(Written by Geneva – gid617)
Last year, the LEGO Art theme launched with four mosaic kits. I thought the idea was fascinating and the mosaics looked really good, but none of them featured subjects that interested me. But it was just a matter of time until something came along that I would like, and the #31203 LEGO Art World Map is way more up my alley than Iron Man or The Beatles!
The World Map is huge, 41 inches wide and 26 inches tall—in LEGO talk, 130×82 studs. That’s 10,240 1×1 plates or tiles laid down on the surface of the map inside the one-stud border! The total number of pieces in this set is 11,695, for the reasonable price of $249.99 USD/$249.99 EUR/229.99 GBP/399.99 AUD/349.99 CAD.
As you would expect from a mosaic, it looks its best from at least four feet away. It’s incredibly eye-catching on a wall!
From closer up, the bright-coral, orange, and lime bother me a little. The set does include a host of extra dots so that you can design the sea however you like it—but most of these extras are orange and coral. I would have liked to see more extra blues and greens.
Using a bathometric map as the basic design was a great idea, since it allowed the designers to include a lot of fun colors which really help sell the customization aspect.
There’s also a fun detail hidden in the map off the coast of Asia—those green dots form the set designer’s middle name (Lee) in Chinese!
If you decide to customize the oceans (am I the only person who thinks that sounds funny?), you can skip all the colors of the instructions and just lay down the continents and their shadows.
Here’s an example of the customized oceans from the official images:
Pretty vibrant, right? Of course, the building process for a LEGO Art mosaic isn’t quite as exciting as the usual LEGO set building process. I put together a time-lapse video (one picture every sixteen seconds) so you can see how it comes together.
I’m a little surprised LEGO hasn’t put more stress on the educational value of this map. I don’t know if adults are really interested in putting 10,000+ LEGO dots down one by one, but I’m pretty sure kids would enjoy this kind of a break from normal school projects, After growing up in a homeschool family, I can think of dozens of ways a LEGO map could be useful—it’s easy to stick pieces onto it to highlight a country you’re studying, or you could build representations of cultural icons to add on, or trace historical voyages around the globe… but I’m getting ahead of myself here, that’s for the next part of my review!
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Art World Map? Would you customize the oceans or stick with the bathometric design? And what do you think about using such vibrant colors for the water and leaving the landmass white? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!
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