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

While some Lego designs are the creations of professional designers, others are created by the renowned Lego Ideas set-design program. The Ideas line gives anyone the chance to create a set and then have it made, offering fame and a percentage of sales to designers who is able to convince 10,000 fellow designers that their idea is worthy to go into production. It’s no surprise that the most extravagant and stunning sets tend to gain the most popularity — especially when they have iconic characters or scenes from TV shows, movies or from real life.

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