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10 Cool Lego Sets Your Kids Will Love in 2019

last updated May 13, 2019

In the world of building toys, nothing can compare to the expertise of LEGO. They have been making building bricks, albeit made of high-quality wood, since 1932. By 1949, they had already perfected the art of making interlocking plastic bricks-–the same building bricks that everyone enjoys playing with today. And if you are in the search for really cool LEGO sets for your kids, check out our list of the 10 most-popular and coolest LEGO building sets we guarantee your kids will love this year.

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Star Wars VIII BB-8 Kit
83/100 our score
Entertainment Value
95
Educational Value
80
Sensory Stimulation
85
Effectiveness
75
Accessories
80
Star Wars VIII BB-8 Kit
Why is it better?

Rotating functional head

Hatch opens to reveal welding torch

Includes display case

Detailed replica of the movie version

Head mechanics closely resemble the way BB-8 moves in the movie

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For this update we added more information to our criteria section. We also made sure that all the items on our top ten list were still currently available in the market today. All the items on our list are the highest rated that are available for 2019. LEGOs are a wonderful way for your child to engage socially and express their creativity.

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83
Entertainment Value
95%
Educational Value
80%
Sensory Stimulation
85%
Effectiveness
75%
Accessories
80%
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$99.95
#2
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83
Entertainment Value
95%
Educational Value
75%
Sensory Stimulation
80%
Effectiveness
85%
Accessories
80%
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$49.95
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The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83
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85%
Educational Value
85%
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85%
Effectiveness
80%
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$19.99
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80%
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$236.95
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75%
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$44.99
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82
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90%
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85%
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75%
Effectiveness
80%
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80%
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$20.99
In depth review top 10
  • Star Wars VIII BB-8 Kit
  • Avengers Hydra Showdown
  • Fire Ladder Truck
  • Friends Heartlake Summer Pool
  • Star Wars Millennium Falcon Building Kit
  • Minecraft The Cave
  • Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall
  • ATV Race Team
  • My First Number Train Building Set
  • Space Shuttle Explorer
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10 Best Cool Lego Sets Reviewed

1. Star Wars VIII BB-8 Kit

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83
Star Wars VIII BB-8 Kit
Entertainment Value
95
Educational Value
80
Sensory Stimulation
85
Effectiveness
75
Accessories
80
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$99.95

Rotating functional head

Hatch opens to reveal welding torch

Includes display case

Detailed replica of the movie version

Head mechanics closely resemble the way BB-8 moves in the movie

Hatch door does not close when retracting torch; you’ll have to close it manually

Head can only move forward and backward, not side to side

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...BB-8 stole the hearts of millions. This cute, spunky little robo-buddy is a staple in the new Star Wars films as the sidekick of Rey.

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Entertainment Value

BB-8 is known for his quirkiness in the hit Star Wars movie. This fun LEGO set comes with cool movie-like features like a rotating head and its very own welding torch just like the little robot in the film. It’s perfect for anyone

Educational Value

Building sets can challenge children’s analytical skills, as well as improving their dexterity and their hand-eye coordination.

Sensory Stimulation

The model doesn’t roll, but it is a great detailed replica and measures about nine inches high and five inches wide, making it easy to put on display.

>Effectiveness

Whether you’re a Star Wars enthusiast or love to show off your building sets, you’ll love this BB-8. This is the droid you are looking for: and we don’t blame you! BB-8 is just so stinkin’ cute. This set is a challenging build without being so difficult as to frustrate kids beyond the desire to complete it.

Accesories

Kids will love not only building BB-8 but showing off the cool features like the rotating head and welding torch.

