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The 30 Coolest and Best LEGO Sets of All Time (August 2022)

The 30 Coolest and Best LEGO Sets of All Time (August 2022)

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LEGO has released some absolutely incredible sets since the company started all the way back in 1932.

Some sets are massive and expansive and feature many different parts, while others are small and simple. All of them are undeniably awesome, though!

But today, we’re going to look at the 30 coolest and best LEGO sets of all time and explore what makes them so exciting and loved by the LEGO community!

So without further ado, let’s dive in at number 30…

30. Majestic Tiger

Majestic Tiger LEGO set

Set number: 31129
Release year: 2022
Franchise: LEGO Creator
Price: $49.99 / £44.99
No. of pieces: 755
No. of Minifigures: 0

The LEGO Creator Majestic Tiger is a pretty complex yet fun build. It’s always a pleasure to see LEGO tackle a living, organic kind of thing and see how they find ways to make it not look ‘blocky’.

The Majestic tiger has a hinged jaw, moveable legs, and a poseable tail, meaning that it can be displayed in a variety of positions.

It is also light enough to take its own weight, and won’t buckle over time.

We also get a lot of orange bricks – a surprisingly uncommon color when it comes to LEGO sets! Obviously, that’s because tigers are orange with black stripes, but the colors really pop here!

This set also has the added feature of being able to create two other animals using the same pieces that you use to make the tiger.

Using those pieces you can create a red panda or a fish. It’s pretty cool that you have that particular option!

Overall the Majestic Tiger is a great LEGO set for those of you that love the animal and those that can really appreciate the intricacies of making a deceptively hard set like this look good!

29. Mini Disney The Haunted Mansion

Mini Disney The Haunted Mansion LEGO set

Set number: 40521
Release year: 2022
Franchise: Disney (The Haunted Mansion)
Price: $39.99 / £34.99
No. of pieces: 680
No. of Minifigures: 1 (Butler)

Being one of the most iconic and well-loved Disney Park attractions, it was a no-brainer for LEGO to make The Haunted Mansion.

LEGO has really nailed the colonial architecture look of this simple little set, with the arched windows and tall white pillars giving it its distinctive creepy, gothic-like feel.

This also indicates that the set is based on the Disneyland (CA) Haunted Mansion as opposed to the more Italianate architecture style of the Walt Disney World (FL) version.

Turn the set around, and you get to see a small but fairly faithful rendition of the ghostly banquet scene, complete with three tiny ghostly Minifigure statuettes.

Speaking of Minifigures, it’s fantastic that the Butler was included in this set, and because it can’t be found elsewhere, he’s a fairly rare character.

Overall the Mini Disney The Haunted Mansion set is going to be loved by fans of the attraction as well as Disney theme parks in general.

It doesn’t have much play value, though, being more of an incredible-looking display piece. But that’s okay!

28. Lightyear XL-15 Spaceship

Lightyear XL-15 Spaceship LEGO set

Set number: 76832
Release year: 2022
Franchise: Disney (Lightyear)
Price: $49.99 / £44.99
No. of pieces: 497
No. of Minifigures: 3 (Buzz Lightyear, Darby Steel, and Mo Morrison)

This LEGO set is the XL-15 Spaceship from the Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear movie.

You really can’t complain about the amount of stuff you get in this set, especially when you consider the relatively low price.

You get the spaceship itself, three Minifigures, a plethora of accessories, a stand, and a small plaque that gives you various specifications and details about this model of spaceship.

Aesthetically it is designed to be reminiscent of the ‘classic’ Toy Story Buzz Lightyear space suit, mirroring its shape and colors.

The XL-15 is a well-designed spaceship with room for one Minifigure in its yellow-tinted cockpit.

The rear section also opens up to allow you to store the various accessories that the Minifigures come with. That has the added bonus of helping you not lose them!

Minifigures-wise, we get Darby Steel, Mo Morrison, and – of course – Buzz Lightyear.

And as if that wasn’t good enough, there’s also Sox, the robotic cat. Now that is one tiny little LEGO cat with a big attitude!

Overall while the movie might not be the most exciting or inspired entry into the Disney/Pixar canon, the XL-15 Spaceship is undeniably a great design and one that lovers of space-based vehicles will adore.

