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Today we are quickly interested in the LEGO Architecture set 20151 Tokyo Skyline (547 pieces - 64.99 €), a box that will join at the beginning of 2020 the already long list of panoramas of different cities converted with LEGO sauce. Here it is Tokyo that it is about with some emblematic structures of the Japanese capital, the Tokyo Tower, Gakuen Cocoon Tower mode, the park Chidorigafuchi, a view of shibuya, tower Tokyo skytree and the exhibition center tokyo big sight all placed in front of Mount Fuji with a forced perspective effect.
La Tokyo Tower is quite convincing, we find this red and white Eiffel Tower side of the 333-meter construction visible from all parts of the city, but without the lightness of the structure which is here embodied by solid parts. So we hesitate a bit with Tintin's rocket, but it was undoubtedly difficult to do better on this scale. At the foot of the Tokyo Tower, we find what appears to be the temple of Sensoji, a pagoda surmounted by a golden element. Nothing is specified about this structure in the instruction booklet.
La Gakuen Cocoon Tower Mode is in my opinion a little less successful. The 204-meter-high structure that accommodates several thousand Japanese students is a little more elegant than the LEGO version and the pad-printed pieces with a simple geometric pattern struggle to reproduce the "nest" effect visible on the real building.
Further in the skyline, there are two emblematic places of the Japanese capital: the path of Chidorigafuchi which runs along the moat of the Imperial Palace with its cherry blossoms in spring and the intersection of the Shibuya district, an incredible place that sees thousands of people crossing the street at the same time and in all directions without jostling each other.
Even if you've never been to Japan, you must have seen this place at least once in a movie. I was able to go there during a business trip and it is a strange feeling to find myself in the middle of the flow of people who cross this simple crossing.
The LEGO version obviously does not convey any of these emotions, but the presence of this place in this set is a detail that I particularly appreciate. There are buildings with their colorful signs, giant screens that display advertisements and ground markings that make it easy to recognize the place.
At the end of the display, we find the exhibition center Tokyo Big Sight with the very particular structure of its conference space relatively well reproduced here. Just behind, we install the Tokyo Skytree, a 634 meter high structure whose LEGO version is in my opinion unconvincing.
The metallic mesh which covers the tower is symbolized here by a few flexible tubes too far apart to produce a credible effect. Once again, I am well aware that the scale of these skylines does not allow all the fantasies usually seen on the sets of the Architecture range which only feature a single construction, but I am still a little disappointed .
It's hard for me to criticize the choice of buildings that make up this Tokyo skyline, I don't live there. Everyone will have an opinion on the subject depending on what they may have learned from their visit to the Japanese capital, but from my point of view as an occasional tourist, I think the selection is quite representative of what best symbolizes this city.
I remain a little on my hunger concerning the Gakuen Cocoon Tower Mode and the tower placed to the far right of the model. Mount Fuji, despite its rough finish, brings a bit of depth to the product and helps highlight the two elements that I think are the most successful here: Chidorigafuchi and Shibuya.
Overall, this set is a nice souvenir for those who have already been able to go to Tokyo and who have taken the time to visit the city a little without spending their entire stay in Akihabara ... The district would have deserved to be included in this skyline, with a few micro-buildings adorned with illuminated signs.
Lovers of micro-constructions based on LEGO bricks will also find their account there with a set that offers varied and always ingenious assemblies. Some structures, on the other hand, are a little fragile, but as it is a pure exhibition product that you do not touch after mounting it, this is not very serious.
Note: The set presented here, supplied by LEGO, is as usual in play. Deadline fixed at 20th December 2019 next at 23pm.
Update : The winner was drawn and was notified by email, his nickname is indicated below. Without a response from him to my request for contact details within 5 days, a new winner will be drawn.
|vegeta2004 - Comment posted the 09/12/2019 at 22:42|
When we talk about the wolf ... End of the suspense concerning the content of the two sets planned for the beginning of 2020 in the LEGO Architecture range with the official visuals of both skylines announced:
The two sets seem to me at first glance to be rather successful, but it will be necessary to take a closer look to see if the various buildings, monuments and emblematic places of the two cities in LEGO version are up to what they intend to reproduce.
For Tokyo, we therefore find in order the Tokyo Tower, Gakuen Cocoon Tower mode, a representation of the alley of Chidorigafuchi, a view of shibuya, tower Tokyo skytree and the exhibition center Tokyo Big Sight.
For Dubai, we find in order the hotel Jumeirah Emirates Towers, The Dubai Frame, The Dubai Fountain, the Burj Khalifa and the hotel Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
These two sets will be available from January 2020.
Updated with the addition of HD visuals.
The current wave of new official visuals has not yet allowed us to discover the content of the two new type sets skyline planned in the LEGO Architecture range for early 2020: references 21051 Tokyo (547 pieces) and 21052 Dubai (740 rooms).
What we know about these two boxes can therefore be summed up in the list of monuments that will make up the skyline of each set: Tokyo Tower, Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower, Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo Skytree, Chidorigafuchi Park and the crossing of Shibuya for set 21051 and Burj Khalifa, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel, Dubai Frame et The Dubai Fountain for set 21052.
I am expected to receive a copy of each of these boxes very soon, so we will discuss these in more detail. skylines on the occasion of "Review "in order to know whether they are simple derivative products intended to fill the shelves of tourist shops in the cities concerned or products which really deserve their name" Architecture ".
Take out your calendars and prepare your bank cards. Registration for the LEGO Inside Tour 2020 are open so you can choose one of the four sessions planned for next year to take a tour of Billund, participate in some guided tours, meet several designers, enjoy the LEGOLAND park and the LEGO House and return with an exclusive set that you can choose to keep as a souvenir of this experience or sell in secret to amortize the cost of the operation.
You will have to spend nearly € 2000 to participate in this LEGO Inside Tour, not including travel costs and any additional hotel nights to be expected at the start and end of your stay depending on your flight schedules.
Note that you will also have access to the store reserved for employees of the LEGO group where many sets are sold at reduced prices and that you can also bring back sets marketed only to the LEGO House (21037 LEGO House, 40366 LEGO House Dinosaurs et 4000026 Tree of Creativity) and Billund Airport (40199 Billund Airport). They are great keepsakes and they also sell very well when needed.
To register, it's at this address that it happens before November 1st.
The PicWicToys brand has an offer that may be of interest to some of you: You buy three LEGO sets and you only pay for the two most expensive, the third (the cheapest) being offered.
So you can expect to get a maximum reduction of 33% if you buy three products at the same price or three times the same product ...
Please note that LEGO Creator Expert and LEGO Architecture products do not benefit from this offer which is valid online and in stores until September 21.
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