Best LEGO Sets in 2023
LEGO is one of those things that never go out of favor. With more of us working and playing from home right now, including a lot of kids, it's a great time to reacquaint the kids (and yourself) with the magical interlocking bricks we know as LEGO. These LEGO sets are the best of the best this year.
Build your own Fire Mech
It's hard to find this LEGO kit, so grab it up fast. The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Fire Mech Building Kit comes with 944 pieces of fun. You'll get all the bricks to construct your own Fire Mech, which comes complete with a cockpit that opens and closes and posable arms and legs. Two fire blasters are included in the box, plus a pair of shoulder disc shooters, and six mini-figures. The LEGO NINJAGO Fire Mech is a super detailed large assembly project that's challenging for builders of all ages.
You'll love this to the moon and back
The LEGO Creator Expert NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander is all-new this year. Developed with NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of man's first walk on the moon, this highly detailed kit is also a collector's item to put out on display. There are 1,087 bricks to stick together. This bundle is best for those older than 16 years old, but can be a fun project for the whole family. You'll get two astronaut mini-figures, both outfitted with NASA decorations and gold helmets.
The LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box hits the sweet spot between being challenging enough for young ones and also able to hold their attention without frustration or tears. The bricks are a little bigger, so they're easier to hold and manipulate in tiny hands, and the colors are a bit brighter and bolder. This kit comes with 484 bricks, windows, toy eyes, tires, and a baseplate.
Kids will line up to get the LEGO Marvel Avengers Speeder Bike Attack 76142, even though it's more of a plaything than an actual extended building project. This set includes Black Panther and Thor buildable superheroes, an evil AIM Agent, plus all the many things they need to stay accessorized to fight evil. You'll get three figurines, the Black Panther bike, battle tools, and two canisters. The only thing missing is your child's imagination.
Step into The Upside Down
Build the Stranger Things upside-down world from the popular Netflix series with this gigantic 2,287 piece LEGO set. Fans of Stranger Things will dig the eight included characters (and yes, there's a Demogorgon in there). When completed, the Byers' house measures over one foot tall and is held aloft by two trees. It's a bang to put together and a sight to behold when finished.
New and young builders can get their feet wet with LEGO's Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4 RV Vacation Kit. It comes with a recreational vehicle on wheels. The RV has a neat removable roof and packed inside are a bed, bathroom, and four Toy Story 4 figurines. Perfect for kids four and up, this 178 piece kit is a solid introduction to LEGO that will provide hours of entertainment for growing minds.
The LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle is an expert building kit and a cool collectible for kids and adults. You'll snap together 962 bricks to create a ship complete with a captain's quarters. This nautical collectible comes with a a clear bottle for the ship and a sturdy display stand so you can show off your work when finished. The Ship in a Bottle is a great project for a team of two or even more adults.
Relive Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
Taken right out of Star Wars: Episode VII, the LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon building kit will blow you away. It comes with Hans Solo, Chewbacca, Rey, Finn, Tasu Leech, Kanjiklub, and BB-8. There are 1,329 bricks total that, when put together, form an 18-inch long spacecraft. Build it, tear apart and build it again, or put it on display. It's hours of fun.
The LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall includes house banners, a potions room, a movable spiral staircase, and magical items. You'll collect 10 fantasy figures too, including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Professor McGonagal, Hagrid, and more. Let the fantasy adventures begin!
Thor, Tony Stark, and more
You can build Tony Star's Iron Man Hall of Armor with this kit. You'll be treated to 524 pieces, including a rotating podium, detachable modules that can be stacked and combined in hundreds of formations, and a posable Igor Suit mech and mobile robot toy. There five figurines in all and hours of excitement to be had for kids seven and older.
Best for adult car enthusiasts
The LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron Race Car Building Kit is a sight to behold. This adult collectible, developed with Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., is a recreation of the real car. The 3,599 pieces snap together at a 1:8 scale and feature an eight-speed gearbox, W16 engine, suspension, spoked rims, and more. And it all comes in deluxe packaging and includes a collector's booklet. VROOM!
Here are my favorite LEGO Kits
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It is so challenging to whittle down a list of the best LEGO kits because they're pretty much all amazing. Still, the one that knocks it out of the park for my family is the LEGO NINJAGO Movie Fire Mech 70615 (opens in new tab). It's a large scale project that'll take a few days to complete and fosters creative thinking in kids and adults.
The LEGO Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4 RV Vacation Building Kit (opens in new tab) is the perfect introduction to LEGO for young builders. It offers enough challenge to keep kids interested, and an RV on wheels for playtime.
Adults and older kids longing for their first car will treasure the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron Race Car Building Kit (opens in new tab). It's a replica of the real deal, and it's a blast to build.
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Jodi Owan works behind a keyboard and a camera. She's a freelance writer for iMore, Android Central, and Windows Central.