Every adult has a soft spot for a bit of LEGO. So when the LEGO Group announced plans to bring out LEGO for adults I was very excited at the prospect of re-living my childhood without getting too much abuse. I thought it must be a bit like getting a copy of Harry Potter with the ‘adult edition’ cover.
Introducing the new LEGO Architecture Studio Kit
LEGO Architecture is not a completely new concept, with a few sets floating about. What’s different about the all new Studio version is that there are no rules (as if there ever were any) or to put it more precisely no clear instructions (whoever followed instructions?). The bricks don’t come in terribly exciting shapes, all it seems adults are getting is a plain version of the most basic LEGO bricks.
Has LEGO lost its imagination?
Last week I visited my 7 year old nephew and was more than pleased to be introduced to his LEGO world, which currently featured Captain Jack Sparrow, busily evading Storm Troopers across a Wild West wasteland. Sadly for all his wit, Captain Jack was caught and naturally taken hostage in the Alien Castle.
When you contrast the LEGO Architecture Studio Kit with other sets it begs the question, has LEGO lost its imagination for adult sets? The Robotic LEGO Mindstorms, challenging Tower Bridge and Death Star sets proved that LEGO can do kits that will put grey cells to use, so to me it seems a shame that LEGO Architecture Studio is so plain.
The most simple yet complex LEGO around
Is this the point though? Stripping the colour out of the LEGO bricks means builders can focus more on the construction. This set is meant to be all about the construction and comes with a 272-page guidebook with tips, techniques and features written in collaboration with leading architects who no doubt have a penchant for LEGO. In addition, LEGO Architecture Studio is closer to the first sets brought out in the 1950s than anything available at the moment.
Is LEGO Architecture Studio worth the money?
According to LEGO Blog NewElementary the $150 price tag seems to hold up as buying the pieces individually would set you back a lot more, also you wouldn’t get the impressive guide book. If you fancy learning about structures and scale then this set is ideal, if not you could spend that money on other sets and get better value.
What do you think of the set?
Will it take you back to your childhood or take the childhood fun out of LEGO? Let us know in the comments, I will check them after I help Captain Jack Sparrow break free of the Alien stronghold with Harry Potter and the Cowboys……