It’s finally here, the long-awaited reveal of the 2019 LEGO Modular Building – 10264 Corner Garage! This charming corner building boasts a 1950s-style facade, which matches 2018’s Downtown Diner which I find really fascinating as it suggests that LEGO are keeping to this particular aesthetic for back-to-back modular buildings.
Weighing in at 2,569 pieces, the release date for 10264 Corner Garage is 1 January 2019, and will be available exclusively to LEGO.com and your LEGO brand retail store, making it the perfect gift to welcome in the New Year. See below for regional pricing and soon, links to the respective regional product pages:
- LEGO 10264 Corner Garage [US] – US$199.99
- LEGO 10264 Corner Garage [AU] – AU$299.99
- LEGO 10264 Corner Garage [UK] – £159.99
- LEGO 10264 Corner Garage [EU] – €179.99 (regional EU pricing applies)
- LEGO 10264 Corner Garage [CA] – CAD$269.99
There will be no VIP release for this set.
When photos of this set landed in my inbox from LEGO, I was really blown away by just how beautiful the facade looked. Like the Downtown Diner, the 1950s architecture injects so much style and character into the modular building – giving it a very unique look that screams nostalgia.
I especially love the bold dark orange upper half of the modular building, which contrasts quite sharply (in a good way!) against the light Octan colours (green and white) of the ground floor.
I also really love these mixed-used buildings, which cram in a lot of utility into the building, avoiding pigeon-holing it into a specific look or function.
The LEGO Corner Garage is split into 3 main levels, the Ground Floor which houses an Octan-brand petrol station (gas for you yanks) and a workshop for vehicle repairs.
On the first floor, we have a veterinary clinic and on the highest floor, we have living quarters devoted to a spacious single apartment. Let’s take a closer look at each floor.
This vintage Octan petrol station and workshop looks incredible, with the 1950s petrol pumps and space for two mechanics to service and repair vehicles. Most of the Modular building’s footprint is taken up by the petrol station which has a single pump.
The insides of the Workshop are fairly average, and quite sparse, as it requires a bit of space for a vehicle lift, and tire mounter. I do really like the roller doors that open up to let a tow truck in.
The first floor is where the building really comes together, with the vet clinic. There is a staircase leading you up, that guides you into a spacious waiting area, with couches and a lounge chair.
Inside the vet clinic, it’s a bit of a squeeze, but there’s enough space for the vet’s medical instruments, an examination table and even a desk for the hardworking vet.
Lastly, there’s a rooftop with a deckchair, umbrellas and a flower bed.
The set comes with 6 minifigures, 2 Garage Workers, 1 cool-looking scooter rider, the apartment tenant, vet and a young girl with the most adorable top, which has a cute cat print on it.
You also get 5 animals, a frog, orange fish, a new parrot with blue and yellow plumage, a dog, and a rabbit.
So do I like it? I’m on the fence. On one hand, I really love the beautiful architecture that brings the 1950s facade to life. The dark orange building exterior is bold and gives it so much character and I’m a sucker for all things Octan, so the old-fashioned petrol station really does it for me.
What I really don’t like, is how small the actual building is. If you look at this photo above, you can see just how small the footprint of the building is. I reckon it takes up only 40% of the baseplate, which is miniscule!
That means, that 60% of the space is practically unused which is a (MKBHD voice) poor use of space.
I do get the overall design, but the piece-count and price feels a little deceptive, considering how little of the building you actually get. And it shows, judging by how small and cramped the vet offices feel.
That said, hurray for printed pieces!
I’ll be really interested to see how the Corner Garage looks in person. From the photo of the most recent modular street above, it does look quite substantial and almost overcrowds the Downtown Diner when you look at it, but I’m still a little apprehensive about the set’s tiny footprint.
That said, the design is a winner in my books, and like the Downtown Diner, boasts a lot of old-style charm that helps make this one of the most standout modular buildings in recent years.
As a whole, I do like it more than I dislike it, and I think fans of the LEGO Creator Expert Modular theme will be very happy when this set goes on sale worldwide on 1 January.
The LEGO 10264 Corner Garage set will cost US$199.99 in the USA, and will be available from LEGO.com and LEGO Brand Retail stores from 1 January 2019 onwards.
Now that you know that the 2019 LEGO Modular Building looks like, I’d love to get your thoughts on the set! Let me know in the comments what you think and if you’ll be first in line to purchase the set in the New Year.
Thanks for reading!