Top 10 Biggest LEGO Sets – Summer 2017

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Back in April, I wrote a post for the April A-to-Z blogging challenge called “B is for Big – Top 10 Biggest LEGO Sets“. The article has been hugely popular. Given that popularity, and the fact that it is now out of date, I thought I would give it a little tweak today. So, as of August 16, 2017, here are the top 10 biggest LEGO sets!

10. Bucket Wheel Excavator (42055)

setbucketwheelBrick Count: 3,929
Price: $329.99 CDN
Cost/Brick: $0.08
Minifigures: 0
Released: August 1, 2016
Retired: This set is still commercially available

09. Assembly Square (10255)

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

08. The Death Star (75159)

setdeathstarBrick 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

07. The Disney Castle (71040)

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

06. Big Ben (10253)

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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

05. Tower Bridge (10214)

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

04. Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)

setfirehouseBrick 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

03. Ninjago City (70620)

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

02. Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179)

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

01. Taj Mahal (10189)

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

There you have it! The big change from my spring edition of this post is the addition of Ninjago City (70620), which ultimately bumped the Death Star II (10141) off of the list. The Taj Mahal still holds on to its #1 spot after seven years, but if the rumours are true, there is a new contender for that spot on the horizon… What is your favorite set on this list? As always, your comments are welcome below.

Until next time,

-T.N.B.

Minifigures on Vacation – New York (the finale)

Day four began with another trip to Gossip Coffee in Astoria. The coffee was so good, we decided to go back. It is definitely worth a stop if you are ever in the neighborhood. We then hopped onto the train, and rode it all the way down to Battery Park. We thought we would take a look at the Statue of Liberty from afar. It also gave a nice opportunity to get some photos of my new Statue of Liberty Minifigure! It was bitterly cold though… so we didn’t stay long. An interesting fact that I did learn on this trip is that the Statue of Liberty is actually not in New York State. While the island it stands on belongs to the City of New York, the island itself is actually on the New Jersey side of the border, and in New Jersey waters!

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LEGO Statue of Liberty Minifigure at the Statue of Liberty.

We then walked a few blocks and found ourselves at the National Museum of the American Indian. My sister has an academic interest in Native culture, plus the museum was free, so we stopped to have a look. There was an exhibit on modern Native clothing design. There was also artifacts and clothing from over 12,000 years of indigenous peoples history. It was a very interesting sojourn in our day.

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LEGO version of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Next was another stroll through the city to the World Trade Center. We stopped to see the 9/11 memorial fountains. They are actually the largest man-made waterfalls in the world. It is a moving sight looking into the gaping holes that once supported the Twin Towers, especially with the names of all the victims inscribed around the fountains.

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9/11 Memorial Fountain at the World Trade Center in New York.

Then came what was supposed to be one of the highlights of my trip. I was going to see the REAL Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters, meaning the building that was used in filming the movies. I was super excited. We walked for blocks. Then, finally we arrived at the site in Tribeca… and saw nothing. The firehouse is undergoing restoration and was completely blanketed from view. I had brought my Slimer Minifig to photograph and everything. Such is life, I suppose.

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All I saw of the actual Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters.

Afterwards, it was back to Rockefeller Center on the train. I wanted another cup of bricks. Those tan 1×2 bricks that I had seen on my last visit were on my mind, and were quickly turning into a regret. So, I decided to go back and get a cup full for one of my future custom projects.

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I went a little crazy with pick-a-brick on this trip…

Our fifth and final day was basically all spent driving back home. We stopped at the Woodbury Outlets on the way for my wife to get in a little more shopping. I also swung by the Toys R Us outlet to see if there were any decent LEGO deals. I was hopeful considering that it is called an outlet. Sadly, I was let down. There were no deals to be had, and some sets were even overpriced. While my wife got some good clothing deals at Woodbury, I would not recommend it if you are in search of LEGO deals.

All in all, it was a fun trip. I hope you enjoyed reading about it too! Until next time,

-T.N.B.

Who You Gonna Call? [LEGO Review]

Only one word can describe the Ghostbusters Firehouse: EPIC. This is by far the largest and most detailed LEGO set that I have ever purchased, and it really is a must have for any brick city. I originally purchased it with the intent of using it as an actual firehouse and just ignoring the Ghostbusters component. But, upon building it, I have changed my mind. It is so much fun as is that I will probably end up buying the ECTO-1 to go with it.

BoxSet Summary

Name: Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters
Set #: 75827
Cost: $399.99 CAD
Brick Count: 4634
Minifigure Count: 9
Other Figs: 3 ghosts (including Slimer)
Manuals: 1 (419 pages)
Release Date:
January 2, 2016

Summary Review: 90%

Value: 100% (excellent value at $0.09 per brick)
Build:
99% (loads of detail, but the back wall is ugly)
Minifigs: 60% (generally good Minifigs, but not many compared to brick count)
Enjoyment: 100% (so much detail, easy play access, no modification needed)

Review:

Value: 100%
When buying this set, you are essentially buying LEGO in bulk. You are paying about $0.09 per brick, which is well below the average of $0.11. It is also far better than the average cost per brick associated with licensed sets ($0.14 per brick). You can read more about where these average costs come from by checking out my review of the summer 2016 catalogue. You get a lot of tiles and windows as well, which I am always on the lookout for. So, in addition to being an amazing and fun set, it comes with a lot of bricks at low cost to boost your collection if you are not planning to keep it built. There is no question, this set is well worth the cost. 5/5 for sure.

