With 10294 Titanic looking like it could be considered the biggest Lego set in a couple of ways I was wondering how we should judge what the biggest Lego set is.
Most people were happy to go with piece count as the easiest way to compare until 31203 World Map came along. So what would people go by?
1, Straight part count
2 Part count with exclusions, no world map because of all the studs or because its not really a true build but just a frame that is built. No The ultimate battle for CHIMA because it was just a collection and did that box even exist or did the winner just get the sets, should it even be listed on brickset?
3 Weight of set boxed
4 Weight of model
5 Single largest dimension, hight or length
6 Different dimension calculation, surface area, volume or so on
7 Combination of factors
8 Other - How about some complicated stud count, were a 1x1 plat was worth 1 point and a 1x1 brick 3 points and so on. Basically if you build all the bricks in the set into the smallest space possible which one would be biggest.
Also if you were doing a top 10 do you count the Taj Mahal twice as its a different set number or not because its the same or how about the Millennium Falcon, does the new one just replace the old on any list?
Thought this might make a good article for @Huw
and thought it would be good to hear peoples opinions and also crowd source some of the information needed like weight of set built.
Would also be good to see pictures of any of these large sets together to compare if anyone has more than one and has the room to picture them together.
I will go first, not happy with the world map as largest set so I would go 2, Part count with exclusions or 5 Single largest dimension because both would be The Titanic. I would be happy to go 4 Weight of model if some body could show a clear winner. Or 6 Different dimension calculation if someone could come up with a good one.
Basically I wouldn't be happy with the World Map as it just single studs, wouldn't be too happy with the Star Destroyer as its too hollow with a much lower part count than some. So I guess I would like some clever combination of part count, weight (of model) and size (how ever we measure that).
As to the question of which is the biggest, my answer is I don't care. As the world map shows, one measure of being big doesn't necessarily produce a great set. The Titanic is big, but too big (for me). I prefer something like Saturn V standing upright compared to laying down. Big with a small footprint is nicer than something so long you need a custom made display case to fit it in.
That said I don't see why World Map should be excluded from the discussions. Ultimate greebling.
- Tallest Lego set
- Widest Lego set (all by standard display)
- Heaviest Lego set
- Lego set with the most individual pieces
… and maybe, Lego set with the most 1x1 plate volume covered (which would benefit a set having bigger pieces)
It’s probably easier to separate them than have them duke it out on one combined category. Even then you have items like the Saturn V that mess up the tallest/longest in one go.
The biggest in my heart ❤️.
So The World Map, for example, would be 11695 x 32 = 374,240
Colosseum 10276; 9036 x 220 = 1,987,920
UCS Imperial Star Destroyer 75252; 4784 x 446 = 2,133,664
UCS Millennium Falcon 75192; 7541 x 684 = 5,158,044
I don't think it is the way to look at it, personally (There's no way the UCS Millenium Falcon is nearly 3x bigger than the Colosseum), but just a thought I had on how to look at it at a bit of a tangent.
- Piece count
- Number of five star reviews on Brickset
- Acceptability to spouses / significant others
- Number of mentions in the "Predictions on Discontinuing Sets and their Secondary Market Value" thread
- Highest price that this set has been advertised for as a "Buy It Now" on Ebay
- Number of White Rangefinders in set
- Number of sausages in set
- Number of helicopters in set
Edit: I'm about to go to the store, maybe for a second #80020- because that jet is fantastic! I love Monkie Kid.
The number of extra seats taken up on the tube to get it home.
If we're assuming sig oth is an AHOL, then Marilyn Monroe Art piece probably wins this right?
I think the most standard defn of 'size' is volume (as opposed to mass). An inflated hot air balloon is much 'bigger' than a deflated one. Titanic is pretty voluminous.
She was indulging me more than I expected, and then I told her the price. She actually winced.
(Side note - there is no such thing as a 'good' wince. Or 'I'll be five minutes at Target' or 'we can leave shortly, there's only two minutes left in the game'...)
Which, after seeing one in-person - that's an obnoxious set. (I will own one soon, of course.)
I am tempted to get it as the biggest set ever but how long will it stay that way?