Everybody loves Legos (unless you’re a Dad who’s stepped on one in the middle of the night). While Lincoln Logs and Viewmasters have gone by the wayside, the plastic bricks have stood the test of time, growing in popularity among both children and adults.
One site recently called Legos “the best toy of all time.” Saying, “despite their relatively simple design, the famed plastic bricks have only grown in popularity alongside the advent of smart technology and the internet. Although they’ve always been a childhood favorite, Lego’s elaborate theme sets helped push the brand over the top. From Star Wars and Harry Potter to Marvel and Fortnite, you can find a Lego set for virtually any IP in existence.”
Christmas is when you typically see the latest Lego sets hit the store shelves, and this year the toy giant did not disappoint. Lego has decided to go big. Really big.
Thrillist writes, Lego has revealed its tallest set ever. The Eiffel Tower set lets you build one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. When you get it, you are not just building the tower, you’re building it to a ridiculous height. The full set is 58 inches tall. That’s nearly five feet tall.
The set contains 10,001 pieces and “authentically” replicates the landmark. That includes the familiar trusswork, three observation platforms, landscaping around the base, elevators, an office at the top, and a broadcast tower. There is also a French flag to position at the very top.
A Lego set coming in at nearly five feet tall is not only daunting but poses some logistical problems for fanatics. Addressing those issues, Lego says that the set separates into four sections to make it “manageable to build, move, and play with.”
“We wanted to find the ultimate LEGO expression for the engineering and architectural masterpiece that is the Eiffel tower,” said Lego designer Rok Žgalin Kobe. “We followed the structural principles of the original tower as closely as the LEGO System would allow. During the build you’ll uncover interesting, novel LEGO building techniques that bring the tower’s architectural features to life in LEGO bricks. Once complete you can imagine the breath-taking feeling of standing at the top and looking across the rich history of the city of Paris.”
Last year, LEGO released their longest-ever set, the HMS Titanic, which was made up of 9,090 pieces and was 135cm (54″) long. “The Eiffel Tower is even bigger, standing 149cm (58.5″) tall, and being made of 10,001 pieces. That’s enough to make it the largest LEGO set ever made, though technically—by LEGO’s own standards at least—not the biggest—they count a set’s size by the number of bricks used, not its physical dimensions,” according to one report.
Looking at the dimensions, I can only think of one thing: “Honey, I think we’re going to need a bigger Christmas tree.”