When the June 2022 wave of Lego sets was leaked online (as all Lego set releases are), the one which immediately grabbed my eye was the Grocery Store. Yes, it’s small and overpriced for the brick count and build size, but there’s also no doubt it’s one of the best looking commercial buildings I’ve seen in Lego City. The Lego City theme is well known for a plethora of Emergency centres/vehicles i.e. Police Stations, Hospitals, Fire Stations, ambulances, fire engines and the likes. However, since my, admittedly recent, conversion to the Lego cause, this is the first City commercial property I’ve seen. The main café and shop sets over the last couple of years have tended to come under the Creator 3-1 banner while City produced new police stations and hospitals – that’s not to dismiss these sets which are good, but there is more to a city than police stations and hospitals, like somewhere to buy your groceries!
My main interest in Lego is building something with life. A place where people live and work. A bunch of bricks with no soul doesn’t do it for me. I’m not a collector or a hoarder. I get what works on my small tabletop layout – nothing else. It needs to add an extra layer of interest and life to what’s already there. This set does that. From the bright green bricks which dominate the building to the dayglo orange carrot above the doorway and the corn cobs in the veg boxes, the visual appeal is tremendous. For play there are a couple of vehicles, one of which is a fully functioning (within Lego reason) forklift. The store even has a small (static) conveyor belt from where the forklift can collect and drop supplies. The minifigures include the first figure, to my knowledge, with a blade in place of a leg. The pea lady is the other standout figure.
Buy as soon as it has any sort of reduction. It may be small but it’s a beautiful set with plenty of moc potential to make a bigger store – something I definitely plan on doing.
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