Top 10 Biggest Classic LEGO® Castles

Growing up, the Castles theme was one of my favorites. The first set that I remember getting was the Black Falcons’ Fortress (6074). Among my favorite sets growing up were Majisto’s Magical Workshop (6048), and the Night Lord’s Castle (6097). While none of those make today’s list, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the 10 biggest LEGO®  classic Castle sets ever produced. For the purposes of this list, I am only looking at the original LEGO® themes like Castles, Knights Kingdom, and Kingdoms. I will not be looking at licensed themes like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

Most of the images in this article were pulled from perusing old instruction manuals on the lego.com website. However, not all sets were available via that route. For set 375 and 6090, the images came from random eBay auctions.

10. Royal Knights’ Castle

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Royal Knights Castle (6090) instruction manual cover. ©LEGO Group. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by the LEGO Group.

Set #: 6090
Brick Count: 764
Minifigures: 11
Year: 1995
Fun Facts: This castle featured an exclusive raised baseplate not seen in any other set.

09. Castle

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Castle (375) instruction manual cover. ©LEGO Group. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by the LEGO Group.

Set #: 375
Brick Count: 767
Minifigures: 14
Year: 1978
Of Interest: This was the first LEGO® castle ever produced. It came with yellow bricks because, at the time, the LEGO® Group thought that providing grey bricks would promote children building guns.

08. Trolls’ Mountain Fortress

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Trolls’ Mountain Fortress (7097) instruction manual cover. ©LEGO Group. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by the LEGO Group.

Set #: 7097
Brick Count: 844
Minifigures: 10
Year: 2009
Of Interest: This is the only LEGO® castle produced that was not manned by some faction of Minifigure knights. Instead, it was run by trolls!

07. Royal King’s Castle

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Royal King’s Castle (10176) instruction manual cover. ©LEGO Group. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by the LEGO Group.

Set #: 10176
Brick Count: 869
Minifigures: 12
Year: 2006
Fun Facts: This castle features a basement blacksmith’s shop and torture chamber! Oddly, none of the Minifigures feature any body printing.

06. King’s Castle

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King’s Castle (7946) instruction manual cover. ©LEGO Group. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by the LEGO Group.

Set #: 7946
Brick Count: 933
Minifigures: 8
Year: 2010
Fun Facts: This was a modular castle in which you could easily rearrange the walls and towers into different layouts.

05. Vladek’s Dark Fortress

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Vladek’s Dark Fortress (8877) instruction manual cover. ©LEGO Group. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by the LEGO Group.

Set #: 8877
Brick Count: 967
Minifigures: 9
Year: 2005
Fun Facts: Unlike many other castle sets produced, this one was home to villain!

04. King’s Castle Siege

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King’s Castle Siege (7094) instruction manual cover. ©LEGO Group. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by the LEGO Group.

Set #: 7094
Brick Count: 973
Minifigures: 10
Year: 2007
Fun Facts: The basic layout for this set was influenced by the original LEGO® castle produced in 1978 (set #375). The castle’s crest even bears similarities!

03. King’s Castle

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King’s Castle (70404) instruction manual cover. ©LEGO Group. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by the LEGO Group.

Set #: 70404
Brick Count: 996
Minifigures: 7
Year: 2013
Of Interest: While not the biggest set in the castle-themed sets, this is actually the largest castle ever produced for a classic knights related theme. It can also be joined to The Gatehouse Raid (70402) to make it even bigger.

02. Kingdoms Joust

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Kingdoms Joust (10223) instruction manual cover. ©LEGO Group. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by the LEGO Group.

Set #: 10223
Brick Count: 2012
Minifigures: 9
Year: 2012
Fun Facts: This set was designed so that if you bought two, they would fit together perfectly back to back.

01. Medieval Market Village

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Medieval Market Village (10193) instruction manual cover. ©LEGO Group. This is an independent site not authorized or sponsored by the LEGO Group.

