The Lego bugs are my friends

I'm not an adult Lego connoisseur by any means, but I've received a handful of the adult/collector sets as gifts over the years. I like that they're relatively complex but still come together out of the box (as opposed to, say, Gunplas, where you need to spend some time disassembling the parts and sometimes fiddle with tight fits). I've done a few of the automobile models, which are super fun to build, but my favorite ones to display have been the realistic plant models.

You can only imagine how delighted I was to see that they released a collection of realistic insect models (a Chinese mantis, a Hercules beetle, and a blue morpho). I agonized over which one to buy first for months and finally marched into the store intending to buy the beetle... until I found out that all three came in a set. No agonizing necessary. So I ended up taking the whole set home with me (for $80, which isn't a bad deal at all for three figures).

Since these guys clock in at under 30 bucks per model, they're not particularly complex. I found them to be roughly comparable with the plant models that I've built; while these aren't difficult builds, they still provide plenty of mental stimulation for an adult, and it's very satisfying to watch them come together (as is the case with all model kits of this nature). I'm physically incapable of doing Legos in more than one sitting, so I finished all three of these over the span of an evening — around 4 hours with some distractions, give or take.

All 3 models posed off of their bases>

I really like the size of these because they're just a hair bigger than their counterparts are in real life (strategic bug choices on Lego's part). They're big enough to make a statement but small enough that you can put them nearly anywhere. And the finished bugs are fully poseable, which I wasn't expecting! They function as standalone models that you can pose and display both on and off the bases.

Bug legos: $80. Being able to hold your new little bug friends because you'll probably never get to do that in real life: Priceless.

That being said, I'm going to leave mine on the bases most of the time because they're beautiful, and the designers gave each insect a unique environment while keeping the bases cohesive enough to be displayed together. The Hercules beetle is on a rotting log, the favorite food of their larvae, complete with mushrooms. The mantis is perched on a branch with leaves, and the morpho is basking on a tree trunk surrounded by flowers.

The Hercules beetle is one of my favorite bugs, and he ended up being my favorite model. He's the easiest to stand up off the base, and the removable wings take him over the top for me. And they're transparent plastic, my favorite thing in the entire world! You can also open and close his horns. He is perfect. He is the moment.

The beetle model on the base with wings open>
The beetle model off the base with wings closed>

I also really enjoy the mantis. Her little face is so cute! She's pretty tough to balance off of the base because her legs are so thin, but it's doable. I do love the base and the little ladybug pieces on it, though, so I'm fine with keeping her attached to it.

The mantis model posed on the base>

The morpho was the easiest to build and the least realistic model. He lacks legs, so he doesn't work as well off the base as the other two. Despite that inconvenience, I think that was ultimately the best design decision because legs would have added a lot of unnecessary size and bulk. He cuts a striking figure when you have him on the base, though. Also, the base gets a bonus point for having a tiny bee!!

The butterfly model posed on the base>

This was a fantastic use of 80 bucks. I enjoy having a small legion of bug models to display with the rest of my bug paraphernalia. This set was released to rave reviews (and I think it sold out over the winter holidays), so hopefully that means more bugs in the future?! I'll take more bugs.