A Look At The Set That Never Was (Supposedly) – The LEGO Architecture Las Vegas (21038)

If you recall back in 2017, the LEGO Architecture Skyline subtheme had a particular set that never made it to the mainstream public. Triggered by the unfortunate events of October, 2017’s Mandalay Bay Hotel shooting, the LEGO Group deemed wise to cancel the impending release of the LEGO Architecture Las Vegas (21038), and was eventually replaced by a redesigned set that noticeably deviated from the original plan of including the famous hotel along the Las Vegas strip. This is completely understandable and was a welcomed move from TLG that highlights the social and moral compass that guides the company.

LEGO Architecture Las Vegas (21038)

Images of the front and back box art of the LEGO Architecture Las Vegas (21038) courtesy of Brick Architect.

The unreleased 487-piece LEGO Architecture Las Vegas (21038) set suffered from an initial delayed release date which was soon followed by another until it was officially announced that it will be replaced with a redesigned model. It was quite a sad day for LEGO Architecture fans, but it was a necessary step if LEGO will stay true to its core values of not depicting real-life violence in its toys.

So for almost 2 years, we thought that this set does not eventually exist. Not until a surprising report from Tom Alphin aka the Brick Architect, revealed that some LEGO Architecture Las Vegas (21038) sets found their way in a retail store in Johannesburg, South Africa. It does not come as a surprise if LEGO has this set planned ahead long before the unfortunate shooting took place. So these sets either missed LEGO’s recall train or has found their way into the market from some LEGO warehouse from who knows where.

According to Tom, this set is not actually his but was provided to him to be reviewed. In fact, Tom did a superb review that I highly recommend that you go through as well. Apart from the lamentable circumstances in which this set has been connected to, it is commendable how this set introduces several new pieces that are believed to be only found in this set such as the Technic 3-Blade Rotor (32125) and the 1x2x1⅔ Brick w/ 2 studs 1-side (32952), both in Pearl Gold colors that replicate the Mandalay Bay Hotel’s signature architecture. Needless to say, the build also introduces an interesting building technique that captures the hotel’s unique design.

These Pearl Gold pieces are only found in the unreleased LEGO Architecture Las Vegas (21038).

No one knows exactly how many of these unreleased LEGO sets are out there – even a search over at eBay does not even yield any positive result. We may never see the LEGO Architecture Las Vegas (21038) grace our Skylines collection, but I am thankful that someone was kind enough to go out of his way to give us a closer look at this set that never was. Thanks also to Huw from Brickset for additional info.

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First Wave of 2019 LEGO Architecture Official Images Released

After being listed at Austrian online store Alternate earlier this month, we now have official images of the first two sets belonging to the first wave of 2019 LEGO Architecture sets: the San Francisco (21043) and Paris (21044) sets. Based on LEGO Architecture’s recent Skylines theme, these new sets on the block is expected to be available in the market early in February or during the first quarter of 2019. Check out the following images courtesy of Promobricks.

 

LEGO Architecture San Francisco (21043)

€49.99; 565 pieces

The set includes legendary landmarks and famous San Francisco landmarks, including the famous Painted Ladies Houses, 555 California Street, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Salesforce Tower, the Coit Tower, Fort Point, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island The Set also contains a blue plate-covered baseplate that represents the Golden Gate Strait. The enclosed booklet contains information about the designer, architecture, and history of each landmark, as well as historical facts about San Francisco and the architectural heritage of this famous city

 

LEGO Architecture Paris (21044)

€49.99; 694 pieces

The set includes a selection of Paris’ most famous landmarks: the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, the Tour Montparnasse, the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, as well as lawn and tree areas. The enclosed booklet contains information on the designer, architecture and history of each building, as well as historical facts about Paris and the architectural heritage of this famous city (available in French and English only.)

Expand Your LEGO Architecture Great Wall of China (21041) With This Great Price Cut From Amazon

Thinking of how to make your LEGO Architecture Great Wall of China (21041) look even better? Then why not adding another section to this iconic World Heritage Site rendered in LEGO bricks, especially that Amazon is currently offering this set at 20% off from its original price.

Since its reveal last April, we saw that the LEGO Architecture Great Wall of China (21041) followed a certain organic design which is somewhat different from other Architecture sets that are based on modern man-made structures. This gives the Great Wall a more natural aesthetic and the opportunity to allow multiple copies of the same set to be snapped together, creating a more realistic, brick-built rendition.

Coming in at 551 pieces and retailing for $49.99, the cost of getting another set is quite steep, to be honest. However, it may not be much of a problem now that Amazon is running a promo that offers the LEGO Architecture Great Wall of China (21041) at 20% off, reducing its price to $39.99 per set. So if you’re looking forward to build that Great Wall project using LEGO bricks, then you may want to click on the link below and check out the rest of this Amazon promo. Happy building!

 

LEGO Architecture Great Wall of China (21041)

Pieces: 551; $49.99 $39.99

 

Discover the architectural secrets of the world heritage great wall with this LEGO Architecture 21041 The Great Wall of China set. Explore the ingenious building techniques that allow the structure to drape across thousands of miles of countryside, curving up, down and around mountains and rugged undulating terrain to form a harmonious blend of nature and architecture. This accurately detailed LEGO interpretation depicts 2 turrets joined by a winding section of wall atop a dark-green mountainous landscape with lush valleys, trees and lakes, and is finished with decorative English and Chinese nameplates. The set has been designed to deliver a rewarding and relaxing building experience to all with an interest in architecture, travel, history and design, and makes a truly dynastic centerpiece for the home or office. Connect multiple models to extend your great wall display.

New 2019 LEGO Architecture Sets Listed in Austrian Online Retailer

As we approach the final leg of 2018, it looks like LEGO and its retailers are giving us a sneak peek on how the brick landscape will look like in 2019. In this case, the latest reveals are now coming from the 2019 LEGO Architecture line where we are given a glimpse of the initial sets to be offered next year, particularly from the Skylines subtheme.

If you recall, one of the most recent LEGO Architecture Skyline set release this year is the necessarily delayed Las Vegas (21047). The delays due to the necessary redesigns for the LEGO Architecture Las Vegas are understandable, and hopefully, LEGO is now back in track with its release schedules as we can now see from an early listing from an online Austrian retailer.

Austrian online marketplace Alternate.at has put listings on upcoming LEGO Architecture sets for tagged as LEGO Architecture San Francisco (21043) and Paris (21044). No images were provided but they did indicate the number of pieces, product description and the set price of €49.99 for both of them. Here’s a brief description of these sets as published by Alternate and posted here via Google Translate.

LEGO Architecture San Francisco (21043)

€49.99; 565 pieces

The set includes legendary landmarks and famous San Francisco landmarks, including the famous Painted Ladies Houses, 555 California Street, the Transamerica Pyramid, the Salesforce Tower, the Coit Tower, Fort Point, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island The Set also contains a blue plate-covered baseplate that represents the Golden Gate Strait. The enclosed booklet contains information about the designer, architecture, and history of each landmark, as well as historical facts about San Francisco and the architectural heritage of this famous city

LEGO Architecture Paris (21044)

€49.99; 694 pieces

The set includes a selection of Paris’ most famous landmarks: the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, the Tour Montparnasse, the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, as well as lawn and tree areas. The enclosed booklet contains information on the designer, architecture and history of each building, as well as historical facts about Paris and the architectural heritage of this famous city (available in French and English only.)

These sets are expected for release in February of next year, and we can expect that official set of images of these latest 2019 LEGO Architecture sets will be out soon.