Welcome to Hall of Fame, a new regular feature at Brick Fanatics, that will look back to find the parts, minifigures and sets which stand out as being significant in the annals of LEGO.
For this first entry, we set out to answer the question, ‘what is the largest LEGO piece yet?’ We are on the hunt for the largest part included in a minifigure scale set, that is not a baseplate.
Those of us who grew up in the late 80s and early 90s may have fond memories of a possible contender: the 10 x 10 x 12 Quarter Dome. I have a simpler name for it – the really big window piece.
Appearing in 8 sets from 1987 to 1998, this was the largest piece many of us had in our childhood collections, but it is not the LEGO Group’s largest.
Some younger readers may be raising their hands and saying ‘it’s the exclusive truck bed from the 2005 release, 7344 Dump Truck’. If so, you may congratulate yourself on knowing of a rare, relatively unknown, truly colossal piece.
Yet even this monster, more reminiscent of a Tonka toy than a LEGO element, is not our entrant in the Hall of Fame. It is however close in both time and theme.
As the LEGO Group fought back from near bankruptcy in the mid 2000s, they produced some amazing sets with piece counts to die for, and a variety of new and impressive parts. Our search ends at the seashore in 2007, with 7994 City Harbour and its truly monumental CITY cargo ship hull.
The size of this piece is hard to undersell, measuring an astonishing 58cm (23”) in length. Never produced again, it goes down as the largest boat hull and also our largest piece.
What was the largest piece you named? Do you know of a part that beats out the CITY hull? Let us know in the comments.