We recently looked at the building experience for 10316 Rivendell – the upcoming LEGO Icons set. It is big, with over 6000 pieces and 15 minifigures (+6 statues)! I thought I would take a closer look at the new minifigures, and compare them with the original Lord of the Rings figures from 2012-13.Continue reading
10307Eiffel Tower Revealed: The Tallest LEGO Model Yet
The latest in the World Landmarks collectionhas been officially unveilled today. for release on Novemeber 25,2022, 10307 Eiffel Tower continues with the recently established Black Friday Tradition of ‘Biggest set, in some way’ – started with the 10276 Colosseum (9036 pieces) and continued with 10294 Titanic (9090 pieces – longest ever) .
We can argue about the semantics if you wish. With 10001 pieces this might be the set with the second highest part count ever but I think we can argue that it is the biggest model released as a set using a number of metrics: I dont know that I would call the 31203 World Map a model… wall display/art sure, but not a model.
At a almost1.5m tall, there is no doubt that this is an impressive model. This is the third dedicated build (after 10181 – 2007; and 21019 in 2014) for the Eiffel Tower, but it has appeared as part of a magnet, as well as an Architecture Skyline, and Creator Postcard.Continue reading
LEGO Creator 40568 Paris and 40569 London Postcards: Review
Small scale skylines have a favorite feature in the LEGO Architectural range. running primarily from 2016-2020, we had a surprise appearance earlier this year from a model of the Singapore Skyline. These sets have covered many major cities from around the world, and have varied immensely in their price ((30-60USD) and part count (212-857). Aimed primarily at a serious adult audience, we have seen a couple of more cheerful ‘postcard’ sets pop up in the creator range this year. Initially slated for release earlier in the year, postcards of New York and Beijing were delayed, possibly due to trade mark issuses associated with the use of the Chinese Flag. While sets are in the process of being rolled out around the world (July-August 2022), a further 2 have been revealed: London and Paris. I am thankful to the LEGO group for providing early copies of these sets for review.Continue reading
Review: 21054 The White House
Without a doubt, the White House is one of the most iconic buildings in the United States. As the 244th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence is celebrated, I present my review of the latest incarnation of this building in LEGO Architecture form. I don’t fully understand why this set received world wide release in June, with the exception of of North America. I will merely accept the fact, and move on.
The set comes, as one might expect, in a solid black cardboard box, with the now familiar ‘Greebled’ 18+ pattern, this time in white, along a strip at the bottom of the box.
On opening the box, we see several 8×16 plates in Earth green, as well as 8 bags, labelled 1-5. As with all Architecture sets, the instructions give us a potted history of the White House – With the site selected by George Washington, and designed by James Hoban, the original building, was also referred to as the Executive Residence and the President’s Palace, before being renamed the White House in 1906, by President Roosevelt.Continue reading
Building the Theatre of Dreams. Are My Dreams the Same as Yours? [Review Old Trafford 10272; LEGO House 21037]
Earlier this year, the AFOL Engagement team sent me a copy of Old Trafford for review purposes. This felt pretty great. But I have a problem. I don’t really engage with soccer, or football…or any other team based sporting codes, for that matter. So, when confronted by a set that would have the potential to give a Manchester United Fan goosebumps, I was worried that I might be left cold. How could I possibly hope to recreate the passion of a die hard fan with an epic Creator Expert Set?
Apparently people like football. Or soccer, depending on where you are. Some of these people are LEGO Fans as well. LEGO have taken a punt on the fact that, probably, there are some Football fans out there who would not mind building an iconic stadium out of the plastic bricks they loved as children.Continue reading
Architecture Faves: The final rebrick contest
Do you have a favorite building, structure, or landmark? Even if it’s no longer standing or you’ve moved away, architecture marvels can still be meaningful to us. In this last LEGO Rebrick contest, we invite you to build your most beloved place, city, or building using LEGO bricks!
