LEGO Bonsai Review – The Outerhaven
Lego is a brand almost synonymous with childhood. We all had some form of Lego kids and the brand has grown so much since many of us were kids. In today’s times, Lego turned many fandoms into small plastic bricks such as Friends, james bond, star wars, and Adidas shoes. I mean, we can even build SNES systems and TVs that recreate a level of Super Mario. However, depending on how much time you are willing to commit to a build, it can be a daunting task to put one together.
This is where smaller sets like the Bonsai LEGO Come in.
A bit about everything:
If you are looking for a unique piece to add to your home, look no further than the Bonsai LEGO. With 878 (very small) pieces, this build is part of the brand’s criminally underused botanical collection. If you’ve been looking to spruce up your decor with a bit of greenery but don’t have a green thumb, then this little gem might be perfect for you.
As far as complexity goes, it’s honestly a pretty straightforward build. It contains some of the brand’s most unique bricks in order to achieve a more tree-like structure. For example, he uses a wire-like piece to form a vine wrapped around the structure and curved tube-like pieces to make the branches. The most tedious part of the build is the leaves. There are a lot of little bricks involved in this process, and it only slows your momentum.
What really made this build difficult for me was the instruction booklet. It might sound like a silly complaint, but it’s best not to try to read the instructions in a (more) enlightened setting. Most of the pieces are brown, dark brown or black and some details of the bricks blend into these colors. There were a few moments where I found myself using my cellphone’s flashlight to decipher which brick was which.
Compared to some of the other sets I’ve built, the LEGO Bonsai tree is quite fast. It’s a relatively small set, so once you get past the small bricks, you’re basically at the end of it. I mean I took about four hours to build this room, that is, with interruptions to take care of my two year old. If I was on my own, I would probably have started this build in about two or three hours.
As a casual LEGO enthusiast, I collected AT-ATs, Star Destroyers, and a bunch of space-related sets that took me over a week to complete. All of my builds were done while doing something with my wife, in between taking care of the kids. This will absolutely not be the case here. If you’re just looking to relax with some music, a drink of your choice, and build a set in a night or two, bonsai is what you’re looking for.
It’s worth it:
What I love most about this piece is that it’s incredibly versatile. It’s beautiful, offers the ability to change its leaves to suit your mood, and it’s small enough to fit where you want it. While browsing reviews of the set, I saw one where a builder even combined the green leaves with the pink flowers for a third option. The Botanical Collection is one I wish LEGO leaned on more, as the tree really fits in anywhere you want it to. I currently have it sitting on a side table in the middle of my game controller collection.
What I really liked about this build is that at one point there is a stage where you just have to pour fifty circular bricks into the tree basin. It gives it that earthy tone of the ground around the tree, and it was just fun to mix them together once poured into the set. The set brings a little zen to your desk or shelf without the seeming need to care for an actual plant. Considering the price of others Lego sets, at $50, this beautiful set is a bargain and worth the cost and effort.