LEGO have been inspiring children and adults alike to imagine, play and create for over 75 years now. Over the past 50 years they have released over 122 different themed kits - from "Atlantis" to "Star Wars" - selling millions upon millions of kits a year and annually producing approximately 36 billion LEGO bricks.
Here we look at a rundown of the ten best LEGO sets of all time (with a combined brick count of 13,070):
10. Monorail Transport System
This classic 1987 LEGO set consists of 731 pieces and 5 mini-figures (3 Yellow Futuron Astronauts and 2 Blue Futuron Astronauts). The Transport System is the base of the Futuron astronauts. This set is the first to include the grey Monorail track pieces. In 1989 LEGO released an extension set for the monorail known as the 6921-Monorail Accessory Track.
9. Space Cruiser And Moonbase
Released in 1979. This is a true "classic space" set - popular with collectors it now has a market value of $150 upwards! This set sets standards in LEGO that no other set since has matched. Features include a Baseplate with landing pad, raised moonscape base, control room with rare gray spoked antenna and a large spaceship with hinged roof.
8. Hogwarts Castle
Magic and mystery haunt the halls of the Hogwarts Castle. This is the 4th set of the famous Castle from the Harry Potter children's film series, and most definitely the best. It comes in at a 1290 pieces (with a lot of stickers!) and 11 mini-figures (All mostly updated - Flitwick and Filch, The Dementors, Voldemort and Dumbledore).
7. Green Grocer
The Green Grocer modular LEGO set is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful of all! A masterpiece of LEGO construction. The lively building features a grocery store and classic apartments that can be built, rebuilt and rearranged to suit your own LEGO town.
6. The Airport Shuttle
LEGO's greatest rail set ever. A flexible set you can use to expand or combine with any LEGO city or town set. Released in 1990. The set consists of 767 pieces and 9 Minifigs. The price of these on the collectors market has skyrocketed in recent years with an average selling price of $1000.
5. The Death Star
A top 10 LEGO set list without featuring one LEGO Star Wars set would be crazy! Especially when you review the epicness of the Death Star - It comes with 25 mini figures and 6 of them are exclusive to this set alone. Including Luke Skywalker in Stormtrooper version (can it get any more epic?), Han Solo in Stormtrooper version (yes!), Chewbacca, Princess Leia, R2D2, C3P0, Ben Kenobi, Luke Skywalker in Tatooine farm boy version. Not complete with out Darth Vader and The Emperor - Turn the to dark side and enjoy.
4. Black Seas Barracuda
The Black Sea Barracuda was among 4 sets introduced in 1989 by Lego for the Pirates theme. Featuring a crew of 8 Pirates, one of whom is the legendary Captain Redbeard hiimself and Lego's first named mini-figure. The set consists of 909 pieces - including 4 shooting cannons with covered portholes, a rowboat, captain's cabin with map and treasure and even a monkey!
3. Medieval Market Village
This classic medieval village set consists of 1,601 pieces which form two large buildings - plus a stall, a tree and marketplace structures. Eight mini-figures are included (Blacksmith, 2 soldiers, 2 male peasants, 2 female peasants and a boy minifigure), two cows, a horse, a rat and three brick-built birds. This set will take a long time to build but will be one of the most enjoyable builds you'll ever experience.
2. Black Monarch's Castle
This Classic vintage LEGO set - Black Monarch's Castle was released in 1988. Many say it was the last of the true castles made before LEGO started cutting corners on production. The set contains a large castle with an awesome working drawbridge and portcullis, four horses and twelve minifigures. 702 pieces in all - the set has become a "must-have" for collectors.
1. Mindstorms NXT set
LEGO introduced the Mindstorms NXT set to critical acclaim in 2006. The NXT set is a programmable toy robot with a smart microcomputer brick and awesome software. The kit bring fantasy and imagination into the real world and enables children (and adults) to learn robotics and computer programming skills in a fun way.
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