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LEGO now offers a Grand Carousel ride building kit. It is pricey at $249.99 but the details are below.

 

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Take a ride on the Grand Carousel!

 

It’s a wonderful day for a ride on the merry-go-round! This elegant and beautifully detailed LEGO model isn’t just for show – it really spins and plays music while the horses and swing boats move up and down! Built with intricate, lifelike ornaments and features, the Grand Carousel is a spectacular addition to any LEGO display or carousel collection. Includes 9 minifigures and LEGO Power Functions motor and sound brick. Measures 38.4 cm (15.1 in) x 38.4 cm (15.1 in) x 35.0 cm (13.8 in).

 

 

Experience the romance of this merry-go-round decorated with brightly colored elements!

Features 9 minifigures including ride operator!

The platform rotates and the music plays!

The swing boats and galloping jumper horses move up and down!

Lots of realistic details including reflective decals on the center pole, ornate ornamentation, fleur de lys, bejeweled horses and profiles of jesters!

The tent-like top is made of canvas!

The Grand Carousel measures 38.4 cm (15.1 in) x 38.4 cm (15.1 in) x 35.0 cm (13.8 in)!

Requires 6 AA (1.5V) batteries, not included.

 

Interestingly, the kit is for ages 16+!

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I don't think many people would buy it for their young kids for $250. It is one of their high-end products like some of the designer kits including their Technic, Architecture, and Masterpiece models aimed at older builders, hence the "16+" age rating.

 

 

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Some of the more advance Lego sets are pretty hard to put together and not meant for kids.

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For World Fair fans, LEGO has come out with a model of the Seattle Space Needle. At 19.99, it is much more affordable than the carousel model!

 

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LEGO® Architecture takes a peak into the future with the great Seattle Space Needle

 

1959, inspired by an observation tower in Stuttgart, on a napkin at a coffee house, artist Edward E. Carlson made the initial drawings of what would become the Seattle Space Needle. The top house first resembled a balloon, it would go through many transformations with the help of architect John Graham & associates before it reached it´s famous flying saucer look.

 

A bumpy road

The daring, futuristic, beautiful construction would meet a good amount of hurdles on its road to completion. Driven by private funds, finding an appropriate location proved to be so difficult that the project was just about to be terminated when suitable ground was finally found, only 13 months before its deadline for the 1962 World Fair.

 

467 cement trucks worked a full day to fill the hole dug for the foundation block, a 120 foot square that reaches 30 feet into the ground. It would weigh as much as the needle itself, placing the center of gravity close above ground.

 

Palette of the future

The theme of the 1962 World´s Fair was unmistakably about futurism and American optimism, and was appropriately named, The Century 21 Exposition. The Needle was specifically designed to embrace the Race into Space or now more commonly referred to as the Space Age. In keeping with the 21st Century theme, even the final coats of paint were dubbed Astronaut White for the supporting legs, Orbital Olive for the core, Re entry Red for the halo and Galaxy Gold for the sunburst and pagoda roof.

 

Economical precision.

Built to withstand winds of up to 200 mph, the Seattle Space Needle clearly demonstrates the inherent strength of the unique tripod design. “SkyCity”, the rotating restaurant located 500 feet above the ground, cleverly rotates 360 degrees every 47 minutes using only a one horsepower motor, this is accomplished thanks to skillful and incredibly precise craftsmanship.

 

Words from the LEGO Architect:

“This model interested me the most primarily due to the futuristic design and Tri-Pod configuration. Studying other LEGO elements such as gears, connectors and saucer shaped discs would be necessary as traditional bricks would obviously not be required. For instance, using a large Technic gear to represent the radial fins at “Sky City” observation deck & restaurant level or smaller beveled gears to represent the “Sky Line” banquet facility.

 

The model is a neat example of what thinking outside the box can achieve for you with non-brick elements.” - Adam Reed Tucker

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