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Ace Kim | October 30th, 2011 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

Commit Highway Robbery: Robie House $136

Amazon continues to slash the price of 21010 Robie House further. It is now down to $135.99 down from $199.99 for a savings percentage of 32%. Finally, a price drop I can get behind.

Ace Kim | October 27th, 2011 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

21010 Robie House Price Drop

The price for 21010 Robie House continues to drop on Amazon.com. As I type this, it is now listed at $148.99, netting you a 26% discount off of MSRP of $199.99.

Hat tip to Brickset for the news.

Ace Kim | October 4th, 2011 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

Amazon Sells 21010 Robie House 20% Off

Amazon is selling the beautiful LEGO Architecture 21010 Robie House at a slightly better than average discount of 20% off for $161.99. With no tax to most states and free shipping, this could be as high as a 30% discount.

Ace Kim | September 1st, 2011 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

21010 Robie House, 21011 Brandenburg Gate Now Available

The two newest additions to the LEGO Architecture line are now available from LEGO Shop@Home: 21010 Robie House weighs in at a whopping 2,276 pieces and will set you back $199.99; 21011 Brandenburg Gate is a paltry 363 pieces and cost you $34.99.

That Robie House will be the first Architecture set I buy. I hope they make more sets of this size and scope.

Ace Kim | August 26th, 2011 | Events, LEGO Architecture

21010 Robie House Release Party Saturday 8/27

21010 Robie House - Front Building

Just a reminder that tomorrow Saturday August 27, 2011, there will be a “release party”, and I use that term loosely, held at the actual Robie House that Frank Lloyd Wright built. Of course, this only matters to people living in the Chicago area but if you’re one of those people and want to be one of the first to own what is for sure going to be the next gold standard for Architecture sets, you can pick one up between the hours of 10am to 4pm. Adam Reed Tucker will be on hand to talk about the set and possibly sign his autograph. Museum members can purchase the set for $179.99, saving 10% off of MSRP. Non-member price is $199.99 The Robie House is located at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave Chicago, IL 60637.

If you don’t plan on going, the official on sale date for the set is September 1. We’ll announce its availability here if it’s any sooner.

Ace Kim | August 5th, 2011 | LEGO Architecture

New Architecture Set 21011 Brandenburg Gate

Been meaning to post this since I saw it on Brickset sometime ago, but it slipped my mind. I blame Comic Con.

The latest addition the LEGO Architecture series is 21011 Brandenburg Gate. The above photo was taken by a Brickset user who obtained the set at LDC? LEGO Discovery Center? Not entirely sure, but I am sure that it was obtained somewhere in Europe. You can follow the discussion already in progress to find out more. No word yet on US availability or pricing, but will post something as soon as I know.

I welcome non-US landmarks to the Architecture series. I had no idea what the Gate was until I googled it and learned something new. Comparing the set to the original structure, it’s not a complete joke like that Burj Khalifa. I just wish it was a slightly larger scale, though, so it can capture a bit more detail. Imagine how much more impressive the set would be if those main columns used the 2×2 round bricks with grille in tan. Anyway, here’s a pic (via Wikipedia) of the Brandenburg Gate for comparison.

Ace Kim | July 13th, 2011 | LEGO Architecture, News

Official Announcement: 21010 Robie House

21010 Robie House - Front Building

LEGO was kind enough to send over the above official image of the latest Architecture series set: 21010 Robie House. You can view a super hi-res photo to check out all the details. The official on-sale date is September 1, 2011. But if you attend the special launch event on August 27th, you can get your hands on the set early. The “member price” I mentioned in my previous post was for museum members.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House Joins LEGO® Architecture series
Meet LEGO® Architecture Robie House designer and be the first to get the replica model at a special event at the Robie House, Saturday, Aug. 27

CHICAGO – The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust is pleased to introduce the LEGO® model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. This newest addition to the LEGO Architecture series is an interpretation of Wright’s most famous Prairie style work. Designed by architectural artist and Chicagoland resident, Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO Architecture: Robie House is a 16.25”w x 4.75”h x 7.5”l model of the 9,062-square-foot residence.

LEGO Architecture: Robie House will first be made available to the public at a special event at Robie House (5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL) Saturday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mr. Tucker, the LEGO Robie House designer, will be in attendance to sign autographs and interact with fans.

