Best Lego sets 2024: Must-have kits from Star Wars to Marvel

Getting your hands on the best Lego sets can be a daunting task; there are enough kits out there these days to make it like looking for a brick in a haystack. More than a dozen ranges and countless models are available, so narrowing down that list isn't easy. Even browsing through the catalog can be intimidating.

With that in mind, our brick-building experts and I have been busy rounding up our favorite kits here. After extensive hands-on testing, we'd argue that these are the best Lego sets overall in terms of design, build, and satisfaction. If you ask me, they also deserve to be in every collection.

Because this guide includes everything from the wizarding world of Harry Potter to a galaxy far, far away, you should be able to find something that appeals to you no matter your interests. Our price-matching software is always on the lookout for discounts as well, so available reductions will be listed beside each entry.

Want to save as much as possible? Not to worry - 2024's Prime Day Lego deals are just a few days away, and we'll be on-hand to bring you the best bargains.

Written by
Benjamin Abbott, Tabletop & Merch Editor at GamesRadar
Written by
Benjamin Abbott

Benjamin has been building Lego sets ever since he was able to click those multi-colored bricks together. He's also been writing about them professionally for more than five years.

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June 17, 2024: This guide has been updated with a new entry, the Millennium Falcon (75375), which replaces an old version as the best Star Wars Lego set.

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Best Lego set overall

The lord of the bricks

Specifications

Price: $499.99 / £429.99
Ages: 18+
Pieces: 6,167
Item number: 10316

Reasons to buy

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Jaw-dropping once finished
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Lots of hidden details
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Clever design solutions

Reasons to avoid

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Takes up lots of space
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Time-consuming build
Buy it if:

You enjoy hidden details: Lego Rivendell is crammed with Easter eggs. More so than other kits, even. It feels as if every inch hides a fun nod to the movies.

You want one of the prettiest Lego sets: Lego has used every trick and workaround for this kit. More importantly, it's gorgeous - those pastel roof tiles are beautiful, and the numerous trees add an eye-catching splash of autumnal color. 

Don't buy it if:

You don't have much space: Unfortunately, this kit is massive - it's a sprawling build that will happily take up most of a table or shelf. Anyone without much room at home is out of luck.

You aren't keen on long builds: Even though we've seen some people finish it in around 15 hours, it took us closer to 25. Be wary if you're low on time.

What you need to know: There's something breathtaking about this kit. Photos don't do it justice; they can't capture how sprawling, intricate, and well-considered Lego Rivendell is. It uses every trick in the company's playbook, and there's a sense of fierce creativity powering it.

What it's like to build: Although it's not for the faint of heart due to its 6K pieces, 50 bags, and 20-hour build time, Lego Rivendell is all the more satisfying as a result. It's not necessarily difficult, either. Thanks to concise instructions that are incredibly clear, it avoids any kind of confusion as you put it together section by section (the project is split into three manageable chunks).You'll be kept amused by numerous facts and the daddest of dad jokes dotted throughout these books, too. 

Design: Sure, Lego Rivendell is an investment in terms of time and money. But good lord, the outlay is worthwhile. Few other sets are as intricate as this, and it's riddled with secrets that range from tiny maps of Middle-earth to Bilbo's red book. In fact, there are more than a few cubby-holes that serve as cute little dioramas; every time you look at it, there's something new to discover.

The bottom line: All this makes Rivendell one of the best Lego sets. As in, ever. It's a magnificent design that demonstrates everything these kits can be. 

Best Lego sets - Star Wars

She's got it where it counts

Specifications

Price: $84.99 / £74.99
Ages: 18+
Pieces: 921
Minifigures: None
Item number: 75375

Reasons to buy

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Excellent size for display
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Cheaper than other versions
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Captures the iconic design perfectly

Reasons to avoid

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Fiddly to build at times
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Instructions aren't always clear
Buy it if:

You want the most iconic Star Wars ship without breaking the bank: There are other Millennium Falcon sets out there, but this is the most reasonable in price. It doesn't compromise on quality, though.

You don't have lots of display space: Because this is a smaller kit that won't need an entire table to itself, it'll fit beautifully into most setups.

