Build a Home Museum With LEGO’s New Pop Art Sets

LEGO might have realized its customers are running out of shelf space, because their newest collection doesn’t require any. The company has announced a new LEGO Art set series for adults. They’ll let you build—and then decorate your walls—with your own collection of 2D pop culture posters. They celebrate Star Wars, the MCU, The Beatles, and Marilyn Monroe. And they also pay tribute to famed pop art icon Andy Warhol.

LEGO Group is “launching a new canvas for creative expression” with LEGO Art sets (which we first heard about at The Verge). “Designed for adults who pride themselves on their love of pop culture,” these collections use small interlinking base plates and LEGO tiles you pop in. They also come with their own unique soundtracks to listen to while putting them together. These are aimed at adults who are looking for a way to relax and destress.

“Featuring fascinating anecdotes from the creators of Iron Man and Star Wars, or those closest to the stories of Andy Warhol and the Beatles, the soundtracks dive deep into the inspiration behind each design to help adults fully immerse themselves in the building experience and unwind while they explore their love of music, art or film in a new way.”

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The sets are also designed so you can give them a personal touch. You can customize yours. And with some you can even decide to make multiple smaller pieces into one larger work of art.

“Each set can be reimagined in a number of different ways to express the personality of each different builder, and to make it easy and simple for pop culture lovers to refresh the LEGO Art piece on display in their house. All four new sets come with a signature tile unique to the set that is worthy of any true work of art, and a new hanging element to make them easy to hang up and switch around.”

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Four sets will kick off the collection. They include:

Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe (3,332 pieces)

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“Pop art admirers can now recreate Andy Warhol’s famous bright pink screenprint of Marilyn Monroe from 1967, or reimagine it in three different colors using LEGO tiles. As art and design lovers tailor the tone of their piece to suit their artistic temperament, they can tune in to new insights and details about Warhol from those that know him best.”

The 4-in-1 set’s soundtrack includes interviews with Jessica Beck, Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum. It also has stories from Blake Gopnik, Art Critic and the author of the biography Warhol.

The Beatles (2,933 pieces)

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“Music lovers can bring Beatle-fandom into the home with a LEGO portrait of their favorite band member, whether it’s John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison or Sir Ringo Starr. Each set can be used to create four unique portraits or collect four and display the full band side-by-side. Fans can get by with a little help from friends of the Beatles as they switch their headphones over to accompanying soundtrack to listen to music and stories about the band as they build.”

The 4-in-1 set’s soundtrack has interviews with Broadcaster and Beatles Expert Geoff Lloyd and British journalist and Beatles fan Samira Ahmed, as well as stories from TV Presenter and Beatles fan comedian Nish Kumar.

Marvel Studio’s Iron Man (3,156 pieces)

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“Super Hero fans can decide between powering their hero up with the MARK III, the HULKBUSTER MARK I or the MARK LXXXV with this 3-in-1 set. After the tough decision is made, builders can recharge by listening to cool details about the set and stories from Marvel Experts as part of the accompanying soundtrack. Fans who want to channel Tony Stark and ‘run before you walk’ can combine three of the same sets into one to create the ultimate Iron Man artwork.

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The 3-in-1 set can be turned into the “ultimate Iron Man portrait piece.” (Which is especially cool.) The accompanying soundtrack features interviews with Roy Thomas, former Marvel Editor in Chief. It also includes stories from Alex Grand, Marvel expert and host of Comic Book Historians podcast.

Star Wars’ The Sith (3,395 pieces)

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“Celebrate iconic villains from a galaxy far, far away with this 3-in-1 portrait set. Choose between portraits that pay tribute to the Sith, with Darth Vader, Darth Maul, or Kylo Ren, or take the artwork to the next level by combining three sets into an ultimate Darth Vader™ wall piece. The soundtrack means the Force will be with fans as they create their very own piece of wall art while listing to music from the films and fun stories from Star Wars™ creators.”

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The 3-in-1 Sith set can also be turned into a larger Darth Vader portrait piece. (Which is really, really cool.) The soundtrack comes with interviews with Doug Chiang, VP & Executive Creative Director, Lucasfilm, and stories from Glyn Dillon, creator of the design for Kylo Ren.

Availability and Price

All four sets measure over 15.5-inches (40cm) square and have a suggested retail price of around $120 U.S.

The Iron Man set will be available exclusively from LEGO Retail Stores and The three other sets will be available from retailers starting 1st August 2020 (September 1 in the U.S.). You might be able to pre-order them now from selected retailers in certain countries. So check your local stores to find out.

And maybe also check one other thing. Make sure you have enough wall space. We know your shelves are already full.

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