Set #: 10193
Brick Count: 1601
Minifigures: 8
Year: 2009
Fun Facts: In addition to being the largest classic castle set ever produced, the Medieval Market Village also included the first roasted turkey and cow.

Have any fond memories to share of any of these sets? Feel free to comment in space below. Also, if you like the content at True North Bricks, I would love it if you followed me here on WordPress (click the “follow” option in the menu to your right), FacebookPinterest, or Twitter for regular updates.

Until next time,

-Tom

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My Top 10 LEGO® Photos of 2018

As many of you know, True North Bricks is also on Instagram (click here to check it out). I post many of my LEGO® photos there. Since 2018 is drawing to a close, I thought it would be fun to look back my best photos from the past year. But, how does one decide what their own best photos were? I certainly had a number of pictures that I was particularly proud of. But, then I thought why not let you guys pick them? So, here are my top 10 photos of 2018 as determined by the number of likes that they got from you guys on Instagram. Thanks for sharing this blogging journey with me this year!

10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom LEGO-fied

On July 5, I had a little fun with some dinosaurs, Minifigures, and bricks to recreate one of the posters from the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie. It achieved 92 likes this year.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom LEGO-fied.

09. Don’t Even Breathe…

This shot was published on my birthday, June 23, as part of my review of the Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape set (click here to read it). I had a lot of fun photographing the figurines in that set, and this was probably my favorite photo from the shoot. It got 93 likes this year.

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Don’t even breathe…

08. Chemical Storage Locker

This past fall, I shared my latest MOC project. It was a police station that I had been planning, building, tearing down, and re-building for years. Each week, I posted a bit about each of the floors in the high-rise. This shot was published on October 30 along with the description of the CSI Lab I created on the fifth floor (click here to read about it). You guys hit the “like” button 93 times for this one. While it got the same number of likes as the previous photo, it gathered almost 200 more impressions, so I put it in 8th place.

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Chemical Storage Locker

07. Larry’s Date

The next photo on my countdown comes from February 19. Early in the year, I wrote a series of poems inspired by Larry the LEGO® Barista from the LEGO® Movie. I imagined a chapter out of his life, and wrote it in a series of rhymes over 8 weekly installments (click here to start reading the story). This was by far the most popular of the photos I took to go along with the poems, earning 99 likes.

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Larry’s date

06. Albus Dumbledore

I have been slowly working my way through various photos, poems, and coloring pages starring the Minifigures from the Harry Potter series. The headmaster of Hogwarts has been one of the most popular so far, earning 101 likes. He was published on November 19, along with a Minifigure Monday poem inspired by the character (click here to read it).

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Albus Dumbledore

05. Christmas Lloyd

Halfway through the list comes Lloyd Garmadon… the Christmas ornament. This was one of Hallmark’s keepsake releases for 2018 (click here to read more about it). I buy one for my geek tree every year, and for the last two years I have been treated with Minifigure inspired additions. This one got 102 likes when I published it on December 11.

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Christmas Lloyd

04. Hunting for Dinosaurs

My birthday was a good day for popular photos. This was another one from my Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape review. This was actually a surprise entry for me. I just snapped this shot without putting much thought or effort into it, but it seems to have resonated with a lot of people. It reached 104 likes.

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Hunting for Dinosaurs

03. Harley Quinn

Always a fan favorite, this picture of Harley was my reigning champion for weeks after it was published on September 13. It was taken while I was shooting for my Joker’s Notorious Lowrider review (click here to read it). Harley reached 107 likes.

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Harley Quinn

02. Living with this Infamy

Another surprise for me was the popularity of this Ninjago inspired photo. It was taken for a poem that I published on December 9 (click here to read it). The work was inspired by Lloyd Garmadon from the LEGO® Ninjago Movie. I spent some time trying to recreate the mood of the poem in a photo, but I didn’t expect so many people to like it. This shot got the thumbs up 109 times.

