What It Is
Visit an iconic London landmark without ever leaving home when you build the LEGO Architecture Buckingham Palace construction set, model number 21029. It comes with 780 pieces for building a mini replica of the royal residence, focusing on the palace's east wing with its famous balcony, red and yellow Royal Standard flag (which signifies that the Queen is in residence, though a LEGO Queen minifigure is not included), forecourt, and palace gates. You'll also build a section of the Mall, complete with a double-decker bus, black taxicab, and the Victoria Memorial, featuring a mini LEGO minifigure on top. The whole model sits atop a black base with the words “Buckingham Palace” printed on the front. The included booklet has the building instructions in it, along with information on the design, architecture, and history of the building.
Is It Fun?
Whether you live in London, are obsessed with the Royal Family, or just appreciate design and history, this construction set makes a beautiful display piece. The finished set has lots of great detail, which LEGO fans will appreciate, and the instruction booklet is filled with information and photographs about the history and architectural details of Buckingham Palace that older fans will enjoy reading and browsing, but that will also be fun for younger LEGO builders to read and discover. The only thing missing from this LEGO set? Prince Harry!
Who It’s For
The LEGO Architecture Buckingham Palace set is for ages 12 and up, and that's partly for a required interest in architecture and partly for the moderate difficulty level of the build. But we think that this could be a nice family activity, especially for a family preparing a trip to London. With help from an adult, a younger child who is good at following directions may enjoy building this set and learning more about history and architecture at the same time.
What To Be Aware Of
TTPM's resident Master Builder put this one together for us, and it took him one hour and 13 minutes to assemble this set. He thought the instructions were a little difficult to follow.