10243 – Parisian Restaurant

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On Friday the new Parisian Restaurant set arrived, and I didn’t wait very long to get stuck into assembling it.  Let’s jump right in.

Box shots – the box seemed a little smaller than the previous Creator modulars, but I guess there’s negligible difference.  Inside the box were instructions (with cardboard backing), a loose board and a number of packets numbered between 1 and 4.

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Unpacking the base plate and the first packets numbered #1, began the process of establishing the ground floor of the restaurant.  Inside the initial batch were three minifigures, and a very nice new piece – a golden ring!

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Although you probably won’t see it when the set is complete, the word ‘CHEZ’ is spelled out with small tiles out the front of the building (above).  Packets #1 and #2 build essentially the entire ground floor.

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There are some nice parts for the kitchen including a turkey(?) as well as a pie and a number of utensils.  The waiter and cook are added in packages #2 and the outer wall and stairs are completed.  There is a lot of detail on the floor and inside the building itself, and it is even accompanied by a dumpster at the rear of the building.

Book 2 establishes the second floor, and packages #3 establish the apartment on the first floor.  There are additional tables for the restaurant as well as amenities for the single studio apartment (although no bathroom!).

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Once the first floor is complete, the top level turns out to be an artist’s studio, complete with easel and a painting.  The top level includes a number of advanced building techniques, as well as some art deco.

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Finally, the top floor doesn’t have a traditional removable roof, it flips down to reveal the inside of the studio.

Our final shots show the completed set (front and back):

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..and here it is in situ with some of my older modulars.

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Summary

This was a fun build, coming in at just under 8 hours to complete (in three sessions).  By far the most productive was the first session, of around 6 hours (completing packets #1-#3).

This set is slightly shorter than some of the older sets, but it is set apart by the sheer detail, particularly within the restaurant itself.  This is a great addition to any modular collection, and I’ll continue to add these new sets as the come out.

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