Theme: LEGO Architecture
Release Year: 2020
Cost: AU $149.99
Pieces: 1483 pieces
During what is quite a tumultuous time in the US, it’s interesting to see that LEGO is having another go at The White House. After 21006 from 2010, now they’ve decided to include both the East and West Wings, which ends up being a very large Architecture set.
It’s also interesting that it’s being released on August 1st in North and South America, while the rest of the world has had it since June 1st. Why release the set two months later, in the country where the subject build is located?
It’s another set with the 18+ age suggestion on the box, and comes with the new design (which really is growing on me). Inside the box are 11 numbered bags across five build stages, four 8×16 plates in dark green, and an instruction manual.
I’m not much of an Architecture collector – my collection consists of only three sets, but I’ve enjoyed the build processes of all of them so far. There’s three sections to the build – the Executive Residence, the West Wing, and the East Wing. I also learned something about this complex while building the set, so it was an added bonus!
The build for all three sections end up being a relatively similar process. First the base goes down, then some exterior supporting columns go in – these end up being the corners of the buildings, followed by the window sections. There’s a fair bit of repetition required here – the tall vertical windows are made up of 1×2 or 1×1 transparent black plates and white plates. It looks great in the final build, but the build process is repetitive. These go in at different sections of the framework. The build is about half SNOT.
The rectangular portico at the rear of the set is a little tricky as the vertical bars need to align with the underside of the 1×1 plates of the roof. The roof shaping looks wonderful and the use of inverting the 1×1 bricks as chimneys was clever. Add some landscaping and it’s done.
The process is similar for the West and East Wings. These are able to be removed without the Executive Residence portion looking like it’s missing something. A big issue is with the instruction booklet. The introduction for the West Wing is before the build for the East Wing, and the introduction for the East Wing is before the build for the West Wing! I wonder if it’s going to be fixed in future versions?
The East Wing is the simpler of the two, with a simpler design and build.
The West Wing is a little more fancy with a round window section for the Oval Office and a columned walkway called the West Colonnade.
The builds are effective, clean, and rather clever. The addition of the small trees and hedges look good, and break up the white. I’m sure there are other issues that eagle eyed Architecture fans will point out, but for a novice Architecture builder, this set is quite cool. I learned something about the building, and it was an enjoyable build. If you were a fan of the first White House set, this will be worth picking up.
While the score is comparatively low, there was none given for swooshability (obviously). Taking that out, it’s not too bad.
DESIGN / APPEARANCE: 18/20
VALUE FOR MONEY: 7/10
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.