Although they are toys, Legos inspire amazing creations. LEGO artists make use of tiny plastic bricks to design everything from robots to architectural models. Even the engineers of the company design new elements that allow builders to build more complicated models. Erik Varszegi, a Master Builder working for the Lego Group in Billund, Denmark has created a new element this year: the curved slope. It allows Lego users make more slanted shapes while still adhering to the company’s strict color palette. The slopes can also be used to create more dynamic shapes such as a curving staircase.

Some Lego sets are the result of the work of professional designers and others are the product of the popular Lego Ideas program. The Ideas line lets anyone design a set, and it’s possible to make. It gives fame and one percent of sales for anyone who convinces 10,000 peers that their creation deserves to be created. It’s not surprising that the most elaborate and stunning sets often receive the most support, especially when they feature famous characters or scenes from films and television shows or in real life.

Two space icons are among the top Lego models including the NASA shuttle Discovery and the Hubble Telescope model. Each model comes with plaques of display and a small Lego replica of the scientist who designed the telescope. Other impressive models include a framed Rainbow as well as a Steampunk Dragon and a model of Westminster Palace.