LEGO Christmas 2020 gift guide for history buffs

Brick Fanatics brings you the definitive guide to this year’s Christmas shopping with our LEGO gift list for all history lovers.

If you are struggling to shop for someone who is completely hot for history, then look no further. The LEGO Group offers a range of builds sure to inspire and delight all those who are passionate about the past. Read on for Brick Fanatics‘ top picks, and don’t forget to check out our range of other Christmas gift guides.

For Mesozoic maniacs:

21320 Dinosaur Fossils

Price: £54.99 / $59.99 / €58.48 Pieces: 910 Available: Now

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Travelling all the way back into prehistory, this set offers a palaeontological paradise for all dinosaur lovers. Built on a 1:32 scale, the set includes recreations of Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and Pteranodon fossils. Each model can be adjusted into lifelike poses as if frozen in time.    

The museum-style stands, complete with name labels, that support each fossil make this set a perfect display piece. As you build, the instruction booklet provides fascinating facts about each of these three beasts that once terrorised the Earth’s surface.

For architectural enthusiasts:

21044 Paris

Price: £44.99 / $49.99 / €48.73 Pieces: 649 Available: Now

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It’s the City of Love, and has plenty of history. Paris has stood for over 2,000 years and is home to some of the world’s most famous landmarks. This beautifully detailed set recreates the city skyline and renders in miniature several of France’s top historic sites.

Highlights of the set include brick-built versions of Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre Palace, home of French Royalty and art. Towering above it all is the instantly recognisable Eiffel Tower, once the tallest building in the world. The instruction booklet is also packed with historical facts about Paris and its architectural heritage to entertain as you build.

For outer-space obsessives:

10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

Price: £84.99 / $99.99 / €87.72 Pieces: 1,087 Available: Now

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One small step for man, one great build for LEGO fans. This highly detailed replica of Apollo 11’s lunar landing module celebrates one of the most iconic moments in human history. The beautiful exterior of the craft features decorative gold landing pads, whilst the interior is packed with all of the gear and details needed for a journey into space.

The landing module stands on a brick-built lunar surface that makes for an impressive display piece. Also included are two NASA astronauts who, with their miniature US flag, can recreate mankind’s momentous first step on to the moon.  

For budding buccaneers:

21322 Pirates of Barracuda Bay

Price: £179.99 / $199.99 / €194.95 Pieces: 2,545 Available: Now

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This gloriously imaginative set comes sailing straight out of the Golden Age of Piracy. Whilst assembling this doomed pirate ship, history lovers will be transported on a swashbuckling 17th-century journey. This set truly has it all, from smugglers to buried treasure and shark infested waters. Aboard the ship the LEGO Captain Redbeard presides over his maps and treasure chests, evoking the real-life adventures of fearsome pirates like Captain Kidd and Henry Morgan.

For long-term LEGO fans, the set is also packed with nostalgic nods and references to classic LEGO Pirates sets of the past. This unique set is in fact two builds in one, as the pirate ship can be disassembled from the island wreckage to set sail on its own.

For gadding gladiators:

10276 Colosseum

Price: £449.99 / $549.99 / €487.39 Pieces: 9,036 Available: Now

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The Colosseum of Rome, an icon of the ancient world, offers the ultimate building experience for all history lovers.

This exquisite set recreates in astonishing detail the architectural features of the ancient amphitheatre. This set is visually stunning from every angle thanks to the oval base and complete 360 rendering of the Roman landmark. In addition to the banks of seats, the build includes a detailed depiction of the hypogeum – the maze of subterranean chambers from which the gladiators would have emerged. 

This gargantuan set, the largest that the LEGO Group has ever produced, clocks in at an astounding 9,036 pieces. That is sure to keep any history buff building well into the new year.

Remember to check out the rest of our Christmas 2020 gift lists, and watch out for more very soon:

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If budget is truly no issue, why not check out Brick Fanatics’ Top 20 LEGO Sets List, which ranks the best 20 LEGO sets currently available at LEGO.com? If the set you’re looking for is out of stock, sign up to Brick Fanatics’ Stock Alerts to be notified as soon as it’s available again.

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