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 2021 that help explain the draw of this simple concept.
View the Best Lego Sets for the Money, Below.
- LEGO Architecture 21019 The Eiffel Tower
- LEGO 6213412 Roller Coaster 10261
- LEGO Friends Mia’s Tree House 41335
- LEGO Architecture New York City 21028
- 2020 Lego Star Wars TM Advent Calendar 75213
- LEGO Architecture London 21034
- Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Kit 75954
- LEGO Minecraft The Skeleton Attack 21146
- LEGO City Passenger Train Kit 60197
- LEGO Marvel Infinity War Thanos Ultimate Battle 76107
- LEGO Architecture Las Vegas 21047
- LEGO Friends Heartlake City Resort 6213498
LEGO Architecture 21019 The Eiffel Tower
- Accurate representation of the original in color and detail.
- Size (4”x 4”x 12”) allows for easy display
- Informative booklet included
- List price of $39.99 USD
- Suitable for girls and boys ages 12+
- Compatible with other Architecture series sets
This set of 321 pieces is suitable for girls and boys age 12 and older. When complete, it creates the LEGO version of the iconic Eiffel Tower in France. The model’s final dimensions are 4 inches square and 12 inches high. Included in the set is information about the original structure and instructions for construction.
Available since 2014, pieces are compatible with other Lego construction sets. The picture on the front of the box shows the stylized design of this tower.
This set makes an excellent choice for anyone that has a budding interest in the construction field. Unlike other types of models, when one has tired displaying it, the pieces can be used to create other designs.
LEGO 6213412 Roller Coaster 10261
- New for 2018
- Expert difficulty level - 16+ years
- Operates manually or can be automated with M-motor upgrade
This multi-functional roller coaster is a new product in the Creator series of LEGO sets. Including 4124 parts, the builder can assemble a working roller coaster that is 20 inches high, 34 inches long and 16 inches wide. To complete the illusion, the set includes 11 figures, architectural and decorative elements.
Operate this coaster by manually by pulling the chain lift or upgrade to a motorized version with the addition of the LEGO Power Functions M-Motor (not included).
For the true LEGO expert, this animated setup can give hours of enjoyment during assembly and then be used to give rides to LEGO inhabitants. Not simply an up-and-down oval, the coaster loops underneath the main structure.
Multiple cars can be used at the same time to better simulate an actual roller coaster operation. Add other Creator series rides to have your own working amusement park.
LEGO Friends Mia’s Tree House 41335
- 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
The Friends Mia’s Tree House meets the needs of younger builders ages 6-12 years. The design takes the universal concept of a treehouse and adds figures of Mia and her brother, 2 animals and several decorative elements such as signs, toys, and a bunny house. Architectural features include a zip line for easy escape and scramble ladder.
Small items such as storage chest and ghost story book add adventure to the picture. While the treehouse itself is small - roughly 6 inches high, 6 inches wide and 6 inches deep, the play expands when the bunny house and archway are added.
There are enough details added to the basic treehouse to jump start a young mind but not too much to overwhelm the concept. Other Friends sets such as the Heartlake Skate Park can be added to expand the experience.
LEGO Architecture New York City 21028
- Size (10”x 10”x 9”) allows for easy display
- Suitable for anyone age 12+
- Informative booklet included
- Detailed replica of NYC skyline that is true in color and scale
Create a skyline view of New York City with this Architecture series LEGO kit that includes representations of the Flatiron, Chrysler and Empire State buildings as well as the Statue of Liberty and One World Trade Center. All in similar scales, a New York City name plate adds the finishing touch to this collection of true color models.
Designed for those 12+ years of age, 598 pieces come together for a finished size of 10 inches by 10 inches by 9 inches. An informational booklet is included a history of each structure.
A single platform allows the assembled model to be moved and displayed. A “New York City” nameplate finishes off the display quality set. Unlike other models, this one can be dismantled to be used for general LEGO fun.
2020 Lego Star Wars TM Advent Calendar 75213
- Suitable for an Star Wars fan
- Unique way to bring in the holidays
- Reversible play mat included
- Collect them or use them with other Star Wars ™ sets.
This 2021 version of the Star Wars ™ Advent Calendar offers a galactic style countdown to the holidays. Each door opens to find a mini figure, building element, vehicle or droid. Once all 24 gifts are opened, the package reveals a fold-out play mat with ice and desert world scenes.
Each gift is collectible on its own or can be used with other Star Wars ™ themed sets. The set includes a number of weapons suitable for battle against the dark side forces. A festive snowman and decorated moisture vaporator keep the holiday spirit alive. This set includes 309 pieces.
If you are looking for a non-traditional advent calendar, then this is a great choice. Prepackaged and ready to go, this will only add to the excitement of the holidays.
LEGO Architecture London 21034
- Suitable for ages 12+
- Display size of 5”x 3”x 11”
- Decorative name plate included
- Informative booklet included
This set of six recognizable buildings includes Big Ben (the Elizabeth Tower) and the Tower Bridge, as well as the National Gallery, the London Eye, and Nelson’s Column. With 468 pieces and a completed size of 5 inches high, 3 inches deep and 11 inches wide, the set is sure to interest anyone ages 12 and older.