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Living with this Infamy

01. Sybill Trelawney

The number one spot goes to another of my Harry Potter inspired works. This was the first one that I published, on November 5. It also went along with a Minifigure Monday poem (click here to read it). I had a lot of fun learning to create the look of a spell being cast using Photoshop. It was taken using a piece of scrapbook paper as the background. It achieved 120 likes.

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Sybill Trelawney

Thanks again for all the support this year. True North Bricks has grown by leaps and bounds in 2018 because of all of you. I hope to share more of my journey with you all in 2019.

Warmest wishes for the new year,

-Tom

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Top 10 Biggest LEGO® Sets – Summer 2018

It’s that time again… the LEGO® Group has outdone themselves once more. With the release of set 71043, the list of the top 10 biggest LEGO® sets has changed. Hogwarts Castle is now the second biggest set ever produced, and it has knocked the Death Star out of the rankings. Hogwarts became available to VIP card holders in August 2018, and will be on sale to general public on September 1. Here is the current list of the top 10 biggest LEGO® sets:

10. The Disney Castle (71040)

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Official product image for The Disney Castle (71040) from shop.LEGO.com

Brick Count: 4,080
Price: $399.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.10
Minifigures: 5
Released: October 6, 2016
Availability: This set is still commercially available

09. Roller Coaster (10261)

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Official product image for the Roller Coaster (10261) from shop.LEGO.com

Brick Count: 4,124
Price: $479.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.12
Minifigures: 11
Released: May 17, 2018
Availability: This set is still commercially available

08. Big Ben (10253)

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Official product image for Big Ben (10253) from shop.LEGO.com

Brick Count: 4,162
Price: $299.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 0
Released: July 2, 2016
Availability: This set is still commercially available

07. Tower Bridge (10214)

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Official product image for Tower Bridge (10214) from shop.LEGO.com

Brick Count: 4,295
Price: $299.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 0
Released: October 3, 2010
Availability: This set is still commercially available

06. Ghostbusters Firehouse (75827)

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Official product image for Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827) from shop.LEGO.com

Brick Count: 4,634
Price: $399.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.09
Minifigures: 9 + 3 Ghosts
Released: January 2, 2016
Availability: This set is still commercially available
Click here for my review

05. Ninjago City (70620)

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Official product image for Ninjago City (70620) from shop.LEGO.com

Brick Count: 4,867
Price: $349.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 16
Released: August 16, 2017
Availability: This set is still commercially available
Click here for my review

04. Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179)

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Official product image for the Millennium Falcon (10179) from shop.LEGO.com

Brick Count: 5,197
Price: $499.99 US
Cost/Brick: $0.10
Minifigures: 5
Released: October 24, 2007
Availability: This set was retired in 2010

03. Taj Mahal (10256)

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Official product image for the Taj Mahal (10189) from shop.LEGO.com

Brick Count: 5,923
Price: $449.99 CAD
Cost/Brick: $0.08
Minifigures: 0
Released: September 24, 2010 (as set 10189)
Re-released: December 2, 2017
Availability: The original set was retired in 2011, but the re-release is still commercially available

02. Hogwarts Castle (71043)

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Official product image for Hogwarts Castle (71043) from shop.LEGO.com

Brick Count: 6,020
Price: $499.99 CAD
Cost/Brick: $0.08
Minifigures: 4
Released: September 1, 2018 (August 15, 2018 for VIPs)

01. Millennium Falcon (75192)

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Official product image for The Millennium Falcon (75192) from shop.LEGO.com

Brick Count: 7,541
Price: $899.99 CAD
Cost/Brick: $0.12
Minifigures: 7 + 1 droid
Released: September 14, 2017
Availability: This set is still commercially available

Top 10 Biggest LEGO Sets – Spring 2018

THIS ARTICLE IS NO LONGER UP TO DATE. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE UPDATED SUMMER 2018 EDITION.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

On May 17, 2018, LEGO VIP card holders got early access to the Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261). For the rest of the world, this set has a release date of June 1. With the unveiling of the Roller Coaster, LEGO has again changed the top 10 largest sets ever produced. This time, Assembly Square (10255) has been bumped off of the list. Here is the current ranking of the largest LEGO sets ever produced.

