Lego Capitol Building downsizes big government

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The U.S. Capitol Lego set includes over 1,000 pieces(Credit: Lego)

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Lego has unveiled another product in its popular architecture series. The U.S. Capitol kit will allow you to recreate the seat of the United States Congress, brick-by-brick. It's available on September 1 and will set you back US$99.99.

President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the Capitol back in September 18, 1793, and while the neoclassical building has seen many architectural changes over the intervening centuries, it has remained one of the country's most iconic buildings.

The U.S. Capitol Lego set includes over 1,000 pieces and rises to a modest height of 6 in (16 cm), with width and depth coming in at 17 in (44 cm) and 5 in (14 cm), respectively.

Lego made an effort to get the detailing right, and the kit includes everything required to build the facade, dome, steps, north and south wings, colonnades, and lawns. In a nice touch, the dome is removable and lifting it reveals a peek of the National Statuary Hall rotunda, complete with tiled floor, columns, and eight statue pieces.

A booklet is included detailing information about the design, architecture and history of the Capitol.

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