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 (July 14, 2020):
- Star Wars 75192 Millennium Falcon – Read more – Buy now
- Disney 71040 The Disney Castle – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Ideas 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Monkie Kid 80012 Monkie King Warrior Mech – Read more – Buy now
- Star Wars 75292 The Razor Crest – Read more – Pre-order now
- Ideas 21318 Tree House – Read more – Buy now
- Ideas 21319 Friends Central Perk – Read more – Buy now
- Creator Expert 10265 Ford Mustang – Read more – Buy now
- Batman 76139 1989 Batmobile – Read more – Buy now
- Creator Expert 10272 Old Trafford – Read more – Buy now
- Technic 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Read more – Buy now
- Creator 3-in-1 31109 Pirate Ship – Read more – Buy now – Double VIP points – Back orders accepted
- Star Wars 75277 Boba Fett Helmet – Read more – Buy now
- Harry Potter 75979 Hedwig – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Stranger Things 75810 The Upside Down – Read more – Buy now
- Creator Expert 10261 Roller Coaster – Read more – Buy now
- Technic 42110 Land Rover Defender – Read more – Buy now
- Creator Expert 10270 Bookshop – Read more – Buy now – Back orders accepted
- Fairground Collection 10273 Haunted House – Read more – Buy now
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 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’s also rumoured for retirement at the end of 2020…
Theme: Disney Price: £299.99 / $349.99 / €341.17 Pieces: 4080 Available: Now
Blink and you’ll miss it, but 71040 The Disney Castle is back in stock and back in the Top 20 list. Revealed back in July 2016 and released a month later, the 4,080-piece homage to Cinderella’s home in the middle of Walt Disney World has spent many of the four years since in and out of stock at LEGO.com. Still unavailable at the US version of the website, the set is back in ‘back order’ status in the UK, but likely only for a limited time, as it nears ever closer to an anticipated retirement.
With such a large piece count, 71040’s designers have revelled in capturing every detail to Disney’s most iconic building, central to Walt Disney World and the Walt Disney Pictures logo. The interior to the castle is also packed with rooms and little nods to classic Disney characters and films, which, alongside the five included minifigures, provides an ultimate and truly unmissable LEGO experience for Disney fans of any age. We say unmissable, because we can’t imagine that this is a set that will be around for much longer.
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…
Theme: Harry Potter Price: £349.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 Pieces: 6020 Available: Now
If there is one set that every Harry Potter fan – LEGO collector or not – needs to own, it is 71043 Hogwarts Castle. At 6,040 pieces, 58cm tall and 69cm wide, this is the ultimate, detailed recreation of the central setting to the Harry Potter series. With so much packed into the model across a 360-degree display, it’s impossible not to admire the build, nor to be taken back to those incredible, sweeping shots of the real castle from the film series.
The exterior of the building is wonderfully captured through clever usage of texture and detail, whilst the design team’s passion for the project shines through the interior builds that capture not only key rooms and chambers from the castle, but also key moments of story.
Harry Potter’s return to LEGO has brought with it some truly quality upgrades on previous sets – 75968 4 Privet Drive is one such example that narrowly missed our Top 20 – but it is in what the theme has strived to create anew, at scales previously untested, that is most worth paying attention to, with no better example to celebrate than 71043 Hogwarts Castle.
Arguably the LEGO Group’s finest ever castle set, it’s little wonder that this model has sold out more than once at LEGO.com.
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 Monkie 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 Monkie 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: Star Wars Price: £119.99 / $129.99 / €129.99 Pieces: 1023 Available: Pre-order (UK and Europe)
Announced at February 2020’s New York Toy Fair, 75292 The Razor Crest was promptly made available for pre-order at LEGO.com in the UK and Europe, ahead of release a whole six-and-a-half months later in September. With only video from New York and official imagery to impatiently gaze at, anticipation for 75292 is only growing. Based on the title character’s ship from the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, 75292 The Razor Crest ticks a lot of boxes for LEGO Star Wars fans, from its growing, central status within a new and highly popular Star Wars story to its size as a model, promising plenty of detail and playability. And, yes, there is a Baby Yoda. Whilst there is a BrickHeadz double set 75317 The Mandalorian and The Child releasing at the same time, plus rumours of a larger scale Baby Yoda buildable set, 75292 is the first and so far only set that will include The Child at minifigure scale.
