Most Amazing Lego Sets of All Time
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Most Amazing Lego Sets of All Time

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Most Amazing Lego Sets of All Time
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Lego-brand building blocks have come a long way since the first sets first arrived in the U.S. in the early 1960s. What began as a simple child’s toy — in those early years, the company produced only a handful of relatively simple sets — has mushroomed into an empire of theme parks, movies, and of course, bricks! Some of those building kits are incredibly elaborate, with thousands of pieces, and are definitely not designed with just child’s play in mind. Here are some of the most amazing sets Lego has produced.


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Lego Art World Map 31203
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Lego Art World Map 31203

Release year: 2021 | Number of pieces: 11,695

$250 from Lego

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Lego’s largest kit is also one of its newest, released earlier this year. Completed, the world map measures 41 inches wide and 24 inches tall and like other Lego Art series kits (such as portraits of the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe), it is designed to be hung on a wall.


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Ninjago City Gardens 71741
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Ninjago City Gardens 71741

Release year: 2021 | Number of pieces: 5,685

$300 from Lego

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In the past two decades, Lego has aggressively expanded its line of building kits with numerous commercial tie-ins, such as Harry Potter and Star Wars (more on those in a minute). Ninjago, an animated TV series about six teenage ninjas and the hero-starved world they live in, is Lego’s own creation, with dozens of building kits available. The City Gardens set is one of the newest — and biggest — Ninjajo kits to date.


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Harry Potter Diagon Alley 75978
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Harry Potter Diagon Alley 75978

Release year: 2020 | Number of pieces: 5,544

$400 from Lego

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Lego has been linked with Harry Potter’s wizarding world from the start, releasing a Sorting Hat kit in 2001 (and several other themed sets) as “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” premiered in theaters. Since then, Lego has released scores of wizard-themed sets, including this particularly elaborate kit. When assembled, the six buildings measure 40 inches in length, the tallest of which is 11 inches high.


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Super Mario Nintendo Entertainment System 71374
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Super Mario Nintendo Entertainment System 71374

Release year: 2020 | Number of pieces: 2,646

$230 from Amazon

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From almost the beginning, Lego designed its bricks to grow with its users, from chunky Duplo blocks for toddlers to elaborate models such as this one, which no doubt appealed to nostalgia gamers. It’s not a real Nintendo gaming system, but assembling this set is no less a challenge than rescuing the Mushroom Princess from the evil clutches of King Koopa.


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Creator Expert Colosseum 10276
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Creator Expert Colosseum 10276

Release year: 2020 | Number of pieces: 9,036

$550 from Lego

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Lego’s Creator Expert sets appeal to architecture buffs, allowing brickheads to build scale models of some of the world’s most iconic structures, such as Seattle’s Space Needle and the Empire State Building. But those sets are child’s play compared to this colossal Roman Colosseum kit, which at more than 9,000 pieces is one of Lego’s largest Creator sets ever sold.


Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer 75252
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Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer 75252

Release year: 2019 | Number of pieces: 4,784

$700 from Amazon

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As with Harry Potter, Lego has a longstanding relationship with the universe of Star Wars, stretching back to 1999. This 2019 release is another whopper of a model, measuring 43 inches long, 26 inches wide, and 14 inches tall — and that’s without the display stand.


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Technic Liebherr R 9800 42100
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Technic Liebherr R 9800 42100

Release year: 2019 | Number of pieces: 4,108

$450 from Amazon

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Lego kits aimed at teens and adults are nothing new. The company launched its Technic line back in the late 1970s, its familiar bricks joined by gears, axles, gears, and motors that could be assembled into trucks, cars, construction vehicles, and more. Over the years, Lego has revamped the Technic line, and newer models are far less blocky and geeky, as witness this sports car model.


Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256
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Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256

Release year: 2017 (retired)  | Number of pieces: 5,923

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Even with about one-third fewer bricks than the Colosseum kit, Lego’s scale model of the Taj Mahal could still be a challenge to assemble, even for grown-ups. This set is actually a reissue; the original (and also discontinued) Taj Mahal kit, marketed in 2008, had one brick fewer than the 2017 version. 


Ultimate Collector's Series Millennium Falcon 75192-1
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Ultimate Collector's Series Millennium Falcon 75192-1

Release year: 2017 | Number of pieces: 7,541

$800 from Amazon

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One of Lego’s most ambitious Star Wars-themed sets is also among its largest. The Millennium Falcon measures 33 inches by 22 inches wide by 8 inches high. If that’s too big or too pricey, Lego also makes a smaller version: the Millennium Falcon 75257 ($160 from Lego).

Disney Castle 71040
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Disney Castle 71040

Release year: 2016 | Number of pieces: 4,080

$350 from Lego

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Disney’s wonderful world is also fertile ground for collaborating with Lego, and the company produces a whole line of building sets dedicated to it. But none of the models is as impressive (or has as many bricks) as this one: a replica of Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World that stands 29 inches tall. 


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Lego Inside Tour Exclusive 2015 Edition Clumsy Hans 4000020
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Lego Inside Tour Exclusive 2015 Edition Clumsy Hans 4000020

Release year: 2015 (retired) | Number of pieces: 714

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Some of the coolest Lego kits produced in recent years are also some of the rarest. Case in point is this very retro-looking “Clumsy Hans” kit. About 300 of these individually numbered kits were made and given to a select number of people who got to take part in the company’s very exclusive (and expensive) annual factory tour in Denmark and to VIP passholders at Lego’s Florida theme park. Good luck finding one on the collector’s market; they’re nearly impossible to find, as are other annual Inside Tour building block sets.

Ultimate Collector Series Star Wars Death Star II 10143
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Ultimate Collector Series Star Wars Death Star II 10143

Release year: 2005 (retired) | Number of pieces: 3,449

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Lego fans went bonkers when this Death Star kit hit stores back in 2005 because it was the largest set the company had ever created up to that point. It proved so popular that Lego released a “sequel,” the 3,803-piece Death Star 10188 in 2008.


Lego Sculptures Statue Of Liberty 3450-1
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Lego Sculptures Statue Of Liberty 3450-1

Release year: 2000 (retired) | Number of pieces: 2,881

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This kit may not contain the most pieces of any Lego set, but it surely is one of the most eye-catching, in part due to its unique hue. When completed, Lady Liberty stands 33 inches high, resplendent in her shade-green bricks. Although this kit is no longer available, Lego still makes another Statue of Liberty set, though it’s only about half the size of the original set.