Bring A Touch of Paris To A LEGO Creator Collection With The 16+ Parisian Restaurant
The LEGO Creator Expert 10243 Parisian Restaurant Set 16+ is a modular building that is designed to go with the others building in the 16+ Creator range. It is meant to provide a “new building experience” for collectors thanks to all the detail – both inside and out – and the progression of the modular design. The great thing about these modular builds with the removable parts is that players can adapt them as they please and lift off layers to reveal fun surprises.
As with all the best modular LEGO Creator buildings, there are accessories and stories on every floor
Starting with the ground floor we have a full kitchen with knives, a stove and food. There is also a dining area with curtains and nice places to sit, all of which have brick built furniture. This seating works with the French theme by extending outside onto the patio. A fun extra detail with this kitchen is the little rat figure.
The next level is an apartment with a folding bed, kitchenette, fireplace and above that is the 3rd floor loft space that has been turned into an artist’s studio. There is an easel, paints and lots of other details. These three levels essentially mean three different stories in one detailed built. This is where those new minifigures come into play. Here we have a chef and waiter for the restaurant, a dining couple on a romantic evening and the girl that lives and works in the apartment and studio above. This character also has a scooter parked up by the steps to her front door.
This three-tier model building is a fun challenge for any older builder
The complexity of the levels and the stories involved here are a big part of what makes this Parisian Restaurant build a challenging 16+ model. This challenge is only enhanced by the sheer number of elements that are involved. There is a massive range of bricks in different colors, shapes and sizes. Some are pretty straight forward while other provide something new for collectors.
The exterior of the building has some impressive detail on each side. The upper level has some brickwork that evokes images of French streets, with some little white croissants to tie it into the theme. There are also dark blue slates for the roof, olive green rare elements and lots of tiny features hidden around the street scene. This includes a new bowl for the hanging baskets on the lampposts. The back of the building not always considered so much in LEGO builds, but here there is a back door with a dumpster and place for the staff to get a 5 minute break. An interesting detail here is the new, collectable grey base plate.
This is the sort of set that gives revealing details the more that you look
The LEGO Creator Expert 10243 Parisian Restaurant Set is a great example of how much LEGO designers love their job and put in all their effort. There are the basic elements of the creative play with the scenes in the restaurant and the apartment and studio for the artist mini-figure. However, there are also all those extra details like the art materials, the utensils in the kitchen and the printed elements of the menu and sign. It is a 16+ build that definitely rewards builders for their hard work.