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Big Ben

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Build the world’s best-known clock tower!

Item
10253
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Ages
16+
Pieces
4163

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<p>Build and experience Big Ben with this LEGO® Creator Expert model, featuring a wealth of rich details and unique elements, plus moveable clock hands and access to the tower.</p>
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Get up close to Big Ben! The clock was first started on May 31st 1859, and Big Ben’s first chime rang from the 96-metre Elizabeth Tower on July 11th of the same year. This over 23” (60cm) high LEGO® interpretation of the iconic structure is a tribute to its engineering and architecture. It features a detailed facade with statues, shields and windows, and a clock tower with 4 adjustable clock dials and a removable roof allowing access to the tower, plus buildable exterior elements including a footpath, lawn and a tree depicting the building’s location. This model makes a great display piece for the home or office.

  • Big Ben features a detailed section of the Westminster Palace and the adjoining Elizabeth Tower, 4 detailed clock dials with movable hour and minutes hands, and a sidewalk, tree and grass area depicting the building’s location.
  • Remove the top of the tower to access the Big Ben bell.
  • Put your LEGO® building skills to the test!
  • Special elements include 4 printed clock faces.
  • Rare elements include ski poles, flowers and corner plates in molded gold color, and tinted-translucent elements.
  • This set includes over 4,000 LEGO® pieces.
  • This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.
  • Big Ben measures over 23” (60cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.
Big Ben is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 44.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great display piece, if you have the space! This Lego set comes in about 20 plastic bags split into 7 assembly steps. I would recommend only opening each set of bags as you require them, because even limiting yourself to what you need, it is easy to overwhelm yourself with pieces. It makes use of a large number of 1x1 and 1x2 plates and bricks of varying colours, and though some sections are repeated and can be built in parallel, there is enough unique construction to make assembly take some time; even with sorting each set of bags to finish it as quickly as possible, it still took 12 hours to finish (Not counting breaks for the occasional cup of tea. Even if you are not British, I suggest having several tea breaks to create the right atmosphere!). The finished model is incredibly accurate compared to the actual building - The proportions of the clock tower are slightly off but that's unavoidable because of the brick dimensions and only noticeable when placed next to a photograph. The clock function is nice, but it's a pity there's no way to make the hour hand run independently from the minute hand. A note for people who like to do their own thing with Lego - There are blanked out areas on the back face where the rest of the Houses of Parliament would connect. I checked how big this would be, and it is almost exactly the same area as a single bed takes up!
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Set The appeal of this set (whilst outside of my usual Lego Star Wars preference) was based on the Expert level and the amazing price point per piece. This actually led me to calling up the lego store weeks in advance trying in vain to reserve a set as I was sure they would sell out quickly. I wasn't disappointed! I bought the set on 15th June and rushed home to put it together. It was a very fiddly build with a lot of small pieces and I would advise enthusiasts to take their time with the build and ensure alignment of the small pieces (like the small tooth-like caps) so that the finished build is as perfect as possible. Pros- Price for a 4k+ piece set Level of building complexity Attention to detail (the minifig statues and golden flowers especially) Cons- Would have been nice if the rear of the set matched the front (if only for a more complex build and different display options) The clock turning mechanism could be a little smoother - If Lego had thought to add a working clock addition to this as an optional extra then I bet every purchaser would buy it!) The change in recent years of the green baseplate colour kinda ruins the base as it is the luminous green now used so doesn't accurately reflect what grass would look like Summary- Awesome set and a very enjoyable build. Good pricepoint and, if I compare to the Taj Mahal, whilst it isn't the biggest set released by lego it is a lot more attractive as a model. The set is huge! A great display piece but certainly not a plaything (fine by me).
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slightly annoying building process, Amazing result After three years of buying sets from the modular line, I wanted to challenge myself with a slightly more challenging set. Although the set consists more than 4,000 pieces, most of them are 1 by 1, which raise some issues at my opinion. Unlike the modular sets, the Big Ben is very narrow and tall and considering most of the set is from 1 by 1 pieces, caused me to doubt its stability. It does has a frame of larger pieces however (mostly 1 by 6 and 1 by 8). Secondly, the set is heavy decorated, which of course contributes to its beauty, with that being said however, since the decorations (Like tooth pieces) are also 1 by 1, it is difficult to attach them dead straight to the building so I am finding some of them with a slight angle. Regardless to these, the set is amazing. The designer of the set used pieces in a way I could never think of by myself. There are tons of elements and at the end of the building when I built and attach the clock and its roof I was completely amazed by how impressive it is. You should really buy this set. Here is a small tip: If you can buy the set from the UK store, you can possibly save yourself some cash :-)
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Worth Buying This set looks fantastic. It's large and incredibly detailed. The back side of the Houses of Parliament doesn't look as good as the front, but it doesn't matter all that much if you have it against a wall. The price is great for such a large set.
Date published: 2016-06-21
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