Don't buy it if:

You want, or already have, the bigger ones: Even though this is a fantastic kit, the bigger versions obviously boast more detail and come with a host of minifigures to crew them. Want the best of the best? Go for those.

You're looking for a playset: Any young padawans wanting a toy they can play with will be disappointed with this one – it doesn't come off the stand and is too fragile to be carried around.

At a glance: Of the many spaceships flying across a galaxy far, far away, none are more iconic than Han Solo's battered pile of junk. Although there have been plenty of Millennium Falcon Lego sets before now, this version of the Corellian YT freighter is much more affordable and easier to display. However, it still packs an impressive level of detail despite being smaller.

Build: In contrast to the other Falcon kits, this one isn't going to take you long to construct. You can be showing off your work within a couple of hours, and the process is pretty laid back on the whole. That doesn't mean it isn't satisfying, though. You'll spend a lot of time snapping panels together to make the ship's curves, for example, and the weighty 'click' as you connect them is oddly satisfying.

Is it perfect? No. Certain portions are fiddly, and the instructions could be a lot clearer – it's not always obvious where you're putting new pieces. But these are niggles in the grand scheme of things. Plus, it gets a lot right; there aren't any stickers in sight, for starters.

Design: Even though this is the smallest of the three Lego Millennium Falcon sets available right now, it's still crammed with detail. As a case in point, there are some welcome but unnecessary Easter eggs which leave an impression precisely because they aren't needed. More specifically, you'll place studs that depict memorable scenes (such as A New Hope's holo-chess game) during the early stages of this build, but they're quickly covered up and never seen again. In much the same way, clever use of 'greebles' lend the kit that recognizably battered look without overcrowding its hull. Lego could have cut corners here, yet it didn't.

There are compromises, of course; the set's modest footprint makes that inevitable. There's a weird gap in the cockpit neck, for instance, and it's a shame the cockpit itself doesn't feature plastic windows. You can't display it off the stand, either. But on the whole, this Millennium Falcon achieves a lot in spite of any limitations. It looks fantastic at a distance or up close, and won't dominate your living space like the Ultimate Collector Series or Rise of Skywalker alternatives.

The bottom line: Unless you're willing to drop a lot of money and display space, this is comfortably the best Millennium Falcon kit and one of the best Lego Star Wars sets overall. It isn't perfect, but comes pretty damn close – she's got it where it counts.

Best Lego sets - Harry Potter

It's just like magic

Specifications

Price: $429.99 / £369.99
Ages: 18+
Pieces: 4,801
Minifigures: 13
Item number: 71043

Reasons to buy

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You won't find another like it
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Chock-full of details
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Surprisingly sturdy

Reasons to avoid

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Some disappointing stickers
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Expensive if you just want the building for your Diagon Alley collection
Buy it if:

You're a thirty-something millennial: For those of us that have taken the Pottermore Sorting Hat Quiz more times than they can count, this is an essential purchase. It captures everything that's magical about this movie location.

You have the rest of Diagon Alley: The top half of this build fits in perfectly with Lego's previous Diagon Alley set, so Gringotts will be a great addition to your collection if you already have its neighbors.

Don't buy it if:

You're saving your galleons for Hogwarts Castle: If you're only thinking of getting one (or one big) Lego set from Harry Potter, we'd argue that Hogwarts itself is probably a better purchase simply because it's more iconic.  

It's going to live in a home with young kids: It's truly impressive that this kit is so stable despite its precarious look, but that isn't to say it'll survive contact with the grabby hands of little ones. 

What you need to know: We were very skeptical about how this was all going to work when the new version of Lego Gringotts was announced; it looked… well, unstable. Wouldn't it just collapse under its own weight? As it turns out, no. It says a lot about Lego's engineering that this thing is so robust, and that's the least impressive thing on show here.

What it's like to build: This enormous kit is spread across four instruction books and 31 bags. It's also built from the bottom up, so you'll start with the caverns and work your way toward the bank itself. While a lot of the work is structural (that 18+ rating is more to do with the monotony of plonking down row after row of 1 x 1 pieces or thin strips to make up walls), the rooms and vaults are a joy to construct. The 50-odd stickers let the wind out of our sails, but otherwise, it's like making a wizarding doll's house.

