Best LEGO sets in 2021: LEGO for kids, big and small
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Getting the best LEGO set is one of the few presents that works for five year-olds and 55-year-olds. Proudly place the finished on the mantelpiece or leave the pieces scattered at the bottom of a toy box to one day become something completely different. There are no regrets to buying Lego.
However, today we're looking for the Lego sets that stand out, the kits with real stature and personality. We're keeping it real, though. With an unlimited budget you can get hold of one of the discontinued Lego leviathans, like the original Taj Mahal kit.
UPDATE: There's a new Star Wars LEGO R2-D2 droid set out which comprises over 2,000 pieces and comes with a hidden lightsaber hilt. It will be available from 1 May 2021 for £179.99!
However, we have hunted down the sets you can still buy at their RRP, not the enthusiast packs only a serious collector would consider.
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Best Lego sets
1. Lego 1989 Batmobile
This is a seriously impressive one. Over 3000 pieces make up a gorgeous replica of the 1989 Batmobile, which also has a sliding cockpit, pop-up machine guns, and Batman, Vicky Vale and Joker figurines. It's currently sold out, but will be back in stock soon – so keep your eyes peeled.
2. Lego 10262 Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5
If you've been eagerly awaiting the next James Bond film, this Aston Martin DB5 building set is just the thing to tide you over. The inside is full of the gadgets you'd expect – a concealable radar tracker and door compartment containing a phone, as well as a passenger ejector seat, revolving number plates and bulletproof screens. The most stylish LEGO set on the market, we reckon.
3. Lego 75957 Harry Potter Knight bus
One of the best things about Lego is how many pop culture tie-ins there are – and this Harry Potter Triple Decker bus model is proof of that. With three levels, the toy has an opening side panel and removal roof, as well as a shrunken head and Harry's chest, containing a wand, letter, chocolate bar and potion bottle. Also comes with Harry Potter, Stan Shunpike and Ernie Prang minifigures.
4. Lego 70425 Hidden Side Haunted High School Construction Set
If you're a fan of tech and all it can do to transform play, you'll love this haunted high school construction set. Not only is it fun to build – you've got a bus station, computer lab, library, chemistry room, bell tower and some minifigures – but it also comes with a very cool app. Scan your model and you'll see it come alive – a moving environment that changes as you move.
5. Lego London Skyline Model Building Set
If you're more into realistic scenes than haunted houses or Harry Potter, this is for you. Picturing a beautifully detailed London skyline, you'll build the London Eye, Big Ben and Tower Bridge – it even includes the National Gallery and Nelson’s Column.
6. Creator Colosseum
This is the biggest set LEGO has ever constructed and will take a long time to build. In total there are 9036 pieces - all pretty much the same colour - and the set comes with a 360 degree design that shows off the ampitheater in all its glory.
7. Lego 21319 Ideas Central Perk Friends TV Show Series Collectors Set
Recreate the iconic coffee shop from sitcom Friends with this Central Perk model. It's all there – the couch, the serving counter, a stage for performances, and minifigures of the six friends. The perfect gift for a Friends fanatic.
8. Lego 60138 City Police High-speed Chase playset
Another one for the kids, this high-speed chase playset has everything they need for a thrilling Lego adventure. You can build a police helicopter, pursuit car and a sports car full of stolen loot, and each vehicle features moving parts, accessories including walkie-talkies, handcuffs, gold bars and more, as well as minifigure pilots, police officers and villains.
9. Lego Creator 10267 Confidential Gingerbread House
if you want to give a gift that looks just as Christmassy as the time of year, this is the one. A candy filled facade opens up to display a glowing fireplace, baby carriage and fully furnished house.
10. 1989 Batwing
Following on from the 1989 Batmobile, the 1989 Batwing is a stunning LEGO set that comes with 2363 bricks. It's a really good interpretation of Tim Burton's Batwing design. It includes a mounting bracket and three exclusive mini figures.
11. Star Wars The Child
The Mandalorian has created one of the best Star Wars characters around - The Child, and this LEGO set does the character justice. There are A LOT of green bricks here, with 1073 pieces in total and you also get a gearshift knob element. Size wise, it's 7.5” (19cm) high, 8.5” (21cm) wide and 5” (13cm) deep so will look fantastic on a shelf.
12. Lego 75255 Star Wars Yoda Construction Set
With scores of Baby Yoda memes taking over the internet, we wouldn't be surprised if you'd forgotten about poor old regular Yoda. If you're a diehard fan, however, the character will always be iconic – and how better to celebrate him than with this sixteen inch figure with movable head?
13. 123 Sesame Street
This is a really fun interpretation of the Sesame Street set with a whole host of surprises hidden within the build. You get five Sesame Street mini figures and the brick count is 1367.
14. LEGO Super Mario Adventures
One of the best pairings we have seen, LEGO Mario adventures is a masterclass in combining two of the biggest-ever franchises. This is the starter kit but as it's modular you can buy lots of little add-ons to expand on the game.
15. Lego 11004 Classic Windows of Creativity Brickset
The fancier Lego sets certainly have their place – who doesn't want to build a 1000+ piece replica of a piece of popular culture history? But there's something to be said for keeping it simple, too. This set, with over 400 bricks, is made up of basic blocks, wheels, windows and more to create any number of colourful vehicles. Perfect for that car-mad niece or nephew.