Review: Berlin (21027)

Berlin (21027) is the third of the LEGO Architecture skyline series.  Actually, it is technically the second if you go by set number, but third if counting in order of my reviews of these sets.

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.

The set box for the Berlin city skyline follows the familiar format for the Architecture series, with a glossy, black flip top box with the set on the front.

Unfortunately, this box was also damaged in transit. I don’t really understand what was different here because I rarely have damaged set boxes.  Most seem to survive the journey to my place quite well, but not the black Architecture boxes.

The back of the box highlights the buildings and landmarks that are featured in this set.

Inside the box are the instructions booklet and four parts bags.  There is also a flyer inviting feedback for a chance to win a LEGO set.

The instructions booklet is beautifully presented with thick glossy pages.

In begins with a description of Berlin and the buildings / landmarks featured.  I won’t spoil it all by just providing the Berlin page:

The instructions are easy to follow and keep you informed by providing tidbits of information about Berlin.

One of those facts (not the one is the image above) is that Berlin has over 180 km of waterways and around 1,700 bridges within the city limits.  I double checked to make sure I hadn’t accidentally picked up the Venice booklet.

Let’s take a closer look at the parts:

The parts that immediately caught my eye were the 1 x 2 bricks with groove in Tan.  There are 12 of them all up, which was a little surprising given you can only see four when looking at the set from the front.  While not unique to this set, they were previously only in small quantities in two Minecraft sets.

The parts that are unique to the set are the panel pieces representing the Berlin Wall and the Berlin 1 x 8 Black tile.

I almost overlooked the Pearl Gold statuettes, thinking they were the same as the ones that have been included in Collectible Minifigures previously.  However, those were Metallic Gold, and the only other set with a Pearl Gold version is the Lego inside Tour Exclusive 2016 Edition – LEGO truck Show (4000022).  What would we do without BrickLink!

The full list of the 289 parts (excluding spares) is here.

The base for the Berlin skyline is 32 studs long, consistent with the New York City and Venice skylines.

The first part of the build is a section of the Berlin Wall.  Probably the simplest build I’ve ever seen or done.

Next up is the Reichstag, which houses the German parliament.  Built in three parts, this one is a little more interesting.

I quite like how the dome was done, although it is a little bit of a shame that some of the features are not so obvious.

The 67 metre high Victory Column is the next build:

Followed by the Deutsche Bahn Tower, which is largely a SNOT build with an interesting connection to the base to achieve the angled placement:

Being a relatively modern building, it stands out from most other skyline buildings and landmarks in terms of both style and colour.

It is however, dwarfed by the 368 metre Berlin TV Tower:

The use of the radar dishes to present the dome shaped visitor platform works really well.

The Brandenburg Gate, which was the grandest of Berlin’s 18 city gates, is the final build:

Here are the parts left over at the end of the build:

And a look at the Berlin skyline as a whole:

As you can see, there are only two of the Tan 1 x 2 groove bricks visible in the back.  This means that six of them have the grooves hidden in the final build.

After three reviews of Architecture sets, I have a new appreciation of microscale building.  But I’m not a convert yet.

Thanks for reading!  C&Cs always welcome!