In the movie Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn famously says, “Paris is always a good idea.” We here at Nerdist say that building LEGO sets is also always a good idea. Now you can combine the two and assemble the tallest set in LEGO history, the Eiffel Tower. It uses 10,001 pieces and comes in at nearly five feet tall. With that monster height comes a big price tag. The set costs $629 and also includes greenery, lamp posts, and benches for the park underneath. The only missing detail is a gaggle of selfie-taking tourist minifigures to complete the illusion that you’re in Paris. You’ll have to repurpose those from other sets.
The epic build, which we saw on My Modern Met, even mirrors the real-life construction. The LEGO set comes apart into four pieces to make building and transporting easier. The actual Parisian landmark was built in the same four stages. The enchanting recreation includes details like the famous arches and observation decks. There’s even a French flag waving on top. When you zoom in on these finer details, you may also notice an unexpected addition. As one fan pointed out, the railing pieces are just gray versions of LEGO hot dogs. We wonder what the French would make of that. Even though it’s just one more example of LEGO ingenuity, somehow it also seems like a bit of an insult.
LEGO’s Icons series includes other landmark builds, such as the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Roman Colosseum. There’s also historical sets like a massive Titanic, Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, and a globe that actually spins. If you prefer to build the officially licensed sets for your favorite fandoms, other epic builds include Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum, Super Mario‘s Bowser, and a two foot tall AT-AT from Star Wars.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.