Track the hottest, most in-demand and currently available LEGO sets with Brick Fanatics’ Top 20 LEGO Sets List
With so many LEGO sets released each month, it’s hard to keep track of – let alone budget for – everything that the LEGO Group puts out. Factor in limited release for some sets, sporadic stock levels for others, and capped shelf life for all sets before permanent retirement, and many a future classic, design triumph or hidden gem can sit right under your nose, only to be missed and ultimately rediscovered years later and twice the price on eBay.
That’s where Brick Fanatics’ Top 20 LEGO Sets List comes in.
In a rush? Here’s the latest Top 20 (January 25, 2021):
- Star Wars 75192 Millennium Falcon – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley – Read more – Buy now
- Ideas 21322 Barracuda Bay – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Super Mario 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System – Read more – Buy now
- NINJAGO 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Creator Expert 10276 Colosseum – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Star Wars 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers – Read more – Buy now
- Star Wars 75318 The Child – Read more – Buy now
- Ideas 92176 NASA Apollo Saturn V – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Monkie Kid 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Ideas 21319 Central Perk – Read more – Buy now
- Batman 76161 1989 Batwing – Read more – Buy now
- Ideas 21324 123 Sesame Street – Read more – Buy now
- Batman 76139 1989 Batmobile – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Creator Expert 10272 Old Trafford – Read more – Buy now
- Technic 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Read more – Buy now
- Stranger Things 75810 The Upside Down – Read more – Buy now
- Fairground Collection 10273 Haunted House – Read more – Buy now
- LEGO Art 31197 Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe – Read more – Buy now
- Creator Expert 10261 Roller Coaster – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
Perhaps you are a first-time buyer looking to get your hobby off to the best start or you are seeking out the ideal gift for that special LEGO fan in your life. Maybe you are a casual fan eager to find value for money, an immersive build experience and great display potential from your next LEGO set. Or you are an esteemed brick veteran keen to stay ahead of the curve with that ultimate LEGO collection.
Whether you are after expert insight, a collector’s checklist or even just shopping advice, the Brick Fanatics’ Top 20 LEGO Sets List offers a quick, considered and expert guide to the very best LEGO sets currently available.
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Theme: Star Wars Price: £649.99 / $799.99 / €799.99 Pieces: 7541 Available: Now
Released back in July 2007, the original Ultimate Collectors Series 10179 Millennium Falcon marked the pinnacle of LEGO design and in no small measure for the minifigure scale in which it captured one of the Star Wars original trilogy’s most iconic ships. A full 10 years of four-figure aftermarket prices after, the LEGO Group released a fully redesigned, remastered and upgraded UCS version with September 2017’s 75192 Millennium Falcon.
75192 Millennium Falcon more than just lives up to its predecessor’s status, as it reimagines building at the most ridiculous of scales, thanks to an engrossing multi, multi-bag build process packed with detail and ingenuity across 7,541 pieces. Even at twice the price of 10179, 75192 sold out within the first hour of VIP release across LEGO stores before only sporadically reappearing ahead of that first Christmas, as demand caught the LEGO Group by surprise.
A more than steady seller in the years since (often dropping in and out of stock), 75192 Millennium Falcon is the big one, both literally for the (now second) largest piece count of any single LEGO set, and for the budget it demands. It’s not one that all of us will be lucky enough to savour in person, but for those who can save up for this truly huge set, it will reward at every level, from build experience to display value, even if you need to throw out the sofa to make space for it. It was also rumoured for retirement at the end of 2020 but looks to be sticking around for at least one more year…
Check out our review and image gallery of 75192 Millennium Falcon.
Theme: LEGO Harry Potter Price: £369.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 Pieces: 5,544 Available: Now
Being the most expensive LEGO Harry Potter set to date and the second largest ever sets expectations and hopes for 75978 Diagon Alley incredibly high. And for every LEGO Harry Potter fan lucky enough to experience this gigantic set, it delivers in every way imaginable.