27. Ship in a Bottle

Ship in a Bottle LEGO set

Set number: 92177
Release year: 2021
Franchise: LEGO Ideas
Price: $69.99 / £69.99
No. of pieces: 962
No. of Minifigures: 0

This amazing little ship in a bottle is a cool-looking LEGO set with a surprising amount of detail for something so small.

It is based on a project called ‘Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan’ that was first created by LEGO fan and user ‘JakeSadovich77’.

The ship and the bottle are two separate builds, and you can just have the ship on its own if you prefer how it looks out of the bottle.

On the other hand, though, it looks amazing in the bottle, and the translucent blue bricks along the bottom really do make it look like it’s sailing in the sea.

Not only do you get the LEGO Ship in a Bottle set, but you also get a fun little blueprint.

And when you’re ready to display your set, you can set it atop a fancy wooden-looking base that is decorated by a compass, several globes, and a ‘Leviathan’ nameplate.

Overall it’s one of the best LEGO Ideas sets ever created!

26. NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander LEGO set

Set number: 10266
Release year: 2019
Franchise: NASA
Price: $99.99 / £89.99
No. of pieces: 1087
No. of Minifigures: 2 (NASA Apollo 11 Astronaut x2)

The NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander is an iconic craft, and it seems only right that LEGO has created its own version commemorating the journey to the moon.

The entire lander can separate from the gray, moon-like surface base, and the lander itself can split into two sections.

The Minifigures can also fit inside the command module, meaning that you can keep them safely stored there.

If you like different and rare colored LEGO bricks, then this set has plenty of gold ones that are meant to look like the aluminized Kapton foil that covered the outside of the lunar lander.

As we mentioned, this set also comes with two NASA Apollo 11 Astronaut Minifigures.

If you don’t want to store them inside the lunar lander, you can position them next to the vehicle on the moon’s surface, holding the giant American flag.

Overall it’s a fantastically detailed and cool-looking LEGO set that depicts a truly iconic vehicle of the 20th century.

25. The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter

The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter LEGO set

Set number: 75325
Release year: 2022
Franchise: Star Wars (The Book of Boba Fett)
Price: $59.99 / £54.99
No. of pieces: 412
No. of Minifigures: 4 (The Mandalorian, Peli Motto, Grogu, and BD-72)

The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter LEGO set very accurately depicts the new spaceship of everyone’s favorite bounty hunter.

You get the sense that it is a souped-up version of the starfighter from the 7660 Naboo N-1 Starfighter set.

It follows many of the same beats build-wise while remaining very different and distinct from the ‘classic’ version. The bright yellow bricks have been replaced with gunmetal gray bricks.

There is room for one Minifigure in the cockpit, plus a small section for Grogu in the rear domed section.

There’s also some good play value, and the engine can be removed to allow your figures to tinker with the inner working of the ship.

If you want some small, translucent red missiles to fire, simply slide them into place on the belly of the ship, and push down on the small, circular engine section to fire them.

As mentioned, there is The Mandalorian and Grogu included, but you also get two other Minifigures: Peli Motto and BD-72, both of which are seen in Episode 5 of The Book of Boba Fett: Return of the Mandalorian.

Overall The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter LEGO set is one of the best-looking starfighters out there and will be a fine addition to many people’s collections.

24. The Beatles

The Beatles LEGO set

Set number: 31198
Release year: 2020
Franchise: The Beatles
Price: $119.99 / £114.99
No. of pieces: 2933
No. of Minifigures: 0

It’s the Fab Four in LEGO! The Beatles LEGO set is an amazing artistic representation of the world-famous band.

You can create the faces of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr using close to 3000 different colored small flat circular studs.

Up close, these portraits look kind of pixelated and not too detailed, but stand back, and there’s an insane amount of detail in there!

With a 50 x 50 baseboard, you have 2500 spaces – and it really is amazing what you can do in such a small area.

There’s not too much else to say about this LEGO set for one simple reason – it’s just so simple! Now we don’t mean that in a bad way, it’s just a very simple and straightforward set!

The only downside is that if you want to make and display all four Beatles, you’ll need to buy 4 sets, as you can only make one Beatles with the number of studs included.

Overall though, this is a detailed, simple, and effective LEGO set that lovers of art, music, and LEGO won’t be able to resist!

