2020 Architecture sets revealed!

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Images of two new Architecture sets are now available on the website of retailer Remix Kaja. These additions to the popular Skylines range, which is now entering its fifth year, depict Tokyo and Dubai.

You can view the images after the break...

21051 Tokyo

21052 Dubai


What is your opinion of these upcoming Architecture sets? Let us know in the comments.

54 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Is that a gold door frame in Dubai? If you don't buy it for any other reason, Dubai it for the gold door frame. :-P

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By in Brazil,

Loved both, even though I'm not very fan of the architecture from Dubai. And it's nice to finally see Tokyo!

Sad that is almost impossible to see São Paulo made into a skyline set...

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By in United Kingdom,

I've been waiting for Tokyo! Like the cherry blossom!

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By in Belgium,

those small buildings in tokyo, is that akihabara?

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By in Denmark,

The Tokyo set looks awesome and so does the Dubai set, but Emirates Towers (on the left) look weird when they are made in this size, too simple.

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By in Canada,

What about anything Canada??
This theme is entering its 12th year and no Canadian landmarks have been included!

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By in Canada,

Guess its just the architecture there but that Dubai one looks off. Don't know exactly how to word it. However have been collecting these so will likely buy it. Perhaps the actual model will grow on me once built in hand.

Love the other model from Tokyo.

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By in France,

I would have liked less modern buildings for Tokyo or for Mount Fuji to be a big bigger. Otherwise looks cool.
Dubai...meh. It looks very good from the re-creation quality PoV. But me not liking "modern" architecture, can't say I'm particularly into Dubai's architecture.

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By in United States,

Not into this line but maybe I should.

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By in United States,

Tokyo looks great - it makes me want to visit the city! I love the little cherry blossoms they incorporated.

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By in United States,

Tokyo is a definitely buy for me, but I definitely see myself copping Dubai, building it only once, and finding a better use for that warm gold door frame XD

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By in Netherlands,

For one short moment I thought that the red White were the tintin rocker to the mooi

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By in United Kingdom,

Dubai looks quite boring. But Tokyo is superb. Just a touch of colour really makes it pop. And it is a simple representation, but the mountain in the background really makes it stand out.

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By in United States,

I like the colors of both, but probably won't get either. Architecture just isn't really my line.

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By in Sweden,

Dubai is not architecturally interesting or important to deserve such a treatment. At least not now (maybe in some years, when they've invariably built more flashy buildings with their oil riches).

Tokyo one is nice, although the inclusion of Mount Fuji feels a bit weird, or out of character for the theme.

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By in Hong Kong,

Finally Tokyo! Of course you would have both Tokyo Tower and the Skytree, but I'm not sure I would have chosen the Cocoon Tower in Shinjuku to go in the middle, though it is eye catching. From the far right: looks like Tokyo Big Site, and the splash of colour after that might be Shibuya Scramble Crossing? Then Kaminarimon (?) behind the cherry blossoms, and Mt Fuji behind is a very nice touch. If we already have Kaminarimon, then I'm not sure what the pagoda looking thing on the far left is...

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By in United States,

While I do agree that the Burj Khalifa looks off, I don't think it detracts too much from the appeal of the set. And, of course, Tokyo looks awesome.

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By in United States,

Wow. The far right building (can't remember its name) in Dubai is absolutely spot on. Tokyo looks great too, loving the little bits of nature.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like both but I really want to see Architecture sets based on football stadiums, maybe The Silverstone circuit or even liverpool or Manchester museum..
Perhaps Lancashire cricket ground?

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By in France,

Nice. Wonder which parts they used to come with the central Tokyo building (Cocoon?). Does any of you have any idea about it? Overall two nice new sets. I'd really appreciate to see Rio rendered in this Architecture line. With Copacabana beach along with buildings and other so emblematic places of this town.

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By in Australia,

I like both of these but feel the Dubai one suffers from lack of smaller "filler" type buildings at ground level, makes it look too sparse. Perhaps they could have layered it a bit so the Burj Khalifa was further back with a shorter building in the front, like the Altantis The Palm or something more culturally important.

I understand them adding Dubai in over what might be considered more popular locations as they are trying to expand into the middle east market, same reason we had two China themed Architecture sets recently, helps to hook the adults into a product they can then share and approve of for their kids. Solid marketing strategy, bit of a miss on the actual set, will still be getting it at the first opportunity though lol!

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By in United Kingdom,

@CCC, Really? Pop out in a bad way, methinks. Mt Fuji is famously symmetrical - ask any Japanese person. But LEGO's is lopsided.

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By in Italy,

Even though Italy was given three sets (Leaning Tower of Pisa, Trevi Fountain of Rome and Venice Skyline) I think that Rome overall needs a skyline set. There are really a lot of interesting things (the Coliseum and all the Ancient Rome realted monuments, the Vatican, Navona and Spagna Square, the Villa Borghese gardens, the Altare della Patria (WW1 monument)).
Also, Milan, Turin and Naples (three major Italian cities) haven't been made into a skyline set, so that could benefit a lot.

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By in United States,

The sakura blossom trees on Tokyo are a little weird for scale given how Architecture Skyline trees are usually depicted, but I still like it enough and have enough emotional connection from having lived there to get this one for the collection promptly.

Dubai I don't much love anyway because it represents so much wrong with the modern city—Vegas I didn't like much either. And the proportions of the Gold Frame look off. But it's not surprising to see it appear as a skyline destination—so because of the architectural variety, maybe I'll get it if on a good sale discount.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes, finally architecture sets revealed! Tokyo looks great :-)

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By in United States,

Wish they make more Asian cities such as Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, etc.

