Top 10 Biggest LEGO Sets – Spring 2018

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
Retired: 2011, but re-release is still commercially available.

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 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

Top 10 Biggest LEGO Sets – Summer 2017

This article is now out of date. Click here to read the newer version.

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.

U is for Upcoming

A few times a year, LEGO releases a new wave of sets across all their themes. With summer fast approaching, the next wave is nearly upon us. The official images of these sets have begun to surface on retail websites around the world. I have collected some of these pictures, and I thought I would share my top 10 set picks from the upcoming summer line-up. Unlike my post about requisite Minifigures, these are purchases I want to make for the actual sets, not just the characters in them.

10. Coast Guard Headquarters (City 60167)
I am starting to develop a little coastline for my LEGO city, and this set comes with two boats and a coast guard station. I also really like the look of the helipad.

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09. Modular Family Villa (Creator 31069)
F
or the purposes of expanding my residential area, this set seems like a must have. I look forward to seeing just how this set (and the other houses advertised as “modular”) are designed. It would be cool is they all follow the same idea as the larger Creator sets.

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LEGO Creator – Modular Family Villa (31069)

08. Jungle Exploration Site (City 60161)
I am pretty excited about this set because it includes what looks like a leopard. I love when LEGO makes animals. I am also keen on this set because it has a wildlife biology sort of theme to it. It doesn’t make it higher on my list because of the inhibitive cost of the set. It has a lot of other fun looking features, but the leopard would be my main reason for buying it. It is a lot of money to spend for a leopard…

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LEGO City – Jungle Exploration Site (60161)

07. Modular Modern Home (Creator 31068)
This looks like a neat little set with not too high a price point. It might end up being one of those sets that I buy two of in order to make a larger modular. Again, this one is apparently already modular, so we will have to see how I feel about it once I have seen it in person.

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LEGO Creator – Modular Modern Home

06. People Pack – Fun at the Beach (City 60153)
Last year saw the release of Fun in the Park, which I thought was an ok set. It was way over priced, and this one looks like it will be too. But, Fun in the Park has been on sale numerous times at Toys R Us and Walmart, so I anticipate this one will also be available periodically at a lower price. It is always great to get new Minifigs for my city, and this one comes with a dolphin. This set will go well with the coastline I am making in my LEGO city too!

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LEGO City – Fun at the Beach (60153)

05. Wonder Woman Warrior Battle (DC Super Heroes 76075)
I am very much looking forward to the new Wonder Woman movie this summer. I am also super happy that LEGO is releasing a set based on the film. The Wonder Woman Minifigure in this set looks very similar to the one released for the Batman V Superman movie set, Sky High Battle. I was not interested in that set, so I couldn’t justify the high cost of the set just to get the Wonder Woman Minifig, which I did really want. This new set comes at a much lower cost, and Wonder Woman will come with an alternate cape and hood, making her worth the wait!

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LEGO DC Super Heroes – Wonder Woman Warrior Battle (76075)

04. Jungle Mobile Lab (City 60160)
I love science related sets, so anything with a lab and lab equipment is a must have. I will have to take a closer look at the interior of this set to be sure, but based on the description it sounds right up my alley. You also get a crocodile (I don’t have one of these newer designs, I only have the classic pirates crocodiles).

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LEGO City – Jungle Mobile Lab (60160)

03. Jungle Halftrack Mission (City 60159)
My reason for wanting this set can be summarized in two words: black panther. Much like the leopard in the Jungle Exploration Site, this panther is a must have for me. This set rates higher on my top 10 list than the Jungle Exploration Site because it is a much cheaper way to get a LEGO big cat.

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LEGO City – Jungle Halftrack Mission (60159)

02. Space Shuttle Explorer (Creator 31066)
Again, this is a nice looking science based set. I already have the City Space Port though, so what really intrigues me about this set is the 3-in-1 build option, and more specifically the living module set-up seen on the box. This set also looks like it will not be that expensive.

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LEGO Creator – Space Shuttle Explorer (31066)

01. Bus Station (City 60154)
My LEGO city does not have a bus yet, but it does have bus stop signs. So, I really need to get a bus going there. I like adding these sorts of realistic touches to the city. It might be worth even getting more than one bus.

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LEGO City – Bus Station (60154)

Well, there you have it. Those are my top picks from the upcoming LEGO summer 2017 line-up. What do you think? Are there other sets you are looking forward to more?

