“Behold the majesty of the Roman Colosseum, now in your living room,” announced LEGO in a press release. “Both LEGO fans and history buffs need to look no further than their living room to experience a taste of Italian history.”
The new Colosseum set displaces the former record holder, the LEGO® Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon, which had 7,500 pieces. The Colosseum measures over 10.5 inches high, 20.5 inches wide and 23.5 inches deep.
The stadium features a recreation of the three distinct stories from the Colosseum, with each story adorned with Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns. The columns were faithfully recreated in LEGO brick form using a variety of creative building techniques, including decorative volutes that have been created using a LEGO roller skate element turned upside down to create an authentic look, according to LEGO.
“One of the biggest challenges and one of the most important things was to convey the Colosseum’s monumentality in the LEGO form,” said designer Rok Zgalin Kobe. “I felt that the LEGO model should display a special architectural feature of the original – the rows of columns flanking the arches in different styles. To achieve that, the model is constructed using an effect of vertical exaggeration. The cross-section is therefore far steeper than on the real structure. Hopefully, people will be inspired to learn more about the original through the experience of building the LEGO model.”
The new set is priced at $549.99. The set will launch on Black Friday, Nov. 27, on LEGO.com and at LEGO Stores. LEGO VIP members who purchase the exclusive model during the Black Friday Cyber Monday weekend will receive a limited-edition gift with purchase, a Roman Chariot, which can be displayed alongside the Colosseum.
Nexstar Media Wire contributed to this report.