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21039-1 Shanghai

21039-1

Shanghai

Shanghai is LEGO set 21039-1. It has a score of 89. This is good compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 3 reviews, based on 6 scored reviews and 12 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 10.84% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2018, and it is categorised in Architecture.

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Average rating

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We calculate the average rating when we've found two or more scored reviews. This set is good compared to all other sets. Read more about the ratings distribution chart here.

Recommendations

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A review is considereded a recommendation when its score is above the reviewers median score or if it's explicitly said so in the review. Read more in our article about recommendations.

Price Per Part (PPP)

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Average PPP for System in 2018 is 0.13. PPP for this set is 0.1, which is better.

All prices are in $USD, adjusted for inflation. This set is compared to other sets categorised as System. Read more about this in our article about price comparisons.

PPP is a guide, not a rule, and affected by the type of parts included. A set containing small generic parts generally have better PPP than one containing larger specialized parts.

Price Per Minifig (PPM)

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We do not currently know how the average price per minifig for this set compares to other sets.

All prices are in $USD, adjusted for inflation. This set is compared to other sets categorised as System. Read more about this in our article about price comparisons.

PPM only takes the number of minifigs into account and discards everything else. It's a guide, not a rule.

Review breakdown

Scored reviews

Brick Architect Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 → 100 / 100

amazon.com Recommendation: meh 4.7 / 5 → 94 / 100

Blocks Magazine Recommendation: yes 93 / 100 → 93 / 100

LEGO Recommendation: meh 4.61 / 5 → 92 / 100

Brickset Recommendation: yes 4.2 / 5 → 84 / 100

ttpm Recommendation: no 3.5 / 5 → 70 / 100

Unscored reviews

HispaBrick Magazine

JANGBRiCKS

Ninjabrick

Brickset News

The Brothers Brick

The Brick Fan

Set information

Set ID: 21039-1
Name: Shanghai
Parts: 597

Retail price (USD):
Original: 59.99
Inflation adjusted: 61.08

Price Per Part (USD):
Original: 0.10
Inflation adjusted: 0.1

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Brick Architect

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Recommendation: yes 5 / 5 by Tom Alphin

A fantastic model and great building experience—#21039 Shanghai is one of those rare “must-have" sets! It is recommended for anyone who loves LEGO, Architecture, or Travel (even if you haven't been to Shanghai.) Maybe a set this good will inspire you to visit in the future?

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Recommendation: meh 4.7 / 5 from 46 reviews

I own almost all the LEGO architecture series sets and this set definitely stands out in unique ways, every building has a different unique way as to how it's build and definitely forces you to pay close attention to the detailed description of the manual. Is it expensive? Yes. but then again it's lego...and compared to other pieces this definitely is good value for what you get.

This score from amazon.com is an aggregate of 46 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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Blocks Magazine

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Recommendation: yes 93 / 100

21039 Shanghai was reviewed in issue 44 of Blocks Magazine.

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LEGO

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Recommendation: meh 4.61 / 5 from 18 reviews

Overall a great set. It will be better if it's bigger. Besides, it this a typo on Page 4? (I think it should Longhua Pagoda instead of Longhau)

This score from LEGO is an aggregate of 18 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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Brickset

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Recommendation: yes 4.2 / 5 from 2 reviews

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ttpm

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Recommendation: no 3.5 / 5

It's impossible to capture all the detail, but I think Lego has done a great job. Lego builders and architecture enthusiasts will love this set.

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HispaBrick Magazine

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by hispabrick

Personally, I find the Skyline sub-theme the most desirable out of the box collectible item from LEGO®. Even if collecting isn't your thing, certain cities can hold sentimental value to you. Unfortunately, I hold no such connection with Shanghai, China (yet), but the clever techniques used throughout the build and the overall premium feel of the product makes for a very pleasant experience regardless.

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by Jang

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Ninjabrick

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by NinjaBrick

The buildings feature a diversity of techniques that successfully captures Shanghai landmarks. With 597 pieces the LEGO 21039 set is larger than other skyline models but the build time is relatively quick. This is a welcome addition to the skyline family and a perfect gift for any fan of architecture.

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Brickset News

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by CapnRex101

The city of Shanghai represents a spectacular collision between ancient, colonial and modern Chinese architecture and that has been replicated beautifully here. I appreciate the dramatic difference in height between these buildings and their distinctive architectural styles combine to create an attractive display model, featuring a brilliant colour scheme as well as some interesting building techniques. The twisting Shanghai Tower is particularly impressive.

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The Brothers Brick

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by Dave Schefcik

The completed Shanghai skyline is a pleasure to behold, with new and old architecture styles mixing and providing the visual feast of colors and textures that the city is known for. Each building utilizes different building techniques that are quite enlightening to experience. While many Architecture sets suffer from repetitive building, this set was very fun to construct (taking an hour and a half, including a quick sort of pieces).

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The Brick Fan

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by Allen "Tormentalous" Tran

The finished model of the LEGO Architecture Shanghai (21039) skyline set is a beauty. Every one of the buildings utilize distinctive building techniques which makes the whole building experience even more fun. I've built a few of the Skyline sets already but this one is probably the best one.

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