Commissioned by Emperor Vespasian around 70 A.D. as a gift to the Roman people before its construction was completed roughly a decade later, the Roman Colosseum was unquestionably one of antiquity’s most ambitious projects, trumped only by Wonders Of The World like the Great Pyramid at Giza. Capable of accommodating over 80,000 spectators, this nearly 2,000-year-old limestone and brick structure is now serving as the basis for LEGO’s largest set ever, containing more than 9,000 pieces.
Scaled-down to 1:180 the Flavian Amphitheater’s actual size, the 9,036 piece set stands at over 10.5” tall and measures 20.5” wide, and 23.5” deep. The three-story structure boasts an impressive area of details including built-in archways, tree-lined exterior walkways, Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns, and even the floor of the colosseum lifts up to reveal a replica of the hypogeum support structure underneath. Because of the enormous number of pieces involved, LEGO has opted to replace the regular building instruction manual with a coffee-table-style instruction book that features historical and design details about the colosseum, in addition to building instructions. Slated for a release on November 27, 2020, the LEGO Creator Colosseum is priced at $550.
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