Best LEGO sets 2020: LEGO for kids, big and small
The Best LEGO sets are all you need to help through lockdown
A 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: If you're already running out of activities with the family, we suggest you join in with LEGO's new initiative #letsbuildtogether. The brick-making maestros will be sharing daily building challenges on their social channels all in the hopes they can make the lockdown a little less stressful for parents. Manchester's Legoland Discovery Centre is also getting in on the action thanks to live-stream challenges from Master Builder James Windle. There are prizes to be won for the most creative designs, so get building and log-on to Legoland Manchester's Facebook Page for more and follow the hashtag #letsbuildtogether on Twitter.
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 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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?
10. 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.