There are many modular buildings in the LEGO Expert range that make a statement. The LEGO Creator Expert Grand Emporium 10211 set, with its rare pieces, is definitely one of those. It is classed as a 16+ model because of the complexity of the build and all the pieces across the different floors. There are 2182 pieces in total for a great project. However, younger children will love the play-set elements and should be able to build it with supervision.
There are so many details to this set, both inside and out, that minifigure shoppers can’t keep away.
The outside of the building is as grand as you would expect from the biggest department store in town. This is the sort of corner building that people have flocked to forever, with the bold sign, numerous windows, revolving door and flags on the outside. There are also some nice classic colors in the brickwork to add to the appeal. Furthermore, there is a great street scene to give some context to the build, with the sidewalk, streetlights and even a mailbox. This is where shoppers can pass by and admire the window displays full of mannequins and goods.
The exterior of the building is attractive, but it is the interior that is the most impressive element. As this is a three storey department store, there is a lot going on inside for endless creative play. A brick built escalator carries shoppers through the floors with plenty to buy. The ground floor houses a clothing store with a fitting room and goods ranging from clothes to jewellery and perfume. The second floor covers home-ware and there is a toy department up the top when the kids have been good. Other notable details include the skylight and the grand atrium with chandelier,
Of course this grand department store would be nothing without plenty of shoppers and staff to keep the goods flying off the shelves. There are 7 mini-figures in total here, most of whom are adults either spending their money or receiving it at the many cash registers. However, there are three additional figures that add to the story and feel of the build. There is a vendor that works at the ice cream stall outside, a small child with a scooter and baseball cap and a window washer on his moving platform who is working hard keeping the windows clean.
The LEGO Creator Expert Grand Emporium may be one of the older models in this modular series of Creator builds, but it is still appealing for family fun.
It is important for buyers to note that this is now classed as a discontinued model, which means that it can be purchased while available, but isn’t in production. It is still worth snapping up this set when you can so that you can add another element to a growing modular collection. It may be old fashioned in style, but it is not old fashioned in appeal. Kids can always find a way to engage with shop builds like this. There is plenty to explore and no doubt that this complex 16+ set is a great option for keen collectors.