We’ve compiled a list of the Best Lego Gifts (and rarest Lego Sets) ever because there’s a special place in many children’s hearts for LEGOs, and even some adults can’t get over them. I can still remember the day, when, having completed my LEGO model of the Bismarck, I put an M-90 firecracker into its bulkhead and waiting to light it up (in order to preserve historical accuracy, you see.) Before I had the chance, my plan to recreate the sinking of that battleship was foiled by my meddling parents. Probably for the best, as my LEGO set lived to see another day and be turned into other creations – which wouldn’t have happened if it had been turned into plastic Lego shrapnel flying through the backyard in a thousand different directions. Ah, memories.
The 22 Best Lego Gifts Ever: Our Top Picks of The Rarest Sets
Let’s take a look at some great Lego sets that you’ll definitely be interested in checking out if you, or the little engineer you know, is looking to build something cool this year. These LEGO sets are really unique and some of them are quite pricey, but if you’re looking for a gift for a true LEGO lover, they’re just the thing. We’ve split them up into two main categories, movie and pop culture LEGO sets, and LEGO sets that are based off of real-life objects, places, or events. Let’s dig in!
Pop-Culture LEGO Gifts
These LEGO gifts are all about cool pop culture references we all know – whether it be a fantasy movie or a space opera, and when I say space opera don’t tell me you don’t know exactly the movie I’m talking about.
There has always been somewhat of a debate among Star Wars fans about what is truly the best spaceship in the series. The Millennium Falcon has great maneuverability and can make it to light speed faster than anyone, but at the end of the day, it just doesn’t have the same destructive firepower as let’s say, a Death Star type ship. This set is the most thorough LEGO Millennium Falcon out there and is the largest Star Wars LEGO model ever, weighing in at over 5000 pieces. It’s also huge.
Just when we thought that the Death Star was taken care of, and the galaxy would finally be able to live without the fear of utter destruction, the Super Star Destroyer came on the scene. It always looked a great deal more sinister to me and is literally shaped like a spearhead or arrowhead. This model is incredibly detailed and can even open up to reveal the command center. Weighing in at 8 pounds, and 3152 pieces, and four feet long, this is a LEGO set for masters.
Darth Maul is one of my favorite Star Wars villains, if only for his menacing face. This LEGO set brings the villain to life in brilliance, with 1860 pieces, it should take a while to get his likeness totally correct. If you’re into Star Wars, this is a must have collectors’ piece for your Star Wars LEGO room. It’s OK, we know you have one.
There’s a reason why the author of Harry Potter is a billionaire. Yeah, you read that right, with a B. It’s because the story is classic and speaks to us! This is a toy of the year winner, and is a full model of Hogwarts, the school of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It includes some really awesome features, like the Chamber of Secrets. If you know someone reading Harry Potter for the first time, this is an excellent choice for them.
If you haven’t seen Ghostbusters recently, you 100% need to give it a re-watch, because it’s an absolute masterpiece. And if you don’t give it the credit that it deserves, then that’s on you! If, however, you’ve done your proper due diligence, you’ll love this LEGO set, which is of the firehouse headquarters. Just be sure you don’t summon any ghosts while you’re building it because you don’t have any Ghostbusters to save the day.
The best part about this set is that it’s very focused on the interior of the Death Star rather than the outside. The numerous figurines mean you also have a lot of room to do roll playing, like where the Princess escapes the torture room and plants 100 pounds of C4 in the main battery room. What, that doesn’t happen in the movie?
All you needed to do was tell me that this Batcave has a prison cell in it to make me think that it’s totally going to be an evil corrupt Batman who is doing terrible things in his Batcave. Naturally, this will require a LEGO robot to come in and save the day, or maybe the rebel pirates can bomb his base from afar. Or maybe I just have an overactive imagination.
“When did Saruman the white abandon reason for MADNESS?” If you know this line, you’ll love this awesome Tower of Orthanc set that’s over 2359 pieces. Oh, by the way, it comes with a full-sized Ent, so you can be sure that it gets properly destroyed by the tree people when the time comes. Even if that’s not true to the book – nobody needs to know.
Anyone who has ever tried to build a ship in a bottle will appreciate this LEGO set. For the uninitiated, just know that it’s absolutely impossible to do it right. That’s why the easy construction of this LEGO set is much appreciated and is perfect for kids who have a bit of adventure in them and maybe are asking to have Robinson Crusoe read to them before bed. The ship in this set is none other than the Leviathan!
