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The Lego Eiffel Tower

Updated on May 6, 2014

Bring Paris to your playroom with this incredible Lego model

Stumbling groggily toward the thermostat one icy morning, I almost stepped on the Eiffel Tower. The damage, luckily, was minimal. And no, I'm not King Kong :] Just mom to 3 Lego fanatics, including an 11-year-old who saved for two years to buy himself the Lego Eiffel Tower model. We now have a beautiful finished tower in the living room (still trying to decide where it will live permanently!) -- and one very proud young builder.

We got the Eiffel Tower model on Amazon in '09 for a good price. But as of 2011, the options appear more limited. Check and see, though; you might luck out:

Or on ebay...

What's magnifique about the Lego Eiffel Tower?

Five reasons to grab it now...

it's the real deal

This is a real, beautifully rendered 1:300 scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, created using the original blueprints for the building. The proportions are right, the construction--everything is spot on. When Lego engineers set their mind to something, they don't mess around.

Judging from the Amazon reviews, my husband and son aren't the only one who are impressed. Here's what other builders have to say about this masterpiece of Lego bricks:

~~"It is exceptionally well designed and the precision fit of the blocks for such a large model is marvelous."

~~"Very high in detail, and exceptional structural design."

~~"I haven't been this impressed with a lego set in many years."

~~"I secretly wish I could live in Paris, and now I can when I see this! ... Well worth the money."

building it is a fun, potentially

"bonding" experience

Like a good puzzle, the Lego Eiffel Tower blends challenge with fun. It's recommended for ages 16 and up but, as far as I can tell, is within the capabilities of many younger Legomaniacs. Our 11-year-old is relying on his dad as a consultant and partner on the project but is able to handle chunks of it independently on his own timeframe. (And shhh....I've heard Lego building is actually good for you. Something about math, problem solving, fine motor coordination....don't know all the details, but quiet fun without electronics? What parent doesn't love that?)

After reading the reviews, I'm also convinced that building this model is a legitimate substitute for child, family, adolescent, or partners counseling. Much cheaper, too :)

~~"My 10-year-old son got the Lego Eiffel Tower for Christmas and he worked diligently on it for the next three days. He completed it by himself, working approximately 20 hours on it. It is a great-looking finished product."

~~"A wonderful experience for my 11 year old and his older brother. They worked on it together, which was a rare thing to witness!"

~~"My son (age 12) and I assembled this item together during the Christmas [break]. It was a challenge but fun. We helped each other to find the pieces and read the instructions."

~~"It took me and my girlfriend about 10 hours to complete....Amazingly there was not one point in the instructions that was in any way confusing. Only difficult part of building it is digging through the 3400+ pieces to find the one you need."

~~"I have no idea WHY purchasing this seemed like the 'ideal solution' for dealing with a cantankerous adolescent but...amazingly, it worked! Instead of the 'parent,' I was assigned the role of 'occasionally helpful assistant.' I was wowed by my offspring's persistence, guidance and skill in putting this together. Meanwhile, there was some chat here and there, all appreciated (by me, at least)."

~~"It was great fun to build it :-) Needed about 5 hours in a team of two adults and three kids (7,7,4)."

~~"My name is Peter and I am 7 years old. My parents didn't think I could do this myself, but I got it for Christmas and after a few weeks, I did it. My dad helped a little, especially sorting out all of the pieces. It was hard but I had fun!" [Note to Peter: Wow, age 7? To paraphrase Napoleon Dynamite, you got skills!]

What's in a review?

Online customer comments often exceed the buy/don't buy parameters to include valuable info on using a product. This is certainly true for the Lego Eiffel Tower. From sorting pieces to transporting the finished model, you'll find a goldmine of advice in the Amazon reviews.

it's a guy thing...

AND a girl thing

Not to be sexist, but I'm not sure there's a huge female market for the Lego Death Star. Pirates, trains, racecars--none of these Lego themes are female-unfriendly, but let's face it: They mostly attract boys. Like other toymakers, Lego has added girlier themes in recent years (step into a Lego store and you'll see what I mean...plenty of pink and purple there now), but the nice thing about the Eiffel Tower is that it transcends gender. It's got intricate construction--but also a whiff of romance! Okay, I'm going overboard--but you get the idea.

it's impressive as heck

My young tower-builder is kind of shy, and this work-in-progress has been a fabulous icebreaker when kids come over. Little kids, big kids, adults--everyone wants to know where he got it, how hard it is to build, etc. Mainly they just say wow. And that's a nice little boost for the self-esteem.

Need the instructions?

