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Ken Robichaud | February 8th, 2013 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

LEGO Architecture Leaning Tower Of Pisa

Everyone’s been waiting for new LEGO set pictures this week and here it is! The latest Architecture set to slip out before official announcement takes us on a trip to Italy. Looks pretty good to me. Not as nice as some and certainly better than others. Not sure if this picture was taken at one of the international Toy Fairs, but I’m sure information will be along shortly. One way or another.

Via Brickset, via Kez, via Just2Good, via who knows…

Ace Kim | January 25th, 2013 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

21009 Farnsworth House Down 42%

Architecture fans take notice: Amazon has discounted 21009 Farnsworth House by a whopping 42%, now $34.99 down from $49.99. But hey, $35 bucks is still a chunk of change. Worried about upsetting your significant other? Add a 4203 Excavator Transport to your order for your kids as a decoy. It’s marked at $29.97, 50% off of MSRP. Yeah, not a mistake, it’s half off.

Ace Kim | January 4th, 2013 | LEGO Architecture, News

New Architecture Set Revealed: 21017 Imperial Hotel

Frank Lloyd Wright fans rejoice! His longest running project in Japan (11 years from start to finish), is now going to be made into a new Architecture series set: 21017 Imperial Hotal. According to Eurobricks, the piece count rests at 1,188 and the cost is estimated to be around the $100 mark. No word yet on a release date, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know.

via The Brothers Brick via Eurobricks

Ace Kim | October 6th, 2012 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

Amazon Discounts 21010 Robie House, 21009 Farnsworth House by 40%

Amazon has discounted the impressive 21010 Robie House by 40%. You can pick up the Frank Lloyd Wright architectural standard for $119.93, down from $199.99 MSRP. This is the lowest price we’ve seen on this set and will probably be the lowest ever. Free shipping and no tax to most states makes it an even sweeter deal. Better act fast before Amazon realizes that Walmart sold out and they no longer need to price match.

But wait, there’s more! Amazon has also discounted 21009 Farnsworth House in a similar fashion. That set is discounted 39%, $36.42 down from $59.99 MSRP.

Other LEGO Architecture sets are seeing modest discounts as well.

Ace Kim | September 1st, 2012 | LEGO, LEGO Architecture, Sales News

LEGO Shop@Home September Promotions, New Products

Monster Fighters GWP

September sees a host of new products and offers from LEGO Shop@Home. Let me break it down for you:

Free Shipping: Spend $75 or more and receive free standard shipping until September 21st.

Free Zombie Car: Spend $75 or more and receive the above pictured Monster Fighters set. Offer good until September 30 or while supplies last.

10228 Haunted House now available: The cost is $179.99 but you’ll get free shipping and the free Zombie car set. It’s like killing three birds with one stone.

New Architecture set – 21014 Villa Savoye: You know, the last few Architecture sets have really been not sucky, you know? Not sucky as in not as bad as the first few sets. There really seems to have been a turn in the quality right around 21010 Robie House or even 21009 Farnsworth House before it. The latest entry celebrates Villa Savoye, located outside of Paris, France. Villa Savoye was built in 1931 by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret and serves as a classic example of the modern movement in architectural design. You can pick yours up today for $69.99 and get 660 pieces delivered to your door.

10212 Imperial Shuttle returns to Shop@Home: This may be your last chance to pick up the UCS Shuttle for retail. It disappeared from Shop@Home for a while but has come back. Otherwise, it’s pretty much gone from the supply chain though Target seems to still have some for sale. But unlike Target, you’ll get VIP points and the free Monster Fighters set.

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Ken Robichaud | May 14th, 2012 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

Official Announcement: 21016 Sungnyemun

21016 Sungnyemun

It’s nice to see the LEGO Architecture line doing a bit of a world tour with its most recent run of sets and the latest touches down in Seoul, South Korea with the Sungnyemun (Namdaemun). It’s interesting to see how the pagoda-style gateway was achieved at such a small scale and I have to give credit for the use of studs and other bits to at least attempt to capture the exotic textures of such a beautifully elaborate style.

