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LEGO 10281 Bonsai Tree
Even if you’re not familiar with the art of bonsai, this new LEGO set is a serene addition to any computer desk. You can use it as a way to relax or just celebrate this ancient art, but the 878-piece kit should keep you busy for a while. You’ll be able to shape the bonsai tree model with either green leaves or pink cherry blossoms, and when the seasons change, simply snap on the colored crowns to give it a completely new look. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review, additional pictures and information.

LEGO Car Obstacles
The Brick Experiment Channel has been known for their custom builds, and their LEGO car is definitely worth a second look. There are three basic rules for all builds: vehicles must only have four wheels, no steering to simply things, and only use LEGO parts. This creation is powered by an SBrick receiver that has 50 meters of range, the BrickController 2 app for Android devices, and a PlayStation 4 wireless controller. Read more to see how it handles most obstacles with ease.

LEGO Wrapping Paper Cutter Presents Machine
The hardest part about wrapping presents may be actually cutting the rolls of paper into perfect sheets, that is unless…you’re using this innovative machine by The Brick Wall. Simply put, this innovative machine precisely measures the presents by scanning it and then determines exactly how much paper to cut, which means you probably won’t be left with random shreds after you’re done wrapping. Read more to see it in-action.

LEGO Raspberry Pi Film Scanner
Photo credit: Benjamin Bezine via Peta Pixel
Designer Benjamin Bezine wanted to create an automated film scanner, but in an unconventional way. So, he decided to use a Raspberry Pi mini computer, LEGO pieces, and a mirrorless camera that uses machine learning to scan entire rolls of film. The version you’re about to see is the fourth-generation Roboscan model, with the biggest upgrade being the Raspberry Pi and using machine learning to detect when a photo is properly framed before activating the camera to fire. Read more for a video and additional information.

LEGO Great Wave Off Kanagawa
Brick master Jumpei Mitsui recently unveiled his latest creation, and it’s the famed painting from the Edo-period of Japan, Hokusai’s Ukioy-e print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”. It took him over 400-hours and 50,000 pieces to recreate this masterpiece. Even before starting the build, Mitsui had to study videos of waves crashing as well as academic papers on the topic. Next, he sketched a detailed model of the LEGO model, complete with boats. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Teenager Manhattan LEGO
Photo credit: Laura 33697398
Alex Bailey, a 15-year-old from Dublin, Ireland, spent about 1-week recreating Manhattan using LEGO pieces. No, this wasn’t a set that he purchased from a store, but rather built entirely freehand. After visiting The City That Never Sleeps with his younger brother Ashton in 2019, it left a lasting impression to say the least. Using a combination of his memory from a helicopter ride, along with some photographs, the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, One World Trade Center, and more, were recreated in brick form. Read more for a video and additional information.

LEGO Technic 42123 McLaren Senna GTR
It’s official, the LEGO Technic McLaren Senna GTR, consisting of 830-pieces, is the first McLaren supercar to be recreated in LEGO Technic form. Not just a simple brick recreation, this set has a V8 engine with moving pistons, sleek racing curves, dihedral doors that actually open, and a unique blue paint job. It’s the newest model to be released as part of the long partnership with McLaren Automotive that started back in 2015. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

LEGO 4x5 Camera
Photo credit: Wago Images via Peta Pixel
This year has been tough for just about everyone, especially photographers. One man from Japan had to sell all of his year to make ends meet, but came up with a clever idea to build a functional 4×5 camera using LEGO. The main advantage of this large format camera is a higher resolution at the same pixel pitch, or the same resolution with larger pixels or grains. In other words, a 4×5 inch image has about 15 times the area, and thus 15× the total resolution, of a 35 mm frame. Read more for a video and additional information.

LEGO Colosseum 10276 Largest Set
If your love LEGO, traveling, and / or Italy, you’ll want to get this set when it’s released on Black Friday (Nov. 27th). Consisting of a massive 9,036 pieces, the Colosseum (10276) is the largest LEGO brick set launched to date and mimics the incredible architecture of the original Roman amphitheater right down to the small details, including the three levels of the original adorned with the columns of the Doric, Ionic as well as Corinthian orders. Read more for two videos, including a review / speed build, additional pictures and information.

LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1 10274
The Ghostbusters: Afterlife film may have been pushed back to March 5, 2021, but the LEGO Group might have something to hold you over until then. A 2,352-piece Ghostbusters ECTO-1 set that is packed full of authentic details from the iconic converted 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance. Plus, it includes various tools required by any Ghostbuster to track and catch ghoulish enemies, including a moving, wheel-activated ghost sniffer, an extendable rear gunner seat, working steering wheel and a host of other paranormal detection equipment. Read more for a hands-on review, speed build, additional pictures and information.