Lego 10182 Make & Create Cafe Corner Review
The Lego 10182 is a beautiful build in itself. Officially known as the Lego Café Corner, it’s got 2056 pieces in total with three minifigures you can use. In the US, it costs an average of $139.99. The 10182 belongs to Lego’s Modular Houses set builds. It was first released in 2007.
The front side of this box includes a rather plain scene where the old man minifigure is meant to be cleaning up the streets where the café is also located. Meanwhile, two women near him are sipping their favorite drinks and enjoying the beautiful scenery. These are the three main minifigures meant to be included inside the build. The stackable level feature is shown in the box, alongside its finished dimensions. The front side of the build, as well as the box, might make you think that this is a bland build in general – Especially since it’s geared towards fans of the Modular Houses set build. One more interesting detail found in the front side of the box is the other randomized buildings drawn on the box’s sides.
The top edge does feature the huge inventory of parts that come with this set – Mind you, this is a very massive build. Also present here is a 1:1 scale of a female minifigure. This is a great way to burn out some box space, if you’re into that.
The bottom edge of the box gives you a preview of the minifigures, along with the accessories that they will use. However, not a lot of people will seem to notice this portion – Since if you think about it, the bottom edge of the box isn’t exactly the first thing you would look at when trying to find a specific Lego set. We feel like this portion should be in the top edge instead.
The back side of the box includes a good amount of shots, filled with lots of interesting details and loads of different angles. We think it’s rather interesting piece of detail in the box, since there’s an alternative model included in this set. Not only is it starting to become more and more common, but who would even want to disassemble this set anyway after the effort that you’ve put into? And since it’s a big build, rebuilding it can be very tough, unless you’re a very patient person. Also noted here is the stackability and connectability of the 10182. In our humble opinion, Lego is fairly crazy to advertise this detail in one of their builds, and not sell out the middle floor in the form of a service pack. Also, we don’t think even the most loyal Lego fan would purchase this set for the middle floor alone.
This box might seem a tad bit plain, but it’s still pleasing to the eye, nonetheless. The details found on the edges here have to be mixed up instead. However, it’s still fairly excellent to look at the alternative model that the back of the box has showcased.
Next up are the two instruction booklets. Each one contains the same design as the one in the box, except the booklet’s number is written here instead of the piece count and the suggested age limit. As we had mentioned earlier while discussing the box, the scene itself is a tad too boring for our taste. But when it comes to the display set, everything is completely acceptable.
The instructions show off full-colored pages of the three brick bags, the baseplates, and most importantly, the minifigures. Every set of bags here does correspond to the floors found inside the build. And since these minifigures aren’t tied with a particular franchise, they’re fairly easy to assemble since they don’t contain fancy helmets or capes.
Of course, the instructions contain details on how to construct each level of the café. Piece call-outs are highly important for a set as big as this one. Even the sub-models have received their own big boxes. We do enjoy the color scheme, which looks the same as the ones found in the instructions of the previous Creator set releases. This is pleasing yet very simple and serves its purpose pretty nicely.
The parts inventory has occupied three pages in the booklet. We think it’s quite hilarious how Lego has managed to cram everything into a small rectangle found on the top edge of the build’s box, but in the instructions, it manages to occupy around three pages.
In general, the instruction manual and the box itself carries pleasing and wonderful color, and the piece call outs do look like a wonderful instruction set. Newbies who are about to build the 10182 for the first time will understand the instructions right away, and won’t find it difficult. However, we do find it a tad bit odd that the second booklet seems larger than the first one – An uncommon theme found in plenty of Lego’s booklets, since they usually carry the same size.
Moving on to the minifigures – They all sport really classic styles, typical of the characters found in a Classic Town build. We think it’s rather strange, though, that two of these minifigures have painted torsos on while the remaining figure does not. However, all three of them still look great – The male minifigure, in particular, wears a really nice suit – And we like Lego minifigures in suits.
A bicycle accessory is also included in the build. It’s a splendid piece of artwork and it looks like it truly belongs to a quaint build such as this one. Before purchasing this set, we had only seen one previous build that had a bicycle accessory in it – We were pretty delighted at the fact that Lego had included this. It does add up to that ‘above and beyond’ kind of charm that this build is practically made out of.
There aren’t any back prints found in any of the minifigures. That’s fine, though – It just further adds to the whole Classic Town vibe. The minifigures may look simple, but they go really well with the set’s look. We do think that Lego could’ve added more minifigures in there, and it’s not even that expensive making just one minifigure. Overall, they’re highly satisfactory.
Several bags have been repeated in the build, while the green baseplates don’t have their own plastic covering thanks to their size. The first floor for the build provides a rather impressive assortment of interesting pieces, including window pieces and dark blue ones. The blue arches, in particular, are stunning.
The build itself goes up slowly at first – We have to blame the tilting for that. Several pieces are added for every step, but it picks up pretty nicely. This is the part of the build that doesn’t require too much repetition. It’s a bit hard to see that especially after you have completed the set. There’s also a mosaic in the build that spells out the word ‘café’.
A good technique that builders normally use when faced with a challenging set such as the Lego 10182 is to create the build’s entrance first. The smaller arches in this particular build are actually connected right at the bottom of the arch itself, and are locked inside when you place them over a curved beam. This whole technique might seem fairly interesting for some, but it’s already been used beforehand – To be specific, the neon lights found in the Lego 6376 build.
There’s a really nice assortment of pieces found in the first floor construction. We didn’t even know that the shades here would mostly comprise of gray and blue, while in the finished product, these shades would be outnumbered by the reds and browns. When it comes to the build itself, this floor is only the least repetitive out of the entire bunch. But even if this is so, the tiling is still a bit of a challenge for nearly all Lego builders. Putting every single piece of 1 x 1 tile inside the mosaic is downright difficult, and it’s not easy to undo even just one tiny mistake. On the other hand, the hotel sign is a fun build in itself.
There were two black baseplates found loose in the box. These belong to the second part of the build. The bag for the second part of the build also contains a lesser amount of interesting pieces, as compared to the first – But it’s still a decent amount nonetheless. The long, log bricks are always a great tool to use when patching up the Western forts. The bricks that make up the railing and stairs are nice as well.
The windows in the second floor are very repetitive to build, and the level itself is dull, to say the least. The amount of repetition used here isn’t so bad, however, since there’s only a few pieces required for every mini-model. We hate to say this, but this has got to be the most uninteresting and boring level out of the three parts. The repetition isn’t always fun, but the color scheme is a delight to look at.