2. Avengers Hydra Showdown

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83
Avengers Hydra Showdown
Entertainment Value
95
Educational Value
75
Sensory Stimulation
80
Effectiveness
85
Accessories
80
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$49.95

4x4 vehicle has a removable roof and rotating turret to get the enemy from all angles

Thor figure comes with a super jumper accessory to give the impression of his godly flying ability

Stud launcher has a pretty long range and high trajectory

Quick shipping and timely delivery

Instructions were clear making it easy to assemble

Hydra dune buggy breaks apart too easily

Set and box may come damaged from shipping

Your child can become the next Avenger with the Lego Superheros Avengers Hydra Showdown set. They can join forces with Hawkeye and Thor and battle against the Hydra henchman. The 220 pieces in this set give your little one everything they need to build a vehicle for the Avengers and the Hydra.

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Entertainment Value

With the final movie of the Avengers hitting the screen, this LEGO set is perfect for any fan of these heroes. This set includes some fan favorites such as Thor, a Hydra henchman and Hawkeye. Your child will love building their favorite characters in this set. Each character also comes their own special weapon. It’s perfect for your little one to take apart or display once they are finished.

Educational Value

For children who are between the ages of 6 and 12 these LEGO sets are incredibly beneficial to them. They will help increase your child's fine motor skills as they’ll maneuver the cars and minifigures. This set will also increase your child's self-confidence as they’ll want to show you their complete work. It will also help keep your child’s social skills and enhance their vocabulary.

Sensory Stimulation

Your child’s problem-solving skills and concentration will improve as they construct each car. They will be grinning from ear to ear as this set combines their love of superheroes and legos.

Effectiveness

When built, each of the cars also are equipped with their own special set of weapons. The Avengers’ car features a missile shooter that has the ability to rotate

Accessories

They hydra’s offroader is equipped with a stud shooter. If the missiles happen to miss the hydra during a high-speed chase, your child can launch Thor, using the super jumper, right onto the hydra for hand to hand combat.

3. Fire Ladder Truck

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83
Fire Ladder Truck
Entertainment Value
85
Educational Value
85
Sensory Stimulation
85
Effectiveness
80
Accessories
80
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$19.99

Two firefighter minifigures in protective gear

Working ladder to get firefighters above fire

Water studs, hose, and fire extinguisher to fight flames

Ladder spins 360 degrees

Sturdy firetruck

Careful when rotating ladder; it comes loose from its base

If the city’s in trouble, public service workers are bound to be on the job. From fire fighters to law enforcement, kids are often enamored with the real-life community heroes around them.

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Entertainment Value

LEGO City sets are compatible with standard LEGO products and can be combined for all kinds of mix-and-match fun

Educational Value

Construction sets allow kids to work motor skills, while practicing sorting, categorizing, puzzle-solving, and logic skills. Once this set is built, imaginative play can begin as your little ones help the firefighters save the city!

Sensory Stimulation

It’s always great to give kids toys that exemplify role models close to them. Community leaders and service providers are a great team of heroes for little ones to admire, and with this adorable fire truck set, your family can bust the flames in their own imaginary adventures, right alongside them!

Effectiveness

The extended ladder spins an entire 360 degrees, and the pull-out firehose and stud shooter help battle fires at top speed and pressure.

Accesories

This City Fire Truck LEGO set features two minifigures of your favorite town heroes along with lots of bells and whistles such as a fire extinguisher, circular saw, water studs, shovel, ladder and axe.

4. Friends Heartlake Summer Pool

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83
Friends Heartlake Summer Pool
Entertainment Value
95
Educational Value
85
Sensory Stimulation
80
Effectiveness
75
Accessories
80
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$39.99

Fun LEGO pool

Two Heartlake Mini-Figures

Pool accessories and swim-up bar

Water slide

Restroom area, lifeguard station, ice cream stand, and hot tub included

Took some users a while to assemble fully

Lots of small pieces; easy to lose

The LEGO friends know how important good company and fond memories can be. Help Andrea and Martina enjoy their lazy summer afternoon. The pool and swim-up bar measure over seven inches high, nine inches wide, and nine inches deep, giving the mini-dolls plenty of room to splash around.

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Entertainment Value

These LEGO pieces are compatible with all LEGO building toys and construction sets. Combine it with other Heartlake sets to expand the fun!

