The Best Lego Designs

Although they are toys, Legos inspire amazing creations. LEGO artists use tiny plastic bricks to design everything from robots to buildings. Even the engineers of the company design new components that allow builders to build more complex models. Erik Varszegi is a Master Builder at the Lego Group, Billund, Denmark. He came up with the new element to be used this year, the curving slope. It lets Lego users create more slanted shapes, while staying within the company’s strict color palette. The slopes can also be used to create a more dynamic shape, like an incline staircase.

Some Lego sets are the result of professional designers’ work and others are the product of the wildly popular Lego Ideas program. The Ideas line lets anyone create a set, and it can be produced. It offers fame and 1percent of sales to anyone who convinces 10,000 other designers that their creation is worthy of be made. It’s no surprise that the most elaborate and impressive sets are the ones that garner the most acclaim — especially when they feature iconic scenes or characters from television shows, films, or real life.

Two space icons are among the best Lego models that are available: the NASA shuttle Discovery and the Hubble Telescope model. Each model comes with display plaques and a tiny Lego version of the scientist who developed the telescope. Other impressive models include the framed rainbow, steampunk dragon and a model of the Palace of Westminster.