Review: Lego 10246 Detective’s Office

Pieces: 2262  Minifigures: 6  Retail Price: $159.99  Price I Paid: Retail

10246 box f

This is both the first modular and largest set I have owned and/or built. It’s a great set.

10246 box b

Starting with the minifigures, you get 6 and they all have the classic Lego smile face. That’s a part of the modulars now and I’m glad because I’ve been missing that face. Something about it sums up the beautiful simplicity of Lego all at once. I’m also glad that both the female minifigures in this set come with legs instead of the awkward dress slope piece.

10246 minifigures

The police officer has her own hair. She looks at first glance if she could be either gender but she has the curved in body that is used for females. This doesn’t really seem necessary – no Lego figures are supposed to have curves really are they? The Detective – Ace Brickman – comes with a fedora as well that hangs in his office when he’s not doing his best Sam Spade impersonation.

There are four different locations in the one set, the pool hall, the barber shop, the apartment, which is two levels, and of course the detective’s office. The level of detail added is incredible with distinct items such as a mirror in the barber shop, the POOL sign and the printed windows for the businesses. One feature I like the most is the water tower on top of the roof – this gives the set a real busy, tightly packed city feel which is what you want from a Noir inspired Lego set.

10246 darts trophy

Have a go at darts and you could win an incredibly large trophy. Not quite as big as the one given to race car drivers though.

10246 office 1

As I said before, the Detective’s Office is filled with detail.

10246 office 2

In the upstairs apartment we have one of the most rare things in the Lego universe – a bathroom!!

10246 wc

Here they went for a period toilet with the tank up above. Fans of the Godfather will especially appreciate this.

10246 kitchen

On the top floor is the kitchen for baking the cookies. If you haven’t heard there is a whole “cookie smuggling ring” theme to go along with this set with a barrel and a secret back opening to the barber shop. But if you’re an adult you know what they’re really keeping in those barrels. All kids reading this – close your eyes. (It’s alcohol!) Ok, you can open them again. Never let it be said that BrickKnight is not family friendly.

10246 back

The opening is behind that fern right there.

10246 front

And there you have it. Quite the set. I can’t wait to get my next modular. Which will probably be quite a long time from now. I’m giving it a 9 but if you want it can have a 10. Either way I recommend buying it – it’s never going to go on sale so what are you waiting for?!

10246 Lego Detective’s Office – Part 1 / Level 1

I’m having a great time building this, here are some photos so far:

10246 Highlander

“The Highlander” the bar downstairs from the Detective’s Office.

10246 Highlander window

I absolutely love how the name is printed on the front windows.

10246 Highlander interior

It took me awhile, but I finally figured out that the quill pen is a dart in this instance.

10246 Highlander overhead

See the incredible detail. The ceiling fan spins. One note though, the diameter or bladespan of the fan is taller than a minifigure.

10246 mirror

Next door the Barber’s has a mirror. It’s a Lego mirror!

10246 barber overhead

Barbershop, complete with broom, sink, barber’s chair.

I love this set so far – I’m really glad I finally got a modular. I’m taking my time enjoying building it, doing a little bit every day so I’ll have probably two more posts next week before an all encompassing review. It’s a shame that so many regular Lego sets are lacking in so much detail but it seems the high prices of the Modulars go to creativity as well as parts.

Lego Detective’s Office Official Release

Full Press Release:

10246 Detective’s Office

Ages 16+. 2,262 pieces.

US $159.99 – CA $199.99 – DE 149.99€ – UK £132.99 – DK 1399.00 DKK

*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit for regional pricing.

Discover hidden clues and surprises at the Detective’s Office!
Discover a world of mystery and adventure with the awesome LEGO® Creator Expert Detective’s Office, featuring unique elements and surprises.

Discover a world of mystery and adventure with the LEGO® Creator Expert Detective’s Office! Step through the open archway and into the barbershop, where seated customers are pampered in the reflection of a large wall mirror, while next door, competitors play pool and darts beneath the comforting whir of a rotating ceiling fan. Venture to the first floor and you’ll find the detective’s office, his desk strewn with clues, a safe containing valuable evidence and a concealed wall compartment.

Then visit the adjacent bathroom, featuring a classic pull-chain toilet, before taking the stairway to the well-equipped kitchen, from where you can access the roof terrace, complete with large water tower. This latest addition to the LEGO Modular Building series is packed with unsurpassed detail and hidden surprises. Easy-to-remove roof and ceilings provide access to the delightful interior, while the exterior of the building features a decorative roofline and a beautifully designed façade. Can you solve the smuggling mystery? Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Detective Ace Brickman, Al the barber, dart player, pool player, police woman and a mysterious lady in red.

• Includes 6 minifigures with assorted accessories: Detective Ace Brickman, Al the barber, dart player, pool player, police woman and a mysterious lady in red

• Features a pool hall, barbershop, detective’s office, bathroom, kitchen, water tower and a cat

• Detective’s office features a desk, assorted clues, brick-built lamp, filing cabinet, fan, safe, painting, concealed wall compartment, newspaper, menu, wanted poster and a wall lamp

• Pool hall features a hinged, rotatable ceiling fan, pool table, printed dartboard, pool cues, pool balls and a drinking glass

• Barbershop features never-before-seen scissors and reflective mirror element, 2 wall lamps, barber’s chair, hinged cabinet, 2 mannequin heads and a broom

• Bathroom features a detailed pull-chain toilet

• Kitchen features a stove, barrel, table, cabinet, refrigerator, wall clock and a rolling pin

• Accessories include Ace Brickman’s brimmed hat, briefcase, magnifying glass and a police hat

• Detach the roof and floors for easy access

• Search for hidden clues

• Help Ace Brickman solve the mystery!

• Special elements include never-before-seen scissors and reflective mirror element, printed dartboard, wanted poster, 1×1 round plate with hole in black, painter’s roller in black, designing element 1x2x2 in dark gray, 1×2 bricks in light blue, 1×3 tiles in brown and a 32×32 base plate in brown

• Detective’s Office measures over 10” (27cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 9” (25cm) deep

• Collect and build an entire town with the LEGO® Creator Expert Modular Building series: 10232 Palace Cinema and 10243 Parisian Restaurant

Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
January 2015 via, LEGO® Stores

First photo of 10246 Lego Detective Agency which is called Detective’s Office leak

It’s an office not an agency.

2262 pieces and what appear to be 6 minifigures. Hopefully Lego will put some official pictures up soon so we can get a better look at it. Interesting that there were rumors about this for months and months calling it Detective Agency – I wonder who is leaking the information from Lego – and is it really leaking? It’s not like they’re making missiles (other than the flick fire kind) or secret weapons. Giving out the name just encourages discussion, so it’s really in their best interest.