Lego Parisian Restaurant–Night Four

Tonight we completed the third and final instruction book for the Parisian Restaurant!

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The third floor of the restaurant is the artist’s studio, complete with skylights. It has paints (and an adorable Lego paintbrush), and an easel, two works of art, and a really cool kiln. The kiln shares the chimney with the fireplace on the second flood, and I really like the way it turned out:

The outside details were, of course, very nice, and very detailed:

The final product is amazing, from all sides:

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And, joined together with the Grand Emporium, we have a real start to our modular street:

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This is a beautiful set, and it was really fun to build. Next up, we’ll be working on my (early) birthday present…the Lego Pet Shop. Not sure when we’ll get started on it, but I’m really excited about that set, because of the way it splits down the middle…it will give our modular street a whole new look!

Lego Grand Emporium–Night Three

Our latest Lego creation is done!

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Again, tons of details. My favorite on the third floor is the chandelier:

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The Grand Emporium’s third floor is the toy department, and there are a good selection of toys available for sale:

The roof went on tonight, as well…even more details:

I love that the billboard is 3-D!

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And let’s not forget the window washer!

Next up (not sure exactly when), we’ll be building the new Parisian restaurant, which was Ryan’s birthday gift this year. It’s also a beautiful set, and I’m looking forward to seeing what details we discover as we build that one!

Lego Grand Emporium–Night Two

We got back to work last night, and the second floor of the Grand Emporium came together very quickly!

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Just because it was a fast build doesn’t mean it isn’t full of details, though! The second floor is housewares, and there are some really cool plate pieces, plus the standard wine goblets. We also added the rest of the escalator, lots of windows, and flags to the outside:

Even without the top floor, the building already looks really cool!

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We’re looking forward to capping it off, although maybe not for a few days. We still have Ticket to Ride to play, too!

Lego Grand Emporium–Night One

You didn’t think that just because we finally finished the Tower Bridge that we were out of Lego projects, did you?

We’ve had the Grand Emporium stashed away for several months now. It’s my second favorite Lego set (after the Tower Bridge, of course), and now that Christmas has come and gone, we needed a new project, so last night, we broke it out.

This one is easier to assemble than the Tower Bridge for two reasons. The first is obvious…it has a lot fewer pieces! But, even more importantly, it’s designed so that instruction book one goes with the bags labeled one, and the same is true for books and bags two and three. With the Tower Bridge, we had to open all of the bags at the beginning, and sort through everything. It is much easier just having to open a specific set of bags, and work on one part at a time!

Last night, we built the first floor, which included a lot of really cool features, especially my favorite, a functioning revolving door:

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There’s also an escalator (which will continue to go up as we add the remaining floors):

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And the way the “Shop” sign is assembled is ingenious!

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I also love the mannequins in the windows!

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There are so many details in just the first floor of this set…I continue to be amazed with what the Lego designers are able to do with the bricks at their disposal!

In related news, I have come to learn this week that I actually have a favorite Lego designer…Jamie Berard. I didn’t know it before, but he designed the Tower Bridge and the Grand Emporium, as well as the new Parisian Restaurant, in addition to many other sets. I’m amused that all of my favorite Lego creations were imagined by the same person…I’m nothing if not consistent!