An informative booklet is included that describes each of the structures and gives interesting facts about each. A decorative “London” nameplate completes the model so it can be displayed. A part of the Architecture Skyline series, it is compatible with other sets in the series.
A great way to remember a trip abroad or to enhance a study of the United Kingdom, this set offers a small but accurate replica of London. As with any LEGO model, the set can be dismantled and put back together for hours of fun.
Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Kit 75954
- New for 2018
- Suitable for Hogwarts fans ages 9-14.
- Includes 4 level Tower for added play
Bring the Great Hall of Hogwarts to life with this new addition to the Harry Potter Hogwarts collection. On one side of the LEGO kit is the Great Hall in all its gothic glory. Turn the model around and you are inside the Great Hall awaiting Dumbledore to call the houses to order. Recommended for ages 9-14, the 878 piece set includes mini figures and accessories to put the finishing touches on this action setting.
From reversible banners, fireplace, tables, and benches to the food on the tables and brooms standing ready to whisk students away, this replica offers hours of role-play options. The 4-level Tower holds a treasure room and other spaces for specialized action. The complete structure measures 14 inches high, 11 inches wide and 7 inches deep.
This set is a must-have for Harry Potter fans. Its detailed design offers multiple options for role play with your favorite Hogwarts characters. Includes a total of 14 Hogwarts characters in mini figure or buildable form.
LEGO Minecraft The Skeleton Attack 21146
- For young people 8 years of age and older
- Modular buildings for different layouts
- Size varies according to layout
Be safe from the Skeleton Attack by assembling this shelter with all the comforts of home. Fans of the Minecraft video game can continue the adventure offline in this multi-functional design with all the mini figures and decorative elements needed to prepare for defense. Intended for those over 8 years of age, the 457 piece set makes modular buildings that can be placed in many configurations.
The set comes complete with stone sword, red sheep, 2 skeleton men, and one skeleton horseman as well as furnishings and surprise trapdoor. While there are many different layouts this LEGO kit could take, the primary layout measures 6 inches high, 10 inches wide and 7 inches deep.
In general for young builders familiar with the Minecraft video platform, this set still offers a unique set of variations that can appeal to any creative user. Create a Halloween themed display or use with other minifigures as available.
LEGO City Passenger Train Kit 60197
- Working training with its own track
- Suitable for ages 6-12 years of age.
- Bluetooth remote (10 speeds)
- Overall size depends on track layout. Train 4” high and 27” long
All aboard for the ride of a lifetime as this LEGO City series passenger train gets ready for its next run. Suitable for children ages 6-12, this 677 piece set includes a motorized engine with 10 speed remote, 2 passenger cars, loading platform, and its own track. Accessories include mini figure passengers, conductor and attendant and food and drink suitable for eating in the dining car.
Overall dimensions vary depending on track layout but the train itself stands 4 inches high, 27 inches long and 1 inch wide. Batteries are required and not included. Remote is Bluetooth enabled and does not work on older models of this kit.
This train set adds a unique element to your LEGO City collection. First assemble the train then configure the track and put it through its paces with the 10 speed remote. What better way to get your passengers to their destinations.
LEGO Marvel Infinity War Thanos Ultimate Battle 76107
- Detailed replica of The Guardians’ Ship
- Recommended for ages 8-14
- Main model 3”x 8”x 18”
Join three members of the Avengers team as they fly The Guardians’ Ship for the Ultimate Battle. Part of the LEGO Marvel super heroes series, this 674 piece set for ages 8-14 generates a replica of The Guardians’ Ship with its open cockpit, mini figures, rear compartment, and removable roof. A buildable space scooter, Infinity Gauntlet, and Thanos figure add to the experience.
Mini figures of Iron Man, Star-Lord and Gamora come with their characteristic weapons. When complete, the ship can be “flown” in imaginative play to simulate The Ultimate Battle. Approximate size of The Guardians’ Ship is 3 inches high, 8 inches deep and 18 inches wide.
Open up your favorite comic book featuring this Avenger’s transportation system and dramatize the storyline for some real adventure. The ship can be displayed or used for hours of superhero fun.
LEGO Architecture Las Vegas 21047
- Suitable for those ages 12+
- Las Vegas nameplate included for display
- Informative booklet included
- Size is 7” wide by 10” tall by 2 “ deep
Time to try your luck and take a walk down the strip with this replica of some of Las Vegas’ most recognizable places. Three hotels, the Bellagio, Luxor, and Encore, are tucked in alongside the Stratosphere Tower and a section of Freemont Street.
This collection is a perfect addition to the many other cityscape sets offered by LEGO. It is impressive when displayed or the pieces can be used to create any number of projects.
LEGO Friends Heartlake City Resort 6213498
- Part of the Friends series for ages 7-12
- The main model is 10” high, 20” wide and 11” deep.
This building kit for a beachside resort, water park restaurant and juice bar will keep the four mini figure friends entertained for many hours. With 1017 pieces that include toys, food, and other necessities of hotel life, this kit has it all. Recommended for ages 7-12, the resort sports a rooftop terrace and monorail as well as dance floor and lobby.
This resort is a nice addition to the Heartlake community and gives hours of role play time pretending to be on vacation or just enjoying a day at the water park. The kit comes with many accessories that add to the role play experience.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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/