When Thomas Andrews sat down in 1908 to draft the plans for an unsinkable ship, he knew one thing – it had to be big. Four years and 6,000lbs worth of steel and wrought iron later, the Titanic was born. Sure, it didn’t exactly deliver on the ‘unsinkable’ title, but it certainly nailed the ‘big’ brief. Now, more than 100 years later, LEGO is giving fans a chance to build their own version of the doomed vessel and it’s very much got Andrews’ vision intact.
Standing at 44cm high and measuring 135cm long, the 9,090-piece LEGO RMS Titanic is the largest set the Danish building block icon has ever created. An accurate 1:200 scale model of the original cruise ship, the new LEGO set faithfully recreates some of the entire construction including the bridge, promenade deck and swimming deck.
For those looking to take up the challenge, set some time aside. The LEGO RMS Titanic is split into three sections with three separate instruction booklets. Looking at the initial images, the new set is truly something special. Interiors, including the ship’s grand staircase, boiler room and smoking lounge are perfectly captured in exquisite detail.
Best of all, LEGO has added a bunch of moving parts to make the set a little more interactive. Specifically, the anchor can be raised and lowered, while the propellers activate the engine’s pistons. Of course, the final result is displayed in the accompanying stand to make sure every guest who enters your house can marvel at the finished product.
The LEGO Titanic is priced at USD$630 (AUD$999.99) and is slated to release on November 1 on LEGO’s website.