Design: When fully built, this is a real sight behold. The bank seems to hover impossibly atop its mine cart-laced stand, and as with so many of the best Lego sets, it feels as if there are new details to discover on every other brick. Thanks to that artfully wonky facade, it's the spitting image of the movie location as well.

The overabundance of stickers won't be to everyone's tastes, but it's difficult to argue with everything else. It's one of the company's best modular builds to date, and runs rings around other Lego Harry Potter sets in terms of ambition.

The bottom line: Fans of Lego Harry Potter will find this kit to be a stunning build. It might actually be one of Lego's best modular sets, and it's crammed with a stunning level of detail.

Best Lego sets - Marvel

4. Lego Sanctum Sanctorum

Strange happenings

Specifications

Prioce: $249.99 / £214,99
Ages: 18+
Pieces: 2708
Minifigures: 9
Item number: 76218

Reasons to buy

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Intricate, beautiful design
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So much fan service
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Swappable walls for diorama changes

Reasons to avoid

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Minifigs could have more variety
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Lots of stickers
Buy it if:

You like setting up dioramas: Anyone that likes making scenes for visitors to explore will love this. Its abundance of minifigures and rooms in which to pose them (to say nothing of their little accessories) are perfect for mini dioramas.

You love the mystical side of Marvel: Even though Spider-Man and Iron Man are present, this is an ode to all things magical in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Doctor Strange is your favorite hero, you'll find lots to like about the Sanctum Sanctorum. 

Don't buy it if:

You aren't a big fan of Doctor Strange: This goes without saying, but anyone that's not too fussed about Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme should consider another kit instead. Perhaps the Daily Bugle, if you're more of a Spider-fan.

You hate stickers: Because there are 40 or more stickers for this set, anyone that dislikes them in their Lego builds should avoid the Sanctum Sanctorum. 

What you need to know: Doctor Strange's not-so-humble abode is one of the most memorable locations in the Marvel universe thanks to its mind-bending secrets, and that makes it an even better fit for the Lego treatment. This version of the Sanctum Sanctorum hides many fun nods to the film series, and it's basically a superhero doll's house in all the best ways. 

What it's like to build: Because this is a classic modular build, you won't be putting together some dull internal skeleton to hang everything off of. Instead, there's a constant sense of progress as you steadily put the Sorcerer Supreme's abode together. Sure, throwing 40 or more stickers into the mix isn't much fun. But this is a kit with so much personality that you can probably forgive it.

Design: As with most modular builds, this kit recreates the Sorcerer Supreme's lair and features rooms you can peek into. But, as is only right for a place as quirky as this, it also does something different from similar kits - unlike the usual cutaway approach, it's completely enclosed and you look inside by either removing the roof or wall panels.

Naturally, the Sanctum's stuffed with a ton of nods and references to go with its multiple minifigures. Alongside the entrance hallway's staircase, you've got those doorways to different realms alongside Doctor Strange himself, Wong, zombie Strange from Multiverse of Madness, Wanda in her Scarlet Witch form, Infinity War-era Iron Man, the magic-wielding alien Ebony Maw, the giant squid Gargantos (who you can place anywhere you want thanks to those removable walls), and Spidey.

The bottom line: The outside is a blocky work of art, the inside is even better, and you get plenty of minifigures to populate the build. In short? This is the epitome of a great Lego set. 

Best Lego sets - Super Mario

A fully constructed Lego The Mighty Bowser stands on a windowsill, looking off to one side

(Image credit: Lego)

5. The Mighty Bowser

The best Super Mario Lego set

Specifications

Price: $269.99 / £229.99
Ages: 18+
Pieces: 2,807
Minifigures: N/A
Item number: 71411

Reasons to buy

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Imposing and impressive
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Arms, head, eyes, and mouth all move
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Surprisingly easy to build

Reasons to avoid

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Instructions could be clearer
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A bit out of scale with the rest of the range
Buy it if:

You want a display piece: As the 'for adults' label would suggest, this is designed as  more of a centerpiece than a toy. And honestly, it lives up to that lofty goal - it's rather magnificent when fully assembled.

