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The set includes 57 pieces to build the Seattle Space Needle, stationed in Washington in the USA, without including any minifigures, as with all sets of the 2009 Architecture line. The model is mainly build with TECHNIC pieces, yet there are System pieces to build the roof and the stand. The sets colour is light grey, including a black stand with the words "Seattle Space Needle".
The construction met a good amount of hurdles on its road to completion: Driven by private funds, finding an appropriate location proved to be so difficult that the project was just about to be terminated when a suitable ground was finally found, only 13 months before its deadline for the 1962 World Fair met. 467 cement trucks worked a full day to fill the hole dug for the foundation block, a 120 foot square that reaches 30 feet into the ground. It weighed as much as the needle itself, placing the center of gravity close above ground.
The theme of the 1962 World's Fair was unmistakably about futurism and American optimism, and was appropriately named, The Century 21 Exposition. The Needle was specifically designed to embrace the Race into Space or now more commonly referred to as the Space Age. In keeping with the 21st Century theme, the final coats of paint were dubbed Astronaut White for the supporting legs, Orbital Olive for the core, Re entry Red for the halo and Galaxy Gold for the sunburst and pagoda roof.
The Seattle Space Needle is able to withstand winds of up to 200 mph. "SkyCity", the rotating restaurant located 500 feet above the ground, rotates 360 degrees every 47 minutes using a one horsepower motor.
- The set has been priced at £17.99 and £19.99 on the LEGO website in the UK.