Welcome to my review of 3450 Statue of Liberty Sculpture! I am extremely fortunate to have experienced this set so much, even though I don’t own it. A close friend of mine no longer needed it, and was interested in the hefty price it fetched. In case anyone asked for pictures before ordering, we assembled it and it gave me an excuse to take pictures of it. This is going up for sale on Bricklink sometime in the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled!
The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom and equality that greeted immigrants as they came to America is search of opportunity. Lego released this green giant in a super-model that was quietly released and discontinued. Its price skyrocketed to around $500 used from its original $200 price tag. Is it worth its new price tag? Read on to learn the secrets of this silent guardian.
Set Name: Statue of Liberty Sculpture
Set Number: 3450
Number of Pieces: 2882 (2899 Bricklink)
Price: USD $199.00
Year Released: 2000
Despite such a huge box, very little of the set is advertised. The front of the box is covered by the large Set Information, an American flag, and a blue sky. The Statue’s 33 inch height is the only feature advertised on the whole box. I’m surprised that the suggested age limit is a low 14, because the set takes huge concentration, sorting, and building abilities.
All the back of the box has is the Just Imagine logo. I find this surprising for such a huge set, but there really aren’t any playability features to advertise. I also find it funny that they use the Just Imagine logo on this of all sets, because the logo was usually placed with alternate models that there were no instructions to, and this set definitely doesn’t seem like the set you could easily make alternate models with. Also here is a tiny Lego.com advertisement. I guess it goes to show how much advertising has grown recently.
Inside the box were 4 white sub-boxes that are very similar to the four white boxes found in the 10188 Death Star. Here there are only two, but the occupy most of the vertical space. The original box lid actually didn’t rest all the way on the bottom.
Box:: Thoughts: Big but not flashy. It's not really the kind of box you would keep, but you might as well.
The instruction booklet is drastically different from the box art. The Statue is more prominently featured, with the New York City skyline in the background. The instructions are the size of many instructions today, like the Modular buildings, Venice Canal Chase, and Temple of the Crystal Skull, just to name a few.
The instructions feature the absolutely necessary piece-call-outs with the sky blue background. Since the Statue is built by layer, each step is one layer. The new layer appears in sand green, while the previous step is gray. This page also shows that the Statue is hollow.
The only advertisements the booklet contains are for these two planes. That sky with cloud background shows up yet again.
Yep, even more clouds. The back is almost identical to the back of the box.
Instructions:: Thoughts: A little bit thick, but clear and to the point.
I'm sorry that I don't have any pictures of all the pieces, but it wouldn't be that useful anyways. The pieces in this set are all sand green, apart from the torch and the baseplate. This is a bit of a bummer, but there's really no way to avoid it and keep the model accurate. However, it is a treasure trove of sand green which could be really useful in MOCs. There are bricks, plates, and jumpers all throughout. It would have been cool to have more tiles but very unlikely since the whole thing would have to be coated in them.
Pieces:: Thoughts: Sand green: love it or hate it. That's everything to this set's pieces.
No build shots, but for this set they would be gruesomely long. The build goes layer by layer, in a slow but steady process. It takes very constant attention to detail and there is plenty of room to slip. And if you do and you don't notice until later, you're in trouble! The build took my friend and I three days the first time, of fairly constant building. It was really cool to see the iconic statue slowly rise out of the rubble, and I'm sure this would make an amazing stop-motion build.
Build:: Thoughts: Extremely challenging and fairly boring. No interesting techniques used. You can really see the progress though.
Here we have the finished product. Please note that the bottom is not lighter, it’s just the photo. Although it’s a bit blocky, it’s extremely accurate to the original. I think the ugliest part by far is the book. It looks more like a mangled piece of paper to me! However, I absolutely love the face and the torch.
This side is relatively boring, but it allows us to see the gap under her arm as well as her wrist. I think her wrist looks a bit thin, but perhaps the actual statue looks this way too.
From the other side, we can see her lovely skirt and the wrist again. I really love the skirt because the way it spreads is really accurate. On this side you can see the wrist even better. It looks even thinner and blockier from this side.
The book looks a little better from the back. In this picture, you can also see the complex curls of her hair. I think this is another really cool part, because the 3D contours are awesome.
Here’s a close up of the book. That little hole isn’t a mistake! It looks out of place. I think using plates on the book could make it less ugly.
To me, the most impressive part of the entire statue is the face. Lots of jumper plates are used to create incredibly realistic detailing. Ironically, the nose is built with SNOT. It blends in quite nicely. I could stare at that face for hours.
Another interesting part is the torch. The flames look really cool, and are contoured backwards. The wrist and especially the torch have a knack for falling off. My new kittens were fascinated with the statue and the one part that didn’t survive their attacks was the torch, which fell and made a nasty dent in my studio. (I think design flaws should be tested by cat!). Besides the baseplate, this is the only non-sand green part of the entire set.
Although it doesn’t reveal anything interesting about the set, I've provided a top shot. The crown looks quite nice, although it’s fairly unstable.
Here's a comparison with the actual thing. You can see how blocky the Lego one looks, but considering it's made out of bricks and not slopes and tiles, it's quite accurate. I think Lego did a fine job, and it still looks amazing on display even if it isn't perfect.
Design: 9/10 Amazingly accurate but a few weak sections, like the wrist, torch, and book. The face is just gorgeous.
Parts: 7/10 More sand green than you would ever want in a lifetime. I personally love it!
Build: 3/10 Challenging and boring. However, you can see progress.
Playability: 5/10 It's always hard to judge playability on models. On one hand it's not fun to play with, on the other, it's not intended to be played with. I usually compromise and have each worth 5 points (playability: 0/5 displayability: 5/5)
Price: 7/10 2882 pieces for $200 is excellent. For $500 of rare sand green, it's still not bad.
Total: 31/50 Despite a low rating, I think this set is amazing. Once the build is over, you're fine and this set is far too beautiful to part out. Look over the ratings and you'll see that many categories that "regular" sets are judged on really don't apply to this one. I find that ratings can't make the decision for you and that you should make the decision for you. If you have any interest in this set, don't hesitate! The sky is the limit on how high the price may rocket.
I couldn’t think of anything funny to do with the statue, so I decided to throw a party. Some of the guests don’t get along.
Thanks for reading!
Edited by Inconspicuous, 05 December 2009 - 07:47 AM.