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LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection review

by admin on March 24, 2016

in Other LEGO Themes

LEGO recently released a new series in the LEGO Architecture line, called the LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection. As the name suggests, instead of only one building per set, these kits features city skylines with some of the most iconic buildings from a particular city. Currently the series includes three sets; #21026 LEGO Architecture Venice, #21027 LEGO Architecture Berlin, and #21028 LEGO Architecture New York. And depending on the popularity of the series, perhaps more will come. 🙂

LEGO Architecture Skyline Series

Just like all other LEGO Architecture sets, the LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection is packaged in sleek looking, high quality black boxes with flip-up lids. They work perfectly as long-term storage boxes for the pieces, or even the fully built sets. The instruction booklets are also higher quality than what you can find in normal LEGO sets. They include information about the designer, architecture and history of each structure, as well as historical facts about the city and its architectural heritage. And of course the step-by-step building instructions are also included.

The high quality of the sets is demonstrated in other ways as well. The city nameplates and all other decorated elements are printed, instead of using stickers. And there is no skimping on the parts selection. LEGO Architecture sets focus on interesting, and parts-intensive building techniques to make the buildings as accurate as possible in such a small scale, and to provide a satisfying building experience. Thus the finished models are often surprisingly heavy because of the usage of so many parts.

#21026 LEGO Architecture Venice

#21026 LEGO Architecture

#21026 LEGO ARCHITECTURE VENICE: Celebrate Venice with this LEGO Architecture Skyline model! Capture the architectural essence of Venice with this magnificent set that brings together the iconic Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Campanile, St. Theodore and the Winged Lion of St. Mark, and the Bridge of Sighs, in an inspirational skyline setting. Each individual LEGO structure is designed to provide a unique and rewarding building experience, with true-to-life color and relative scale depiction. Rivers and canals are represented in the tiled baseplate, adding an extra dimension and feel of authenticity to this detailed recreation of one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Measures 5” (14cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 1” (3cm) deep. 212 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE

#21027 LEGO Architecture Berlin

#21027 LEGO Architecture

#21027 LEGO ARCHITECTURE BERLIN: Celebrate Berlin with this LEGO Architecture Skyline model! Capture the architectural essence of Berlin with this magnificent set that brings together the iconic Reichstag, Victory Column, Deutsche Bahn Tower, Berlin TV Tower and the Brandenburg Gate, in an inspirational skyline setting. Each individual LEGO structure is designed to provide a unique and rewarding building experience, with true-to-life color and relative scale depiction. This wonderful model also features 3 sections of the Berlin Wall with graffiti deco, adding a historical edge to this detailed recreation of one of the world’s most compelling cities. Measures 9” (23cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 1” (5cm) deep. 289 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE

#21028 LEGO Architecture New York

#21028 LEGO Architecture

#21028 LEGO ARCHITECTURE NEW YORK CITY: Celebrate New York City with this LEGO Architecture Skyline model! Capture the architectural essence of New York City with this magnificent set that brings together the iconic Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty, in an inspirational skyline setting. Each individual LEGO structure is designed to provide a unique and rewarding building experience, with true-to-life color and relative scale depiction. This wonderful model focuses on the amazing architectural diversity of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Measures 10” (26cm) high, 9” (25cm) wide and 1” (4cm) deep. 598 pieces. Price: $59.99 – BUY HERE

The largest of the three sets is the #21028 LEGO Architecture New York City, with more than twice as many pieces as the other sets in the series. But of course you can just choose the city that you like the most, or even collect all three. I have included video-reviews of the whole collection below, so you can check out each set in more detail.

As you can see, the LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection looks quite tasteful. They are different that most other LEGO sets where the focus is on playability, so they may not be for all LEGO fans. LEGO Architecture sets are more like three dimensional puzzles for a more mature audience – even people who are otherwise not into LEGO. The sets make great gift items, and they look great as display pieces on a shelf or desk in an office. If you are not interested in the LEGO Architecture line, you may still find some of the sets useful, as they contain a lot of small and unique elements in rare colors. You can find the LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection under the LEGO Architecture section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Shop 2016 LEGO Architecture

So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection? Do you prefer these sets, or the individual buildings? What other cities would you like to see in the series? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉

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Eggbert1 March 24, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Venice was a nice inclusion (and a nice build) , but they already gave us the Brandenburg Gate and the Empire State Building in pre-existing sets. I wish they would have gone with San Francisco or Miami or Hong Kong maybe. But, they do look good regardless:-)

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admin March 24, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Those are good suggestions for other cities. Maybe LEGO will make them in the future if the line does well. I would love to see San Francisco in LEGO! 😀

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greysqrl March 24, 2016 at 11:21 AM

Got to say that I was quite disappointed they didn’t include a London skyline in the line up. There is some amazing architecture in London.

Initially I was quite excited about this range but on closer inspection it doesn’t seem to me to be as good as a larger architecture set would be by any means.

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admin March 24, 2016 at 11:33 AM

Yes, it is true that the larger Architecture sets are more enjoyable to build and rather impressive. Perhaps if they sets are received well LEGO will consider making larger versions. And London would be an awesome addition.

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BLProductions March 24, 2016 at 12:12 PM

I’m not sure London is going to be one. I myself don’t know of many famous buildings in London, and perhaps the best known, Big Ben, is coming out soon as an Advanced Models set (#10253). Then again, many of these skylines use buildings that have already been normal Architecture sets, as Eggbert1 said, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another Big Ben in a London skyline next year. 😐

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admin March 24, 2016 at 1:42 PM

That’s true. I forgot about the Advanced Models set. The UK has a huge LEGO fan-base though, so sets based on their buildings and monuments will likely remain popular. 🙂

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greysqrl April 5, 2016 at 3:07 PM

London has some amazing architecture! The Shard, The Gherkin, The Walkie Talkie are three examples of more recent buildings. The Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge. There’s so many iconic buildings in London 🙂

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Håkan March 24, 2016 at 3:51 PM

Amsterdam would be interesting… A bit similar hodgepodgy architectural appeal as Berlin… But maybe it lacks recognizable landmarks…

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