BILLUND, Denmark – LEGO® Architecture, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world, has added its first Asian landmark – the Gate of Exalted Ceremonies in Seoul, better known as the Sungnyemun.

Sungnyemun has stood in the heart of South Korean capital since 1398 as one of the most complete examples of Joseon Dynasty architecture. It is listed as the country’s foremost National Treasure.

“Sungnyemun survives as a symbolic marker of a lost place in time,” says the architect and designer of many of the LEGO models Adam Reed Tucker. In capturing the essence of Sungnyemun in LEGO bricks Adam looked at the aesthetics rather than engineering, especially the use of colours, patterns and materials that define the ‘spiritual DNA’ of a culture.

Construction of Sungnyemun started in 1396 and was completed two years later. Further alterations and renovations continued over the next 600 years. In 2008 the wooden structure was completely destroyed by fire and it is expected that the restoration – using traditional hand tools – will be complete at the end of 2012.

The LEGO 21016 Sungnyemun will be launched officially at the Danish Pavilion during the EXPO 2012 exhibition held in Yeosu, South Korea. It will be available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/. The product is designed for ages 12+ and includes a booklet with facts and history about Sungnyemun. Recommended retail price is $34.99 in the US and €34.99 in most European countries.

Ace Kim | April 18th, 2012 | LEGO Architecture, News

Official Announcement: 21013 Big Ben

21013 Big Ben

Update: We’ve received a better image of the Big Ben set sans box. Click through to visit the flickr page where you can view a hi-res version:

21013 Big Ben

You know, as Architecture sets go, this one doesn’t look too bad. The box shot seems to have traces of a watermark on it though. It’s priced at $29.99 / €29.99 and will be available starting June 1. Official press release below:

BILLUND, Denmark – Big Ben, one of the UK’s most recognizable buildings and a global symbol of Victorian London and the Gothic Revival style, has been recreated as the latest set in the LEGO® Architecture series.

Big Ben, officially known as the Clock Tower, has stood at the north-eastern corner of the Palace of Westminster in London for more than 150 years. It was designed by the unlikely team of Classical architect Charles Barry and Gothic Revival pioneer Augustus Pugin and completed in 1859.

Big Ben is the fourteenth model in the LEGO Architecture range, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world. It is the first model to be designed by Rok Zgalin Kobe from Slovenia who joins Adam Reed-Tucker as a LEGO architect.

“The most challenging in creating this model was representing the richness of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture in a scale usually more appropriate for modern or contemporary architecture of smooth surfaces and clean lines,” said Rok Zgalin Kobe.

Charles Barry won the competition to build the new Palace of Westminster in January 1836. His initial designs were without the clock tower that would become known as Big Ben. As his own style was more Classical than the increasingly popular Gothic Revival, Barry asked for assistance from Augustus Pugin, a leading light of the movement that left its indelible mark on the Victorian era around the world. The design of the interior of the palace and the clock tower are thought to be his work.

LEGO Architecture products features well-known buildings, and the work of important architects Aimed at inspiring future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world, the range contains a booklet featuring step-by-step building instructions that is prefaced by exclusive, archival history, information and photographs of each iconic building, its design origin, its architect and its architectural features.

The LEGO 21013 Big Ben is available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/. The product is designed for ages 12+ and includes a booklet with facts and history about Big Ben. Recommended retail price is $29.99 or €29.99.

For more information about LEGO Architecture visit http://architecture.lego.com/

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ABOUT THE LEGO GROUP

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials for children, employing approximately 9,000 people globally. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities. LEGO products can be purchased in more than 130 countries.

LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2012 The LEGO Group.

