal shot of steps 1 & 2: Service Station with gas pump island and cars.

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The Build (Cinema): The cinema makes this set truly special. The facade is fantastic! They used a lot of excellent SNOT (Studs Not on Top) techniques here to create a classy vintage feel. I would love to modify this and integrate it into my TIP project! On with the build...like the new modular sets, the cinema begins with a tiled sidewalk. I love the added realism of this new trend and I hope to continue to see it in City sets. Here is the basic footprint of this set. This cinema is the place to get popcorn as big as your head! The concession stand includes fountain, cash register and popcorn case. Although, as I pointed out, the scale is way off, the popcorn case is pretty cool. The theater itself sits five comfortably. The new windows are used again here, this time in black and with movie poster stickers covering the glass. I'm not sure if I'm missing a joke but this particular movie poster has an annoying possible typo. It says "It's from out of space" as opposed to "It's from outer space" which sounds much more like a 50's movie title. It will be annoying for movie-goers to have this huge clear door letting light in from the lobby during the movie. The camera setup itself is somewhat illogical. The camera is operated through the wall above the door and the tape is shoved into the wall above the front door. I'm not sure what the yellow light is supposed to be for. Perhaps this is how movie theaters operated in the 50's. ;) The camera setup also leads to a huge annoyance of mine with this set; the back of the headlight bricks show in the facade. Mu annoyance with that quickly melted away after building the ticket booth. Some simple design and some SNOT technique combine to make a nice little vintage booth that I like a lot. It only gets better constructing the marquee. Using a combination of click hinges and snot, the marquee construction is ingenious. Here is a shot of configuration of the sign and roof. Note the dark bley train base used as a roof plate. The set even comes with velvet rope dividers constructed using black skeleton legs. This is how the "Cinema" sign is constructed—the letters are just stickers. And finally a 3/4 shot of the final set and a head-on shot.

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The Build (City Hall): This final step is my least favorite building, the City Hall. The original set included a church. I'm wondering how long the discussions lasted before the design team decided to go with the politically correct City Hall. On with the build...Here is the basic footprint. I like the foundation of the building, which includes a nice white staircase. The instruction manual advises you to build the railing first and then click it into place. I built it in place as I found it easier to line up the battle droid arms that way. The new door mold is used again as you can see as the build gets going a little further. The new window mold fits the standard interior shutters. When I first saw this mold, in 7620—Indiana Jones Motorcyle Chase, I wondered what would fit in thoses slots, but never thought to try the existing mold. Here is the pulpit/front desk...Here you can see how the brackets are configured in order to hold the front columns. I would've preferred brick built columns as, in my opinion, these look weird with kind of a split effect with the half curved bricks. I am also not fond of the "tower" as it is just a facade and since the slope is lower than the rest of the roof, it seems tacked on. The lamp post is very cool. It reminds me of a gas light disctrict type feel. I would like a set of these. The completed set looks nice and, as you can see, is an excellent source of dark green. It is just not my favorite out of the three buildings in this set. It has another strange tree inside. It may look odd, but it's a great source of those bamboo leaves. Here's a shot of the interior. I like the way the tree leaves are used with the flowers. People concerned about recent declining LEGO brick quality will like to know that I only noticed one big inconsistency. So far, I've noticed the color that is being produced with the worst quality is white. The C-panel that makes the LEGO TOWN sign doesn't hold the 1 x 1 round bricks very well at all. The sign actually is resting on them, but would not be able to hold them if it was removed from the baseplate. Overall Rating

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