Lego Architecture – The Leaning Tower of Pisa (21015) Review

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Lego Architecture – The Leaning Tower of Pisa (21015): Well here goes this crazy review thing. I couldn’t think to start with a better model though. I’ve always been a fan of the Lego Architecture series, and I’m a bit surprised by the Tower of Pisa model. Partly for how sturdy it actually is (haha bad jokes), but on how much it’s a great size to capture it’s essence. Any bigger and it’d feel off trying to replicate, and smaller just couldn’t give you the details as effectively, anyway onto the build.

 

Time to Knoll: 13 Minutes

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Time to Build: 28 Minutes

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Metrics:

  • Pieces: 345 and 65 Steps – Manual (74 Pages)
  • Price: $34.99 on Lego and $31.26 on Amazon
  • Combo Points: (4X24X1X1) = 96 points
  • Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): 64mm x 96mm x 89.6mm or 550.5 cm³

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Scores:

  • Uniqueness: 5 out of 5 Stars
  • Aesthetics: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
  • Fun to Build: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
  • Hoarding: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

Spectrum:

 

What Else?

So then looking into the dimensions of the Leaning Tower of Pisa from here and here, we can see that the outer diameter is 15.484m, and the inner diameter is 7.368m. Then based on the height (including foundation) of 58.36m (of which I’ve assumed the wall height to be akin to the ceiling height) we get an outer volume of 10,989.3m3 and an inner volume 2,315.29m3 of giving us a total volume of ~8,674.01m3

From there we have this. Which gives us that to recreate the real leaning tower with the sets of just this Lego set would be about ~15,757,000. Which in truth 15.7 million isn’t actually that much. However this doesn’t account for structural needs, and note there are a lot of flat-top pieces of which there would be a lot of need, but likely not this much.

Anyway I made a mountainside processing plant for something like chemicals and such. Keeping with the remix rules (see About page) I added nothing to this build, and actually only kept out the single piece with the name.

Remix:

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Final Thoughts: Overall I’m happy signing up for the Pley service because while I like sets like this, I don’t see this as something I’d like to buy and keep around (there’s a lot of other architectural sites I’d rather have), but it’s a neat build.

Final Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

Top Brick – Explained!

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So then what is this nonsense. Well as someone who spends their time making tabletop games, working for a simulation company, metal crafting armor out of soda cans, reviewing spirits, and doing critical genre analysis of anime and video games – I felt like I needed a hobby.

So I’ve once again gotten back (more) into Lego – and because I’ve spent the last 5 years or so reviewing things – I can’t do something without thinking, hmm maybe I should review this if for nothing else to color how I see it. (and based on HonestBoozeReviews, for others to look at)

So then how will I go about reviewing lego sets? Well I’ve decided to to it much like a proper Top Gear review – so it’s not just me talking about some ‘feelings’ or explosions and general tomfoolery, but a serious review of everything regarding the steps, pieces, miles per gallon, whether you could build a hang glider with it, and how exactly it can explain the universe – but more of that in the coming weeks. As a primer here’s an overview of a review.

[Stock image of product]

Series/Name: I say some things so this feels like an actual review instead of a spreadsheet.

Time to Knoll: XX Minutes (How long it takes to set out the pieces)

[Knolling Image]

Time to Build: XX Minutes (How longs it takes to build)

[Built Image]

Metrics:

Pieces: XXXX and XXX Steps With a link to the manual

Price: $XX How much it costs you on Amazon, Lego, and the internet.

Volume (Based on Blob length/width/height): So taking the minimum longest width and height of the set I make a ‘square’. I then try to build up from that and do so in as compact a way as possible that uses all the pieces. I would then measure the overall volume of that using maths.

[Blob picture]

Scores:

Uniqueness: X out of 5 Stars – Does it feel novel in concept and look.

Aesthetics: X out of 5 Stars – Is it pretty enough to keep on my shelf

Fun to Build: X out of 5 Stars – Is building it fun or tedious?

Hoarding: X out of 5 Stars – Are there are a lot of good pieces, or rare bricks?

What Else?

Here I’ll do something unique to the model in question – such as calculate how much it would take to make in reality, whether it could deflect a nuclear blast, and what the fuel/mass ratio is for it to be sent into space. Essentially I’ll go off and do a bunch of research for it to be summed up in a paragraph.

I’ll then also build an alternate version. This is something that uses the pieces included in the set as something complete different. To give me a bit of leeway I have an under/over 5 pieces rule. Meaning I can add up to five pieces not from the set (if I feel it needs them) and I can remove 5 pieces from the official set from my remixed build. However those are the limits, with the goal to do that as little as possible. Minifigs are not included into this (or the above Volume calculation)

Remix: [Image of alternate build]

Final Thoughts: To wrap everything up before giving a final score of which people will hang every bit of their life on despite what I say here about things like. Mentioning that scores are an objective look into whether you’d like something subjectively, the futility of man, and finally if I actually liked a lego set.

Final Score: X out of 5 Stars