If you're looking for the best Lego sets, from the amazing Lego Star Wars series, to high-tech Lego Technics, Lego Mindstorms, Lego Minecraft and even Lego City, you're in luck.
If you were anything like us, a lot of our childhood days were spent sat in the lounge, with a massive box of Lego spread across 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.
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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.
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.
Number of pieces: 1,330
Price: £129.99 | Lego
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
Price: £99 | Lego
Dr Who TARDIS
For ages it seemed like a Dro Who lego set was never going to happen, but as a result of the Lego Ideas scheme, the TARDIS in Logo-form is now a reality. This set features the famous blue police box, detachable interior console room, the Doctor, Clara and a few nasty Daleks to battle.
Number of pieces: 623
Price: £49.99 | Lego
Deep Sea Exploration Vessel
Loaded with the latest diving tech, the newest Lego City models are all focused on deep sea exploration. It's tipped to be one of the hottest toys this Christmas. Our pick of the range is the Exploration Vessel, which actually floats! And comes with a sunken ship to exploe. Guaranteed unlimited bath-time fun.
Number of pieces: 907
Price: £79.99 | Lego
The Simpsons House
The TV show may have lost it's way slightly, but that doesn't take away from how awesome the Lego set of the Simpsons house is. The massive structure can open, allows you to recreate your favourite scenes from the programme. You get all the major characters, and even Homer's car. It's pricey, but it's so worth it.
Number of pieces: 2,523
Price: £179.99 | Lego
The iconic vehicle from the 80's Blockbuster film is finally in Lego-form. The Ecto-1 measure 20cm long, 6cm wide, 9cm high, and comes packing all the necessary paranormal activity-detecting equipment. Of course, you'll also get Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston as minifigures, with proton packs included.
Number of pieces: 508
Price: £44.99 | Lego
The Lonely Mountain
Venture deep into the heart of the Lonely Mountain with this Lego Hobbit set, complete with a fire-breathing Smaug*. The set also contains five minifigures, and real (Lego) treasure.
Number of pieces: 866
Price: £199.99 | Amazon
*Dragon does not actually breathe fire.
Minecraft The First Night
Minecraft seems ripe for a Lego version, as it’s already pretty blocky in its original form. Chosen by CUSOO (Lego Ideas), this model has a particularly smooth finish to it, mimicking the actual Minecraft pixelated look down to a tee. Three characters, Steve and Creeper and a pig, are included, so you can even play your own little game.
Number of pieces: 408
Price: £39.99 | Lego
The Lego Movie: MetalBeard's Sea Cow
This giant Lego pirate ship is awesome (see what we did there?), the box contains a massive 2741 pieces which makes up the Sea Cow, Metal Beard, and double-decker couch. It's intricately detailed, and incredibly fun, make sure there's room on your shelf though, the Sea Cow measures 58cm high and 61cm long.
Number of pieces: 2,741
Price: £169.99 | Lego
Spider Man: Rhino and Sandman Super Villain Team-up
Fed up of making a Lego set only to have it sit somewhere and collect dust? Well the Spider Man range isn't like that, it's more interactive, creating an action scene to play with. This set features super villians Rhino and Sandman, and of course Spidey himself.
Number of pieces: 386
Price: £44.99 | Lego
Lego Technic Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245
Maybe the previous sets are a bit too childish for you? If you're looking for something more grown up, the Technic range is for you. This set is a scale model is one of the world's most complex trucks, with 2,793 elements, a power function and several pneumatic actuators. It measures 54cm long and 31cm tall.
Number of pieces: 2,793
Price: £169.99 | Lego
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 have wanted.
Number of pieces: 1,869
Price: £159.99 | Lego
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
Price: £29.99 | Amazon
Technic Grand-Prix Racer
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.
Number of pieces: 1,141
Price: £113.99 | Amazon
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.
Number of pieces: 1,137
Price: £119 | Lego
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
Price: £169.99 | Lego
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
Price: £149.99 | Lego
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.
Number of pieces: 4,295
Price: £209.99 | Lego
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, originally costing £350, but for that price you do get a stand to place your creation on and five minifigures – including Darth Vader himself.
Lego don't make the Super Star Destoryer anymore, meaning new sets are somewhat of a collectors item.
Number of pieces: 3,152
Price: £800+ | Amazon
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.
Number of pieces: 1,990
Price: £199 | Lego
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.
Number of pieces: 2,989
Price: £249.99 | Lego
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.
Number of pieces: 292
Price: £24.99 | Lego
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.
Number of pieces: 601
Price: £299 | Lego
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.
Number of pieces: 401
Price: £199.99 | Amazon
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.
Number of pieces: 2,606
Price: £149.99 | Lego
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: 2,359
Price: £269.99 | Amazon
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.
Number of pieces: 1,056
Price: £149.99 | Amazon
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
Price: £249 | Lego
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.
Number of pieces: 1,352
Price: £180 | Amazon
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