Review – LEGO® City Hospital [60204]

I was pretty excited about this set as soon as I saw the first press release photos. I have the older hospital (7892, click here to read my review), which has the same color scheme. I thought it would be a lot of fun to amalgamate the two sets into one big hospital. Acquiring this year’s hospital was a bit of an experience, and introduced me to my first case of LEGO® fraud (click here to read about it). But, the headaches involved ended up being worth it, as this is a great set.

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LEGO® City Hospital box art

SET SUMMARY

NAME: LEGO® City Hospital
SET #: 60204
THEME: City
COST: $109.99 CAD
BRICK COUNT: 861
MINIFIGURES: 11
OF INTEREST: A baby, a skeleton, a wheel chair, a light brick
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2018

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LEGO® City Hospital box contents

SUMMARY REVIEW: 84%

VALUE: 87% ($0.13 per brick is pretty good, especially for the City theme.)
BUILD: 84% (Nice overall design, could have done without the helicopter.)
MINIFIGURES: 90% (Average townsfolk, loads of accessories, great brick:fig.)
ENTERTAINMENT: 75% (Good overall look, average build time.)

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Hospital front entrance

REVIEW

VALUE: 87%
City sets tend to be among the most expensive sets. In the last LEGO® catalog, the average cost of a brick in the City theme was $0.16, while the overall average cost of a brick was $0.12. With a price tag of $109.99 in Canada, and 861 bricks, the LEGO® City Hospital comes in at $0.13 per brick. While not a phenomenal value when compared with sets like the Creator modular buildings, for the City theme, it is great. Overall, I would rate this set at 87% for value.

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Hospital emergency entrance

BUILD: 84%
There are multiple builds in this set: an ambulance, a helicopter, and the modular units that make up the hospital. I am going to try something new with this review, and I will weight each build to make an overall score for this set. We’ll look at the helicopter and landing pad first. These builds represent 88 pieces, or about 10% of all of the parts in the kit. I am not really a fan of this build. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is nothing special either. It doesn’t stray very far from the typical City theme helicopters that are found in far too many sets. This one has a little organ transport box, or something like it, on the side. The landing pad doesn’t attach to the hospital anywhere, and just sits on the ground. I think these pieces would have been better served adding more detail to the main build. There are too many helicopters in LEGO® City already. I won’t take off any points from the helicopter, but I will only add one for the little organ transport box, which I thought was a nice touch. The helicopter gets 6/10 (60%).

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LEGO® City Hospital helicopter

The ambulance is comprised of 167 bricks, which represents about 19% of the set. I absolutely love this build. The cab has doors (which are sometimes left out of City set cars), and you can remove the roof to easily place a Minifigure inside. The rear opens up hatchback style to fit a stretcher with another Minifigure. I suppose I would have liked this ambulance a little more if the rear compartment had actual doors. I have never seen an actual ambulance that opens up like this. I give this ambulance build 9/10 (90%).

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LEGO® Ambulance and paramedic

The brunt of this set is its namesake, the actual hospital. Again, this build is a lot of fun. There is a fair amount going on at every level. The ground floor has a small reception area with a gift shop/sweet stand, and the emergency area for the ambulance to unload. There is a little cart of medical supplies for the ER. This floor is probably my least favorite part of the hospital, but that does not mean that it is bad. I just feel as though it is a little bland compared to other floors. I like the sliding door feature, but I have seen it built more nicely in other sets.

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Hospital emergency and reception

The second floor has the ophthalmology department, a small lab space, and an x-ray projector. I love everything about this floor, and it is probably my favorite. You get eye charts, a microscope, and the projector actually works. There are little window pieces with Minifigure anatomy stickers on them that you slide into the machine. The light brick built into the machine actually projects the image onto the hospital wall. There are three different x-rays to view. It is a really nice touch.

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Hospital ophthalmology department

The top floor appears to be a delivery room/maternity ward. There is a cot for the baby, and delivery table. The wall has a kid friendly, underwater scene painted on it, and there is a movable light fixture above the bed. It is a nice set up.

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Hosital delivery room/maternity ward

Looking at the hospital as a whole, I like that it is modular. This allows you to easily access the different parts of the structure. I am generally not a fan of the open-rear design of City buildings though. I know they are meant to be this way to make them more playable, but I would much prefer the style of the Creator Expert sets.

