Botanical Boosters – Roses and Tulips Join LEGO Flower Arrangement [Review] – The Brick of the Brothers


LEGO really makes us look forward to spring. The 10280 flower bouquet includes two new sets: 40460 Roses (USD 12.99 | Can $ 16.99 | United Kingdom £ 11.99) and 40461 Tulips (USD 9.99 | Can $ 12.99 | United Kingdom £ 8.99). First announced in December, they’re available now in the UK and soon in North American LEGO stores. Are they beautiful in person? How well do these new flowers complement the existing arrangement? And is there anything about these sets beyond just being an exhibit? Read on and see!

The LEGO Group has provided The Brothers Brick with a first copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.

The box and its contents

While none of these sets are listed on the packaging as part of the Botanical Collection, this is how they are listed on the LEGO properties. Brick link. And it seems to me that due to their theme (and when they were released), they’re meant to be considered “booster packs” for the Bouquet of Flowers 10280 set. But other than conspiracy theories, there’s nothing on the art of the box to tie them into the adult collector’s market – instead of being listed as intended for ’18+’ builders, these two sets are deemed appropriate for the 8-year-old crowd and more. The art of the box is quite simple, each with a detailed photo of the flowers on pastel backgrounds.

The back of the box shows the flowers from a slightly different angle and has the dimensions for each. (Roses at 25cm / 9.8 ″ and Tulips at 24cm / 9.4 ″) There is no doubt that these two sets, at least, are part of the same theme; each has inserts illustrating the other.

40461 Tulips

This set eschews the horrid punch style, going with pull tab closures. Inside the box are two unnumbered parts bags and a 24 page instruction booklet. My booklet is folded in half and a little mutilated on removal, but this is quite common for small sets.

This set introduces new colors for four parts: bright green for the 7L claw, bright yellow-green for the Technic cross axle, and cool yellow and medium lavender for the 2 × 3 bow plate. Other bright yellow-green parts are also rare: for example, the cross axle only appeared once, in the Technic 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37. The other parts in the set are more common, but provide useful pieces in a bright range of colors.

The center of each tulip is based around a center of square studs. The stems of the plants in reddish brown are well suited to organic details.

A small difficulty is that the base of the medium lavender tulip uses yellow parts instead of violets. Unless viewed from a very low angle, these bricks aren’t really exposed, so that’s not a big deal.

The stems are identical for all three tulips. The bright yellow green of the stem itself contrasts sharply with the bright green of the leaves. The overall shape matches that of a tulip, but I think the stem-leaf connection looks odd. I can’t think of a better option though, and this build gives us a bunch of hard-to-find bright yellow-green Technic connectors, so the tradeoffs are reasonable.

The flowers sit well on the stems and the overall construction is sturdy. You know, compared to a real flower.

40460 Roses

Like tulips, this box is sealed with a tab. Inside the box are two unnumbered parts bags and a 24 page instruction booklet. The slightly larger packaging means the instruction book does not need to be folded to fit inside, which makes the experience more enjoyable when you open the packaging.

This set offers several new pieces and colors. The 6 x 4 x 1 Green Hexagonal Windshield is a new color appearing here for the first time. The dark green steering wheel and Technic connectors are also new, which also appear in the new 10280 Flower Bouquet set. The remaining parts include more common but useful elements, such as curved slopes and dental plates in red, dark green 1 × 1 round plates, and bright green claws.

The center of each rose uses two of the dark green steering wheel elements under a studded square core. The center of the bud is rotated 45 degrees from the rest of the build, preventing the final shape from feeling rectangular.

The outer petals are made from 8 of the 3x4x2 red plates pictured above. They clip onto the ruffles with a slight offset, again preventing things from feeling square or over-aligned. Each bud also receives four bright green claws along the lower ring.

Each rose has a unique stem. Each has a dark green Technic core and two green windshield sheets. The variation occurs on the second stalk with thorns made of ox horn thorns in reddish brown. These are connected to the angled Technic connectors, helping the buds to sit at different angles when displayed.

The assembled roses are reasonably sturdy, but not exactly “swooshable”. They do not sag under the weight of the buds and indeed look like red roses.

The finished models

Tulips have a range of fun colors, all of which scream quite “spring.” I am not convinced by the design of the leaf, but its shape is recognizable. Like the cheaper of the two sets at $ 10, this is also a good army building set… er… making your own Easter bouquets.

Overall, the assembled roses look very pretty. The colors are very vivid and the shapes are complex and organic. The downsides are that the bright green claws are just a bit too shiny, and the windshield sheets are a bit too angular. The nails exposed on the bow plates destroy the illusion a bit too. I generally like LEGO models that leave a few posts on display to remind the viewer that they are looking at a creation made from bricks. But in this case, I think it takes away more than it adds.

Neither set comes with a vase or other display, but I had the parts on hand to make a quick one from some Technic rings. I guess most people will just put them in a glass or vase that they are dragging around. Or maybe you just want to drape them artistically over any flat surface. You do you.

Comparison with 10280 Roses Bouquet of Flowers

The 10280 Flower Bouquet set also includes roses. One easy difference to spot is that they use pieces of light nougat instead of red. The changes in construction are less immediately obvious: although they are almost identical, there are some differences between the buds and the stems.

The basic bud design is consistent across sets. The differences all occur in the outer petals. The red rose uses the same arch plate for all of the petals and has bright green claws as accent leaves. The Rose Flower Bouquet uses a car hood for variation in the shape of the petals, does not have the green leaves, and has a 1 × 2 tile covering the nails in the inner petals. There is also more variation in the colors used, with the Flower Bouquet set having a gradient between the inner and outer petals, as opposed to the monochromatic red version.

The construction of the core of the stems is the same between the sets, but the leaves are very different. The flower bouquet uses a double molded pterodactyl wing, while the red rose set uses green windshields.

Putting red roses in the bouquet works pretty well, but the greens in the claws and leaves don’t play well with the more subdued greenery of the larger set. They look well insulated, but mixed with those brighter colors too stand out, and the angular windshield doesn’t match the other curved shapes.

Tulips fit in a bit better, but their main problem again is a green shift. The bright green stems and leaves again pull the flowers out of the unified arrangement. The flowers themselves, however, blend together very well.

The solution? Bury the tulip stems in the center of the bouquet and simply remove the green parts from the red roses. With these minor revisions, the bright red of the roses adds a real explosion of color to the arrangement.

Conclusion and recommendations

These sets both offer a budget-friendly way to add flowers to your LEGO collection if the US $ 50 for flower bouquet 10280 is out of your price range. Both are good representations of their real-world counterparts, and they cost quite close to what cut flowers will have you running around on the holidays. Both sets have their minor flaws, but there aren’t any major issues with either. They are pretty and are a fun way to avoid allergies and starving pets if you want a botanical display in your home.

If you look at them as a pack of coins, the news isn’t as good. Tulips cost 9 cents per coin, with roses being even more expensive at 10.8 cents per coin. While both have good amounts of rare and unique colored pieces, most of the items are quite specialized. Neither one fits very well with the Bouquet of Flowers set, but it might be silly to expect each flower to complement the others. Ultimately, I love these sets and am happy to see LEGO branch out. (Maybe I should have saved this pun for a Bonsai Booster set.)

40460 Roses (USD 12.99 | Can $ 16.99 | United Kingdom £ 11.99) and 40461 Tulips (USD 9.99 | Can $ 12.99 | United Kingdom £ 8.99) are available now in the LEGO online store in the UK and will soon be available in North America. They may also be available through third party sellers on Amazon and eBay.

The LEGO Group has sent The Brothers Brick a first copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.

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