Educational Value

Construction and building toys equip children with improved critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as further opportunities to develop their own creativity.

Sensory Stimulation

This fun summer set will also allow them to engage in imaginative role-playing, helping to build empathy and socialization skills.

Effectiveness

This set has a wide arrange of features, more than most LEGO building kits. It’s a cute theme, with multiple stand-alone pieces that all still fit under the umbrella theme of a luxurious pool for the Heartlake dolls to play in.

Accesories

This Heartlake Summer Pool Set features a pool, diving board, wavy slide, aquarium, shower, fountain, swim-up bar, rubber ring, air mattress, tv screen, and more.

5. Star Wars Millennium Falcon Building Kit

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83
Star Wars Millennium Falcon Building Kit
Entertainment Value
90
Educational Value
85
Sensory Stimulation
75
Effectiveness
80
Accessories
85
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$236.95

Open top panel for viewing the intricacy of inner detail

Hero and villain characters from Episode VII are included

Has spring-loaded shooters and rotating turrets

Good project for the whole family to get involved

More streamlined and detailed design from previous editions

Can be frustrating and requires a lot of patience to complete

Many products arrive damaged from shipping or with missing parts

Fly the Millennium Falcon your child can! That was our best impression of Yoda but with the Star Wars Millennium Falcon Lego set, your child really can build it. With over 13,000 pieces this set is geared towards children between the ages of nine and fourteen

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Entertainment Value

Once the ship is built it is equipped with a detachable cockpit and dual spring-loaded shooters. Rotating laser turrets, secret compartments, and removable gunner seats are just a few of the ship’s interior features.

Educational Value

By building, children are enhancing their fine motor and creativity skills.

Sensory Stimulation

The large number of pieces will increase your child’s level of patience as well as their confidence once they finish building it.

Effectiveness

Measuring in at 5 inches high, eighteen inches long, and 12 inches wide this Lego creation is one your child can take pride in and show off to their friends. This is a great project for families to bond over.

Accesories

With seven minifigures included in this set, your Star Wars fan can enjoy adventures with Han Solo, Rey, Chewbacca, Finn, Tasu Leech, a BB-8 droid, and a Kanjiklub gang member. Each character comes with their own weapon. May the force be with you!

6. Minecraft The Cave

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82
Minecraft The Cave
Entertainment Value
85
Educational Value
90
Sensory Stimulation
80
Effectiveness
80
Accessories
75
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$39.91

Benefit of a popular computer game to engage kids in a more active lifestyle

Cross-generational appeal for all Minecraft fans and Lego set collectors

Imaginative ore-mining activity improves focus and can engender a sense of purpose through play

Can be combined with other Lego Minecraft sets

Price point is true to value

Pieces are hard to assemble and keep interlocked

Many blocks have an unrealistic feel that aren’t authentic to the video game

One of the most popular computer games today is Minecraft where players get to create their very own worlds complete with the different structures and dynamics that they would like to occur. Children playing the Minecraft game will surely appreciate what Lego has done for them. Lego’s Minecraft the Cave is the perfect building playset you can ever buy for your Minecraft-playing kid.

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Entertainment Value

Lego was kind enough to include this mini figure in the set together with a zombie which Steve can blow up with his TNT. Make sure you also read our article on the most popular lego for boys this year.

Educational Value

Just like the original computer game version, Lego’s Minecraft allows kids to create the kind of world that they have envisioned. They can build worlds, demolish it, fix it, remodel, or even renovate their Minecraft worlds depending on their prevailing sentiment.

Sensory Stimulate

This will stimulate your child and exercise their creative and mechanical skills. With the epidemic of childhood obesity on the rise and ever-shortening attention spans, this will allow your child to remain focused while improving on some other much needed skills.

Effectiveness

This is the best alternative to the video game for Minecraft fans! For parent’s, if you want to keep your child active and engaged -- more engaged than usual and away from the computer -- try to appeal to what they already know and like!

