The latest LEGO Star Wars set was always going to be a serious contender for this list, but perhaps the most surprising thing about the first-ever Ultimate Collector Series AT-AT is that the enormous walker doesn’t feature higher.
That’s partly by virtue of how many enormous LEGO sets have hit shelves over just the past 12 months, but also testament to how the LEGO Star Wars design team has achieved such an impressive model with comparatively fewer parts. (To stress: it’s still a lot.)
Dive into the full rundown below to see where 75313 AT-AT ranks as of November 2021…
7 – Creator Expert 10256 Taj Mahal (5,923 pieces)
This iconic landmark is still hanging on to its position in this list by the skin of its teeth, which is saying something given it’s a direct re-release of a 2008 set. Back then, of course, 10189 Taj Mahal would have taken pole position as the largest LEGO set of all time, but it’s since been overshadowed by six more models – a fate that’s therefore also befallen 10256 Taj Mahal.
6 – Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle (6,020 pieces)
The LEGO Group gunned for glory straight out of the gate with the relaunch of its Harry Potter theme in 2018, immediately debuting what was – at the time – the second-largest LEGO set ever. That also made 71043 Hogwarts Castle only the second-ever set to push beyond 6,000 pieces, which all come together to form an incredible microscale recreation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
5 – Star Wars 75313 AT-AT (6,785 pieces)
What did we say about this enormous walker falling lower than expected on this list? Fifth place is still commendable, of course – although perhaps less so in the UK, given 75313 AT-AT is the most expensive LEGO set of all time on this side of the pond. Click here to find out more about the latest addition to the largest LEGO sets ever, which launches on Black Friday (or November 26).
4 – Star Wars 75192 Millennium Falcon (7,541 pieces)
Still to be surpassed as the biggest LEGO Star Wars set ever, this 2017 model is still available (and will be for the foreseeable future). But as the pinnacle of what the LEGO Star Wars theme can be, in terms of sheer size, ambition and design, it’s little wonder 75192 Millennium Falcon has become an evergreen product for the LEGO Group. If you haven’t picked it up yet, you owe it to yourself to do so – and Black Friday could be the perfect opportunity…
3 – LEGO for Adults 10276 Colosseum (9,036 pieces)
Very briefly taking the top spot in this list was 10276 Colosseum, and while that glory was short-lived, nobody can take away the achievement that this milestone model represents. Yes, it’s repetitive; yes, it’s basically function-free; and yes, it’s very expensive – but it’s also a set free of any limits of budget or piece count, allowing it to come in as the definitive rendition of this historic landmark.
2 – LEGO for Adults 10294 Titanic (9,090 pieces)
Sailing on to store shelves earlier this month was 10294 Titanic, falling slightly short of the 10,000-piece barrier, but still doing just enough to leave 10276 Colosseum in its wake. At 9,090 bricks, it’s a marathon build by any definition, but also one that skilfully captures the majesty of RMS Titanic ahead of its doomed maiden voyage.
1 – LEGO Art 31203 World Map (11,695 pieces)
While it’s likely to be a very long time before we see 31203 World Map dethroned from this list, it’s always worth acknowledging that it doesn’t present quite the same feat of structural engineering as the majority of the models it bests. Most of its 11,695 pieces are tiny 1×1 tiles or plates, which are laid down on its enormous grid to paint a LEGO mosaic.
That’s not to take anything away from the set, which is still hugely impressive in its own right – it’s simply to say that if you truly want to go big on your LEGO collection, the rest of the sets on this list should be your first port of call.