Over the weekend, as part of the numerous LEGO innovations, a set was presented that should be a small glimmer of hope on the horizon for LEGO Architecture fans: The LEGO 21056 Taj Mahal will be the first and only LEGO Architecture 2021 set this summer.
While several LEGO Architecture novelties usually came onto the market in January and June in previous years, LEGO has suspended the smaller January novelties this year and will now be releasing them in June 2021 as only innovation in architecture the slightly larger LEGO 21056 Taj Mahal.
The set is made 2022 stones exist and should from June 2021 in the LEGO online shop appear. As far as the price is concerned, there is currently different information, ranging from 99.99 euros to 129.99 euros for the price, which we consider realistic based on the size. So far there is no information about the availability of the set in the free trade – so it could be that LEGO wants to sell a set here again (at least for a certain period of time) or has only worked out collaborations with individual dealers.
Here again all the details at a glance:
- Set number: 21056
- Themenreihe: Architecture
- Name of Sets: Taj Mahal
- Number of stones: 2022
- Price (RRP): ???
- Release: 1. Juni 2021
- Age recommendation: 18+
- Number of stickers: none
Pictures of the new LEGO Taj Mahal
We have put together the official pictures of the LEGO 21056 Taj Mahal for you. They show the cardboard design of the new LEGO Architecture 18+ set, but also the model in detail. Of course there are also a few lifestyle pictures from the set.
Comparison: Creator Expert vs. Architecture Model
In a way, of course, the Taj Mahal is nothing new to LEGO fans. The LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal, which appeared identically under the set numbers 10189 and 10256 in 2008 and 2018, has aroused some desires over the years. However, the new edition from 2018 was not as well received by the fans as the high used price of the predecessor suggested, and the set received End of Life status at the end of 2020.
The reviews of the old set repeatedly complained about the very repetitive construction process and, of course, sometimes also the extremely large floor space that the set required. The nubby look of the central dome has also been criticized in part. All of these points of criticism should be less serious with the new LEGO Architecture model. The set is designed much smaller and still manages to capture almost all the details of the large model, and the smaller-scale construction sometimes even looks more detailed.
We have created a slider with which you can compare the two models with each other. In the first step, we scaled the sets so that they appear similarly large:
For a size comparison, we packed the two sets side by side. This quickly shows that the LEGO Architecture Taj Mahal, with its 23 x 23 cm (and 20 cm in height), has significantly more “shelf-friendly” dimensions than the old set. The base is a little smaller than 1/4 of the old set.
New parts in the LEGO Architecture Taj Mahal
Now let’s take a look at some new parts that should be of interest to parts fans and MOC builders. For the new architecture model of the mausoleum, some parts were also produced in new colors for the first time. Above all, of course, parts that were not previously available in white – including the grid window (38320) in white, which is used here several times.
For the small domes there are four 3 × 3 domes (49308) in white. The 4 × 4 quarter dome (49612) is also coming in this color for the first time, eight of which form the large spire in the middle of the palace.
Apart from the white stones, we discovered 2 × 2 corner tiles (14719) in dark orange.
Golden wands will also be part of the Harry Potter sets in summer, but are also used here as decorations, away from the wizarding world. The last time the white ski poles were seen by a collectible minifigure was in 2012, and they are celebrating their comeback in this set.
Conclusion on the LEGO Architecture Taj Mahal
From my point of view, LEGO does a lot of things right with the small Architecture Taj Mahal that didn’t go so smoothly with the large Creator Expert model. The smaller, shelf-friendly set (which also has a significantly lower price, even if we unfortunately do not yet know its exact height) should probably be more popular with many adult fans than the huge model, which required its own table or at least a wide sideboard .
Whether LEGO with the strategy of not making the set available to retailers, at least initially, and initially only in the LEGO online shop for sale (which is also the case with many of the other newly introduced sets), runs well in the long run, time will tell. We will of course keep you up to date on the availability of the set and report on any offers here in the blog and of course via push notification Telegram.
How do you like the LEGO Architecture 21056 Taj Mahal, especially compared to the old models from the Creator Expert theme world? Share your thoughts on the LEGO Architecture 2021 novelty in the comments!