Lego Architecture – Brandenburg Gate (21011) Review

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Lego Architecture – Brandenburg Gate (21011): Another Architecture build, this one which isn’t a terribly great piece of architecture, but a great provider of certain pieces for unique builds. Also unlike other builds from architecture where it seem more tall – this looks small on an image but is actually a pretty decent size – which is actually not a good thing from me, because it wouldn’t want to have this built to use for a display piece.

 

Time to Knoll: 13.5 Minutes

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Time to Build: 22 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 363 and 40 Steps – Manual (41 Pages)
  • Price: $34.99 on Lego and $28.99 on Amazon
  • Weight 241 grams
  • Combo Points: (4X32X1X1) = 128 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 48mm x 96mm x 86.4mm or 389.1 cm³ of course there’s a little bit more on the top so it’s really 418.6 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 4 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 3 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 1 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

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What Else?

One of the main things that Lego has categorically not really done is to make sets that are really more military based – there’s even people who go massively out of the way to provide arms and armaments for those who want them in their Lego builds or videos. To a degree this makes sense since they are a toy company (although I don’t see Architecture as a child’s toy), but I can understand how it goes against the ethical and moral ground Lego is built on.

This is actually kind of sad though because some of the best model kits you can buy are usually from military vehicles and planes, but we sort of lose that aspect from Lego. Of course this being a more adult-themed set from Germany I kind of wish though that I could get something like a German Marder III

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Of course the internet feels the same way and has responded by offering a whole bunch of sets you can get from Brickmania or even Ebay – all custom sets using Lego pieces (and often BrickArms as well) Just looking through these the builds look fantastic, and I’m already looking into sets with tank treads so I can see if I can re-create some tanks for my own collection.

 

Remix: So for my remix this time I actually kept within the gate theme (and of course my typical rules – this is another build where I use all pieces, but of course most are hidden). This however is a more asian-style temple gate which I thought of when I decided to use all those roof pieces as steps which felt neat.

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Now if you’re wondering about how that angle was achieved without using some angle bending pieces that didn’t come with this set – you can see the mechanism below.

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If that looks weak though, and you;re assuming that big backend piece is holding everything up though – you’d be wrong. The combo of distributing the load across the stairs, a heavy bottom, and that small 2×4 plate actually locks in the stairs well enough that it’s fine free-standing.

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Final Thoughts: Overall I think this build applies to those who are German, but mostly those looking for certain pieces to use in their other builds. In that respect I liked working with what the kit has to offer, but just not it’s finished product.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

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