Build: 99%
In terms of the actual design of the set, the exterior is marvellously detailed. The only thing that I do not like about the exterior is the back wall. It does not match the look of the rest of the building, and seems a little sloppy. I really love the brick work around the windows, and the masonry around the edge of the roof. The air conditioning units on some of the windows are a nice touch, and the traffic light is awesome.

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The Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters opened up.

The inside is fully furnished with cool mini-builds. You get a bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom, a recreational space (with billiard table), a lab area, a dark room, and the main lobby area/garage that can actually fit the ECTO-1 set (sold separately). Check out the pictures below to see some of the details. Overall, this set gets a build score of 9.9/10. I can’t give it full marks because the back wall is so ugly, but there are so many other wonderful things about the design of this set that I don’t feel right taking off a full mark for just that.

Minifigures:

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The nine Minifigures that come in the set.

If you count only the actual Minifigures that LEGO advertises with this set, there is 1 Minifig for every 515 pieces. The set also comes with three smaller ghosts though. So, with the ghosts, the count goes up to 1 figure for every 386 pieces. While this is more or less in line with the large modular Creator sets, it is low compared to other sets in general. This unfortunately earns this set 2/5 for Minifigure to brick ratio.

In terms of the actual Minifigs themselves, I like them all. Let’s begin with the Ghostbusters. Each has a unique, double-sided face and hairpiece. They each have individualized printing on their front torsos as well. The back of the torso is the same on all of them, and none of them have printing on their legs. Each Ghostbuster comes with a walkie-talkie, and a buildable proton pack. In addition, Venkman and Zeddemore have ghost traps, and Spengler has a Psycho-Kinetic Energy meter. Out of all of the buildable accessories, the PKE-meter is my least favorite. While it is recognizable, it lacks the detail and creativity of the other pieces. The proton packs are awesome. Since there is no printing on the legs, these Minifigs lose some points. But, they are still very nicely done, and I give each one 8/10.

Up next, we have Janine and Tully. Both of them have a double-sided face, as well as front and rear printing on the torso. Neither one has printed legs, and Janine has no accessories. Tully actually comes with an alternate head in addition to his double-sided face, and his trademark colander helmet. I give Janine 6/10 due to the lack of printing on the legs, and the lack of accessories. Tully earns himself 8/10.

The last of the actual Minifigures are Dana, the Zombie Driver, and the Library Ghost. Of these figs, only the Zombie driver does not have a double-sided face, but he does have printing on the back of his head. Each one has front and back printing on the torso, and Dana has front and back printing on her legs as well. The Library Ghost does not have legs, but rather the bottom “ghost” piece that we saw with Minifigures Series 14 (only now it is painted pink). Dana and the Zombie Driver have no accessories. The Library Ghost comes with alternate hair and a book. Dana gets 8/10, losing some points for having no accessories. The Zombie driver gets 6/10, also for lack of accessories, and for generic legs. The Library Ghost gets full points, 10/10.

There are also the three smaller ghosts. Slimer is great. He is not a traditional Minifigure, but I love him. He has nice detailing, and moveable arms. The other two ghosts I could have done without, there is nothing special about them. I do like the transparent Minifigure heads and support rods they come with, those are always handy. I will rate Slimer as a 10/10, but I will ignore the other two ghosts because they are essentially glorified bricks.

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Collectively, the Minifigs in this set earn a score of 80% for design. Taking into account the Minifigure to brick ratio, the overall score for the Minifigures in this set is 60%.

Entertainment: 100%
With the sheer number of pieces and thickness of the manual, this is a long build. It will entertain you for hours, if not days. I tend to build my sets in front of a camera so that I can make stopmotion videos of the build. Doing this, it took me several days to actually complete this set. The more building time I get from a set, the better. The cost per minute of building works out to about $0.27 per minute, which is pretty good. So, for entertainment value, I give this set 5/5.

The building has a really cool design that makes it really play/access friendly. One entire wall is built on hinges so you can just open the whole thing up to get inside. Alternatively, it is also modular, so you can drop it right in the middle of your city and access the interior by removing floors or sections of floors. I am always a big fan of modular designs because you can place them anywhere without having to worry about leaving space for swinging parts, or having an open face that ruins the flow of a city street. This set combines the hinged wall and modular set-ups flawlessly. This set will remain as it is in my LEGO city, and gets a full 5/5 for enjoyment.

Overall: 90%

This set has easily risen to the top of my favorites list. While the price tag may seem inhibitive at first, the set itself is actually a great value ($0.09 per brick). It provides hours of building entertainment, and is impressively detailed. The Minifigures are well done and fun. The set looks great when completed and fits well in any cityscape. The only downsides are the low Minifigure to brick ratio, and the lack of an aesthetically pleasing design on the back wall. This is a great set that I highly recommend.

Click here to watch the review and build on YouTube.

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Until next time,

-T.N.B.

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