10. Death Star (75159)

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Official product image for The Death Star (75159)

Brick Count: 4,016
Price: $599.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.15
Minifigures: 23 + 2 droids
Released: October 1, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

09. The Disney Castle (71040)

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Official product image for The Disney Castle (71040)

Brick Count: 4,080
Price: $399.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.10
Minifigures: 5
Released: October 6, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

08. Roller Coaster (10261)

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Official product image for the Roller Coaster (10261)

Brick Count: 4,124
Price: $479.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.12
Minifigures: 11
Released: May 17, 2018
Retired: This set is still commercially available

07. Big Ben (10253)

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Official product image for Big Ben (10253)

Brick Count: 4,162
Price: $299.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 0
Released: July 2, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

06. Tower Bridge (10214)

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Official product image for Tower Bridge (10214)

Brick Count: 4,295
Price: $299.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 0
Released: October 3, 2010
Retired: This set is still commercially available

05. Ghostbusters Firehouse (75827)

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Official product image for Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)

Brick Count: 4,634
Price: $399.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.09
Minifigures: 9 + 3 Ghosts
Released: January 2, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

04. Ninjago City (70620)

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Official product image for Ninjago City (70620)

Brick Count: 4,867
Price: $349.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 16
Released: August 16, 2017
Retired: This set is still commercially available

03. Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179)

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Official product image for the Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179)

Brick Count: 5,197
Price: $499.99 US
Cost/Brick: $0.10
Minifigures: 5
Released: October 24, 2007
Retired: 2010

02. Taj Mahal (10256)

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Official product image for the Taj Mahal (10189)

Brick Count: 5,923
Price: $449.99 CAD
Cost/Brick: $0.08
Minifigures: 0
Released: September 24, 2010 (as set 10189)
Re-released: December 2, 2017

01. Millennium Falcon (75192)

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Official product image for The Millennium Falcon (75192)

Brick Count: 7,541
Price: $899.99 CAD
Cost/Brick: $0.12
Minifigures: 7 + 1 droid
Released: September 14, 2017
Retired: This set is still commercially available

My Top 5 LEGO Jurassic World Picks

The next installment of the Jurassic World franchise comes out this June, but LEGO has already released the latest tie-in sets. I am really excited about these sets, and the dinosaurs they come with. But, as always, budget restraints mean that I can’t just go out and buy all of the sets. So, I have ranked the sets in terms of value. But, before I jump into my top picks, I have a few words about the theme in general.

LEGO has released eight regular Jurassic World sets, as well as three Juniors sets. I will avoid discussing the Duplo sets here. I have not included the Juniors sets in my ranking because I do not plan to buy any of them. But, it is worth mentioning that they are actually not a bad way to get your hands on some dinosaurs. The Juniors T-rex Breakout and Raptor Rescue Truck are the cheapest way to get a T-rex and a velociraptor respectively. The regular LEGO and Juniors pteradon sets are the same price, but the pteradons are different colors. The Juniors T-rex and pteradon are identical to the ones released in the 2015 sets. The raptor is a new color. While the Juniors sets cost less than the regular LEGO ones overall, you will be paying upwards of $0.30 a brick for the Juniors sets, so they are not the greatest value.

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Official LEGO product image for set 10758

In terms of the eight regular LEGO sets, I have taken a look at the overall cost of each set, the price per brick, the brick-to-Minifig ratio, and the overall number of parts to rank them in terms of worst value to best value. If a set had the best value, it was given 8 points. If it had to worst score, it was given 1 point. The points were averaged in the end to rank the sets.

