The next LEGO Ideas set that will be released next is The Globe (21332) which consists of 2,585 pieces. It will retail for $199.99 and will be on store shelves on February 1. Fan designer Guillaume Roussel (Disneybrick555) hit the 10,000 supporter milestone for his idea on May 1, 2020 and it was announced as the winner on September 30.
Included in the set are 16 numbered bags and the instruction booklet. Note that there is no sticker sheet. That is because all the oceans and continent labels for the Globe as well as the compass are all printed pieces.
The first four bags are used to create the holder for the globe. The build is pretty simple and straight-forward. The arm uses a series of interlocking hinged sections that set in place extremely well. Even though they are on hinges, they don’t move at all and I was surprised at how it turned out. Building it gets somewhat repetitive as you’ll have to build the same sections a few times. The covering uses a number of tile pieces to give it an antique feel. The bottom of the base uses some rubber tires to prevent it from moving.
Bags 5 and 6 starts you off on the globe itself and here, you’ll start the monotonous process of building the globe’s circular design. The inner workings uses regular as well as Technic bricks to achieve the design. At the end, the pins connect to the angled axle pieces to hold everything together. On the outside of the globe, you’ll start putting the land details and it may seem that it doesn’t really show anything but some plots of land, everything will come together at the end.
In the middle of the globe, you have a whole structure which allows you to attach the rest of the globe sections on to. There is also a set of wheels placed inside. At first, I didn’t really know what it was for since they didn’t really go with anything but I figured out that they were used as weights so the globe can spin with a bit of force. You’ll notice it when you have it in your hands and it does make a difference.
On to the the rest of the outer part of the globe, this part is the most tedious since there are 16 panels to build. One you do a couple, you’ll know how to build them without looking at the instructions. Each panel will also include some land (or just water) and it will fill up quickly with how the globe will look at the end. Throughout the sections, you’ll also have the printed tiles to label what continent you are building and you can see how it comes together as you are adding more sections. These sections clip on to the rings at the upper and lower hemispheres.
The Arctic Ocean and Antarctica uses some printed dish pieces and cover up the rings at both ends. Technic pins go through them to hold them in place and the ends attach to the arm that was built earlier.
Finally, there are some pearl-gold decorative pieces for the globe arm base which includes another printed tile for The Earth.
Overall, the LEGO Ideas The Globe (21332) is a very nice display piece but getting there will be sort of a challenge as it does get pretty boring since you have to build the same things over and over. Spinning the globe works very well and it is the first for a LEGO globe at this scale. One other nice touch is that all the printed tiles are glow in the dark which wasn’t needed but a nice addition.
It is up to you guys to decide if it is worth the $199.99 price point. The parts are certainly there to justify it, even though they are mostly plates. The building experience could be better but I don’t think that can happen due to the shape of the globe and how to get it that way. The final result does look really good and if you look from far away, you wouldn’t think that it was made out of LEGO.
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