These new sets are great additions to the LEGO Architecture series. This has been a great year for the LEGO Architecture series, with 6 sets announced so far. (2011 is the only other year with 6 new sets.)
I just prepared a lengthy preview of both sets with some initial analysis. That review includes photos of the real buildings as well so you can make your own judgement. I've shared some of the highlights from the article below...
Buckingham Palace and US Capitol Building LEGO Set boxes. (Photos from promobricks.de)
Buckingham Palace model as displayed at Nuremberg (photo from promobricks.de)
Upon a closer look, we see a base which is 26 studs wide, 24 studs deep, and about 8 bricks tall, not including the flagpole. (By contrast, The Louvre set has a base which is just 22 studs wide, the same 24 studs deep, and is a little taller at around 12 bricks high.)
As such, my best guess (without attempting to build sections of the model using my own bricks) is that the Buckingham Palace will be 800 bricks and a price of 79.99$
United States Capitol Building:
Perspective view of LEGO US Capitol Building model. (Photo from promobricks.de)
This is a really exciting model with proportions which look like they are very true to the real building. The high level of detail is really appealing to me, although the over-reliance on part #4070 – 1×1 Brick w/ Headlight may make the build process very repetitive.
By my count, the base is 48 studs wide and 14 studs deep, with the bulk of the model about 6 bricks tall, and the tallest portion is around 17 bricks tall. I think this will be the second largest set in the LEGO Architecture series, with around 1300 pieces and a price of 129.99$
For more detailed analysis, read the whole article I just posted at brickarchitect.com.
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