LEGO is just the best, isn’t it? We’d struggle to think of any other toy that has been going for decades and still enjoys a similar degree of popularity. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or what you’re into, because we bet you’ve played with some LEGO at some point in your life, and we’re confident you liked it.
The Lego Group started pumping out the famous little bricks in 1949. That’s a whole 70 years ago. That’s before the internet was a thing. We didn’t even have seatbelts in our cars until 10 years later. The fact that LEGO has actually grown in popularity is a testament to both the genius of the initial idea, and how the brand has continuously reinvented itself.
If you want an idea of the scale of LEGO’s popularity, then you just need to check the numbers. 75 billion bricks are sold annually in over 140 countries. That is an awful lot of LEGO. So much that it’s actually slightly overwhelming to think about all those bricks, being churned out day after day to every corner of the globe.
LEGOs are so popular, that on average, each person on Earth owns 86 LEGO bricks. If LEGO wanted world domination, they wouldn’t have to try very hard. The human race would not only be vastly outnumbered, but outflanked too. You might not be playing with them right now, but that box you stored away in the loft last year is suddenly a very real threat, and you need to act fast if you want to survive. Anyway, we digress.
It hasn’t always been rosy for the brand. Right up until 1998, Lego had never posted a loss, but by 2003 it was having serious problems, with sales down 30 percent year-on-year. LEGO was $800 million in debt and in trouble, and relied on diversification to survive. It introduced clothing, theme parks, video games, original films, and popular tie-ins with Star Wars and Harry Potter-themed kits. Thankfully, things are much happier now. Phew!
Diversification was key, and nowadays you have a lot of choice when it comes to LEGO sets. You have the tie-ins with popular movie franchises, basic construction boxes for kids, STEM focused sets, and much more. We have rounded up the best of these sets for each category, with something for everyone.
These are the best LEGO sets for every fan in 2019.
Highly collectible • Compatible with all LEGO construction sets • Great for families • Includes six minifigures
Not the most challenging build
LEGO and ‘Star Wars’ is a match made in heaven.
A ‘Star Wars’ collectible that will please every fan, whatever their age.
As with many of the larger construction sets, there are quite a few features to consider. This set is made up of a two-minifigure cockpit with detachable canopy, two spring-loaded shooters, sensor dish, ramp, rotating laser turrets with minifigure seats, opening hull plates, and more.
There are also some little bonuses included in the box, such as Han Solo, Chewbacca, Qi’ra, Lando Calrissian, and Quay Tolsite figures, with Kessel and DD-BD droids.
If you are looking for more Star Wars sets (and you should be), we have your back. We would recommend checking out the Star Destroyer, X-Wing Starfighter, and TIE Fighter as alternatives. Or, why not get all of them?
For advanced builders • TECHNIC fully-functioning 8-speed gear box • Sophisticated LEGO engine
May be too tough for some • Not for kids
It’s going to be a challenge, but it will be worth it.
This advanced building set provides probably your best opportunity to own a Bugatti Chiron.
The LEGO Technic 42083 Bugatti Chiron enhanced building set has actually been developed in partnership with Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S to capture the true essence of the sports car. It comes with aerodynamic bodywork, logoed spoked rims, and detailed brake discs. What we’re saying is this set is not for kids. It’s a serious set for serious builders.
The set features a Technic 8-speed gearbox with movable paddle gearshift, a steering wheel bearing the Bugatti emblem, and a detailed W16 engine with moving pistons. It comes in at over 3,500 pieces, meaning this probably won’t be a quick construction project.
If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper option, that is still as challenging, we would recommend the Technic Porsche 911 RSR or Technic Mack Anthem construction kits.
6020 pieces • Includes four ‘Harry Potter’ minifigures, and 27 microfigures • Classrooms, towers, Whomping Willow, Hagrid’s hut, and five buildable boats
It’s going to take some time to put together • Not the cheapest
Make the magic come alive with this incredibly detailed Hogwarts Castle.
An absolute must-have for any self-respecting ‘Harry Potter’ fan.
There’s a lot to take in when considering this set, with towers, turrets, chambers, classrooms, creatures, the Whomping Willow, Hagrid´s hut, and many more iconic features. There are also four minifigures, 27 microfigures, and five Dementors included. It might cost more than £300 but you get an awful lot for your money.
This advanced building set makes the ideal gift for any Harry Potter fan. It’s also pretty collectible too, especially considering how many devoted fans are out there.
If this Hogwarts set seems a little too pricey, then there is an alternative. The Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall set is aimed at a slightly younger audience, and is much cheaper.
Build, code, and play toy • Great for learning programming skills • Build 5-in-1 multi-functional robots • Code with free app on a tablet
Limited recommended age range
The prospect of building 5-in-1 multi-functional robots and controlling them with coding blocks on your tablet should appeal to tech fans.
This build, code, and play toy combines all of the joys of LEGO construction with valuable programming skills.
Kids can build five models from one set, and each educational toy is progressively more challenging. That’s not all though, because each creation is programmable with a free app on your tablet. Your kids can code behaviours into whatever they build, with distance, colour, and tilt sensor technologies doing the work.
