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LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands review

Today I would like to show you a very interesting set in the LEGO Architecture series; the #21021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands. This is a limited edition LEGO Architecture set; only 10,000 units have been made and they are only available in Asia. But let’s start at the beginning… 🙂

#21021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands Review

Marina Bay Sands is a casino-resort in Singapore with a luxury hotel, state-of-the art convention and exhibition facilities, theatres, entertainment venues and a wide range of shopping and dining retailers. It is best known for its infinity-pool way up on top of the 57-story hotel – providing an incredible experience of just floating into the skyline or the city below. It was designed by Moshe Safdie and opened in 2010. You can read more about it on Wikipedia here, and you can also see some excellent pictures here.

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Below is the official press-release of the #31021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands that tells you a bit more about the resort and how the LEGO version came about.

#21021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands - Box

One of the most amazing achievements that man has ever attained is the mastery of structural engineering through great architecture. Celebrating these masterpieces through its Architecture series, The LEGO Group officially iconize Marina Bay Sands, a state-of-the-art modern day marvel, with its LEGO bricks.

Voted as one of the most inspiring structures of recent times through an online poll on the LEGO Architecture website, this model focuses on the signature hotel complex that showcases the three towers and the Sands Skypark which is the centerpiece of Singapore’s skyline and urban renewal strategy today. The integrated resort, designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, opened in April 2010 and has welcomed 38.5 million visitors in 2012 alone.

“LEGO Architecture is about celebrating great architecture and historical landmarks that we, as a people, have emotional connections to and whether it is because of the fascinating story behind a famous building or a souvenir of a memorable trip. LEGO Architecture is definitely for everyone.” says Mette Have Larsen-Ledet, Senior Marketing Manager on LEGO Architecture.

“It is an honor for Marina Bay Sands to be selected as Singapore’s landmark to be interpreted with iconic LEGO bricks. Marina Bay Sands is often viewed as a piece of art with our striking architecture and the Architecture Series will allow guests from all over the world to bring a piece of Singapore landscape back home with them. LEGO has been inspiring people with the unlimited possibilities of arranging the bricks and we hope to continue this with the Marina Bay Sands set,” said Maunik Thacker, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Marina Bay Sands.

The Marina Bay Sands LEGO Architecture is a limited edition model. Products will be retailed at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel gift shop, located at Tower 2 hotel lobby, ArtScience Museum Shop and selected LEGO retailers in Asia, while stocks last.

The #21021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands was designed by Rok Kobe, who also designed the #21018 LEGO Architecture United Nations Headquarters I have reviewed previously (see: LEGO Architecture UN Headquarters Review).

#21021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands Details

As you can imagine, recreating such a complex and curvy building in LEGO was not an easy feat! Which for LEGO fans means a very interesting building experience. In fact, the entire complex is sitting on a smoothly tiled base with nothing but 4 studs and 2 Technic pins sticking out. This doesn’t mean that the final model is not sturdy, but simply indicates how much outside-the-box Rok Kobe had to think to make a realistic replica of this building structure.

#21021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands - Back

I don’t want to spoil the building experience for you with all of its surprises, but there are lots of sideways building and clever detailing going on here with nothing overlooked or spared. It also has the same gorgeous white and trans-blue colors as the UN Headquarters. Standing on a shiny black base with printed name-tiles, it is another beautiful display model that would look great on anyone’s desk or shelf.

#21021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands Singapore

The #21021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands set comes in the same high quality and sturdy black box as other LEGO Architecture sets. The instruction booklet is printed on very high quality shiny black paper and includes the history of the structure as well as all the building steps for the LEGO model. This is also standard for LEGO Architecture sets (I wish all LEGO sets would come with such high quality instructions and in such a sturdy box, but that’s another story). My set also came with a very uniquely designed outer box that I believe is only included with press-kit versions of the set; with a CD including the press-release as well as images of the set.

