The Best Lego Designs

Legos are toys, but they can also inspire amazing creations. LEGO artists use tiny plastic bricks to create everything from robots to architectural models. Even the company’s engineers design new elements that enable builders to build more intricate models. Erik Varszegi is a Master Builder at the Lego Group, Billund, Denmark. He designed a new element for this year’s model, the curved slope. It lets Lego users make more slanted forms while adhering to the company’s strict color palette. The slopes can also be used to create a more dynamic shape, like the curving staircase.

Certain Lego sets are the result of professional designers’ work and some are the product of the popular Lego Ideas program. The Ideas line lets anyone create a set, and it is able to be made. It offers fame and 1% of sales for any designer who convinces 10,000 of their peers that their creation deserves to be created. It’s no surprise that the most extravagant and stunning sets tend to gain the most acclaim — particularly when they feature iconic scenes or characters from TV shows, movies, or real life.

Two space icons are among the most impressive Lego models: the NASA shuttle Discovery and the Hubble Telescope model. Each telescope includes a plaque to display and the miniature Lego version of its inventor. Other impressive models include a frame Rainbow and a Steampunk dragon, and a replica of Westminster Palace.