Early review of LEGO Ideas 21338 A-Frame Cabin reveals a beautiful tribute to nature

The first reviews of next month’s LEGO Ideas 21338 A-Frame Cabin are here, painting a picture of a beautiful brick-built tribute to the great outdoors.

Launching on February 1 for VIP members (and February 4 for everyone else), 21338 A-Frame Cabin is based on a design by Italian builder Andrea Lattanzio. It’s been transformed into an official LEGO set by Justin Ramsden, Woon Tze Che and Ollie Gregory, and from the official images looks like a cosy build that brings nature to life in bricks – a suspicion now confirmed by early product reviews.

Among those with their hands on the set already is Solid Brix Studios, who’s headed into the great outdoors to review his copy. And beyond spotlighting even more references than anyone first realised – from a newspaper tile nodding to 10278 Police Station’s doughnut thief to a hidden Italian flag – his video review demonstrates how 21338 A-Frame Cabin’s colours and details evoke an almost palpable sense of being among nature.

The review also showcases how the set is modular to a degree, as the trees that frame the cabin – redesigned from Lattanzio’s original pitch, apparently in order to include three simpler trees versus one incredibly complex tree – can detach and reattach by way of Technic pins. They can then be displayed separately, or even combined together, offering some freedom in how you display the 2,082-piece model.

“This is just a lot of fun to play around with,” Solid Brix says. “I love the overall aesthetics and colours that [the LEGO Group] went with. I’m a huge fan of those earth-tone colours, and it really shows in this set. I must say, I definitely didn’t expect this set to be this good… The sheer amount of detail and Easter eggs in this set will blow away any hardcore LEGO fan.”

21338 A-Frame Cabin launches on February 1 for VIPs, priced at £159.99 / $179.99 / €179.99, and definitely looks like the next best thing to actually getting out into nature. For best results, you could always build it outdoors…

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.