The LEGO Architecture range is full of lots of impressive structures from right across the world. Some landmarks and skylines act as the ideal replica of these global icons. So far, the series has stretched across continents with sets from Sydney, Shanghai, London, Washington D.C and more. But, for some reason, they hadn’t recreated one of the most famous US structures of all. The Empire State Building was the tallest in the world for almost 40 years. Today it is merely the third tallest in New York. Yet, it is still the one tourists flock to. So, it makes sense to see the Architecture Empire State Building 21046 Lego Set in this collection.
Recreate this New York icon from all sides in fine detail
In all honesty, there isn’t much to say about the bricks and the details of the Empire State Building design because there is such uniformity in the design of the actual building. However, it is impressive that the team at LEGO were able to create those iconic 1930s shapes out of the bricks. It tapers off, true to form, with the antenna tower at the top. This is also a 360-degree model, so they took great care to ensure that the structure looks great from every angle.
One of the appealing things about this model is that it isn’t just a model of the building. There is also a baseplate with an exterior scene that gives you a greater sense of context. A small Five Avenue street scene details the paving of the roads and has a series of little yellow cabs. This extra feature helps to add a sense of scale to the building. A 55cm brick-built replica on its own doesn’t showcase the grandeur of the Empire State Building to its full potential – even if this is the tallest LEGO Architecture model the company has made to date.
This set really is one for the architecture geeks rather than your typical LEGO builder
There are lots of pieces in this 16+ 1767 piece building, no “fun” features and a need for precise hand. Those that love the LEGO Architecture series will love the Architecture Empire State Building 21046 Lego Set because of that scale, the attention to detail in the shape and the additional information on the real building. This is also a great set to pair with the LEGO Statue of Liberty to continue with a New York theme.