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.
Upstairs, there is a fairly large loft-style apartment with most amenities you’d expect from a cosy apartment, even a small bathroom!
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!
Do you know LEPIN ? Are they a cheap brand of LEGO Company?
I would rather step on a rusty nail than even consider Lepin.
I suspect I’m in the minority, but I prefer the external look of this one to the Diner. That one was a bit too garish to fit in with the rest of my modulars, but this one seems like a less jarring transition. Maybe the diner needs to be round the corner from the rest of the set, using this one as the divider. Mind, that said, I find the Palace Cinema to be a bit of an awkward fit on the street, too, and it didn’t stop me buying that…
And can I be the first to point out the Indiana Jones reference? I love Lego’s little details and that one is priceless.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Yeah, it’s a bit of a strange building to “connect” to the Diner. The Diner feels like it should be a standalone structure.
Haha yes, the snakes nod is great!
Gil Villanueva says
I do like the way the building looks yet the comments about its size concerns me a bit. Having said all that I can’t wait for Jan 1,10:00 am. I’ll be in line looking to be one of the first to get my hands on this set.
Yeah, it’s definitely provoked mixed reactions from fans – I myself am still quite undecided on it. Normally LEGO tend to hit it out of the park with modulars, but I still think this set has more pros than cons.
Hope you enjoy it when the 1st comes around!
I actually like this set. If only I had the money to actually get it… (also, after a long hiatus, I have returned to your website! Time to catch up on posts.)
Thanks for returning! Hope you’ve been well 🙂
I don’t like it. Building is to smal. Facade looks boring, and inside is even worse. Garage has a forced out blocky look to make the truck fit in.
How do you even make it fit with other modulars?
The color makes me think of Lepin 15017 Starbucks Café/ Bookshop. And did we buy that one? No we did not, but Lego will of course sell a lot of the 10264, just because it’s Lego and people don’t know better.
So many beautifull mocs are created by designers, that it’s sad to see Lego turning out poor designs of his own in-house designers.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think the design is pretty subjective, most comments I’ve read have been pretty positive on the exteriors – it’s only the interiors which are lacking, which I agree.
I think LEGO Designers have the challenge of working to a particular budget, which may have hampered the overall designs.
The truck looks like it’s driven over from City. Single-seat just looks odd compared to the other modular cars.
I will wait for Lepin to copy it and pay 1/3 of Legos price
And get 10% of the quality. Pass.
Ultimate Toy Galaxy says
It’s always exciting to read about new lego sets about to be released. I agree with your analysis on this set but I think this isn’t as good as previous modular sets. However, I still think it’s worth the money to get one if your purpose is to play with it and build it. If you are into investing lego sets for long term, then I would pass on this set. What is your thought on long term investment potential on this new modular lego set?
I think with LEGO, long term investing is a really big risk – there’s simply so much supply, that it will take longer for you to get a return on investment. More niche sets/themes are better investment prospects, although there’s a bit more risk that comes with it.
I’m excited to see the creative corner design. I, contrary to popular opinion, prefer exteriors to interiors. Really miss the larger, less expensive buildings. Once built and displayed, out interior component pieces really are wasted brick in my opinion.
I really wish Lego would sell interiors as a separate pack to keep cost down for those like myself.
That’s a good perspective. Unfortunately, the prices of modular buildings have been relatively steady for the past few years, so the price hike was almost inevitable. That and they know adult LEGO fans will buy it anyway. Hope there are discounts on modulars where you live – we’re quite spoiled here in Australia as they go on sale all the time.
Tom Benda says
I’d welcome the interiors as a separate packs! But for another reason – to fill my own modulars. I’m much into facades, into prolonging my street ?, but I like the houses living. Without interiors and minifigs, they’re dead. I have designed several nice interiors, but still half of my houses are empty.
The building it’s s of is great! I don’t like the lack of detail inside. I want it to be on par with Parisian cafe or the diner, those next level interiors. I think it would look amazing with an extra level or two! So maybe 2 are in order, or maybe even without the gas overhang to distract from the overall look. It will grow on me and I’ll end up getting it
Yeah, with a smaller footprint, you’d expect the interiors to make up for it. Other than the Vet’s Clinic, the apartment and garage really leaves much to be desired.