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Hospital lab & x-ray machine

My complaints about the hospital are pretty minor. I will take off half a mark each for the not-so-sleek door design, the bland ground floor, and the open back concept. I give the hospital building 8.5/10 (85%). If I weight these build scores based on the percentage of the brick count that each makes up (10% for the helicopter, 19% for the ambulance, and 71% for the hospital), you end up with an overall build score of about 84%.

 

MINIFIGURES: 90%
There are 11 Minifigures in this set. In terms of design, all of them have plain legs, double-sided torso print, and only one has a double-sided face (the ophthalmology patient has glasses on one side, and a squinting expression on the other). The torsos are all prints we have seen before. You do get one new hairdo in this set, on one of the female medical personnel. I also like that this set comes with another of the female baseball caps with the ponytail, this time with a red hat. The last time I got one was in the Mountain Police Headquarters (click here to read the review), and the hat was blue. Using my rating system (click here for more info), I give these Minifigures a score of 111/165 (67%) based on look alone. However, there is a plethora of accessories to consider. For starters, you get a wheelchair, a baby and a skeleton. Then there’s all the small stuff: an extra hairpiece, a head bandage, a cast, two stretchers, two walkie-talkies, six syringes, two pairs of scissors, a helicopter pilot’s helmet, a miners’ helmet, and a baby bottle. The accessories bring the design score up to 132/165 (80%).

 

With 11 Minifigures and 861 bricks, you are looking at a brick to Minifigure ratio of 78:1. That is really excellent. The Minifigure count is one of the strong points with this set. You get a lot of great characters, both hospital personnel and patients. This set gets 100% for its ratio score. Averaging the ratio score and the design score gives these Minifigures an overall score of 90%.

 

ENTERTAINMENT: 75%
The LEGO® City Hospital took me two hours and twenty-six minutes to build (146 minutes). With a price tag of $109.99 in Canada, that means that each minute of build time cost me $0.75. That is satisfactory, but not the best value I have seen. I rate this set at 3.5/5 (70%) for build time.

 

I do like this set quite a bit. It is really nice to get a different type of building from the usual police and fire stations. While I can go for a while without another hospital at this point, I would like to see more diversity in the types of buildings that come out. I will be keeping this set more or less as it is. By that I mean that I will keep the overall feel, and much of the look of building. Like I mentioned in the introduction, I want to combine it with my older hospital set, and build up the rear wall. I also want to add an elevator or something to allow Minifigs to get from floor to floor. For that reason, I give it 4/5 (80%). With that open-for-play concept, it limits how and where the set can be incorporated into a city layout. Averaging the build-time and enjoyment scores gives the LEGO City Hospital and overall entertainment rating of 75%.

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City Hospital

OVERALL: 84%

For a City theme set, the LEGO® City Hospital is actually a good value. City sets tend to cost more in the area of $0.16-0.17 per brick, but this one comes in at $0.13. You get an ok build-time for that price too. The hospital has a really nice, modern looking design as well, but its real strength is the number and variety of Minifigures that come in it. They are generic townsfolk, and not the hyper-detailed characters you get in some licensed themes, but every city needs normal folks to populate it too! I like this set a lot, and will stay true to the spirit of it as I redesign it to fit into my own LEGO® City. I recommend the LEGO® City Hospital to anyone looking to expand their own town. All full price, its a good buy, but waiting for a sale will make it even better.

What are your thoughts on the LEGO® City Hospital? Feel free to drop me a line in the comments below. Until next time,

-Tom

Great Day and Contest Update!

Wow – what a day! It all began with a trip to the LEGO® Store. As many of you know, you get double VIP points with all purchases this week. Spending $199 or more will also get you the beach tote bag. Since I am leaving on my long awaited beach vacation to Costa Rica in just one week, obviously I had to get the tote bag! With double VIP points as well, this was the opportunity that I was waiting for to finally get Destiny’s Bounty from the Ninjago Movie.

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My new Destiny’s Bounty and beach tote bag!

Then, I get home and start tweeting about my purchase, when I see a tweet from fellow Canadian LEGO® fan, Canada Brick Dude (click here to visit his YouTube channel). He found Clayface Splat Attack from the LEGO® Batman Movie for $10.00 at Walmart. This set normally costs $44.99 in Canada, so you are looking at a phenomenal savings of 78%. You don’t get a deal like that everyday! I quickly checked online, but the deal was not available. So, back into the car, and off to Walmart I went. Canada Brick Dude’s video shows the discounted price on the box. At my Walmart, there was no indication that the price had changed. I grabbed a box anyway, and went to the price-check station. Sure enough, the price popped up at $10.00. SOLD!!! I spent way too much on LEGO® today, but I saved almost 80% on one set, got $20 worth of VIP points, and a beach tote bag for my vacation. Do I feel guilty? A little. Do I feel like it’s Christmas? Absolutely.

