10260 – Downtown Diner

LEGO shared details of the next modular building this week – the Downtown Diner, scheduled for release on 1 January 2018.

If you’re curious what LEGO says about it’s latest modular building, scroll to the bottom.

My view?  I must admit that my first reaction was one of disappointment. It is a nice building, but I couldn’t picture it fitting in with a traditional modular street.  The street view released by LEGO re-inforces this in my opinion.

Notwithstanding any views on how it looks next to other official modular buildings, it does have some really nice features. I love the curves, especially on the window, and the colour combination for the ground floor.  There’s a new flower 1×1 round plate!!

Inside the ground floor is a old-fashioned diner, complete with juke box and waitress on roller skates.

I really like the booths and the clever us of the plates with handles – which I presume are these ones – both under the seats and in the counter.

No!  I couldn’t pinpoint it at first and then it hit me.  The minifigures have expressions. They aren’t supposed to have expressions.  This is all wrong!  Please, pretty please, bring back the classic smily face, please!

There shouldn’t be a grumpy bum – she should be smiling.  

On a happier note, the counter looks great and also incorporates clever parts usage for the drink dispenser, especially the plate with ladder.

I don’t recognise the piece used for the rangehood.  Judging by the notch you can see in the top right hand corner of the above image, it looks like it has been used upside down.

The second floor is the gym, with boxing ring, bench press, weights, punching bag and water cooler.

Seeing the floor by itself like this shows the SNOT work on the front facade.  I really the brick effect created by the use of the SNOT tiles.

Is that an 8×8 tile for the boxing ring?

The top floor houses the recording studio.

There’s probably things worth mentioning inside the studio, but I’m struggling to take my eyes away from the new leaf piece and the gorgeous bright light blue flowers!

Is the rock & roll tile new?

The handle bars line up with the ladder attached to the wall outside the door to the recording studio, to provide access to the roof.  Kind of begs the question as to why you would also need an opening skylight.

You can also see from the above picture how the upside down trim on the front of the roof is attached.

I won’t be doing a review of this one, but I’m looking forward to getting my hands one some of those new flower pieces!

Official description from the LEGO Shop:

Drop in at the LEGO® Creator Expert 10260 Downtown Diner, where you’ll discover a healthy portion of fun and surprises. This impressive model features removable building sections for easy access to the detailed interior, which comprises a ground-level 1950s-style diner with a large curved front window, red bar stools, jukebox, counter and an open-plan kitchen. The mid level has a gym with boxing ring, punching bag and weight training room, while on the upper-level you’ll find a recording studio, complete with vocal booth, mixing desk and a refreshments cabinet. The facade of the building features pink-and-teal Streamline Moderne styling with a large ‘DINER’ sign. Other external features include arched windows, balconies and a staircase, plus a pink convertible car and a detailed sidewalk, complete with mailbox, parking meter, flowerpots and a streetlamp. This incredible collectible toy has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience with a touch of nostalgia and charm. Includes 6 minifigures. 

  • Includes 6 minifigures: a chef, waitress, boxer, rock star, manager and a bodybuilder.
  • The 3-level Downtown Diner comes with an array of brick-built details, including a detailed facade with pink-and-teal Streamline Moderne styling and a large ‘DINER’ sign, external staircase, arched windows, drainpipe, balconies, decorative roofline, opening skylight and a rooftop terrace, plus a detailed sidewalk with a mailbox, parking meter, flowerpots and an ornate streetlamp. This set also includes a pink 1950s-style convertible.
  • Ground level features 1950s downtown American diner styling with a large curved front window, red barstools, benches, jukebox, candy machine, counter, 2 soda dispensers, and a kitchen with a coffee machine, stove and a cooker hood.
  • Mid-level features a gym with a boxing ring, punching bag, weight training room, water dispenser and a wall clock.
  • Upper level features a recording studio complete with vocal booth, soundproofed walls, mixing desk and a refreshments cabinet.
  • Take a ride in the stylish convertible and head for a diner where fast food and music are on the menu.
  • Help the chef prepare the fastest food in town while the roller-skating waitress lines up the orders.
  • Drop in at the gym for a couple of rounds in the boxing ring or a good workout on the punching bag.
  • Open the skylight and eavesdrop on the making of a hit album.
  • Accessory elements include roller skates, guitar, golden record award and a buildable barbell.
  • Remove the building sections to access the detailed interior.
  • This set includes over 2,480 pieces and is suitable for ages 16+.
  • New-for-January-2018 decorated elements include a decorated door, album cover, lots of teal-colored and pink-colored elements, and a dual-face minifigure with singing and smiling expressions.
  • Special elements include new-for-January-2018 flower stalks and flower heads, plus 1×3 ‘jumper’ plates, 2×2 plate with 2 studs and a minifigure torso with boxing gloves.
  • Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Buildings series 10243 Parisian Restaurant, 10246 Detective’s Office, 10251 Brick Bank and 10255 Assembly Square.
  • Measures over 13” (34cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep.

7 thoughts on “10260 – Downtown Diner

  1. Thanks for the awesome review… I feel like everyone needs to give this build a chance before criticizing it too much… I realize that the look of it is a departure from other modulars, but isn’t Lego always about trying something new and different… Just my own thought, maybe I am defending it, because of I’ve always been a fan of 50’s/60’s memorabilia, and the thought of building a diner from that era, makes this American culture lover very excited for January 1st!… Again, thank you for your awesome review as always, always look forward to reading these!… Great work!

    • Thanks, Mike. The diner is definitely the star of this building and looks great in my view. And you make a good point about trying new and different! We are all too often creatures of habit.

  2. Great review! Regarding new flower parts I notice that the flower stalks used outside the front of the building are also new with a hole in the centre where the three stalks meet. It looks like they’ve been designed for being stacked to make taller plants.

  3. I was a bit disappointed with this set as well on first glance, I didn’t like the ‘Diner’ letters. As I have all of the modules minus Market Street, and I liked the rest of it, I decided I would buy it anyway and build it leaving the letters off the set.

    Now I have built it, I do actually like it. works well next to the bank, which is where I have mine in my layout, as both are roughly the same height. The build was interesting, it reminded me of the Detective Agency/Pool Club and Assembly Square. As for the Diner letters, they look better in the flesh than in the stock images. The press release/box images sometimes don’t do a build justice.

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