Packed with interesting techniques, LEGO® Architecture 21042 Statue of Liberty is my favourite build of the year so far. Today, I'm going to examine the parts that have been provided in new colours in this new set and show a couple of cool techniques that the designer has used.
Not sure if you noticed, but this set contains elements in Sand Green. As you would hope, there are quite a lot of parts appearing in this colour for the first time.
The other two parts pictured are absolutely critical to the design of this model; Slope, Curved 2 x 1 No Studs with Stud Notch a.k.a. “baby wedge bows”. There are 40 provided in left (6221730|29120) and 35 in right (6221729|29119). A tip: pay attention when applying these. I reached the end of the build to realise I only had a left one remaining when I needed a right! I went crosseyed working my way back identifying where I went wrong.
By the way, this brings the available number of colours of these parts to 11; note they will finally be released in Medium Stone Grey [TLG]/ Light Bluish Gray [BL] this July in 76109 Quantum Realm Explorers (Element IDs – Left 6225139, Right 6225142) .
There are seven Bar Holder with Clip (6226411|11090). There are now 10 shades of this part including Sand Blue, from this year’s LEGO Star Wars 76103 Corvus Glaive Thresher Attack.
You’ve all been waiting for LEGO handcuffs to come in Sand Green, right? Wait no more. This set contains two Sand Green handcuffs (6225000|61482/91795/97927) plus a spare. And what clever usage are they put to? They are used as, um, handcuffs. What is interesting is that despite appearing in more than 140 sets, this is the first time this part has ever come in a colour other than Medium Stone Grey.
think of Peter Reid's robot turtles, especially given the presence of the octagon plate.
Furthermore, the designer has used one of these dishes, the octagon plate, the clip/bar holders and some Unikitty horns to make a turtle that likes to sit on Lady Liberty's head. Pah! Who needs Peter Reid?
There are a range of different kinds of 1x1 SNOT bricks provided in Sand Green in this set, including eight of the newest kind: ‘corner SNOT’ bricks (6223225|26604).
40172 Brick Calendar, and 96 in 40174 LEGO Chess.
Parts in other colours
The Technic 16-module axle link is back in Bright Red [TLG]/Red [BL] (6212053|2637) this year after a 23 year absence. Three are provided here. You’ll also find it in 42077 Rally Car and 60188 Mining Experts Site.
And of course there’s the Black 1x8 tile with ‘Statue of Liberty’ printing (6223269).
Finally, there are some noteworthy Brick Yellow [TLG]/ Tan [BL] parts.
The 48 profile bricks in Brick Yellow (6148262|98283) is the most ever provided in one set – even the massive 71040 Disney Castle only had half this amount.
2x2 corner 45° slope is back in Brick Yellow (6222431|3045), having only appeared in five sets between 1998 and 2006, which surprises me. You get eight here.
It's easy to overlook the plinth but this was my favourite part of the set to build. Some lovely techniques are used here and the steps are laid out so cleverly, even children younger than the age mark should be okay to manage them.
The finished model is huge, yet surprisingly light.
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