23. I Am Groot

I Am Groot LEGO set

Set number: 76217
Release year: 2022
Franchise: Marvel (Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2)
Price: $54.99 / £44.99
No. of pieces: 476
No. of Minifigures: 0

I am Groot. I am Groot, I am Groot I am GROOT I am Groot…I am Groot? ooooh… I am Groot!

But in all seriousness, the I am Groot LEGO set brings to life the adorable little talking sapling!

And we have to give it to LEGO, they’ve made something natural and without any straight lines per se work in LEGO form! It shouldn’t work…but it does!

We love how they included an Awesome Mix Volume 2 mixtape, and the small plaque that you can display next to this LEGO is perfect!

It combines the skill and craftsmanship that LEGO is renowned for with that patented Marvel humor!

Groot’s legs bend at the hips, knees, and ankles, and his arms bend at the shoulders, elbows, and wrists.

On top of that, each finger is poseable. This means you can get him in some fantastic and fun positions!

And as an added bonus, Groot is pretty accurately scaled to the same size he is in Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2.

Overall we have to applaud LEGO for making something like this look so good. It could have easily become a bit of a mess, but it worked out wonderfully.

22. Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle LEGO set

Set number: 71043
Release year: 2022
Franchise: Harry Potter
Price: $469.99 / £369.99
No. of pieces: 6020
No. of Minifigures: 28 (Statuettes: Albus Dumbledore, Argus Filch, Bellatrix Lestrange, Draco Malfoy, Gryffindor Student x3, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Hufflepuff Student x3, Professor Dolores Umbridge, Professor Minerva McGonagall, Professor Severus Snape, Ravenclaw Student x3, Remus Lupin, Ron Weasley, Slytherin Student x3, and Voldemort. Minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin)

If you’re a Harry Potter fan or a fan of the Wizarding World in general, then the Hogwarts Castle LEGO set is sure to capture your imagination.

Not only is it huge, but it has a lot of interesting details and design choices that make it stand out from the crowd.

For example, we love the contrast between the smooth straight lines of the castle walls and the sharp, angular craggy rocks below.

Alongside the main build, you also get a micro build of Hagrid’s hut, a small spider, the Whomping Willow tree, and five small boats with oars that the students use to get to the castle.

To add to the many unique aspects of the Hogwarts Castle LEGO set, it comes with 28 unique Minifigures – ALL of which are exclusive to the set!

Overall, this is a brilliant LEGO set for two reasons: Firstly, the fact that it’s a Harry Potter set with 28 unique Minifigures is special in itself, and secondly, it is an architecturally complicated and detailed LEGO set that builders will love whether they are a fan of the franchise or not.

Read more: 15 Rarest Minifigures Ever

21. Colosseum

Colosseum LEGO set

Set number: 10276
Release year: 2020
Franchise: LEGO Icons
Price: $549.99 / £439.99
No. of pieces: 9036
No. of Minifigures: 0

A large ring of beige bricks has the potential to be a pretty boring LEGO set, but with the Colosseum, you get something that is surprisingly complex and eye-pleasing!

With so many nooks, crannies, and arches, there’s plenty for you to see.

You want to peek through every window and doorway! The sharp angles of the bricks really lend themselves to a LEGO set like this.

We love the time-ravaged look of the set, and the half-decimated Colosseum truly is an icon of the modern world, BUT it would have been cool if there was an alternate build where you could construct the Colosseum in all its former glory.

With that being said, though, it’s just a nitpick. What we got really is a thing of beauty and shows off the scale of these incredible ruins.

Overall, this is a massive set with so much going on, it’s crazy that they got it all in under 10,000 bricks!

20. Queen Anne’s Revenge

Queen Anne’s Revenge LEGO set

Set number: 4195
Release year: 2011
Franchise: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Price: $119.99 / £102.99
No. of pieces: 1097
No. of Minifigures: 10 (Angelica, Blackbeard, Captain Jack Sparrow, Cook, Gunner Zombie, Quartermaster Zombie, Queen Anne’s Revenge Masthead, Skeleton x2, and Yeoman Zombie)

We’re jumping back to 2011 with this set! The Queen Anne’s Revenge is a pirate ship that can be found in the wonderful movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

As the flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard, LEGO made a big effort here to ensure that it looked as pirate-y as possible. And we’re not going to lie, they did a great job!

