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    Initial Thoughts on 10234 Sydney Opera House


    On my trip to BrickWorld 2013 in Chicago this past weekend, I had a chance to see the new 10234 Sydney Opera House in person. While I love the size and scale of this new mega-build set, I have some mixed feelings about the new model. First, here is a picture of the set and a link to the Lego Design video introducing it:

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    Pros

    • Incredible detailed, and very realistic
    • The nested band shells make the model - exquisite modeling for these
    • Continues the world landmark sets
    • Appears it will be a phenomenal investment set
    • Smoky gray transparent bricks nicely mimics glass

    Cons

    • The base, while a great source of rare dark tan bricks, is so monotone and frankly, boring
    • There is very little to bring it to life - it is strictly a model
    • Light poles appear too chunky for the scale of the model
    • "Water lines" similar to the Tower Bridge model could have provided an additional realistic detail
    • Model will be very difficult to display given its footprint

    Don't get me wrong, I still think this is an inspired model with a brilliant design, but the base really bugged me. Perhaps the designer wanted to feature the sweeping arcs of the nested bandshells, but I thought Lego missed a home run by not providing a little setting/detail for the base. One of the appealing details of the Tower Bridge was the designer's inclusion of the cars/lorry/bus for the bridge, and I just wish something similar would have been provided with this.

    I also think the price point is a little high. At $320, it's nearly $100 more than Tower Bridge, a fairly sizable discrepancy.

    10234 Sydney Opera House will be a no-doubt investment winner. Perhaps its high price point will depress sales and make secondary availability that much more appealing.
     

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    The base does look somewhat boring, and I have the feeling building it won't be much fun either.

     

    Definitely a concern for me, too.  Thanks for the feedback!

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    I had the same concerns with the base and it's one color look.  I also think I'll have to give it a miss for my personal collection as I just don't have the display real estate for that footprint.

     

    Thanks for the info Quacs.

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    Upon look at the video, the base did look rather boring. Still, I don't think it would take to much to through some slight colour variation in it, just to remove the "blobby" mess of all the same color.

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    Hate to say it, but the base of the real Sydney Opera House is boring too. The Lego model is quite accurate in the details of the base and although they did a pretty good job of modelling the shells, they are the most inaccurate part of it all.

     

    They should have included a couple of light bricks.. night time is when the opera house really looks nice IMO.

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    Hate to say it, but the base of the real Sydney Opera House is boring too. The Lego model is quite accurate in the details of the base and although they did a pretty good job of modelling the shells, they are the most inaccurate part of it all.

     

    They should have included a couple of light bricks.. night time is when the opera house really looks nice IMO.

     

    That's exactly the type of additional detail that would really raise this set to unforeseen heights.  Light bricks would have been awesome.

     

    That said, I still will be buying this - hopefully a gift to myself for Christmas, or maybe a gift to myself for waking up tomorrow morning!

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    I guess I'm alone in this, but I really like the base.

     

    No worries - opinions are subjective and I believe most probably side with yours on this one.

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    As a large scale set, Lego has made a bold jump to recreate such an iconic building. the more recent sets (Taj Mahal, The London Bridge, Eiffel Tower) have been high detail, weit heavy sets. whilst this set is hollow for the most part, as shown in the video, it is light & stable when being moved (no more destroyed sets when cleaning or moving it).

    There has been an amount of discussion regarding the extra 4 brick blue water piece that joins the base plates together. Also, the monotone coloring of the building as well. It is not a purely accurate model (but then, what legofied "real world" item has been) .

    In the end, is will be more of an AFOL set than for the kiddies. It will be criticised for all sorts of things but not everyone will buy it., but then some people prefer certain series over others.

    As a footnote, I have been advised that this set will be available from the actual Sydney Opera House in September.

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    [quote name="OzGadget" timestamp="1371622008"] As a footnote, I have been advised that this set will be available from the actual Sydney Opera House in September.[/quote] Great information, Oz! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, too. I agree - this is absolutely an AFOL set.

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