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The best Lego sets in 2021

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For anyone familiar with Lego, you’ll be aware these colourful, connectable bricks, no matter how old you are, don’t age-discriminate. But how to pick out the best Lego sets? After all, you’ll also know that Lego comes in all shapes and sizes: from the hand-sized to the table fillers, spanning a number of franchises including Marvel, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Frozen. Any piece from any line would make an ideal gifts, but the wonder of Lego isn’t reserved just for Christmas - it’s valid the entire year round. And with new ranges emerging at any given point because, let’s face it, Lego is something that sells globally and by the truckload, there’s no sign of one of the most famous toy brands going away any time soon.

It doesn’t matter if you’re settling down to begin a build after Christmas dinner or while avoiding the summer heat on a sticky July day: any time is a good time for Lego, trust us, so here are the best Lego sets every brick enthusiast should be seeking out in 2021.

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Best Lego sets - Star Wars

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If you've ever dreamed of taking the Millennium Falcon for a spin or wondering around the Mos Eisley Cantina, Lego's Star Wars range going to be right up your alley. Some of the best Lego sets depict a galaxy far, far away, and we've listed our favorites - along with the best deals - below.

Top 5 Star Wars sets

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LEGO Millennium Falcon (75257)

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LEGO Millennium Falcon (75257)

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LEGO Millennium Falcon (75257)

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1. Millennium Falcon

The best Star Wars Lego set

Specifications
Item number: 75257
Pieces: 1,353
Minifigures: 5
Ages: 9+
Reasons to buy
+Faithful recreation+Hidden details+Reasonable price
Reasons to avoid
-Not as good as the Ultimate version

As all Star Wars fans will attest, being a collector can be punishing on the bank balance. Star Wars Lego is no exception; many sets are eye-wateringly expensive. That's what makes this new budget version of the Millennium Falcon so eye-catching. You're getting the galaxy's greatest hunk o' junk at a reasonable price, but that doesn't come at the cost of authenticity.

Based on the ship's appearance in Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, it's not short on details; lift the lid and you'll find individual rooms, trusty smuggling compartments, and a mini-fig crew including a dashingly middle-aged Lando. The Ultimate Collector Series edition may be more feature-rich, but this one's no slouch. It's a loving recreation that'd take pride of place on any shelf.

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Lego Imperial TIE Fighter (75300)

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LEGO Imperial TIE Fighter (75300)

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LEGO Imperial TIE Fighter (75300)

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2. Imperial TIE Fighter

The best cheap Lego Star Wars set

Specifications
Item number: 75300
Pieces: 432
Minifigures: 3
Ages: 8+
Reasons to buy
+Looks amazing+Affordable+Easy to build
Reasons to avoid
-Loses out on detail

If you want a cheap kit that still screams 'Star Wars', this TIE Fighter is one of the best Lego sets around. While there are less expensive options, it's a picture-perfect recreation of the ship that's great value in terms of price.

Because it's got 432 pieces, the TIE Fighter is also a good choice for kids or fans that don't want anything too overwhelming; it's relatively easy to build but doesn't look tacky. In addition, it provides enough of a challenge to be enjoyable without becoming frustrating. A good choice all round, in other words.

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LEGO Imperial Star Destroyer (75252)

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LEGO Imperial Star Destroyer (75252)

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LEGO Imperial Star Destroyer (75252)

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3. Imperial Star Destroyer

The best premium Lego Star Wars set

Specifications
Item number: 75252
Pieces: 4,784
Minifigures: 2
Ages: 16+
Reasons to buy
+Incredible attention to detail+Absolutely huge+Challenging to build
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive

The original Star Wars has one of the most iconic openings of all time, and you can memorialize it with this hyper-detailed mega kit. As one of Lego's premium 'Ultimate Collector Series' sets, the Imperial Star Destroyer is expensive but of an exceptionally high quality.

Made up of a whopping 4,784 pieces, this is a huge undertaking. The effort's worth it, though. Few builds are as impressive as this one, and the sheer size of it is staggering (it comes with a scale Tantive IV, for heaven's sake). If you're hunting down the best Lego sets, this fits the bill - and then some. 

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Lego Baby Yoda

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Lego Baby Yoda

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Lego Baby Yoda

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4. Baby Yoda (the Child)

The best Lego Star Wars character set

Specifications
Item number: 75318
Pieces: 1,075
Minifigures: 1
Ages: 10+
Reasons to buy
+Adorable+Posable features+Comes with extra mini-fig
Reasons to avoid
-Love it or hate it design

Remember when we couldn't find Baby Yoda toys anywhere? That's not a problem anymore. This chonky unit might be the best of the bunch, and it captures everything we love about the Disney Plus character - right down to the little gearshift toy he likes to play with.

Standing at 7.5 inches tall, this adorable little gremlin has posable parts (you can move its ears, mouth, and head) to go with a Baby Yoda minifig that sits on its own commemorative plaque. Frankly, it's one of the best Lego sets on cute-factor alone.