In a similar vein to 2018’s 71043 Hogwarts Castle, 75978 Diagon Alley skilfully translates into LEGO form not only a memorable location at an incomparable level, but at a level of detail and love for the source material that immediately transports the builder back into the Harry Potter books and films.
Across 5,544 pieces and four separate 32×16 baseplate builds are a whole row of memorable locations from Diagon Alley, packed with various nods to and details from across when Harry Potter’s story touched upon the secret London location.
There’s much to love and admire about this minifigure-scale epic creation, and to dream of what the LEGO Group may do next as a result. Read our review to understand why this set ranks so highly in this list.
Theme: Ideas Price: £179.99 / $199.99 / €199.99 Pieces: 2545 Available: Now
The second largest LEGO Ideas set (behind only another entry in our list), 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay succeeds in combining everything that was special about the Classic Pirates theme of the late 1980s and early 1990s with everything masterful in design that only modern LEGO offers.
This is a sizeable model put together over an enjoyable build process that is packed with ‘aha’ moments – some relate to the ingenious techniques used to get some truly complex and varied angles, whilst many are for the Classic Pirates references both subtle and sweet. For the sheer enormity of this set, it is remarkable to consider the 2-in-1 function that it can boast, which allows for the model to be displayed either as a shipwreck or as a modern creation of the 1989 great, 6285 Black Seas Barracuda.
Ideas sets have unpredictable shelf lives and it’s noteworthy how quickly the model sold out before moving to ‘back order’ status on LEGO.com upon release. Argh, thar’ be many a LEGO pirate fan! Don’t let this classic seadog sail off into the horizon…
Check out our review and gallery for more on this magnificent set.
Theme: Super Mario Price: £209.99 / $229.99 / €229.99 Pieces: 2646 Available: Now
Pure NES-talgia, 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System is a love letter to a classic games console from many a childhood. As the NES marks its 35th anniversary in 2020, the LEGO Group presents across 2,646 pieces this most detailed and accurate LEGO recreation, complete with game cartridge, controller and television. Iconic shaping so accurately captured in brick form is only the loading page of this set’s experience, though, for it is in its play feature and cross-set compatibility where it really tugs at the nostalgic heartstrings of many a retro gamer.
Simply turning a lever on the side of the television rotates the 8-bit display screen through a level of Super Mario Bros. whilst placing the Super Mario figure from 71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course on top of the television adds authentic sounds and music from that same game.
From every minute detail that has gone into this faithful LEGO reimagining of many an adult gamer’s childhood experience to how the LEGO Group has finally found a legitimate crossover between digital and physical play, there’s a lot to process and appreciate in the truly one-of-a-kind 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System.
Theme: NINJAGO Price: £274.99 / $299.99 / €299.99 Pieces: 5,685 Available: Now
An impressive set for an impressive theme. 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens was designed with one goal in mind – celebrate 10 years of LEGO NINJAGO while acting as a faithful expansion to 70620 NINJAGO City. 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens might just be the ultimate LEGO NINJAGO set – three storeys and 5,685 pieces certainly makes it the biggest set of the theme. The sheer size of the set isn’t what makes 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens great though, it’s the references to the show, from all 10 years of it.
This model easily takes the cake for the most NINJAGO references in one set, with iconic locations such as Zane’s memorial statue and Chen’s Noodle House finally realised in real LEGO bricks. The 19 minifigures themselves also offer plenty of characters direct from the TV show, such as the Mechanic who plays a pivotal role in more recent seasons. As if all of that wasn’t enough, the LEGO Group made sure to be as on the nose as possible with its release, launching it on the day that NINJAGO reached 10 years of age. Truly, this is the ultimate NINJAGO set.
Theme: Creator Expert Price: £449.99 / $549.99 / €499.99 Pieces: 9,036 Available: Now
Rome wasn’t built in a day and, with consideration to a record number of 9,036 LEGO pieces, it should be immediately apparent that neither will 10276 Colosseum.
