Welcome to the LEGO Roman Colosseum

Today LEGO is officially announcing something big. Something very big.

10276 Colosseum – $749.99, Available November 27th

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Did I mention this one was big? Coming in at 9036 pieces this is now the biggest LEGO set ever. It’s going to take you a while to build.

Celebrate one of the most iconic wonders of the world and the setting for the 2000 Russell Crowe film Gladiator.

To be honest this one is probably not something that I will be picking up. But I’d love to know what you all think of it.

Check out the press release and additional images below.

LANDING THIS BRICK FRIDAY, THE ULTIMATE FLAVIAN AMPHITHEATRE – THE LEGO® COLOSSEUM

The largest LEGO® brick set created to date will be available from LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com from 27th November

This Black Friday, LEGO® fans can take home a piece of history and re-create Rome’s most iconic landmark, with the awe-inspiring new LEGO Colosseum set. Made up of 9,036 pieces, this is not only the largest LEGO brick set launched to date (taking the title from the LEGO® Star Wars™ Millennium Falcon) it’s also been expertly designed to mimic the incredible architecture of the original Roman amphitheatre, making it a building project to savour and a set to marvel at.

Both LEGO fans and History buffs need to look no further than their living room to experience a taste of Italian history, as this LEGO brick model is a truly authentic LEGO brick recreation of the mighty Colosseum – featuring many true-to-life details to help builders accurately bring this famous building to life. This epic LEGO model features a recreation of the three distinct stories from the Colosseum, with each of these stories adorned with the columns of the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders. These columns have been faithfully recreated in LEGO brick form using a variety of creative building techniques, including decorative volutes that have been created using a recoloured LEGO roller skate element that has been turned upside down to create an authentic look.

Every detail of the set has been meticulously crafted to stay true to the real-life Colosseum – including having 80 ‘ribs’ in the spectator stands (the exact same number as the original) and having three different shades of brick to replicate the different columns and aging of the almost 2,000 year old landmark. The build experience has even been expertly created to match the same process as the original, with the “wooden” LEGO arena being the last build to be placed on the LEGO model, as it has been in the 1990s. As well as being a challenging build, this model is truly a breath-taking focal point for any room. The LEGO Colosseum rests on an oval base, allowing this phenomenal 360-degree display piece to be shown off from any angle. Builders can then choose which side of this magnificent LEGO Brick recreation of one of Rome’s most visited landmarks they display – whether that’s the southern side of the building, which has been destroyed by various earthquakes and natural disasters over the years, or the more complete northern wall. Colosseum features arches, that have been recreated with LEGO brick detailing, allowing a view into the centre of the Colosseum from the outside, just like its real-life counterpart.

The set was designed by Rok Zgalin Kobe who commented:

“One of the biggest challenges and one of the most important things was to convey the Colosseum’s monumentality in the LEGO form. 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 LEGO Colosseum measures over 10.5” (27cm) high, 20.5” (52cm) wide and 23.5” (59cm) deep making this a spectacular centre piece for any LEGO brick collection.

The set will launch on 27th November, on Black Friday, as part of the LEGO Stores and LEGO.com Black Friday offerings. 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. Shoppers can sign up to the VIP Program free either in store or online. Included in the Black Friday promotions are a range of other deals including an exclusive Charles Dickens tribute gift with purchases over £150, a Holiday Tree gift with purchases over £40, discounts on selected items, a chance to win 1,000,000 VIP points and exclusive VIP rewards launching throughout the weekend!

LEGO Colosseum will be available directly via LEGO.com and LEGO Stores from 27th November

5 Responses to Welcome to the LEGO Roman Colosseum

  1. CS says:

    I want to be mad at LEGO as it feels like they have lost sight of what makes the business great over the last 12 to 24 months as the resurgence of their popularity continues but this is truly a marvel and as an AFOL and an ancient history buff, specifically Roman history and architecture, this is a day one purchase for me. I love that they have faithfully recreated some of the iconic, historical features.

  2. Andrew says:

    Looks amazing. The wish list is already groaning under the weight of all of this year’s great larger sets, but this one will duly be added.

    Next weekend is a VIP weekend with double points and the Dickens GWP, then the following weekend is Black Friday and the Colosseum. Decisions, decisions.

  3. Ben says:

    Nice, but not for me …

  4. Brick Chap says:

    Yes I want to pay $750 in one shop on Lego for an oversized Architecture set with tons of repetition and not that much detail.

    Its an okay set but why does Lego think it needs to keep making more and more expensive sets which in many cases dont live up to their price tag.

  5. TeufelHund says:

    Looks nice and interesting from the designer video about how he achieved structural integrity, but build looks repetitive and dull, no Roman minfigs included and where the hell do you put it once you’ve finished?

    Also the gift with purchase makes no sense as Chariot races took place in the Circus Maximus not the Colosseum.

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