For any number of reasons, we don’t expect this set to hang around long once September comes around, particularly with the second season of The Mandalorian due around the same time. Pick it up on pre-order if you can, or be ready to pull the trigger faster than Mando come release date.
Theme: Ideas Price: £179.99 / $199.99 / €199.99 Pieces: 3036 Available: Now
Did you know, models submitted to LEGO Ideas cannot be more than 3,00 pieces? Fortunately for fans, then, the design team threw out the rulebook when they chose to adapt 21318 Tree House as an official product. It is the theme’s largest set yet, and not a single one of the 3,036 pieces are wasted in construction of a wonderfully natural and textured model.
What this model achieves so beautifully is a sense of scale that is not easy to convey through images, as the tree rises well above the minifigure picnickers below, before stretching out into branches and rooms above. A mix of different brown colours and element shapes provides a masterclass in organic LEGO building.
The minifigures included here serve one purpose – to live vicariously through. With few among us ever likely to stay in luxury treehouse accommodation, 21318 Tree House feels like wish fulfilment, from the spiral stairs wrapped around the tree leading up to the three rooms, to the rope bridge and balcony looking out below, as decorated branches surround everything.There also comes with this set an added bonus in the form of the second set of leaf elements – as well as green pieces for a lush summer tree comes a spectrum of autumnal coloured leaves. Spending time carefully switching each one out is incredibly relaxing and breathes new life into a model that already packs such wonder.
21318 Tree House is an Ideas set and we cannot be clear enough about the unpredictably short shelf lives for sets in this theme. The LEGO Group broke the rules to get this one made, and it looks like they broke the mould in making it. Incomparable.
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: Creator Expert Price: £119.99 / $149.99 / €129.99 Pieces: 1471 Available: Now
Perfectly capturing an iconic 1960s American automotive icon, 10265 Ford Mustang uses hundreds of dark blue pieces to recreate the classic muscle car. To add even more of the feeling owners of the real life vehicle get, the set includes optional features that can be used to customise the Mustang and give it additional personality.
Alongside recreating the shape, and importantly, attitude of the Mustang on the exterior (attaching the outer body to the car feels like outfitting a genuine vehicle), attention to detail is packed into the interior too. The seats are an intelligent design and slotting them into place is incredibly satisfying.
The colour looks phenomenal and the size of the completed model is perfect for display or play, and the experience of building is an excellent balance of intelligent LEGO design and an authentic Ford Mustang experience.
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: Creator 3-in-1 Price: £89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99 Pieces: 1264 Available: Now
While 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay is the epic set that classic Pirates fans are clamouring for, there’s no reason that 31109 Pirate Ship should be overlooked. Indeed, it should be anything but ignored.
Creator 3-in-1 sets always offer fantastic value thanks to that specific ability to build any one of three different models out of the box. It’s a creative approach that produces some truly unique build solutions, as designers are tested to the limits of their ability. It’s with consideration to this that 31109 Pirate Ship stands out, for just how thoroughly exceptional each of its three models is.
The main model, the titular ship, is a decent size for the price, and offers great examples across the build of how things can be achieved in different ways with the LEGO system – the sails being the obvious example, eschewing cloth for actual LEGO pieces.
With the Pirates’ Inn being entirely new subject matter and the Skull Island looking outrageously piratey, the only criticism to make is that you can’t buy just one copy of 31109 Pirate Ship. This is one set that any LEGO Pirates fan will have to buy three of. Besides, it never hurts to have a few spare minifigures to add to the crew…
Theme: Star Wars Price: £54.99 / $59.99 / €59.99 Pieces: 625 Available: Now
The LEGO Star Wars theme has a history of trying new and unusual things and, whilst not every attempt at capturing characters in such interesting formats has landed, there’s something to be said for the Helmet series recently launched. The concept may not be entirely original to the LEGO Group, but the application of it within the LEGO medium is, with the end result – particularly in the case of 75277 Boba Fett Helmet – a wholly unique creation that at once feels both familiar and new. An 18+ set too, there’s a lot of new and exciting direction promised within this concept.