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I picked Clayface Splace Attack up for $10 at my local Walmart!

Finally, on to a little bit of news. I have been running a giveaway here on True North Bricks for the last month. Up for grabs is one Jurassic World Dr. Wu Minifigure. The results are in, and I got over 100 likes on Facebook for this promotion. Thanks so much to everyone who entered! At this point in time, the draw has been completed. I have notified the winner, and am just waiting for their response before publishing their name. If they do not respond in a reasonable amount of time, I will draw another name.

Did you take advantage of double VIP points? Find another great deal this weekend? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time,

-Tom

Canadian LEGO® Deals (June 8, 2018)

This week, I have something new for you all! This month, I am running a contest right here at True North Bricks. Partly because Jurassic World comes out later this month, and partly because I hit 600 followers this month here on my blog. So, thank you to all you loyal followers! Click the banner below for more details.

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FREEBIES FOR THE WEEK:

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Free with purchases over $99 at the LEGO Store from June 4 – 20, 2018.

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Double VIP points in June at the LEGO Store on Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape and Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit from Jurassic World.

All LEGO® Deals for the Week:

COSTCO

  • City – High Speed Passenger Train for $129.99 (24% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Coast Guard Headquarters for $117.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Jungle Exploration Site for $118.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Cargo Terminal for $69.99 (30% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Bulldozer Break-In for $66.99 (26% off LEGO Store price)
  • Classic – Creative Brick box for $47.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • Disney – Cinderella Dream Castle for $71.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Heartlake Hospital for $84.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Stephanie’s House for $70.99 (17% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Mia’s Camper Van for $58.99 (16% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Friendship House for $74.99 (17% off LEGO Store price)
  • Jurassic World – Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape for $89.99 (10% off LEGO Store price)
  • Jurassic World – Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate for $129.99 (13% off LEGO Store price)
  • Marvel – Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown for $114.99 (12% off LEGO Store price)
  • Marvel – Thanos Ultimate Battle for $79.99 (12% off LEGO Store price)
  • Ninjago – Temple of Resurrection for $79.99 (11% off LEGO Store price)
  • Ninjago Movie – Destiny’s Bounty for $149.99 (25% off LEGO Store price)
  • Ninjago Movie – Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon for $99.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – First Order Destroyer for $139.99 (22% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – First Order Heavy Assault Walker for $134.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Resistance Bomber for $110.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – BB-8 for $99.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Poe’s X-Wing Fighter for $87.99 (12% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Defense Crait for $79.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Kessel Run Millennium Falcon for $169.99 (15% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Imperial TIE Fighter for $79.99 (11% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Airport Rescue Vehicle for $94.99 (24% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – CLAAS Xerion 5000 Trac VC for $159.99 (34% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Ocean Explorer for $114.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – RC Tracked Racer for $99.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – First Responder for $54.99 (15% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Bucket Wheel Excavator for $239.99 (27% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Hovercraft for $84.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Rally Car for $109.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – 6×6 All Terrain Tow Truck for $259.99 (30% off LEGO Store price)

THE LEGO STORE
Until June 20, you can get a free “Creative Storybook” set with purchases over $99. Also, all month, you can get double VIP points on two Jurassic World sets: Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape and Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit.

  • Batman Movie Minifigures for $3.19 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Aquaman for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Cyborg for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Captain Phasma for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Kylo Ren for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Rey for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Finn for $10.39 (20% off)
  • City – Prison Island Accessory Pack for $14.39 (20% off)
  • Friends – Mini-Dolls Campsite for $14.39 (20% off)
  • What Am I? – Game for $31.99 (20% off)

TOYS R US

  • 20% off on all regularly priced Technic sets

WALMART

  • Batman Movie – Joker’s Low Rider for $55.00 (15% off)
  • Creator – Modular Modern Home for $40.00 (20% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Classic 1960s Batcave for $228.00 (30% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Knightcrawler Tunnel Attack for $55.00 (15% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes – Hulk VS Red Hulk for $55.00 (21% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes – Thor VS Hulk Arena Clash for $65.00 (13% off)
  • Star Wars – Ranthar Escape for $85.00 (15% off)
  • Star Wars – Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter for $85.00 (15% off)

Jurassic World – Dr. Wu GIVEAWAY!!!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is hitting theaters later this month, and the LEGO® sets are already on store shelves. To celebrate, I thought I would do a Minifigure giveaway. It is not just any Minifigure either, but Dr. Wu from Jurassic World. To make the deal even sweeter, it’s not the new 2018 variant of Dr. Wu, but the unopened 2016 polybag.

