One of the LEGO Ideas sets that is getting released on August 1st, is the #21110 LEGO Ideas Research Institute. We have talked about the set extensively before (see: LEGO Research Institute & Exo Suit Coming!), but now it is listed at the Online LEGO Shop with updated information and pictures. So let’s take a look! 🙂
Here is the official description of the #21110 LEGO Ideas Research Institute: Explore the world and beyond at the Research Institute! The Research Institute has everything that you need to explore the world below, around and above us! Created by real-life geoscientist, Ellen Kooijman (alias: Alatariel), and selected by LEGO Ideas members (formerly known as LEGO CUUSOO), this collection of scenes depicts three varied professions within the world of natural science. Help the paleontologist study the origin of dinosaurs with the magnifying glass, map the skies with the astronomer and her telescope, and assist the chemist as she carries out experiments in her lab. This set also includes building instructions, as well as a booklet containing information about the creator and an introduction to each of the professions featured in the set. There’s a whole world of exciting professions out there to explore – build and role play them to see if they suit you! Includes 3 minifigures: paleontologist, astronomer and a chemist.
I think the set looks nice. I wouldn’t call it super exciting, and I feel that it could have been improved in some areas, but it is a nice little set for $20. One thing I would have done is to tile all of the floors to give some uniformity to the three different scenes. Also, while I’m happy with the one newly printed minifig (the chemist), I’m disappointed that the other two were just given generic and already used torsos. However the T-rex is exceptional, the telescope is really sweet, and the little lab comes with some useful elements. Below is a full video-review of the set by JANGBRiCKS, so you can see all the details yourself.
Also, just to give you a bit of back-story, Ellen’s original submission was called the LEGO Female Minifigure Set with a bunch of interesting little vignettes with girls working hard at various jobs. These were later narrowed down to the above three. While the others will not be released as LEGO sets, you may want to use them for inspiration.
Although I’m not as excited about the #21110 LEGO Research Institute as the #21109 LEGO Ideas Exo Suit (which is released at the same time), I’m definitely getting one for the T-rex, the telescope, the lab equipment and the chemist minifig. The set is 165 pieces and the price is $19.99. Not the best price/piece ratio, but it does include a sturdy box and a beautiful booklet. If you are interested, you can see more pictures and buy the set, along with the other LEGO Ideas sets, at the Online LEGO Shop.
So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Research Institute? Is this a set you are planning to get? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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