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Official LEGO product image for set 75929

8. Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape

Set #: 75929
Cost: $99.99 CAD (5th place = 4 points)
Bricks: 577 (3rd place = 6 points)
$/Brick: $0.17 (6th place = 3 points)
Brick:Fig: 144:1 (7th place = 2 points)
Average Point Score: 3.75 (8th place)

My Thoughts: Despite being the lowest scoring set in terms of what you get for the price, this set is a must have for me. You get a new dinosaur in this kit, the Carnotaurus. I will probably wait for a sale or promotion before I pick this one up due to the overall cost of the set, and the high cost per brick. But, I want that dinosaur! Thank fully, the LEGO Store will be offering double VIP points on this set through all of June.

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Official LEGO product image for set 75927

7. Stygimoloch Breakout

Set #: 75927
Cost: $39.99 CAD (2nd place = 7 points)
Bricks: 222 (7th place = 2 points)
$/Brick: $0.18 (7th place = 2 points)
Brick:Fig: 74:1 (4th place = 5 points)
Average Point Score: 4 (7th place)

My Thoughts: In truth, at the time I am writing this, I have already purchased this set. In fact, I already reviewed it too (click here to read more). I had a rough week at work recently, and my wonderful wife took me LEGO shopping at the end of it. But, this set was another must have for me due to the new dinosaur.

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Official LEGO product image for set 75926

6. Pteradon Chase

Set #: 75926
Cost: $24.99 CAD (1st place = 8 points)
Bricks: 126 (8th place = 1 point)
$/Brick: $0.20 (8th place = 1 point)
Brick:Fig: 42:1 (1st place = 8 points)
Average Point Score = 4.5 (tied for 6th place)

My Thoughts: This is the least expensive set in this year’s Jurassic World assortment. That makes it the cheapest way to get a “dinosaur”. I put quotation marks around “dinosaur” because the pteradon was not actually a member of the dinosaur family. It was a flying reptile. The shape and design of this pteradon are pretty much the same as the one we saw in 2015, but they gave it a bit of a repaint. Instead of red and grey, it is now red and green. This set is not a top priority for me, but it might be worth picking up on liquidation.

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Official LEGO product image for set 75933

5. T. rex Transport

Set #: 75933
Cost: $89.99 CAD (4th place = 5 points)
Bricks: 609 (2nd place = 7 points)
$/Brick: $0.15 (4th place = 5 point)
Brick:Fig: 152:1 (8th place = 1 point)
Average Point Score: 4.5 (tied for 6th place)

My Thoughts: Where was this set in 2015? There was a T. rex transport, and I really liked it (click here for my review), but this one looks more realistic overall. I would love to pick up this kit just to get another tyrannosaur. I have the variant from 2015 (which you can also get now in the Juniors set), but I would like to have another one that looks slightly different. That would allow for some recreation of scenes from the The Lost World.

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Official LEGO product image for set 75931

4. Dilophosaurus Outpost Attack

Set #: 75931
Cost: $49.99 CAD (tied for 3rd = 6 points)
Bricks: 289 (6th place = 3 points)
$/Brick: $0.17 (5th place = 4 points)
Brick:Fig: 72:1 (3rd place = 6 points)
Average Point Score: 4.75 (4th place)

My Thoughts: Sets that come with fence elements are always cool, but this one is still not a high priority for me. The dilophosaurus was available in the 2015 Jurassic World assortment, and I got one then. I like the color scheme of this dinosaur a little more, with the muted greens as opposed to the fluorescent seen in 2015. But, I might pass on this set all the same (though a good sale might make me change my mind).

