LEGO’s series of Creator Expert Modular Buildings started in 2007 and has since skyrocketed in popularity with LEGO fans, both young and old. The advanced building techniques, unique designs, and connectable nature of the sets makes them a collector’s dream and every single one has appreciated greatly in price after retirement.
LEGO Modular Buildings Timeline
The following graph shows the lifespans of all modular buildings, both retired ones and currently available sets. Using this data from past sets, we can better assess the retirement risk of currently available modular buildings.
Current LEGO Modular Buildings
LEGO 10232 Palace Cinema
Released: March 2013
The eighth building in the series, LEGO 10232 Palace Cinema has been available since March 2013. It was the third corner building to be released, and the first modular building set that incorporated stickers into the design.
LEGO 10243 Parisian Restaurant
Released: January 2014
LEGO 10243 Parisian Restaurant came out in January 2014 as the ninth modular building. The unique design of this set features more intricate detailing throughout, at the expense of the overall size of the building, which is smaller than previous modulars.
LEGO 10246 Detective’s Office
Released: January 2015
The tenth modular building emerged in January 2015 in the form of 10246 Detective’s Office. Comprised of a pool hall, detective’s office, and barber shop, this set features an entire backstory based around ‘cookie smuggling’.
LEGO 10251 Brick Bank
Released: January 2016
10251 Brick Bank is the eleventh entry in the modular buildings series. Released on January 1, 2016, the Brick Bank features a classic bank design and an adjacent laundromat for laundering of both clothes and money.
LEGO 10255 Assembly Square
Released: January 2017
The twelfth set of the modular buildings is a particularly large one — 10255 Assembly Square includes 4002 pieces and a three building plaza containing a bakery, florist, cafe, music store, photography studio, dance studio, dental office and an apartment.
Retired LEGO Modular Buildings
LEGO 10218 Pet Shop
Released: May 2011
LEGO 10218 Pet Shop was the sixth modular building and released in May 2011. It is unique in that it is actually two smaller buildings, a townhouse and a pet shop with loft, that can be separated from each other.
LEGO 10224 Town Hall
Released: March 2012
LEGO 10224 Town Hall is the largest modular building, with a whopping 2766 pieces. It had an unusually short lifespan for a modular, as it was released in March 2012 and became unavailable in late 2014, and was officially labelled as a Retired Product by LEGO in early 2015. The size of this unique set and its short life caused its post-retirement value to skyrocket very quickly.
LEGO 10211 Grand Emporium
Released: March 2010
Released in 2010, LEGO 10211 Grand Emporium was the fifth modular building and the second corner building. Featuring three floors linked by escalators, the Grand Emporium offered a unique, if familiar, rendition of a traditional urban department store. Other features of note include a revolving door, sizeable chandelier, and a large rooftop billboard.
LEGO 10197 Fire Brigade
Released: September 2009
The fourth in the series, 10197 Fire Brigade was the first modular building to include a vehicle in the form of a classic 1930’s fire engine. The building itself is detailed with red and grey brick architecture, and features a garage for the fire engine, fireman’s pole, and rooftop bell. The Fire Brigade was the first modular building to be stockpiled in large amounts by resellers and is considerably less rare and expensive than it’s predecessor, the Green Grocer.
LEGO 10185 Green Grocer
Released: March 2008
10185 Green Grocer was the third modular building and is a highly sought after set by collectors. Released before the modular building series became as popular as it is today, the Green Grocer commands a very high price today for both sealed and used examples that will likely only continue to rise.
LEGO 10190 Market Street
Released: October 2007
While some do not consider it to be a true part of the modular buildings line, due to the fact that it was a fan created set, 10190 Market Street is an official LEGO set that interconnects with the other modular buildings in the series. With only 1248 pieces, it is the smallest modular building and this, combined with the fan created nature of the set, has led Market Street to be ignored by some collectors. Nonetheless, the rarity of this second entry in the modulars line has made it very valuable.
LEGO 10182 Cafe Corner
Released: October 2007
The set that started it all, LEGO 10182 Cafe Corner is a cafe and hotel combined into an attractive corner building. In addition to being the first in the series, Cafe Corner is also unique in that it does not have a finished interior like the other modular buildings. This has not affected its resale prices, however, as the exterior of the building more than compensates and being the first in a long line of in-demand collectibles has made 10182 Cafe Corner tremendously valuable.