LEGO Ideas is where some of the best sets originate. The best thing is that they are created by fans. One of the most recent to be released is the LEGO Ship in a Bottle set. Does it live up to expectations? Find out today in this review of the new, 962-pieced LEGO 21313 Ship in a Bottle set.
LEGO 21313 Ship in a Bottle Ideas Set Review
Note: I made a video review of this set HERE. Most of the photos in this review are from that video and have been taken by me.
This set is not really meant for playing with; it’s really a piece of art meant for display. The set is composed of a ship, a bottle and a stand.
How Does LEGO Ideas Work?
If you’re not familiar with LEGO Ideas, it works by fans posting ideas for new sets on the LEGO Ideas website. Once the design has been uploaded (which adheres to LEGO’s submission guidelines), other fans support their favorite sets. If an idea gets 10,000 supporters, it enters the review stage. LEGO then crowns the best set from the shortlist of sets that reached the 10,000 supporters threshold. Once a winner is crowned, LEGO often slightly modifies the design for release, then mass produces it. The person who submitted the idea gets a small percentage of the profits.
The LEGO Godzilla set is an example of a great set that has not yet reached the 10,000 vote count.
The Ship in a Bottle Stand
The stand is made to hold the bottle, which inevitably holds the ship. It has a very nice woody color to it. This set has amazing colors, I really love the reddish browns and pearl golds.
The stand has three amazing details
The compass is a clear 6×6 dish with exclusive printing on the underside. The needle of the compass is pearl gold, my favorite LEGO color.
There are two globes located at the front corners of the stand. While not exclusive, they are rare, appearing in only four sets. These are the only globe pieces I own.
On the front of the stand there is a sign that says Leviathan. The 2×4 tile has the name of the ship printed on, as opposed to a sticker. There are six pearl gold hinges around the name.
The bottle has a very nice shape and looks great. The cork has another printed piece saying TC in scripture. Floating around in the bottle are 284 trans-blue 1×1 studs. The studs explain the huge part count on a relatively small set.
A very nice and sleek design that looks like a good ship even at this small scale. The ship has flags with serpents on them. The Leviathan is a biblical sea monster, which explains the serpents.
Other cool details are the rudder, the cannons, and the great colors. You can lie the rudder up, or put it down. The cannons are under a 1×1 clip piece that acts like a cover.
The LEGO 21313 Ship in a Bottle set cost $69.99 on the LEGO website and is not available on Amazon. It may seem like a good deal by counting part to price ratio, but remember, there are over 300 1x1s (almost 1/3 of all the pieces).
The base of this set is quite sturdy, but the ship and the bottle are both very delicate. However, you can’t break the ship once its in the bottle.
The colors are the high point for this set. Pearl gold is definitely my favorite LEGO color, and there is plenty of that in this set. Most of the photos in this review were taken by me (I used a cannon rebel t6 if you were wondering). In the video review, I had some fun filming the ship and the stand.
This set was made to be admired as a piece of art, not to be played with as a toy. It may be hard to build for younger LEGO fans and unfortunately you can’t stage a battle with it. There are no play features or minifigures.
If you are an art enthusiast or a LEGO collector, then the Ship in the Bottle set is for you. I really like this set and feel it’s definitely a worthy release.
Thanks for reading! Let me know what you thought of the LEGO 21313 set in the comments.