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In this London set Pawns are terraced houses, Big Ben is the Rook, with the London Eye playing the Knight. 30 St Mary Axe is cast as the Bishop, and the Shard lends its elegance and might to the role of the Queen. No other building than Canary Wharf would be better suited to play the King, and this piece stands at four and a half inches tall.
The chosen a range of New York buildings from across the city, some of which capture the essence of the early 1900's construction boom and the growth of skyscraper architecture, through to their more contemporary counterparts, along with some of the city's most recognisable silhouettes:
King - One World Trade Tower
Queen - Empire State Building
Bishop - Chrysler Building
Knight - Flatiron Building
Rook - Guggenheim Museum
Pawn - Brownstone House
This mixed city set gives you the opportunity to play two cities against each other – New York vs London.
The range of buildings from both cities, are all instantly recognisable and offer the perfect opponents on a chessboard:
New York City / London
King – One World Trade Tower / Canary Wharf
Queen – Empire State Building / The Shard
Bishop – Chrysler Building / 30 St. Mary Axe
Knight – Flatiron Building / London Eye
Rook – Guggenheim Museum / Big Ben
Pawn – Brownstone House / Terraced House
Checkmate! You have found the age old game of chess in giant proportions! This giant chess set is made from durable PVC, waterproof, and UV protected, so the pieces are ideal for outdoor or indoor play. Each giant chess piece weighs in at just over 2 lbs. and measures 16.5" to 23.5" tall, with an 8.75" diameter base.
Kidrobot and The Andy Warhol Foundation have teamed up to create an iconic look at an iconic game with the collectible Andy Warhol Campbell's Soup Can Chess Set. This chess set features Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans as chess pieces on a pop of color chess board complete with felt accents. Each vinyl 3-inch Campbells soup can is labeled and printed on top with its corresponding piece to bring a pop art look to any game room.
Let the wizarding games begin! Incredibly detailed chess set from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Includes 32 chess pieces and a beautiful playing board. Do you have what it takes, like Harry, Ron, and Hermione? Harry Potter to queen's rook four! A remarkable recreation of the Final Challenge Chess Set seen in the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the 32 chess pieces are crafted to exact detail of cold-cast zinc and heavy injection molding. They stand from 2 1/2 to 5 1/2-inches tall.
DC New 52 Justice League Chess Set
Who will win?
It's the Justice League vs. the Legion!
The World's Greatest Super Heroes vs. the World's Vilest Super Villains!
Incredible chess set features Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and more.
Includes a high-quality wooden chessboard with metal trim.
Now you can decide who wins the ultimate confrontation between the World's Greatest Super Heroes and the World's Vilest Super Villains with this incredible chess set from DC Collectibles.
Kokeshi are traditional Japanese wooden dolls from the northeast of the country. But they have never looked quite like this! The Kokesu Kokeshi Chess Set is such a brilliant idea you may wonder why no one thought of it before. Produced in Aomori Prefecture and developed by local high school students, there are two versions. The standard version has two sets of pieces that are partially machine-made while the deluxe version is the real deal: pure Japanese craftsmanship, with each individual piece carved, painted and finished by hand. The deluxe version comes with a special wooden case that doubles as a chess board.
This draught and chess game set crafted in glass brings a stylish twist to two classic games.
All pieces are included so you can start play straight away without the need to purchase more pieces.
The glass is clear but frosted to allow you to see the pieces and board easily during play.
As the game set is made from glass we do recommend supervising children if and when they use the set.
This lovely burned folding chessboard has an insert tray fitting the chessmen very well. White and black chessmen in this set are made from special plastic mase. Unique and beautiful.
Chess constitutes an attempt to reconstruct the Viking army, taking into account details famous weapons, as well as the appearance of all the other characters..