Accesories

This play set features a TNT and torch which is typically used to demolish the Minecraft world prior to remodelling. It comes with gold, coal, obsidian, redstone, and iron elements in addition to the other bricks that make up the 249 colorful blocks. Of course, what’s a Minecraft world without Steve?

7. Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82
Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall
Entertainment Value
90
Educational Value
80
Sensory Stimulation
85
Effectiveness
75
Accessories
80
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$99.95

Ten mini-figures

Includes castle build that opens up

Multiple classrooms and Great Hall inside

Fun animal friends

Multiple magical accessories

Some customers received damaged boxes (all LEGOs were unharmed

Whether you’re a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff, you know that the Great Hall is the place for you. The kit includes the castle tower, Great Hall, a fireplace, benches, tables, the Sorting Hat, reversible house banners, the Mirror of Erised, and a Grand Staircase that leads to the potions room, and treasure room. Wherever you wander, Hogwarts will always welcome you home.

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Entertainment Value

Your child will be able to love building this Hogwarts display. Of course, it’s not actually Hogwarts itself, it does replicate the Great Hall featured in every Hogwarts movie. This set also includes some favorite characters such as: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione, Draco, Professor McGonagall, Hagrid and Albus Dumbledore with a few others. It’s perfect to build along while your child watches the movies and watches their favorite scenes.

Educational Value

Being able to role-play and create will help your child’s imagination. This set will also teach your child social dynamics and help their fine motor skills.

Sensory Stimulation

This kit helps build emptathy and creative thinking as well. It’s a great build if you have a family that loves Harry Potter, and especially if there are a couple of siblings. Given how many little characters it comes with, group creative play is easy and no one will have to fight over the chance to play as the hero.

Effectiveness

This fantastical Hogwarts building set allows you to construct the Great Hall and play out some of Harry’s best adventures in it.

Accesories

Ten mini-figures come ready for enchanting action: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Draco, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Professor Quirrell, McGonagall, and Nearly Headless Nick. This kit also includes some animal friends, such as Scabbers, Fawkes, a buildable Basilisk, and Hedwig.

8. ATV Race Team

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82
ATV Race Team
Entertainment Value
90
Educational Value
85
Sensory Stimulation
80
Effectiveness
75
Accessories
80
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$15.99

Two riders, one boy, one girl

Two ATV racers

Pick-up truck with bed for vehicle

Trailer and attachment to tow ATV

Truck is large and durable, will hold up in rough play

Not a difficult build, best for slightly younger brickers

Ready, set--race! This awesome LEGO ATV Race Team Set comes ready with all the parts and instructions to build your own all-terrain vehicle. Construct a pickup truck with a bed that has room for another vehicle, a trailer hitch, a ramp, a wrench, spare tire, and a fuel barrel. Two suited-up riders are ready to roll straight out of the box

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Entertainment Value

It’s a simple build, but the fun really starts in the aftermath. We love that both men and women drivers are represented here, and that there are multiple vehicles for the figures to ride on and share.

Educational Value

Vehicle-based toys help get kids up and moving as they race their cars around the house, as well as working their hand-eye coordination and familiarizing them with the basic concepts of traffic and road rules.

Sensory Stimulation

This set allows kids all of the benefits of the usual build sets, plus the fun of racing their cars.

Effectiveness

This set is aimed at builders ages 5 to 12 years old, and comes with two cars in addition to the pickup truck, making it a great set to share with friends.

Accesories

The riders both come equipped with helmets, and one is a male, and the other a female, so this set is a great gender-neutral option for racing fanatics. Race, jump and stunt your way through off-roading adventures.