Ken Robichaud | April 2nd, 2012 | LEGO Architecture, LEGO Star Wars, News

HispaBrick 13 Now Available

HBM 013

Issue 13 of the AFOL magazine HispaBrick is available for download now on their website in both Spanish and English and as usual it has a lot to offer. This issue starts off on the right foot by interviewing one of my favourite LEGO photographers Vesa “Avanaut” Lehtimäki about his visits to the snow covered planet Hoth. There’s a interesting interview with LEGO Architecture’s Adam Reed Tucker and many great articles that include a look at Doctor Who’s influence on LEGO, modular castle building, the therapeutic value of LEGO as well as LEGO and Autism. With all that and more it’s a solid read, but the inclusion of The Brick Bang Theory diagram on the back is more than reason enough to take a look.

Ace Kim | February 21st, 2012 | LEGO Architecture

21012 Sydney Opera House Revealed

21012 Sydney Opera House

LEGO sent over the official press release and a nice hi-res render of their newest Architecture set, 21012 Sydney Opera House. Slated for a March 1 release, 21012 contains 270 pieces and will set you back $39.99 USD / $49.99 CAD / €39.99 EURO.

Sydney’s revered opera house immortalized in LEGO® bricks

BILLUND, Denmark – The Sydney Opera House™, a masterpiece of late-modernist architecture that is admired internationally and treasured by the people of Australia, has had its famous sculpted curves recreated by LEGO® Architecture.

Sydney Opera House was created by Jørn Utzon, a young Danish architect who understood the potential provided by the site against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. The massive concrete sculptural shells that form the Sydney Opera House’s roof appear like billowing sails filled by the sea winds. Utzon envisaged it as a Gothic cathedral that people would never tire of and ‘never be finished with’.

The LEGO version of the Sydney Opera House seeks to capture the essence of this grand building in a small scale. The LEGO Architecture range, which now features 13 models, uses the iconic LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world. Like the other models in the range it was created by Adam Reed-Tucker

Sydney Opera House is not only a building with great beauty but it has also become known throughout the world as a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country. “For us it was an obvious choice to include it in our collection, both because of its significance in the architectural world and its importance within Danish Architecture,” says Daiva Staneikaite Naldal, Senior Business Manager LEGO Architecture.

Since its opening in 1973 over 45 million people have attended more than 100 000 performances and it is estimated that well over 100 million people have visited the site. It is one of Australia’s most visited tourist attractions.

“Sydney Opera House is thrilled to partner with one of the world’s leading toy manufacturers to produce the Sydney Opera House LEGO Architecture set,” says Sydney Opera House’s Commercial Development Director, Andy Lown.

“Sydney Opera House strives to take people on a journey from the ordinary to the extraordinary, whoever and wherever they are, and this licensed range is a great example of how we can deliver our brand to a global audience. We’re delighted people from around the world can now build a LEGO brick replica of the House.”

LEGO Architecture products features well-known buildings, and the work of important architects Aimed at inspiring future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world, the range contains a booklet featuring step-by-step building instructions that is prefaced by exclusive, archival history, information and photographs of each iconic building, its design origin, its architect and its architectural features.

For more information about LEGO Architecture visit http://architecture.lego.com/

The LEGO Sydney Opera House™ is available for purchase from March 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/. The product is designed for ages 12+ and will include a content-rich booklet with facts and history of Sydney Opera House™. Recommended retail price is $39.99 or €39.99

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ABOUT THE LEGO GROUP

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials for children, employing approximately 10,000 people globally. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities. LEGO products can be purchased in more than 130 countries.

LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. ©2012 the LEGO Group.

Ace Kim | November 29th, 2011 | LEGO Architecture, News

Vote For The Next Architecture Set

Are you tired of tiny Architecture sets? Did you laugh out loud at 21008 Burj Khalifa set? Maybe you can change that. LEGO.com, on their Architecture microsite, is asking for your opinion on what you want to see as the next Architecture set. Unfortunately, there’s no way to express your opinion on what scale the model should be; we can only hope that 21010 Robie House is the first in a series of larger, more detailed, higher piece count sets. ‘Cause I’d hate to see how the Roman Colosseum would look at 100 pieces and a $20 dollar price point.