#21021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands - Press Kit Details

I can’t say anything negative about the #21021 LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands, it is beautiful and provides a great building and learning experience for LEGO fans who enjoy more advanced models. Well, actually there is one negative thing; as mentioned before, this is a very limited LEGO Architecture set, with only 10,000 released and only in Asia. If you want to get one you either have to visit Singapore yourself, find a friend who is willing to bring you one, or get one on the secondary market. You can also download the building instructions here. And here are the current listings on eBay: LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands on eBay

You can also check out the currently available LEGO Architecture sets at the Online LEGO Shop. These are not limited sets so they are easier to get and can provide just as much fun and learning. I especially recommend the larger, more complex sets. 😀

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So what do you think? How do you like the LEGO Architecture Marina Bay Sands? Is this a model you are interested to get? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉

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  • CVJ December 18, 2013, 10:23 AM

    I like the look of the actual hotel but I don’t think the Lego model looks right at that scale.

    • admin December 18, 2013, 12:29 PM

      Yeah, it is not easy to recreate such a complex building on a small scale like this. It does look nice, but obviously it could have been more accurate if it would be larger.

  • ninja of stealth December 18, 2013, 12:49 PM

    that building is, WHOA 😯

  • Lorca Strand December 18, 2013, 2:15 PM

    I used to be an Architecture collector, and I still have the Empire State, Guggenheim, and Brandenburg Gate in my collection. I might have to start collecting them again.

    • ninja of stealth December 19, 2013, 12:41 PM

      my sister has the Seattle Space Needle! we just get them if we have been there 😀 and so far they only had one architecture set that we went to.

  • Fikko3107 December 18, 2013, 3:05 PM

    I have recently began to see the charm of these sets, if not for building, at least for collecting purposes. I’m going to hope this 10,000 run won’t make this one so rare-Singapore is a pretty important transportation and communication hub, so I think I might be able to visit there around…Next June, July? Fingers crossed some sets are still left by then. Though however unlikely it may seem…

    • HP December 19, 2013, 7:43 AM

      I could hook you up with some if you like. 🙂 I have friends there.

  • Bohrok Tru December 18, 2013, 4:27 PM

    maan this set is cooooll, I hope lego makes a Dubai Hotel set.

    • lego ff December 18, 2013, 5:19 PM

      That would be awesome! By the way, not to brag, but my family has a apartment in the Burj Khalifa! 😎

      • J April 21, 2019, 12:32 AM

        Pretty sure that was a brag, but cool

  • 666 December 18, 2013, 11:01 PM

    this lego set will be released to buy in the u.s. in 2014!
    on amazon it was $150 …..
    i would wait until it is released to buy it

    • Lk2 December 19, 2013, 11:38 AM


    • admin December 19, 2013, 11:39 AM

      Are you sure about that? I’m directly in touch with LEGO and according to them only 10,000 is made and the set will only be available in Asia.

  • Steven December 19, 2013, 12:03 AM

    This set will not be worth the price they ask. It’s sort of controversial from an architectural standpoint. Not flashy or even famous. I’ll pass unless I find it in a thrift store.

    • admin December 19, 2013, 11:46 AM

      Steven, that’s interesting. I should ask my Dad about that. He is an architect. This set was specifically made for Asian LEGO fans. It is sold in the hotel’s gift-shop and LEGO also has their Asian headquarters in Singapore. LEGO is planning to break into the Asian market big time. And this is just one of their first attempts. 😉

  • Lk2 December 19, 2013, 11:40 AM

    How many pieces?
    And, a thing asking for the current year popped up…. Told me it was an error. This year is 2013, right?

    • admin December 19, 2013, 12:06 PM

      You shouldn’t see that. That’s for deterring bots. The only possible explanation I can give you is that you must have javascript disabled. Enable it and you should be fine. 😉

      • LK2 December 20, 2013, 1:25 PM

        I’ve got Javascript enabled….

        • admin December 20, 2013, 1:39 PM

          Hm… not sure what to think then. What browser are you using?

  • Brandon December 19, 2013, 6:17 PM

    Mine just arrived in Nevada from Singapore today. The prices are through the roof now! Glad I got mine early.

    • admin December 19, 2013, 8:44 PM

      Brandon, I’m glad you were able to get one. Enjoy building it! 🙂

  • Zarah June 18, 2015, 8:31 PM

    Have you ever considered selling your set with the unique other box and CD?

  • Will January 27, 2016, 11:39 AM

    I am currently looking to purchase the special outer box, press release pictures, documentation, and CD. Please respond ASAP, thanks.

    • admin January 27, 2016, 11:41 AM

      What do you need help with?

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