You want a simple build or are new to Lego for grown-ups: There are some tricky bits and the manual isn't always helpful, but The Mighty Bowser is a fairly straightforward build on the whole - you shouldn't struggle with it too much. 

Don't buy it if:

You want a toy: Like we mentioned earlier, this is more of a display piece than a playset. It's true that you can move its arms, head, and eyes. It shoots 'fire' from its mouth as well. But that's more for posing than playing with. It's also too unwieldy for young children to manage.

You want it to fit in with your Lego Mario collection: The Mighty Bowser was designed as a statuette, so is much bigger than anything else in the Super Mario range - it's definitely not to scale.

What you need to know: Y'know when your parents used to say "we don't need [insert cool thing here], we have one at home" and the 'one at home' is rubbish? Lego's Bowsers remind me of that. There is a much cheaper version of the King Koopa on offer… but in comparison to the new version, it feels like a bootleg knockoff.

What it's like to build: Generally speaking, we were impressed with how easy this kit was to construct. Despite being on the large side, it's not made up of countless fiddly pieces that you'll inevitably lose. While the instructions aren't always clear (and its illustrations lack outlines around the pieces you're placing, so it can be hard to see where you're putting a brick), you'll blast through this project in just a few hours.

Design: Whereas the original Bowser wasn't much bigger than Lego Mario himself (and was similarly blocky), this alternative weighs in at a much more impressive 2,807 pieces. That makes it a whole lot taller and more detailed than its predecessor, leaving us with the most accurate take on the villain yet - right down to a display stand modeled after his iconic castle. 

Yet it's not just bigger. This one also has moveable arms, eyes, head, and mouth to go with an ability to shoot 'fireball' rockets from its jaws. That makes it a fun centerpiece and conversation starter as a result. It's sure to enchant any guests who see it, and is one of the best Lego Super Mario sets overall.

The bottom line: If you're a fan of Mario's world or his nemesis, you'll adore The Mighty Bowser. Besides capturing his look perfectly, it's surprisingly expressive thanks to those posable pieces.

Best Lego sets - Technic

A need for speed

Specifications

Price: $199.99 / £169.99
Ages: 18+
Pieces: 2,352
Item number: 10274

Reasons to buy

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The most realistic Lego F1 car ever
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A fair price, especially on sale
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Lots of working mechanisms

Reasons to avoid

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It's not the finished 2022 car in full racing livery
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Mini Pirelli slicks would have been nice
Buy it if:

You're a McLaren fan through and through: Are you a McLaren supporter in F1? The care and attention to detail here shines through at every stage, so we're pretty sure fans will love it. It's one hell of a lot more interesting than branded baseball caps or other memorabilia, anyway.

You want a challenge: There's no denying that this is some of Lego's finest work, and it's a bit harder to construct than other entries on the page as a result. Want a truly satisfying project? This is it. 

Don't buy it if:

You're buying for younger builders: Kids will struggle to put this one together, and because it's a Technic kit, there's a good chance of them trapping fingers between parts as they build.

You don't have much space to display it: It's not exactly tall, but the McLaren Formula 1 car is long. If you're short on space, you may want to hold fire for now. 

What you need to know: This is the nicest F1 kit Lego's ever made, no question - it's far more detailed and realistic than anything that's come before. Thanks to clever engineering, it's also one of the best Technic sets for gearheads.

What it's like to build: As with so many Technic sets, this replica is a challenge to make. Indeed, it may be a struggle for younger builders due to the force needed to connect certain pieces. However, it's a satisfying project nonetheless. That's because you aren't just building the outside of the car; you're putting together functional components for the inside as well. How many of the best Lego sets have a 'working' engine? Spoiler: very few.

Design: Designed in collaboration with McLaren before its Formula 1 car hit the tarmac for 2022's racing season, this model doesn't just resemble the real thing; it works like it too. Along with a V6 engine that has moving pistons, it's got a gearbox packing a working differential, front and rear suspension, and a steering column that turns the front wheels. That makes the project a blast even if the chassis itself hasn't taken shape yet.