It just so happens that I have a few of these polybags hanging around. Four of them were given to me a while ago, and they have been just sitting in my drawer. The time has come to part with one, and maybe you can be the lucky winner! What do you have to do for a chance to win? Simple, head on over to my Facebook page, and click “Like”. The contest will run until June 30. Everyone who has liked my Facebook page on June 30 gets a chance at the draw (so, if you already like the page, you are already entered). I will ship anywhere in the world.

The polybag you see in the image above is the actual one that I will ship to you should you win. The other photos are from one of the four bags that I opened to keep for myself. Head on over to Facebook, hit “Like”, and good luck!

Until next time,

-Tom

LEGO Colouring Page – Captain Redbeard

A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling nostalgic and I put out a colouring page based off of the Islanders from the 1990s LEGO Pirates theme. Pirates was one of my favorite themes growing up, and I still have all my sets and Minifigures. After my King Kahuka colouring page, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of the other characters from the theme. So, this week, I bring you Captain Redbeard, the most feared pirate of the LEGO seas! Click here to download your free, printable PDF file (it will open in another window).

Captain Redbeard LEGO colouring page

This is a sample of the LEGO Captain Redbeard colouring page, it is not print quality. Use the link above to download a free, printable PDF.

Canadian LEGO Deals [May 11, 2018]

This week, Toys R Us has a pretty nice selection of sets on sale, and are offering some freebies to boot with purchases over $30. I happen to have both of the free offerings already (one I bought, the other was free at the LEGO Store in February), and they are great little sets.

LEGO Freebies for May 11, 2018

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At the LEGO Store until May 20 with purchases over $50.

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Free with purchases over $30 until May 17 at Toys R Us. You can pick one or the other while supplies last.

All LEGO Deals for May 11, 2018

COSTCO

  • Batman Movie – Ultimate Batmobile for $128.09 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • Batman Movie – Batwing for $87.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Cargo Train for $174.99 (24% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – High Speed Passenger Train for $129.99 (24% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Coast Guard Headquarters for $117.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Jungle Exploration Site for $118.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Mining Experts Site for $93.97 (18% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Heavy Mining Driller for $51.99 (17% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Cargo Terminal for $69.99 (30% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Airport Air Show for $89.99 (18% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Mountain Arrest for $63.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • City – Bulldozer Break-In for $66.99 (26% off LEGO Store price)
  • Classic – Creative Brick box for $47.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • DC Comics – Flying Fox for $129.99 (19% off LEGO Store price)
  • Disney Princess – Cinderella’s Dream Castle for $71.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Heartlake Hospital for $84.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Stephanie’s House for $70.99 (17% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Mia’s Camper Van for $58.99 (16% off LEGO Store price)
  • Friends – Friendship House for $74.99 (17% off LEGO Store price)
  • Jurassic World – Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape for $89.99 (10% off LEGO Store price)
  • Jurassic World – Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate for $129.99 (13% off LEGO Store price)
  • Marvel – Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown for $114.99 (12% off LEGO Store price)
  • Marvel – Thanos Ultimate Battle for $79.99 (12% off LEGO Store price)
  • Ninjago – Temple of Resurrection for $79.99 (11% off LEGO Store price)
  • Ninjago Movie – Destiny’s Bounty for $158.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • Ninjago Movie – Temple of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon for $109.99 (15% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – First Order Destroyer for $139.99 (22% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – First Order Heavy Assault Walker for $134.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Captain Rex’s AT-TE for $119.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Resistance Bomber for $110.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – BB-8 for $102.99 (21% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Poe’s X-Wing Fighter for $79.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Defense Crait for $79.99 (20% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Arrowhead for $99.99 (10% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Kessel Run Millennium Falcon for $169.99 (15% off LEGO Store price)
  • Star Wars – Imperial TIE Fighter for $79.99 (11% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Airport Rescue Vehicle for $99.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – CLAAS Xerion 5000 Trac VC for $169.99 (26% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Extreme Adventure for $169.99 (31% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Ocean Explorer for $114.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – RC Tracked Racer for $99.99 (23% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – First Responder for $54.99 (15% off LEGO Store price)
  • Technic – Bucket Wheel Excavator for $239.99 (27% off LEGO Store price)

HUDSON’S BAY
The Friends Heartlake Gift Delivery set is on sale for $18.74 (25% off).

