12 Best LEGO Sets 2020

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  • Accurate representation of the original in color and detail.
  • Size (4”x 4”x 12”) allows for easy display
  • Informative booklet included
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  • New for 2018
  • Expert difficulty level - 16+ years
  • Operates manually or can be automated with M-motor upgrade
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  • Suitable for boys and girls ages 6-12
  • Small size (6”x 6”x 6”) for on-the-go travel
  • Compatible with other Friends series sets

For decades, the name LEGO has meant fun to countless children and adults. From its beginning in 1932 to its unique name (meaning ‘play well’ in Danish), LEGO has expanded its basic concept of interlocking, boldly colored pieces into themed sets that include foliage, people, motors, and other intricate details. With some time and imagination, a pile of small plastic chunks becomes virtually anything including historic landmarks, spaceships, and pop culture figures such as Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter.  For more technical kits, try these awesome LEGO Technic sets.

With varying levels of difficulty, these sets can entertain children as young as 3 or challenge builders who are much older. Basic sets can include 50-100 pieces and cost less than $15 while larger sets can include thousands of tiny pieces that run into the hundreds of dollars.

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So why has LEGO been so popular for so long? Here are 12 of the best rated LEGO sets for 2020 that help explain the draw of this simple concept.

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Buyer’s Guide

LEGO and its products have been an essential part of the toy market for nearly 100 years. The family run company is dedicated to quality and its basic concept of interconnecting blocks has earned it the designation of “Toy of the Century” twice. But what should be considered before purchasing a set? Here are some factors to consider.

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Age and Difficulty Level

LEGO has developed a product that spans a lifetime of learning. Beginning with its Duplo series for ages 3 and under, blocks are large enough for small hands to grab and manipulate. The experience then transitions to the Juniors series for ages 4-7. With slightly smaller parts than the Duplo blocks, Juniors better matches the expanding fine motor skills of the young preschool child.

At age 6 or 7, the product line morphs into series focused on age-appropriate themes and skills. Expert level is considered for ages 16 and up. Recommended age level is easily found on the front of each set. Ages below this may be more suited to these great Playmobil toys.

Warnings

With the exception of the LEGO Duplo series made especially for toddlers, all Lego products come with a warning against Choking Hazard. In addition, the company maintains a running list of product recalls on its website. The link is found at the bottom of the home page.

Compatibility/ Connectivity

One underlying principle of the LEGO classic concept is that pieces connect to and be compatible across the whole spectrum of products. With some exceptions, pieces are largely interchangeable. In general, children never age out of the toy since Duplo and Junior blocks are designed to work with the smaller LEGO classic blocks as a he/she grows.

Replacement Parts

Are you missing a piece or have a broken part? No worries. Replacements for missing or broken pieces can easily be ordered (by an adult). Visit this link (https://www.lego.com/en-us/service/replacementparts) to find out how to order or search the main website for ‘Replacement Parts’.

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Diversity of Interests

As a global toy product, LEGO has developed sets and LEGO kits that encompass a wide range of cultures and experiences. No aspect of present life, historical events, or pop culture seems to escape being represented by a LEGO set. Whether it is LEGO Jurassic World toys or cars or architecture that interests the user, imagination is the only limitation for LEGO ideas.

LEGO Apps and Games

Would you like to interact with your favorite LEGO characters in a different way? LEGO Mobile Apps and great LEGO Games (https://www.lego.com/en-us/games) fill the bill. Available for download and online, these age-appropriate digital media are all you need have a LEGO based experience online.

Parent Support

LEGO supports parents in a number of ways. By accessing its “Family” section on its website (https://www.lego.com/en-us/family), parents get valuable LEGO ideas and activities. This site is the go-to place to learn all about LEGO and its products. The link can also be found at the bottom of most pages of the main website.

Buying Guide Questions

How are LEGO Sets Designed?

The original LEGO brick came from a carpenter’s workshop and continued to evolve until the brick in its present form was launched in 1958. The brick with its tubes gives a builder more options than a solid block. Sets in the early days were simple colors and shapes. In the 1960s, Futura, the research and development department, was started and has grown. All sets are designed and tested by this department before marketed to the public.

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How do I Store and Organize my LEGO Products?

Storage tends to be a matter of personal preference. Some owners display their models or use them regularly for play. Other users keep sets organized in original boxes as collector’s items. Some mix all LEGO blocks together in plastic tubs. If you are looking for a more, theme based storage and organizational method, LEGO does offer shoebox type storage containers and larger tubs that look and act like standard LEGO Blocks. These products are available from the largest LEGO retailers and vary in price.

Expert Tip

Building instructions for most Lego sets can be downloaded from the www.lego.com website. The link (https://www.lego.com/en-us/service/buildinginstructions) is also listed at the bottom of the home page. Instructions are searchable by theme, set number and name. These PDF files are available for sets going back approximately 25 years and for all series regardless of the level of expertise or number of pieces. Anyone may download instruction sheets. Proof of purchase is not required.

Did You Know?

LEGO has a VIP Rewards program that offers many benefits to loyal customers. Points are printed on the packaging for each item. For every 100 points saved, the customer earns $5 in rewards which can be redeemed through the companies online store. Monthly promotions and early access to new sets are included in the benefits package. For more information or to register click https://shop.lego.com/en-US/