9. My First Number Train Building Set

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82
My First Number Train Building Set
Entertainment Value
90
Educational Value
85
Sensory Stimulation
80
Effectiveness
75
Accessories
80
best offer for today
$44.99

Versatile enough to build beyond the three suggested projects

Fewer action figures and parts for less clutter and easier assembly

Can be combined with Mega Block sets to create new scenarios

Will keep child engaged for hours assembling, disassembling and sorting

Numbers correlate with a unique color creating positive associations

Can be too simple for older children

Price point viewed as too high for such a simple set

Lego bricks are not just for older children. Toddlers will definitely benefit a lot from the Duplo brand of Lego. The good thing about this Duplo model is that it can be reconfigured or rebuilt into a dog house, a tunnel, or even a building. It already includes a dog figure as well as a train engineer.

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Entertainment Value

This set may seem simple, but it’s versatility is phenomenal! The simplicity lies in it just being a boy and his dog as far as the action figures are concerned!

Educational Value

These blocks are ultra-large so they can be easily held by the tiny hands of young kids especially those who may not yet have the necessary fine motor control.

Sensory Stimulation

The My First Number Train features 3 colorful wagon bases to accommodate equally colorful blocks that have been numbered 1 to 10. Duplo is Lego for very young kids. This guarantees high quality design that is simply perfect for developing toddlers’ motor skills as well as their number skills.

Effectiveness

It says you can build a dog house and a tunnel once the caboose is detached, but we’re thinking much further ahead! Perhaps there’s enough for a tower with a base? If we really want to get imaginative, maybe even a rocket!

Accesories

Easy enough! It has numbers 1-10, which is basic enough! Great for counting while having a train-chugging blast!

10. Space Shuttle Explorer

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Space Shuttle Explorer
Entertainment Value
90
Educational Value
85
Sensory Stimulation
75
Effectiveness
80
Accessories
80
best offer for today
$20.99

Three-in-one build

Space Shuttle features cockpit sized for minifigure

Functional doors and hatches on the Moon Station

Space Rover includes drilling arm

Comes with one astronaut minifigure

Tail fits clumsily and falls off of ship

Have a little astronaut on your hands? This three-in-one Space Explorer Kit is the perfect gift for tiny galaxy explorers everywhere. The set can break-down and rebuild into either a Moon Station with a detailed interior, a Space Rover complete with drilling arm, or a Space Shuttle with a functional payload bay, robotic arm, cockpit, minifigure astronaut, and satellite with fold-out wings.

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Entertainment Value
Perfect for your young science enthusiast or astronaut in training, this will get your child into building their own space shuttle. It’s great that it can be broken down and converted into so many different builds. Each of them has at least one cool feature kids will love, and the minifigure can interact with all three designs in one way or another.

Educational Value
Space: the final frontier. Kids are awed by the world around them, and what has more mysteries yet to solve than outer space? Give curious little ones a fun build that will flex their motor skills and logical thinking, and then allow them hours of role-playing their way through the great unknown.

Sensory Stimulation
This set is compatible with all other standard LEGO toys, so you can build your own universe by combining with other playsets.

Effectiveness
The Moon Station features opening hatches and doors, and the minifigure can fit into the cockpit of the Space Explorer Shuttle.

Accesories
Although it has 285 pieces, it is a fun but simple build for children ages 7 to 12 years old.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Entertainment Value

Legos have been around forever. Parents can remember playing and building with them. Every year it seems like the brand is just getting bigger and bigger as time goes on. They bring endless amounts of fun, some you can even display once you’re done building like it’s a work of art. It’s a perfect way for your child to express their creativity, enhance their imagination and just all around be more hands on with their building. If you’re hoping to get your kids away from those big screens, Legos is the perfect way for your child to stay engaged and be lost for hours trying to build the perfect set. Whatever they’re interested in we’re sure Lego has a set just for them!

Educational Value

The research has been extensive throughout the years--more than we can, and should, cover in these brief overviews. As stated before, the sheer fact that LEGO is such a phenomena, a force even, lends itself to so much deserved credibility. The most basic aspect of these blocks can teach spatial awareness that can lead to a greater mechanical aptitude, which can eventually become more abstract in the form of geometric shapes, all the way to algebraic formulations and possibly trigonometry. There are no limits to the possibilities--but, it all has to start somewhere!

