If you recall several weeks ago, we posted our take on some of the most anticipated LEGO Creator sets that are yet to be revealed in 2016. Among the three that we mentioned (including the LEGO Volkswagen Beetle 10252 and the holiday themed LEGO Creator Winter Train 10254), it is probably the LEGO Creator Big Ben 10253 that is highly anticipated. For one thing, it is gorgeously huge with more than 4,000 pieces, making it the third largest advanced model that LEGO has come up with.
To commemorate the 157th year anniversary of the famous British landmark, LEGO has just released this massive set in honor of good ‘ol Big Ben. In a ceremonial-like unveiling which is set at exactly at 3PM (UK time) of May 19, the reveal is also accompanied by the LEGO Group’s announcement of their newest flagship store in London which will open later this year.
Here’s the official press release from the LEGO Group, followed by official images of this set.
10253 Big Ben
Ages 16+. 4,163 pieces.
US $249.99 – CA $299.99 – DE 219.99€ – UK £169.99 – DK 1999.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit shop.LEGO.com for regional pricing.
Build the world’s best-known clock tower!
Get up close to Big Ben! The clock was first started on May 31st 1859, and Big Ben’s first chime rang from the 96-meter Elizabeth Tower on July 11th of the same year. This over 23” (60cm) high LEGO® interpretation of the iconic structure is a tribute to its engineering and architecture. It features a detailed facade with statues, shields and windows, and a clock tower with 4 adjustable clock dials and a removable roof allowing access to the belfry, plus buildable exterior elements including a sidewalk, lawn and a tree depicting the building’s location. This model makes a great display piece for the home or office.
• Big Ben features a detailed section of the Westminster Palace and the adjoining Elizabeth Tower, 4 detailed clock dials with movable hour and minutes hands, and a sidewalk, tree and grass area depicting the building’s location.
• Remove the top of the tower to access the Big Ben bell.
• Put your LEGO® building skills to the test!
• Special elements include 4 printed clock faces.
• Rare elements include ski poles, flowers and corner plates in molded gold color, and tinted-translucent elements.
• This set includes over 4,000 LEGO® pieces.
• This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.
• Big Ben measures over 23” (60cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.
At almost two feet high, the LEGO Creator Big Ben is imposing to say the least. It demands your attention just by the sheer size of it. Removing the top portion of the tower reveals an impressive clock work that is fully functional, complete with movable hour hand and minutes. Adding value to this set are the special and rare elements that come along with it, especially the printed clock faces. LEGO’s choice of using microfigs for the statues is really clever. This is one set that perfectly goes together with the LEGO Tower Bridge 10214. Throw in some pieces from LEGO City’s Fun In The Park – City People Pack 60134 and you have a more scenic recreation of the famous landmark.
There is so much to say about this set, but I have to refer this to Jason and Stephen’s expertise once they get their hands on the LEGO Big Ben.
VIP Early Access for the LEGO Creator Big Ben 10253 will start on June 15 via shop.LEGO.com, followed by its launch date on July 1.
So what do you think about this set? Do you think LEGO did a good job coming up with this one? Hit the comments button and share your thoughts below.