LEGO Botanical Collection 10280 Flower Bouquet Review & Gallery
10280 Flower Bouquet brings together a selection of interesting constructions for a final set of the colorful LEGO botanical collection full of natural beauty.
The LEGO Group’s adventure in sets intended for adults continues in 2021 with a new foray into a niche it calls the LEGO Botanical Collection. Next to the impressive Bonsai 10281 is the 10280 flower bouquet, which attracts less attention. However, it shouldn’t be underestimated how effectively it adapts something completely new to the LEGO stand.
Theme: Lego botanical collection Game name: 10280 Bouquet of flowers Release: January 1, 2021
Price: Â£ 44.99 / $ 49.99 / â¬ 49.99 Rooms: 756 Minifigures: 0
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10280 Flower Bouquet is a collection of varying quantities of six types of flowers: Rose, Snapdragon, Lavender, Aster, Common Daisy and California Poppy.
The experience of building each variety of flower is incredibly different, both in design and color, and this is to the benefit of the larger set. The rose design is quite fantastic and carefully colored, but three are more than enough to build – a dozen of these would have yielded repetitive building flashbacks of the 10276 Colosseum. Instead, from a few daisies and the trio of roses, you switch to a California poppy in bright orange and a few snapdragons in a collection of shades of pink. Between some foliage foliage lavender and aster conclude the build in what may be similar varieties of light purple but in such different and complex builds to each other.
This variety of construction, color and subject matter is all in favor of 10280 Bouquet of Flowers. Each is so different from the last, with clever techniques and unexpected parts hidden among them to help make each instantly recognizable for their kind. However, depending on the name of the LEGO set, the intention is also how this collection of flowers comes together in one bouquet.
A little disappointing but completely understandable, there is nothing in the set to help put the bouquet together, whether it is paper or a tie to hold them in a bouquet, or a vase to hold them upright. This is where 10280 Bouquet of Flowers draws on the real world a bit more than most LEGO sets, and why opening a vase store next to a LEGO store can be a steal from the January 1, 2021. You will need and want one, or maybe two, depending on whether you want to separate the selection across multiple screens.
Logistics of a vase on one side, how does the bouquet fit together, visually and aesthetically? The long green axle stems that mimic the stem of each flower are where you might notice the most immediately the design compromise the LEGO team made here, given their stiffness and stiffness, compared to to real flower stems (the flexible tubes can behave more like a flower stalk, but surely cannot support the weight of the LEGO flowers at their head). Varying the length is less of a problem as some of the rods were built with extra height. This all means that while each LEGO rod will always want to fall to the bottom of the vase and only point straight no matter what you try, the arrangement is all the more viable thanks to the varied height between them.
Once the right vase is selected and the layout sorted, visually the bouquet comes together, perhaps almost unexpectedly given the variety of colors included. However, it functions more or less as a collective thanks to a selection of colors that coexist on the color wheel, albeit on almost two-thirds of the wheel, from yellow and light orange to red, pink and to purple. .
There are several color combinations in play in the 10280 flower bouquet, but there are few ways to create an arrangement in which any one of them contrasts. Of the colors and varieties offered in the set, the only real curiosity with what was included in 10280 Bouquet of Flowers is how, coming out on January 1, they are mostly all flowers from late spring to early of summer. A March outing would have been almost too perfectly timed.
This is not a LEGO set that opens up to the possibility of including minifigures.
At Â£ 44.99 / $ 49.99 / â¬ 49.99, the 10280 flower bouquet represents fair value for the number of pieces included, for the building process involved, and for the display options offered by the final model .
It is a set that represents an interesting compromise compared to real flowers. To pick up this specific selection of flowers from a florist, at a comparable size and quality would easily cost over Â£ 25. Because it would come what no LEGO set can replicate – the texture and aroma of flowers – but in a much less permanent state.
The LEGO Flower Bouquet offers something so visually appealing, just in a very different medium, for a familiar but still different experience. For the permanence of these flowers and equally important for their realistic nature, Â£ 44.99 seems to be a reasonable price.
10280 Flower Bouquet is a high quality LEGO set for a particular market, offering a building experience unlike many in the LEGO Group; an adventure in a new natural territory for the company; and for some, a gift that is more than just novelty. Intricate and smart design, it is complex construction and thin display model when completed.
During the design process, special attention was paid to the types of flowers selected and the colors of each flower, so that while they offer great variety and interest from one build to another, they do. also combine to form an excellent and authentic bouquet.
As a medium, LEGO will never compete with the natural beauty of real flowers – but like artificial flowers, these brick versions will provide a different and more lasting display of color, shape and vitality.
This set has been provided for review by the LEGO Group.
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