10307: LEGO ICONS Eiffel Tower Review by 15th Dec.
LEGO® sets have been getting increasingly bigger but most pale in comparison to LEGO ICONS Eiffel Tower. The 10,001-piece set stands at almost 5ft in height and is almost as impactful as the landmark which has inspired it. The Eiffel Tower’s piece count and scale make it one of the largest LEGO set yet, but is size everything? I’ve been building the set and it’s finally complete, ahead of its Black Friday release, here’s my review of the LEGO ICONS Eiffel Tower. Please note that the sheer size of the set has made taking good images of it almost impossible but I hope those included in my review help capture some of its detail.
Ready for an awe-inspiring challenge? Standing at almost 5 feet tall, the LEGO® Eiffel tower (10307) set for adults is the flagship model in the LEGO Travel & History series. And it’s not just one of the tallest LEGO sets ever, it’s got one of the largest piece counts too – with 10,001 pieces for an immersive experience from start to finish. It also makes a top gift idea for travel or history lovers.
A journey to the top
Just like the original construction, this collectible model is assembled in 4 sections. The process closely follows the way the real tower was built, giving you a unique insight into Gustave Eiffel’s engineering brilliance. Discover true-to-life details throughout, including landscaping, 3 observation platforms, lifts and a broadcast tower, topped off with the French flag.
- Set Name: Eiffel Tower
- Set Number: 10307
- Pieces: 10001
- RRP: £554.99/$629.99/629.99€
- Number of Bags: Bags x 74 + loose elements
- Stickers: N/A
- Minifigures: N/A
- Instructions: Booklet x 3 + LEGO Building Instructions App
- Availability: LEGO Stores, LEGO Online & LEGO Retailers
As this is such a huge set both through the number of elements it contains and its scale, the packaging is quite important. Of course, the box is massive but within it, there are 3 separate numbered boxes. These each includes the necessary numbered bags to get building. These smaller boxes are a godsend as they are much easier to move around and stop you from having to search through a mass of 74 bags. It may not seem like much but these sorts of things are really helpful, especially for those lacking in space. It also makes the build slightly less daunting. Each box features its own instruction booklet, thankfully the awful ‘basic’ design isn’t used for these but they do each come in the new recycling-friendly carded envelopes. The first booklet also details the history of the Eiffel Tower and the designer of the set. With additional facts dotted throughout the build.
You will have seen from the sets reveal assets that it’s built in 3 separate sections, which combine to create the tower. You would obviously assume, each box would relate to a section of the tower. I certainly did and I was very wrong. Box 1 and quite a lot of Box 2 are used to create the base of the tower. Which is obviously where the build begins.
The design of the set has been chosen to represent the era when the tower first opened. So around the legs of the tower are bushes and trees. These are very fiddly to build and can quite tedious when you are building masses of them. I also found it tricky to decipher which shade of green was to be used. Much of the surface of the base uses the new LEGO City road plates. These are perfectly suited to the area, giving it a stable base as well as being easy to connect to the larger web of elements beneath. It’s here you’ll also find a fun Easter Egg, with a pattern of red, white and blue elements representing the flag of France.
In a similar fashion to how the real Eiffel Tower was built, the legs are constructed independently of the base. Here the build gets very repetitive. The legs are all four-sided and each side is basically built in the same way. Connecting the various pieces needed to create the iconic ‘ironwork’ that the Eiffel Tower is known for, calls for plenty of repetition and I must admit it does take some enjoyment out of the build experience. But once you are piecing these sections together, that feeling does wane. Unfortunately, it soon returns as you continue up the tower. There are a couple of sections here I found hard to attach and can easily drop off if you are not careful. To achieve the curved design which arches between the legs, various smaller pieces are attached, which are then used to hold bigger pieces. The curves are crafted from a mix of roller coaster tracks and flexible pipes. I found some of the parts added to create these were difficult to attach and due to their connection method, they can fall off and take out the trees below.
The middle section does mix things up a little bit, with a few different details such as a viewing deck within the tower but again much of the details that make up the exterior requires piecing together lots of the same elements. When you see a step that requires it to be done 140 times, it does make your heart sink. However, this repetition is necessary to achieve the appearance of the tower and some will revel in it. I personally like to build any sections which require something to be built multiple times at the same time instead of having to go back through the instructions. That becomes a little more tricky with this particular set.
The final part of the set is the most intricate. The tower’s large spire continues with the repetitive nature found elsewhere in the set but on a slightly smaller scale. The grid-like design which runs along each side of the tower is a little more elongated compared to similar sections lower down on the tower. You have to really pay attention here as there are many pieces you clip on which are very similar. If you get these wrong you may have an issue when trying to set these lattice panels into the frame of the tower. Thankfully, there are 1:1 graphics at the end of each build, which you can marry the physically built section, up to the illustration in the instructions. These also help you to position the various bits correctly. Again this is important when trying to slot them into the frame of the tower’s spire. This is the only other part of the build I found difficult as you really have to make sure every one of the little clipped-on arms is in the right place.
Finally, the tower is topped with its famous viewing deck, which is also where Gustave’s secret apartment is also found. There are some fun details here in particular more grey sausage elements and bucket handles on the tower’s antenna pole, which is topped with the French flag. I like this section as it offered something different to the rest of the set.
As proven numerous times, the only acceptable way to show the scale of a large LEGO set is via the use of pets. BricksFanz resident head of resting, Lola, has used her exceptional sitting skills to show just how big the LEGO ICONS Eiffel Tower is. Enjoy.
The build of this set was very contrasting for me. The repetition was exhausting at times, but it was satisfying to see how the many parts you had to build were assembled into the greater part of the tower. Seeing the set fully built was an amazing sight. It really is a huge, imposing scene, which makes it of limited appeal. There will be plenty of people who will not have room to show this set. It has a huge footprint and needs to be high enough to display it safely. Also, it is another expensive set and not many people can afford to spend more than £500/$600/€600 on a Lego set in the current environment. But those interested can try Compatible. Reading this review may make it seem like I'm looking down on this set, but it really is a marvel. If you build it in a few days, the leisurely build will certainly make your experience more enjoyable ! If you think the original price is expensive, I suggest buying Compatible from Youmko, because you'll get a cheap initial experience!
+ Really impressive view when built
+ Extremely detailed build
+ Parts are fun to use
+ Another great example of what can be done with Lego blocks
+ Build process was well thought out
- For many, it is too big to show.
- The building process is very repetitive
- Its size means it's another expensive set.
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