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Review : 10218 Pet Shop

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Review : 10218 Pet Shop

Postby bigospedros » Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:07 pm

Name: Pet Shop (10218)
Theme: Modular Buildings
Year: 2011
Pieces: 2032
Minifigs: 4
Price: £119.99 (RRP)

Unlike previous Modular Buildings models, this set actual builds two buildings, not 1. They can be displayed together, or apart, which is rather handy. You also get two different buildings ... one residential, one commerial. I'll start with the residential building ...

Numbered bags and instructions in a bag with card backing, which is always nice. No stickers either ... hoorah!

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Pet Shop 01 by bigospedros, on Flickr

In a break with tradition, we don't start with a tiled floor here. Instead, we build a basement, although it's not good for head height!

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Pet Shop 02 by bigospedros, on Flickr

And it's quite sparse ...

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Pet Shop 03 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The next floor up has some nice details, like this brick built toilet ... quite a clever construction to achieve the shape, I thought

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Pet Shop 04 by bigospedros, on Flickr

This floor has some nice details, such as the bay window and furniture. There's also a trap door for access to the basement.

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Pet Shop 05 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Also, spiral stair cases are all the rage in this property!

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Pet Shop 06 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Note the angled doors giving external access to the basement ... again, a nice touch.

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Pet Shop 07 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The completed first floor has some nice details, such as the mailbox, doorbell and the above door detailing

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Pet Shop 09 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The next floor up starts to take shape ...

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Pet Shop 10 by bigospedros, on Flickr

This floor is undergoing some redecoration though. I really like the painter here and how they've achieve the effect of him painting the wall with a roller. Very clever

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Pet Shop 11 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Another spiral stair case ...

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Pet Shop 12 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The next floor up has a nice little terrace garden at the back

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Pet Shop 14 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Complete with a neat stained glass window to overlook it

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Pet Shop 15 by bigospedros, on Flickr

and a small balcony at the front

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Pet Shop 16 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Another shot of the back, now completed ...

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Pet Shop 17 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The roof ... that's all there is to it!!

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Pet Shop 18 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The finished building ... from the front ...

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Pet Shop 19 by bigospedros, on Flickr

... and the rear ...

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Pet Shop 21 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Now ... onto the pet shop ... and phew, we are back to form with a tiled floor! Normal service is resumed ...

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Pet Shop 22 by bigospedros, on Flickr

There's plenty of stock in the shop, with parrots, a dog and a cat, all in their little areas and a fish tank at the back

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Pet Shop 23 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The ground floor takes shape. These stairs can hinge forward, for a reason I've not really been able to fathom other than giving much easier access to the doggie?!

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Pet Shop 25 by bigospedros, on Flickr

And there we see the start of the Pet Shop sign. It's an intricate construction ...

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Pet Shop 26 by bigospedros, on Flickr

but end up looking pretty good :)

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Pet Shop 27 by bigospedros, on Flickr

and here's how it's done

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Pet Shop 28 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The ground floor is complete

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Pet Shop 29 by bigospedros, on Flickr

And the back ... which is again, a bit sparse

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Pet Shop 30 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The next floor up is more residential space ...

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Pet Shop 31 by bigospedros, on Flickr

With a kitchen and other bits of furniture. You'll see here the use of 1 x 2 bricks with a groove in them. These work for the front detailing, but, are also use on the interior. I assume this is to minimise the combinations of bricks in the set (I've read before the more different bricks there are, the more expensive the set is). It's a bit of a shame, cos it looks wierd in places, but it's only on the inside, so not too much of a big deal

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Pet Shop 32 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Nice kitchen though

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Pet Shop 33 by bigospedros, on Flickr

This place also has nice window boxes, full of flowers

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Pet Shop 34 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The next floor up is a bedroom, with a nicely built bed ... love the quilt!

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Pet Shop 37 by bigospedros, on Flickr

and the detailing on the windows is pretty cool too

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Pet Shop 38 by bigospedros, on Flickr

A bed and a lamp ... what more do you need ? (a wardrobe, perhaps?!)

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Pet Shop 39 by bigospedros, on Flickr

3rd floor is complete

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Pet Shop 40 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The roof ... slightly less sparse than the other one. At least we get a roof light here!

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Pet Shop 41 by bigospedros, on Flickr

The completed building, from the front

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Pet Shop 42 by bigospedros, on Flickr

and the back ... note the occupants trying to catch the rat!

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Pet Shop 43 by bigospedros, on Flickr

And here's the two buildings next to each other

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Pet Shop 44 by bigospedros, on Flickr

Spares :

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Pet Shop 45 by bigospedros, on Flickr

And here's my modular buldings collection (to date)

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Modular Buildings 01 by bigospedros, on Flickr

As you can see, having this model in two parts is pretty handy, since, these Ikea shelves can't fit 3 32 stud base plates next to each other (it's about 1 stud too narrow ... grr).

Value: 9/10 (A bit more expensive than previous sets)
Build Quality: 10/10
Accuracy: 10/10 (more of an interior here than previous sets, so all good)
Swoosh Factor: n/a
Play Features: 9/10 (lots of detail here)
Minifigs: 8/10
Final Score (Average): 9.4

It's a great set, with lots of detail, nice features and lots of parts. Get it whilst you can!
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