Monday, March 10, 2014

Review: 21011 Brandenburg Gate

Let's change gears a little this week and switch over to Architecture sets from the Lego Company.

This has a MSRP of $34.99 putting it at $0.10 per piece.  Also, it has a fairly sturdy box that can be used to hold the pieces after you're done.

The instructions.  These are a little different from the instructions in regular sets.  They feature a background section on the building featured in the set and a small interview with the set's creator.

Parts 1.  A bunch of plates and a couple of bricks.

Parts 2.  Look at all those Sand Green cheese slopes.

Parts 3.  Four Taps, and a bunch of 1x1 plates -- both round and square -- and tiles.

I see one Travis Brick, one Plate 1x2 w/ Arm Up, a bunch of 2x2 jumpers, some normal jumpers, lots of tiles in multiple sizes and colors, and a lot of 1x1 Round Bricks.
Yeah, that's a lot of parts.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  No, but you should be able to make some nice terrain right out of the gate.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  At retail price, at the ratio.  (+0) (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)

If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  I'm not sure.  There's a lot of small parts you can use, but there's also a lot of medium and large parts you might not use right away.  I'll be generous and say yes.  (+5)
Score: +15 (A).  It's a nice set.  There's a lot of Tan and Sand Green which you don't see that often.  You could also make a nice building for use as terrain in your game if your looking for a slightly larger scale than the normal 7P.


  1. It almost looks worth it for the cheese slopes alone, but how many are there, or would it be more cost effective to order them direct from

    1. You should Try the eiffel tower. Looks like a lot of perfect parts