The fabric sails are a great design choice, and the clean look of them really looks cool, but it might have been a cool idea if they ALSO included a torn-up and tattered extra set for you to swap whenever you were recreating a battle scene.

The cannons move and fire, there’s a suitably pirate-y help to setter the ship, and it has plenty of rigging and vertical playability where you can position your Minifigures.

And speaking of Minifigures, you get some great ones, Blackbeard being the standout character.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean was only a relatively limited release to promote the movies, so getting ANY Pirates of the Caribbean Minifigures is cool.

Overall this is one of the greatest LEGO ships out there, and it’s pretty tricky to get your hands on nowadays!

19. The Razor Crest

The Razor Crest LEGO set

Set number: 75292
Release year: 2020
Franchise: Star Wars (The Mandalorian)
Price: $139.99 / £114.99
No. of pieces: 1023
No. of Minifigures: 5 (The Mandalorian, Grogu, Greef Karga, IG-11, and Scout Trooper)

The popularity of The Mandalorian TV show can not be denied, and The Razor Crest was an obvious choice for one of the very first tie-in LEGO sets.

As well as the cockpit being accessible, the sides and back of the vehicle also open up for you to recreate scenes.

It gives you some cool options and really does up the play value. Inside there are compartments for cargo, spare missiles, and even a bed for The Mandalorian to relax on after a hard day of bounty hunting.

Minifigures-wise, we get a small but decent spread. First up, we obviously get Din Djarin himself (the Mandalorian), plus we get Greef Karga and IG-11, both of which were big players in season 1 of the show.

And then, of course, we get the small and adorable Grogu (who is even more small and adorable in LEGO Minifigure form), because…small and adorable!

Overall The Razor Crest is a great spaceship that can open up to offer amazing play options.

It’s compact and affordable and one that both kids AND adult fans of LEGO can enjoy.

Read more: What happens to Grogu after the Mandalorian?

18. Medieval Blacksmith

Medieval Blacksmith LEGO set

Set number: 21325
Release year: 2021
Franchise: LEGO Ideas
Price: $179.99 / £129.99
No. of pieces: 2164
No. of Minifigures: 4 (Black Falcon x2, Blacksmith, and Huntress)

The Medieval Blacksmith set has an old-y-world-y vibe to it that looks fantastic.

The house is well constructed and even features a porch and steps where you can play with your Minifigures.

The colorful blue roof of the building really makes it pop, and the addition of the right green tree next to the structure is a nice contrast to the otherwise very angular set.

The shopfront at the side of the house is cool, even featuring an orange glowing kiln and an anvil.

The blacksmith Minifigure – very appropriately – comes with a hammer and swords, and the other Minifigures also include armor that the blacksmith could very well have had a hand in making.

The inclusion of a horse and cart is cool too and gives you somewhere to store all the forged goods for transport.

Overall the Medieval Blacksmith set allows you to world-build. It fits in perfectly with some of the other era-specific LEGO sets.

It also helps that it looks pretty incredible, too!

17. Titanic

Titanic LEGO set

Set number: 10294
Release year: 2021
Franchise: LEGO Icons
Price: $679.99 / £554.99
No. of pieces: 9090
No. of Minifigures: 0

The Titanic is a LEGO set that is a special kind of awesome.

Not only does it faithfully scale down the proportions of the real ‘unsinkable’ vessel, but it also gets in a lot of the tiny, intricate details.

There are plenty of lifeboats that can be attached to the side, and the detailing on the bow and stern of the set really gives it a sense of scale.

The small windows that stretch along the side also make it feel like a BIG beast of a set.

One of the nicest features is the string used for the rigging. It stretched from the front to the back of the set and is locked down in three separate places on each side.

Similarly, the four colorful stacks are also tethered down. It’s little things like that which really bring this LEGO set to life.

Measuring in at over 53 inches (135 cm) long, it’s undeniably a long LEGO set. Luckily they have provided 6 supports that hold it in place, so you can display it.

Overall, the Titanic is an impressive and extensive set, and the results are as breathtaking and amazing as the luxury liner itself!

