Review: #40563 Tribute to LEGO House
A decent-sized gift-with-purchase based on five rare LEGO sets that you can only buy at The LEGO House in Billund — but what’s the point when visiting Billund is out of reach for most LEGO fans?
#40563 Tribute to LEGO House is an upcoming gift-with-purchase set which will be released in a few days at the LEGO VIP Weekend. The set offers microscale vignettes based on five LEGO House exclusive sets — which means that most of the people receiving the set will not have any idea what these models are based on!
While the printed tiles for each model should give builders some idea, I hope that they include photos of the real objects that these are based on in the book. Otherwise, it is going to be really hard for casual fans to understand what these sets are meant to represent.
#40563 Tribute to LEGO House will be available as a gift-with-purchase at LEGO stores starting November 19 (with LEGO VIP Early Access). The minimum purchase to receive the set is $250 (250€ / £250) and the stated value at LEGO.com is $29.99 (29.99€ / £25.99 / 39.99 CAD /44.99 AUD) It contains 583 pieces and marked for ages 12+.
My best guess based on the title alone was an architectural model of the LEGO House that sits somewhere between the tiny brick badge size which employees at The LEGO House wear, and the larger version in the style of the LEGO Architecture series that you can buy at the gift shop. That said, it would be pretty small if it were half the size of the Architecture set — so I have no idea what to expect with this set based on the name alone.
As you can see, the employee badge and LEGO House opening sets are quite small, so they need to come up with something larger to create a compelling gift with purchase set.
Previous small LEGO sets / models based on The LEGO House:
- #4000010 LEGO House
This set was sold in retail stores in Billund while The LEGO House was being built.
- LEGO House Pre-Opening Fan Set (600 produced)
- LEGO House Grand Opening Set (3500 produced)
- LEGO House Employee Badge (not for sale).
The result is a selection of tiny models of varying levels of recognizability, all based on sets which are out of reach for most LEGO fans because they are only available to purchase at The LEGO House in Billund. To make matters worse, several of the sets are no longer available!
LEGO House exclusive sets which this collection is based on:
- #21037 LEGO House (2017, Architecture series, still available)
- #4000026 LEGO House Tree of Creativity (2018, retired)
- #40366 LEGO House Dinosaurs (2019, Retired)
- #40501 The Wooden Duck (2020, still available, review at Brick Architect)
- #40502 The Brick Moulding Machine (2021, still available)
The box is rather large for a gift-with-purchase set, which makes sense given the larger then ausual 250$ purchase requirement. It is a bit unusual that the box has no set name listed – instead simply showing the “LEGO House – Home of the Brick” wordmark on four sides, but not on the cover.
- Box Size: 26.0 x 13.8 x 9.0cm (10 1/4” × 5 1/2” × 3 1/2”)
- Box Weight: 537 grams (1.18 lbs)
- Box Density: 537 grams / 3.23 Liters = 166 g/L.
- LEGO Parts Weight: 303.2 g (0.67 lbs)
- Weight-per-piece: 303.2 grams / 583 pieces = 0.52 g/piece.
- Price per piece: $29.99 (nominal) / 583 pieces = $0.051 per piece.
- Price per gram: $29.99 (nominal) / 303.2 g = $0.099 per gram.
The notable metrics here are the weight-per-piece which at 0.52 g/piece is unusually low, indicating a set with lots of small pieces. We also see a very good price-per-part (based on the nominal price for this GWP), which is a lot less impressive when we consider the price-per-gram, which is pretty normal.
The fact that the set appears to have been packed in Billund is interesting — The LEGO Group have very little packing equipment still in Billund, with most of their European packaging coming out of Kladno, Czech Republic. It is especially unusual to see a brand new set that was produced just weeks before it will be available to the general public. (We will have to wait for public availability to find out if sets for North America were produced in Mexico, or produced earlier so they could be shipped by boat.)
As noted earlier, the build process is broken into five numbered stages, matching the five models on the front of the box. Given that the whole set has less than 600 pieces, each of the smaller models ranges from around 75 to 150 pieces.
Bag 1 – LEGO House (Building)
I am embarrassed to admit that I own a copy of #21037 LEGO House but haven’t had a chance to build it. I have seen the model several times though and am familiar with how it is built. That’s one of the reasons why I’m impressed with this smaller model — from the photos alone you can see lots of half-stud offsets in the design. Let’s see how that is achieved in the model.
The base is pretty straightforward, similar in style to sets in the LEGO Architecture series, albeit one plate thinner than those sets. (The sidewalk is flush with the nameplate in this model, but one plate taller in LEGO Architecture sets.) At the halfway mark, you can see how a grid of 107Bright Bluish GreenDark Turquoise / Teal 1×1 plates are carefully positioned to allow the half-stud offset between the second and third floor.
