Review: 21026 Venice

Venice (21026) is the second city to be featured in my reviews of the LEGO Architecture city skyline series.  I’ve never been to Venice, so I’m keen to see what the fuss is about.

First of all a big thank you to the AFOL Relations & Programs team (AR&P) of The LEGO Group for providing me with a copy of the set.
Opinions provided in this review solely reflect my views.  Similarly, the images presented are mine and were not directed by TLG in any fashion.

Consistent with the LEGO Architecture theme, this set is presented in a  beautiful glossy black box (notwithstanding the damage to the box from transport).  The front of the box presents the set while the back of the box lists the names of the “buildings” featured.

It’s kind of funny that the side of the box lets you know, in multiple languages, that the booklet contains details of the history and design in English and Italian.  If you need one of those other languages to understand that, then you’ll probably struggle with reading the details inside the booklet.

Inside the flip top box, there is an instructions booklet and three unnumbered parts bags.

There was also a flyer asking what whether I liked the set.  I didn’t notice this flyer in the New York City (21028) set.  This seems to link to the the same survey as for other LEGO sets even though the site name is different.

The instructions booklet is beautifully presented, with a glossy cover and thick glossy pages.

It contains some interesting information about Venice and the buildings featured in the set. Here’s just a small sample:

The instructions are easy to follow despite being printed on black pages.  There are “tidbits” of information spread throughout the booklet.

I think I probably managed to get the saddest fact in the booklet for this example – that was not intentional!

Here’s what’s inside the parts bags:

There are 212 parts (plus spares), with just a few things that catch the eye.  In my case that was the White statuettes and the Sand Green quadruple convex slope.  These, and the Black 1 x 8 tile with Venice print, are unique to this set.


There is also a unique 2 x 2 Reddish Brown brick printed with a winged lion (which we’ll see shortly).  I was surprised to see the number of 2 x X Reddish Brown bricks, which seem out of place in a build of this scale.

Although much smaller in size in terms of the number of parts (compared to the New York City 21028 set), the Venice skyline is also 32 studs long.

I think the grey plates serve no other purpose that to guide the builder as to where things should go as these are not visible at the end. The guidance seems to have gone a little over the top with this:

I wear glasses when I build, but even I am capable of telling the difference between these bricks without having to have it pointed out to me.

The first building is the 400 year old Rialto Bridge, which makes good use of the mudguard pieces:

This is followed by St Mark’s Basilica, which is at least twice as old:

I like how the dormer windows were done and also thought the round tile to create the feature above the main entrance was quite clever.

Next up is St Mark’s Campanile, the 98.6 metre bell tower, featuring the printed brick:

St Theodore and the Lion of Venice columns are up next, followed by the Bridge of Sighs, also some 400 years old:

This completes the build of the Venice skyline:

The back of the completed build reveals where those Reddish Brown 2 x X bricks were used.

Here is what is left over:

Overall, this was a relatively simple and quick build.  Unlike the New York City skyline, I felt there wasn’t much to learn in terms of building techniques and to get excited over in terms of parts.

When I was doing the New York City (21028) review I wondered why someone would buy one of the city skyline sets if not for sentimental value.  However, I can see this sitting on a desk or shelf as inspiration to keep topping up the holiday savings fund, especially with this image frame in the background!

Thanks for reading!  C&Cs always welcome!