LEGO’s just lifted the lid on a long-rumoured set: LEGO Icons 10307 Eiffel Tower. It’s a detailed replica of the iconic French monument, it’s made up of over 10,000 pieces, and it’s an eye-watering 1.5 metres tall.
That’s 59 inches, if you prefer to work in imperial measurements. Or 4.8 feet tall. Or 1.6 yards, or 1,490 millimetres. In other words, it’s oh-so very tall. Too tall, some might say. We’d definitely say so.
Unveiled officially today and appearing on the LEGO website, the Eiffel Tower will be available to buy from 25th November. Prepare your wallets for a big hit, however: it’ll cost you £554.99/$679.99. In this economy, that much money could heat your home for, we don’t know, at least two weeks.
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LEGO describes Eiffel Tower 10307 as having a “faithfully geometric design”. Moreover, the building process is supposed to match the original construction process of the real thing, being built in four sections. You’ll find authentic arches, supports, cross bracing and railings, and there’s even a teeny-tiny park complete with teeny-tiny trees underneath the set the scene (and the scale).
Some of the details sound rather nice, though. There are three observation platforms, lifts complete with cabling, and even a private office and broadcast tower at the top. You won’t find a minifigure to sit in the office though. Thank god. Imagine how big it would have to be if it was minifig scale. We doubt this thing is even microfigure scale.
If you’ve got the money and the space, there’s absolutely no doubt that LEGO Icons 10307 Eiffel Tower will look incredible. Especially if you care at all about the Eiffel Tower, or have constant French wanderlust. For most LEGO fans though, we simply think that this is a step too far. We also think it’s not going to be the most exciting build: it’s essentially 10,000 grey pieces, many of which are small and fiddly. Even if we did have the space and/or the money, we don’t think we’d have the patience.
If you have all three, the LEGO Icons Eiffel Tower can be yours on 25th November. More information is available on the LEGO website.