This is ultimately quite satisfying. In order to achieve the half-stud offsets throughout the model, we do not have the iconic large first-floor atrium, but we do have an excellent shaping of the model despite the small size.
I really like the overall shape and color blocking, which feels faithful to both the larger LEGO Architecture set, and to the real building. This is a strong model for the small size, which would earn a rare 5/5 star rating in isolation.
Build time: 14 minutes.
Bag 2 – LEGO House Tree of Creativity
I appreciate the multi-story Tree of Creativity that’s prominently displayed in The LEGO House but was less impressed by #4000026 LEGO House Tree of Creativity because it feels cartoonish compared to the original sculpture. I was skeptical about this even smaller version, which feels like a caricature of a caricature, losing the forest from the tree if you will…
I’m not all that impressed by the final model, but I have respect for the designers in managing to capture several recognizable microscale builds on the various branches, including a tiny fire truck, and the large yellow crane on the roof of the real building. It’s not a great model, but it would earn a 2/5 star (Acceptable) rating if it were a standalone polybag set.
Build time: 11 minutes.
Bag 3 – LEGO House Dinosaurs
This might be the most unique model in the set, since it features not just one, but three objects in a single composition. It is based on the three gigantic Dinosaur sculptures in the highest room of The LEGO House. The red one is sculped using DUPLO bricks, the green using LEGO bricks, and the gray and yellow one using Technic elements.
The base is straightforward, relying on the 4×4 Turntable elements to allow the angled composition of the dinosaurs attached on top. The three dinos are built in much the same way, with differences largely in superficial aspects such as claws/feet, tail design, and color blocking. It was easy enough to build that my 4-year-old son did most of the work – relying on me to stack 1×1 plates since he can’t quite do on his own yet.
The fact that the real models are built using DULOP, LEGO, and Technic is almost completely lost at this scale, with no meaningful difference between the first two, and a few 24Bright YellowYellow ½ Bush elements and a wind-up part standing in for actual Technic construction in the third model. For this reason, this model barely works at this scale, earning a 2/5 star rating on its own.
Build time: 25 minutes (but my 4-year-old son built most of it).
Bag 4 – The Wooden Duck
The smallest model in the set is based on the only LEGO House Exclusive set that I’ve actually built. Brick Architect had the opportunity to review #40501 The Wooden Duck when it was first released in 2020.
This version is truly tiny and only takes a few minutes to build. We have a simple platform using 2×2 plates and tiles for the wheels and a depth of just three studs. The duck body is just one brick thick, with wings on each side that are built using SNOT techniques.
Finally, we have a simple black platform with the printed tile on the front. It looks very good, faithfully re-creating the larger model at a small size. This is another very good model despite the small size. It would earn a 4/5 star (Very Good) rating if it were a standalone product.
Build time: 7 minutes.
Bag 5 – The Brick Moulding Machine
The last model looks like a lime-green rectangular prism from a distance, but actually offers a decent caricature of how a LEGO moulding machine works. It is unfortunately a bit too small to be decipherable. It has two hoppers on the top, some red plates on the left, some clear sections on the right, and some important levers and buttons on the front.
It would be a nice microscale complement to the larger set, but has relatively little to offer to even a pretty serious LEGO fan that hasn’t been lucky enough to visit Billund. (I’ve visited The LEGO House, and it isn’t speaking to me much either…) That’s why it lands a 2/5 star (Acceptable) rating as a standalone model.
Build time: 11 minutes.
It is challenging to give a numeric rating to a collection of disparate objects, but I will try nonetheless. If you have read this far, you have seen that I really liked two of the smaller models in this set, and found three of them to be quite lacking. I also struggle to imagine how this set fits into most LEGO collections, especially for folks outside of Europe who may never have a chance to visit Billund.
That’s why I’ve decided to review it with a single person in mind; myself. For context, I have been to Billund once and I have built one of the larger models this set is based on. In my case, as a LEGO Architecture collector, I plan to display the small version of the LEGO House building alongside my larger LEGO Architecture models, I will probably keep the tiny duck with the larger one (which is not on display right now) and the rest will probably get parted out.
In terms of that overall numeric rating, a mix of highs and lows lands somewhere in the middle… That’s why I felt like this set overall deserves a middle rating — 3/5 Stars (Good). It’s a decent gift-with-purchase set, but it probably isn’t “worth” the $250 minimum purchase unless you were already planning to make an expensive purchase.