Instead of automobiles or buildings, the new Lego kit includes three beautiful insects inspired by everyday Lego enthusiasts.
For the past 15 years, one of Lego’s most popular toy lines has been fan-inspired sets ranging from a functional piano to Disney’s Winnie The Pooh. The Lego Ideas idea encourages users to submit their own inventions to the official website, where other fans may vote on which should become an official set.
Any set that receives more than 10,000 votes is immediately examined by Lego, and following a redesign by skilled builders, it is marketed as a regular kit, with the original designer receiving a tiny portion of the earnings.
The Insect Collection, Lego’s 50th such set, was revealed this week. A trio of models that even people who don’t like creepy crawlies will find curiously attractive.
The major insects displayed are a South American Blue Morpho butterfly (Morpho peleides), a Central American Hercules beetle (Dynastes Hercules), and a female Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis).
Each comes with its own display base that depicts the ecosystem in which it lives and has plenty of cool features, like attachable wings for the beetle.
There’s also a tiny honeybee and a ladybird, which were part of the initial pitch but were revised by Lego to be more in scale with the other three, as is common with Lego Ideas.
Green Noise, a specially recorded ASMR playlist created by Emmy-nominated Foley artist Sanaa Kelley, is included as an added bonus.
Foley artists use shockingly commonplace materials to create cinematic sound effects, and in this example Kelley has made the sound of Lego clicks and clacks mimic bug sounds.
‘I studied science and fine art and have always been fascinated with the intricate details of the natural world,’ says Lego fan José María Pérez Suero, who made the original design.
‘As a lifelong Lego fan, who has come up with a range of new set ideas before, I find inspiration for new builds through my hobbies, which include photography and nature.’