If you're looking for for the best Lego sets, from the amazing Lego Star Wars series, to classic Lego Technics, Lego Mindstorms, Lego Minecraft and even Lego City, you're in luck.
If you were anything like us, lots of our childhood days were spent sat in the lounge, with a massive box of Lego turned out on the floor. Many an hour would fly by while we tried to successfully construct a replica of the X-Wing from Star Wars. Luckily, as the years have flown by, Lego's tech has increased and now there are some stunning models you can build.
From Star Wars to Lord of the Rings, and even that pretty bad recent Disney film The Lone Ranger, Lego has managed to license some of Hollywood's hottest property and turn them into plastic brick form. But it's not just movies, Lego loves everything from tech fuelled robots, to Grand Prix racing cars, so we've rounded up the ones that you'll want to splash out on this year. Don't worry, you can always say you got it for the kids.
Jurassic World Indominus Rex Breakout
Jurassic World was without doubt one of the biggest (and best) film releases of 2015, so it wouldn't be right if there wasn't a matching LEGO set. Luckily, there is, and the Indominus Rex Breakout set is our pick of the bunch. With 1,156 pieces, four mini figures and a dinosaur. Do you really need any further convincing?
Number of Pieces: 1,156
£99 | Lego
Star Wars Sandcrawler
Lego Star Wars sets just seem to get better and better, bigger and bigger and our current favourite, by some way, is this faithful recreation of the Sandcrawler. Constructed from 3,296 pieces, it also comes with seven minifigures to reenact your favourite Tatooine moments. It’ll steer, has a working front ramp and removable side plates, plus it boasts remarkable detail, which you’d expect for the price.
Number of Pieces: 3,296
Remote Controlled Volvo digger
Making a regular Lego model is great, but making one that can actually be controlled remotely? Now that’s something else. This super detailed Volvo L350F recreation boasts a number of motors, a battery and a remote, giving you full control over its movements.
Number of pieces: 1,636
This ‘expert’ level set may look fairly simple from the outside, but it’s actually fully powered, thanks a battery box and Lego Power Functions. The power gives life to the fairground, making the carousel move automatically.
Officially called the Tumbler, you might know it better as the Batmobile from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, well now you can build it yourself, from Lego. The iconic vehicle comes with unique front wheels, adjustable wings and a highly detailed interior - just as Batman would of wanted.
Number of pieces: 1,869
This is Lego clearly aimed at adults. Studio gives a blank canvas - just more than a 1,000 pieces, a guidebook and an endorsement by ‘leading architects’ and that’s about it, it’s now up to you. The pieces themselves are white and transparent, giving them a neat look and it’s purpose is to help you design structures and houses.
Number of pieces: 1,211
Exo Suit - Lego Ideas
Lego Ideas, the new name for its Kickstarter like Cusoo idea sourcing service, has given us another awesome looking set - the sci-fi themed Exo Suit. Feature poseable limbs, movable claws and a couple of space themed mini-figures,but it’s the intricate details that really win us over.
Number of pieces: 321
Star Wars AT-AT
Taken from one of the most memorable action sequences from the original trilogy of Star Wars, the snow scouring AT-AT (or All Terrain Armored Transport, to give it its full title) is about as intimidating as vehicles get. This faithful lego recreation includes spring loaded shooters, sides that open up and five minifigures. Let the battle of Hoth commence.
Total number of pieces: 1137
Price: £119 | Lego | Buy it now on Amazon
You’ll probably never be able to drive a real F1 car, so the next best thing, surely, is it to build a Grand Prix racer out of blocks of Lego. Super detailed, this model features an opening engine cover, adjustable spoiler and realistic steering, plus it measures a whopping two foot long. What’s more is you can even pop in a Lego motor and increase your fun no end.
Total number of pieces: 1141
Star Wars Super Star Destroyer
Darth Vader’s home away from home, the Super Star Destroyer, has been faithfully rebuilt in Lego, weighing over 3.5 kilos and measuring 124.5cm in length, this model is something to behold. It also is far from cheap, costing £350, but for that price you do get a stand to place your creation on and five minifigures – including Darth Vader himself.
Total number of pieces: 3152
Star Wars Ewok Village
Many criticise the cute little bear like creatures that inhabit the forest moon of Endor, but c’mon, when they’re recreated so fantastically in blocks of Lego, what’s not to love? There’s 16 minifigures in this set, along with a speeder and the beautifully detailed Ewok treehouse.
Total number of pieces: 1990
The classic London landmark looks great in Lego, full of detail and accurate touches – a true opening draw-bridge for one. It’s over a 100cm in length, making this a truly mammoth build and one you’ll never want to take down. Red double-decker buses, a black cab and a yellow truck all add to the authenticity.
