This is a big moment. LEGO has officially announced the release of 10276 LEGO Colosseum – the biggest LEGO set ever released.
Weighing in at a monstrous 9,036 pieces, this set has overtaken the recent Millennium Falcon by almost 1,500 pieces. That’s a big jump. It’ll be available from 27th November, 2020, and will set you back US $549.99 / DE €499.99 / UK £449.99 / AU $749.99. That’s a lot of moolah.
It’s a microscale build with a good attention to detail. The tiny cars and trees along the outside, and the crumbling nature of the structure nicely mix the ancient with the modern.
The details of the set have also been kept true to the actual structure – 80 “ribs” in the spectator stands, just like the real deal, different tones of brick, and the build process mimics the process used to build the colosseum as well. This is a nice touch.
It’s going to be a test though, on multiple levels. It’s massive. With a 52x59cm footprint, it may be hard to find a place to display this set. I know I would!
Also, and the most obvious one of all – prepare to build the most repetitive build you have ever built. I mean, the photo above has me dreading it already!
There’s more images below, plus the press release. Who’s going to pick this one up on day one? Let me know in the comments. Also, this set is a part of the Black Friday deals. Taken from the press release:
The set will launch on 27th November, on Black Friday, as part of the LEGO Stores and LEGO.com Black Friday offerings. LEGO VIP members who purchase the exclusive model during the Black Friday Cyber Monday weekend will receive a limited-edition gift with purchase, a Roman Chariot, which can be displayed alongside the Colosseum. Shoppers can sign up to the VIP Program free either in store or online. Included in the Black Friday promotions are a range of other deals including an exclusive Charles Dickens tribute gift with purchases over £150, a Holiday Tree gift with purchases over £40, discounts on selected items, a chance to win 1,000,000 VIP points and exclusive VIP rewards launching throughout the weekend!
It’s not exactly clear what regions this deal is in, but we can count on the US at least. Stay tuned for more info on this and the Charles Dickens tribute gift too…back to Ancient Rome!
LANDING THIS BRICK FRIDAY, THE ULTIMATE FLAVIAN AMPHITHEATRE – THE LEGO® COLOSSEUM
The largest LEGO® brick set created to date will be available from LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com from 27th November
This Black Friday, LEGO® fans can take home a piece of history and re-create Rome’s most iconic landmark, with the awe-inspiring new LEGO Colosseum set. Made up of 9,036 pieces, this is not only the largest LEGO brick set launched to date (taking the title from the LEGO® Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon) it’s also been expertly designed to mimic the incredible architecture of the original Roman amphitheatre, making it a building project to savour and a set to marvel at.
Both LEGO fans and History buffs need to look no further than their living room to experience a taste of Italian history, as this LEGO brick model is a truly authentic LEGO brick recreation of the mighty Colosseum – featuring many true-to-life details to help builders accurately bring this famous building to life. This epic LEGO model features a recreation of the three distinct stories from the Colosseum, with each of these stories adorned with the columns of the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders. These columns have been faithfully recreated in LEGO brick form using a variety of creative building techniques, including decorative volutes that have been created using a recoloured LEGO roller skate element that has been turned upside down to create an authentic look.
Every detail of the set has been meticulously crafted to stay true to the real-life Colosseum – including having 80 ‘ribs’ in the spectator stands (the exact same number as the original) and having three different shades of brick to replicate the different columns and aging of the almost 2,000 year old landmark. The build experience has even been expertly created to match the same process as the original, with the “wooden” LEGO arena being the last build to be placed on the LEGO model, as it has been in the 1990s. As well as being a challenging build, this model is truly a breath-taking focal point for any room. The LEGO Colosseum rests on an oval base, allowing this phenomenal 360-degree display piece to be shown off from any angle. Builders can then choose which side of this magnificent LEGO Brick recreation of one of Rome’s most visited landmarks they display – whether that’s the southern side of the building, which has been destroyed by various earthquakes and natural disasters over the years, or the more complete northern wall. Colosseum features arches, that have been recreated with LEGO brick detailing, allowing a view into the centre of the Colosseum from the outside, just like its real-life counterpart.
The set was designed by Rok Zgalin Kobe who commented:
” One of the biggest challenges and one of the most important things was to convey the Colosseum’s monumentality in the LEGO form. I felt that the LEGO model should display a special architectural feature of the original – the rows of columns flanking the arches in different styles. To achieve that, the model is constructed using an effect of vertical exaggeration. The cross-section is therefore far steeper than on the real structure. Hopefully, people will be inspired to learn more about the original through the experience of building the LEGO model.”
The LEGO Colosseum measures over 10.5” (27cm) high, 20.5” (52cm) wide and 23.5” (59cm) deep making this a spectacular centre piece for any LEGO brick collection.
LEGO Colosseum will be available directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores from 27th November