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Official LEGO product image for set 75930

03. Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate

Set #: 75930
Cost: $149.99 CAD (6th place = 3 points)
Bricks: 1019 (1st place = 8 points)
$/Brick: $0.15 (3rd place = 6 points)
Brick:Fig: 127:1 (6th place = 3 points)
Average Point Score: 5 (3rd place)

My Thoughts: I have looked at the box for this set at the LEGO Store, and I am not crazy about the design. The brick-built triceratops skull is cool, and you get two dinosaurs. But, the building itself is a little bland. It’s something I would expect more in the Friends theme. I still want to pick this set up though. Again, you get two dinosaurs, but it also comes with a lot of bricks in colors that I need, lots of windows, and some neat stickers and accessories.

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Official LEGO product image for set 75928

02. Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit

Set #: 75928
Cost: $49.99 CAD (tied for 3rd place = 6 points)
Bricks: 397 (4th place = 5 points)
$/Brick: $0.13 (1st place = 8 points)
Brick:Fig: 99:1 (5th place = 4 points)
Average Point Score: 5.75 (2nd place)

My Thoughts: This set is a skip for me. I don’t really need another helicopter, and the raptor in this set is identical to the one that comes in the Indoraptor Rampage set. I don’t really need two identical Blues, especially since I already have the 2015 variant. This set is a decent value though. It’s cost per brick is almost right on the current average.

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Official LEGO product image for set 75932

01. Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase

Set #: 75932
Cost: $49.99 CAD (tied for 3rd place = 6 points)
Bricks: 360 (5th place = 4 points)
$/Brick: $0.14 (2nd place = 7 points)
Brick:Fig: 72:1 (2nd place = 7 points)
Average Point Score: 6 (1st place)

My Thoughts: I think that a set modeled after the original Jurassic Park is something fans have wanted for a long time. I will buy this set because you get a velociraptor in a new color, but also because of the Alan Grant and Ellie Satler Minifigures. Am I crazy about this set design based on the box? Not really. It has some nostalgic value to it, but I don’t really love the sets that are not stand alone. It would have been cooler if each room in this set was released as a modular that could connect together to make a larger visitors’ center.

Final Thoughts:

As I mentioned at the start, I will not be picking up all of these sets. I ranked them all in terms of which I think are the best value, but that is really only a tie-breaker criterion when it comes to actually buying a set. My top priority is getting some new dinosaurs. I wish LEGO had put out some more herbivores this time around. I would love to get a triceratops, and I would love a brachiosaurus even more. But, as it stands (and ranked in value order), my top five picks for this theme are:

  1. Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase
  2. Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate
  3. T. rex Transport
  4. Stygimoloch Breakout
  5. Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape

There are a huge number of awesome sets coming out in other LEGO themes this summer. I am loving the look of the new City Arctic Explorer sets, the add on to Ninjago City, and those roller coasters, but I will chat about those in a future post. So whether or not I actually get all of my Jurassic World picks, who knows. It’s fun to dream though.

What are your top picks for the Jurassic World theme? I would love to hear your plans in the comments below.

Until next time,

-Tom

Top 5 LEGO Picks for January 2018

With every LEGO catalogue that comes in the mail, I like to do a small review. I got the January 2018 catalogue just the other day. I am still in the process of looking over the data (average price of a set, average price of brick, etc). In anticipation of that post, I thought I would share my top picks from this catalogue. Obviously, if I could, I would buy everything. But, I am on a budget, and have to be choosy. I decided to pick five must have sets from the new selection to purchase between now and June (when I anticipate there will be a new catalogue). My first problem arose when I couldn’t narrow my list to less than six sets. So, I ranked each of the six sets based overall cost, number of bricks, cost per brick, number of Minifigures, and brick-to-Minifigure ratio. The best in a category was awarded 5 points, the worst got none. I then added up the scores for each set to determine which sets were the best value. With that in mind, here are my top five picks from the January 2018 LEGO catalogue.

