I have to admit 2017 is turning out to be a cracker of a year for LEGO Ideas releases! First we had all the hype around the giant Saturn V Rocket (21309) that is now on general sale and now to cap off we have the eagerly anticipated Old Fishing Store 21310. The Old Fishing Store Idea pleasantly surprised the LEGO community (myself included) back in October 2016 when it passed the review panel due to it’s complexity and size. Well after a period of review and design adjustments the first official images are out and it’s gorgeous.

The Old fishing Store is the brainchild of RobinAnne and is the largest LEGO Ideas ever coming in at an impressive 2,049 piece count! Get your fishing tackle and rods ready this bad boy will be hitting the shop shelves from the 1st September 2017 and will set you back USD $149.99 / GBP £139.99. No news yet on the Australian retail price, but as per standard Modulars I expect this set to retail just over $200.

I normally get a little nervous when designs are tweaked and adjusted by the LEGO design team, but I have to say a design which I thought was spot on has been magically enhanced further while still honouring the origin design and creator. Though I love the complete package the roof is spectacular and has influenced some MOC ideas I’m currently playing around with for Bricktober – Perth. See official description below:

Here is the official description:

Find all the gear you need for a fantastic fishing trip at the Old Fishing Store! Walk up the steps from the beach into the shop selling fishing rods, hooks, harpoons, diving equipment, oxygen tanks and much more. Climb the ladder to the top of the watchtower and look through the telescope to enjoy the view. Then relax and read the newspaper in the office. Just make sure the cat or seagulls don’t eat the freshly caught fish hanging outside!

The Old Fishing Store is ideal for display and role-play, this model has 2 removable roofs, an opening back wall in the shop for easy access, 4 minifigures, cat and 3 seagull figures, as well as loads of other cool details and elements to fire up the imagination.

Inspired by a personal passion 

Inspiration for LEGO Ideas projects often come from a very personal place, and Robert’s inspiration to build his Old Fishing Store certainly is no different from this observation. It’s that passion for something familiar that truly shines throughout his set and can be noticed in all the details. Robert elaborates on where this inspiration came from – “Fishing has always been my hobby. From fishing in the Caribbean, where I lived for a while, to fishing in Holland. So you could say that my interest in fishing and my job as an architectural draughtsman came together in this model”. 

He adds that “inspiration is very important, so was finding a theme that could help develop the model. I got my initial inspiration from the LEGO Christmas houses and sea villages. I started by doing some sketching on paper, then created a mood board to determine the details and color schemes. Especially the use of the right colors was important in my design”. 

When Robert’s Old Fishing Store was approved for production in the fall of 2016, LEGO designer Adam Grabowski took over the project “to make sure that the model lived up to LEGO quality”. It is often a challenging job to respect someone else’s design whilst altering it to fit LEGO guidelines, but Adam says he “tried to stay very true to the original design. That’s what got 10,000 votes and is what the people want. I didn’t want to change much of the original look and there was no reason to do so”. 

Adam puts on the hat of an AFOL and adds, “it was great to be able to bring back certain elements like the seagull, and use others like the lobster, that were only previously available in other sets”.

Time to get the thinking cap on and see how I’m going to integrate this little beauty into my city layout. Will this be gracing your home anytime soon? As always love to hear you comments and feedback on this set.

Happy Building!


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