LEGO Announces New Art Range

Are you a very serious adult LEGO fan, looking for some artwork to class up your house? LEGO has you covered with this new range of artistic creations.

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The LEGO art range is a collection of 48×48 stud mosaic builds that will each set you back $200 here in Australia. Each set has parts to build a few different variations – for example the Iron Man set will allow you to build on of three suits. The Iron Man and Sith sets allow you to create larger mosaics if you choose to buy 3 of those particular sets.

To enhance the building experience each set comes with a podcast to listen to while you create your set.

If that wasn’t enough to get you over the line each set includes a new double width brick separator!

Check out more detail and images of each set below…

Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe (31197)

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  • 3,332 pieces
  • 4-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults
  • Accompanying soundtrack includes interviews with Jessica Beck, Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum and stories from Blake Gopnik, Art Critic and the author of “Warhol”, a comprehensive biography.

The Beatles (31198)

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  • 2,933 pieces
  • 4-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults
  • Accompanying soundtrack includes interviews with Broadcaster and Beatles Expert, Geoff Lloyd, British journalist and Beatles fan Samira Ahmed and stories from Nish Kumar, Comedian, TV Presenter and Beatles fan.

This one gets pretty expensive if you want all 4 of the band members. Are you enough of a Beatles fan to spend $800 on LEGO artwork?

Marvel Studios Iron Man (31199)

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  • 3,156 pieces
  • 3-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults
  • Three separate sets can be combined to make an ultimate Iron Man portrait piece
  • Accompanying soundtrack includes interviews with Roy Thomas, former Marvel Editor in Chief and stories from Alex Grand, Marvel expert and host of “Comic Book Historians podcast”.

The combined build looks great, but you are looking at $600 to make it.

The Sith™ (31200)

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  • 3,395 pieces
  • 3-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults
  • Three separate sets can be combined to make an ultimate Darth Vader™ portrait piece
  • Accompanying soundtrack includes interviews with Doug Chiang, VP & Executive Creative Director, Lucasfilm and stories from Glyn Dillon, creator of the design for Kylo Ren™, as seen in the Star Wars film saga.

Another great combined build that will set you back $600.

What do you think of the LEGO Art range? I like the concept but I don’t know if I’d want to spend $200 on one.

12 Responses to LEGO Announces New Art Range

  1. Andrew says:

    I’d stump up for one of these if there was a subject I was interested in, but I think they would be a nightmare to build for those who are colour blind. I have enough trouble on that front with Friends already ;) .

  2. Legolyn says:

    They look impressive and I’d love to build at least one of them. Interesting innovation. However I’m still reeling from the cost of some recent kits and those on my wish list. Costs about the same as our portrait kits we got at Lego House but half the fun of that was the process of the kit preparation.

  3. TeufelHund says:

    Can’t see these being very successful at that price point – $800 for a full set of the Beatles? $600 to do the full size Vader or Iron Man mosaic or even $1200 if you want to have the three individual Sith/Iron Man portraits + the full size mosaic. Tell ‘em they’re dreaming.

  4. BradC says:

    Assuming the instructions will be available online, I wonder if it would be cheaper to bricklink/brickresales the pieces for these. While there are 3000+ pieces in each set, most of them are 1×1 plates and/or tiles.

    Reading the brickset article about this, there are some new 16×16 baseplates that are 1 1/3 bricks high, and connect together by technic pins, so I guess these would contribute significantly to the price. There is also the 2×4 printed tile and the new brick seperator which are unique to these sets.

    If you are not too concerned about those unique pieces, you probably could recreate the portraits for cheaper. You just need to figure out a different way to make the canvas boards.

    I might be interested in the Star Wars and Iron Man pieces if I can get it on sale, but $200 is a bit too much for me for a single set, $600 to make the combined piece, or $1200 to make all of them at the same time.

    I still hope these are successful for Lego, and that they will make some more in the future. I reckon that non-AFOLs who are fans of the respective subject of the artworks might be willing to spend that kind of money on them.

    • BradC says:

      Thinking about it a bit more, since they give you enough tiles in one set to make each of the 3 or 4 pictures (although not all at once), there will definitely be spare 1×1 plates/tiles left over.

      There are 9 16 x 16 baseplates in each set, so that is 2,304 – 8 (for the 2×4 tile) = 2296 1×1 tiles for a completed individual picture. Even if there are say an extra 100 or 200 pieces to make the tiled borders, that still leaves like 300 – 600 extra plates/tiles that would just go in the spare parts collection.

      Therefore, if you were to buy from the secondary market the exact number of tiles or plates to make each of the pictures, it most likely will be cheaper, although that would depend on how prices for rarer colours are affected by this, plus postage and handling for different sellers, etc.

    • Magmafrost13 says:

      They all contain new or rare colours for the 1×1 studs/tiles they use.

  5. sterow says:

    At first glance I had thought the Beatles one let you make a four-way picture a la the Let it Be cover. Without that option, the set is really unappealing and will surely struggle to sell – surely most Beatles fans want an image representing all four members as the default display?

    • Rod says:

      I’m not sure that this set really nailed John Lennon or Paul McCartney to be honest. George and Ringo look pretty good. I’m a huge LEGO and a huge Beatles fan. So surprisingly, and sadly, I don’t think I’ll be buying this.

  6. sterow says:

    How do they hang? Is there anything built into the model to help with this, or are you left trying to affixing hanger strips or hooks to bricks?

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