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#1 Jan


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:38 AM

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21003 Seattle Space Needle

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general information (from Brickset):

  • theme: Architecture, Landmark series
  • Pieces: 57
  • size: 222 mm (8.7") x 80 mm (3.1")
  • year released: 2009
  • us availability / price: 01 Feb 09 - now $19.99
  • uk availability / price: 12 Apr 10 - now £17.99
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  • instructions

Because I received this as 2nd prize for the LDD contest and found out that there wasn't a review yet on this model, I felt the need to do something in return for Eurobricks, so here is my first review. Hope you enjoy it.

The Box
When you have this set in hand, it really feels like you got a present. The size and quality of the box is very different from the normal Lego sets. It feels strong. And as you might be able to see on the foto you can easily open and close the box once you cut the seal. On the photo is also visible what the leftovers are. 3 small cut-off pieces of rigid hose and two small parts.

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The Instructions
Similair too the box, the instructions are printed on fine quality paper, and feel better then the usual instructionbooks. The book starts with a small introduction on the real Space Needle and informs you of its height, width and more technical details.  

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The Parts
Now close your eyes for a moment an think of something completely different, forget the Space Needle.............And now open them again and look at the inventory. If you see these parts for the first time and don't know what set they belong to, I doubt if you will ever find out. Except for the printed tile with Seattle Space Needle on it there are not really new or exceptional parts. It's just the combination of them. For the part fetisjists, the parts come in two unnumbered bags.

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Building the model
The whole model takes about 5 minutes to put together, and cutting the rigid hose is probably the most time consuming part. The instructions leave nothing up to your imagination, and with the limited amount of used colors there are no color issues.

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The finished model
The result is great, The size, and the details are really well done. Although I haven't seen the tower for real, only in movies and TV-series, you don't need a second look to identify the landmark.

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End of the story
The instruction book ends with a word from the artist, and a general note on the architecture series.

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Conclusions and thoughts
This set, and I guess the other Architecture sets aswell are really great to give or receive as gift. As there is no play value, and the scale is far from minifigure, these models are made for your bookshelf. I would have bought this set myself, but only as an souvenir after a visit to the real Space Needle. Although it's retail price seems high, I think it's good value for money. Not as a price per piece set, but more when you put together the nice box, booklet and model.
My only complaints are about the use, or better non use of colors. The whole model is build in grey while the introduction text mentions: "Astronaut white for the supporting legs, Orbital olive for the core, Re-entry red for the halo and galaxy gold for the sunburst and pagoda roof". I guess it's just the fact that certain parts aren't available in certain colors, because I think an all white model would allready been closer to the real thing. My interest in the Architecture series has really grown after building end reviewing this set. I am not gonna give grades to this set, so I leave it all up to you to judge for yourself.

Thanks you for reading,

Edited by WhiteFang, 24 August 2010 - 02:48 AM.
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#2 prateek


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:57 AM

Great review. IMO, the first few sets in this line were really weak.

#3 Jan


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 10:04 AM

Prateek, Thanks for adding a poll, I found out last evening that I needed another 450 post to do it myself.

#4 WhiteFang


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 10:40 AM

View PostJan, on 24 August 2010 - 10:04 AM, said:

Prateek, Thanks for adding a poll, I found out last evening that I needed another 450 post to do it myself.
Err, Prateek got no power to add a poll. I am the one whom adds it in.  :wink:

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#5 Jan


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Posted 24 August 2010 - 10:03 PM

View PostWhiteFang, on 24 August 2010 - 10:40 AM, said:

Err, Prateek got no power to add a poll. I am the one whom adds it in.  :wink:

Oops, then I want to take the thanks back for that from Prateek, and pass it to you.
And I wanna leave Prateek with only the thanks for his comment.
I hope this way it's solved

#6 Alec


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Posted 28 July 2011 - 02:12 AM

Great review. I bought this today, like the "Artistic Interpretation" of the architecture.

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