At long last and after much anticipation, here’s 10312 Jazz Club, the latest entrant into the LEGO Modular Building collection, blending late night jazz tunes, with late night pizza.
Update: Check out my detailed review of 10312 Jazz Club to decide if it’s right for your LEGO collection!
Designed by Anderson Ward Grubb, who also worked on the 2022 Modular – 10297 Boutique Hotel, the LEGO Modular Jazz Club brings some music and nightlife into the Modular Street, as well as a Pizzeria for those extra special indulgent nights out.
The 2,899-piece 10312 Jazz Club will be released on 1 January 2023, and will be available exclusively from LEGO.com or your local LEGO Store, retailing for US$229.99 / AU$349.99 / £199.99, maintaining price parity with the Boutique Hotel.
Here’s the regional product pages and pricing:
- 10312 Jazz Club [US] – US$229.99
- 10312 Jazz Club [AUS] – AU$349.99
- 10312 Jazz Club [UK] – £199.99
- 10312 Jazz Club [EU] – €229.99
- 10312 Jazz Club [CA] – CAD$299.99
10312 Jazz Club is a two for one, with a 3-storey Jazz Club, and a narrow Pizzeria attached to it, packing quite a lot of utility into the 32 x 32 footprint.
It’s got decent height, and is almost as tall as the Police Station, if you needed a frame of reference. The Jazz Club’s dimensions are 30cm (11.5″) tall, and 26cm (10″) wide.
The most striking (and also likely contentious) feature is the vibrant colour palette used for the facade. The Jazz Club notably features a poppy dark azure entrance and ground floor, followed by a warmer dark red first and second floor.
Juxtaposing that is the Pizzeria with its pale, bright light yellow paint, and loud striped awnings.
It has a very old school vibe to it, evoking the spirit of cool cities like New Orleans (it’s Jazz after all) with a sensible period-appropriate architecture.
Uniquely for a modular, the set includes 8 minifigures, including a Jazz Singer, Bassist, Drummer, Pizza Chef, Pizza Delivery Driver, Club Manager, Tailor, and a Magician.
The minifigure design is one of the highlights with plenty of new torso prints and designs – check out the elaborate prints on the Jazz Singer’s torso and dress, as well as the musicians. At 8 minifigs, it becomes the modular with the 2nd highest minifigure-count after 10255 Modular Assembly Square.
Like all Modulars, you can detach each floor to allow better access into them. The interiors are pleasantly detailed, and Anderson Ward Grubb makes great use of space for things like a stage, tailor, manager’s office and dressing room.
There’s even a rooftop greenhouse for the Pizza Chef to grow only the freshest toppings and ingredients!
Here’s how the Modular Jazz Club looks like flanked by the 2 most recent modulars, 10297 Boutique Hotel and 10278 Police Station, from the “Adults Welcome” era.
And here’s what the modular Jazz Club looks like next to all actively available modulars, including the Assembly Square, and Bookshop.
Here are some more lifestyle photos for a sense of scale.
Oh.. and I’ll save the worst news for last. So here’s a look at the design of the instruction booklet. I am just perplexed (and deeply disappointed) that even a LEGO Icons set like the Modular Jazz Club has been corrupted with these insipid plain white manuals.
Here’s the statement provided by LEGO, because they’re aware that this (deservedly) will cause a firestorm of outrage from fans.
“As our fans have noticed, the covers of building instructions for many of our sets underwent a re-design this year with exception of our LEGO® sets for adults. Starting from 1HY 2023, building instructions for adult sets will also feature re-designed covers with lighter background prints. The redesign of building instruction covers is connected to our move to paper-based bags in our boxes. A lighter background print ensures that we maintain our very high quality standards. In this case, that the visual appearance of the paper-based bags is not impacted by potential ink marks caused by friction between building instructions and bags during transportation.”
Pretty freaking ironic, when the boxes look like this, but hey, what do I know.
I also invite you to read my editorial: LEGO takes one step forward to phase out printed building instructions to better understand WHY this is happening.
Anyway, it’s always an exciting day when the new LEGO Modular gets revealed, and I’ll be sharing my review soon, so keep an eye out on the blog for my full thoughts!
As a special bonus, check out an exclusive interview with the Jazz Club’s designer, Anderson Ward Grubb (follow him @mrbrickserson), where he takes us through the finer details of the 2023 Modular, and we chat about all things LEGO.
When I was in Denmark in September, we were given a sneak peek at the Modular, and landed this interview as part of LEGO’s Fan Media Days.
What do you think of 10312 Jazz Club? Will you be ordering it on 1 January?
10312 Jazz Club will be available on 1 January 2023 for LEGO VIPs, and will be available exclusively from LEGO.com or your local LEGO Store.
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What did you want for background in the instructions?? White is fine by me, and beats the horrible, horrible BLACK by a mile. Some of us are older, with older eyes that have a hard time differentiating between the different colors on a dark background. White eliminates that issue. The instructions are there to help you build the thing – if their design detracts from their purpose then what’s the point?
As to the color of the mini figs – every Lego person is yellow. That’s perfect, race-neutral, and as it should be.
Robert Sandler says
If its a jazz club, why are all the minifigs white?
That’s odd … they look yellow to me.
I love everything thing about this set except the mini figs’ skin color. How can you not have black guys in the band? Enough of a skin color that doesn’t resemble anyone in real life.
Lucas B. says
This set is really cool but could be better with a pianist in the trio
Not enough room, I’m guessing.
Benjamin Wootton says
I’m looking forward to this one!
Meh. Hard pass.
Something about this set feels off or different compared to other modulars. Not bad, but different. It feels more cartoony than the other buildings, which usually tend to be more serious and realistic. The colours are more vibrant than the usually muted tones of previous sets.
Looking forward to the review and more preview material.
It’s hard to believe this set doesn’t include any black Minifigures (!)
Neither are there any ‘Asian’, ‘White’, ‘Sub-continental’, ‘Islander’, ‘Middle Eastern’, ‘Hispanic’………………
They are all just yellow.
Good on Lego for making it race neutral.
Shame on lego for being racist and thinking that all Asians have yellow skin! this is the classic europe company with no sense of dignity
John Cooper says
The black instructions were already bad but this is even worse! No design effort in the new stage of lego!
This is a great addition to the modular range. I have seen other comments about this set online with criticism of the bright colour palate. I think the colours are great for the modular range. This set will make an appropriate (and much needed) popout statement with the modular range.
Fiontar Floinn says
I’m quite pleased with it. I especially like the Pizzeria’s Italian Street vibe, and it’s definitely one of the most adorable Modulars yet! Also the minifigures are definitely an improvement as compared to previous years. I will be buying on January 1st for sure!
Steve Rosset says
Great preview. I feel a lot better about adding this to the collection. Funny how these buildings grow on you when you spend some time looking at the details.
Jesus Penis says
The venue manager doesn’t look anywhere near skeezy enough for a jazz club.
Also, no black members in the JAZZ band?
Set looks nice, I like the colour combinations. But I really don’t want these ugly plain instructions nor digital one. I try to disconnect when building, maybe just some music in the background. I don’t want to look into screen even for this…