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10281-1

Bonsai Tree

Bonsai Tree is LEGO set 10281-1. It doesn't have a score so far. The set is recommended by 4 reviews, based on 1 scored review and 7 reviews total. We know this set was released in 2021, and it is categorised in Creator Expert.

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10281-1 Bonsai Tree

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Recommendations

Recomended 57%

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Price Per Part (PPP)

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Average PPP for System in 2021 is 0.13. PPP for this set is 0.06, which is better.

All prices are in $USD, adjusted for inflation. This set is compared to other sets categorised as System. Read more about this in our article about price comparisons.

PPP is a guide, not a rule, and affected by the type of parts included. A set containing small generic parts generally have better PPP than one containing larger specialized parts.

Price Per Minifig (PPM)

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We do not currently know how the average price per minifig for this set compares to other sets.

All prices are in $USD, adjusted for inflation. This set is compared to other sets categorised as System. Read more about this in our article about price comparisons.

PPM only takes the number of minifigs into account and discards everything else. It's a guide, not a rule.

Review breakdown

Scored reviews

LEGO Recommendation: meh 4.96 / 5 → 99 / 100

Unscored reviews

Brick Fanatics Recommendation: yes

The Brothers Brick Recommendation: meh

New Elementary Recommendation: yes

Rebrickable Recommendation: meh

JANGBRiCKS Recommendation: yes

Bricksfanz Recommendation: yes

Set information

Set ID: 10281-1
Name: Bonsai Tree
Parts: 878

Retail price (USD):
Original: 49.99
Inflation adjusted: 49.99

Price Per Part (USD):
Original: 0.06
Inflation adjusted: 0.06

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Recommendation: meh 4.96 / 5 from 56 reviews

I love Bonsai trees, but I can never keep them alive... I am saving to build the cherry blossoms until the spring, but the green looks so good. it is a fairly easy and majestic build, it looks so good with the loose 1x1 round tiles for pebbles and the tires for the pot legs is such a good idea for not having it slide around so much as it would.

This score from LEGO is an aggregate of 56 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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Brick Fanatics

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Recommendation: yes by Rob Paton

It's a model that comes together intelligently to create a final, affecting piece that pays fine tribute to not only how a real bonsai tree looks, but as much as it can to the practice and art form that bonsai is too.

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The Brothers Brick

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Recommendation: meh by Andrew Becraft (TBB Editor-in-Chief)

One of the things I find most inspiring about this set is the explicit encouragement to modify it even further, beyond the two variants that are provided with parts and instructions. The back of the instruction booklet includes a gallery of ideas, ranging from simple color replacements with different leaves to entirely new settings.

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New Elementary

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Recommendation: yes by Tim Johnson

Even without a large collection of your own parts, Bonsai Tree is a beautiful display piece and the reimagining of this Japanese icon in LEGO blocks is truly impressive. The build is a delight and I learned a couple of interesting techniques along the way. It's clear that a lot of thought was put into creating the optimal angle of the trunk against the base of the pot and the placement of the branches and foliage making a gorgeous LEGO plant. There's a lot to like in the selection of parts provided too: some useful parts in brown and green (both recoloured and returning) as well as all those pink frogs!

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Rebrickable

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Recommendation: meh by TobyMac

Great for display, but as a building experience it felt a bit short for me.

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JANGBRiCKS

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Recommendation: yes by Jang

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Bricksfanz

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Recommendation: yes by Adam White

The set does an incredible job of recreating the plant which has inspired it. The build really looks just like a real Bonsai Tree. From the tray planter, wood-like plinth and textured bark of the tree, all these aspects of the set combine to create a truly unique LEGO display piece. It's the perfect set to encapsulate the concept of the ‘Adults Welcome' message. There is nothing stopping younger builder from constructing the set, but it certainly best suited towards AFOLs or those who wish to escape for a few moments. It's a genuinely a delightful little set, I like that there is an option to switch the leaves, as well as being the base to unleash your creativity.

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