16. Daily Bugle

Daily Bugle LEGO set

Set number: 76178
Release year: 2021
Franchise: Marvel (Spider-man)
Price: $349.99 / £264.99
No. of pieces: 3772
No. of Minifigures: 25 (Amber Grant, Aunt May, Ben Urich, Bernie the Cab Driver, Betty Brant, Black Cat, Blade, Carnage, Daredevil, Dr. Octopus (Otto Octavius), Firestar, Ghost Spider / Spider-Gwen, Green Goblin, Gwen Stacy, J. Jonah Jameson, Mysterio, Peter Parker, Robbie Robertson, Ron Barney, Sandman, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), The Punisher, and Venom)

There’s something weirdly fun and intriguing about tall LEGO sets, and the Daily Bugle set falls right into that category!

It is an extensive play set with a lot of awesome features and ways you can integrate your Minifigures, but at the same time, it doesn’t take up much floor space.

We’ll admit, the Daily Bugle building itself is kind of plain and boring, but it’s everything that you can add to it that makes it so exciting.

From the large red letters at the top, to the fire escape ladders, to the multitude of ways you can attach Minifigures to the vertical unit, it’s bursting with energy!

The number of actual Minifigures included is also a great drawing feature, with 25 Marvel heroes and villains to choose from.

Overall it’s a surprisingly fun set with a lot of play value.

If you want to recreate busy and action-packed Marvel fight scenes, then the Baily Bugle is the set for you!

15. Ninjago City Gardens

Ninjago City Gardens LEGO set

Set number: 71741
Release year: 2021
Franchise: Ninjago
Price: $349.99 / £264.99
No. of pieces: 5685
No. of Minifigures: 22 (Cece, Christina, Clutch Powers, Cole, Eileen, Hai, Jay x2, Kai, Kaito, Lloyd, Mei, Misako, Nya, Ronin, Scoop, Statue x2, The Mechanic, Tito, Wu Sensei, and Zane)

We’ll just come right out and say it: the Ninjago City Gardens is an intriguing colorful and very vertical LEGO set.

It is strong, sturdy, and has several different levels that offer a lot of playability for the multitude of Minifigures it comes with.

And speaking of Minifigures, it comes with 22 of them – 19 of which are unique to the set.

That means that you have a lot to play with on this surprisingly good-looking and detailed set.

Split into multiple levels, there is so much going on in each and every part of this build.

From a lookout tower, to the green gardens spread across various levels, to a separate modular garden that can be positioned wherever is best, there’s plenty to keep you going.

While Ninjago might be aimed primarily at a younger demographic, no one can deny this LEGO set’s intricacy and eye-catching nature.

In fact, they make it one of the most surprisingly stunning sets on this list!

Overall, if you want a colorful, exciting, and detailed LEGO set with a lot of play value, then the Ninjago City Gardens is exactly what you’re looking for.

14. Orchid

Orchid LEGO set

Set number: 10311
Release year: 2022
Franchise: LEGO Icons
Price: $49.99 / £44.99
No. of pieces: 608
No. of Minifigures: 0

The orchid LEGO set is a standout one for a couple of reasons.

Firstly it has no Minifigures and very little play value. This might sound like a bad thing, but it’s really not because its DISPLAY value is off of the charts!

Secondly, LEGO has once again made something natural actually look…well, natural!

That’s not the easiest task in the world when made out of a product that is traditionally very square, blocky, and angular!

You can move, bend, and shape the orchid to make it look picture perfect and even display it prominently somewhere in your home.

We bet that no one would notice until they inspected it a little closer!

Overall, the orchid is a pretty and delicate display piece that almost convinces you it’s not made out of LEGO at all!

13. Silent Mary

Silent Mary LEGO set

Set number: 71042
Release year: 2017
Franchise: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Price: $199.99 / £179.99
No. of pieces: 2294
No. of Minifigures: 8 (Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Salazar, Carina Smyth, Henry, Lieutenant Lesaro, Officer Magda, Officer Santos, and Silent Mary Masthead)

We’ve got another ship in the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, this time, it’s the Silent Mary – and she outclasses all the other Pirate ships in every single way possible!

The attention to detail that has gone into this set has not gone unnoticed, and while the Silent Mary looks appropriately pirate-y, there are also intricate little details that make it pop and stand out from the crowd.

