Lego has announced that they are producing a fantastically detailed Big Ben set. Clocking in with 4163 parts and a US price of ~$250, this set comes in with a triumphantly low price per part of ~$0.06 Cents per part! The video and released photos give you some great views of the exterior and of the few functions of the tower. The most notable function appears to be that turning a dial causes the clock faces to turn their hands. There is no gearing between the little and big hand of course, they move as a cluster. The Building attached to the tower is adorned with detail but no mention or photos of what’s going on inside.
Check out the video from Lego:
The model is just under 2 feet tall and is said to be in scale with the Tower Bridge set already available. This set is expected to be released on July 1st. Now Big Ben is attached to Westminster Palace which is considerably larger than the portion represented in the set. I’m guessing some where in some Lego laboratory or Mall Display they have the full palace but not for retail consumption.
In enjoy seeing a member of the design team talk about his group’s creation. It makes the product seem like it came from a human and not a faceless company. He definitely seems proud of the clock face, and for decent reason.
My 2 cents: it looks fantastic, but as a display piece, I just don’t have the shelf space to do it justice. But if you were to have a room dedicated to Legos or a model train room, this would be glorious.
From the Lego Press Release:
Get up close to Big Ben! The clock was first started on May 31st 1859, and Big Ben’s first chime rang from the 96-meter Elizabeth Tower on July 11th of the same year. This over 23” (60cm) high LEGO® interpretation of the iconic structure is a tribute to its engineering and architecture. It features a detailed facade with statues, shields and windows, and a clock tower with 4 adjustable clock dials and a removable roof allowing access to the belfry, plus buildable exterior elements including a sidewalk, lawn and a tree depicting the building’s location. This model makes a great display piece for the home or office.
• Big Ben features a detailed section of the Westminster Palace and the adjoining Elizabeth Tower, 4 detailed clock dials with movable hour and minutes hands, and a sidewalk, tree and grass area depicting the building’s location.
• Remove the top of the tower to access the Big Ben bell.
• Put your LEGO® building skills to the test!
• Special elements include 4 printed clock faces.
• Rare elements include ski poles, flowers and corner plates in molded gold color, and tinted-translucent elements.
• This set includes over 4,000 LEGO® pieces.
• This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.
• Big Ben measures over 23” (60cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.
Available for sale directly through LEGO® beginning
July 1, 2016 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO® Stores or via phone