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.
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.
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.
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.
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?