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Comparing LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) to Original Project

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313)

Yesterday, LEGO announced the new LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313) and today we take a look at some of the differences between the official set and the project that was proposed. The original project by Jake Sadovich had about 1,800 pieces with the whole bottle being 15 1/2″ long, 9″ tall, and 7″ wide. The set that is coming out in February is quite smaller with the dimensions of the bottle on the stand being 3″ tall, 12″ wide, and 3″ deep.

The piece count comes in at 962 pieces which is about half of what the project consisted of. Keep in mind that there are over 280 trans-light blue studs used for the water so there are around 682 actual pieces used for the ship and the bottle.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313)

The Leviathan itself is much smaller and does not include any rigging like the original Leviathan had. It looks okay but it doesn’t have the beauty that the submitted one had. I’m sure fans already have plans to modify or change out the ship when the set is released.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313)

The bottle, however, looks better than the original one. The bottle neck and the cork looks great and it wax seal gives it more detailing. I feel the bottle itself look more structually sound using some larger window pieces instead of the 1x4x3 window pieces.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313)

The stand looks similar but the official one has more of a classy and refined look to it. The compass in the middle as more to the depth of the stand and the Leviathan nameplate adds a nice touch. Both the project and the set has have the two globes on the sides.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle (21313)

Did you feel that LEGO strayed too much from the original idea for the Ship in a Bottle (21313) or was it a good compromise to keep the price down? Will you be making any changes to the set when you pick it up or will you leave it at is?


  • Disney Dan

    Really love the improvements to the set to be honest, looks cleaner & the design in tighter. In this case I believe less is more. (Still love the original submitted design, i think they both have their merits.)

    • questionnumber16

      Agreed.

  • Guyon van Oers

    LEGO’s version of the ship is bloody awfull

    • Uncannysn

      Once people get this set they will see that the ship looks so awful because of the bottle-design. While it looks like a normal bottle, it does not look at all like a bottle used for real ships in a bottle! It is way too narrow and with the size of lego this ship-design is probably the best you can get. In my opinion though they could have improved it a little by making the hull smaller and opting for a version with more masts to adapt to the general shape of the bottle.

  • Ronn Jenkins

    They should have kept the bottle rotated 45° to achieve the extra height; taller masts alone would make the new ship look better, instead of like it got stepped on.
    The bottle is a marked improvement, however.

  • bwap

    I’m so disappointed in the ship. I was 100% on board with buying this set until I saw the finished product. I can approve of the changes to the bottle and the stand, but the focus of a “ship in a bottle” is, naturally, the ship. And it looks terrible to me. Even at the size they reduced it to, I can’t believe they couldn’t have come up with something better, given all the amazing micro designs I’ve seen people come up with. I considered buying the set anyway and looking into options for modifying the ship, but I don’t normally do that sort of thing and the hassle seems too much. As for the cost, I understand their concern, but when I was considering this set pre-announcement I was idly thinking of a number $30-$50 higher and was okay with that. This is just my opinion, and maybe I wouldn’t feel as strongly if I hadn’t seen the original design, but as it is, I loved the original so much, and this is the most disappointed I’ve been in an Ideas redesign yet.

  • Purple Dave

    One odd little change which is entirely about posing rather than construction, is I think the official set go the traditional look right for the globes. I don’t remember ever seeing a split map where the Eastern hemisphere is viewed on the left while the “New World” is on the right.

  • Lcthurston

    The bottle looks really cool, the ship is a bit disappointing esp. when compared to the original. The price is really tough though.

  • Gomek

    It would be kind of cool if they released another ship so people had options or could switch it out. Obviously one of the draws to Lego is the ability to customize, but the time to custom make a ship is more than a lot of people have.

    I agree that the design of the bottle is nicer on the Lego design (but also understand it’s smaller)

    • Purple Dave

      They made a mini Black Pearl a few years back. They had a game that included a larger generic tall ship. There’s a mini pirate ship in the upcoming GWP set. You don’t even need to design a whole ship if you like one of them as a starting point and you just tweak the look to suit you.

  • rtq

    you say ” a good compromise to keep the price down”? the price doesn’t seems that down to me…i prefer to spend 100 for a beautiful ship than 70 for a simple one. this is a set only for afol, i think the original one was better and it only needed special transparent pieces for the bottle…

  • ColdRadio

    I love it. The improvements to the stability and look of the bottle are definitely worth the redesign of the ship. The ship doesn’t look great, but I’m going to swap it out for the mini Black Seas Barracuda from the 60th anniversary set anyway, and the printed sails are nice to have.

    • Uncannysn

      The Barracuda will probably be just a tiny bit too big for that bottle. In fact, the bottle design is the reason the ship looks so bad.