The LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260) was announced a few weeks ago as the next modular building that is set to be released on January 1. You may have noticed that the minifigures will now have facial expressions instead of the usual smiley faces that we’ve gotten for the past decade. A lot of longtime fans of the modulars were disappointed in the change as it strayed away from what they were used to. LEGO has been following those comments and the Creator Expert team has released a statement regarding the use of facial expressions in the Downtown Diner modular.
Over the past 10 years our modular buildings have evolved in many ways. We’ve added more interior details, more story-telling and more emotional triggers such as unique decorations on windows & Minifigure torsos. We now feel the time is right to bring the Minifigure expression in line with all the amazing details now offered throughout our models. We have always loved the classic smiley face for its versatility and nostalgia value, but are now excited to explore the new possibilities expressive faces will offer us.