The new largest ever LEGO set released is unique for many reasons, beginning with a laborious, challenging, tan-infused build process that will take the better part of several days. Get beyond what will be a – shall we kindly say – memorable build experience, though, and sat before you will be one of the most impressive display models that the LEGO Group has ever produced.
Everything that makes the build process as difficult as it is also comes together to make the final LEGO set one of the best examples to date of what an unlimited budget and piece count can achieve, in the hands of the LEGO design team. Our review and image gallery goes into further depth at how authentic and impressive this set really is, from all angles.
As incomparable as its real-world source material, 10276 Colosseum is a one-of-a-kind LEGO set that if you are brave enough to build, you’ll be lucky enough to behold.
Theme: Star Wars Price: £24.99 / $29.99 / €29.99 Pieces: 285 Available: Now
Based on their appearance in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the 501st Legion have returned to LEGO form after a long seven-year wait. Such was the anticipation around their release, they sold out straight away, online and in store, and look set to come in and out of stock as LEGO Star Wars fans amass the Clone Trooper army many have dreamed of.
What makes this set so great – somewhat cynically for a Star Wars set – is indeed just those minifigures, but, such is their design and appeal, there’s little to fault spending £24.99 for three regular troopers and one jet trooper. Since its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it release it has been about when you can buy 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers, but when it’s available, as it is right now (for it to appear in our list) it’s about how many times you’ll buy 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers.
Read our review of this set to see why we and so many others are so excited about it.
Theme: Star Wars Price: £69.99 / $79.99 / €77.97 Pieces: 1073 Available: Buy now
Taking centre stage in The Mandalorian and stealing the hearts of many Star Wars and even non-Star Wars fans, The Child – better known as Baby Yoda – has become a cute cultural phenomenon, even aside from the wider popularity of the Disney+ show it is in.
As the wave of merchandise that has followed has shown, though, capturing Baby Yoda’s particular features – those big eyes and the expressive ears – in a way that is recognisable and as cute, as isn’t so easy. Importantly, then, the LEGO Group has learned its lessons from 75255 Yoda and delightfully succeeds in the design of 75318 The Child, focusing its build around accurate scaling and even a play function that wonderfully recreates not only Baby Yoda’s recognisable features, but also his expressions.
Everything adorable about Baby Yoda is wonderfully recreated in LEGO bricks with 75318 The Child. For more on why we are joining bounty hunters and Imperial forces in our fascination of The Child, read our review.
Theme: Ideas Price: £109.99 / $119.99 / €116.97 Pieces: 1969 Available: Now
An unexpected bonus at the end of 2020 has been the return of the LEGO Ideas set NASA Apollo Saturn V, released under a new set number – 92176 – but otherwise as an identical re-issue of the 2017 original set, numbered 21309. The LEGO Group rarely offer straight up re-issues like this, but, such was the demand through its limited run three-and-a-half years ago, including a long several-month wait to be restocked after selling out on release day, there are plenty of reasons for why this is back.
The set skilfully captures the famed Saturn V rocket in a surprisingly large model, thanks to an intuitive and unique build structure within. From the original fan designer’s submission on Ideas to the just six weeks that the LEGO design team had to turn it into a play friendly official set, a great deal of expertise and design knowledge has been packed into what should otherwise be just a long tube. 21309 and now 92176 NASA Apollo Saturn V is so much more than that, and is a valid celebration of an iconic vehicle from the history of space travel, and an unmissable LEGO set.
Rarely do we get second chances on amazing LEGO sets, and we don’t know how long this re-issue will be available for, so be sure not to miss out before lift-off…
Theme: Monkie Kid Price: £129.99 / $149.99 / €129.99 Pieces: 1629 Available: Now
Some sets define a LEGO theme. In the case of LEGO Monkie Kid, it is this behemoth of a mech that stands out – quite literally – head and shoulders above the rest. While the rest of the models in this Chinese legend-inspired theme quickly and clearly build a vibrant and cartoon-coloured world, 80012 Monkey King Warrior Mech feels like the vital centrepiece set that represents the hero and that for many a LEGO fan, just awe-inspires.
