Las Vegas Skyline set for end of month release

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The Architecture skyline set 21038 Las Vegas was originally scheduled for release at the beginning of January but recent events at one of the buildings featured in the set meant it was prudent for LEGO to delay its launch.

It seems that the delay may not be a long as originally anticipated because Promobricks has uncovered information, and this official image, that suggests it'll be launched on 31st January, although the source (an eBay seller) is probably not the most reliable.

It will apparently retail for 40€. You can read the description, translated from German, after the break:

Capture Las Vegas's dazzling landmarks in a stunning skyline, from the iconic Mandalay Bay Hotel to the Luxor Hotel, Encore Hotel and Stratosphere Tower to the Fremont Street Experience! Each individual LEGO building conveys a unique and particularly rewarding building experience. This is ensured by the faithful coloring and scale reproduction.

Also on board is the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign, which shows a desert and a road on a plate-covered base plate - a particularly warm welcome to this detailed replica of one of the most exciting cities in the world! This model from the LEGO Architecture Skyline Product line is a tribute to Las Vegas!

  • LEGO Architecture Interpretation from Las Vegas.
  • Shows the legendary attractions of the Las Vegas Strip, including the Mandalay Bay Hotel, the Luxor Hotel, the Encore Hotel, the Stratosphere Tower and the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas.
  • Also includes the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign with desert and road on a plate-covered base.

24 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

That's a bit of a surprise. Never thought of Las Vegas having anything of any architectural significance. Lots of 'copied' and cliche tat buildings. I suppose it has a skyline though

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By in Belgium,

I think these Skyline sets are fantastic. Quick and easy to build but with imaginative techniques/pieces.

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By in United States,

Without the Bellagio Fountain (difficult, but not impossible to fit in), this can't really be considered as including the most iconic Vegas attractions. But it really is hard to believe they would include the Mandalay Bay after what happened on October 1st.

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't imagine a city more at odds with Lego's brand values. Genuinely surprised this was made.

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By in Netherlands,

@fulcrumbop: this set had already been designed and was probably already in production too, when that tragedy happened. Removing the Mandalay Bay from the set isn't that easy and a Las Vegas skyline set without it would feel incomplete to a lot of people, I think.

The question is maybe more wether TLG should not at least wait a bit longer before releasing it, maybe even including a short bit about the tragedy in the instruction booklet.

And we don't know yet, because this is off course just a rumor, based on a seller that might just be hoping to get some early sales in...

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By in United States,

It's the USA, if you delay releasing a set because of a shooting by the time you release it there would have been another shooting.

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By in United States,

I like the elements on the left side, but not impressed with those on the right. Gonna have to be a pass for me.

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By in United States,

I spy some lovely gold elements! 1x1x1 2/3 bricks with side studs, and those three-sided "propeller plates"! The former seems like it could be especially useful!

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By in United States,

Agree that leaving out Bellagio is very disappointing, the fountains there are iconic! But my 2 cents.

Anyone else think an UCS skyline set would be cool? I also really like the size and ease of these sets, but an UCS Vegas Strip would be cool too! Or NYC! Or maybe even a series of landmarks, like the golden gate bridge, or Gateway arch in St Louis, or pyramids of Giza, or Mt Rushmore (local bias there)!

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By in United States,

@fulcrumbop So the Mandalay Bay hotel should no longer be shown in media because something bad happened there?

@JonMarten What brand values would that be? Was there a lot of hand-wringing when the Western sets were released because they had gamblers?

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By in Canada,

@UY Scutti, Agreed. But then again I remember Hurricane Katrina and how many radio station stopped playing New Orleans Is Sinking by The Tragically Hip.

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By in United States,

I look at that building and think of broken windows and people being shot. I'm not arguing that it's inappropriate for Lego to release it, but I suspect that's not what they want people to think about when they look at their products. On the other hand it's not like Lego don't produce who knows how many toy guns a year.

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By in United Kingdom,

Very underwhelmed, compared to the Dubai set this one looks boring.