If you already own the model but misplaced the how-tos (it happens!), here are the Lego Eiffel Tower instructions.

The mega-model!

The mega-model!
The mega-model!

My boys have seen this massive Lego Eiffel Tower with their grandparents, at Legoland in Calif. Maybe I'll take my grandkids someday? (A girl can hope.)

(photo: TimWilson via photopin cc)

it's not that painful

to step on ;)

As a mom with years of experience stepping on Lego models, I'd give this one about a 4 on the pain scale, whereas, say, the Venator Class Republic Attack Cruiser is a 6 or 7...and much more likely to break. (As one reviewer put it, the Lego Eiffel Tower "won't fall apart as long as you don't do anything crazy to it.")

I wouldn't want to step on the pointy top of the tower, of course, but since it'll be 42 inches tall when completed, not much chance of that.

:-)

Where to store said 42-inch model, you ask? Not entirely sure. But at least the base is a semi-reasonable 20 square inches, so the tower will probably fit nicely in a corner of my twins' bedroom. And how cool will that look?

Lego Eiffel Tower Knockoffs?

So you can't cough up $1000+ for the real thing? Seems it has, uh, "inspired" a couple of other manufacturers...

Or are you one yourself? How would the Lego Eiffel Tower fit under your tree this year?

Do you love a Legomaniac?

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    • Rangoon House profile image

      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Cute story. I love / loved Lego. It's wonderful for boys and girls.

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      PositiveChristi1 5 years ago

      When I was a kid Lego was just bricks and I had to design my own models. Modern Lego is amazing. I would have loved to buld models like this.

      This lens is amazing too; so much information about one Lego model.

      Angel blessed.

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      mavens 5 years ago

      A triumph in Lego engineering.

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      LegoLegoLego 6 years ago

      Wow that is so so cool, love this lens THANKS for sharing

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      BuildingBlockToys 6 years ago

      I love the way you crafted that intro. The Lego Eiffel tower is indeed awesome and this lens is a fitting tribute. Nice work!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      I always wondered why everyone raved about Legoland, and now that I see the mega Eiffel Tower it makes sense. I've seen some pretty amazing Lego creations at Toys R Us, but the tower is quite an impressive work of art. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      **Blessed** by the Squidoo Angel for Lego and featured on my Squidoo Angel for Lego lens

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      photofk3 6 years ago

      I loved to play LEGO when I was a child. Thanks for this lens.

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      LauraMarie LM 6 years ago

      My brother used to love Lego, it has been so popular for years. I am going to buy my little niece some.

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      BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

      Yes, my children were, my grandchildren are! I love the idea of an Eiffel Tower!

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      KokoTravel 6 years ago

      My daughter (now 32) loved Legos as a child. We kept them all and she now plays with her old Legos with her own sons. Not to mention that she continues to build her, I mean their collection on birthdays and Christmas... I think we'll wait for my grandsons to get a lttle older for the Eiffel Tower kit though.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      This is really cool! My kids would love it!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      how cool is that. I think it is awesome. I loved legos as a child and would have loved an eiffel tower.

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      So cool! I would love a skyline of Chicago in lego!

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yep, my sons were also legomaniacs when they were younger, took them to Lego World in CA once and remember seeing this Eiffel Tower among all of the structures there. And yes, also remember stepping on legos everywhere back then...smiles. well-done lens 5*s!

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Now that is cool. My nephews would LOVE this as a Christmas gift .... every time I got to their house, they get out the legos. We always have such fun. Thanks for the info!

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      This would be the pecfect "winter day" project for the whole family. I love this.

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      Barkely 7 years ago

      My son's a total Legomaniac, he would love to have this!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, I love this lego model, would be fun to build.

      Blessed by an angel!

      Susie

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      AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

      We visit Legoland a lot and this is the model which my son really wants! This is an excellent lens.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Wow! Now that's a tower! What a great review. I think lego is also very educational - following the instructions.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      Wow! Is there nothing that cannot be made out of Legos? Wonderful lens.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 7 years ago from Northern California

      One of the ideas that I'd had as well, but you'd already done a great job.

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      [in reply to Treasures-By-Brenda] Thanks so much for the blessing, Brenda! Lol re. the pain--not sure which is worse, that or the guilt over messing up one of the kids' creations. I do find the Lego Star Wars vehicles especially ouch-o-rific underfoot. Desperately seeking a storage solution...

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      I love two Legomaniacs! You are wrong though, Lego can be very painful to step on but oh, what we'll do for love!

      Great lens, blessed.

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Way cool info! Responding in kind for the feature. : )

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Awesome! Really cool Lego set. Great lens.