Regardless of anyone’s interest in Monkie Kid as a theme, it is the promise of such scale, colour and design in the Monkey King Warrior Mech that has LEGO fans salivating. The balance of red and gold in the build is perfect – in fact this model includes more drum lacquered gold elements than ever before, whilst that use of colour, coupled with a clever build has seen the design team revel in the challenge of creating a giant mechanised monkey that looks more organic than it does robotic.
Sometimes, a LEGO set comes along that stands out from everything else in the portfolio, and 80012 is that something special from Monkie Kid. Capturing the essence of the associated minifigure perfectly, at such a ridiculous size, this is a model that friends, family and flatmates will feel the need to comment on.
Theme: Ideas Price: £64.99 / $59.99 / €59.99 Pieces: 1079 Available: Now
21319 Friends Central Perk released at the start of September 2019 as a brand store exclusive, sold out, came back on wider release, sold out, and continues to challenge the LEGO Group’s stock strategists. It’s a fast seller for good reason, not least for featuring all six of the American sitcom’s leading cast – Joey, Ross, Chandler, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe – along with a bonus Gunther for good measure. Recreating one of the most recognisable television sets in Central Perk with impeccable attention to detail and of course including one of the most famous modern day television props in that orange sofa, 21319 Friends Central Perk is a Friends fan’s perfect tribute to the classic 10-season sitcom.
One of the most critically acclaimed and popular shows of all time now has a LEGO set that offers everything you could hope for, in delightful and colourful brick form. Read our review if you don’t believe us. Just, grab it before it goes for good, because its popularity doesn’t mean it will be around for as long as you think – Ideas sets notoriously have unpredictable and short shelf lives.
Theme: Batman Price: £179.99 / $199.99 / €199.99 Pieces: 2,363 Available: Now
No depiction of Batman has more iconic vehicles than the brooding hero in Tim Burton’s 1989 movie. While 76139 1989 Batmobile is undoubtedly the feature’s main attraction, the LEGO design team has followed up that masterpiece set with one that is more than worthy of being displayed alongside it. 76161 1989 Batwing perfectly captures the distinct shape of Bruce Wayne’s aerial attack vessel, while giving it enough texture to make it feel like a real vehicle.
It’s not just film accuracy that works in this set’s favour though, it’s also the ridiculous size. One of the best problems a bat-fan can have is figuring out where there is space to put this 52cm long and 58cm wide model, which uses its 2,363 pieces to construct something on a truly impressive scale.
Read our review to see why we are so impressed with this set.
Theme: LEGO Ideas Price: £109.99 / $119.99 / €119.99 Pieces: 1,367 Available: Now
You’re not going to be blown away by the build techniques in this LEGO Ideas set, but that’s not what you’re coming to 21324 123 Sesame Street for. What you’re actually here for is the pure, unadulterated joy you’ll feel in rediscovering – and reassembling – a classic childhood show. If there’s a LEGO equivalent of comfort food, this must be it.
It would have been easy to rely on that nostalgia and take shortcuts with the set’s design, or slide it in at a lower price point. Thankfully, though, nothing about 21324 123 Sesame Street feels half-baked. And that’s primarily because the 1,367 pieces and 18+ age mark position this build squarely towards adults.
The entire experience then speaks to that level, not least in the minifigures – the new moulds for which represent a first for the Ideas theme. If you enjoy reminiscing over your lost youth, you’ll find a lot to love in 21324 123 Sesame Street. And yes, we can show you how to get, how to get to our review…
Theme: Batman Price: £219.99 / $249.99 / €249.99 Pieces: 3306 Available: Now
Released in November 2019, 76139 1989 Batmobile marked the 80-year anniversary of Batman in style, capturing the Dark Knight’s most iconic Batmobile in all its glory at large scale. As we have written in our review, ‘from the distinctive jet engine turbine for a nose, and the low-angled deep-set canopy, to the smooth curves along a ludicrously long body that shape up into batwing-shaped fins, with everything coated in a thick, dark black’, the Batmobile is a lusciously designed vehicle, made classic for its featured role in the 1989 Batman and 1992 Batman Returns films.