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By in United States,

The Mandalay Bay's footprint is such that it wouldn't be difficult to swap in another hotel of similar shape. The build wouldn't need to change, they could just do different colors. I'd prefer the Mirage-- it was so exciting when it was being built and the style was so new. And I agree about the Bellagio fountains. I'd have loved to see them.

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By in United States,

I would of expected the MGM Grand instead of Mandalay Bay, and some nod to the Bellagio fountains. The other choices made for this set are appropriately iconic.

Interested to find out what exact color is used for Mandalay Bay - looks like possibly metallic gold. Guess earth-green would be the closest fit for MGM Grand's emerald green if that casino had been included instead. May not be enough depth on the display plate tho to adequately reproduce the stepped terraces of the MGM Grand.

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By in United States,

"recent events at one of the buildings"

Just say the shooting happened.

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By in United States,

If the Wynn had a special metallized copper-brown elements created for it I'd be excited. Otherwise it is boring as hell to have that building show up in an skyline architecture set while something iconic like the Bellagio fountains are overlooked.

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By in United States,

@David1985, worse: there have already been more than 20 mass shootings since the Mandalay Bay incident till now—though none matched for scale, of course.

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By in United States,

It's appropriately hideous. And regarding the comment about Las Vegas being at odds with Lego values, that's kind of ridiculous. Cities cannot be wholly offensive, regardless of what happens there. They're collections of various people, places, and things. Besides, I think it's fair to assume that Architecture sets are expected to be of interest to a more adult demographic, and also it's focus is on exactly that...Architecture, which does indeed have some significance in Las Vegas (for better or worse). Consider the families and kids that live there and have nothing to do with seedy industries. They would simply recognize this as their hometown skyline. Nothing about this suggests anything inappropriate. If they'd made a playset of a casino with visibly drunk figures or hookers on the street, then it might be a more valid point. I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder, but it requires a pretty skewed perspective to see anything wrong with this.

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By in United States,

I've seen people do this a lot where they post upcoming sets for sale when they have not been released yet. Someone posted a $65 offer for the 60 Year of the Lego Brick anniversary set for sale and it doesn't come out until the 28th and got ahead of their self. I'm like, get it first then sell it. Why would someone post a current non existent set for sale when it has not been confirmed by Lego such as the Vegas set? Would like to see the Las Vegas set but I assume since the end of the month is like a week away it may be on the Lego shop website as a coming soon??

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By in Germany,

The shooting incident aside, of the new skyline sets, this to me is the least interesting, simply because it doesn't evoke too many "Las Vegas-sy" feelings in me. Apart from the Sphinx and Pyramid, none of the building look very specific to me. Perhaps TLG should have done a "classic" Las Vegas skyline with some of the old Casinos that have since been demolished.

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By in United States,

It's got the Stratosphere. They could have included the "big wheel", but that has already been done with the London architecture.

I will get it because I like the architecture sets.

As far as the incident, I stood in the exact location of it two months later. Typical of Vegas, you would not know anything happened there. Not even a makeshift memorial. They have moved on from it, I think it is okay now to release a toy showcasing some iconic buildings of its skyline.

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By in United States,

Considering the most recent was Shanghai, this is really an underwhelming design. Sure seems concentrated on the lower end of the Strip with Mandalay Bay and Luxor. Meanwhile everything up to the Encore (clunky brown design here) then the Stratosphere nothing else is there?

How about the Excalibur, NYNY, MGM, Ballys, Bellagio, Caesars, Mirage, TI?

Will probably buy it as I'm a completionist but it's kind of boring.

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By in United States,

A tough sale from a marketing timing point of view.

There is some interesting architecture in Vegas, and the Bellagio fountains, Luxor and a few other buildings come to mind. And it does attract a ton of foreigners making it a top attraction.

After big name shows (like Elton John,) the third leg of activity in Vegas seems to be golf, which is hard to depict in a thin, long build. The killer summer heat is the next feature that comes to mind; a swimming pool or air conditioner would be quite representative of Vegas, too, but not very exciting.

Sorry that the Mandalay Bay has such negative connotations for many of us. All in all the introduction of this set occurs in a very tough environment.

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