The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic and instantly recognisable structures in the world, so it's no wonder that LEGO has reproduced it in a variety of scales over the years.
21042 Statue of Liberty is the latest, and most definitely the best. The 1685 piece set will retail for $120 in the USA and around 100€ in Europe when released soon.
Box and contents
The box has proportions unlike any other Architecture set and I think we can assume it's so that a decent sized image of the model can be displayed on the front of it. At 35x18x12cm it's much larger than I was expecting.
The back of it shows the model against a background picture of the real thing which allows easy comparison. It does a good job of conveying how accurately the structure has been reproduced.
The box opens in the same way all Architecture boxes do and we are invited to enjoy our building experience.
Inside, ten bags, numbered 1 to 5, something I was very relieved to see. It makes construction so much less frustrating.
The perfect bound 182-page manual contains information about the real-life structure in addition to the actual instructions.
The model is built in five stages so I've taken photos after each.
The first few centimetres of the pedestal are packed with detail which sets the tone for the rest of the build. Boat studs are used to represent the circular protrusions from the wall. There should be ten on each side but it looks OK with six.
Above them, cheese slopes and the new 'PYRAMIDE RIDGED TILE 1X1X2/3' are used to create an interesting texture.
The next section reproduces the central part of pedestal faithfully. The corner brickwork, formed from 1x1 round and square plates, along with some 2x2 corner plates, looks excellent, but is a bit tedious to construct.
As you'd expect there are a lot of 'x4' subassemblies to build throughout construction of the base, although most are small so it never gets too monotonous.
You might just see the door, represented by a 1x1 black tile, behind the pillars.
The pedestal is finished off with more corner brickwork and the top viewing platform.
The red Technic 16l rod poking out the top is anchored to the base with another two of them. It'll be used to prevent the statue from toppling.
After three bags of tan building it's finally time to move onto the sand green.
First, a central core comprising bricks with studs on the sides is built, onto which the exterior details of the statue will be clad. You can see here the yellow Technic brick where the red rod connects, to anchor the statue to the base.
The remainder of the build primarily consists of constructing small subassemblies consisting of sand green plates and curved slopes then attaching them to the cental core.
The completed model
The final part of construction is the most fiddly and extreme attention to detail is needed if success is to be achieved first time.
This is because dozens of 1x2 curved slopes and the newer 1x2 curved slope corners are used to create the texture and if you're not careful it's easy to get the left- and right- hand corners confused, or even, as I did, use a straight slope when I should have used a corner, which resulted in being left with the wrong piece at the end. It took a good 20 minutes examining the model from every angle and going back through the instructions to find out where where I went wrong. I found it in the end, under the arm...
The finished model is a joy to behold.
The various versions of the statue that have been released over the years have blessed us with dozens of new parts in sand green and this one is no exception. Here you can see many of them, along with a hairpiece cast in gold to represent the flame.
The tabula ansata (tablet she's holding in her left hand) has been particularly well rendered.
Every part used in the crown is new in sand green.
The broken chain at the statue's feet is represented using sand green handcuff elements.
This is pretty much the perfect Architecture set: based on an iconic structure, a challenging build, an excellent looking and accurate model, and dozens of new parts. The price is not too bad either, given the piece count and size of it.
At 44cm tall it's an imposing model which will make an excellent display piece, even in your front room (spouse permitting...)
Finally, here's a view of it next to my previous favourite rendition of the statue, from 5526 Skyline. Things have certainly moved on since its release 13 years ago!
Overall, then, it's highly recommended!
Thanks to LEGO for providing the set for this review, which is an expression of my own opinions.