THE LEGO STORE
Spending $50.00 or more will get you a free Teen Groot Minifigure keychain.

  • BrickHeadz – Finn for $10.39 (20% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Captain Phasma for $10.39 (20% off)
  • City – Prison Island Accessory Pack for $14.39 (20% off)
  • Friends – Mini-Dolls Campsite for $14.39 (20% off)
  • What Am I? – Game for $31.99 (20% off)

TOYS R US
Spending over $30.00 on LEGO will get you a free City Road Worker polybag, or Friends Craftivity flower (this is the same freebie that was available at the LEGO Store in February). The following deals are available this week:

  • 20% off on all regularly priced Friends sets over $39.99
  • 20% off on all regularly priced Classic sets
  • Batman Movie – Catwoman Jatcycle Chase for $16.87 (30% off)
  • Batman Movie – Clayface Splat Attack for $30.87 (30% off)
  • BrickHeadz – Jack Sparrow, Batgirl, Black Widow, or Belle for $8.87 (30% off)
  • City – Airport Airshow for $76.87 (30% off)
  • City – Fire Starter Set for $8.87 (30% off)
  • City – Service Station for $76.87 (30% off)
  • City – Volcano Crawler for $34.87 (30% off)
  • City – Volcano Exploration Base for $104.87 (30% off)
  • City – Race Plane for $8.87 (30% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – 1960s Classic Batcave for $230.87 (30% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Scarecrow Harvest of Fear for $51.87 (30% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Killer Croc Sewer Smash for $69.87 (30% off)
  • DC Super Heroes – Wonder Woman Warrior Battle for $27.87 (30% off)
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Batgirl Bat-jet for $23.87 (30% off)
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Lashina Tank for $11.87 (30% off)
  • DC Super Hero Girls – Eclipso Dark Palace for $90.87 (30% off)
  • Marvel – Ayesha’s Revenge for $27.87 (30% off)
  • Nexo Knights – The Stone Colossus for $62.87 (30% off)
  • Nexo Knights – The Fortrex for $90.87 (30% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Glob Lobber for $8.87 (30% off)
  • Nexo Knights – mace’s Thunder Mace for $16.87 (30% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Aaron’s Aero-Striker for $27.87 (30% off)
  • Nexo Knights – General Magmar’s Siege Machine of Doom for $41.87 (30% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Axl’s Tower Carrier for $62.87 (30% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Jestro’s Volcano Lair for $104.87 (30% off)
  • Nexo Knights – Aaron’s Rock Climber for $51.87 (30% off)
  • Ninjago – Vermillion Invader for $8.87 (30% off)
  • Star Wars – Encounter on Jakku for $51.87 (30% off)
  • Technic – Hydroplane Racer for $16.87 (30% off)

WALMART

  • DC Super Heroes – Classic 1960s Batcave for $228.00 (30% off)
  • Marvel Super Heroes – Ultimate Battle for Asgard for $49.86 (23% off)

UPCOMING FREEBIES

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Free with purchases over $99 at the LEGO Store from June 4 – 20, 2018.

JuneDoublePoints

Double VIP points in June at the LEGO Store on Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape and Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit from Jurassic World.

LEGO Review: Downtown Diner [10260]

Back in January, I picked my top 5 must have sets from the January 2018 LEGO catalogue (click here to read the article). The third set on my list was the Creator Downtown Diner. Each year in March, when double VIP points rolls around at the LEGO Store, I buy myself the latest Creator modular building. So, since it was on my top 5 list, and it scored me $20 in VIP points, I picked up the Downtown Diner. The Creator modular buildings have yet to disappoint me, and this one was no exception.

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LEGO Downtown Diner box art.

SET SUMMARY

NAME: Downtown Diner
SET #: 10260
THEME: Creator
COST: $219.99 CAD
BRICK COUNT: 2480
MINIFIGURES: 6
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2018

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A front view of LEGO’s Downtown Diner.

SUMMARY REVIEW: 88%

VALUE: 100% (Excellent value per brick, even at full price.)
BUILD: 95% (Amazing build, but scale is a little off in places.)
MINIFIGURES: 56% (Nice Minifigures, but bad brick:fig.)
ENTERTAINMENT: 100% (I love this set, and it gives you hours of build time.)

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A rear facing/side view of LEGO’s Downtown Diner.

