Indexed[REVIEW] 10218 – Pet Shop
The newest modular city building, the Pet Shop, was released in mid-May here in the States. My kids decided it would look perfect on our city block and I’ve been looking for an interesting build, so we placed our order. This was our first foray into the large modular sets, which are primarily designed for advanced builders and adult collectors. What do I think of this set after putting it together? Read on. . .Set Details
10218 – Pet Shop
Pieces = 2032
Minifigures = Four (plus associated pets!)
MSRP = $149.99
Price per piece = 7.4 cents/pieceBox
When the package arrived from Shop@Home, I was surprised by how heavy it was. I guess it has been too many years of buying primarily licensed sets, with the inevitable price per piece markup. The pet shop comes in at over 2000 pieces for the MSRP of $149. This works out to just 7.4 cents/piece. The front of the box has a few inset pictures, including one that reveals the dimensions of the final build.
The rear of the box lets us see the various play elements of the set. As you’ll see in my review, this set is packed with interesting elements and features. The back of the box also shows how the Pet Shop links up with other modular city block sets from the same line.
Here’s a close-up of just a few of the pictures from the rear of the box. Opening the Box & Minifigures
On opening the box, a veritable avalanche of bags fell out (translation = there were so many bags, I didn’t count them all). The bags are broken into four sets: two for the pet shop and two for the adjacent apartment building.
There are also two large instruction books packaged nicely in their own bag with cardboard backing. This set contained no sticker sheet.
The set includes four minifigures. They are all fairly standard City folks. We get two men, one woman and one small girl. It also includes a newer style, green bicycle.
All of the minifigures have modest printing on the rear of their torsos.
Being a pet shop, this set includes a number of LEGO animals. The cat and dog have printed faces, while the mouse (rat?) and frog do not. The cat is so cute! There is a second frog in the set but it is used as a structural element.The Build
The first part of the build takes us through the foundation and first story of the apartment building.
The build begins with the foundation and the sidewalk outside the front steps. You’ll notice a cellar door on the right side of the picture.
After the foundation, the remainder of the first floor builds up very quickly. This building uses brown as the primary wall color, with other shades of brown/tan for accent. The first floor of this building is the most detailed and is filled with fun features, including a couch, coat rack and vase of flowers.
There is a doorway tucked under the ascending staircase. Inside? A toilet! For some reason, this pleases my six year old son to no end
With the first floor complete, the build moves onto the remainder of the apartment building.
The second floor is the most uninteresting in the set. The bucket in the middle of the room and white patch on the wall are meant to show that it is about to be painted. I will likely accessorize this space later on.
As you can see from the previous image, the top of each floor is mostly smooth plate with just a few studs to hold things in place. This is to facilitate the easy addition and removal of individual floors. The final floor has limited interior space but does open to a nicely decorated balcony. There is a splash of green color for the front of the building on the awning of one of the windows on this third floor.
After building the roof, the three floors come together to complete the building.
Now we are ready for the pet shop! The primary color used on the walls is a pale, cloud blue. The printing on the instructions actually makes it look more like a grey-blue color, which caused confusion at a few points in the build.
The main floor is beautifully detailed. The floor is entirely smooth, creating a tile effect. There is also a cash register and separate enclosures for both the dog and cat. The poor mouse (rat?) is consigned to live near the garbage can out back.
The staircase for this building goes straight up over the dog’s enclosure on the first floor. The stairway is hinged, so that if playing with just the first floor, it can fold back to allow access to the doggie. Here is a look down onto the completed first floor.
The second floor opens into a nice apartment space. It contains a fireplace, oven and kitchen sink.
From the completed second floor, a final stairwell moves up to a loft that contains a bed for the apartment below.
The front façade of the third floor is charming, with differing color tones on the windows and an irregular “up/down” pattern to the black roof sloped pieces.
And the final product, with both units attached to each other.Pro’s
Extremely interesting build
Tons of small details that make the buildings come to life
Attractive final buildings with cohesive color schemes
Each floor is set up well for use/play
Superb value for moneyCon’s
Could have used a few more minifigures and pets
Access to cellar on apartment building is limitedFinal Thoughts
Overall, this is one of the most interesting builds I’ve had in a while. There are a slew of different techniques used and it is a great pleasure to watch individual design features come together into something bigger & more impressive.
From a price standpoint, this set represents a refreshing change from the ever-creeping price/piece ratio we’ve witnessed in the licensed sets over recent years. The playability is superb and while I enjoyed building it, my kids (ages 2-9) have enjoyed creating all sorts of interesting adventures with the pet store and attached living spaces.
I have very few minor criticisms of the set. It could have used a handful more minifigures and/or pets to really make it come to life. I recently built 10217 Diagon Alley (review forthcoming) and noted that despite nearly identical piece counts and price, Diagon Alley had 11 minifigures to Pet Shop’s measly four. Also the cellar/basement of the apartment building is difficult to access and several minifigures have been trapped in there!
These minor quibbles aside, I highly recommend this set. I know that I will be taking a closer look at the other modular city builds when my budget allows based on my positive experience with this set.