The five largest ever LEGO sets: November 2020 edition

10276 Colosseum blows past the previous largest ever LEGO set with over 9,000 pieces – here’s the up-to-date countdown of the models with the biggest piece counts

In 2007, LEGO Star Wars 10179 Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon launched as the largest ever LEGO set. Since then though, it has slipped down the list and is no longer part of the top five largest LEGO set rundown.

It’s 10276 Colosseum that has knocked it out of the top five, with the 9,036 piece easily slipping into the top spot. It’s the second new entry in the list this year, with 75978 Diagon Alley also recently joining the very elite ranking.

Here is the updated November 2020 edition of the top five largest ever LEGO sets…

#5 – LEGO Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley

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Hogwarts Castle is, as the name suggests, a castle. The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a place steeped in tradition, old and full of ancient secrets. By contrast, Diagon Alley is a place that has history, but is constantly reinventing, a lively location that opens Harry Potter’s eyes to a wider world that was previously unknown to him.

While LEGO fans could have taken a guess that the location would be revisited at some point, they could never have taken for granted that it would be a 5,544 piece set. That enormous collection of parts is used to build a whole selection of eclectic locations to delight Potterheads.

#4 – LEGO Creator Expert 10189 / 10256 Taj Mahal

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The Taj Mahal took the LEGO collecting world by surprise when it was released back in 2008. The LEGO Group had been releasing larger models and even a few based on landmarks since the early 2000s, but this was something new. It was such an unbelievable departure in terms of piece count – nothing released before came close, aside from 10179 Millennium Falcon.

10143 Death Star from 2005, the second place slot holder before this release, was outdone to the tune of over 2,000 pieces. This was part of a new class of sets, occasionally released, with piece counts closing in on 6,000. Until the release of 75192 Millennium Falcon, this set spent ten years holding the title of the largest ever LEGO set. Luckily for fans who dreamt of owning this landmark, it was re-released as LEGO Creator Expert 10256 Taj Mahal on November 27, 2017, with a piece count of 5,923. The additional piece that was added to the set is a brick separator.

#3 – LEGO Harry Potter 71043 Hogwarts Castle

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The term microscale can be misleading. It implies that a LEGO set will be small. But when your subject matter is Hogwarts Castle, the expansive location in which wizards are schooled, then a microscale set still requires 6,020 pieces to make it happen.

LEGO Harry Potter fans have wanted an ultimate Hogwarts for some time, but it always seemed a slightly unachievable set in minifigure scale – thankfully, this beautiful new set offers a compromise. Potterheads can own the model of their dreams, but it does not have to be bigger than the room it will be displayed in. What makes this set work so well is now just how expansive it is, but how many details have been packed into the interior sections – the famous house banners, flaming torches and jars of potion all give this the magic touch.

#2 – LEGO Star Wars 75192 Millennium Falcon

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LEGO Star Wars 75192 Millennium Falcon was something of a popular set when it launched. Despite the unprecedented price tage on this set, fans queued for hours, refreshed web pages and paid even higher than its official price on eBay when it launched. The prospect of owning the new largest ever LEGO set, clocking in at 7,541 pieces, was too much to resist for many. For months, it was frequently sold out around the world.

As the most iconic vehicle in the whole of Star Wars, it is no surprise that the Millennium Falcon would be the largest ever set in the theme. There’s no fan who doesn’t want to own the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, especially when it has this level of detail.

#1 – LEGO 10274 Colosseum

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What subject matter is worthy of the largest ever LEGO set? The Colosseum in Rome, Italy, is a landmark of great historical significance. No structure like it exists anywhere else in the world, especially in the condition that it still stands in. It is a feat of architecture and engineering, despite some of the dakr practices used to achieve it.

It is only appropriate that such significant subject matter would get a set that uses 9,036 pieces, around 1,500 more than the second largest – 75192 Millennium Falcon. Fans who love sizable sets will be making space for 10274 Colosseum.

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Graham was the Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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