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Lego 10189 Creator: Taj Mahal

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      11.02.2011 21:53
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      a great gift for a lego lover who you love enough to spent £200 on

      Just before Christmas a visiting friend noted a lego model up on the shelf. "Oh my god" she exclaimed "you're just like David Beckham - an AFOL!" "You what?!" I responded, utterly bewildered. She went on to explain that an AFOL is an 'adult fan of lego' and that Beckham 'outed' himself when it appeared in national newspapers that to kill time when stuck alone in Italy he'd built the lego Taj Mahal. "Hmmm" I thought "Taj Mahal in lego sounds interesting"... And so, Christmas gift to better half this year was the huge lego Taj Mahal kit.


      First Impressions...

      The box it came in was impressively large (over 65cm long and 48cm high!) so made for an intriguing present under the Christmas tree. Once unwrapped it was clear what you were aspiring to build with a large picture of a fairly true-to-life Taj Mahal on the front.


      Inside the Box...

      The lego came all jumbled up seemingly randomly in 3 sealed bags. The website stated there were over 5900 pieces and indeed once we opened the bags the floor was a sea of cream, grey, blue, yellow and brown lego pieces. Thankfully there were 3 colour printed instruction booklets in the box that gave clear diagrams to guide the transformation of all the little bits into a Taj Mahal.


      The actual building...

      This is not a lego set for beginners, those who are inpatient or, according to lego, those under 14 years. Other half refused to sort the pieces into matching piles, stating this was 'cheating', so with this handicap (but the advantage of over 25 years lego-building experience) it took around 18 hours of devoted building to finish. The instructions were detailed and clear and although parts of the building were inevitably repetitive the sheer exhilaration of seeing such a familiar landmark grow and of making a dome out of lego made up for this.


      The finished product...

      The end model looks impressively like the Taj Mahal and is an imposing 51cm wide and 41cm tall. It is hollow in the middle so if you dim the lights and shine a torch in the centre you have a nice 'glowing' Taj Mahal. Despite its size it is quite robust except for the minarets on the corners which would not take much to knock off.


      Overall...

      Undoubtedly the best lego kit I've ever seen - challenging (but not impossible) to build with an ascetically pleasing end result. Being lego the quality is obviously good, but equally being lego this quality comes at a price - I got it on 'special offer' at around £170 but in general it costs around £200. The only other criticism was that at the end of the build we appeared to be 6 pieces short - but its possible we had lost these and either way we informed lego via a form on their website and they sent the pieces to us free of charge within a week.


      So in summary - a great gift for a lego lover who you love enough to spent £200 on!

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