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Lego Creator (10281) Bonsai Tree Construction Kit Blog

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Released alongside the Flower Bouquet set (10280) on 1st January 2021, as part of the Lego Botanical Collection, was this Creator Expert Bonsai Tree model for adults (18+): a celebration of the ancient art of bonsai, a Japanese term which literally translates to ‘planted in a container’. The art originated in China over 2,000 years ago but was since copied and adapted by the Japanese into their culture.

If you would like buy this set it is available to purchase from:

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The ultimate aim of the bonsai is to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree achieved through a combination of Asian horticultural and aesthetic traditions of dwarfing and shaping the growth of natural elements.

With this expertly devised, botanical construction and display kit, the builder can custom arrange the Lego elements (in a two-for-the-price-of-one deal) to suit their own whim, by either opting for pink cherry blossom or light green leaves (with darker, emerald shoots for budding growths)to crown the network of brown tree limbs below. With the pink option, you get the quirky inclusion of tiny pink frogs (with one brown frog resting atop the tree limbs), nesting amidst the blossom.

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‘One Tree, Two Varieties’…

So proclaims an opening passage in the instructions booklet as you are invited to create a realistic and unique bonsai that can be remodelled and tended to much in the same way as you would a real bonsai, only here you don’t need to wait for the seasons to change to swap your arrangement from luscious green to shocking pink.

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The booklet also makes tongue-in-cheek mention how this bonsai kit will thrive and long outlive real trees if you take care of it by nurturing and pruning its growth. It doesn’t say anything about watering it though!

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It is currently priced £44.99/$54.99 and at the time of writing, remains Out Of Stock on Lego’s website. For the sake of this blogger’s sense of calm (not to mention safety), it is a good job he procured one of these fine items in time for his partner’s 50th birthday.

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Currently, the oldest known bonsai tree is over a thousand years old. If properly pampered with constant care and maintenance, real life bonsais can typically outlive, by twenty five percent, a tree of the same species in nature.

This set was designed by Nicholas Vas who continues the Lego tradition of including unusual pieces within culturally-diverse sets that represent something else: see the Spring Chinese Lantern Festival (80107) with its six protruding blue bananas that apex the gazebo.

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He is well known for using frogs in his set, but possibly employs them here as a Feng Shui totem, with the belief that they attract prosperity and protect the owner against misfortune. The frog remains a good luck symbol in many cultures that depend on rain for rich and bountiful crops, and its inclusion here constitutes a neat Easter Egg to be discovered amongst the kit’s 878 pieces. The set’s dimensions are 7.5”/20cm wide by 7”/18cm.

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The container for this Lego bonsai is a shiny black rectangular pot paced over a traditionally-slatted wood-effect stand. The two complement each other perfectly and together create a beautiful display piece that will fit any location.

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Once those sections are in place, you can then get stuck into modelling the tree elements which look deceptively simple to assemble but, thanks to complex brick design, with elements fitting together like a three-dimensional jigsaw in which each component depends on the adjoining ones for the stability of the whole, it can be a pernickety obstacle to overcome.

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However, once properly constructed, the trunk and its branches should provide a sturdy enough foundation upon which you can dress with the fauna and foliage elements. And that’s where the fun begins for the more discerning Lego builder, allowing them to marvel at their own fluid creations, and make adjustments for seasonal climates.

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The leaf pieces have been made from a plant-based plastic produced using sustainably sourced sugarcane. The joy with this set is the choice to express one’s creativity with the freedom to model limbs and apply the greenery or cherry blossom in different ways.

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Excellent display value here neatly complements the interactive aspects of the piece with its multiple creative options: either one can work in conjunction with other models as surrounding foliage to further maximise display potential.

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However, be wary that whatever creations you achieve might prove fragile and vulnerable to the slightest wayward touch. Just between us, but I did have to rescue my partner’s build more than a couple of times upon hearing her cries of frustration with some of the more fiddly aspects of construction.

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For that reason, this blogger recommends that you add the loose pebble bricks (supplied in two separate bags) at the end of your build as opposed to midway through construction (as the booklet advises) lest you wish to sacrifice any sense of harmony, peace and tranquillity achieved which was surely the ultimate goal of this bonsai building kit in the first place. Hopefully, the pink frogs will keep any trouble at bay!

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Let us know what you think by dropping a comment below!

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Stephen Baker is a blogger who writes about cult and classic cinema, blu-ray and film score releases in addition to his Lego builds. He has contributed to Empire magazine. He recently relocated from London to Cheshire where he currently plays with his toys or rearranges his movie collection whilst listening to film soundtracks. Welcome to Lego Lockdown.
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