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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

10256 Taj Mahal

Ages 16+. 5,923 pieces.
US $369.99 – CA $449.99 – DE 329.99€ – UK £299.99 – DK 2699.00 DKK

Discover the architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal!

Build and discover the Taj Mahal! The huge ivory-white marble mausoleum, renowned as one of the world’s architectural wonders, was commissioned in 1631 by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, the Empress Mumtaz Mahal. This relaunched 2008 LEGO® Creator Expert interpretation features the structure’s 4 facades with sweeping arches, balconies and arched windows. The central dome, subsidiary domed chambers and surrounding minarets are topped with decorative finials, and the raised platform is lined with recessed arches. The model is finished with ornate detailing throughout and intricate tilework around the base. With more than 5,900 pieces, this set is designed to deliver a rewarding building experience and makes a great display piece for the home or office.

  • LEGO® interpretation of the real-world architectural wonder, the Taj Mahal.
  • Relaunched 2008 model, featuring 4 facades with arches and arched windows; central dome, 4 subsidiary domed chambers and 4 minarets, all topped with decorative finials; raised platform lined with recessed arches; ornate detailing throughout; and intricate tilework around the base.
  • Divides into 7 modular sections for easier transportation.
  • Put your LEGO® building skills to the test with one of the largest LEGO models ever created
  • Special elements include 6 blue 16×32 baseplates, white 1x5x4 bricks with bow, lots of transparent elements, ‘Erling’ bricks and ‘jumper’ plates.
  • Measures over 16” (43cm) high, 20” (51cm) wide and 20” (51cm) deep.

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1 hour ago, Val-E said:

Out to 22nd Dec now. This is going to be another one of those home run flips and Lego can give the finger to anyone thinking it would not sell.

Dec 11 (US) now.

Regardless, I thought this is one of those sets that say 'ship in 30 days' but actually ship on the next day. lol

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49 minutes ago, Val-E said:

Well he had to say SOMETHING was new apart from the box. 

Maybe in ten years time they will have made a brick separator 2.0 and that could justify even more re-releases.

Don't forget the new micro slope parts introduced in 2025!!!

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1 minute ago, Captain_chaos said:

So the initial QFLLs buy it, but then it becomes obvious that not that many people actually want this set, and many who said they did aren't buying. People only wanted this because it was rare and expensive. Now that it isn't, they aren't interested.

i don't think anyone should be surprised by this ,  you could see it coming from a mile or 1.6 km 

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3 minutes ago, Captain_chaos said:

So the initial QFLLs buy it, but then it becomes obvious that not that many people actually want this set, and many who said they did aren't buying. People only wanted this because it was rare and expensive. Now that it isn't, they aren't interested.

 

I wish someone with enough clout at the Lego Group brought this up before they went forward with a re-release. Or maybe they did and now we know the result.

 

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Ever since the news on this re-release broke I have been hoping that it tanks, and will continue to hope it tanks. Let LEGO be stuck with a boatload of these large, shelf-occupying sets that nobody wants. 50% off fire sale BF 2018, quick retirement, end of the re-release experiment and lesson learned.

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2 minutes ago, Phil B said:

Ever since the news on this re-release broke I have been hoping that it tanks, and will continue to hope it tanks. Let LEGO be stuck with a boatload of these large, shelf-occupying sets that nobody wants. 50% off fire sale BF 2018, quick retirement, end of the re-release experiment and lesson learned.

But the damage has already been done to the collectors and resellers anyway...

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1 hour ago, Captain_chaos said:

So the initial QFLLs buy it, but then it becomes obvious that not that many people actually want this set, and many who said they did aren't buying. People only wanted this because it was rare and expensive. Now that it isn't, they aren't interested.

Exactly! When the (perceived) value of a LEGO set far exceeds the enjoyment someone has in actually building it, then the Lego stopped being a building-set and became an investment object. The purpose of an investment object is to keep it in pristine condition with the purpose of selling it in at a future date for an increased price.

When the Taj Mahal set was a rare set, people coveted to HAVE it as an investment object, believing it would increase in value over time. That made the demand for it.

Now that 10256 Taj Mahal is available for everyone, there aren't actually that many who genuinely want to build and display it. :P 

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I happily bought the set and built it.  And the fact that it's been on backorder since it first came out seems to tell me that the market of people actually buying it is much bigger than you guys think.

My guess is, because of you guys who are primarily investors, live in your little investor bubble world, but what you forget is that as a percentage, you guys are tiny compared to the end users buying up product.

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Wow, this thread is dead.  Wondering what people's thoughts are on this set since it's been a couple of years.  Looks to be an ok seller on Amazon (56,000).  I have a chance to get a bunch sub-$300.  How many of you would arm-sweep them at that price?  It's a large box and shipping it isn't fun, although I'm FBA so I can ship a few in a single box at a time.  Just wondering what everyone's thoughts are here.

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