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LEGO Releases Statement Regarding Downtown Diner (10260) Minifigure Faces

LEGO Creator Downtown Diner (10260)

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.


  • AnthonyKR

    It’s not like people can’t find some basic smiley faces online on even on the LEGO store website to purchase. I’m totally down for more detailed faces.

    • The Beardo

      I prefer it as well, it gives me an excuse to go back and add detailed faces to all my modular sets and better incorporate other sets into them.

  • Guyon van Oers

    I prefer these faces

  • Ichabod McCallister

    The modular lines have always been more about the building to me anyway; the minifigures are an extra component that fill the set, but the building is always what gets me to buy the set.

  • Dave(3rdeye88)

    Really? This is an issue…why? Man AFOLs are a bunch of whiny brats. Just change the faces out with figs you already have.

  • James Busch

    The use of the classic smiley faces was the second to last aspect of the modular buildings that could be linked to the original Cafe Corner. Now the sets only share the same baseplate size (and some don’t even do that). This choice isn’t the most disappointing thing in the world but it also isn’t something I enjoy.

  • CadeSky

    I’m another AFOL who is suprised by all of the supposed “backlash” here. It’s an evolution…I really like everything about this set! Just not sure if it’s in the budget…probably not.

    • Purple Dave

      Agreed. The Modular series is supposed to be a flagship line for Creator, showcasing some of the most detailed sets the company has to offer. And people apparently want Stepford Minifigs to populate them?

  • Seb

    I honestly never liked the classic faces anyway, always replaced them with expression faces.

    However, I do feel that (I really like this new modular) that they tried to close the gap between the Expert line and the regular Creator line. It feels more like an Expert edition of the 321 sets.

  • Kilgannon

    Yeah, I’d rather have expressive faces.

  • Francesco Gavardi

    It was cool that the modular sets had classic smiley faces, they helped tying the line together with a sense of wholesome tidiness, making them look more like models and less like playsets.
    That being said, you can just order some classic heads from [email protected] along with the set.

  • Sheesh peops gonna complain about the fact something ain’t smiling at them how they expect…