(LEGO Architecture, Model 21031, 12+, 333 Pieces, $49.99 CAD) A unique building makes for a unique LEGO build, and you’ll find that the finished model is unlike any other LEGO Architecture release. With a base measuring 3″ on a side and standing over a foot tall, you’d expect a flimsy & tottering structure. It says something about its design that the final product is as sturdy and solid as it is.
As per usual with the LEGO Architecture series, the Burj Khalifa set has zero “playability” as a toy, so I won’t be factoring in that into the review.
Out of the Box
As always, the box includes an instruction booklet that not only provides clear, easy directions (at some points even showing a top-down view for easy perspective, kudos for that) but also an in-depth history of the design and construction of the Burj Khalifa itself.
The building components themselves are two shades of grey with internal studs in either black or blue, and the base itself is black with sandy-brown tiles. The colour choices, while realistic still pop.
This is a relatively quick project at 333 pieces- I was done in half an hour or so. The design
of the building skeleton is solid, and while challenging it isn’t overly-complex. Unfortunately, most of the exterior slanted tiles are held on by a single stud, allowing them to look slightly off-kilter when attached. Between this and the relatively low price-to-entertainment ratio, I can’t say this model has the best return value.
- Building Experience - 8/108/10
- Parts - 10/1010/10
- Value - 8/108/10