REVIEW

VALUE: 100%
As with all Creator modular buildings, you can be sure that you will be dishing out a large sum of money to get the Downtown Diner. As I always say, this is one of those sets you should really wait to buy until there is a double VIP points event at the LEGO Store. Waiting earned me $20 in VIP points. With the points I already had, I now have $25 to spend at the LEGO Store, which is equivalent to a free set in the 200 piece range. These large Creator sets pretty much never go on sale, so racking up VIP points is your best option for a deal. At $219.99 in Canada, and 2480 pieces, each brick in this set will cost you $0.09. While that is already an excellent value, you might as well get the points too. I give the Downtown Diner a full 5/5 for value (even without the double VIP points).

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Rear view of LEGO’s Downtown Diner.

BUILD: 95%
The Downtown Diner has a great 1950s feel to it. You get an Elvis-like rock star, a pink Cadillac, a red jukebox, and the building itself is very mid-century modern. The curves throughout the build are aesthetically pleasing, and expertly designed. The ground floor features the set’s namesake, a diner that seems to specialize in breakfast food. The cook is busy frying up pancakes and bacon. I love the coffee pot in the corner, but you also get a soda fountain, a waitress serving milkshakes on roller skates, and a gumball machine. My one point of contention with the diner is that all the counter and cook tops are just a tile or two too high for Minifigure scale. The characters arms can barely reach over the counters if they are standing on the floor. But otherwise, everything looks excellent.

 

 

The second floor is a gym. I am thrilled with this addition to my LEGO city, as I am an avid gym-goer myself. This gym is set up mostly to train for boxing, but there is a rack of dumbbells and a bench press station set up as well. I am a big fan of the punching bag, which actually swings when hit. I have no complaints about this design, it is amazing right down to the water cooler.

 

The third floor of the Downtown Diner building is a recording studio. Again, I am loving this build. There is a little recreational area, as well as the sound booth and the recording room. There is also a hit album on the wall, a golden record, and a minibar. Outside, a spiral, “metal” staircase takes you up from the second to the third level, and it has a really nice design that used bricks in a way I had not considered before. Overall, the build for this set is amazing. I give it 9.5/10, taking off just a little for the disproportionate counter heights in the diner.

 

MINIFIGURES: 56%
You get six Minifigures with the Downtown Diner. On my rating scale, that means the characters in this kit can earn a cumulative total of 90 points. Since there are no stumpy children in this set (thankfully), they already start off with the full 36 points for all the basic, moveable parts. Different from past Creator modulars, these Minifigures acutally have more than just the generic, classic smiley face. I know some people might not like this change, but I for one love it. It also gives these Minifigs an additional six points, plus three more since three of them have double sided faces. All of them also have front torso printing, and only one does not have rear torso printing (11 more points). Only the boxer has any form of leg printing, as he has two tone legs to represent shorts. The shorts do go all the way around his legs though, affording him another two points. Each one of them also comes with a hair piece (6 more points). In terms of accessories, you get a guitar, roller skates, a bottle, four clear mugs, a camera, and a milkshake glass (9 more points). That gives these Minifigures a design score of 73/90 (81%).

 

With 2480 bricks, and six Minifigures, you are looking at a brick-to-fig ratio of 413:1. That is quite low, but it remains consistent with other modular sets in this theme. Sadly, that earns a low ratio score of 1.5/5 (30%). Averaging out the design and ratio scores gives an overall Minifigure rating of 56%.

 

ENTERTAINMENT: 100%
This set took me six hours and 46 minutes to build (406 minutes). At $219.99 in Canada, each minute of build time cost me $0.54. That is excellent, and earns a full 5/5 for build-time value. Likewise, as I have mentioned before, I love this set. I will not be changing anything about it as I incorporate it into my LEGO city. So, it also earns a full 5/5 for enjoyment. These two scores combined give the Downtown Diner 100% for it entertainment score.

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The spiral staircase leading up to the recording studio in LEGO’s Downtown Diner.

OVERALL: 88%

While an initial look at the price tag will often make people scoff, these large LEGO sets really do give you the most bang for your buck. They are also full of amazing details and fun features. I always learn new building techniques as I make my way through the manuals. Where this set (and, in fact, all Creator modulars) tend to lose massive points is in the Minifigure department. In the past, the characters have all been very generic. In the Downtown Diner, the Minifigs have a bit more personality, but it still suffers from the same low brick-to-fig ratio as its predecessors. Regardless, I love this set, and I highly recommend it.

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on the Downtown Diner in the comments below!

Until next time,

-Tom

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The Downtown Diner placed onto a street in my LEGO city.