One grand prize winner, will win:
• 21019 The Eiffel Tower, 21028 New York City, 21029 Buckingham Palace, 21030 United States Capitol Building, 21032 Sydney, 21033 Chicago, 21034 London, 21035 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum®, 21036 Arc de Triomphe, 21037 LEGO® House, 21039 Shanghai, 21041 Great Wall of China, 21042 Statue of Liberty, and an upcoming 2018 LEGO Architecture product not yet revealed
• $200 shopping spree on Shop.LEGO.com
• Winner’s certificate
We will also have two runner ups, who will win 21032 Sydney, 21033 Chicago, 21034 London, 21035 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum®, 21036 Arc de Triomphe, 21039 Shanghai, 21041 Great Wall of China, 21042 Statue of Liberty, an upcoming 2018 LEGO Architecture product not yet revealed, and a Winner’s certificate.
The contest ends August 2nd, learn more and enter at:
This might be the final Rebrick Contest, but don’t worry: these contests will be moving over onto the LEGO Ideas Contest platform, from the start of September. All content on Rebrick will no longer be accessible at that time. This will move all of crowdsourced content onto the one platform. The Ideas platform has also just undergone a general revamp as well. Don’t forget to check over there for new competitions from LEGO, come September 1st. Until then…
LEGO House: Set Review 4000010
So I have been talking about the LEGO House a bit lately. It’s an exciting project, occupying the centre of Billund, due to open at the end of September. Like all new buildings in recent years of significance to LEGO, it has been immortalised in set form. Unlike many of the new factory sets, this one is available to purchase at almost all businesses around Billund. Except the LEGO Shop at the Airport, and LEGOLAND itself. You can pick it up at the bakery, the restaurant, the other restaurant, the supermarket and the LEGOLAND Hotel, just to name a few. No doubt, many of these businesses have been impacted by the construction, and the chase for this set may be an attraction to get tourists to venture into town. Now that the LEGO House is nearing completion, due to open in just over three months, the set is likely to have an extremely limited shelf life.
The Rambling Brick has been informed that it is highly likely that a new set based on the LEGO House will be unveiled once the facility is fully operational. No hints, clues or sneak previews have been presented. Anything that follows is pure speculation.
But what about the set we have now?
Packaged in the same firm black cardboard box as the Billund Airport and Architecture sets, this one is somewhat unique: It is a LEGO model of a building that had not yet been built, but designed to look as if it were built of LEGO bricks, looking like a LEGO Model. And it does.
Inside 4000010: The LEGO House Preview
Architecture Skylines Go Down Under: 21032 Sydney
After a successful introduction in 2016, the Skyline Series of LEGO® Architecture sets return. Three sets are being released in 2017: London 21034 – previewed at the Leicester Square flagship store opening ; Chicago 21033 and Sydney 21032.
The Sydney Skyline is the first of the Architecture sets to represent a city in the Southern Hemisphere. In fact the Southern Hemisphere has been generally under represented in the LEGO® Architecture range: Of the 32 buildings released to date, only one has been from the Southern Hemisphere: 21012 Sydney Opera House.
Now there is no doubt that the Sydney Opera House is a building that is representative of Australia, with nothing quite like it anywhere in the world. Indeed a picture of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is generally all that is required to be in a picture to then be defined as Australia. Especially if there is a kangaroo or koala in shot. Continue reading
First We’ll Take Manhattan, Then We’ll Take Berlin
Since its origins in 2008, the LEGO Architecture range has presented a number of buildings in a number of different scales. For 2016, the range took a left turn and folded up space time to produce something a little different. Rather than individual buildings from different cities around the world, this year’s 3 launch sets feature skylines (that may or may not actually exist in the order presented), consisting of landmark buildings: the cities in question for 2016: New York, Berlin, and Venice.
New York, New York, its a wonderful town.
New York is the Largest of these skyline models: it contains a number of structures that have featured previously in Lego: The state of liberty- possibly its smallest possible LEGO manifestation, as a sand green ‘trophy nano figure.’; The Empire State Building – larger and greater detail than seen in Architecture set 21002; the Flatiron building (previously released as 21023) and LEGO debutantes: the Chrysler building in its art deco, pearl metal glory and the new World Trade Centre. At $AU70 for 598 pieces, this represents around 11 Australian cents/ piece. Continue reading
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