That every possible feature and impossible curve has been skilfully recreated across 76139’s 3,306-piece build is testament to LEGO design and makes for a standout model on display and in any LEGO Batman’s collection. Such was the set’s demand across initial VIP release, the gift with purchase 40433 1989 Batmobile even sold out after the first day in many LEGO stores and at LEGO.com. Batman’s most wonderful toy is surely one not to miss.
Theme: Creator Expert Price: £249.99 / $299.99 / €269.99 Pieces: 3898 Available: Now
Home to the most successful club in English football for 110 years, Manchester United, Old Trafford’s place in modern football history is as storied as it is unique. It’s a football ground that has been witness to tragedy and success in equal measure, and to great players and classic football matches through the generations.
Decades of rebuilding, renovation and expansion have shaped The Theatre of Dreams into a 74,879-seater stadium, the largest club stadium in the UK. Noteworthy for several design innovations both inside and out, Old Trafford makes for a fascinating study in LEGO form, which through 10272 Old Trafford is wonderfully offered at microscale. Across 3,898 pieces, this model – released in January 2020 – is a delight for Manchester United fans and advanced LEGO builders alike, offering a 360-degree masterpiece for display, and it is sure to be a future collectible for years to come. Much like with the Batmobile’s early sales, a mark of this set’s popularity was in how stock of the free gift with purchase of 10272 Old Trafford across its opening two weeks – 5006171 The United Trinity – ran out in most places on its first day of availability. If you need any further convincing of this set’s unique place in the current LEGO roster, have a read of our review.
Theme: Technic Price: £349.99 / $379.99 / €379.99 Pieces: 3696 Available: Now
Coming in at the same scale as 2016’s 42057 Porsche 911 GT3 RS and 2018’s 42083 Bugatti Chiron, the latest LEGO Technic supercar captures Lamborghini’s most recent creation and its first ever hybrid vehicle – the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37.
Benefitting from the same improved gearing elements introduced by the Bugatti, the 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 has been designed with an added focus on style and introduces several new shaping elements across a challenging, angular design. Combined with functionality and improved interior accessibility, this is a model that captures its subject matter’s unique form more accurately – and with the builder in mind – than perhaps any previous LEGO Technic model has been able to.
With callouts throughout the model’s design and build process, 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 comes in at an eye-watering price, but with luxury, style and conceptual beauty at the heart of a truly one-of-a-kind design and build experience. If you can’t tell, we eagerly await being able to review this set – watch these pages in the coming days.
Theme: Stranger Things Price: £179.99 / $199.99/ €199.99 Pieces: 2287 Available: Now
Be advised – seeing almost any one of the LEGO sets on this list will elicit a ‘wow’. The talented design team that devise these attractive models know just how to recreate something from real life, film or fantasy within the LEGO system, at any scale, with any piece count. But some models stand out, even among the very best sets that the LEGO Group has to offer.
75810 The Upside Down is one such set. The key conceit of Stranger Things is that the Upside Down is, well, upside down. It is something that no-one expected to actually be replicated in the LEGO Stranger Things set when rumours of a collaboration with the Netflix show surfaced, yet here it is – a house built twice, one in regular colours, then again in the eerie blue of the alternate dimension. What follows putting these houses together is…putting these houses together, in a feat of brick engineering that, through the trees either side, holds the completed model in place so successfully.
It isn’t just the brilliance of the LEGO design that makes this set so special though. Stranger Things is the biggest television hit of the last few years, and in a different era there would have been no collectibles inspired by it. Yet here is the ultimate love letter to the show, with perfect minifigure recreations of Mike, Eleven, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Hopper and Joyce.
The chances are there will never be another LEGO product based on Stranger Things, so fans of the show must take the opportunity to pick up 75180 The Upside Down before, like Barb, it mysteriously disappears never to be seen again.
