The best gift you can give a kid is a big LEGO set that’ll take them hours and hours (maybe days or weeks!) to complete. LEGOs are like the IKEA of toys: every single piece belongs to a greater puzzle you’re trying to solve. Countless hours. Blood. Sweat. Tears (mostly from my son since he’s impatient). All of this is a part of building a LEGO structure. Ah, but once it’s complete, the result looks amazing, you’re in awe of the functionality, and you cannot believe it’s finally done. And if you need LEGO storage when you’re all done, we’ve got great recommendations for you as well. You’re welcome.
While some LEGO sets can be a pretty penny, it’s worth it in the long run since you’re paying for the hours of peace you get while they build, and then again as they play. “Sure they hurt to step on, but LEGO bricks let kids (and kids at heart) build incredible play sets and displays,” says Toy Insider Editor-in-Chief Marissa DiBartolo. “LEGO sets are getting bigger and better than ever, and they keep you busy for hours on end, so they are certainly worth the hefty price tag they sometimes come with.”
From Creators to Disney, here are some of the most fun LEGO sets to add to your collection.
Best Big LEGO Sets:
Spend a couple of hours (days?!) building this 1,023-piece set to create the heroic Mandalorian from Star Wars. Once built, kids get to enjoy imaginative play with Greef Karga, Scout Trooper, and the Child.
This 962-piece LEGO set lets advanced builders put together a ship in a bottle. Also known as “what I saw on grandpa’s shelf once” features a cork and wax seal, ship with captain’s quarters, cannons, a mast, a crow’s nest, and a display case. Highly recommend you don’t put a message inside and throw it in the ocean.
Some kids want to play with a princess castle, and others want to build a 6020-piece(!) Harry Potter castle. This Hogwarts replica comes complete with four Harry Potter figures, 27 microfigures, the Chamber of Secrets, the Whomping Willow, and many more. With a full cast and set, kids can enjoy hours of imaginative play.
Jump right into the magical world of Disney and create the set based on the movie Raya and the Last Dragon. This 610-piece lego set features a palace with six rooms and two towers, where kids can have imaginative play with Raya, Namaar, and Tuk Tuk.
Take the opportunity to talk about American history, architecture, and design while building this 1,685-piece Statue of Liberty with your child. The iconic Lady Liberty can live on a shelf display, while your family takes great pride in completing what is surely an awesome building experience.
For the child with a love for all-things space exploration, this multi-stage rocket and launch tower is the perfect buy. The 837-piece set comes with two astronauts, two scientists, launch director, ground crew technician, plus telescope, and a rover with a launchpad. This is the kind of “going off into space” we moms don’t mind!
Speaking from personal experience, this Bugatti Chiron is an incredible activity to do with your car-loving child. The 3,599 pieces come together to create the quintessential collectible sports car that can actually be played with. It featured an active rear wing, 8-speed gearbox, steering wheel, spoked rims, and a suspension you can see and operate.
The best part of this 1,260-piece LEGO set (and any 3-in-1, really) is that you can choose one of the three different designs to put together. Theoretically, you could then also take the finished product, break it apart, and create another design. And then do that a third time. Kids can choose from the classic pirate ship, rustic Pirates’ Inn, and mysterious Skull Island. Yay, parenting hacks!
Build the Avengers Ultimate Quinjet with all 838 pieces. The set includes Black Widow, Hawkeye, Rocket, Thor, and two Chitauri. The Quinet opens to expose a cockpit, passenger compartment, and a variety of shooters.
This action-packed LEGO set is a great way for construction fans to be able to handle a crane, and being able to see how it works from a new perspective. Kids can steer the truck, put out the outriggers, raise the boom, and hoist the concrete pillar. They’ll learn about engineering and movement as they build the 1,292-piece set.
Spend quality time building the LEGO version of the iconic Batmobile from the 1989 movie. The 3,306-piece set features a slide-open, dual minifigure cockpit, and two hidden machine guns with a pop-up function.
This subset of LEGOs allow kids to recreate famous landmarks from around the world. The 565-piece San Francisco skyline set captures the essence of the city’s most iconic architectural marvels, like the Golden Gate Bridge to the Transamerica Pyramid. Included in the set is the famous “painted ladies” buildings (Hello Full House!), Colt Tower, Fort Point, Alcatraz Island, and more.
Relive the thrill of the amusement park with this set. Build a fully functional roller coaster, and
send the car racing through twists and turns. It features a working chain-lift and is packed with
theme park-inspired details and accessories, including an ice cream cart.