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Thoughts on the LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster

Back in 2020, the LEGO Ideas team held a contest titled Music to Our Ears. One of the winning entries was the LEGO Legendary Stratocaster by Tomás Letenay (see image below). It originally placed 7th in the fan vote part of the contest, but the LEGO Ideas review board liked it so much they picked it over the other projects to become an official LEGO set.

Then, at the beginning of September, LEGO revealed the final design of the upcoming set. You can read the press-release here: LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster Guitar Coming Soon!

The #21329 LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster & 65 Princeton Reverb Amplifier set comes with 1,074 pieces, and it allows you to build the body of the guitar in either red or black. The guitar features a poseable whammy bar, pickup switch and tuning pegs, six strings, Fender logo stickers, and a textile strap. A foldable display stand is included as well. The guitar measures over 14 in. (36 cm) long, 4 in. (11 cm) wide, and 1 in. (3 cm) deep, which is smaller than many LEGO fans expected, but still a nice size display set.

The set comes with twelve sets of numbered bags. The first eight numbered bags contain the parts for the guitar, and the rest are for the amplifier. There are also a couple of sticker sheets. One is with a Fender logo that you can stick anywhere you want, one of the small stickers is for the back of the guitar, and the remaining three are for the amplifier.

All the other decorated elements you see on the guitar are printed. This includes three identical 1×3 white tiles for the pickups, four different brown tiles for the fretboard, and a tan slope printed with the Fender logo for the headstock.

Aligning the strings is a bit finicky, which is kind of like the experience of stringing a real guitar. Once you finish building the neck and part of the body, you need to decide if you want to build the red or black version. You don’t even have to open the bags with the other color if you don’t want to.

The body of the guitar uses various sideways building techniques using slopes to recreate those lovely curves.

The strap for the guitar is made of a textile similar to minifig capes, and is printed with both LEGO studs and the Fender logo.

The buildable amp has removable panels for easy viewing of the motherboard, reverb tank, speaker, and other interior details, plus rubber cables to connect it to the guitar and footswitch. It looks fantastic!

An interesting feature of the amp is the technique of wedging small tiles between studs, which was previously considered an “illegal technique”, putting stress on the elements.

Of course, the guitar cannot be played for real, but it does make a nice display, and the interchangeable body provides some customization options. This set may not appeal to LEGO fans that prefer more interactive sets, but I believe collectors will appreciate it. Especially those who have an interest in both music and LEGO.

The price of the #21329 LEGO Ideas Fender Stratocaster is $99.99, which feels about right for such a unique novelty item. If you’re interested, you can purchase it starting on October 1st at the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Something else that’s interesting is that shortly after LEGO announced that they were going to make this project into a LEGO set, Mega Construx announced that they were going to release their own Fender Stratocaster set. It appears that Fender collaborated with the two companies right at the same time!

The Mega version of the guitar is also 14 inches long, but it comes with a lot less parts as many of the elements are specialized larger pieces. Still, at least the body is brick-built, and it’s interesting to compare the building techniques and the parts used in the two models.

All the decorated parts you see in the Mega version are printed, and the set also comes with a real Fender guitar pick, and a foldable brick-built display stand. The set’s box doubles as a really nice carry-case with moulded areas for the guitar, the accessories, and the instruction booklet. In the video below, JANGBRiCKS will show you this set in detail.

If you’re a collector, you might consider picking up both sets just because it’s such an interesting historical fact that two rival companies made the same model at the same time. The Mega Construx Stratocaster is usually available on Amazon for about half price as the LEGO version. You can find it here: MEGA CONSTRUX FENDER STRATOCASTER ON AMAZON

What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Fender Stratocaster? And what do you think of the Mega Construx version? Which one do you prefer? Are you planning to get either of them? Or both? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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LEGO Disney Mini Cinderella Castle Review

Back in 2016, LEGO released the #71040 LEGO Disney Castle, which, at that time, was one of the top ten largest LEGO sets with 4,080 pieces. The castle measures over 29″ (74cm) high, 18.8″ (48cm) wide, and 12″ (31cm) deep, and showcases the intricately detailed facade and towers of the iconic Walt Disney World Resort Cinderella Castle. You can still purchase this set at the LEGO Disney section of the Online LEGO Shop.

And, if you don’t have the space or budget for the large castle, starting next month (October), you can also get a mini version. The #40478 LEGO Disney Castle comes with 567 pieces and it measures over 8″ (21 cm) high, 5.5″ (14 cm) wide, and 5.5″ (13 cm) deep. While the mini Disney Castle is much smaller, it still packs in plenty of beautiful details and unique pieces, so let’s take a closer look.

#40478 LEGO Disney Castle comes with a small booklet containing the instructions, as well as a few words about the actual Cinderella Castle at the heart of the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The pieces are divided into four bags to break down the building process into easily digestible sections. First, you’re instructed to build the single Mickey minifigure, unique to this set. Besides Mickey, there are three black micro-figures (one is an extra), which are placed inside the castle hallway (I assume they represent visitors).

The mini castle is built on a 14×18 stud black platform, which makes this set similar to the LEGO Architecture buildings (no nameplate though).

As mentioned above, the castle has an interior, but this is not easily accessible once you assemble the entire structure. It’s too bad as the hallway features two printed elements; a 1×2 tile with Cinderella’s glass slippers, and a 2×3 tile with a print of Cinderella’s Castle. Both pieces appeared in other sets, but they are still considered rare. The third printed piece is the ornate clock above the entry gate. This piece is unique to the set and looks wonderful. I should also mention that there are no stickers in this set.

Most of the walls on the first floor are built of small light-gray bricks, arches, and round bricks in the shape of a cross. The angled walls are then built separately and then clipped in using robot arms and small bars.

The middle tower uses some interesting building techniques as well, using mostly white, gold, and blue pieces. I especially like the three arched windows at the back with opalescent trans-black windowpanes (opalescent colors are called satin on BrickLink).

Speaking of opalescent, a special feature of this set is that the roofs of the round towers are made of opalescent trans-blue dishes and cones. This unique color gives the roofs a special pearly glow. And they look especially nice combined with all the gold decorative pieces.

Overall, this set is a joy to build. It’s small, but it is full of interesting building techniques, and there are only a few repeating steps (mostly the five round towers). I really like all the angles and little details using special pieces. It’s micro-building at its best. The only negative I can think of is that the interior is no longer accessible once the castle is built, so you might want to keep out the micro-figures and printed tiles in case you want to use them for something else.

If you would like to get the #40478 LEGO Disney Castle, it will be available starting on October 1st. The price is $34.99, which I feel is very fair for such a pretty little set. You can find it at the LEGO Disney section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? Do you have the large LEGO Disney Castle? How do you like it? And are you planning to get the small version? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!

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