Sensory Stimulation

Many parents don’t realize that Lego’s actually have a sensory bonus to them. Your child will learn how to mirror the world around them as they can build their favorite object, building or character. Lego’s are also a great way for your child to interact as some of these sets might require partnership. They’re a terrific way to help your child engage and form relationships based on what they’re building. All in all, Lego’s are extremely beneficial for your child to boost everything from their fine motor skills to their creativity and even enhancing their imagination. They’re the perfect gift for any age.

Effectiveness

Most of these Lego sets comes with easy to follow instructions. Your child will be able to fully understand how a building is built, they’ll also learn cause and effect while building. Once they are done your child will be able to either display their masterpiece for everyone to see or they can simply start over and learn the art of destruction. Whatever they choose your child will be spending hours upon hours learning, building and creating. Learning to build and take apart nurtures your child's spatial awareness and reinforces their cognition and interrelating.

Accessories

One of the best things about LEGO sets that parents love is that once you have one set you can use the pieces for another if your child doesn’t choose to keep their creation up. They’ll be able to add on, create something knew and enjoy everything together. Many of the sets that are included on our top ten list even come with multiple pieces to increase the amount of fun that your child will have while playing with their set.

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Parents should know

It has come a long way from a 1930s Danish toy workshop! From becoming just another avant-garde European trend in experimental child-rearing--to Legoland theme parks for grown-up kids; the movie and comic hero cult; to the memes of what could be more painful to a parent than stepping on a LEGO! LEGO has done more than go beyond the realm of "cool"--it has redefined it!

Parents should know

It’s supposed to be easy choosing the coolest building sets from LEGO. Unfortunately, as the term “cool” can be very subjective, often dependent on one’s idea of the parameters or characteristics of a really cool toy or object, it was quite a challenge. We knew that we cannot be overly dependent on consumer reviews because, again, these are subjective. But we nevertheless took into consideration what countless other parents are saying about the products.

Other Factors to Consider

Age Range

So, we had to look at the theme of the LEGO playset and try to think like kids. We had to look at the LEGO sets from the perspective of children. We then considered the different developmental tasks of children for each age group that the playset is recommended for. For example, a 4-year-old child will have a different way of looking at the LEGO set compared to an 8-year-old. They will also have different cognitive levels so this was also factored in. We also considered today’s current trends knowing full well that children typically follow a fad. So, we had to be updated with what’s new and hip and try to use this knowledge in determining the appropriateness of the building set.
The process of identifying the coolest LEGO sets was never easy. Nevertheless, our commitment and dedication eventually paid off.<

Emotional Development

There are many reasons why building and construction toys like LEGO are such a huge hit not only during the gift-giving season but also for birthdays and other special occasions. For some parents, they don’t wait for special occasions to give their kids LEGOs; they give them on a regular basis even for no apparent reason at all. And it’s easy to see why.
LEGO and other similar building toys have been described by healthcare and childcare experts as very helpful instruments in the development of the kid’s cognition or brain processing. From memory to spatial reasoning to logical reasoning to problem-solving and to critical-thinking, kids can use building bricks to harness these cognitive processes. These provide the foundation for more complex cerebral functions which can help them later in life as adults.

Creativity

For instance, interlocking plastic bricks that form a certain structure will require certain parts of the young brain to process different information. It needs to recall stored information about shapes and the relationship of the orientation of individual bricks with one another. Children learn to make full use of their understanding of causal relationships. Even before they begin stacking bricks on top of the other, they are already forming a mental image of what they are going to build. They know that to attain the form or shape that they desire they have to use a certain size or shape of building brick as well

Social Development

Their understanding of spatial relationships is also enhanced. Some building models may require the insertion of bricks or other components into a particular slot. The young brain will have to make accurate estimates as to whether or not the bricks will fit into to the slot. If the brick is too big, then it will simply not fit into the slot. If the brick is too small, then it will simply fall off from the slot. Spatial intelligence also makes full use of the coordinated movements of the smaller or finer groups of muscles with feedback from both the tactile and visual senses. If children see that a particular block is supposed to be oriented in a particular direction, the brain can command the muscles of the fingers to make changes in the way the brick is to be positioned relative to the model being built.

