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We’ve made a point of collecting for review all the current LEGO Architecture models, and I have to say that the Lincoln Memorial (LEGO Model 21022, Ages 12+, 274 pieces, 39.99 CAD) is the simplest and most striking of all of them. It’s also one of the most visually accurate of LEGO Architecture‘s representations of modern structures.
Out Of The Box
This isn’t a giant build, obviously – I was finished within 45 minutes or so. Also, it wasn’t exceptionally difficult; repetition was a big factor in putting the Lincoln Memorial together. However, the classic beauty of the original structure is faithfully replicated here.
Almost entirely white with only a few black pieces, I assumed that it’d be difficult to locate the specific parts I’d need at each step of the build. Not so- the Memorial was designed in such a way that the pieces have varied and distinct shapes.
The instructions PDF and printed booklet are both crystal clear and as usual, supply interesting information about the real architecture that inspired the LEGO version.
As someone with both an uneducated interest in architecture and in building LEGO, this build was both fun and meditative. I found it really interesting that the design included a “Minifig Lincoln” inside the Memorial, despite it not being visible from the exterior once the build was finished. The design makes a point of making the roof removable in one piece in order to view the interior – a nice additional touch.
In terms of the end result, this is not a toy, nor was it designed to be. While the “playability” factor is nonexistent in this model, it’s LEGO’s most faithful architectural reproduction I’ve seen thus far. It’s fairly small at about 2″ x 3″ x 4″ or so, but the end result is very striking.
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- Building Experience - 9/109/10
- Parts - 10/1010/10
- Value - 8/108/10