Bookshop is LEGO set 10270-1. It has a score of 82. This is average compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 6 reviews, based on 7 scored reviews and 15 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 46.31% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2020, and it is categorised in Creator Expert.
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This is another fantastic modular. It's beautiful from the outside and very well detailed inside. It's unique, plus it's a bookstore, so that by itself is a win for me!
As far as the Creator Expert modular buildings go, I like the Bookshop but it is not my favorite. After the completeness of previous sets, this new kit did not meet my expectations. It looks great from the outside. Additionally, the interiors are nice. But there are key features I feel are missing. Also, the set only comes with five Minifigures. For a set this size, I expect more. In the end, you get two nice buildings at a great overall value. I still recommend the Bookshop. However, if you are down to a choice between this set and any of the others from the last three years, I would choose one of the earlier installments.
An array of minor missed opportunities kept it from earning our coveted Must Have rating, most notably the boring back façades, completely empty baseplate behind the bookshop, and the inexcusable lack of a kitchen and bathroom in a standalone townhome. Nonetheless, with a great front façade, very good interior detailing, and nice price-per-part, it's easy to give #10270 Bookshop our Recommended (4/5 star) rating.
The inside of the build was lacking in some areas, but the exterior details were very impressive. Great architecture, design, and style. Was not as difficult as I thought, and adds some charm to my LEGO display!
10270 Bookshop was reviewed in issue 65 of Blocks Magazine.
When I first opened the box from Billund, I was a little underwhelmed. It didn't look as fun as the Garage or Diner. But then I started the build and I instantly get why people love these sets so much. The details and build techniques used throughout the set are very clever. The smallest of elements can make a big visual impact, especially on the exterior of both buildings. The rear of the building could have been fleshed out with a little more detail and the side of the building are very plain as expected, but it's the front of the set you see the most. Sure some of the rooms are also a little sparse and the Bookshop lacks a few actual books but the rest of the set provided an intersting and engaging build. As I've not built any past Modular sets it's a little difficult to compare this to anything else, but for my first experience of the range, I will definitely build future releases.
10270 Bookshop serves as a nice bookend to this run of models under the Creator Expert name. It's not the most complete build within the series, nor as immersive in play as some that have come before, but it brings innovation and interest to the world of LEGO building, and that's the most important thing to expect of any addition to the Creator Expert modular building line.
For one reason or another last year's modular, 10264 Corner Garage, was not well received but I do not think that will be the case for this one. It is superb, and in my view the best since 10243 Parisian Restaurant. After a couple of American-inspired buildings it's good to be back to something more European. It's colourful, varied and attractive. It uses the latest pieces, often in novel ways, to create interesting architectural features. The teal colour is wonderful. In fact, I like the set so much I'm running out of superlatives to describe it. Even the price is fair: in fact it's less than last year's Corner Garage for a similar number of pieces.
My favorite modular building is 10246 Detective's Office from 2015. Like 10270 Bookshop, it features two buildings, but they're integrated with each other rather than being on separate baseplates. Many LEGO fans have asked for another side-by-side pair of separate buildings like 10190 Market Street (2007). However, I'm not convinced that the extra modularity is worth the tradeoff in parts from the interior walls, resulting in a much smaller build than most other recent modulars.
I did love the build experience. But that's it. With a Technic set, you get moving parts. With Friends, Ninjago or other child sets, you get play features. This build is too fragile for children's hands. It just sits there on a shelf.
You can see that, in some way, most of the budget has been spent outside. The interiors are a bit spartan. There is room for more furniture. It is rare to see a house without a kitchen or toilet, or a room without a wardrobe. But well, here's the magic of AFOLs to complete what LEGO doesn't offer.
The final model really is beautiful! I like the two different architectural styles and how they work together, but also technique-wise there was a lot to discover which made it a fun build. When it comes to the interior I can't really compare them to the previous models as I haven't built many of them. But from an objective point of view I think they are fine.