At 450 Barnes & Noble stores this weekend
there will be an event celebrating the launch of a new set, 2150, LEGO Architecture Studio
. They will have local architects speaking about design, and there will be public building. Follow the link
to see if there is an event near you. There does not appear to be any cost. This seems to be limited to US locations, but I'm not sure about that. The set itself is basically a big box of 1210 mostly white elements and includes a book on architecture and LEGO.
Personally I want the book, but the set itself seems overpriced for what it is. For comparison, the Helm's Deep set is $20 less for 100 more pieces, and that has the license markup and specialized parts. If you look at the parts list
you can see that this is all pretty basic parts. Basically it's like they stocked the Pick-a-Brick wall in all white. A very cool idea, but it should be about $100.
Okay, not sure why I bothered, but I get a little OCD sometimes. I went through and priced this set on Bricklink, and it came to $140. I limited myself to US stores (except for one part, more in a second), but just went with the cheapest store that could get me the right quantity in each case, without bothering to try to find one store that gave me the different pieces. So by buying from lots of different stores it would be much more after paying multiple sellers shipping fees. So based on that, the price is about right, especially after adding in a 250 page book.BUT
It turns out that trans clear 1x1 tiles are really
pricy. To get one will cost you over $.50, to get them in quantity you have to go to a Dutch store that is charging $.97 each. So the $140 price above is counting $36 in 1x1 trans clear tiles. If you forgo these, you could approximate this set for $102.54. If you further went without the 1x2 trans clear tiles (not as bad, but still pricey), you further knock this down to $80.
Wait, you say, my architectural masterpieces need windows. I need those trans parts. Okay, I say, let's go back and replace the trans clear tiles with trans clear plates (better for windows in a micro building, anyway) (and these have been known to show up on the PaB walls, so you can get them pretty easily). Now you approximate this set for $82
I really have no idea who will buy this set. Parents won't get this for their kids - too pricy and, well, boring. There's no movie tie-in, so no collectors who would shell out the cash for a Death Star. AFOLs (aside from those people who really really really
need trans clear tiles) won't because they can just get basic bricks from Bricklink and Pick-a-brick. The only people I see getting these are institutions - maybe design schools, children's museums, architecture firms perhaps.
But definitely stop by B&N for the event. Share pictures here if you do.