The Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia is the Cradle of Civilizations, giving rise to almost all of the hallmark inventions that we associate with urbanized life, and it is long overdue to be celebrated in a Lego set. Here you get wondrous blue, dark-blue, dark-azure and trans-blue, emblazoned with iconic cuneiform script and ancient motifs, a raised temple baseplate that doubles as an archaeological dig site, with multiple modular build options!
The Epic story begins in Rome, so be sure to start there
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As soon as you have done that, you are ready to continue your journey onward to Civilizations and Empires, Level 5: Boudicca Unites the Celts at Stonehenge
"The Real Indiana Jones"
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These sets have been in the making for 36 years now. In sum, this is the fruit of the input of over a hundred archaeologists, scientists, and historians from six continents, most of whom have 4-to-8-year-olds of their own now. And when they see this, all of them are all asking the exact same question... "Why hasn't Lego done this years ago?!"
I carefully designed this set to be right around the $120 to $130 mark for everything you see on the whole page, just like all the bigger castle sets and headquarters sets. I planned it within that limit so they could sell this on the shelf at any store in the world... but if you want, you can vote to make it bigger or smaller when you click to support!
This design includes 8 extra dark-red Roman rectangular shields, 8 extra dark-blue Roman rectangular shields, plus over 16 extra round bronze Spartan shields, so you can beef up your ranks and equip all your extra guys as auxiliaries. Hope that's enough!
The Greek Helepolis was the largest siege tower ever constructed in the world. In real life, it weighed over 160 tons, and required over 3,000 men working in relay teams to push it!
Greek Fire was the unique and iconic wonder-weapon of the Byzantine Navy, but experimental prototype versions were used many centuries earlier.
Marduk was the patron-deity of the Ancient Mesopotamian city-state of Babylon, an enigmatic figure who gradually evolved into the most powerful force in the Babylonian Pantheon. His closest equivalent in the Greco-Roman world is Kratos, the God of Power.
Inanna, also called Ishtar, is the Mesopotamian equivalent of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love.
The raised baseplate was used in the Indiana Jones Series and for Pharaoh's Quest. It was obviously designed to make a perfect realistic Lego archaeological excavation site!
All of the temples and all of the fortifications in my sets can come apart into neat modular sections, based on an 8x8 grid... And so they can all be rearranged in multiple ways, they can all be expanded and redesigned easily, and they can all be connected together for maximum modular possibilities! There is also great potential to do expansion sets with additional wall segments for each unique civ.
If sets like this are a success, it could lead to many new things. For starters, I know that there is tremendous potential to sell beautiful and educational sets like these in major museum gift shops around the world, as they already do with the Architecture Theme, which would boost Lego's overall brand awareness and reputation with parents from all over the world.
For the future, they could easily branch out into sets for the Aztecs, the Mayans, Africa, India, China and Japan. And it could be expanded into the Medieval, Renaissance, Napoleonic, Steampunk, Modern, and Futuristic Eras. Plus it could inspire them to add more historical details and more educational value into Castle, Pirates, and Indiana Jones-style Adventurers sets. Will it be as popular as Batman, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Ninjago, Chima, Zelda, or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Only one way to find out...! If they make a few new prints, they can keep using them again and again for the next 10,000 years...! Let's do this! =D
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