Well, LEGO’s gone and done it again – yet another reason to hand over the wallet and clear out some space on your bookshelves. This time it’s the launch of its actually playable, LEGO Ideas Grand Piano set. The launch is the latest from the LEGO Ideas collection, the platform that produces the creative wonders imagined by LEGO fans, and they’ve outdone themselves here.
Designed with the intricate elements of a real grand piano, the piano set is a fully immersive build that features a motor and working keys that, when combined with the LEGO Powered Up app, turns LEGO fans into musical maestros, one brick at a time.
LEGO builders can try their hand at creating their own masterpiece on the LEGO Ideas Grand Piano using the LEGO Powered Up app, which allows them full control of the musical notes and piano keys. Alternatively, those looking to sit back and relax can choose to select ‘auto-play’ and enjoy the dulcet tones of one of the ten pre-set songs available.
The set also features all the makings of real-life grand piano to give an authentic musical experience in LEGO brick-form. These include a removable 25-key keyboard, a top lid that can be propped up, an authentic hammer action and a moving damper and pedal, which help to make the LEGO Ideas Grand Piano as beautiful as it is functional.
The LEGO Ideas Grand Piano boasts an impressive 3,662 pieces and measures 22.5 cm high, 30.5 cm wide and 35.5 cm deep when closed.
Imagined by music teacher and LEGO aficionado Donny Chen, this set was designed as a way for him to combine his passion for music with his passion for building. To add to the excitement and personal feel of the build, the LEGO Ideas Grand Piano even features a music sheet composed by Chen himself.
Speaking about the process, Chen said: “When I’m not building with LEGO bricks, I’m teaching, tuning or writing music on my piano. So, when I first discovered LEGO Ideas, I knew I wanted to build something that not only combined my two passions, but also looked visually stunning.
“It’s truly an honour to see my idea brought to life by the talented people at The LEGO Group and I hope it brings joy to all the other music fans who voted for the idea on the LEGO Ideas platform.”
Federico Begher, VP of global marketing at The LEGO Group, added: “We get so many amazing concepts submitted through our LEGO Ideas platform, but when we saw Donny’s piano design it really stood out as something extraordinary, with great potential to become a truly unique LEGO set.
“The accompanying images and video submitted by Donny really sparked some ideas within the team. We believed that including power functions as part of the model to enable the set play real music in real life would elevate the design even further. We simply could not pass on the opportunity to create the ultimate LEGO Ideas Grand Piano model for music and LEGO fans alike.”