Oh well, guess that’s a challenge to improve the interior decorating! The Garage definitely needs more stuff in it!
I love the modular series. This one however is, in my opinion, a disappointment.
Not that the building isn’t gorgeous. I love how it fits right to the diner. The transition is quite neat.
Nevertheless, I think the building lacks creativity… like, a vent clinic? A garage? ANOTHER apartment? For real? And this time the apartment is characterised by pure emptiness.
Overall the interior of the building looks plain, empty and lazy. And as mentioned, does only cover like 40% of the plate.
I definitely agree with your comments. The interiors leave a lot to be desired and it seems like outside of the vet clinic, there wasn’t much creativity placed into the other floors.
Doesn’t help that the building is tiny, so there’s not a lot of space to work with!
Am I the only one annoyed that there is a vet
clinic without a cat? When you think of anything pet related it’s usually dogs and cats right? Also I agree with others. It’s a little overwhelming. Can’t wait to see how others will customise it and make it better!
Clearly the Dog Lobby has paid for canine exclusivity in this clinic. Jokes aside, at least the girl has a cat print on her t-shirt!
Anthony Christian says
My only gripe with this beautiful looking set is the price $299.99???
I’ll be waiting at least a year after release – for a better price from Myer in the $190 – $220 range.
Yup, a 25% or more discount is basically when I’ll pull the trigger. And even then, I don’t think I’m in a particular rush for this set to be honest.
I’m really on the fence on this one as well – to me it just could heave been a lot sexier (if a garage can be sexy!), it just seems like another one off the production line. Like you Jay, I don’t dislike it but it leaves me a bit underwhelmed compared to some of the beautiful garages submitted to Ideas and/or on Flickr.
Yeah, I’m on the fence as well. It doesn’t really yell “buy me!” and it does feel pretty lacklustre in certain areas. Makes you wonder what could’ve been if the designers had a bit more room to play around with the set.
I love the look of the building and do appreciate that Lego seems to be committed to following a 50’s-60’s American streetscape theme since Downtown Diner. But, I agree the footprint looks tiny when viewed from above. A a result the spaces seem more cramped than ever and the interior details suffer as a result. It’s roughly 100 more pieces than Downtown Diner, but is $50 more, so the price is getting up there too.
Yeah, I’m really interested to see where they take it after. The architecture in that era is so unique and diverse that there’s so many other types of buildings and facades they could take on.
Yeah, the interiors are shockingly bare. The apartment is a little uninspired and the garage/workshop area is laughably empty. I would have expected more tools in it.
Piece count does’t mean much these days since LEGO have been shifting to using smaller elements in a bid to artificially inflate the piece count. We’ve had a good run with modular pricing, so the price hike was almost inevitable. It may also be the printed element tax!
Am I the only one to notice that the fish is upside-down in its tank, like it’s dead? 😛
Yup. He’s clearly not a very capable vet.
Unfortunately I’ll be waiting for the sales on this one – it’s my least favourite in years. I’ve still got Hogwarts Castle to finish, anyway!
Same here – I never buy modulars at full price! Oh shucks, thanks for reminding me that I have to safe for the Hogwarts Castle too, haha.
Demarcation Media says
That fish in the vet area seems to be dead. XD
Confirmed dead. The vet is a little suspect. Maybe he runs some sort of cookie smuggling/laundering operation too. Guy’s definitely a sham.
Dion Riverlea says
10264 is something I absolutely have to have.
Now, the last production on this line: which I was well aware of- was a bit too “Arto Deco” for my street: didn’t fit in, so I didn’t buy it.
Without my grandkids, I sort of wouldn’t have got into this in the first place. OK, they’re disparaging of me, because, as they see it, I’m stuck in “Architecture” when it comes to Lego, where “Ninja’s” and whatever are more exciting …
I’ve got the trains for them: to build as well as operate. Holding off here, until they mature: and by the way, Lego points/switches can be used- if you think about it- to make two trains do interesting things.
10264 is something I have to have.
Oh, that’s interesting that this is a must-have for you but the Diner didn’t do it for you!
I think when they get older, they’ll start to appreciate the more complex builds!
Then again, it’s LEGO, so I’m sure they’ll love it all!
I am liking the look of this thing!
I’m still on the fence! Need to see it in person and maybe build it. It feels like a wasted opportunity for a really special set.