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The ArkLug (AFOL) group in Arkansas helped create a History of Lego display at the State Capital of Arkansas in Little Rock Here is a video that was created by the Secretary of States Office and narrated by their historian - https://youtu.be/ZJjyuQc1y9k The display at the State Capital is open to the public and will be there until around the first of 2020 If you have the opportunity come by and take a look and share your thoughts
Introduction Hi fellow EB members! Today I'll review one of the newest LEGO Architecture set: the United States Capitol. This building feels particular to me, because even if I've never seen it in real and probably never will, I see it almost every day in movies and TV series! But I don't think I know it very well, and I hope to learn lots of facts about it while building. Let's see if the LEGO model does justice to that iconic building. Thanks to EB LUG Ambassador CopMike and the LEGO CEE Team and Designers for giving me the opportunity to review this set! Set information Name: 21030 United States Capitol Theme: LEGO Model Making / Architecture Year: 2016 Pieces: 1032 Price: USD $99.99, GBP 79.99£, EURO 99,99€ Resources: Brickset, BrickLink Packaging As usual, the front of the box shows the set on a black background with a big LEGO Architecture logo. There is also a mention that the instruction booklet will include historical information and details in English, which is great for people who speak English, not much for the others. The rear of the box has a nice picture of both the real Capitol building and its LEGO rendition, and a comment about the building in a few language.There are also indications on the size of the final build ( 95 mm wide and 390 mm tall). You also see that you'll be able to lift the dome to see the National Statuary Hall from above. Content of the box The box contains the instructions booklet, 9 unnumbered bags, 6 loose 8x16 plates in dark bluish grey, a brick separator and the usual LEGO Architecture flyer. Instructions booklet The 155 pages instructions booklet is relatively big, almost an A4 size (Letter size I think). At the beginning, there are a few pages with details about the building, with nice pictures. The instructions are clear (there's almost only white bricks on a black background) and easy to follow. Except for a SNOTed assembly in the dome, there are no fancy or advanced techniques in this build. When needed, the designer placed the side stud of headlight bricks in the hole of a 1x1 technic brick. He also used that technique when it was unneeded, instead of using a plain 1x2 brick. Build We'll start the build with stacking plates to make the base. It is rather fragile, especially if you're building on your laps like I did for this review! The first plates and tiles delimit the walls of the building. We can also see the flooring of the National Statuary Hall. The white jumpers will be used to offset some assemblies that we'll do later. At step 58, we've done some gardening and put the first layer of bricks. The front stairs are also in place. Here you can see the completed walls. Different windows' sizes are done with either headlight bricks or technic bricks. At this point, and after positioning 178 of them, I couldn't stand the sight of a white headlight brick. That picture also shows the most negative point of the set: the back-side is just composed of plain white bricks. Colonnades are done and we're starting building the roof. After all that white, sand green almost feels like a bright color! The finished building, with the roof and dome completed. Some spare parts. Surprisingly we got two spare white statues! Interesting parts The most evident interesting parts are the sand green ones. The 6x6 dishes in sand green are exclusive to this set, as is the dark bluish grey statue, while the white statue can be found only in the 21026 Venice set. But in this set we got 6 statues of each color! In the picture I didn't include the 6x6 round plate in white, which can only be found in the 75904 Mystery Mansion and the 71040 Disney Castle, and the #21229 Fence Spindled 4 x 4 x 2 Quarter Round with 3 Studs that is exclusive to this set. Conclusion I like this set, it looks good... But it lacks some kind of wow factor. When my friends saw the model built, their first reaction was: "I thought it would be bigger". I think it is due to the height of the dome that makes the building under looks rather flat. That said, the set has the right proportions compared to the real building, except for the eastern facade, the back side of the set, which is simply cut off. That looks a bit strange when looking at the set from above, and even worse from the rear. I think since you can't display the set from two opposite angle at the same time, it is a rather good compromise since a whole facade would have needed two or three hundred parts. Design: 7/10 - The set is well designed, and it's the first time I see a "play feature" in an Architecture set (the dome lifting up to reveal the National Statuary Hall). Parts: 8/10 - Almost no variety in bricks' shapes and colors, but some nice parts, especially the 12 statues and the sand green parts. Build: 7/10 - The build experience is quite boring and repetitive (some steps ask you to place 40 headlight bricks!), but it is nice to see the building rise. Price: 6/10 - The price per piece is average for the theme (0,097). Too expensive as a parts pack at full price, if you want a good source of white headlight bricks you should wait for a discount. Overall: 28/40 (70%) - A good representation of the original building, except for the missing facade. This set is a nice addition to a LEGO Architecture collection, next to the Lincoln Memorial fo example. My only advice would be to display it at eyes level.
So, this was very welcome news to me, but I heard this morning on the local radio that the Lego Company Inc. has bought numerous plots of land in an area off the interstate in Goshen, NY. There was a statement that Lego plans to join New York's slew of theme parks to compete with New Jersey tourism by opening a new Legoland here, the third one in the US. There are no Lego Shops in upstate New York (though we have four in NYC), so this is a very welcome attraction. So, what do you guys think? Is this welcome news to any members stateside? Update: I cannot hide my sheer excitement....reports have it that they are in early stages of development here, but hope to open by the summer of 2019.
Hello, I'm having a problem right now with purchasing some LEGO in the United States. First, let me tell the story, it won't take much time. During my visit in New York three years ago, I visted the LEGO Store at Rockefeller Center and it was a terrific experience. I was in my dark ages back then, so I didn't buy anything, but when I came back home, I started searching information to see what's new in the world of Lego, and a few monthes later, I became an AFOL. Of course, I found the pricing diversity between the US and the rest of the world as well, so I almost immediately pitied not buying anything while in New York. Since then, whenever someone close travels to America, I ask them to buy me some LEGO. Later that year, my sister and her husband visited NY right before Christmas and I asked her to buy me two smallest Dino sets ($13 and $20). It was my Christmas present, though, so I don't know the exact prices. I asked my friend to bring me two $20 Super Heroes sets a year later. However, he didn't visit the official store and bought them for $25 each in Toys'R'Us. It was weird, but I supposed TRU has higher prices and let it go. Right now, my brother is in New York. You guess right, I asked him to buy me two smaller GOTG sets ($20 and $40). However, as usual, thing didn't go smoothly. Brother sent an email claiming he had gone to Rockefeller Center and they sell the smaller one for $24 and the bigger one for outstanding $63. I said he might have made a mistake, he said he was right, a shop assistant helped him locate the sets by looking at the pictures I provided, and that the price may differ. All right, finally to my question. How does buying LEGO in US work? Is there a tax included in the official prices? Are shops such TRU more expensive? Is it possible for a set to have 50 % higher price in the official store? I will welcome any help explaining this conundrum. Thanks.