Release Year: 2015
Pieces: 484 (with 7 minifigures)
The original project was submitted by Alatariel, who is well known in the LEGO Ideas sphere as also being responsible for 21110: Research Institute. You can read my review of that set here. While the basic structure of the set has not changed from the original submission, many of the details have. The back wall’s colour has changed, as well as some details on the shelves, but for the most part, it’s all pretty true to the original, with some changes being totally understandable.
Inside the box you will get three loose dark sand plates, an instruction booklet, a small sticker sheet, and 5 bags of parts.
This set is chock full of element goodness. Thanks to the detailing in the apartment, we’re given loads of small parts, fine detailing, and in a fair few cases, some brand new elements here as well. Of course, the minifigures are all new, but I’ll come back to them. We’ve got new blue and dark red nanofigure, a dark green tap, plenty of printed parts including some whiteboards with scribbles on them and an old school radio, a medium azure globe and two chinese takeout boxes (I wouldn’t mind a few more of these). There’s also elements that we’ve seen in sets before but are brilliant to have – a chihuahua (for Raj’s dog Cinnamon), some markers that are actually lipstick, and a whole kitchen accessories pack. These are great, but a little out of scale, and with them all in yellow, it’s a pity, but you get some pretty great spares.
I’m going to go with a 7 for this one. While you can of course recreate some scenes in the show, there’s not much else you can do with it. Recreating scenes is still great fun, so maybe this section should get higher, but to me, this is purely a display set.
It was pretty great fun to piece the room together. Starting with the back wall and study corner the shelves go in, and get filled up with books, followed by the main bookcase, rug, seating and the rest. It’s pretty fiddly, with so many small elements, but is still fun to build, as there’s so much to look at. I really like the couch. It’s simply built, but so effective.
The design of this set is excellent. There are so many details that hark back to the show, like the Green Lantern lamp, chinese takeout boxes, thermostat, and more. It’s brilliantly done. I also particularly like the curtains. They’re something I had no idea was even in the set, but oddly enough, it’s one of my favourite parts of the build. The one I’m most disappointed about has got to be the DNA model. The original submission’s version looks fantastic, with the hoses being used to curl around the central spire. The official LEGO version uses blue and red taps, and they don’t really curve in the same way. It just doesn’t look right to me. The extra parts like the chair and the whiteboard are also excellent, although there’s not many places to store then in the set.
The interesting thing about LEGO Ideas sets is that they’re all so individual. You can easily skip a set if you’re not a fan, or collect them all for the fun of it. There are some set though, that just need to be grabbed if you’re a fan of the IP itself, and this is one of those sets. If you’re a fan of TBBT, you’ll want to get this set while you can. Like many Ideas sets, they run out pretty quickly! Value for money is pretty decent at the moment. You can spend pretty close to the RRP and get your hands on one in the secondary market, but it’s still available in stores and online, so go there. The price you pay is fantastic for the parts you get, so that in and of itself is worth it.
Next week we’re heading back into the bulk lot, with a Star Wars set – 7259: ARC-170 Fighter. Bring it on!