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10281-1 Bonsai Tree


Bonsai Tree

Bonsai Tree is LEGO set 10281-1. It has a score of 93. This is good compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 6 reviews, based on 2 scored reviews and 10 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 3.19% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2021, and it is categorised in Icons.

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Average rating



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Recomended 60%




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Price Per Part (PPP)

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)

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 4.9 / 5 → 98 / 100

Brickset Recommendation: yes 4.4 / 5 → 88 / 100

Unscored reviews

Brick Fanatics Recommendation: yes

The Brothers Brick Recommendation: meh

New Elementary Recommendation: yes

Rebrickable Recommendation: meh

BricktasticBlog Recommendation: yes

Brickset News 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 4.9 / 5 from 106 reviews

Since I'm studying horticulture I really wanted this set. As I got it, I built it. I'm really content with it. I hope that there"ll be more botanical sets in the future. Maybe a gardener minifig next to the tree would be a great idea, like a bonus.

This score from LEGO is an aggregate of 106 reviewers. The snippet above represent only one of them.
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Recommendation: yes 4.4 / 5 from 4 reviews

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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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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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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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Recommendation: meh by TobyMac

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

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Recommendation: yes by John

I love this set – it perfectly fits the niche for people wanting to start introducing LEGO into their lives as adults. It's absolutely spot on for a work desk display item. It's a quicker build but introduces some great little techniques that new LEGO fans will find interesting.

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Recommendation: meh by Huw

I really appreciate that LEGO is willing to go out on a (tree) limb and create innovative sets like this. It won't be for everyone, and for the price of it you could buy a real tree, but that's not really the point. I hope it sells well and the botanical collection continues to flourish in the coming years. It has no play value whatsoever but that matters not because it will look awesome wherever it's displayed and from a distance looks like a real tree. Put it on your desk at work (if you still go there) and fool your colleagues!

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Recommendation: yes by Jang

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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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