It's true that it's missing proper racing livery, and the tyres don't include a colored strip to denote the type. In addition, it would have been nice to get a set of slicks instead. But those are small niggles that don't dampen how incredible this kit is once assembled.

The bottom line: This won't live up to the Technic Ferrari Daytona SP3 or Lamborghini Sián FKP 37… but both of those supercars are super expensive too. By contrast, this F1 kit is half the price and still manages a lot of the same tricks. That puts it alongside some of the best Lego sets so far as we're concerned. 

Best Lego sets - Icons

Who you gonna call?

Specifications

Price: $239.99 / £209.99
Ages: 18+
Pieces: 2,352
Item number: 10274

Reasons to buy

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Satisfying interactive elements
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Surprising details
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Incredible attention to detail

Reasons to avoid

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Quite fiddly and time-consuming
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If you make a mistake early on, it can be a pain to fix later
Buy it if:

You want a conversation starter as well as a display piece: Besides looking just like the real ECTO-1, its interactive elements are a fun party trick that'll delight guests.

You're looking for the ultimate Ghostbusters collectible: Short of grabbing a Proton Pack or Ghost Trap, there's nothing more 'Ghostbusters' than the ECTO-1… and this kit does it justice… big time. 

Don't buy it if:

You don't have much space: Much like the McLaren F1, this is a surprisingly long vehicle that can be hard to find space for (it's 19in, or 41cm). Consider yourself warned!

You don't want a complicated build: This is slightly more involved than other Lego sets on the list, so proceed with caution if you're new to all this or are low on time.  

What you need to know: The Ghostbusters Cadillac is one of the most iconic cars in the world, and this kit does it proud. Besides recreating the vehicle down to every last detail, it's surprisingly tactile with plenty of tricks up its (metaphorical) sleeve. Does the steering wheel need to be functional? Absolutely not - but it is anyway. Do those gizmos on the roof have to spin into life when the car rolls along? Nope. That hasn't stopped Lego, though.

What it's like to build: We managed to put together the ECTO-1 in around 10 hours, and despite the instruction book not being Lego's best (the green lines around pieces you're supposed to place are too discreet), it's a satisfying build overall. There are plenty of endearing flourishes, for example, be it unnecessary details you'll never see again or sticker panels that aren't visible most of the time.

Design: It's a given that Lego sets can't always be dead-ringers for their inspiration (there's only so much you can do with bricks, after all), but the ECTO-1 comes close. The hodge-podge nature of its roof doodads or the car's bulky, angular nature are a good fit for the Lego treatment, and it's clear that tremendous attention to detail has gone into the project.

This version is based on 2019's Aftermath, so there are plenty of unexpected party tricks as well. Namely, the boot has a ramp you can activate to release a tiny Ghost Trap on wheels. In addition, there's a cleverly-hidden button on the side of the door that makes the swiveling gunner's seat pop out when pressed. It's an absolute delight.

The bottom line: This kit is just as appealing on display as it is when you take it down to show off for guests. That makes it one of the best Lego sets by a country mile. 

Best Lego sets - classic

The best classic Lego set

Specifications

Price: $399.99 / £344.99
Ages: 18+
Pieces: 4,514
Minifigures: 22
Item number: 10305

Reasons to buy

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Full dollhouse-like interior
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Beautifully detailed castle architecture
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An exquisite nod to Lego’s past and present

Reasons to avoid

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No throne room
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 Slightly pricey for a non-licensed set 
Buy it if:

You had the original as a child: For those of you that owned the original Lego castle, it'll be nostalgia in brick form. This stronghold more than honors the sets that inspired it.

You're a Middle-Ages aficionado: Love visiting castles? Enjoy binging Lord of the Rings, D&D, or Game of Thrones? This is catnip for medieval / fantasy fans. 

Don't buy it if:

You still have one of the original Lego castles: If you've got an OG Lego castle at home, this will obviously feel a bit redundant. It makes quality-of-life changes and features new minifigures, of course, but is an ode to those sets of old nonetheless.