This post is part of the April A-to-Z blogging challenge. You can read more about the challenge by visiting the official website. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my LEGO themed letter “V” post!

Until next time,

-T.N.B.

B is for Big – Top 10 Biggest LEGO Sets

This article is no longer up to date. Click here to see the newer version.

LEGO has produced some mammoth sets over the years, and continues to up the ante. These large sets provide a challenge for more experienced builders, and tend to introduce new and innovative pieces and building techniques. But, despite their huge price tags, they also tend to be a cheap way to get bricks. You are essentially buying LEGO in bulk with each of these sets. Here is a list of the 10 largest LEGO sets ever produced for sale in stores as of 2017 (all prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted). By scrolling the bottom of the article, you can also watch my YouTube video version of this post.

10. Death Star II (10143)

This set was released on October 24, 2007. It retailed for $269.99 in the United States (I was unable to find the original cost in Canada). With 3,441 pieces, each brick would have set you back $0.08. Nowadays, it has been retired and will cost you significantly more on the secondary market.

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LEGO Death Star II – The tenth largest set ever produced.

09. Bucket Wheel Excavator (42055)

This Technic set was released on August 1, 2016, and contains 3,929 pieces. It currently retails for $329.99, and each brick costs $0.08.

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LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator – the ninth largest set ever produced.

08. Assembly Square (10255)

Released on January 2, 2017, this is the newest and largest of LEGO’s Creator modulars. It has 4,002 pieces and costs $339.99. Assembly Square also comes with eight Minifigures and a baby fig. Each brick costs $0.08.

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LEGO Assembly Square – the eighth largest set ever produced.

07. The Death Star (75159)

Clocking in at 4,016 pieces, this variant of the Death Star currently retails for $599.99. It comes with 23 Minifigures and two droids. Each brick will set you back $0.15, so as far as the larger sets go, it is actually not the best value. It was released on October 1, 2016, and was a re-make of 10188 from 2008. The first version had 3,803 pieces, but was reportedly 95% the same.

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LEGO Death Star – the seventh largest set ever produced.

06. The Disney Castle (71040)

The Disney Castle was released on October 6, 2016, and currently retails for $399.99. It has 4,080 pieces, meaning each piece will cost $0.10. It also comes with five Minifigures.

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LEGO Disney Castle – The sixth largest set ever made.

05. Big Ben (10253)

This set has 4,163 pieces, and is currently available for $299.99. This means that each brick will set you back $0.07. It was originally released on July 2, 2016. It has no Minifigures.

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LEGO Big Ben – The fifth largest set ever made.

04. Tower Bridge (10214)

This set is still currently on the market for $299.99. It comes stocked with 4,295 pieces, and was originally released on May 31, 2011. Each brick costs $0.07, but it has no Minifigures.

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LEGO Tower Bridge – The fourth largest set ever made.

03. Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)

This set was released on January 2, 2016 with 4,634 pieces. It is still available for a retail price of $399.99. Each brick will set you back $0.09. It is well worth the price, and you can read my review by clicking here. It has nine Minifigures and three ghosts.

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LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters – the third biggest set ever made.

02. Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179)

While many variations of this famous Star Wars ship have appeared over the years, this one was by far the largest. This set was released on October 24, 2007 and contained 5,197 pieces. This set was retired in 2010, but was sold for $499.99 (this is in American dollars, I was unable to find the Canadian price). Each brick in this set cost $0.10. The set comes with five Minifigures.

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LEGO Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon – the second biggest set made.

01. The Taj Mahal (10189)

Released on September 24, 2010 and retailing at $399.99, this set had 5,922 bricks. While it was retired in 2011, it has held onto the record of LEGO‘s largest set for seven years. Each brick in this set cost $0.07. It has no Minifigures.

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LEGO Taj Mahal – the biggest set ever made.

So, now that you have seen the ten biggest sets that LEGO has ever produced for the market, here is my question to you: if you could have any one (and only one) of these sets right now for free, which would it be and why?

As many of you know, I am taking part in the April A-to-Z challenge this year. If you want to know more about the challenge, you can visit the official site by clicking here. Be sure to check back tomorrow for my LEGO themed letter “C” post!

Until next time,

-T.N.B.

One Year Already?!?!?

