We had a sneak peek of this set earlier last month when some of the box art was shared online and now thanks to Bricksjoy, we have the first batch of official product images!
The Hokusai Wave is arguably the most iconic piece of artwork from Japan for all time and LEGO adding it to their LEGO Art repertoire.
The original woodblock print by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai was created during the Edo period of the Tokugawa shogunate. It features three boats navigating through a storm, approaching an immense wave that looks about crash down upon them with Mount Fuji in the background.
LEGO’s rendition will consist of 1810 pcs and have a recommended retail price of €99.99 / $99.99 / £89.99. I will update with more of the recommended retail prices following the official reveal.
The set is an almost 1:1 recreation of the original Hokusai Wave print including the frame. So if you’re wondering why there is a border of white 1x6x6 panels around the build, it is because that is how it looks.
One other misconception is that the Hokusai Wave is a painting. It is actually a woodblock print and that is also why the original artwork is only 26cm x 38cm which is why LEGO’s version is only 32cm x 52cm.
There seems to be a rolling release for the LEGO Art Hokusai: The Great Wave (31208) with all LEGO Brand Store launching it on Jan 1st 2023 and apparently the other market regions will get theirs slightly later than the western side of the world.