My Heart Will LEGO On: New Titanic Replica Is LEGO's Largest Model Yet
When the RMS Titanic set sail for its first (and final) voyage in 1912, it was the largest ship ever built. So it’s only fitting that its LEGO replica would have its own “largest ever” distinction.
The upcoming vessel boasts 9090 bricks, stealing the record for largest LEGO model ever released—largest here meaning “comprising the most bricks”—from the 9036-brick Colosseum. (It’s not, however, the largest LEGO set ever released. As Gizmodo reports, that title goes to the LEGO Art World Map, whose multicolored single studs total 11,695.)
At nearly 4.5 feet long, the toy Titanic will command attention simply sitting still on a surface. But certain special features could make it pretty fun for kids (or adults) to play with, too. The ship splits into three separate sections, displaying a wealth of hidden wonders that you might recognize from its real-life counterpart: a smoking lounge, the famous grand staircase, pools, lifeboats, and more. There are even some interactive elements—like anchors you can raise and lower, and pistons that pump when you spin the propellers.
To accomplish such a feat of engineering, LEGO designers used century-old blueprints from the actual Titanic. “Designing the LEGO Titanic with such a focus on immense detail and scale, but also accuracy, has allowed us to create one of the most challenging building experiences to date,” LEGO design master Mike Psiaki said in a press release.
The model comes with its own display stand and plaque bearing the name Titanic—but you’ll have to supply your own floating debris and LEGO figurines if you’re planning to recreate a certain contentious farewell scene from James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster.
The LEGO Titanic will go on sale on November 8 for $630, and you can pre-order it starting November 1 here.