In a year that has had little to no travel and more time than usual spent at home, LEGO has unveiled its massive 9,036-piece Colosseum builder kit.
The Colosseum is LEGO’s biggest building set yet, edging out the Millennium Falcon set which has 7,541 pieces. Once built, the LEGO Colosseum measures over 10.5” (27cm) high, 20.5” (52cm) wide and 23.5” (59cm) deep. It is supported on an oval base so builders can show off the finished product from any angle.
LEGO’s commitment to the Colosseum’s unique features is impressive. “Authentic detailing shows the northern part of the outer wall’s facade and its iconic arches. The model features three stories, adorned with columns of the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders while the attic is decorated with Corinthian pilasters.”
“Every detail of the set has been meticulously crafted to stay true to the real-life Colosseum – including having 80 ‘ribs’ in the spectator stands (the exact same number as the original) and having three different shades of brick to replicate the different columns and aging of the almost 2,000-year-old landmark.”
LEGO’s Creator Colosseum (item #10276), a product for expert brick builders, was designed by Rok Zgalin Kobe, Senior Designer Specialist in the LEGO Architecture division of the company (and featured in the video above). Kobe’s other Italy-inspired kits include the Trevi Fountain and Venice skyline — both of these items are now retired from the LEGO product line. Their Leaning Tower of Pisa kit has also been discontinued.
The price of the Colosseum kit is no joke — about $550! — so casual LEGO builders may want to consider less intensive projects. But if you are a LEGO enthusiast in addition to being an Italophile, you now have the ultimate set to add to your wish list.