Today on Social Media and on LEGO.com the LEGO Taj Mahal 10256 was announced. This is a re-release of the same set 10189 from 2008 with a new number, updated box design and 1 additional piece… a brick separator. At 5923 pieces the set passes its old version to become the second largest LEGO set of all time! To those like myself who missed out on the original release, I was in my LEGO dark ages during that release, this is a welcome re-release.
This release is a continuation of a current LEGO trend to combat the aftermarket sales with a number of re-releases many of which also received enhancements to the design. I had hoped that the model would have been updated and re-designed with newer LEGO elements. In the social media release video, LEGO mentioned the idea of a LEGO Vault. They may be trying to emulate the model Disney uses with their movies, where LEGO sets would be released for a limited time, then re-released years later for a limited time and so forth.
Here is the set information from LEGO.com:
Build and discover the Taj Mahal! The huge ivory-white marble mausoleum, renowned as one of the world’s architectural wonders, was commissioned in 1631 by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, the Empress Mumtaz Mahal. This relaunched 2008 LEGO® Creator Expert interpretation features the structure’s 4 facades with sweeping arches, balconies and arched windows. The central dome, subsidiary domed chambers and surrounding minarets are topped with decorative finials, and the raised platform is lined with recessed arches. The model is finished with ornate detailing throughout and intricate tilework around the base. With more than 5,900 pieces, this set is designed to deliver a rewarding building experience and makes a great display piece for the home or office.
- LEGO® interpretation of the real-world architectural wonder, the Taj Mahal.
- Relaunched 2008 model, featuring 4 facades with arches and arched windows; central dome, 4 subsidiary domed chambers and 4 minarets, all topped with decorative finials; raised platform lined with recessed arches; ornate detailing throughout; and intricate tilework around the base.
- Divides into 7 modular sections for easier transportation.
- Put your LEGO® building skills to the test with one of the largest LEGO models ever created!
- Special elements include 6 blue 16×32 baseplates, white 1x5x4 bricks with bow, lots of transparent elements, ‘Erling’ bricks and ‘jumper’ plates.
- This set includes over 5,900 LEGO® pieces.
- Measures over 16” (43cm) high, 20” (51cm) wide and 20” (51cm) deep