The Brick Fanatics team have been thinking back over the past year to select which LEGO sets stand out as the best of the bunch. Whether you are looking for a last minute Christmas present, deciding which LEGO set to treat yourself to, or just want to reflect on another LEGO year, enjoy this week-long look back at the best LEGO sets of 2016…
Having grown up in the 1980s, it’s no surprise that Ghostbusters is one of my favorite movies. So, excited as I was to hear the news that the LEGO Group was bringing out a firehouse set, I couldn’t have imagined it would be as amazing as it turned out. 2016 saw the release of a number of high part count, high cost sets, but none of them come close to delivering the same experience as 75827 Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters.
While other high end sets may be attractive models, or fun playsets, the Firehouse is the perfect blending of the two. The size and detail of the exterior means the set will look fantastic on your shelf – even better – it will also do so among your modular buildings. Inside though, there is a painstaking level of detail, as well a cornucopia of references to the original two movies. It’s clear from the build that the designers were familiar with the source material, and looked for both overt and subtle ways to bring the set to life. For example, there are photos of Vigo the Carpathian being developed in the upstairs bathroom, as well as small pockets of pink slime bubbling up from the sidewalk outside.
Not only is the physical design excellent, but the graphic design also does a lot to bring this set to life. From the aforementioned Vigo photos, magazine covers, demon dog monitor screens, or the brilliantly detailed outfits of the Ghostbusers figures themselves, all of it works to create a vibrant and engrossing LEGO experience.
I should also mention the selection of parts in the set. There are so many useful, basic parts in interesting and uncommon colors, it was easy to justify the purchase based on how easy it would be to reuse the parts for something else. You could easily build a couple of modular buildings using just the parts from this set. In fact, one of the best things about this set is that despite the hefty price tag, you can see and feel every penny in the build.