The latest addition to the Architecture series is the Eiffel Tower. I was fortunate to get an early copy from the LEGO Community Team. If you read my previous review on the Marina Bay Sands Hotel Architecture set, you will know that it didn't really hold much interest for me. Read on to see how the Eiffel Tower set fairs.
The set has been available in some French stores, but should now be generally available everywhere as at 1st January. You can buy it via the various links on the set details page to help support Rebrickable!
The box is the typical Architecture style black box which is resealable, making it more collectible as you don't have to damage it to get it open. Inside we have:
- Instruction booklet
- Architecture flyer and feedback form
- 4 x plastic parts bags
There are 316 parts by my count, mostly in gray. The instructions follow the usual Architecture standard of printing on black paper, and come in a glued booklet. I still find them hard to keep open at the right page though. It has the usual information about the building and architect at the front of the book, with little snippets of information scattered throughout the instructions.
There are no new parts or colors in this set, although there are two printed 1x8 tiles you can choose from with the English or French version of "The Eiffel Tower".
As expected, you start with the base and work your way up the tower. It is broken up into the four main stages of the tower.
The majority of the joins are via hinges and brackets, but nothing too fancy. The build is a little repetitive with having to do 4x most parts due to the tower's symmetry. It is definitely impressive that the designer was able to achieve the classic look of the tower with only a few basic types of parts.
The hinges actually make it a surprisingly strong model. However, the top half comes away from the bottom half easily as it is only attached via 4 studs for some reason. It looks designed that way. Also, it is "twisty" so you have to make sure everything is lined up properly or it will look like the Leaning Tower of Eiffel!
The Architecture sets are definitely designed for display, so there's not too much to get excited about with the build process, or it's playability. The Eiffel Tower is a very recognisable landmark, and probably one of the best known in the world. This should increase it's appeal to LEGO fans.
I stated in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel review that I had no emotional connection to that building as I'd never been there. Well, I've been to the Eiffel Tower many years ago and had a wonderful time in Paris. However, I still feel no connection to this set. I'm sure it will look good on a shelf next to all the other Architecture sets that the hardcore collectors will have, if you're into that sort of thing. Personally, I prefer sets you can play and interact with.
You can see my Bricksafe page for the full set of photos taken during this review.
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