+ Robust and secure packaging to ensure it arrives to you as intended.
+ Looks stunning, it really does. Try placing it by a light source, natural or unnatural, the box comes alive with straight lines of colour.
+ The vinyl is true 180gram heavy weight vinyl with nice consistent bright colouring.
+ Very high quality manufacturing of the box itself, sturdy, precision engineered with the rivets holding it all together doing a great job and yet not detracting the eye.
+ Hand signed on the centre record label of the white vinyl is unique.
+ Coloured Instruction sheet is a nice touch.
+ Gloves included for handling the box set.
– The plastic sheet on top of the records when packaged has a glue strip on the top and bottom to hold the contents in place which can become sticky, unstuck and fiddly.
– The paper sleeves protect each vinyl when ‘unbuilt’ which means the vinyl is laying flat on top of each other and the sleeves themselves are thin and I envisage wearing over time aesthetically.
– Would have been good to see some blue vinyl, the box doesn’t need it but a blue vinyl would have been nice.
– The magnetic lid may for some be a bit tight and hard to remove and place back, so being careful & having some patience is required.
Overall an amazing piece of music art. And for those who purchased it I’m sure that’s what it’s going to be.
It isn’t really designed to be played and opened with records taken out on a frequent basis.
You either keep it boxed laying flat to protect the vinyl and store as a collectible or you build and place it in a lit room and enjoy all those colours pop out bursting with energy.
Some may argue that it was priced to high at £500. If you enjoy music and art then it’s down to the individual on what they are willing to pay to own such a piece.
However, due to the subject matter and success of this particular Pet Shop Boys album, this piece will only increase in value and can be regarded as an investment also.
I was one of the fortunate ones to preorder it as it sold out within just 24 hours. Mine is numbered #17/350
Review Score 8/10