Theme: Fairground Collection Price: £209.99 / $249.99 / €229.99 Pieces: 3231 Available: Now
LEGO fairground rides have been released with regularity for a few years, but 10273 Haunted House offers a real departure from the colourful attractions that have been come so far. Instead of blues, red and yellows, 10273 offers a grim and ghoulish mix of light bluish grey and olive green.
Working so well as a display model on the outside, the set also provides plenty to get involved with in the interior. Combining haunted house staples such as an old organ with LEGO Adventurers artefacts including a haunted picture, it provides all of the horror appeal required as well as the extra bonus of some true nostalgia for fans of the 1990s LEGO theme.
What few LEGO sets offer, but always tends to elevate them, is some kind of function. 10273 has one of the best yet, with the thrilling drop ride able to be automated with additional Powered Up components. Seeing minifigures drop from the top of tower is excellent fun, and nicely complements another set of that filters in and out of the Top 20, 10261 Roller Coaster.
As would be expected in a 3,231 piece set, there is a thoroughly educational – and vertical – build to savour here too. Few models offer true 360-degree display value inside and out, which, coupled with some Adventurers affection and a one-of-a-kind play function, makes 10273 Haunted House a worthy Top 20 LEGO set. Check out our review too.
Theme: LEGO Art Price: £114.99 / $119.99 / €116.97 Pieces: 3341 Available: Now
As part of the LEGO Group’s growing strategy to capture the apparently ever-increasing adult consumer market comes LEGO Art – exorbitantly priced even by LEGO standards, with over £100 buying just a frame and several thousand 1×1 tiles or plates to build with. Even so, there’s something about where the LEGO Group has put the detail and thought into these ‘sets’ that has piqued our interest.
Within a box comes a choice of images to create, a soundtrack to build those images to, and the possibility for those not-so-budget-conscious to combine multiple copies of sets together for collections or even larger images. The build process itself is more akin to paint by numbers than typical LEGO construction, with coloured pieces considered more as paint than a physical tool. That the entire process and the end result are based purely around 1×1 tiles or plates is all the more fascinating.
There’s something very different about LEGO Art, across its design and into the entire experience around it, and indications are that it will be here for the long haul. Star Wars The Sith, Marvel Studios Iron Man and The Beatles are all available as part of a headliner opening wave, but it’s Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe that feels most apt in making this first – and potentially significant – jump from one pop culture art form to another. We’re so impressed with that set (read our review) and with our experience creating 31199 Marvel Studios Iron Man that we’ve bumped this up in the list.
Theme: Creator Expert Price: £299.99 / $379.99 / €329.99 Pieces: 4124 Available: Now
At release, the fifth-largest LEGO Creator Expert set released (behind only the two Taj Mahals, Tower Bridge and Big Ben), 10261 Roller Coaster perfectly reflects the fun and vibrancy of its source material across a mammoth and complex build process.
Coming in at more than 53cm tall, 88cm long and 41cm deep, 10261 takes the already popular concept of a LEGO roller coaster and ventures whole-heartedly into the realms of possibility that only a piece count of over 4,000 can offer in potential and scale. One of the more challenging builds from the LEGO Group to put together, 10261 Roller Coaster rewards with an engaging final model with a mesmerising play feature.
Everything about the roller coaster works excellently on display, but it is in play where it excels – particularly with the addition of Power Functions – there’s nothing more you could want from a giant LEGO roller coaster than the ability to send minifigure after minifigure up and down and round and round…
Notice something missing?
This list is updated regularly to reflect the 20 best LEGO sets currently available on the UK version of LEGO.com. If something sells out there, it drops off the list until restocked. If a set is retired, it also comes out of the list.
Here are some sets in contention for the LEGO Set Buy List but for their out of stock status on the UK version of LEGO.com (availability in other territories will vary, so click the link to see if it’s still available where you are!). Listed here are also recently retired contenders that may still be available elsewhere:
NINJAGO 71699 Thunder Raider – LEGO UK: Retired Amazon: Available now
The LEGO Movie 2 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! – LEGO UK: Retired Amazon: Available now