To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, LEGO presents the classic “lips and tongue” logo in 3D. LEGO ART 31206 Rolling Stones Is a 1998 piece set, released in the UK on June 1st, followed by North America on August 1st, and will sell for US $ 149.99. | CAN $ 199.99 | UK £ 129.99. This is very different from the other rock’n’roll icons you’ve seen in art themes. Curious builders are surprised. Let’s take a look at this unusual entry into the world of wall art early!
Unpacking parts and procedures
In the midst of trouble, US Customs has decided to scrutinize the review copy of this set. They flipped all the tab seals, and things were clearly moving around. Therefore, please note that the unpacking experience may vary slightly.
This set comes in a large box containing an adult collector-style package. This means an mostly black background, a prominent logo, and a mandatory age group of 18+. Sure, the average Stones fan is probably well over the age of 18, but there’s nothing here that young builders couldn’t manage.
The back of the (usually) tab-sealed box shows a set mounted on a brick wall (which makes you think of Pink Floyd rather than stone) and the dimensions of the set (height 22 inches / 57 cm, 18.5). An insert shot showing inches) is shown in./47 cm wide) and a prompt to download the set’s custom build soundtrack. (Unfortunately not yet available at the time of writing this review.)
There is a logo on the right side of the package, adding a little charm to the shelves. Curiously, the panel did not contain the LEGO logo.
Inside the box is a second printed box and some loose parts bags. I’m not sure if this is an “official” layout, but it matches what I’ve seen in other large art sets like the 31206 World Map.
There’s a pretty big gap between the top of the bag and the edge of the box, so I suspect things have moved around. I was nervous for a while while waiting for all the parts to arrive safely. (Spoiler note: they were all there.)
The secondary inner box is also tab-sealed and probably contains more parts bags, loose Technic bricks, and instruction manuals.
In total, there are 24 numbered bags that straddle the stairs of 12 buildings. There are also 3 unnumbered bags, 5 loose 16×16 Technic bricks, a bag with instructions, and a small folded leaflet. Stickers are not included in this set.
There is an iconic logo on the front of the manual, but it has been heavily cropped to better fill the rectangular space.
Internally, the first few pages explain how this set differs from previous LEGO Art products. Both Fiorella Groves (LEGO Art Creative Lead and Design Manager) and Annemette Nielsen (LEGO Art Model Designer) have small slogans about how they broke expectations for the set. This is followed by a few pages about the history of the “Lips and Tongue” logo, and the history of the Rolling Stones in general.
Our review set included a standard clear plastic bag, but the included flyer is a later copy of this set, a more eco-friendly package that LEGO promises to deploy. It suggests that you will see it. I scanned the page so that you can read it yourself.
Most of the parts in this set are common, but there are some rare bits and new color changes. The white 3×3 bow tile is a new color, and the Galactic Explorer of 80035 Monkie Kid has so far only seen one other red version. The ingot element is also new in red, there are 60 here. Finally, a unique 2×4 printed “Signature” tile concludes the cast.
The logo backplane uses a combination of Technic bracket elements and 16×16 square bricks used in other art sets. Things are firmly fixed with technique pins and plates.
Additional locks occur when red and white details are applied to the top. Designers took advantage of nested macaroni tiles, round plates, and angled plates to block different curves. Soon, the first quarter of the build is complete and things look already recognizable.
“Side B” does not perfectly reflect the first section, but it is still very similar. The same Technic framing takes place around a single integrated 16×16 block.
The details of the surface on the right half are the same as on the other side. Combining plates and tiles adds texture to your build. It’s clearly the Stone logo, but it’s also obviously a Lego project.
Combining the two halves is a satisfying step. Several more plates and tiles will be added to lock the sections together from the front.
The upper half incorporates a total of two mounting brackets, one on each side. These wall mounts have proven their strength and functionality with larger mosaic-style art mega builds, but care must be taken to place the nails on the wall the correct distance apart. It’s a pity that Lego hasn’t come up with a small brick tool to help with that, but you can make it yourself from a spare plate. Or use a level or something you know.
Turn things over, followed by the red end of the tongue. Several Technic pins have been added to lock things together. Given the layer of interlocking plate applied above, the small number of pins is not an issue.
Attaching the halves together completes the foundation of art. After applying a little more red tile, the connection is sturdy and there is no extra play between the sections.
And … suddenly … MOSAIC TIME
At this stage of the build, we suddenly return to the more established LEGO Art styling. A bag of 1×1 round plates in different flame shades awaits. They are applied to the black center of the tongue area with strips of color.
Now that all of them are in place, I pay tribute to the Stones’ 60th anniversary. This is an almost complete image, so some people may want to stop building here. I’m not so excited about the hard lines of the gradation. It feels a little clunky. The inner edge of the tongue also feels unnecessarily sharp compared to the curves found elsewhere.
Curiously, this B model version isn’t highlighted in the box art at all. I was surprised when I was making a review copy. The only hint I had was the first these two shots of the instructions. This is certainly skipped because I was anxious to build it. The current product description on LEGO.com emphasizes that.Maybe someone yelled at marketing The box design of the set is completed.
And … suddenly …No more MOSAIC
Most fans will probably continue to build to have a more iconic version of the logo. The 60-year-old mosaic will soon be covered with a large red plate.
The edges of the tongue area are smoothed with various curved tilting elements. The white highlights are well integrated and take advantage of these nested curved tile elements to create gap-free coverage.
The last bit of glitz is to apply 2×4 printed tiles. Another reminder that this is a Lego art set. These 2×4 “signature” tiles have been part of the mix since the first Iron Man mosaic set.
The completed (this time the actual) logo is a pictorial reproduction of the classic Stones logo.Curved base and uneven weight distribution mean you Have got However, it can also be wall mounted for display. I couldn’t balance myself.
Conclusions and recommendations
The LEGO Art theme is a bold step into the “non-mosaic” territory with this interesting take of the Rolling Stones logo. Overall very monotonous and induces eye strain, but the “hidden” 60-year-old Easter egg provided an interesting break. But do I like it? Do Lego fans generally like it? Will hardcore Rolling Stones fans like it? I will go with a qualified “maybe”.
Is it interesting wall art? Yes. Does it do a good job of reproducing the logo? Very so. However, there are some important drawbacks to consider. The weight distribution and curved bottom mean that it needs to be wall mounted to show this. You cannot lean against a wall and keep it upright. And it’s pretty big-it can be plus or minus depending on the wall space you have to play with. As a more casual Stones fan, I probably won’t run out of Lego’s budget in the US $ 150 price range. Non-fans may consider a pack of 7.5 cents per piece to properly select a large number of useful (and some rare) parts. But if you’ve read it before, it’s quite possible that you’re a fan of Stones and you just want to know for sure what you’re doing with this set. If it’s you, yeah, you’re probably happy with the end result. And now we move on to the mandatory final encore song reference:
You can’t always get what you want, but this set may be what you need.
Lego Art 31206 – The Rolling Stones It will be available for purchase from LEGO Shop Online on June 1st in the UK and August 1st in North America for US $ 149.99. CAN $ 199.99 | UK £ 129.99. It may also be available from third-party sellers on Amazon and eBay.
The Lego Group has sent an early copy of this set to Brothers Brick for review. Providing a product for review to TBB does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.
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