Brick Fanatics’ Top 20 LEGO Sets List

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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 (October 23, 2020):

  1. Star Wars 75192 Millennium Falcon – Read moreBuy now
  2. Disney 71040 The Disney Castle – Read moreBuy now
  3. Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley – Read moreBuy now
  4. Ideas 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay – Read moreBuy now
  5. Super Mario 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System – Read moreBuy now
  6. Star Wars 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport – Read moreBuy nowBack orders accepted
  7. Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle – Read moreBuy now
  8. Star Wars 75318 The Child – Read morePre-order now
  9. Monkie Kid 80012 Monkie King Warrior Mech – Read moreBuy nowBack orders accepted
  10. Ideas 21318 Tree House – Read moreBuy now
  11. Ideas 21319 Friends Central Perk – Read moreBuy now
  12. LEGO Batman 76161 1989 Batwing – Read moreBuy now
  13. Creator Expert 10265 Ford Mustang – Read moreBuy now
  14. Batman 76139 1989 Batmobile – Read moreBuy now
  15. LEGO Art 31197 Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe – Read moreBuy now
  16. Creator Expert 10272 Old Trafford – Read moreBuy now
  17. Technic 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 – Read moreBuy now
  18. Fairground Collection 10273 Haunted House – Read moreBuy now
  19. Star Wars 75288 AT-AT – Read moreBuy now
  20. Stranger Things 75810 The Upside Down – Read moreBuy 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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1 – Star Wars 75192 Millennium Falcon

Theme: Star Wars Price: £649.99 / $799.99 / €799.99 Pieces: 7541 Available: Now

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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…

2 – Disney 71040 The Disney Castle

Theme: Disney Price: £299.99 / $349.99 / €341.17 Pieces: 4080 Available: Now

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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.

3 – Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley

Theme: LEGO Harry Potter Price: £369.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 Pieces: 5,544 Available: Now

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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 or take a look through the image gallery to understand why this set ranks so highly in this list.

4 ­– Ideas 21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay

Theme: Ideas Price: £179.99 / $199.99 / €199.99 Pieces: 2545 Available: Now

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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…

5 – Super Mario 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System

Theme: Super Mario Price: £209.99 / $229.99 / €229.99 Pieces: 2646 Available: Now

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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.

6 – Star Wars 75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport

Theme: Star Wars Price: £119.99 / $129.99 / €129.99 Pieces: 1023 Available: Now

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Announced at February 2020’s New York Toy Fair, 75292 The Razor Crest (75292 The Mandalorian Bounty Hunter Transport) 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 there is a BrickHeadz double set 75317 The Mandalorian and The Child releasing at the same time, plus a larger scale Baby Yoda buildable set, 75292 is the set from The Mandalorian that captures that greater level of depth, story and detail from the Disney+ show that many LEGO Star Wars fans are looking for.

For any number of reasons, we don’t expect this set to hang around long now after release, particularly with the second season of The Mandalorian due around the same time. 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.

7 – Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle

Theme: Harry Potter Price: £349.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 Pieces: 6020 Available: Now

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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.

8 – Star Wars 75318 The Child

Theme: Star Wars Price: £69.99 / $79.99 / €77.97 Pieces: 1073 Available: Pre-order now

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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 recreate 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. Available on pre-order, expect to join a long queue of bounty hunters and Imperial forces when this is released just as season two of The Mandalorian begins.

9 – Monkie Kid 80012 Monkie King Warrior Mech

Theme: Monkie Kid Price: £129.99 / $149.99 / €129.99 Pieces: 1629 Available: Now

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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.

10 – Ideas 21318 Tree House

Theme: Ideas Price: £179.99 / $199.99 / €199.99 Pieces: 3036 Available: Now

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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 – indeed it looks set to leave shelves permanently by the end of 2020. The LEGO Group broke the rules to get this one made, and it looks like they broke the mould in making it. Incomparable.

11 – Ideas 21319 Friends Central Perk

Theme: Ideas Price: £64.99 / $59.99 / €59.99 Pieces: 1079 Available: Now

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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.

12 – LEGO Batman 76161 1989 Batwing

Theme: Batman Price: £179.99 / $199.99 / €199.99 Pieces: 2,363 Available: Now

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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.

13 – Creator Expert 10265 Ford Mustang

Theme: Creator Expert Price: £119.99 / $149.99 / €129.99 Pieces: 1471 Available: Now

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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.

14 – Batman 76139 1989 Batmobile

Theme: Batman Price: £219.99 / $249.99 / €249.99 Pieces: 3306 Available: Now

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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.

15 – LEGO Art 31197 Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe

Theme: LEGO Art Price: £114.99 / $119.99 / €116.97 Pieces: 3341 Available: Buy now

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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 our experience creating 31199 Marvel Studios Iron Man that we’ve bumped this up in the list.

16 – Creator Expert 10272 Old Trafford

Theme: Creator Expert Price: £249.99 / $299.99 / €269.99 Pieces: 3898 Available: Now

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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.

17 – Technic 42115 Lamborghini Sián FKP 37

Theme: Technic Price: £349.99 / $379.99 / €379.99 Pieces: 3696 Available: Now

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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.

18 – Fairground Collection 10273 Haunted House

Theme: Fairground Collection Price: £209.99 / $249.99 / €229.99 Pieces: 3231 Available: Now

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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.

19 – Star Wars 75288 AT-AT

Theme: Star Wars Price: £139.99 / $159.99 / €146.21 Pieces: 1267 Available: Now

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That-that it has taken the LEGO Star Wars team 17 years to finally best 4483 AT-AT with August 2020’s 75288 AT-AT tells you how strong and nigh-on unbeatable in design that first LEGO edition of the iconic Star Wars walker was, and how much of a jump forward 75288 finally is. Compared not only with every AT-AT that has come in between, but also with that classic first edition of the AT-AT, 75288 marks an advancement for the theme on one of its most popular vehicles.

Representing the improved design strength, complexity and accuracy that LEGO Star Wars has become known for as it begins its third decade, 75288 brings credible height, playability and accuracy to the AT-AT not seen since 2003’s 4483. Most notably this is identifiable in the head of the mechanical beast, from the accurate shaping that externally captures the expression of the AT-AT and internally allows for two pilots to sit side by side, to the indestructible nature of that head and its connecting neck. Whilst its design still allows for the same authentic movement as all the previous LEGO AT-ATs, it is also built in a way unlike all its predecessors, inasmuch as the head, neck and body simply stay connected, however much you move it around or even knock the whole thing over. It sounds like a small thing that should be taken for granted, but for any LEGO Star Wars fan to have built any previous version of this vehicle, it’s something not previously seen.

For this and a few other good reasons, such as the first fully open internal space for numerous Snowtroopers, 75288 AT-AT is the set many Star Wars fans have been waiting for, that pulls an old classic from the original trilogy into the modern and ridiculously high standards of LEGO Star Wars design in 2020. It’s big, it’s grey, it’s quite expensive, but it’s everything a lot of us have been waiting a long time to walk into our lives, very slowly, from a great distance away across the snow.

20 – Stranger Things 75810 The Upside Down

Theme: Stranger Things Price: £179.99 / $199.99/ €199.99 Pieces: 2287 Available: Now

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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.

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:

Star Wars 75280 501st Legion Clone Troopers – LEGO UK: Sold out Amazon: Available now

Ideas 21323 Grand Piano – LEGO UK: Sold out Amazon: LEGO exclusive

NINJAGO 71699 Thunder Raider – 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 nowReturning soon