Lego Architecture – Seattle Space Needle (21003) Review


Lego Architecture – Seattle Space Needle (21003): Another in my continuing series of Architecture reviews. I mention this in my remix notes – but the scale and piece count works here so well. I know some people are not fans of the needle, but for the model – I really like how it’s come together.


Time to Knoll: 1.5 Minutes


Time to Build: 4 Minutes




  • Pieces: 57 and 27 Steps – Manual (12 Pages)
  • Price: $19.99 on Lego and $29.95 on Amazon
  • Weight 56 grams (So close to the same number of pieces.)
  • Combo Points: (1X0X1X1) = 0 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 32mm x 80mm x 12.8mm or 32.7 cm³ but as noticed there are a few extra parts so the true total is 49.5 cm³




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




What Else?

So when I first thought about something special for the Space Needle – I noticed from Wikipedia the facts of how sturdy the structure actually was. The building was made to withstand 200mph winds which at the time was double what the 1962 building code required. So this is a scale model, so I can just scale down the speed and test this right?

Those with Aerospace engineering backgrounds likely just shouted at their computers. Because it seems to be nearly the opposite. Due to pesky things like fluid dynamics (and in this case yes air is a fluid) you need to properly match air viscosity and make sure things like the Reynolds number is satisfied. This requires a Wind Tunnel which I don’t have lying around (and considering the scale of this model – that’d be one hell of a whopper)

I still wanted to ‘destroy’ my scale model though – so thanks to some sites detailing making a homemade shake table I could. Thankfully I haven’t lost my marbles, but I also secured the base with tape (just so the shaking wouldn’t ‘pop’ it off the surface). My hope for failure is where the 2×2 Circle Plate with the technic axle meets the base plate of the model. So I tried this.

And nothing. I figured – well okay I can remove the black nameplate – surely that’s just making it too wide anyway.

And still nothing. In fact I had to decrease the model to a single 4×6 plate (I made it to surround the sides so it ‘sunk’ in.) Only then did I get the failure I want. So it seems at the end of the day the model is likely just as sturdy as the Needle itself.



Remix: I did manage to use all pieces, and I tried many different possible ways to remix this. All the ways though just felt wrong, and even my drone (with stand) feels wrong. I know I normally seem to laud sets where remixes come easy, and that good sets allow you to easily make new things. However I also really appreciate this build. Aside from it’s simplicity I get the sense that no matter what I did – this wanted to be the Space Needle. Kudos to the designer Adam Reed for his fine work.



Final Thoughts: Again another pleasing model from the Architecture line. In fact my only real complaint is that only residents from Seattle would enjoy this. Unlike Big Ben, or the Tower of Pisa and other historical landmarks – this lacks an appeal to, well sense. It’s like – you could easily have some of the more iconic locational sets – even if you’ve never been there. This however lacks that same appeal. (Unless of course you have the whole line of Architecture in which case get them all)

Final Score: 4 out of 5 Stars

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