A Lego version of the iconic Queen Vic public house from Eastenders.
About this creation
In the show's story, the Square was built around 1860, during the reign of Queen Victoria. Originally, the pub was to be called The Balmoral, but upon the death of Prince Albert in 1861, it was re-named as a tribute to the mourning Queen. As originally seen in the series, the exterior was brown. It was later painted green and cream until Grant Mitchell set fire to the pub for insurance money on Sharon Watts's birthday in 1992, after which it was painted red.
During the first months of the show, The Queen Victoria had a partition wall down the middle of the bar, which separated it into two sections. The smaller section, known as the 'snug', housed a dart board and fruit machines, whilst the larger section, known as the saloon bar, was used primarily as the customer seating area. Den Watts got permission from the brewery to remove the partition in October 1985, and hired Tony Carpenter to do the job.
In reality, the pub exterior shell on the outdoor permanent set was built during 1984 as the set for the new series, which debuted on 19 February 1985, was created. The exterior shell was made to look as though it had stood for a hundred years. The internal sets are in a studio separate from the building situated in the Square.
In the storyline, The Queen Victoria was originally owned by a brewery who leased it to the occupying tenants. With the help of Grant and Phil Mitchell, Sharon Watts bought the freehold of the pub in 1991, and it has remained a free house ever since. In June 2007, as part of a story arc, the pub had its first refurbishment in 15 years.
The Lego version is based on the 1992-2010 version of the Queen Victoria; as this is the one that, in my opinion, has been the best version and the one that was host to many classic moments including Den's death, Michelle being shot, Archie being killed by Stacey and Sharongate. I do not know what colour the refurbishment pub will be but the Lego one will not change.
The lights are non-Lego, as are the traffic lights (used to conceal the wires), along with the letters spelling out the name. This is because Lego didn't offer a suitable alternative. I'm sure purists will hate it; but there we are. I'll being uploading pictures of it illuminated at night shortly.
More pictures are available at www.flickr.com/rh1985/sets
I am a LOYAL EastEnders fan I have been ever since it's first episode. We in New York City are 8 years behind BUT I visit the site often, hence I know what's to come.
What I didn't know was coming was a LEGO version of it's main locale: THE QUEEN VIC!
Then for it to be done so well!!!!!
You forgot to mention Eddie Royal's death, Frank and Pat being the owners for awhile, Alfie & Kat Moon and Peggy Mitchell as well as a beloved character Kathy! Not to mention Jim!
It would be nice of you to email a copy of it.
I am sure they'll love it as much as us!