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This weekend we picked up 21024 The Louvre from one of our local LEGO Brand stores along with both The Eiffel Tower and WALL•E on a bit of a splurge. We also got a new display case, so we need to work on filling it, right?
The Louvre looked like it was going to be a pretty challenging build, mainly based on the glass pyramid and my experience with the Trevi Fountain. Like some other parts of this set though, the complex appearance was offset by LEGO’s creativity and instruction.
The Louvre Palace houses one of the world’s largest collections containing over 35,000 pieces from pre-history through the 21st century. It began life as a fortress in the late 12th century under Phillip II and was eventually opened to the public in August 1793 but promptly closed 3 years later due to structural issues.
Many of the world’s most recognizable, famous and infamous pieces of art are on display here including, of course, the Mona Lisa and featured prominently in the books by Dan Brown and the movie The DaVinci Code.
The LEGO Architecture set features of the 2 wings of the museum and the famous glass pyramid designed by I.M. Pei, completed in 1989.
Like most architecture sets, The Louvre comes with its share of specialty pieces among the 695 included. What’s in abundance here are transparent 1×2 tiles and 1×2 plates, along with single round “studs” in both the tan and white colors predominant in this set. The arched windows and some square windows with tinted glass were nice to see, and the columns too.
As mentioned, the glass pyramid and either the Richelieu or Denon wing is represented in the LEGO set. The photo above captures both wings and the original Palace in the center. There is a small pyramid in front of the LEGO building itself, just as there is in the photo, showing once again the details that LEGO focused on. There’s no statue in the LEGO version, so I assume it represents the wing on the left of the photo.
As usual, I really like the way LEGO represented the complex structure and details, including the pyramid, columns and the roof of the building. They used some standard sloped pieces to mimic the angles of the roof, and even include the chimney.
As usual, the team at LEGO nailed it. Of course, not having been to Paris, I’m going by photos. The set is impressive and inline, in terms of scale, with the other Architecture sets I’ve got and made a nice addition to the collection.
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- Building Experience - 8/108/10
- Parts - 9/109/10
- Playability - 10/1010/10
- Value - 8/108/10
- Accuracy - 9/109/10