For years, The LEGO® Group teased fans with a Roman Empire theme (product line) that did not exist with the release of five Collectible Minifigures™ seemingly inspired by films set in ancient Rome. Now, on November 27, A.D. 2020, The LEGO Group has released the LEGO® Creator Expert Colosseum (Set #10276). The largest kit The LEGO Group has ever released in terms of both the size of the model and the number of pieces, the structure measures over ten-and-half inches high, twenty-and-a-half inches wide, and twenty-three-and-a-half inches deep, and it is comprised of 9,036 pieces. This is clearly marketed toward A.F.O.L.s (adult fans of LEGO®) rather than children because on the box it states the set is for builders eighteen-and-over. Understandably, the Colosseum is microscale because for the model to be at an appropriate scale for Minifigures™ it would cost thousands of dollars and be larger than a dining room table could accommodate. Nevertheless, it would be appropriate for an adult or teen who builds the model Colosseum and already had some or all of the aforementioned Roman Collectible Minifigures® or later acquires them to display them on the same table as the model Colosseum. These Minifigures™ were the Gladiator that was part of Collectible Minifigures Series 5 (Set #8808), released in August of 2011; the Roman Soldier that was part of Collectible Minifigure™ Series 6 (Set # 8827), released in January of 2012; the Roman Emperor that was part of Collectible Minifigure™ Series 9 (Set #71000), released in January of 2013; the Roman Commander that was part of Collectible Minifigure™ Series 10 (Set #71001), released in May of 2013; and the Roman Gladiator that was part of Collectible Minifigure™ Series 17 (Set #71018), released in 2017. The list price of the LEGO® Creator Expert Colosseum (Set #10276) is $549.99 in the U.S.A. or £549.99 in the U.K. It has 1,495 more pieces than the Millennium Falcon (Set #75192) released in 2017, yet it is $250 cheaper, presumably at least in part because there is no licensing fee for The LEGO® Group to pay.
Emperor Vespasian (lived 9-79 A.D., reigned 69-79 A.D.), the founder of the Flavian Dynasty, began construction of the Colosseum in 70 A.D. in honor of his son, Titus. It was Emperor Titus (lived 39-81 A.D., reigned 79-81 A.D.) who completed the Colosseum in 80 A.D. The largest amphitheater to ever be built, it was a gift to the Roman people. They gathered there to watch gladiatorial games, wild animal shows, and battle re-enactments. When he dedicated the Colosseum, Titus killed 5,000 animals and the games lasted for 100 days.
The building could accommodate between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, and yet they could quickly depart thanks to eighty entrance/exit arches, corridors, and staircases. It is sometimes called the Flavian Amphitheatre. Today, it is the center of the Colosseum Archeological Park.
On Black Friday 2020, which is to say Friday, November 27, A.D. 2020, The Lego Group gave away the Roman Chariot (Set #6346109) with the LEGO® Creator Expert Colosseum (Set #10276). The Roman Chariot is a horse-drawn chariot with a Minifigure™. The two horses that pull the chariot are brick-built. They are white aside from black bricks to represent eyes and manes and red bricks to represent harnesses. The driver wears an open-grill type helmet that The LEGO® Group used for many LEGO® Castle sets in the 1980s and early ‘90s. Some customers who received the Roman Chariot (Set #6346109) for free are now selling them for $89 on eBay.
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 “Black Friday” is what Americans call the second day of Thanksgiving. Americans treat it as the first day of the Christmas gift-shopping season and retailers have traditionally opened hours earlier than normal and offered special sales and giveaways to make customers more excited.
 To the casual eye of a modern person watching Roman legionary reenactors or actors in films or on the H.B.O./B.B.C. series Rome (2005-2007), it would appear Roman legionaries wore sandals. In reality, they wore caligae, leather openwork boots that had thick, hobnailed soles.
 Note this is not supposed to be a pilum or about the top third would be gray instead of just the spearhead.
 According to the Greco-Roman historian Appian of Alexandria, in 47 B.C., Julius Caesar opened a letter to the Roman Senate with this phrase, which means “I came, I saw, I conquered” after he defeated King Pharnaces II of Pontus.
 The wolf’s head on his cuirass is almost certainly a reference to the she-wolf that according to Roman mythology raised the first kings of Rome, twin brothers Romulus and Remus.
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