For most of us, Lego is a byword for childhood, recalling hours upon hours of blissful, engrossing play on the floor. But the plastic bricks have always had a large contingent of adult fans – people who never grew out of building castles, pirate ships, houses, race cars, fire stations and all the other sets out there.
The Lego Group realised this long ago and responded with its Architecture and Ideas collections, tackling more difficult and/or abstract models. And earlier this year it released Botanical, a three-set collection focused on plants and nature. Assembling the colourful organic forms is sort of the mindful activity we’ve been craving for 18 months now.
For the 756-piece Flower Bouquet, you supply the vase, and get several colourful blooms, ready to be built and arranged. The set includes roses, snapdragons, lavender stalks, asters, daisies, a poppy, plus a few green leaves to fill out the edges. Colours can be swapped, and petals adjusted, to your liking. Bonus: no need for water or new flowers every week.
Made up of a base, planter box, soil and appropriately gnarled specimen, Bonsai Tree, is a clever replica of its namesake. You’ll feel calmer just looking at it. The 878-piece set is relatively quick to build and includes pieces for two different types of foliage: plain green or cherry tree blossoms. Take your pick.
The more advanced Bird of Paradise set stands roughly knee-high and is comprised of 1,173 pieces. As with the bouquet model, it’s style-able, with adjustable leaves and flowers so you can make it look exactly how you like. And like a real plant, it sways in the breeze. Not very kid-like, is it?
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