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Looking forward to the inventive build and I think the cluster of buildings will make a nicely balanced final model. And very nice to see white lever handles back again especially in quantity. Despite Maersk Container Ship there are still very few New available on BL.
And, although I don't like that @caperberry is "disappointed that it's another building in NYC," he is absolutely correct in saying that it is, "not on American soil." It is actually considered its own country and the land it is on is an 'international zone.'
Now, as far as the actual Lego set, I have to agree with @bea about that. It would have translated better if they had done a larger version. Still looks like a good build though.
I don't personally own any Architecture sets (though might buy Space Needle cos I'm going to Seattle next year :-)) but as long as the landmark represented is done in an accurate, faithful way and is an interesting model to look at I don't think it matters where it is situated.
But generally, I just feel its "nicer" for the residents of more cities to feel the pride of their landmark buildings being released by Lego. Much as I'd love another London one, I'd prefer other cities to get a look-in.
I'll guiltily admit that despite being a constant follower of global politics and understanding in some decent depth how the UN works I wouldn't have recognised the UN building and it's only through seeing the Lego sets of it that I really now know what it looks like, I've never seen any memorable pictures.
I was in Canada a few weeks back, in Ottawa, their parliament is exactly the sort of building Lego could make a fantastic job of and is in quite a beautiful setting. Most people have no idea what it looks like but I don't think for a second that'd stop people buying it because such a set could be quite amazing.
Looking at the size of things like the UN building above and the Sydney Opera house Lego aren't targeting these things at kids, no kid is going to say "Mummy, I want the UN building for Christmas!" are they? These things are aimed at adults and possibly even businesses first and foremost I suspect, and with a decent amount of display space judging by their size. Those sorts of customers are going to be more interested in the scale and quality of architecture rather than recognisable landmarks.
But even if you stick to recognisable landmarks then there's still plenty of scope in different countries - the Sphinx, Machu Picchu, Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Colosseum, the Parthenon, Chichen Itza, Buddhas of Bamiyan (well, before the Taliban thought it'd be fun to blow them up)?
Which is a shame because I'm as much of an atheist as they come, but I wouldn't begrudge the impressive architecture of these two things turning into decent Lego sets.