Move Millennium Falcon, there’s a new king of LEGO sets in town, and even though it’s not long ago in a galaxy far, far away, it spans ancient history. Lego fair unveiled the Colosseum and will launch the set for $ 549.99 on November 27. At 9,036 pieces, it even surpasses the vast Millennium Falcon by nearly 1,500 bricks.
According to LEGO, the company went out of their way to meticulously recreate the famous Roman Coliseum. It features 80 “ribs” in the spectator stands, just like the original, and to mimic real life you’ll assemble the wooden arena last – which is the last part built in real life.
The Colosseum has an oval base to see it from all angles and display it however you want. You can leave the crumbled section of the Colosseum facing outward or turn the entire north walls outward instead. You’ll also be able to try out a variety of vertical building techniques and install decorative scrollwork using a recolored roller skate element upside down.
According to designer Rok Zgalin Kobe, the LEGO Colosseum deviates from the original scale to visually show its massive size.
As Kobe explains:
One of the biggest challenges and one of the most important things was to convey the colosseum’s monumentality in LEGO form. I felt the LEGO model should display a special architectural feature of the original – the rows of columns flanking the arches in different styles. To achieve this, the model is constructed using a vertical exaggeration effect. The cross section is therefore much steeper than on the real structure. Hopefully people will be inspired to learn more about the original through the experience of building the LEGO model.
Overall, the Colosseum is 27cm high, 52cm wide and 59cm deep. This makes for an impressively sized LEGO brick set that should take hours to build.
LEGO will launch the set on November 27, which is Black Friday. It will also offer a limited VIP reward. If you are a VIP LEGO member and order the Colosseum set early enough, you will also receive a limited edition Roman chariot.
The LEGO Colosseum will retail for $ 549.99, and you can buy it on the Lego website.