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An Overview of the Entire Lego Modular Buildings Series

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12 Sets and Counting...

Debuting in 2007, the Lego Modular Series is one of the most popular Lego series ever. The buildings are called "modulars" because the floors lift off to reveal decorated interiors and the buildings themselves can be locked together to create streets and entire cities.

Currently, the series includes 12 modular buildings. Two sets were released in 2007 and one set has been released every year since. Hopefully, Lego will keep adding to this great series!

We have included all of the sets below for you to see with both exterior and interior photos. If you are looking to begin or add to a Lego modular series, keep in mind that some of these are already retired and others will continue to retire as time goes on. Once retired, sets are very difficult (and expensive) to acquire.

Please note that the Cafe Corner and Market Street sets do not include interior photos as these sets did not come furnished, otherwise all of the other sets have interior decorations. Lego Modular Buildings are listed below in the order of their release...

Lego Modular Outline

  • 2007 - Cafe Corner - Retired
  • 2007 - Market Street (Factory) - Retired
  • 2008 - Green Grocer - Retired
  • 2009 - Fire Brigade - Retired
  • 2010 - Grand Emporium - Retired
  • 2011 - Pet Shop
  • 2012 - Town Hall - Retired
  • 2013 - Palace Cinema
  • 2014 - Parisian Restaurant
  • 2015 - Detective Agency
  • 2016 - Brick Bank
  • 2017 - Assembly Square (10 Year Anniversary Edition - Coming in January)

Of course, in the coming years we hope Lego adds many more buildings to this modular town as it is still missing many community basics, such as a library, post office, school, church, hospital, doctor/dentist offices, museum, police station, etc!

Lego Cafe Corner - Released in 2007. Contains 2,040 pieces.

The Cafe Corner (set # 10182) has been retired for quite a while now, so sets are hard to come by and quite expensive, but still one of the best in the series. The Cafe Corner was the first released in the series and did not come furnished but it probably has the highest level of architectural detail of all of the modular buildings. With enough pieces, you can even duplicate the second floor to make the hotel as many stories high as you want! Of course, the fact that it is not furnished is really not a drawback either as you can always decorate the interior they way you want too!

Lego Market Street - Released in 2007. Contains 1,236 pieces.

The Market Steet (set # 10190) is the rarest and, currently, the most expensive of all of the modular buildings. This is due in part to the initial confusion surrounding its release. Market Street was released as a "Factory" model based on a hobby builder's concept. Most people did not think it was really a part of the modular series. By the time Lego had made it abundantly clear that it was, it was retired and already hard to procure. Like the Cafe Corner, the Market Street set does not come furnished, which like the Cafe Corner is not too much of a drawback if you are able to furnish it yourself. Yet, the Market Street set is substantially smaller than the other sets in the series; however, the two "sides" (like the Pet Shop) are separable, so you can really mix up the look and feel of your street with this one.

Lego Green Grocer - Released in 2008. Contains 2,335 pieces.

The Green Grocer (set # 10185) was the third release in the modular series and has since been retired. It was the first to be furnished and Lego did an exceptional job at that. The lower level of the shop contains a complete wall fridge in addition to produce stands, cash register, etc. which collectors have just loved. The interior details are almost as good as the exterior elements such as the bay window on the second and third floors and the striped awning over the produce stand.

Lego Fire Brigade - Released in 2009. Contains 2,216 pieces.

The Fire Brigade (set # 10197) has a furnished interior but is unusual in that it only has two floors instead of the usual three. This is due to the first floor having raised ceilings to allow for the entrance of the fire truck. The top floor is superbly decorated with a small kitchen and recreational area including a couch and ping-pong table for the firefighters! The fire truck has some wonderful vintage details and the bell and water barrel on the roof and American flag on the front really add to its overall charm.

Lego Grand Emporium - Released in 2010. Contains 2,154 pieces.

Perhaps a little more basic on the exterior, the Grand Emporium (set # 10211) lacks nothing on the interior. Fashioned after Harrod's in London, the Grand Emporium features a clothing shop on the first floor, connected by escalator to a home goods shop on the second floor, connected by escalator to a toy shop on the third floor. There is a large atrium rising through all three floors with a large crystal chandelier at the top and the front door features a turnstile entrance along with displays for window shopping. There are even dressing rooms on the first floor and the billboard on the roof is an iconic touch!

Lego Pet Shop - Released in 2011. Contains 2,014 pieces.

Containing three fully furnished floors, the Pet Shop (set # 10218) differs from the others in the series in that it is actually two separate buildings side-by-side. On one side you have the pet shop with apartments above and on the other side there are additional apartments. These two modular sections can be kept together or scattered throughout the rest of your modular town. When separated, the two "sides" are each half of the width of a regular modular building so the difference adds variety to an otherwise similar street. This is a great one for any pet lover out there! I especially love the wall painter they have included who is "rehabbing" one of the apartments!

Lego Town Hall - Released in 2012. Contains 2,732 pieces.

The Town Hall (set # 10224) is the largest set of all of the modular buildings. It is also the only one which includes an elevator which is a lot of fun. The inside is fully decorated with a Mayor's office, board room, town hall meeting area etc. for a lot of fun Lego role play! This one may have a bit of a "boxy" feel from the outside but the interior is fabulous. I especially love the bride and groom complete with wedding photographer!

Lego Palace Cinema - Released in 2013. Contains 2,169 pieces.

The Palace Cinema (set # 10232) is a throwback to the Fire Brigade in that it also has only two levels. The first contains a concession area and lobby while the second floor contains the large screen with projector and theater style seating. Palace Cinema even comes with a limousine and spotlights for opening night. What movie are your Lego figures going to see next? What movie stars may they run into on opening night? A lot of fun Lego imagination available with this one!

Lego Parisian Restaurant - Released in 2014. Contains 2,469 pieces.

The Parisian Restaurant (set # 10243) is absolutely fabulous. It contains three levels that are each distinct and include a lot of fun and creative details. The kitchen, for instance, includes everything a world-class chef might want and the art studio is perfect for a budding Picasso complete with easel, paints and several finished canvases - your Lego town may just need to open a gallery to showcase the work! The architecture on the exterior is top notch as well. I especially like the stone in the chimney and all of the flowers and greenery are an added touch. It truly makes me want to visit this restaurant for an afternoon snack or elegant outside evening dining. Personally, I found this one the most fun to build!

Lego Detective Agency - Released in 2015. Contains 2,262 pieces.

The Lego Detective Agency (set # 10246) comes complete with not just a Detective Agency but also an attached Barber Shop and Pool Hall. Like the others before it, this set has a lot of detail (both inside and out) and has several new features such as a hidden safe, pull flush-toilet, pool table and shop access via an open center "atrium". Personally, we are disappointed Lego went with a theme like a detective agency when there are still so many other town "essentials" missing like a school, hospital, post office, police station and library. What do you think? It's a great set but has Lego gotten a little too off track with this one? Let us know in the comments below.