You're short of space: Like many of the best Lego sets, this one is suitably enormous. It can be a bit of a struggle to display, so bear that in mind before you hit the checkout. 

What you need to know: If there's a Lego set that deserves a hero's welcome with herald's trumpets and pageantry, it's this one. The Lion Knights' Castle is a throwback to classic kits from decades past, and it combines that nostalgia with modern advancements for the ultimate project… no matter whether you're new to Lego or a veteran of countless brick-based builds.

What it's like to build: This set is sizeable, but don't worry - it's not difficult to construct (aside from a drawbridge that may take a few goes to position correctly, anyway). Just because it's simple to put together doesn't mean it isn't clever, though. As per Rivendell, there are cunningly recycled elements used throughout the build. 

Design: Crammed with hidden nooks and charming details (including a fun Easter egg for the 1978 'Yellow' Castle), this is the sort of project that's just as much fun to look at after it's finished as it is to build. The fact it can be displayed as a sprawling facade - allowing you to peek inside its many rooms and cubby-holes - or as a 'complete' building is another feather in its medieval cap.

In addition, there's a charming sense of narrative laced through every brick. Whether it's the varied army of minifigs or lived-in details for each room (including a medieval toilet, complete with a sponge on a stick…), there's very clearly a story being told here. Discovering it as you build or after the castle is finished will delight all but the most cold-hearted soul.

The bottom line: Sure, there's no denying that it's expensive. But you're getting a lot of Lego goodness for your money here (including more minifigures than most sets combined). It is, in a word, magnificent

Read more: Lego Lion Knights' Castle review

Best Lego sets - character

Roll out!

Specifications

Price: $169.99 / £149.99
Ages: 18+
Pieces: 1,508
Minifigures: N/A
Item number: 10302

Reasons to buy

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Actually transforms
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Impressive in robot mode
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Lots of accessories

Reasons to avoid

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Prone to falling apart
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Transforming is an awkward process 
Buy it if:

You love classic Transformers: Did you grow up with the original Robots in Disguise? This is the ultimate fan-service for you, and even the instructions are crammed with retro goodness.

You want a Lego set with a difference: The fact that this kit can transform into a truck and back again is neat - it's the ultimate party trick so far as Lego is concerned. 

Don't buy it if:

Fiddly sets irritate you: Sadly, Lego Optimus is more fragile than the Autobot he's based on. He's prone to coming apart at the slightest pressure, and definitely won't hold up as a toy.

You expect it to transform seamlessly: Let's be honest for a second. The fact this set can transform is cool. Unfortunately, the process is also clunky. 

What you need to know: This has one of the coolest selling points of any Lego set: it can actually transform. Going from butt-kicking robot to souped-up truck with a few twists and turns, Optimus Prime certainly makes an impression.

What it's like to build: Newcomers may be a bit intimidated by the prospect of making this kit, but it's not nearly as hard as it seems. It'll only take four hours or so from start to finish, and the instructions are top-notch. While some of the colors in the book are off at times (particularly when it comes to gray pieces), that's not a big issue and is the only 'problem' we encountered. Well, apart from it being fragile. Be gentle with this one; it's not amazingly sturdy.

Design: Sure, the process is clunkier than we'd like. But heck, the fact Optimus can transform at all is huge. When combined with a design that's lightning in a bottle for fans of the '80s cartoon and multiple points of articulation which make it easy to pose, there's no arguing with this kit. Multiple accessories allow you to personalize your own Robot in Disguise as well. You can equip Optimus with an Energon cube, axe, ion gun, jetpack, or Matrix of Leadership - the choice is yours.

There is a downside, though. Annoyingly, it's quite hard to transform or pose without accidentally knocking bits off. The waist is the worst offender; it's prone to coming apart at the slightest encouragement. This isn't a disaster by any means, but it is annoying.

The bottom line: Lego Optimus Prime is a superb slice of fan-service for anyone who grew up on Transformers. And even if you didn't, it's still worth checking out; there's some clever engineering behind this robot. Actually, it's one of the more ambitious projects that Lego's put on shelves. 