Well, isn’t that something, True North Bricks is one year old! This is also my 200th post. Thanks to everyone who has found their way to my little corner of the web and has deemed it worthy of a return or follow. At the time I am writing this, across all of my social media accounts (here on WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube), 780 of you have followed me in one way or another. I am really flattered. This blog started out as, and remains, a hobby for me. I am really happy so many others have found enjoyment in it as well. To celebrate my big one year, I thought I would re-share my top 10 photos posted on Instagram this year as picked by all of you. They are in order from lowest number of likes to the highest.

10. A Corner of LEGO  Town

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This shot shows one corner of my growing LEGO city. I posted this on February 17, 2017 upon completion of my latest custom project (click here to read about it). There wasn’t much artistic process involved in this photo, I just wanted to show readers how my shopping promenade would fit into the city.

09. Minifig at Uni Qlo

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This photo was taken on my recent trip to New York City and posted on March 14, 2017. It was taken at Uni Qlo’s flagship store. I really wanted to get one of the t-shirts from their LEGO collection, and I brought my Minifigure along for a photo-op. He was excited too.

08. Batman V Superman

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This was one of my LEGO-fied projects in which I recreated one of the Batman V Superman posters using a Batman Minifigure. I tried to stay as true as possible to the original. It was posted on October 5, 2016.

07. Zen Geisha

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This next photo was also taken on my recent New York trip. We attended Japan Week at Grand Central Terminal, and I brought my Geisha Minifig to photograph with the Zen garden I had read would be there. The photo was entered into the Japan Week contest, but sadly did not win. I am glad so many of you liked it though! It was posted on March 10, 2017.

06. Gossip Coffee Crew

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Another shot from my New York trip. This one was taken at a great little coffee shop (Gossip Coffee) in Astoria where we had our morning brew a couple of times. The coffee was so good that it had to be included in a photo for my blog somehow. It was posted on March 15, 2017.

05. Buzz Lightyear

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I loved the Toy Story movies, and Buzz was my favorite character. Having him in LEGO form from the Disney Minifigures series is just awesome. This photo was taken for my first LEGO Top 10 list (click here to read it or here to watch it on YouTube). I was aiming for a super white background for all the shots used in the video, kind of reminiscent of the old GAP commercials. It was posted on March 2, 2017.

04. Who You Gonna Call?

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This one is another of my LEGO-fied projects. In this case, I recreated the 2016 Ghostbusters movie poster using the Ecto 1 & 2 set made by LEGO. Again, I tried to stay pretty faithful to the original. It was posted on February 22, 2017.

03. Ghostbusters!

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A second one of my Ghostbusters shots also made the final cut for this list. This one was actually taken in December of last year when I got the set for Christmas. I was just playing around with different shots, camera settings, and Minifigure poses. I guess I was going for a magazine cover sort of look. Despite being taken in December 2016, I sat on it until February 21, 2017.

02. Lady Liberty

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Another shot from my New York trip has made the list. I bought the Lady Liberty Minifigure at the LEGO Store in Rockefeller Center, she came as part of a magnet. I wanted to get a nice photo of her somewhere in the city, and what better place than with the actual Statue of Liberty in the background? I posted this one on March 16, 2017.

01. Batman Returns

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This was also a LEGO-fied project. It actually took me a long time to complete. I started it months ago, but I was missing the Penguin Minifigure that I needed to complete it. I knew that the LEGO Batman Movie would have a Penguin very reminiscent of the one from Batman Returns, so I sat on the project for quite some time until I could get the Minifig I was missing. I finally posted the finished image on March 9, 2017.

Honorable Mention….

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A special mention must be made for a shot that I called “Clever Girl”. I was inspired by a classic scene from the original Jurassic Park film, and recreated using LEGO Jurassic World figs. While the shot did not garner many likes on my own Instagram page, it was reposted by the Brick Network on their Instagram account. Through them it gathered an astonishing 2,478 likes, which is more than all the likes of all the other pictures on this page combined. So, thanks to the Brick Network! It was posted on August 16, 2016.

Most of the photos on this list were pretty recent shots. I imagine this list is a little skewed towards newer pictures simply because I have more followers now than when I began. But, it does show me that you all have enjoyed my LEGO-fied works and vacation shots the most. While I can’t go on vacation more for financial reasons (though I would certainly love to), I will continue to produce the LEGO-fied images. I also promise that next time I can afford a holiday, the Minifigures will come too! I will also start posting more shots from my city since there was some interest in the first one.

Thanks again for an amazing first year. The support means a lot!

Until next time,

-T.N.B.

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True North Bricks is one year old!!!