Design

Almost everyone knows that building bricks like those from LEGO are very useful in helping facilitate the development of kids’ counterfactual reasoning or thinking. This helps them project into the future all the potential outcomes of every action that they take. This is often regarded as very important in the development of their ability to make more or less accurate predictions. They know that “if” they position a brick one very particular way, “then” it will produce an entirely different outcome. This is the basis of their “what if” reasoning or line of thinking. If developed correctly, this can provide the foundation for the enhancement of the critical-thinking processes of the brain. They will be more inclined to use “what if” in almost all of their activities. When they grow up, they can be excellent managers as they will be inclined to look at all the possibilities before making

Frequently Asked Questions

q: Since there are so many adult afficionados, are there ever any LEGO building competitions?
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Yes! There seems to be several all going on at once around the country! To name a few, there is the Radley competition, the Austin Kids Fest competition, the Annual Lisle Library competition, not to mention the nightly building competitions held at Legoland itself! As pointed out, this is just a natural extension of the cross-generationality of this product and the appeal of LEGO culture. The fact that there’s even an architectural series can be seen as a testament to meeting this demand.

q: How accurate are the details to the architectural design play sets?
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I would have to say 95-99 percent accurate! Even though we strive to be darned close, nothing can be 100 percent accurate with historical buildings! So many factors come into play when considering the details. There are probably many details that aren’t part of historical record, for instance. Some buildings were built before the advent of photography, so we may not know for that reason. Some areas may be private that only a handful of people could know the details about. And, lastly, there’s the fact that it can be nice to keep things somewhat within the realm of fantasy, without being too detailed. After all, it’s still just a LEGO playset!

q: What is the difference between LEGO blocks and Duplo blocks?
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Duplo is made by the LEGO company, developed in the late '60s. Duplo is more geared toward preschoolers. They have a tendency to be larger and width and length. Their divets are a little larger and more open than regular LEGO block, thereby making them more easily interlocking. They can be compatible with regular LEGOs, too, when it come to interlocking them. Duplos tend to come in a limited range of colors--red, yellow, blue, white--and are typically building sets like the train set we reviewed.

q: Will LEGO ever make a playset for the Ghostbusters remake?
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Not sure about that! The old Ghostbusters became a classic due to it’s popularity and ratings. LEGO had a deal to make the figures from the franchise going back to the mid-80s! The remake is in a different category on so many levels! The fact that the classic is still being sold has quite a bit to do with customer demand. Many of the prior generation that grew up with the old Ghostbusters wanted it back. So, if the demand is there, the product will definitely be on the shelves!

q: Can I ever buy extra mini figures that are related to some of these sets?
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Unfortunately, I don’t believe LEGO sells any extra minifigures! If you really like some of the figures, I would suggest that you buy other LEGO sets that are the same theme--for example the Avengers or Captain America--you can build those sets and combine them! Since the characters will be related, you can use them interchangeably! Also, who is to say that you can’t use action figures from other brands and manufacturers that you may have laying around? The whole part of imaginative play for your child can often be the creation of unlikely scenarios!

q: Does LEGO sell any other holiday-themed playset besides the advent calendar?
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Yes they do! Not only do they have the advent calendar, they also have a Creator Holiday train set, that’s incredibly joyous and festive complete with wreath! In addition, they sell a Holiday Bakery set. It gives an old world gingerbread house feel, complete with baker, bread, tourists, and horse-drawn carriage with driver! All three of these sets can be combined to create a joyful winter wonderland for the entire family! Did I mention that the bakery comes complete LEGO-powered light for the interior?! Something to think about!

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