Of the three released at launch, 75277 Boba Fett Helmet is the standout design, for just how effectively the shaping and colours come together to accurately capture one of the Star Wars galaxy’s most popular characters. No wonder its stock levels have fluctuated since launch, selling out at LEGO.com more than once already. A perfectly sized and wonderfully designed display piece, 75277 Boba Fett Helmet represents the creative potential of LEGO Star Wars even as it ventures into its third decade.
Theme: Harry Potter Price: £34.99 / $39.99 / €39.99 Pieces: 630 Available: Now
Since its return, LEGO Harry Potter has been applying the latest LEGO design standards and build innovations to locations, characters and creatures familiar, creating a theme packed with new and engaging models. We all thought we knew what to expect from LEGO Harry Potter 2.0, but it continues to delight and surprise. In part that is because alongside advanced redesigns of what may have come before, the design team is also exploring new avenues, from the vast microscale 71043 Hogwarts Castle to brick-built creatures, such as 75979 Hedwig.
We’re yet to get our hands on this model, but it justifiably sits on this list for taking something we all know and creating a truly new model that only LEGO bricks could put together. Harry’s loyal owl is wonderfully captured in brick form, cleverly presented on a display stand with expression as well as shape, but it is the mechanised aspect that adds a new level. With an innovation that creeps over from the Adult Fan of LEGO world where such custom builds have been drawing attention, 75979 carries a lot of promise across a 34cm wingspan.
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: Creator Expert Price: £299.99 / $379.99 / €329.99 Pieces: 4124 Available: Now
To date, 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…
Theme: Technic Price: £159.99 / $199.99 / €179.99 Pieces: 2573 Available: Now
When 42110 Land Rover Defender released in October 2019, it sold out immediately and has been in and out of stock ever since (its presence on this list is tenuous already, as it’s on back order again at LEGO.com). Across 2,573 pieces, it’s a LEGO set that embraces everything functional and fun about Technic to create an ideal final build that works as a perfect replica of both the newest Land Rover model it is based on, and a tribute to everything that has made this brand of cross country vehicle an icon of the past 70 years.
Everything a Technic nut could hope for is included in the build, from an all-wheel suspension to a working winch and four-speed sequential gearbox. It is a model that also has 30 pieces unique to it, at time of release, most in an olive green that debuts in the Technic theme here too. From how the car is put together to a final build that is created with subtle angles and details you may not notice at first, 42110 Land Rover Defender is a love letter to both the vehicle and brand it is based on, and to the medium of Technic. It’s just really hard to spot in stock at LEGO.com…
Theme: Creator Expert Price: £149.99 / $179.99 / €159.99 Pieces: 2504 Available: Now
It is hard to think of a LEGO modular building that is not worth owning, but even above this, 10270 Bookshop feels like a fresh and worthy addition to the series. Its autumnal colours go beyond the tree that stands alongside the bookshop, with the bricks used for the shop and apartment connected feel like they belong exclusively in that season. Who knows? Any number of classic rom-com scenes could be taking place in this very LEGO set.
This is a model where colour scheme really adds a level to design and helps it stand out against the rest of the portfolio. Nothing available in Star Wars, Super Heroes or most vehicle releases will come close to matching this use of colour across smart design.
As well as making a statement of sophistication on display, modular buildings offer a dolls’ house play experience. Each level of each building can be removed to find a fully furnished interior within, where minifigures can be posed as they live out their lives.
Like its predecessors, 10270 is almost to scale with a LEGO minifigure. It’s little surprise that when the LEGO Group realised that these modular buildings provide a formula that adults like, they latched on to it and continue to release satisfying build after satisfying build. 10270 Bookshop is the latest in that series, and another not to be missed out on.
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 Top 20 set of ours, 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.
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:
Ideas 21319 Friends Central Perk – LEGO UK: sold out Amazon: available now
The LEGO Movie 2 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! – LEGO UK: Retired Amazon: available now
Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V – LEGO UK: Retired Amazon: available now