LEGO Icons 40579 Eiffel’s Apartment gift-with-purchase review

Clever in design and tidy in appearance, LEGO Icons 40579 Eiffel’s Apartment serves as a perfect gift-with-purchase accompaniment to 10307 Eiffel Tower.

Available across the LEGO Black Friday weekend from November 25 to 28 with purchases of LEGO Icons 10307 Eiffel Tower at or in LEGO Stores, while stocks last, 40579 Eiffel’s Apartment offers up a detailed, fun tie-in item for anyone looking to complement their purchase of the mega-sized LEGO Eiffel Tower.

The gift-with-purchase offers up a vignette that on the one side showcases Gustave Eiffel’s apartment as it was designed in the Eiffel Tower, complete with huge iron beam protruding through the middle of it, and on the other side shows part of the open air balcony that completely surrounded the dwelling.

After engineer Eiffel finished construction of the Eiffel Tower, he reserved this highest platform of the structure for himself, measuring 100 square metres in floor space and situated just below the spire at the very top, some 300m high above ground.

The apartment only relatively recently opened to the public, and today contains waxworks of Eiffel, his daughter and Thomas Edison, who visited Eiffel in 1889 ‘and gifted him one of the first sound-recording devices ever made’. Apparently, while in the apartment, Eiffel could be heard from other areas of the tower working on scientific experiments. While kitted out with most living amenities, there was no bedroom in the apartment.

The apartment serves as an important snapshot in time and speaks to the Eiffel Tower’s origin and its engineer, and is part of its very history, so works quite perfectly as a tribute in LEGO form and as a tie-in gift-with-purchase for 10307 Eiffel Tower.

The key details that make this GWP work so well include the minifigure design for Eiffel himself, as well as aspects such as the stickers on the inside that perfectly mimic the wallpaper in the real apartment. These sorts of details pull everything together for an extra level of authenticity, which for the qualifying purchase required to pick up this GWP you would really hope for.

40579 Eiffel’s Apartment is available as a gift-with-purchase awarded with purchases of LEGO Icons 10307 Eiffel Tower from November 25 through to November 28, or while stocks last, exclusively at and in LEGO Stores.

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Rob Paton

As one half of Tiro Media Ltd, I mix a passion for print and digital media production with a deep love of LEGO and can often be found on these pages eulogising about LEGO Batman, digging deeper into the LEGO Group’s inner workings, or just complaining about the price of the latest LEGO Star Wars set. Make a great impression when you meet me in person by praising EXO-FORCE as the greatest LEGO theme of all time. Follow me on Twitter @RobPaton or drop me an email at [email protected]

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