Five of the best LEGO musical outfits
As 10312 Jazz Club nears its release, we’ve rounded up some of the most impressive LEGO bands that preceded it.
New additions to the LEGO Modular Buildings Collection are a hotly anticipated event each year for LEGO fans. The latest addition is 10312 Jazz Club, which offers a stylish musical venue for LEGO minifigures to enjoy. It’s accompanied by a trio of musicians, as well as a brand new element created for the LEGO VIDIYO theme.
However, there has been a wide variety of LEGO musicians before this set. Join us as we cast an eye back over the top band of musical prodigies in LEGO form.
5 – 10222 Winter Village Post Office
Theme: Advanced Models Price: £49.99 / $69.99 Pieces: 822 Available: Retired
An early release in the Winter Village collection, this tasteful set depicts a post office in the middle of the festive period. The set comes with plenty of letters, as well as a post van stuffed with presents. However, it lacks snow on its rooftop – meaning it’s an awkward integration into other LEGO winter scenes.
Of course, the main point of focus here is its musical duo. A banjo and what appears to be a saxophone can be found here, winning the set major creativity points thanks to their brick-built nature. There’s even a small bandstand for them to perform in, making them a fine companion to the carollers of 2009’s 10199 Winter Village Toy Shop.
4 – 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina
Theme: Star Wars Price: £64.99 / $69.99 / €79.99 Pieces: 615 Available: Retired
Tatooine’s shady drinking hole has appeared several times in LEGO form, but no version of it is complete without a few Bith musicians to play *that* song. Sadly, no LEGO set has seen fit to give us a full quintet yet – but 75052 Mos Eisley Cantina did give us three, which is a step in the right direction.
More importantly, the musicians come with their unique musical instruments. A kloo horn, a Dorenian Beshniquel and an Ommni Box are provided for each musician to play, helping to set the scene in an unusually strong LEGO set from its era.
3 – The Mixies
Theme: Mixels Price: £2.99 / $4.99 / €3.99 each Pieces: 54 – 70 Available: Retired
The Mixels theme ran from 2014 to 2016, offering a variety of curious creatures inspired by broad themes. The Mixies appeared in 2016, offering a trio of musical… somethings each inspired by a musical instrument.
41560 Jamzy is a rocking, sentient guitar, while 41562 Trumpsy is an anthropomorphic trumpet – complete with puffed cheeks and a mixtape. Personally, though, we feel 41561 Tapsy – the living, four-armed drum kit – is definitely the leader in terms of visual appeal.
2 – 21334 Jazz Quartet
Theme: Ideas Price: £89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99 Pieces: 1606 Available: Now
While this set is a fairly recent addition, it’s already caught our eye thanks to its detailed, innovative construction. Designed primarily as a display piece, it’s an elegant tribute to a vibrant musical genre.
Four instruments and accompanying players are modelled here, with a variety of clever parts usage to best capture their appearance and formal gear. You can even split the musicians apart if you prefer a solo act – but in any configuration, this set sounds good to us.
1 – 43115 The Boombox
Theme: VIDIYO Price: £89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99 Pieces: 996 Available: Retired
The musically-inclined VIDIYO theme proved something of a failure for the LEGO Group, but it did provide us with some phenomenal minifigures and impressive set design. While much of the theme’s pricing proved hard to swallow, the stage sets – which offered large, brick-built musical venues – were a little more palatable, and retained the augmented reality features of their smaller fellows.
43115 The Boombox was the most expensive, but it remains the most impressive. This set allows you to build a retro portable stereo, which unfolds into an extravagant musical stage. It also features a backstage area for its four musicians to chill out in before each performance.
With an alien, a leopard, a vampire and a fairy on hand to rock out, this remains one of the most colourful and exciting LEGO musical sets ever released.
10312 Jazz Club can be picked up at LEGO.com from January 1, 2023. It’ll cost you £199.99 / $229.99 / €229.99, and has plenty to recommend it – including a reference to LEGO’s long musical history.
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