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LEGO Mos Eisley Cantina

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Lego Mos Eisley Cantina

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Lego Mos Eisley Cantina

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5. Mos Eisley Cantina

The best Star Wars Lego scene

Specifications
Item number: 75290
Pieces: 3,187
Minifigures: 21
Ages: 18+
Reasons to buy
+Captures that Cantina feel+Loads of Easter eggs+21 minifigures
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

This most wretched hive of scum and villainy is hard to get hold of, but the effort is worthwhile. With an impressive 3,187 pieces and 21 mini-figs that are ready for a drink at this seedy Tatooine bar, the Mos Eisley Cantina is easily one of the best Lego sets for Star Wars fans.

While it isn't Lego's only premium Star Wars kit, it's something of a standout nonetheless thanks to the wealth of references that are crammed into every available inch of space. Besides the booth where Han shot Greedo, you're getting a Cantina band to set the mood, alien extras pulled straight from A New Hope, the first Lego V-35 speeder, and even a Dewback mount for your Stormtroopers to ride around on. It's a brick-based masterpiece.


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Best Lego sets - Harry Potter

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The world of Hogwarts, witchcraft, and wizardry is perfect for the brick treatment - the school alone is full of hidden secrets that result in fantastic Easter eggs. That's why the Harry Potter range is home to some of the best Lego sets; they capture the childlike wonder of the series with ease. We've listed a few of our favorites right here, and you can find more deals further down the page.

Top 5 Harry Potter sets

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LEGO Harry Potter

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LEGO Harry Potter

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LEGO Harry Potter

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1. Hogwarts Express

The best Harry Potter Lego set

Specifications
Item number: 75955
Pieces: 801
Minifigures: 5
Ages: 8+
Reasons to buy
+Iconic setting+Relatively affordable+Plenty of Easter eggs
Reasons to avoid
-Could do with more minifigures

Beyond the castle itself, few things say 'Hogwarts' more than the Hogwarts Express. This miniature version of the train is stuffed with nods to the series (The Prisoner of Azkaban in particular), and it's right up there as one of the best Lego sets as a result.

Besides the iconic steam engine itself, one of the coolest things about this kit is its take on Platform 9¾ - including the magic wall you run through to reach the train. It also features Harry, Ron, Hermione, Professor Lupin, and a Dementor. Even the Trolley Witch makes an appearance in mini-fig form. Anything from the trolley, dears?

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LEGO Hogwarts Moments: Charms Class (76385)

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LEGO Hogwarts Moments: Charms Class (76385)

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LEGO Hogwarts Moments: Charms Class (76385)

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2. Hogwarts Moment: Charms Class

The best cheap Harry Potter Lego set

Specifications
Item number: 76385
Pieces: 256
Minifigures: 3
Ages: 8+
Reasons to buy
+Inexpensive+Unusual 'book' design+Won't take up loads of space
Reasons to avoid
-No Hermione for "Wingardium Leviosaaaah" moments

The best Lego sets can be rather expensive, especially when it comes to Harry Potter. That's what makes this particular kit so appealing - it's incredibly cheap but still captures the magic (no pun intended) of the franchise.

Portraying the boy wizard's Charms classroom, it comes with Harry himself, fellow student and one-time love interest Cho Chang, and Professor Flitwick (before he had a makeover in the third film, that is). In a cool twist, the set actually folds up into a little book featuring the Hogwarts crest.

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LEGO Hogwarts Castle (71043)

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LEGO Harry Potter

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LEGO Hogwarts Castle (71043)

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3. Hogwarts Castle

The best premium Harry Potter Lego set

Specifications
Item number: 71043
Pieces: 6,020
Minifigures: 4
Ages: 16+
Reasons to buy
+Perfect recreation of the castle+Straight up iconic+Loads of hidden details
Reasons to avoid
-Oh-so expensive

Despite being gut-wrenchingly expensive, there's no denying how cool this kit is. It recreates Hogwarts Castle in full, right down to the little row-boats newcomers ride during their first visit. The Whomping Willow and Hagrid's hut make an appearance, too.

Staffed by 27 micro-figures and riddled with Easter eggs (ranging from classrooms to the Chamber of Secrets), it's a treasure-trove of nostalgia. Building the thing is an impressive feat as well - there are more than 6,000 pieces to this mammoth kit, making it a contender for the title of 'best Lego sets' in terms of scale alone.

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LEGO Hedwig (75979)

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LEGO Hedwig (75979)

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LEGO Hedwig (75979)

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4. Hedwig

The best Lego Harry Potter character set

Specifications
Item number: 75979
Pieces: 630
Minifigures: 2
Ages: 10+
Reasons to buy
+Small and manageable+Moving wings+Harry and Hedwig mini-figs
Reasons to avoid
-More fragile thanks to the wing mechanism

One of the most memorable scenes from the series sees Harry flying his owl one snowy day, and you can immortalise that moment with this kit. Unlike so many of the best Lego sets, it also has moveable parts - a special mechanism flaps the model's wings up and down. It's a neat party trick.

