LEGO Architecture - Empire State Building

Thomas loves LEGOs. He’s been addicted since he was 4 years old and got his very first set: a box of random bricks with a booklet of different things he could build. He would build tower after tower and get so upset once his brother came along and knocked them down. When he was 6 years old he graduated to the Star Wars LEGO sets. It was love at first build.

Last June we went to LEGOLAND near San Diego. After marveling at every single structure he found a LEGO Architecture set, especially the John Hancock Center in Chicago. He built it before we even got on the plane to come home and it’s been on his nightstand ever since. Only a few pieces, simple construction, but he loves it.

Imagine his surprise when I brought him the LEGO Architect set of the Empire State Building after a trip to New York. Not only did he tear into the set and have it built and displayed instantly, he also tried to create a King Kong figure to hang from the top. It has the coveted nightstand position in his room. He is now saving his money to buy other sets they feature, the Space Needle, White House and Guggenheim Museum are what he’s saving for.

While these smaller building sets are easy to build, they showcase the great architecture of our time and are more for kids who like to collect the different sets and leave them constructed and displayed. Your kids won’t want to use these for spare parts in their creations.

With sets starting at $19.99 these are the perfect birthday or holiday present for the true LEGO enthusiast. The recommended age grade is 10+ and I don’t think that’s based on difficulty necessarily, but more because older kids generally want sets to display rather than play with. When I asked Thomas what he thought of the sets he said only one word, “Love!”

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