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Elmo's Toy Rocket

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If you're adding a toy store to your Lego City, Lego Ideas 123 Sesame Street (21324) provides a few mini builds that are pretty impressive. My favorite is the toy rocket in Elmo's room. Four pieces of Lego and you're on your way to the moon!  

Making the Lego Race Car Transporter Minifigure-Compatible

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I don't build a lot of Lego vehicles, but with Amazon selling the LEGO Creator 3in1 Race Car Transporter (31113) for just $16, I decided to give it a whirl. With a little work, it might have a place in one of my upcoming modular buildings,. I built the car transporter with two race cars. It was a quick build, but not particularly useful for modular city collectors since it is not minifigure-compatible. (The cab is a solid block of bricks with no room for a driver and the race cars have built-in miniature drivers.)   Fortunately, the set has good bones and made for an easy conversion to a 6-wide truck cab with two drivable go-karts. The truck portion of the set needed a total overhaul to make room for a driver and stretch the set out to 6-studs, which is the standard for commercial vehicles in my Lego city. I reused a lot of the pieces from the set, but added several additional pieces and the standard vehicle parts - doors, windshield, roof, etc. I also upgraded the tires and wheel

Lego plants for those without a builder's green thumb

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It's always a challenge to make plant life look real in Lego scenes - even when you're using the new botanical pieces. Fortunately, the Lego Queer Eye Fab 5 Loft (10291) gives us several nicely styled potted plants that can improve any modular scene - in a living room or on the street.  This big pot of Lego leaves looks great in the Fab 5 Loft and even better, in my opinion, on the sidewalk in front of a modular building. With just seven pieces, it's a quick build and one of my favorite things! The Fab 5 Loft is now on sale at Lego.com for 40% off - just $59.99!

Bert and Ernie's Matching Beds

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LEGO Ideas 123 Sesame Street (21324) has lots of interesting design elements and some very nostalgic minifigures that will have you singing the Sesame Street theme song while you build. For modular builders who are always looking to furnish houses and apartments with something different, look no further than Bert and Ernie's bedroom. The matching beds with ornate headboards and footboards are clever and sophisticated and put most of my Lego beds to shame. The addition of the rounded brick pillows seals the deal, making this one of my favorite things. The set comes with two of these beds, so it's twice as nice! While the bed uses more parts than you might expect, the pieces are easy to come by and are available in a variety of colors, making it a versatile option that you can use again and again in your own designs.

Lego City Toy Store

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I bought the Townhouse Toy Store set 31105 on sale a while back planning to make it into a modular building. While it's a bolder color than I would normally choose, the design translates well to a 16-stud modular. The teddy bear "Toy" stickers that came in the xtra brick stickers pack finished it off nicely.  My modular store has a lot more floorspace than the playset version, so it required a few micro builds to fill the shelves. Fortunately, Lego's winter sets are loaded with ideas for tiny toys that are easily built from the odds and ends that are left over after modifying an official set.

The Water Pump

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I bought the Lego Friends Tree-Planting Vehicle 41707 to expand the public works department in my Lego City. The greenhouse, wheel barrow, and trees were nice extras to make the set worth my time, but the hand pump faucet was a pleasant surprise. Just nine pieces form the pump faucet that's a pretty cool addition to any Lego City backyard - though probably not in pink. I switched it to dark bluish grey - as that's what I had on hand. The result is quite nice. Of course the pink version is great if your Lego City supports bright fixtures.

The Police Brick

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I’ve never met anyone who enjoys putting stickers on Lego bricks, but I’ve seen a lot of lopsided and wrinkled up stickers that take the fun right out of a brand-new Lego set. With this year’s police sets, Lego has done a beautiful thing and printed a Police brick to take the frustration out of stickering a few bricks! The new brick currently appears in five sets: Lego City Police Station 60316 Lego City Police Chase at The Bank 60317   Lego City Ice Cream Truck Police Chase 60314 Lego City Police Mobile Command Tr uck 60315 Lego City Police Car 60312 I built the 2022 Police Car with the new printed brick. The brick is awesome, but I souped up the car a bit with some curved slopes and miscellaneous pieces from my Lego collection. And I added a seat for the driver. I've never met a cop who sits on the floor of his police cruiser. I always prefer a printed brick over a sticker sheet, so the sticker-free Police brick is definitely one of my favorite things.