The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous structures ever built and took years to complete. This set, given its scale and detail, may take a few days less than that. It’s got over 5000 pieces and is absolutely stunning, recreating the Taj Mahal in impressive detail. It’s sixteen pounds of unopened, unused, brand new collector quality LEGO brilliance.
I just love LEGO sets that have some engineering and power involved. This carousel actually spins and has music in it. Furthermore, the figures actually move up and down as the carousel rotates. This is perfect both for the collector, and for anyone who is also a bit interested in engineering, because it can help walk you through all the mechanisms at work in a real carousel.
The Saturn V was the rocket that took mankind to the moon. If you’re curious, look up the statistics on this rocket, as it was mind bogglingly massive, all to carry three people to the moon. This LEGO spaceship is 1969 pieces, so it’s pretty complex, but don’t worry, it’s only 1/110th of the actual Saturn V, so it shouldn’t fill up the living room. And for you engineers, the stages do in fact break off as they should.
For the real collectors out there (and I know you’re out there!) this set is absolutely perfect. It’s an airport tram set, that includes electrified elements so the tram will actually run. It’s museum level quality and is really a rare set from the 1990’s, so if you’re into history, this is definitely the right set for you.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a real-life treehouse in their backyard – but this is easily the next best thing. It’s over 3000 pieces, so it should take at least a day for a focused kid to complete, but who knows, they can be pretty efficient with these things. It’s a really great set to build a fantasy world and go off on a flight of fancy with.
Those of you who like US history will know that the Statue of Liberty was gifted to us by the French after their revolution. It was also originally bronze, hence the current tarnished color. The poem “Mother of Exiles” by Emma Lazarus is written at its base – which is well worth your time to read! It should give you inspiration when you make this 2.5-foot-tall LEGO replica of the statue that’s an American icon.
The coolest part about this extremely detailed model of the London Tower bridge is that it’s got a working drawbridge! Weighing in at 4295 pieces, it’s extremely detailed and will be a pleasure to build. It’s also a great price for the number of pieces and detail you get with the set. I will say though, when I see this bridge, I can’t help but think it’s coming from a scene of 28 Days Later.
One of my favorite parts about this LEGO set (which won toy of the year by the way) is that it comes with a lot of figurines. I mean, it would be weird if they had you build an amusement park that didn’t have any people in it right? But with this one has people, that can even ride in the motorized rides. That’s right, once it’s fully built, you can have the LEGO people ride the rides. And I’m just saying, don’t pretend that your kids aren’t going to engineer disasters at this theme park. I mean, that’s what my kids would do but maybe they’re just sickos.
So, something I’ve always wondered about the Disney Castle at these theme parks, can you actually go inside? Is the Disney fantasy continued inside the castle or is the inside just like the administrative section of the park? Anyway, the point is either way, with this LEGO set you can create the castle and have it on hand in the living room. If you’ve already promised a Disney vacation, this is a good way to try to wriggle your way out of it.
This is one of my favorite LEGO sets ever, because of the level of engineering involved. It has a ton of motorized functions, and with 3929 pieces, should take a good long while to actually build and get working. In my imagination, the excavator is the perfect LEGO villain to come in and destroy the local theme park unless the local LEGO hero comes in to save the day. Or maybe it’s successful in its evil designs – that’s the beauty of LEGOs, you can tell whatever story you want to.
This is a pretty large model at 1:8 of the actual Bugatti size. It’s an awesome blue color and actually has converted into a LEGO style really well. It has a very cool modern look and doesn’t scream LEGO when you look at it. The working engine is pretty amazing too, and the whole thing is certified by Bugatti so you can be sure that it’s built in the actual car’s likeness.
This Imperial Flagship looks as if it’s ready to bombard a renaissance era city from a safe distance in the local bay. Or maybe it’s filled with pirates, undead or otherwise. In any case, you can let your imagination run wild with this cool Man-o-war. Maybe you can have a pirates first Star Wars battle worked up, I mean why not?
Another awesome functioning LEGO set lets you build a fully functioning robot. The truth is a lot of robot sets are a bit too complicated for younger kids to get a handle on – and this might actually make them shy away and get discouraged from STEM. This LEGO set is the perfect level of difficulty to be challenging but not too challenging.
Nobody is perfect, and as such, we can’t all appreciate LEGOs for the extraordinary invention that they are. They’ve been inspiring children and adults to recreate scenes from their fantasies and real life for decades, and they will continue to do so. The beautiful thing about LEGO sets, for me, is that once you’ve completed making the set, you can also just break it down and create whatever you want (which is where my Bismarck came into being.) Once you have a few sets, you start to realize that there’s no limit to what you can make with these awesome toys.
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