The tablet app is free to download to your device and easy to use. You just need to follow the step-by-step instructions and this STEM toy comes to life.
There are a few other options out there for LEGO STEM sets, and we would recommend checking out the MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot Building Kit as an alternative choice.
All about creativity • 33 different colours • Compatible with all LEGO construction sets • For any age
Expensive for what it is • Lacking in wheels
This is the perfect set for those that don’t like instructions.
790 pieces and hours of creative fun for your little one.
The Classic Creative Brick Box construction set allows your kids to construct their own buildings and more with a collection of LEGO bricks in 33 different colours. This is perhaps the best set if uninhibited creativity is your priority.
This construction set contains 790 pieces, including eight different types of windows and doors with eight different frames. There are also special pieces like two different sized green baseplates, three sets of eyes, six tires, and six wheel rims. Some reviewers have commented that the box could do with more wheels, but we’re not convinced.
If you are looking for a slightly smaller, and cheaper option, then check out the Classic Creative Suitcase.
Includes collectible booklet • True-to-life depiction • Designed for display
Not the most challenging
Perfect for anyone looking to recreate a destination that’s close to their heart.
Build a detailed model of the London skyline and satisfy your wanderlust.
This detailed model of the London skyline includes a collectible booklet containing information about the design, architecture, and history of the buildings, and is made up of 468 pieces in total.
All LEGO Architecture models are compatible with all LEGO construction sets, so you can mix and match if you choose, but these models are really about recreating your favourite places, and displaying them as a reminder of the good times you spent there.
If London doesn’t do it for you, there are a lot of other options. For example, you can pick up Paris and San Francisco sets at very similar prices.
Includes removable rocket stages • Includes a booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this set • Great for display and role-playing
Not suitable for younger kids
Bringing the Apollo Moon missions to life, this set is all about display and role-playing.
This super realistic set is great for display and role-playing.
The NASA Apollo 11 Saturn-V set is perfect for displaying and role-playing the manned Apollo Moon missions. The spacecraft features the lunar lander and the lunar orbiter, as well as removable rocket stages.
This impressive set includes a removable S-II second rocket stage with engine details, a removable S-IVB third rocket stage with the Apollo spacecraft and rescue rocket, and three stands to display the model horizontally, so that all your mates can admire it (without touching).
This collectible building set also includes a booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of the set, so you can really get to grips with what you’re making.
There are alternatives out there for science enthusiasts, including a Women in Science Research Institute set and a Space Shuttle Explorer construction toy, that are cheaper too.
App-controlled • Bluetooth-controlled battery hub with opening minifigure cockpit • Includes a Batman minifigure • Easy to control
Older devices might struggle to connect
This cool toy vehicle takes LEGO to the next level with app connectivity.
Build an amazing Batmobile car powered by a Bluetooth-controlled battery hub.
This superb app-controlled Batmobile has four-wheel drive and comes equipped with dual stud shooters. It also features two motors powered by a Bluetooth-controlled battery hub with opening minifigure cockpit. There’s a Batman minifigure to place in said cockpit, too.
The prospect of controlling the Batmobile via the app on your smartphone or tablet should be enough to pursuade even those of you who aren’t Batman fans. If you are a fan, we’ve probably said enough already.
If you’re looking for an alternative Bluetooth controlled LEGO set, we recommend checking out the City Passenger RC train toy. It’s a little more pricey but has extremely favourable reviews.
Includes 4 minifigures • Highly detailed
Included minifigures ensure that the fun doesn’t stop once you have constructed the headquarters.
Build the ‘Avengers’ headquarters and relive all the action of the franchise.
The Avengers Compound set features a multi-level office building, helipad, garage, helicopter, and offroader for creative play. That means the fun isn’t over once you have completed the construction. You can relive all the action of the franchise, or create your own adventures.
The office building includes a rooftop spring-loaded shooter, dual stud shooters, and rotating radar. The helicopter has an opening minifigure cockpit, two spinning rotors, and a six-stud rapid shooter. You also have four minifigures to play with: Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Nebula, and a 4-armed Outrider, plus Hulk and Thanos as big figures, and an Ant-Man microfigure.
The problem with being a devoted Avengers fan is that one set is inevitably not going to be enough. If you need more options, you should check out Captain America’s motorcycle toy and the Iron Man Hall of Armor set.
Includes two LEGO minifigures • 3-in-1 • Compatible with all LEGO construction sets • One of the cheapest options
Recommended age range is small
3-in-1 construction toys ensure that builders can continuously mix it up, meaning you get more bang for your buck.
3-in-1 construction toys equal three times the fun.
This is where LEGO has been clever, with the introduction of 3-in-1 sets like the Sunshine Surfer Van.
You can build a toy camper van with kitchenette, surfboard, parasol, BBQ, and camping furniture, but then switch it up once you’re done. The 3-in-1 construction toy can be rebuilt into a lifeguard tower with quad bike or beach buggy, meaning you get three times the fun from one set.
The set includes two LEGO minifigures, ready for whatever you thrown at them.
There is a wide range of great 3-in-1 LEGO sets to choose from, but if we had to pick another, we would opt for the Deep Sea Creatures building kit.