01. Lex Luthor Mech Takedown (76097)

Brick Count = 406 (3rd place)
Minifigures = 5 (3rd place)
Brick-to-Minifigure Ratio = 81:1 (3rd place)
Cost = $49.99 CAD (3rd place)
Cost per Brick = $0.12 (3rd place)
Total Score = 15

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Lex Luthor Mech Takedown (76097)

This set appealed to me initially because I really want the Firestorm Minifigure. I would not mind having Cheetah or Lex Luthor either. I don’t care much for another Batman or Wonder Woman (I have several of each, and these variants are not that special in my eyes). The set itself is not a big draw for me, this would be a Minifiguure driven buy. In terms of my ranking, this set came in a solid third place across the board. Oddly enough, its consistent performance actually landed it the top score overall.

02. Justice League Anniversary Party (70919)

Brick Count = 267 (6th place)
Minifigures = 4 (tied for 4th place)
Brick-to-Minifigure Ratio = 67:1 (1st place)
Cost = $34.99 CAD (1st place)
Cost per Brick = $0.13 (4th place)
Total Score = 14

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Justice League Anniversary Party (70919)

The Justice League Anniversary Party is on my must have list for a couple of reasons. First off, I want the Hawkgirl Minifigure. I actually don’t care much about the other Minifigures in the set. I have several Superman Minifigs, I already have a nicer Green Arrow, and I don’t even know who El Dorado is. But, I do like the build for this set. I could see myself incorporating that into a MOC project of some sort. In terms of my ranking, this set actually tied my third choice with 14 points. I put it in second place because it only came in last place once for its low brick count. That is not a major flaw because it is meant to be a smaller set. This set also gets you the most Minifigures relative to the number of bricks, and has the lowest overall cost.

03. Downtown Diner (10260)

Brick Count = 2480 (1st place)
Minifigures = 6 (2nd place)
Brick-to-Minifigure Ratio = 413:1 (6th place)
Cost = $219.99 CAD (6th place)
Cost per Brick = $0.09 (1st place)
Total Score = 14

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Downtown Diner (10260)

This set is an absolute must have for my LEGO city. I am super excited about it. I love that there is a gym and a recording studio incorporated into the build. This is also the first time that a Creator modular comes with more than just generic Minifigure face prints. While this set does come out on January 1st, I will be most likely wait until March to buy it. There is almost always a double VIP points event in March, and that is the best time to buy big sets. In terms of my ranking for this set, it did technically tie for second place. But, it came in last place in two categories (overall cost and brick-to-Minifigure ratio), hence why I bumped it down to third place. That is the curse of these large sets. They have a great cost per brick, but you have to buy in bulk to get that, so the overall price tag is high. Given the huge number of bricks, you also will not get a huge number of Minifigures, relatively speaking.

04. Mountain Police Headquarters (60174)

Brick Count = 663 (2nd place)
Minifigures = 7 (1st place)
Brick-to-Minifigure Ratio = 95:1 (4th place)
Cost = $109.99 (5th place)
Cost per Brick = $0.17 (5th place)
Total Score = 13

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Mountain Police Headquarters (60174)

I want this set for the mountain lion, plain and simple. I loved, and collected, all of the big cats from the Jungle Exploration theme last summer. I am really excited to see another variant of it here. I am also keen on the Minifigure in the log costume. Otherwise, this set will provide me with more police officers for my LEGO city, and there are a lot of neat parts for my custom projects, like the corner door frame seen on the jail cell, the stairs, and the windows. Overall, it looks like a good selection of bricks, and I will get some mileage out of the parts in this set. In terms of my ranking, this set did well in terms of brick and Minifigure counts. But, it suffers from the curse of City sets… it has a really high cost per brick, making it not a very good value.

05. Sunshine Surfer Van (31079)

Brick Count = 379 (4th place)
Minifigures = 2 (5th place)
Brick-to-Minifigure Ratio = 190:1 (5th place)
Cost = $39.99 CAD (2nd place)
Cost per Brick = $0.11 (2nd place)
Total Score = 12

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Sunshine Surfer Van (31079)

I really like the look of this set. It is just fun. I can totally see this little van parked on my future LEGO beach (I will eventually get around to adding one to my city). In terms of my ranking, it is an inexpensive set with a pretty good overall value in terms of brick cost. You don’t get many Minifigures, or even a good ratio of bricks to Minifigures, but I really like the look of it.

