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21026 Venice Cityscape is a nice model (but a terrible value.)
I just did an in-depth analysis of the new Venice Cityscape model. I hope that it helps you decide if this is a model you want to add to your collection!In summary:
It's a nice model if you can look past some of the artistic liberties. Unfortunately, the 29.99$ price is pretty outrageous for just 212 bricks. (By contrast, the Berlin model is also 29.99$ but 289 bricks.) It's odd to me how inconsistent their pricing can be for similar sets.212 bricks included in the set
The part selection is pretty good despite the high price tag. I enjoyed the printed lion brick, as well as the white microfigures. (This is the first time they have appeared in this color.)
One of the quirks of the Cityscapes series is that landmarks from around the city are compressed into a single scene even when the buildings aren't that close together in real life. I prepared a map showing the locations of these buildings in Venice, numbered as they appear from left to right in the LEGO model.Map showing landmarks featured in Venice model.
I enjoyed the build and the completed model a lot. It's a simple model, but it captures the essence of Venice well.Breakdown of the model into layers of base, street level, and buildings.
For more analysis and additional photos, read the whole review at http://brickarchitect.com/2016/venice-cityscape-21026-review/