Five brand new LEGO sets you may have overlooked in 2021

Brick Fanatics picks out five brand new LEGO sets that might have passed you by in the frenzy of 2021 releases.

January 1 is an enormous day in the LEGO calendar, marking the launch of dozens of new sets across themes like Star Wars, CITY, NINJAGO, Super Mario, Friends and Art. But with so many new products to browse through, you’d be forgiven for overlooking a few hidden gems. Don’t worry: Brick Fanatics is here to help, with five brand new LEGO sets you definitely shouldn’t ignore in 2021.

60305 Car Transporter

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CITY is moving into civilian life for 2021, and that means plenty of everyday vehicles to populate its new road plate system. 60305 Car Transporter might look pretty simple, but we’re loving its understated white and green colour scheme, which contrasts really nicely with that striking black and orange car. Best of all, it’s built to accommodate cars six studs wide, making it the perfect transporter for your pre-2020 Speed Champions collection.

41447 Heartlake City Park

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2020 brought us 41426 Heartlake City Park Café, but we’ve had to wait for 2021 for the actual park it sits in. 41447 Heartlake City Park already looks like one of the highlights of the latest wave of LEGO Friends sets, building a slice of park life with two trees, a bridge, a gazebo (complete with dancefloor), a swan boat, and a kite – all themed around a birthday party, including a cake and piñata. There’s a lot going on for just £34.99 / $39.99, and it should pair nicely with last year’s café.

31112 Wild Lion

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Next to the powerhouse themes of CITY, Marvel, NINJAGO and Star Wars, Creator 3-in-1 can often fall by the wayside. But you’d be doing one of the LEGO Group’s most creative themes a real disservice to ignore it in 2021, as it’s serving up some of the best sets we’ve seen in years – and at prices that won’t break the bank.

31112 Wild Lion is just £14.99 / $14.99, for instance, and even includes a tiny brick-built vulture and rack of ribs. And when you’re bored of the King of the Jungle (or as it should probably be known here, the King of the Savannah), you can always rebuild it into a giraffe, warthog, or whatever else its 224 bricks inspire you to come up with.

42118 Monster Jam Grave Digger / 42119 Monster Jam Max-D

Okay, this is technically two sets, but we just couldn’t choose between these fierce Technic sets. At just £17.99 / $19.99 apiece, they both offer a cheap entry point into the LEGO Group’s most complex theme, without shying away from the functionality it’s known for – even if that does just amount to a pullback motor here.

42118 Monster Jam Grave Digger and 42119 Monster Jam Max-D are also both 2-in-1 models, offering even better value for money. 42125 Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse #51 will rightly steal headlines as January’s largest Technic set, but you shouldn’t overlook these smaller servings of axles, pins, panels and beams.

71029 Series 21

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Okay, so you’ve probably seen the latest series of Collectible Minifigures. But you could very easily have forgotten about them, because while the other series that launch throughout the year typically enjoy their own dedicated release window, 71029 Series 21 has to contend with all the other new sets launching alongside it.

The new batch of characters slims down from 16 to 12, but looks no less impressive for that fact, so you might want to add one (or 12) to your next order.

For the full list of every brand new LEGO 2021 set that’s just gone live on, click here. You can support the work of Brick Fanatics by ordering these and any other sets using our affiliate links.

Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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