The LEGO House is a brand new building being constructed in the centre of Billund, Denmark. To appease local retailers, who are likely to be affected by the building works, LEGO has produced an exclusive Architecture set of it that'll be available only in Billund.
It's just found its way into the shops there and Brickset member Goldjono, who was there on business last week, has kindly brought one back for me.
There's been little information about it on the Internet, so I'm pleased to be able to bring you the first online review.
Architecture sets started out as being available only in the vicinity of the subject building so this one is not unique in that regard but it is the first to be made of a building that hasn't been built yet and it's also the first to contain a minifig.
The box is the same high-quality design and construction as other Architecture sets, although this one is longer and thinner than most. The back shows a top view of the model and artists' impressions of the inside and outside of the building.
Inside the box. I was not invited to 'Enjoy your building experience' on the front like I usually am when opening Architecture sets.
Inside, three bags, black baseplates and a thick perfect bound instruction book. As usual, the 64-page book provides information about the building and what'll be inside it. There's no mention of who designed the set, though.
Construction is straightforward and entirely studs-on-top.
At this stage, four identical sections are placed in the corners overhanging the ground floor.
Then four more identical ones inside those, and a 2x4 on the top finish it off.
The finished model.
Most Architecture sets have been of large, imposing skyscrapers or other structures, but not this one: it's only about 4 bricks high.
A view of the back of it shows that's the ground floor is not symmetrical, but the first floor upwards appears to be.
Here, then, is the first Architecture minifig. I guess it's been put in it to provide play value for kids who might have the set bought for them. It's a bit superfluous but a nice inclusion, nevertheless.
This is another great Architecture set that fans of the series will want to get hold of. It's not a very impressive building height-wise but it does look very interesting architecturally and I look forward to visiting the real thing in 2016.
I've no idea how many sets have been made or how long it's likely to be available for, but I do know that it costs something like 150DKK (about £17 / $28) in the shops. Whether you'll be able to get it for anything like that outside of Billund though, is another matter. The cheapest on BrickLink at the moment is $95. Hopefully that'll come down once more people offer it for sale.
Many thanks to Goldjono for squeezing it into his suitcase!