Total number of pieces: 4295
Star Wars Millennium Falcon
Lego and Star Wars is a partnership that has spawned so many great models and games, yet the Millenium Falcon is probably our favourite purely down to the intricate details. They’ve included a fully kitted out interior, laser cannons and you can remove the cockpit cover, to get right up close to Chewie and Han. Measuring 38cm wide and 10cm tall, this model will sit proudly on your mantle – much better than some old vase.
Total number of pieces: 1254
Sydney Opera House
Lego can be designed for adults too, with no set proving that point more than this recreation of the Sydney Opera House. Constructed out of tan bricks and sitting on a blue plate, this model is almost photo realistic.
Total number of pieces:: 2989
Minecraft seems ripe for a Lego version, as it’s already pretty blocky in its original form. Again chosen by CUSOO, this model has a particularly smooth finish to it, mimicking the actual Minecraft pixelated look down to a tee. Two characters, Steve and Creeper, are included, so you can even play your own little game.
Total number of pieces: 480
Jabba’s Sail Barge
If there’s one place you don’t want to be in the Star Wars universe it’s aboard the sail barge of Jabba the Hut – as Princess Leia will testify. Jabba himself looks great in Lego form, as does the barge, which can be opened up to reveal another area to play in.
Total number of pieces: 850
Classic comic book locations don’t come anymore iconic that Batman’s lair, the Batcave and Lego obviously seem to agree. This model depicts a scene between Batman, Robin and the Baaaannnnnneeeeee (say that in your best Tom Hardy voice) yet set in the classic DC Universe, rather than the one seen in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. There are little details everywhere, from the lift where you can transform Bruce Wayne into the Batman, along with the section devoted to Bat-Gear.
Total number of pieces: 690
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar
In only a mere matter of months the Christmas countdown will begin and, as they have done for the past few years, Lego will be producing an advent calendar. This Star Wars themed version features a new figure every day, from the December 1st up until Christmas eve.
Total number of pieces: 254
Bane vs Batman
“I broke you. How have you come back?” Bane definitely proved to be a great villain in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, with a load of memorable lines to boot. The best way to enjoy this Lego set is to put on your best Bane voice and just go for it. Figures of Batman and Commissioner Gordon are included as well.
Total number of pieces: 367
Far from sticking a few faded coloured bricks together, the newest addition to the Mindstorms line-up is a robot that you can build, program and control yourself. Comprising of a programmable brick, an ARM9 processor and a variety of sensors and remotes, this is about the most customisable Lego robot we can think of. There’s a downloadable app, for both iOS and Android, which works as another remote and it even has included Wi-Fi for connecting to the internet. Now, that’s one tech fuelled robot.
Total number of pieces: 601
The DeLorean from Back to the Future
Lego Cuusoo is almost like Kickstarter for plastic bricks, allowing fans to create their own models and hope enough people like them so it can be put in production. This particular model, the classic DeLorean from Back to the Future, is one of the lucky ones. Mini figures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown are included, and the DeLorean itself looks great, packed with intricate details and little touches fans will love. One for collectors, we’d say.
Total number of pieces: 401
Lego Marvel Quinjet Aerial Battle
Lego has now infested the Marvel Universe of superheroes, bringing some classic Avenger’s scenes to plastic model form. This particular set takes place mid-air, with the Quinjet – a plane type thing engaging in battle with the villainous Loki. There are five mini-figures included, multiple customisable sections and a special prison to house Loki once he’s captured.
Total number of pieces: 735
Technic Mobile Crane MK II
Lego claims this is one of the biggest and most complex Technic models ever created, and going by the looks of it, we tend to agree. This motorised mobile crane behemoth has eight wheels, five axles and a detailed V8 motor with actual moving pistons. The crane itself can be extended to nearly 80cm and there are even instructions on how to build a completely different model included. This is Lego building, on an industrial scale.
Total number of pieces: 2606
Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 400
Pneumatically powered, articulated cranes and Lego don’t often go hand in hand, but in this instance, they work perfectly together. Modelled on a Mercedes-Benz Unimog, this vehicle packs in Lego Power Functions, a detailed engine with moving pistons and even realistic suspension.
Total number of pieces: 2048
Lord of the Rings - The Tower of Orthanc
Standing 73cm tall, this faithful recreation of the Tower of Orthanc from the epic Lord of the Rings, is one of the finest Lego builds we’ve seen. All six floors have been given the plastic block makeover, with everything from the library to the alchemy room included. Naturally, both Gandalf and Saruman make appearances, as do the tree like Ents and you even get a great eagle to play with.
Total number of pieces: 2359
Vehicles have always been our favourite thing to construct out of Lego and especially ones that could fly. This rescue helicopter is fantastically detailed and just looks heaps for fun to swoosh around with. The rotor spins, the winch lowers and you can aid the injured Lego people with ease thanks to the opening bay door.
Total number of pieces: 1056
Calling all you trainspotters out there, this set could be the newest addition to your growing collection of railway themed memorabilia. Modelled after a typical high-speed train, this set features a removable upper layer, detailed interior and it works with Lego’s range of train tracks.
Total number of pieces: 1352
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