Lego sets are one of the most popular toys of all time. These building blocks have an interlocking design that allows for making stable structures. This means that kids can build toys and models for long-term play or display. They can be used in several different ways for endless replay value. Sets come with instructions to build specific structures. In a way, building these according to the instructions is a lot like model building. Children can then display their finished builds or even play with them like any other toy. Lego sets usually build themed playsets and vehicles. They often come with minifgures too. Lego has many different themes based on popular cartoons, TV shows and movies.
Another way for children to enjoy Legos is simply by creating their own masterpieces. They can build whatever their imaginations come up. This way of playing fosters creativity, artistic flair and even logical thinking. Kids will have to play the part of engineer to come up with creative solutions to build their designs. Many children will even gravitate towards building artistic sculptures out of their Legos. The following is a brief buying guide along with reviews of 14 Lego sets that boys are sure to love.
This set contains a total of 556 pieces. It was designed for use by kids between the ages of 8 to 14. The main build here is of the famous Ghostbuster’s car. This is the version as seen in the 2016 reboot movie. Kids will also get to build the Ecto-2 motorcycle. Lego minifigures of all four of the new Ghostbusters are included here. Kids will also get their assistant Kevin and a unique ghost figure. The top of the car can be removed to place all four of the heroes inside. One figure can also be placed solidly on the Ecto-2 motorcycle. Children will have a blast building the vehicles and then reenacting their favorite movie scenes.
This pack contains a total of 496 Lego bricks, three Lego minifigures and a unique droid figure. Kids will receive General Leia, Major Vonreg and Kaz Xiono along with Bucket the droid. Each figure comes with a blaster accessory. The build is of a large T.I.E. fighter as seen on the popular Star Wars Resistance cartoon. It’s decorated in a slick red and black color scheme. The cockpit opens up so that a pilot can be placed inside. Two spring-loaded shooters allow kids to fire off laser projectiles for some fun play options. Once completed, the T.I.E. fighter measures in at 6 inches high, 9 inches long and 7 inches wide.
This set is designed for a somewhat older age range of 12 and up. It’s sure to please fans of “The Big Bang Theory,” no matter what their age. This set was an idea submission from a fan, as is the case with the entire Lego Ideas line. It contains a total of 484 pieces that can be used to create the main living-room scene from the popular TV sitcom. The package also includes Lego minifigures of Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Howard, Raj, Amy and Bernadette. The whole crew can hang out on the highly detailed furniture. A number of cool accessories are included such as a telescope, whiteboard and a DNA model. Fans will also get a booklet with details about the set designer and the TV show.
The Lego Juniors line is for younger kids. These sets feature easier builds to help the younger fans to get started. This particular set is rated as appropriate for kids between the ages of 4 to 7. It contains a total of 151 pieces and three Lego minifigures. For kids who love their super heroes and minifigures in general, this set is a real treat. They’ll get Batman, his sidekick Robin and their arch nemesis, the Joker. They will enjoy building and playing with the Batwing Jet and Joker’s car. The minifigures can be securely snapped into place to drive the vehicles. Batman’s jet has a neat missile-firing feature as well. There’s also a small section of the Batcave and plenty of accessories and weapons.
This set is for the ninja fan between the ages of 7 to 14. It’s one of the smaller sets on our list, containing only 58 pieces. The set comes with two Lego minifigures of Kai and Krait. You’ll also receive Kai’s sword and Krait’s axe and helmet. Kids will be able to create a small Jungle scene with an ominous, double-bladed trap for the heroes to avoid. This set is based on the popular Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu TV show.
This set is the perfect gift for any Star Wars fan. The set is rated for kids of 7 to 14 years old. It contains a total of 714 pieces. You also get Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter minifigures in their iconic orange jumpsuits. R2-D2 and R2-Q2 droid figures are thrown in for good measure. The included stickers allow kids to decorate this X-wing to look like Luke’s Red Five or Biggs’ Red Three starfighter. A lever activates the wings so they can be closed or opened for attack mode, just like in the movies. The cockpit can be opened so that a figure can be placed inside. Kids will love both building and playing with this fun set.
Lego City themed sets have an endless array of vehicles, buildings and minifigures. Here, we have a heavy cargo transport truck. This set is for kids between 5 and 12 and contains 310 pieces. Two minifigures with plenty of accessories are included. Children will be able to build the truck that measures over 5 inches long once completed. The trailer measures in at a whopping 10 inches long. They can even build a helicopter with real spinning blades. Figures can be placed inside of both vehicles. The helicopter connects to the trailer for hauling.
If you have a young Harry Potter fan at home, this set will preoccupy them for plenty of hours. It contains 878 Lego bricks. It will take kids a long while to complete this model of one section of the iconic Hogwarts school. This set is rated as appropriate for kids between 9 to 14. The school stands 14 inches high, 11 inches wide and 7 inches deep once complete. You get a ton of wands, brooms, hats and other accessories along with the 10 Lego minifigures that come with this pack. Figures include Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Hagrid, Lord Voldemort, Dumbledore and Nearly Headless Nick.
