In just a few weeks time, you’ll be able to build the latest addition to the LEGO® Modular Building Collection. But before the Police Station Modular arrives here’s a little focus of some of the fun features and interesting building techniques to whet your appetite. The Modular Building Collection is known for its highly detailed builds, fun features and interesting use of parts. They often use clever techniques to employ such elements. So beyond my review of the overall set, I thought it was fitting to highlight some of these as they embody, not only this particular set but also the overall subtheme.
The Police Station is inspired by a 1940s era building, so it has a classic style of architecture details and an established feel. To achieve these, the set has a number of features both within the building and around the exterior. The overall focus of the set is, of course, the Police Station and across its three floors, a number of minibuilds tap into that era-specific style. These include ornate desks topped with a typewriter and rotary phone, a great evidence board mapping out crimes and a water cooler. Over in the apartment above the Donut Shop, there’s a classic record playing music unit. All these aspects of the set only make up a small part of it, but add so much character.
Inside the Donut Shop, a new element is used to create a simple yet effective detail. That element is the clear pose piece introduced in the Collectible Minifigures line. It’s used to hold a pair of sloped shelves, displaying freshly made treats. This simple little element has a lof od used being creating cool poses for Minifigures, as you’ll find with a few of the new 2021 releases.
Sticking with the interior of the set, over on the righthand side of the building, on the ground floor, is a small jail cell. Although not easy to see or access, flipping up bench reveals the beginnings of an escape route. This is continued to the rear of the set, where you notice a little crack. Again a simple technique and one which doesn’t need to be there but adds a fun detail and expands the story woven into the build.
Other details are more prominently displayed on the exterior of the building but are far better hidden through clever use of parts and techniques. One example is above the doorway to the Police Station, which is framed by a simple slopping trim. A 1×1 round plate shaft, clips into a 2×1 brick with holder, to allow the ledge section to be angled.
Under many of the windows, you’ll find an inverted 1×2 plate, which is achieved by a collection of four elements. The combination of a 1×2 rounded plate and a pair of 1×1 studs with a shaft, resulting in a dual connection point. So a 1×2 plate with single stud can be connected backwards and the whole section can be connected to the building and have the windows sitting on them as well.
During my review, I touched upon the decorative parapet which edges the front of the building roof. This has one of the most unusual and unexpected uses of an element, I think I’ve ever seen. Minecraft has given use a selection of unique looking sets, with many featuring new elements to pull off the blocky nature of certain aspects of the world. This includes the Minecraft creatures, such as a wolf. The head of which is repurposed in the Police Station to add a very cool architectural flourish to the roof.
Natural elements are also prominent around the outside of the building. The obvious being the trail of leaves creeping up the lefthand side of the building. A simple layering of different coloured leaves and connection points gives it a very natural appearance. Sitting either side of the Police Station’s entrance is a pair of ornate looking topiary bushes. A stack of green splat gears is the perfect element to achieve a unique visual detail.
These little details are only a small part of the overall set, you can see more of the upcoming Modular set in my review. The LEGO Modular Buildings Collection Police Station will be available directly from LEGO from January 1st, 2021.
This set was provided to BricksFanz by the LEGO Group for purposes of review. The thoughts within this review are that of BricksFanz and do not reflect those of the LEGO Group. Providing the set for free does not guarantee a favourable opinion of the set.