Brick Fanatics lists 10 more LEGO sets to build in lockdown and while away those hours stuck indoors
Our list of 10 LEGO sets to build in lockdown has proven popular, but we have had some feedback – some of the sets on the list are not currently available. While many fans have lots of sets in their stash already, some readers have pointed out that they don’t have many sets they haven’t built, and asked if we can share suggestions that are currently available.
So this time around, Brick Fanatics is only suggesting sets that are (at the time of writing) available from LEGO.com. The LEGO Stores may be closed, but online delivery is totally an option. Here are another 10 sets that offer a nice, long building experience that should fill a few evenings spent stuck at home.
What is it about watching a small thing move? There is something mesmerising about watching little functional things move by themselves. So not only will 10261 Roller Coaster take a fair few hours to put together, it will then offer hours of fun, as you get distracted from watching the television and instead find yourself absent minded watching the rollercoaster zip around its track. Power Functions components must be ordered in addition to save hand-cranking the function.
Unbelievably, this is such an impressive castle model that even non-Potter fans will get a kick out of this set. A beautiful miniature world, created with incredible care and attention to detail, for those who do love the adventures of the boy wizard, it is absolutely mind-blowing. It justifies its price tag as it is one of the largest LEGO sets ever released. For those who are on a tighter budget, 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall offers a taste of the same location.
Several of the sets on this list are familiar icons from fan-favourite stories. That is no surprise though, as the familiar can be comforting. No Batmobile is more Batmobile than the 1989 vehicle. While The Tumbler is great, it’s too tank like for the Bat’s traditional ride, and the Adam West Batmobile is too Adam West Batman to be a believable crime-fighting car. This incredible replica captures that beautiful shape for a perfect display piece.
The LEGO Ideas theme has pushed the boundaries in the last few years of how large the fan-inspired sets can be. 21318 Tree House is a long, satisfying build. The tree gradually increases in size, the delightful cabins are great fun to build and completing it with the leaves has a great sense of finality. Of course that is not the end, as the green leaves can be switched out for autumnal colours.
What better time to try something new? Those who haven’t touched Technic in a while, or ever, could do a lot worse than treating themselves to a big, impressive model like 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator. It will take time, but there is something especially rewarding about having a moving, functional beast at the end of the build.
No Disney location is more iconic than a princess’s castle, with 71040 The Disney Castle based on the Walt Disney World landmark. Given that holiday plans have been on hold, this is a way to bring a little Disney magic to the home while it can’t be enjoyed in a theme park. Considering that this is a 4,080 piece set, the building goes by quickly thanks to the variety of techniques and many fun references that are incorporated.
For some reason, this set has been overlooked by many LEGO Star Wars fans. That’s a shame, as it offers something different for the theme, and offers the opportunity to build a moving R2-D2, Gonk Droid and Mouse Droid. With more spare time, this is one to go for – what better time to teach yourself coding and grind through some app games with the set than when stuck inside for weeks on end?
Sight-seeing is off the agenda, so building some of the world’s landmarks may be the best alternative to actually staring at them in person. 21042 Statue of Liberty does a great job of capturing the New York statue and looks great on display. For those who would prefer something UK centric, 21045 Trafalgar Square is another excellent Architecture set from last year’s range.
An absolutely classic film from the 1990s, Jurassic Park provides a bit of nostalgia for many. It isn’t just nostalgic though, it’s a film that really holds up thanks to Spielberg’s unparalleled use of tension, combined with his deft touch at action-adventure. Watch the film again, but order this set first. As soon as the credits roll, you will want to be building this incredible statement piece. It looks a lot better in person that is does on the box.
Less functional and smaller than 42100 Liebherr R 9800 Excavator, this set may provide an easier entry point to the world of LEGO Technic. It will still be a long and satisfying build process, but for car nuts offers a sleek supercar model at the end. With the attractive blue colour scheme and curves in all of the right places, the set demonstrates the versatility of Technic.