Next year, LEGO will make it easier for aspiring architects to recreate iconic city skylines from around the world. The company is releasing new architecture kits on January 1, 2016, that are designed to build miniature scale representations of some of the most famous buildings in New York, Venice, and Berlin.
LEGO has previously released designs for signature city buildings like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Paris’s Eiffel Tower, and London’s Big Ben. The new skyline kits include some of these features to scale, alongside other instantly recognizable pieces of urban architecture. For instance, New York’s kit includes the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and others (like the just-opened One World Trade Center) in addition to a preexisting model for the Flatiron Building. And given how many skyscraper kits from other world cities LEGO offers, such as Dubai's Burj Khalifa and Seattle's Space Needle, more cities than these initial three will surely follow.
The $30-$60 kits are probably more for serious architecture buffs and LEGO collectors than kids. A youngster dreaming of a future as a builder of the Berlin skyline probably wants to make her own designs, rather than copy preexisting building plans. And with LEGO sets this pretty, once they’re built, no one wants to knock them down and build them again. Then again, these skylines would be perfect for playing out King Kong fantasies.
The skyline kits will be available January 1 here.
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