At the start of this post, I noted that had I narrowed the January 2018 LEGO catalogue down to six sets that I really liked. I rated them all to narrow that list down to five. So, what was my sixth pick, you might ask?

Mountain Arrest (60173)

Brick Count = 303 (5th place)
Minifigures = 4 (tied for 4th place)
Brick-to-Minifigure Ratio = 76:1 (2nd place)
Cost = $79.99 (4th place)
Cost per Brick = $0.26 (6th place)
Total Score = 9

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Mountain Arrest (60173)

This set appealed to me mostly because of the bear. I have a LEGO polar bear, but I missed out on the brown bear a few years ago. I also liked the bathtub guy and the bee’s nest included in this set. I don’t have a large police helicopter yet, and have been thinking about the High Speed Chase for a while… I could see myself skipping the High Speed Chase for this set simply because I would get the bear. But, this set is not only the worst value on my shortlist, it actually the worst value of any set advertised in the January 2018 catalogue. Even if you wait for a 20% off sale, this cost per brick for this set is still way too high at $0.21.

There are my top 5 picks from the new selection of LEGO sets coming out this January. I would love to hear your top 5 picks in the comments below!

Until next time,

-T.N.B.

 

Top 10 Biggest LEGO Sets – Autumn 2017

This list is now out of date, click here to see the Spring 2018 version.

2017 has been a record breaking year for massive LEGO sets. Not only were Assembly Square (10255) and Ninjago City (70620) released this year, but now LEGO has topped the list with the largest set of all time. Previously, that title was held for seven years by the Taj Mahal (10189). Now, the title of biggest LEGO set goes to the latest variant of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars (75192). Bumped off the list this time around was the Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator (42055). But, without further ado, here are the top 10 biggest LEGO sets as of September 2017.

10. Assembly Square (10255)

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LEGO Assembly Square (10255)

Brick Count: 4,002
Price: $339.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.08
Minifigures: 7
Released: January 1, 2017
Retired: This set is still commercially available

09. The Death Star (75159)

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The Death Star (75159)

Brick Count: 4,016
Price: $599.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.15
Minifigures: 23 + 2 droids
Released: October 1, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

08. The Disney Castle (71040)

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The Disney Castle (71040)

Brick Count: 4,080
Price: $399.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.10
Minifigures: 5
Released: October 6, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

07. Big Ben (10253)

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Big Ben (10253)

Brick Count: 4,162
Price: $299.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 0
Released: July 2, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

06. Tower Bridge (10214)

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Tower Bridge (10214)

Brick Count: 4,295
Price: $299.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 0
Released: October 3, 2010
Retired: This set is still commercially available

05. Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)

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Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)

Brick Count: 4,634
Price: $399.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.09
Minifigures: 9 + 3 Ghosts
Released: January 2, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

04. Ninjago City (70620)

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Ninjago City (70620)

Brick Count: 4,867
Price: $349.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 16
Released: August 16, 2017
Retired: This set is still commercially available

03. Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179)

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Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179)

Brick Count: 5,197
Price: $499.99 US
Cost/Brick: $0.10
Minifigures: 5
Released: October 24, 2007
Retired: 2010

02. Taj Mahal (10189)

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Taj Mahal (10189)

Brick Count: 5,922
Price: $399.99 US
Cost/Brick: $0.07
Minifigures: 0
Released: September 24, 2010
Retired: 2011

01. Millennium Falcon (75192)

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The Millennium Falcon (75192)

Brick Count: 7,541
Price: $899.99 CAD
Cost/Brick: $0.12
Minifigures: 7 + 1 droid
Released: September 14, 2017
Retired: This set is still commercially available