LEGO Architecture: Robie House is recommended for ages 16 and older and includes 2,276 pieces and a booklet with details on Robie House’s design and history. The set is available for $199 at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust museum sites: Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park and The Rookery Building in downtown Chicago. LEGO Architecture: Robie House, as well as others in the LEGO® Architecture series, are available at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust merchandise website: www.ShopWright.org. All purchases directly support the restoration, preservation and education programs of the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. LEGO Architecture products are also available at museum and specialty gift shops, or online at www.brickstructures.com and www.shop.lego.com.

About Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House sparked a revolution in residential architecture that still reverberates today. The Robie House was the first historic property to be declared a National Historic Landmark based solely upon its architectural merit. Designated by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 10 most significant structures of the 20th century, the impressive home features dramatic overhangs which appear to defy gravity and continuous bands of stunning art glass which dissolve the barrier between interior and exterior. It is an American treasure and celebrated as one of Chicago’s most important buildings. The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust presents guided tours of this architectural masterpiece located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, offering a first-hand experience of its amazing contemporary spaces and interpretation of Wright’s innovative 1908 design. The museum is open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum shop is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday. Tickets for tours are available at www.GoWright.org.

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About LEGO Architecture
With models developed in collaboration with architects, LEGO Architecture inspires future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world using the LEGO brick as a medium for reproducing esteemed structures. Fans of all ages can collect and construct iconic architectural sites, including: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater, the Space Needle in Seattle, the Willis Tower and John Hancock Center in Chicago, New York’s Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center, The White House in Washington, D.C., Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois and the Burj Kalifa in Dubai. Each LEGO Architecture set 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.

LEGO and its logo are registered trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2011 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

Ace Kim | July 12th, 2011 | LEGO Architecture, News

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House

Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House - LEGO Architecture

Adam Reed Tucker’s next entry in the LEGO Architecture series is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House. Weighing in at 2,276 pieces, this is the largest LEGO Architecture set to date. And the most expensive at $199.99. I, for one, am excited at seeing more pictures because I always felt that the small scale nature of previous Architecture sets never did the source material proper justice. With a piece count this high, though, LEGO seems to be making amends for that, and also to help us forget their previous laughable release, the Burj Khalifa.

Do you live in the Chicago area? You can be one of the first to lay your hands on this set at the official launch party held at the Robie House (5757 S. Woodlawn Ave Chicago, IL 60637) on Saturday August 27th from 10am to 4pm. Adam Reed Tucker will be on hand to talk about the set and possibly sign his autograph. Members can purchase the set for $179.99, saving 10% off of MSRP.

Thanks to Gingerbeard Man for the tip.

Via PrarieMod

Ace Kim | May 25th, 2011 | LEGO Architecture, News

New Architecture Set: Burj Khalifa


image courtesy of Eurobricks

LEGO today released a press release detailing the latest addition to their Architecture line, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The set, number 21008, is scheduled to go on sale on June 1. No word on price yet, we’ll update this post as soon as we get more info.

BILLUND, Denmark – The LEGO Group has chosen Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, as the latest eye-catching representative of its LEGO®

Architecture series, which celebrates the past, present and future of the worlds’ architecture.

Burj Khalifa, inaugurated on January 4, 2010, towers 828 meters (2,716.5 feet) above Downtown Dubai, Emaar Properties’ flagship development, billed as ‘The Centre of Now,’ in the United Arab Emirates. It is the first model in LEGO Architecture’s Landmark series to represent a building outside the United States.

Designed by Chicago architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and developed by Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, Burj Khalifa has been reproduced in LEGO bricks by Adam Reed Tucker, who has been responsible for the design of all the LEGO Architecture sets.

The aim of the LEGO Architecture series is to highlight and celebrate the worlds of architecture, engineering and construction through the representation of iconic and influential buildings, architects and movements.

“As an architectural artist my desire is to capture the essence of a particular architectural landmark in its pure sculptural form,” says Adam Reed Tucker. “I don’t view my models as literal replicas, but rather my own artistic interpretations through the use of LEGO bricks as a medium.”

The LEGO Burj Khalifa is available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/ and online retailers, as well as at the At the Top, Burj Khalifa retail boutique located in The Dubai Mall.

Kind of a snooze fest if you ask me. I can probably build it with my own parts just looking at the pic.

Ace Kim | July 2nd, 2010 | LEGO Architecture, Sales News

21006 White House Now Available

21006 White House

Just in time for Independence Day, 21006 White Houseicon is now available through LEGO Shop@Home for $49.99. Remember, you get free shipping on all orders over $75 dollars and a free Spaceman magnet using coupon code USSM. Out of all the architecture sets, this one is the most reasonably priced. With 560 pieces, it hits that golden ratio and then some.