Best Lego sets - FAQ

best Lego sets

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What are the 10 best Lego sets?

There are more Lego sets out there than we can count, but if we had to whittle it down to just 10, we'd choose the following:

1. Best overall: Lego Rivendell
2. Best Lego Star Wars: UCS Millennium Falcon
3. Best Lego Harry Potter: Lego Gringotts Bank
4. Best Lego Marvel: Sanctum Sanctorum
5. Best Lego Mario: The Mighty Bowser
6. Best Lego Technic: McLaren Formula 1 Car
7. Best Lego Icons: Ghostbusters ECTO-1
8. Best classic Lego: Lion Knights' Castle
9. Best Lego character: Optimus Prime
10. Best Lego gift: Flower Bouquet

While this is obviously quite subjective, we'd argue that these do the best job of blending fan-service with attention to detail and engineering prowess. Their designs are incredibly clever, and they stand head and shoulders above the rest (in some cases, literally).

What is the best Lego set of all time?

If we had to crown just one kit, it would either be Lego Rivendell - which has the top spot on our list of the best Lego sets overall - or the Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon. The former looks beautiful, but hits the spot because it combines very clever engineering with a smart repurposing of pieces to serve different functions (those chair arms are hot dogs from old kits, for instance). It's also crammed with hidden secrets and cute little scenes, wrapped up in fan service strewn throughout the instructions. As for the Falcon, it's a similar story - it's phenomenally well-made and brings to life one of cinema's most iconic ships in painstaking detail.

What is the best Lego set to start with?

If you're looking to kick off your Lego journey, there are a couple of kits we'd point you toward. First, though, we've got to work out what you need. Are you buying for a child? If so, it'll depend on how old they are - and their interests. Young tots would do well with either the Classic range for example (which is essentially a box of bricks for them to do whatever they want with), while kids that love to dress up as Elsa should look at the Frozen range. As for adults, we'd usually recommend the Star Wars helmets or the Architecture pieces if they love to travel. These are relatively simple but are impressive when finished.

What is Lego's best-selling set?

Even though it's hard to say exactly what the best-selling Lego set is without breaking into the company's accounts, we wouldn't be surprised to find that the winner is from a major franchise. More specifically, Star Wars and Harry Potter kits dominate Lego's own bestsellers page. These fan-favorites create a lot of buzz... and understandably so.

It's entirely possible that something simple like the Classics Bricks and Animals pack beats the competition

However, it's not all about pop-culture. Recreations of world monuments are always popular too, and vehicles (including those in the Technic range) have an enormous following. In fact, cars and ships make up more than a dozen entries on the bestsellers list we mentioned above.

It's entirely possible that something simple like the Classics Bricks and Animals pack beats the competition, though. This tried-and-tested option offers a wealth of building materials for your own designs, so it's perfect no matter whether the customer is a child or master builder. 

Which is the best Lego set to buy?

In terms of which Lego sets you should buy, it all comes down to what you enjoy - more specifically, we'd recommend narrowing things down by franchise. There are more options than any of us would know what to do with otherwise, so this should help you avoid becoming overwhelmed. 

To help point you in the right direction, we've listed some of the best Lego sets by series below.

- Best Star Wars set: Millennium Falcon (app. $800 at Amazon)
- Best Harry Potter set: Gringotts Bank ($429.99 at Lego)
- Best Super Mario set: The Mighty Bowser (app. $270 at Amazon)
- Best Marvel set: Sanctum Sanctorum (app. $249.99 at Amazon) 

Which Lego sets are good for adults?

For those of us that are eager to get into grown-up Lego but don't know where to start, check out the company's dedicated page. It features a wealth of options that will challenge and entertain you in equal measure. The Technic and Ultimate Collector ranges are great examples.

We'd recommend starting small, though. Namely, it's worth checking out builds from the 'helmets' line like The Mandalorian or Luke Skywalker's Red Five helm. They're relatively simple yet awesome display pieces that aren't too overwhelming. 


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Benjamin Abbott
Tabletop & Merch Editor

As the site's Tabletop & Merch Editor, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to the latest Lego news. I've been writing about games in one form or another since 2012, and can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.