Three best LEGO sets

Lauren Corona

LEGO sets can help kids learn to follow instructions and gain problem-solving skills.

Are you fed up with buying toys that only keep your kids entertained for half an hour? Or are you an adult who wants something fun and creative to keep you busy? LEGO is not only fun but also educational, and the bricks let users create whatever's in their imagination. But with the hundreds of options available, it can be tough to decide which LEGO set to choose.

Whether you want to build from scratch or follow instructions to create a miniature city, this guide can help you find the best LEGO set for you.

Considerations when choosing LEGO sets

Age level

Think about the age of the LEGO user. If you're buying a set for yourself or another adult, look for one that is complex and challenging. If you're buying for young children, make sure the set you choose is suitable for their age. All LEGO sets feature a recommended age level written on the package, so if you stick to this, you should be fine.

Kits vs. bricks

The majority of LEGO sets are kits that make a particular model or scene. Of course, you can use the bricks to make other things, but the intention is to use the set to make the specific model in the instruction booklet. You can also find LEGO sets that are just a collection of various bricks that you can use to create whatever you choose.  

Project size

Does the person you're buying for want to embark on a mammoth LEGO-building adventure, or would a smaller project that can be finished in a few hours be more suitable? If you're buying a set for children, smaller projects are generally better unless you know they enjoy a challenge.

LEGO set features

Theme: LEGO sets are grouped into different themes. Some of the current themes available include Architect (featuring replicas of buildings and landmarks), Boost (focused on building and coding robots), Friends (relating to fun and friendship and aimed at younger LEGO fans), Classic (assortments of various bricks to use as you please), and Star Wars (featuring characters, scenes, and spacecraft from the Star Wars universe).

Number of pieces: Small LEGO sets might include 50 to 150 pieces and shouldn't take long to put together, even for beginning builders. If you want more of a challenge, look for sets that contain a few hundred to a thousand pieces. The largest LEGO sets have in excess of 7,000 pieces.

LEGO set prices: LEGO sets vary widely in price, generally due to the size of the set and the number of pieces it contains, but you'll also find variations in price by theme. The smallest LEGO sets with fewer than 100 pieces start at $5 to $10, while mammoth sets with 5,000 or more pieces can cost up to $500. You can generally expect to pay around $60 to $150 for an average LEGO set with 500 to 1,000 pieces.


Q. Are there any LEGO sets with moving parts?

A. Yes, you can find a handful of LEGO sets with motors and moving parts, including some robot-building kits.

Q. How old does a child need to be to move from DUPLO to LEGO?

A. That depends on your child's fine motor skills, but most kids move from DUPLO to standard LEGO around age five. Some children might be capable of using LEGO earlier, but be sure to supervise them closely, due to the small parts in some sets.

Q. Can I buy individual bricks separately?

A. If you've lost a vital piece of LEGO from your set or you've dreamed up an amazing creation that you need some extra parts for, never fear. You can buy individual LEGO pieces in the LEGO Store or online.

LEGO sets we recommend

Best of the best: LEGO City Trains Cargo Train 

Our take: A LEGO train set you can build and play with - ideal for train lovers of all ages.

What we like: Not only can you build the train, carriages, and station, but you also get working forklifts and a track for the train to run on.

What we dislike: Expensive.

Best bang for your buck: LEGO Disney Frozen Arendelle Castle Celebration 

Our take: Build Arendelle castle and play using the included Anna, Elsa, and Olaf figurines. A must-have for fans of the film.

What we like: The large LEGO bricks make it easy to build. Offers excellent value for the money.

What we dislike: Might be too easy for experienced LEGO builders.

Choice 3: LEGO Star Wars Death Star Final Duel 

Our take: Star Wars enthusiasts of all ages will relish the chance to build the scene where Luke and Darth Vader had their final battle.

What we like: Large 724-piece set will keep you busy for weeks. Includes Luke, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and two Royal Guard mini figures.

What we dislike: Too complex for younger LEGO fans.

Lauren Corona is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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