The tallest LEGO sets of all time – May 2024

Where does LEGO Icons 10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr rank among the tallest LEGO sets of all time? Let’s scale the towering titans of LEGO history to find out.

The LEGO Group loves going large these days, and while some sprawling sets cast their gaze horizontally, others shoot for the stars by soaring above their contemporaries. From superhero skyscrapers and a rollicking rollercoaster to a crazy crane and an evil lord’s lair, these 10 towering LEGO sets burst through their glass ceilings to reach practically unparalleled heights.

Nestled among them now is 10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr, which arrives on shelves June 1 and tops out at an impressive 83cm tall. Does that get it on to the podium of the tallest LEGO sets of all time? Find out below…

10 – 43222 Disney Castle

Theme: Disney Price: £344.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 Pieces: 4,837 Height: 80cm Available: Now

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While 76417 Gringotts Wizarding Bank Collectors’ Edition has slipped out of the top 10 tallest sets since 2023, 43222 Disney Castle is just about clinging on. Standing 6cm taller than its predecessor 71040 The Disney Castle, the flag atop the latest version’s tower takes it up to a respectable 80cm.

9 – 76178 Daily Bugle

Theme: Marvel Price: £299.99 / $349.99 / €349.99 Pieces: 3,776 Height: 82cm Available: Now

Once the tallest LEGO Marvel set of all time, 76178 Daily Bugle can now only claim the silver superhero medal – and it’s even in danger of slipping off this list altogether. But you’ll still struggle to find shelf space for what is an undeniably huge skyscraper, propelled to its 82cm stature by the radio tower atop the very grey building.

8 – 10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr

Theme: Icons Price: £399.99 / $459.99 / €459.99 Pieces: 5,471 Height: 83cm Available: Now

That 10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr only comes in at eighth place on this list is by no means a mark against the latest LEGO Icons model. Instead, it’s only testament to just how many tall sets the LEGO Group has released over the past few years, because make no mistake, Barad-dûr is massive. But it does still top out at 83cm – unless you start stacking additional copies, in which case the world is your oyster…

7 – 76269 Avengers Tower

Theme: Marvel Price: £429.99 / $499.99 / €499.99 Pieces: 5,201 Height: 90cm Available: Now

Released last year to snatch the crown of the tallest LEGO Marvel set straight from 76178 Daily Bugle, 76269 Avengers Tower takes the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and by extension, the LEGO Marvel Infinity Saga – to new heights. (Sorry not sorry.)

6 – 10303 Loop Coaster

Theme: Icons Price: £344.99 / $399.99 / €399.99 Pieces: 3,756 Height: 92cm Available: Now

Creating a drop with the kind of g-forces that would surely kill you in real life, but instead just propel its minifigures around two loops, 10303 Loop Coaster stands a staggering 92cm tall. This is easily one of the most ambitious sets the LEGO Group has ever cooked up, even if it’s not quite the tallest.

5 – 42146 Liebherr Crawler Crane LR 13000

Theme: Technic Price: £579.99 / $699.99 / €679.99 Pieces: 2,883 Height: 99cm Available: Now

The most expensive LEGO set of 2023 is also LEGO Technic’s tallest crane (and tallest set full stop), reaching up to a total height of 99cm. Because this is a crane, though, you don’t necessarily need to display it at full extension if you don’t have the room. Bonus points for that at least.

4 – 10268 Vestas Wind Turbine

Theme: Creator Expert Price: £159.99 / $199.99 / €169.99 Pieces: 826 Height: ~100cm Available: Retired

Technically tying with third place, we’ve popped 10268 Vestas Wind Turbine in fourth only because even the LEGO Group says its full height of 100cm is an approximation. It’s also only in play when one of the windmill’s blades is pointing straight up, so if you’re displaying it motionless you can choose to reduce the required amount of vertical space.

3 – 92176 NASA Apollo Saturn V

Theme: Ideas Price: £104.99 / $119.99 / €119.99 Pieces: 1,969 Height: 100cm Available: Retired

Coming in at exactly one metre tall, explicitly and resolutely, 92176 NASA Apollo Saturn V (or its identical original version 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V) makes confident use of its 1,969 pieces to make for one of the best LEGO NASA sets… well, ever. It’s the tallest one too – as long as you choose to display it vertically, rather than horizontally on the included stands.

2 – 10181 Eiffel Tower

Theme: Creator Expert Price: £149.99 / $199.99 Pieces: 3,428 Height: 108cm Available: Retired

The O.G. LEGO Parisian landmark made waves in 2007 by crashing on to LEGO Store shelves at 108cm tall, a record that has only been surpassed once (and with some irony, as we’ll come to see). 10181 Eiffel Tower uses ‘only’ 3,428 pieces to achieve that stature, which is all the more surprising when you consider what’s top of this list…

1 – 10307 Eiffel Tower

Theme: Icons Price: £554.99 / $679.99 / €629.99 Pieces: 10,001 Height: 149cm Available: Now

Yep: it’s another Tour d’Eiffel, built using three times as many pieces as its predecessor and ratcheting up the height to an incredible 149cm tall. It’s difficult to think of a LEGO set that might ever top this, especially while the LEGO Group is openly talking about its consumer base shifting towards smaller and cheaper sets, so 10307 Eiffel Tower could retain this crown for years to come – just as its predecessor did for a decade and a half.

The tallest LEGO sets of all time

RankLEGO setPricePiecesHeight
110307 Eiffel Tower£554.99 / $679.99 / €629.9910,001149cm
210181 Eiffel Tower£149.99 / $199.993,428108cm
392176 NASA Apollo Saturn V£104.99 / $119.99 / €119.991,969100cm
410268 Vestas Wind Turbine£159.99 / $199.99 / €169.99826~100cm
542146 Liebherr Crawler Crane LR 13000£579.99 / $699.99 / €679.992,88399cm
610303 Loop Coaster£344.99 / $399.99 / €399.993,75692cm
776269 Avengers Tower£429.99 / $499.99 / €499.995,20190cm
810333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr£399.99 / $459.99 / €459.995,47183cm
976178 Daily Bugle£299.99 / $349.99 / €349.993,77682cm
1043222 Disney Castle£344.99 / $399.99 / €399.994,83780cm

10333 The Lord of the Rings: Barad-dûr is available from June 1 for LEGO Insiders and June 4 for everyone else for £399.99 / $459.99 / €459.99. Buy it between June 1 and 7 and you’ll receive a free copy of 40693 The Lord of the Rings: Fell Beast while stocks last.

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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.

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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.

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