The best LEGO sets are the ones that allow us to stretch our imagination and make a solid reality out of our dreams. It’s a set that’s challenging to put together but also allows for plenty of sandbox play. And finally, a great LEGO set is one that can be used by everyone from the age of 4-years old to the age of 99-years old. A good playset allows anyone and everyone to strengthen their imaginative skills.
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees on what makes the perfect Lego playset. Some people believe that a playset is better if it portrays a particular creative universe that they’re interested in—such as portraying the Star Wars or the Harry Potter universe. We have a different idea, however. We believe the best LEGO playsets are the ones that emphasis imagination, regardless of the franchise represented. And we’ve listed ten of those that we like below.
My Top 10 Best LEGO Sets Recommendations & Reviews
#10 LEGO Classic Creative Building Box
Although this LEGO set isn’t as stylized as some of the other sets on this list, it does have one big limitation. It has several singular themed pieces, such as a dragon or a robot, so children don’t have as much creative freedom as they may have with some other sets. The hope was that this was just a set of blocks that would provide some sandbox play and allow children aged 4 to 99-years of age to flex their creative muscles. Having said that, this by no means insinuates that it’s a bad set. It’s still a pretty good set with 900 Lego pieces in a variety of beautiful colors.
- Great for ages 4-99 years of age
- Comes with 900 colorful pieces
- It is limited in its scope
#9 LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs
This inexpensive 3-in-1 LEGO playset allows children ages 7-years to 12-years old have some creative fun. Using this set, they can build either a T-Rex, Triceratops, or a Pterodactyl, and once they’ve built one, they can take it apart and build another. Although this set is kind of limited in its scope, meaning that children can only use it to build one of the three dinosaurs, it does provide a great deal of fun for hours. Another complaint we have about this set is that the finished dinosaurs don’t stay together as well as they should, and will pop apart once children begin playing with them.
- It’s an inexpensive playset
- Great for children who love dinosaurs
- Pieces all come together well
- Provides hours of fun
- Can only create one of three dinosaurs
- Finished pieces are kind of flimsy
#8 LEGO City Police Mobile Command Center
This LEGO mobile command center set allows children to reenact their favorite action movies and provides for hours of fun. It’s designed for children ages 6 to 12-years old and comes with 374 pieces. In this set is a mobile command center, a criminal’s ATV with a hook and chain that can be used to pull the doors off of the jail cell, a motorbike, and a truck cab. It also comes with both male and female police officers as well as criminals.
- Provides hours of fun
- Great for children 6 to 12-years of age
- Isn’t sturdy enough for heavy play
#7 LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu
This is a set that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike and inspires creative play. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy a big blue dragon combined with ninjas? We know that we had trouble resisting it, although we felt the dragon doesn’t hold up to spirited play as well as it should. This set comes with 493 pieces and includes four popular Ninjago Minifigures—Muzzle, Zane, Jay, and Daddy No Legs. It also includes the Dragonbone Blade ninja sword. Everything a child needs to reenact adventures from the movie.
- Provides hours of enjoyment
- Really inspires the child’s imagination
- The dragon comes apart too easily
#6 LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter
This LEGO set is not only great for play but is sure to be an instant collector’s item. That’s because it not only allows for epic space battle reenactments but looks pretty good just sitting on a shelf for display. This set is designed for children ages 8 to 14 years of age but is sure to be enjoyed by adults as well as children. It comes with 731 pieces, and when constructed, it makes an X-Wing fighter with retractable landing gear, an opening mini figure cockpit, and wing-mounted shooters.
- This is sure to be an instant collector’s item
- Is fun for both display or play
- Engine outlets tend to come off during play
#5 LEGO Juniors Jurassic World Raptor Set
This set is designed for children between the ages of 4 and 7 years old and is a great set for children who love freeform building. That means children who don’t follow the directions but simply want to mix and match sets to create their own special worlds. However, for parents who want their children to strictly follow the instructions, then this might not be the right set. That’s because it can be a difficult build for young children. having said that, it’s still a great set that provides plenty of Jurassic World fun for any child or adult.
- Great for sandbox freeform building
- Provides hours of fun
- May be difficult for younger builders to build
#4 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwart’s Express
This Harry Potter building kit is sure to provide hours of fun. It has a total of 801 pieces and is suitable for children ages 8 years to 99 years of age. It allows the user to build the Hogwarts express train, Platform 9-3/4, and a railway bridge. It comes with Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Remus Lupin. It also comes with Dementor and Scabbers figures, and with the Trolley Witch. It’s a great set for hours upon hours of creative fun.
- It’s sure to be an instant classic LEGO set
- Provides hours of Harry Potter fun
- Doesn’t come with track
#3 LEGO Duplo My First Cars & Trucks
Children under the age of 5-years old don’t have to miss out on all of the LEGO fun thanks to this Duplo bricks set. It contains three wheelbases, crane and assorted vehicle themed bricks that can be combined to create a variety of fascinating vehicles. Although we would’ve expected more bricks in this set for the price, it does contain enough product to provide children 1.5 to 5-years of age with a way to express themselves creatively and build their imaginations.
- Great for children 1.5 to 5-years old
- Encourages imaginative play
- Doesn’t come with a lot of pieces
#2 LEGO City People Pack Outdoor Adventures
This set is designed for children ages 5-years and older, and it is a great camping themed LEGO set. It includes 14 assorted mini-figures that include campers, a biker, a baby, a mountain climber, a photographer, as well as several other figures. This makes it great for independent play, or the set can be used to populate other sets. It comes with 164-pieces, including a tent and motorbike, an eagle and even a log ramp. It’s a set that’s sure to provide hours upon hours of building fun for to any child or adult.
- Provides hours of fun
- Has a good assortment of mini-figures
- May be too advanced for younger children
#1 LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V
This LEGO set recreates the rocket that took humans to the moon and does it at approximately 1:110 scale. This set comes with 1,900 pieces and is perfect for boys and girls 14-years and older. It comes with three removable rocket stages, and a command and service module. It also comes with two mini-figures that can go along with the Lunar Lander and splashdown rocket. And it comes with three stands so it can be put on display.
- Is a true soon-to-be-collectors item
- Great for children and adults
- Ideal for play or for display
- Is sure to one day become a collector’s item
- One of the more expensive LEGO sets