Better still, you get a mini Hedwig and Harry (bedecked in his winter robes and scarf) to go with the larger version. Because they all sit on rather lovely stands, they double as a cool display piece if you're in need of some Harry Potter for your shelf.

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LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall (75954)

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LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall (75954)

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LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall (75954)

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5. Hogwarts Great Hall

The best Lego Harry Potter scene

Specifications
Item number: 75954
Pieces: 878
Minifigures: 10
Ages: 9+
Reasons to buy
+Looks amazing+Good value+Great range of mini-figs
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey

Want maximum bang for buck? Eager to grab just one of the best Lego sets? If you're a Harry Potter fan, this is a great choice. Besides getting you what is arguably the most iconic part of Hogwarts castle, this kit includes a great selection of mini-figs to populate it with. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Hagrid... they're all present and correct. Even Nearly Headless Nick and Professor Quirrell are along for the ride.

More importantly, there are loads of cool secrets to find as well. Whether it's swappable images for the Mirror of Erised, Professor Dumbledore's moving staircase, or the Sorting Hat, this is a set stuffed full of nostalgia.


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Best Lego sets - Marvel

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Marvel is one of the biggest franchises in the world right now thanks to the Avengers and Spider-Man, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that it's got some of the best Lego sets as well. Ranging from movie adaptations to kits based on comics and cartoons, there's something to suit everyone in this range. There are even sets for unreleased films like the latest Spider-Man, so it's worth a look even if you just want a glimpse of what's next for your favorite heroes.

Top 3 Marvel sets

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LEGO Iron Man Hall of Armor (76125)

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LEGO Iron Man Hall of Armor (76125)

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LEGO Iron Man Hall of Armor (76125)

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1. Iron Man Hall of Armor

The best Marvel Lego set overall

Specifications
Item number: 76125
Pieces: 524
Minifigures: 6
Ages: 7+
Reasons to buy
+5 Iron Man suits+Very cool MCU throwback+Loads of extras
Reasons to avoid
-Missing some of the coolest armor

Tony Stark kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008, and he's been the closest thing to a franchise mascot the series has had. That's why this is one of the best Lego sets for lovers of Marvel; it brings together a truly memorable location with some of the most iconic Iron Man suits we've seen over the past decade.

More specifically, you're getting the original MK 1 armor Tony used to escape his captors in the first film, the briefcase MK 5 suit from Iron Man 2, the black and gold MK 41, and the nanotech MK 50 from Infinity War. Throw in some Outriders (those monstrous henchmen of Thanos) to go with an assembly area and you're left with a very cool ode to the MCU. The inclusion of a Hulkbuster-style Igor suit from Iron Man 3 is also a nice touch.

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LEGO Black Panther Dragon Flyer (76186)

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LEGO Black Panther Dragon Flyer (76186)

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LEGO Black Panther Dragon Flyer (76186)

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2. Black Panther Dragon Flyer

The best cheap Marvel Lego set

Specifications
Item number: 76186
Pieces: 202
Minifigures: 3
Ages: 8+
Reasons to buy
+T'Challa and Shuri+Awesome Wakandan ship+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-No Okoye

NOTE: This set launches in the USA this August 1, 2021.

Marvel hit a homerun with the Black Panther movie in 2018, so being able to get some of its best bits in brick form for such a reasonable price is awesome; that blend of fan-service and affordability makes it a great budget option for anyone who wants an MCU hit without breaking the bank. It's got some very cool features to sweeten the deal, too.

Naturally, T'Challa himself is front and center in this set. Bedecked in the kinetic suit from his solo film and laced with purple energy, it's a great mini-fig that - much like the fantastic Shuri model - perfectly captures the character. However, the Dragon Flyer is the real star of the show. It's got an adjustable cockpit for vertical 'hovering', and that's a neat ode to the ship which inspired it.

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LEGO Daily Bugle (76178)

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LEGO Daily Bugle (76178)

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LEGO Daily Bugle (76178)

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3. Daily Bugle

The best premium Marvel Lego set

Specifications
Item number: 76178
Pieces: 3,772
Minifigures: 25
Ages: 18+
Reasons to buy
+Crammed with references+Loads of characters+Exclusive mini-figs
Reasons to avoid
-Lego Store exclusive

Few buildings in the Marvel universe are more iconic than the Daily Bugle. The home of New York City's favorite fictional publication and one Spidey-hating J. Jonah Jameson, it's been around since the 1960s. This kit makes the most of that history thanks to numerous Easter eggs, and the entire thing is more than 3,000 pieces strong.

Featuring a wealth of Spider-Man characters (25 mini-figs, to be precise), this is hands-down one of the best Lego sets for fans of Marvel's webhead. Besides Peter Parker and his superhero alter-ego, you're getting the most notable Bugle staff, Spider-Verse allies like Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen, foes including Green Goblin, and supporting players such as Aunt May. It's the ultimate Spider-Man collectible.


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