The summer 2018 LEGO Architecture are set to be released soon and I’ve already reviewed the Statue of Liberty (21042) and the other set that I’ll be taking a look at is the Great Wall of China (21041). The 551 piece set will retail for $49.99 and will be available in August. The contents of the box include five unnumbered bags and the instruction booklet.
The first few pages of the instructions takes a look at a small part of the vast history of Great Wall of China. I do really like the timeline part where it details a bit of how each Chinese dynasty has shaped the history of the wall. The same text is also translated into Chinese. Spread throughout the pages are some short facts about the wall.
Like with a majority of LEGO Architecture sets, the build starts off with the base which is 34×12. In the center of it, there is a printed 1×8 tile with the Great Wall of China wording. LEGO also provides another 1×8 in Chinese which is nice for want to display it that way.
A majority of the beginning part of the build was for the grasslands that the wall sits on. The inner part of it is made up of mostly standard bricks to create the foundation. The sides of the grass use a lot of dark green sloped pieces to give it sort of a grassy feel.
The actual building of the path for the Great Wall starts on step 61 and there are small battlement sections of the wall that you connect together using hinges. Some of the sections don’t actually attach to the grassy hill area but they just sit on top while only the end sections connect to the hill.
Throughout the path, there are two lookout towers that sit snugly between the walkway. The top of the towers get their distinct look using the wall corner pieces along with some 1×1 tiles. The lower tower actually attaches on to the base by the way of a ball joint.
One of the interesting things about this set is that it is able to expand on either side to create a longer wall. Unfortunately, I only have one set on hand so I can’t test it.
Overall, the Great Wall of China (21041) is a decent looking set but it’s tiny compared to the scale of the its real-life counterpart. The dimensions of it are decent and I do like how the pathway looks on it especially going into the towers. The ability to expand it into a larger wall is one of the best features of this set.
Thank you to LEGO for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.