Four LEGO sets that go beyond the box

The new LEGO 10303 Loop Coaster is so tall that it wraps around the front of the box to the top, but it’s not the first set to be too big for its box.

Many of the tallest LEGO sets have faced a similar issue where the graphic artists at the LEGO Group just can’t manage to fit the entirety of a set on the front of a box, meaning it must either be cropped, shrunk down, or wrapped around to another side of the box that you won’t immediately see on shelves.

From LEGO The Lord of the Rings to NINJAGO, here are four sets that have gone beyond on side of their respective boxes.

4 – 10237 The Tower of Orthanc

10237 The Tower of Orthanc barely qualifies for this list, as only a portion of one of its tooth element toppers was cut off on the front of the box. Rather than wrapping around to the top, the rest of the brick just isn’t on display.


3 – 76178 Daily Bugle

Measuring 82cm tall, 76178 Daily Bugle is one of the biggest LEGO Marvel models ever made, and even though the graphic designers displayed this set from ground level on the box, it’s still too big for any one side and a good chunk of the satellite tower was cropped out, so as not to impose on the display of included minifigures on top.

2 – 10303 Loop Coaster

The most recent set in this list is 10303 Loop Coaster, and it embraces its height of 92cm on the box art by having the segment that’s too tall wap around onto the top of the box but stopping just before the minifigure display.

1 – 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens

No other model on this list manages to wrap around from the front to the top of the box quite as far as 71741 NINJAGO City Gardens. The peak of its main skyscraper stretches between the minifigures on top to showcase the full height when you’re looking at the box from the right angle.

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One thought on “Four LEGO sets that go beyond the box

  • 09/06/2022 at 00:28

    I’m new to Lego but I don’t understand why Lego don’t make the box the size of the completed sets… Or am I wrong in saying they don’t do that


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