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By in United Kingdom,

Tokyo is a must buy for me, that set looks great

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By in United States,

@melvlee - that looks to me like Meiji Shrine at center behind the sakura trees, and colorful Shibuya Crossing to right of that. With the International Forum at most right. But that pagoda tower at left is a little hard to figure: Kaneiji temple pagoda for its historic five stories? Asakusa temple pagoda? (Though it isn't red.)

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By in France,

wow, the rocket from Tintin

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By in United States,

I'm happy to see these on behalf of the skyline fans, but I prefer the single-building architecture sets myself and wish I hadn't missed out on so many of those back in the day. I am glad Lego is spreading it out to other countries, though. NYC is just about covered...

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By in United States,

Tokyo's a must buy for me.

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By in Canada,

@LoobsterB - Indeed, a Canadian Architecture set would be great. Maybe you could have just a single, large plate to represent the Saskatchewan prairies with a grain silo or two popping out of it. Then perhaps add some railroad tracks or something. ;)

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By in Canada,

Have to agree with @Zander. That asymmetrical Mt. Fuji looks off, even though I love the set overall.

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By in United Kingdom,

Pretty good overall, though the inclusion of Mount Fuji is weird since it's not located in Tokyo but in Honshu 100 km away.

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By in Australia,

I think Toronto would be a perfect candidate for a skyline set and I am surprised they haven't done it yet.
As for the new ones, neither of them really does it for me on the parts selection, the looks or the building selection (the San Francisco set from this year was awesome though)

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By in United Kingdom,

Love them both, but Tokyo is better (maybe biased as I've been a few times). Great they got both Tokyo Tower and Skytree in there (would have been happy with just TT), but I was expected at least another tall building or two - maybe I can add my own Docomo Yoyogi building which shouldn't be too difficult with LEGO bricks. Amazed they managed to get Big Sight in there and still be recognisable at such a small scale. I actually think Mt Fuji is a little unnecessary - I realise it is part of the skyline but it is not exactly architecture. I'm okay with another Burj Khalifa, you can't really have a Dubai skyline without it, but so glad to finally have a Burj Al Arab in LEGO. Will be buying them both.

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By in United States,

Anyone else notice Mount Fuji in the Tokyo ste

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By in Australia,

My mum and I went to Japan a few months ago. She really enjoyed it, so we might both get the Tokyo set. Don’t care a lot for Dubai though. It just seems empty.

Still waiting on a Melbourne or Canberra though. Those will make cool skylines.

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By in United States,

These look good, but ugh, all I want is a Toronto skyline set. Is that too much to ask for, Lego? Please...?

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By in Australia,

I really love the Tokyo set ... but nobody else has mentioned that it's obviously missing the lizard guy and robot warrior (from the collectable minifig series) to battle it out through the city streets.

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By in United Kingdom,

Dubai - where architectural good taste goes to die... that's an easy hard pass for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting to compare the Lego version of Tokyo Tower with the nanoblocks one. Some folk I know were in Japan for the rugby world cup and there were points where Fuji could be seen from taller buildings in Tokyo - so I don't think that's too off. Compare it to the forced perspective of the San Francisco set.

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By in Canada,

The Tokyo set should have included that building with the giant golden turd on top!

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By in Japan,

Wow, at last TOKYO will join the Architecture !!! I have been waiting for the release so long , from Tokyo. Very happy to know that, anyway.

But I dare to say one complaint about it. Mt. Fuji is not necessary on the plate... it's not of human's architecture but natural landscape !! I'm wondering Mt. Fuji is an essential symbol to express Japan for foreign people ?? Very stereotype.... Despite that there are incredibly lots of good designed constructions old or new, in Tokyo or around Tokyo...

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By in United States,

@Ken_Akahane: Fuji-san is an essential symbol for Japanese, it seems to me, from my time living there: it is used on so many domestic artworks and designs not merely touristic ones. Given the aesthetic shibui that Japanese esteem so highly for nature, it seem apropos 'architecture' to me.

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By in Germany,

Imho the only two notable buildings in Dubai worthy of a set are the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab. And both would be better served by a stand-alone set. Which the Burj Khalifa already got - twice. This as a skyline set looks boring and not memorable.
Tokyo otoh is perfect and was long overdue.
I also agree with those that would appreciate a Canadian skyline set like Toronto, or anything from South America.

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By in United States,

The Burj Khalifa on the Dubai set looks pretty interesting, I wonder how good legos third or fourth Burj Khalifa will be.

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By in Venezuela,

Are those the ever-debated rainbow tiles in the Tokyo set? Awesome, all the more reason for me to want it.

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By in United States,

Still waiting for Boston... :(

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By in Netherlands,

From Sydney to San Francisco, to Las Vegas, to New York, to Berlin, and now to Tokyo!
Great addition to the collection of " my most favorite cities in the world".

C'mon! Gotta start designing Amsterdam now, will you?

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By in Luxembourg,

@brandobond I assume you're referring to the Asahi Beer Hall - the "beer" part and it being Asahi Breweries' HQ is probably a reason why we don't see Philippe Starck's creation in this skyline.

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By in Canada,

Did we really need a third iteration of the Burj Khalifa? As a long time Architecture collector, these skylines are uninspiring. The larger, more “traditional” architecture sets are much more interesting.

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By in United States,

I just spent several hours looking critically at these two sets to offer a more detailed preview of what to expect when they are available on January 1. This includes highlighting some of the creative parts usages, new parts, printed elements, and the relative scale of the buildings in the model.

For a much deeper look, please check out my article at:
https://brickarchitect.com/2019/preview-21051-tokyo-21052-dubai-skyline/

Sincerely,
---tom

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By in Canada,

Loving the Tokyo set. Maybe one day (sooner than later pr try please LEGO?) there can be an Osaka set?

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