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 (April 10, 2021):
- Star Wars 75192 Millennium Falcon – Read more – Buy now
- Disney 71040 The Disney Castle – Read more – Buy now
- Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley – Read more – Buy now
- Ideas 21322 Barracuda Bay – Read more – Buy now
- Super Mario 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System – Read more – Buy now
- Star Wars 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport – Read more – Buy now
- Botanical Collection 10281 Bonsai Tree – Read more – Buy now
- NINJAGO 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens – Read more – Buy now
- Ideas 21325 Medieval Blacksmith – Read more – Buy now
- Creator Expert 10276 Colosseum – Read more – Buy now
- Star Wars 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers – Read more – Buy now
- Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle – Read more – Buy now
- Creator Expert 10295 Porsche 911 – 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
- Ideas 21318 Tree House – Read more – Buy now
- Ideas 21319 Central Perk – Read more – Buy now
- Batman 76161 1989 Batwing – Read more – Buy now
- Batman 76139 1989 Batmobile – Read more – Buy now
- Technic 42115 Lamborghini Sián – 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: 7,541 Available: Now
Released back in July 2007, the original Ultimate Collector 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…
Theme: Disney Price: £299.99 / $349.99 / €349.99 Pieces: 4,080 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. The set is back and available now 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: 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: 2,545 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: 2,646 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: Star Wars Price: £119.99 / $129.99 / €129.99 Pieces: 1,023 Available: Now
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, it has been a long seven months of anticipation for the title character’s ship from the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.
So long has the wait been, in fact, that 75292 has even been renamed to 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport, due to a copyright issue. Much like the Razor Crest in the show, this is a set that has seen a lot of action before it’s even got to us.
75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport/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 included. Whilst a BrickHeadz double set 75317 The Mandalorian and The Child released at the same time, plus a larger scale Baby Yoda buildable set, 75292 is the set that captures that greater level of depth, story and detail from The Mandalorian Disney+ show that many LEGO Star Wars fans are looking for.
For any number of reasons, this set has not hung around in stock for very long at all. When you see this entry included on this list, it means it is in stock on LEGO.com (UK version), so be ready to pull the trigger on an order faster than Mando.
Theme: Botanical Collection Price: £44.99 / $49.99 / €49.99 Pieces: 878 Available: Now
The worlds of LEGO and art have collided in many and various ways over the past few years – most obviously in LEGO Art, but also through less typical mediums, including in the stand-out Botanical Collection set that is 10281 Bonsai Tree.
This ode to an art form that requires patience, discipline and attention to detail is well worth your time and money, particularly given its absolutely excellent price-per-piece ratio, and especially if you like frogs, because this 2-in-1 display model includes a whopping 101 of them. It’s an intricate and intelligent set that’s very rarely in stock at LEGO.com, so if you see it on this list, grab it while you can.
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, and 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, including 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: Ideas Price: £134.99 / $149.99 / €149.99 Pieces: 2,164 Available: Now
The 33rd LEGO Ideas set may be a far cry from Clemens Fiedler’s original submission in design aesthetics, but that shouldn’t detract from what’s technically the biggest castle-themed LEGO set ever released (even if it isn’t actually a castle).
It takes its cues from the Modular Building Collection in its multi-storey approach, and packs in plenty of familiar techniques from the LEGO design team’s modern-day toolbox. That doesn’t mean 21325 Medieval Blacksmith lacks the ability to surprise you, though, because it’s how they’re applied that matters.
For Classic Castle fans, nothing can really compare to seeing the part palette, design language and attention to detail of the very best LEGO sets today poured into a medieval setting. Putting together 21325 Medieval Blacksmith, you genuinely feel like you’re diving into the Middle Ages through the lens of a set that embraces all that’s great about LEGO today.
Check out our review for a closer look at this superb slice of medieval life.
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: Harry Potter Price: £349.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 Pieces: 6,020 Available: Now
If there’s one set that every Harry Potter fan – LEGO collector or not – needs to own, it’s 71043 Hogwarts Castle. At 6,020 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: Creator Expert Price: £119.99 / $149.99 / €129.99 Pieces: 1,458 Available: Now
The LEGO Group’s latest Creator Expert (or 18+) vehicle finally brings Porsche into the fold, but as Technic and Speed Champions fans will know, it’s not the first time we’ve had a brick-built 911. It is the first time we’ve had a 2-in-1 set in this line of oversized cars, however, as 10295 Porsche 911 is configurable as either a Turbo coupe or Targa convertible.
That means you’re getting twice the bang for your buck from what’s already a very cool car, bridging different decades in Porsche history with aplomb. The dark orange interior sits beautifully against the stark white exterior, representing a new hue for this subtheme (following the red of 10248 Ferrari F40, the dark green of 10242 Mini Cooper MK VII, and so on).
Don’t let the experience of the short-lived gift-with-purchase deter you: this is a spiritual successor to only 10265 Ford Mustang in design, which is to say it’s up there with the very best of the LEGO Group’s larger vehicles. While its price tag may once have been at the upper echelons of the company’s portfolio, 10295 Porsche 911 is actually one of the cheaper 18+ sets available today, offering an enticing build and stunning final model for just (just!) £119.99 / $149.99 / €129.99.
Theme: Star Wars Price: £69.99 / $79.99 / €77.97 Pieces: 1,073 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 / €119.99 Pieces: 1,969 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: Ideas Price: £179.99 / $199.99 / €199.99 Pieces: 3,036 Available: Now
Did you know, models submitted to LEGO Ideas cannot be more than 3,000 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 they have unpredictably short shelf lives – but remarkably this looks like it was saved at the last minute from retirement at the end of 2020. Such is its popularity, though, it then went on back order in November until April 2021. The LEGO Group broke the rules to get this one made and indeed to keep it around – and it looks like they broke the mould in making it. Incomparable.
Theme: Ideas Price: £64.99 / $59.99 / €59.99 Pieces: 1,079 Available: Now
21319 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 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: Batman Price: £219.99 / $249.99 / €249.99 Pieces: 3,306 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: 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. Enjoy our review and image gallery for an even closer look at this beauty.
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