For kids 12-years-old and up, this set can be a great learning tool. The set contains 468 Lego bricks. It’s from Lego’s Architecture Skyline Collection. The set lets kids build a detailed and accurate model of part of London’s skyline. It can be added to other sets in a series to complete the skyline. It makes a great display piece for the child’s room or even for an older builder’s office desk. This section of the skyline shows Big Ben, the Tower Bridge and the National Gallery.
We previously covered how Lego Junior sets are designed for younger builders. For an even younger crowd, Lego offers their Duplo series of toys. These blocks are bigger and the figures are larger as well. These are designed for preschool-aged children between 2 to 5 years old. The larger pieces are safer and won’t present any choking hazards. This set gives kids 26 blocks and two figures to play with. They get to build a dump truck and tracked excavator.
For the space enthusiast, this set contains 273 pieces. It is rated as suitable for kids aged 5 years old and up. Kids can build a space shuttle that measure in at 9 inches long and 8 inches wide once completed. The cockpit and cargo bays open to allow kids to insert the pilot and research drone. Pieces are included to build a surface rover as well. You also get two astronaut minifigures with this set. The design of the shuttle was inspired by real NASA designs for a possible future mission to Mars.
Lego Marvel sets are extremely popular right now. Spider-Man is such an iconic character, that he gets his own sub-line within the Lego Marvel series. In this set for kids 6 years old and up, kids get a total of 235 pieces and three minifigures. Kids will be excited to play with Spider-Man, the Miles Morales Spidey, and the evil villain, Carnage. Carnage comes complete with large tentacles. Pieces are included to build a generator and Spider-Man’s motorcycle. Kids will get a lot of cool accessories to enhance play, such as web pieces as well.
Not only does Spider-Man get his own sub-line within Lego Marvel, but the Avengers get theirs as well. This set is based on the popular Avengers: Infinity War movie. It is approved for kids between 7 to 14 and contains a total of 4 minifigures. Kids will get Bruce Banner, Falcon, Proxima Midnight and an Outrider. The included bricks and instructions allow kids to build Tony Stark’s giant Hulkbuster suit as seen in the movie. Once fully constructed, the suit stands at 5 inches high. It measures in at around 6 inches wide at the shoulders.
Lego Creator series sets are great for those kids who love to build, tear apart and then build again. This set is for kids 7-years-old and up. It contains a total of 207 Lego bricks. The cool thing about this set is that it is a 3-in-1 toy. Children can build an underwater robot that stands over 5 inches tall. The robot leaves pieces left over to also make a manta ray. The same pieces can also be used to create a submarine with a moving manipulator arm. Last of all, kids can build an underwater crane and treasure-hunting center.
Buying Legos and What to Look For
Choosing the right Lego set for you child can be a daunting task. Lego cranks out a wide variety of sets each year. The first thing to know is that all Lego sets are compatible with one another. The pieces from every set can connect with pieces from any other set. This is true regardless of the set theme or year of production. Another important thing to take note of is the Lego identification numbers. Every set has an I.D. number that is normally 5-digits long. If you’re looking for a specific set, this number can help you to find the right one.
When selecting a set, be sure to check out the suggested age range. Lego marks their age suggestions on every package. The age range isn’t just about child safety. Some sets will be harder to build than others. This can help you to find a pack that won’t be too difficult or frustrating for your child. The last thing to consider is what your child gets excited about. If he or she is a fan of a specific character or super hero, chances are Lego makes a set based on that property.
Lego themes cover ninjas, pirates, castles and more. Town- and city-themed sets let children connect sets to build large cityscapes. These can then be populated with all sorts of vehicles and Lego minifigures. For the budding architect, Lego makes sets based on famous landmarks and city skylines. For kids who love science and engineering, there are sets that will allow them to explore robotics. Here are some frequently asked questions that people often have about Lego products.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Where are Legos made?
The Lego headquarters is in Denmark. This is still where the largest manufacturing plant is located. Lego bricks are also made in Hungary, Mexico and China.
2. I’ve lost my set instructions, what can I do?
Building instructions for most sets can be found online at Lego.com. The site will allow you to search for the set by I.D. number or theme and production year.
3. My kid is older than the suggested age range. Does that mean that the product isn’t for him?
Not necessarily. It’s never suggested to give a set to a child who is younger than the recommended age, but if he or she is older, that’s different. Remember that all Lego sets are compatible. If there are pieces or minifigures in a set that your older child wants, then go for it.
4. Does Lego accept product suggestions?
They do. In fact, the Lego Ideas sets all came from customer suggestions. Their only rule is that you have to build something with real Legos and then submit the idea through their website. If approved, it may become an official set.
5. Where do I go for product support?
Lego has a great customer support system. You can contact them via email or chat directly with a representative online at Lego.com.
6. What’s the Lego VIP program all about?
Lego has a special rewards program for buyers over the age of 18. You can collect points with each purchase you make. This will get you some great deals and special offers.