Welcome to this exclusive LEGO EB review of the new 2010 Architecture set, 21006 The White House.
Set Name: The White House
Year Released: 2010
Price: $49.99 USD
Special Elements: 2x4 black and light grey tiles, White House printed tile
The back of the nice black box includes a brief history of the White House:
A close up of the history of the White House and James Hoban, White House designer:
While I knew this Architecture set would be small before opening, I was surprised to find this many pieces (560) within the box:
After about one hour worth of building (and a little television in between), I was almost ready for the roof. The most tedious part of the build was creating 16 of the same sub-assemblies of the small black windowed wall sections that go between the columns of the house:
About 1.5 hours of building time, I had completed the house:
A diagonal view:
Trans grey bricks would have made better windows than the holed black 1x1 bricks. Holed bricks, you ask? Yes, not quite sure why, but all the black window sections use black holed 1x1s turned to show the non-holed side:
One of the trickier parts of the build was adding the columns to skellie arms in the back of the house:
Four of the columns attach to the skellie arms, and two to regular 1x1 hooks:
The roof uses standard black slopes. In this picture, you can also see the new 2x4 tiles:
For size comparison, here is minifig next to the White House:
And compared to something a little larger, a small dinosaur:
Lastly, the extra pieces:
Thoughts of this set:
This is my first Architecture set. I didn't plan to buy any of these models but have an admiration for Federal architecture, and of the history of the White House. I do appreciate and applaud LEGO for offering these non-System/minifig scale buildings of historic landmarks. At the same time, I do find that they are rather pricey - for the amount of small pieces contained in this and other Architecture sets.
The build isn't too fun, especially with the large number of 1x1 plates. Nothing stood out for me, aside from adding the roof which neared the completion (no more tiny pieces!)
I find it interesting that this house is white and black vs. white and grey, or other lighter color. As I said above, trans/smoked grey bricks would have made the windows look more realistic, but the finished model still looks nice. A removable roof would have added a nice feature allowing one to add coins, dollar bills, or other little secret items. As it is, the roof would be difficult to remove without causing significant damage to the walls. A printed 1x2 American flag tile or other colored tile (red or blue) would have added a nice contrasting detail rather than a 1x1 hook piece.
In regard to other aspects of this set, I think the liftable box front and black color makes a nice collectable feature. The added history on the back of the box, picture of White House, and the additional history contained within the instruction booklet adds to the overall value.
For play, this set is a zero. From a historic and collectable stand-point, the set is quite nice. For pieces, it's probably fair/average. If I were to visit the Seattle Space Needle or the White House, and find one of these Architectue sets in the gift shop, it would make an awesome souvenir/keepsake. I will most likely display this set in my living room or even my desk at work, far away from my LEGO Train Town. While I would most likely buy this set again (from a collector's/historic standpoint), I'm still not completely sold on the Architecture theme, especially the larger/more expensive sets mainly because of the price and number of small elements. They offer little to no play value, so are incompatible with existing LEGO collections - unless you have a huge miniscale city.
My final vote - it's an average to slightly above average set (based on the historic aspect). Share your thoughts.
Edited by WhiteFang, 12 July 2010 - 09:11 AM.