LEGO® Hard to Finds - Big Ben - 10253

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Recreate one of London’s best-known landmarks with the amazing LEGO® Creator Expert Big Ben set. This highly-detailed model captures the grandeur of the 96-meter neo-gothic styled Elizabeth Tower with the adjoining east wing of the Palace of Westminster, and features a sculptural facade with windows, statues and shields, the iconic clock tower with its golden spires and intricate detailing, the Ayrton Light, and 4 beautifully crafted clock dials with movable hour and minute hands. Remove the top of the tower and you’ll find the Big Ben bell! A grass area, tree and sidewalk depicting the building’s location add the finishing touch to this magnificent model.
• Big Ben features a detailed section of the Westminster Palace and the adjoining Elizabeth Tower, 4 detailed clock dials with movable hour and minutes hands, and a sidewalk, tree and grass area depicting the building’s location.
• Remove the top of the tower to access the Big Ben bell.
• Put your LEGO® building skills to the test!
• Special elements include 4 printed clock faces.
• Rare elements include ski poles, flowers and corner plates in molded gold color, and tinted-translucent elements.
• This set includes over 4,000 LEGO® pieces.
• This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.
• Big Ben measures over 23” (60cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.


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LEGO® Hard to Finds - Big Ben - 10253 is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 41.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Hey look kids, there's Big Ben!" Excellent display piece; worth every penny! The repetition and plethora of smaller pieces will test your patience (and those of us with larger fingers), but it's worth it in the end. Nice solid construction. We loved the historical photos and informational snippets scattered about the instruction book. As others have mentioned, the clock movement could be a bit smoother, but I don't see moving the hands very often. Not a huge fan of the fluorescent green "grass" base plates. ATTN LEGO: Add-on/extras ideas for this set: Internal illumination and/or way to light the lantern near the top; Real clock inserts; Clock speaker that would chime out the hours
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slightly annoying building process, Amazing result After three years of buying sets from the modular line, I wanted to challenge myself with a slightly more challenging set. Although the set consists more than 4,000 pieces, most of them are 1 by 1, which raise some issues at my opinion. Unlike the modular sets, the Big Ben is very narrow and tall and considering most of the set is from 1 by 1 pieces, caused me to doubt its stability. It does has a frame of larger pieces however (mostly 1 by 6 and 1 by 8). Secondly, the set is heavy decorated, which of course contributes to its beauty, with that being said however, since the decorations (Like tooth pieces) are also 1 by 1, it is difficult to attach them dead straight to the building so I am finding some of them with a slight angle. Regardless to these, the set is amazing. The designer of the set used pieces in a way I could never think of by myself. There are tons of elements and at the end of the building when I built and attach the clock and its roof I was completely amazed by how impressive it is. You should really buy this set. Here is a small tip: If you can buy the set from the UK store, you can possibly save yourself some cash :-)
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Ben This is my first Lego "Building" for more years than I care to remember. Recent dalliances have been Technic trucks, Speed Champions and some Star Wars bits and bobs. Having read the instructions a few months back, I had an idea of what was coming construction wise so was not disappointed with the small pieces and repetitive nature - allowing me to use a mini production line system a la Henry Ford but without a timekeeper standing over me. I decided to follow the instructions section by section, so only brought out the required bags as needed rather than cover the floor as it were due to an acute lack of space. Section one's base could only be described as seriously flexible until stiffened by several levels of overlapping bricks straightened out the walls. (I was not building on a level table...). I don't know whether this was intentional, but some generous soul included an extra section two bag which had a pile of 1x1 window bricks, this apparent generosity had me in a mild panic in case a bean counter had removed a later bag of goodies to compensate, so I was pleased to find out this was not the case come the end build and no pieces were missing. I should have taken the chance to use these extra pieces to make internal doorways just inside and behind the two lowest level openings where the green flower pots are sited. The 1x1 window bricks were ferocious to join, and straighten, so I 'learned' to push them together on a flat surface first rather than 'in the air' then try to ensure there were no seams showing before putting in place. For my pains, I now have Lego stamped on my thumbs and fore fingers. The build is relatively straightforward, however, I recommend attaching the main slated grey roof from Section 6 before attaching Section 5's Clock Tower blocks 3/4/5. Why, because I needed to use a serious amount of GBH to press the roof into place and those Tower blocks are not going to stay in place for long as one wrestles with the building. The brick separator, and or a spare 2x6 proved quite useful in aligning the building detail parts as the build progressed. Impending disaster time...Clock Tower blocks 3/4/5 are your weakest links in this build. As you can see, they are unsupported except by 4 corner studs and 4 side window sections which although mounting 4 studs each, only connect to two holes per side to their internal core (through which the clock hand mechanism runs vertically). So, any pressure applied to the window sections on a point where the two studs don't connect, results in blown out walls and a crumpled block. Try moving Big Ben in it's completed stage, from a to b, suffer a wobble as the tower flaps, grab the Tower with a spare hand and you'll see what I mean. Anyhow blocks 4/5 required a rebuild whilst the Clock Tower block 6 sat precariously on the very long rod sticking out of the core. So, all in all, a fun build spread out over a week. You can't really 'play' with the completed model, it's for show. I noticed that some clever person in a recent review has built out the front and courtyard area, I wish I could do the same but am settling for a reinforced base with the grass and water extended out the front to line up with the clock tower (when my spare bricks order arrives). Last points, the green and blue colours are too bright by far. Website photos of the water flowing in the Thames would suggest a new colour 'filthy grey brown' rather than bright blue! As for the tan colour, again too light I think, but it's a representation rather than replica otherwise the weathering experts will be out spraying the model with natural grime, wear and tear plus pigeon droppings... Happy building, and when I get some space made, hello Sydney Opera House and if I clear even more space, the Tower Bridge may follow.
Date published: 2016-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, Detailed Set! Big Ben is a fantastic addition to the world monuments line! It looks wonderful, especially when paired with the Tower Bridge. The build is intricate and calls for substantial attention to detail, as many of the smaller pieces have to be set at angles consistently across the set. However, a patient building process leads to a beautiful, detailed set, which is highly recommended for any AFOL with world monument sets (especially Tower Bridge).
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Christmas Present My husband bought this for me for Christmas. After building the Tower Bridge a few years earlier, I was so excited to unwrap this present. Was not disappointed one bit! If it wasn't Christmas break and spending time with the family, I probably could have finished a day sooner.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great display piece, if you have the space! This Lego set comes in about 20 plastic bags split into 7 assembly steps. I would recommend only opening each set of bags as you require them, because even limiting yourself to what you need, it is easy to overwhelm yourself with pieces. It makes use of a large number of 1x1 and 1x2 plates and bricks of varying colours, and though some sections are repeated and can be built in parallel, there is enough unique construction to make assembly take some time; even with sorting each set of bags to finish it as quickly as possible, it still took 12 hours to finish (Not counting breaks for the occasional cup of tea. Even if you are not British, I suggest having several tea breaks to create the right atmosphere!). The finished model is incredibly accurate compared to the actual building - The proportions of the clock tower are slightly off but that's unavoidable because of the brick dimensions and only noticeable when placed next to a photograph. The clock function is nice, but it's a pity there's no way to make the hour hand run independently from the minute hand. A note for people who like to do their own thing with Lego - There are blanked out areas on the back face where the rest of the Houses of Parliament would connect. I checked how big this would be, and it is almost exactly the same area as a single bed takes up!
Date published: 2016-09-17
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