Earlier today, LEGO finally unveiled the next LEGO Ideas set to hit shelves, 21313 Ship In A Bottle, and I was every bit as impressed as the first time I laid eyes upon Jake Sadovich’s winning design.
The set is a brilliant take on historic Ship In Bottles, which are used by hobbyists and maritime enthusiasts who display miniature ships in glass bottles.
This one-of-a-kind LEGO set boasts 962 pieces (280 of those are transparent blue studs) and has a release date of 1 February. You’ll be able to find the set at LEGO Brand Retail stores or on LEGO.com.
The set is priced as below:
- LEGO 21313 Ship in a Bottle – US$69.99 [US]
- LEGO 21313 Ship in a Bottle – AU$119.99 [AUS]
- LEGO 21313 Ship in a Bottle – £69.99 [UK]
- LEGO 21313 Ship in a Bottle – NZ$149.99 [NZ]
- LEGO 21313 Ship in a Bottle – €69.99 [EU]
I was really happy when Ship In A Bottle was selected, and I think the LEGO designers who worked on this have done a remarkable job retaining the essence of Jake’s original design.
Sets like 21313 are exactly what the LEGO Ideas platform was designed to do, which allows crazy, unorthodox models like this to see the light of day as retail LEGO sets. It reminds me a lot of 21305 Maze, which is based on an ancient object and employs some really clever designs to bring it to life.
The bottle and display stand itself look brilliant. I’m a sucker for clear LEGO pieces, so this has me giddy with excitement, but don’t let that distract you from the intricate details of the cradle.
Aside from the printed Leviathan tile, assortment of old globes, check out the compass piece in the middle, which looks to be an inverted printed dish. Can’t wait to see this part up-close!
Here’s a closer look at the ship, “Leviathan” gliding along a bed of transparent blue studs. It’s undoubtedly a lot smaller than the ship in the original design, which is probably the only drawback of the set and a source of mild disappointment to supporters, but the designers seem to have done a decent job and it still looks fantastic.
Check out the awesome printed flag of the Leviathan.
Lastly, here’s a side by side comparison with the original design. As you can see, the shape of the bottle has been drastically improved, at the cost of the height of the ship that you can fit in. The stand is also a big upgrade.
I’m pretty pumped about Ship in A Bottle and it’s definitely on my to-buy list, possibly on Day 1. As an Adult LEGO fan, it makes for a pretty fantastic display piece and it looks like a fun build with a ton of interesting build techniques baked into it.
I don’t know about you, but 2018 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting year for LEGO.
Let me know in the comments what you think of this set and if you’ll be picking this one up!