We love the damaged mast and tattered sails, and it gives it a spooky look as if it has seen its fair share of battles (which, spoiler alert for a 5-year-old movie: it has!)

While the coolness of the Silent Mary can’t be denied, it’s the Minifigures and accessories that really make it special.

The 8 unique Minifigures are all great, but it’s the zombie sharks that sell this set as one of the most unique and interesting sets of the short-lived line.

Overall, the Silent Mary LEGO set is the single best Pirates of the Caribbean set we’ve ever seen, and we’d love to get more POTC sets on the same level and with the same attention to detail!

12. Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime LEGO set

Set number: 10302
Release year: 2022
Franchise: Transformers
Price: $179.99 / £149.99
No. of pieces: 1508
No. of Minifigures: 0

If there’s one franchise that was begging to be made out of LEGO, it’s Transformers! With the Optimus Prime set, you get something that truly looks amazing.

It is fully poseable and moveable and can even be folded down into a vehicle – just like they do in the movies!

Whereas the blocky look of LEGO bricks might detract from certain character builds, it only assists the Optimus Prime set to look even better and more authentic.

Standing at 13.5 inches (35cm) tall, it’s definitely not the biggest LEGO set on this list…yet it’s still large enough to be an imposing presence on your shelf or wherever you display the set.

Overall the Optimus Prime set capitalizes on how LEGO looks and uses it to its advantage, resulting in a fine-looking set!

11. Hogwarts Icons Collectors Edition

Hogwarts Icons Collectors Edition LEGO set

Set number: 76391
Release year: 2021
Franchise: Harry Potter
Price: $299.99 / £219.99
No. of pieces: 3010
No. of Minifigures: 3 (Albus Dumbledore, Professor Minerva McGonagall, and Rubeus Hagrid)

The Hogwarts Icons Collectors Edition LEGO set is a great set for world-building if you’re into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

In this set are a multitude of things, all of which you would need if attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Firstly there are several books, a wand, a handful of vials, glasses, a chocolate frog, a golden snitch, an acceptance letter, and even Hedwig, the owl.

And what makes all that even cooler is that it is completely made out of LEGO.

It’s incredible how LEGO has made everything look NOT like it’s made of LEGO. Especially Hedwig!

Luckily they worked in feathers, talons, and a beak, all of which are poseable, so you can display it however you want.

Minifigures-wise, you get Albus Dumbledore, Professor Minerva McGonagall, and Rubeus Hagrid, all in a special 20th Anniversary Pearl Gold. They are housed in a small display case.

Overall the Hogwarts Icons Collectors Edition is a great companion set to any Harry Potter play.

There are all sorts of little bits and pieces to keep you happy, and it is a surefire hit with not only fans of LEGO but fans of Harry Potter too!

10. Galaxy Explorer

Galaxy Explorer LEGO set

Set number: 10497
Release year: 2021
Franchise: LEGO Icons
Price: $99.99 / £89.99
No. of pieces: 1254
No. of Minifigures: 5 (Classic Space Man (red) x2, Classic Space Man (white) x2, and Classic Space Droid)

Spaceships are always a win, and the LEGO Galaxy Explorer set is no different. The eye-catching blue and gray spaceship look both fun and futuristic!

It opens up to allow you to put several Minifigures in both the cockpit and the back section.

There are also more compartments, flaps, and hidden places than you can shake a stick at, which is pretty incredible on such a relatively small set!

It comes with 4 astronaut Minifigures; two dressed in white spacesuits, the other two dressed in red. There is also a cool little robot included, because why not?! It’s space!

Included in the set is a small moon buggy kind of vehicle that can be stored in the back of the Galaxy explorer and deployed whenever you need it.

And on top of all that, two of the engines can be removed and ridden separately like some kind of space cowboy!

Overall the Galaxy Explorer is just a fun little LEGO set that allows you to let your imagination go wild and embark on all kinds of intergalactic adventures. It’s fun, and at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about!

9. Back to the Future Time Machine

Back to the Future Time Machine

Set number: 10300
Release year: 2022
Franchise: Back to the Future
Price: $199.99 / £149.99
No. of pieces: 1872
No. of Minifigures: 2 (Doc Brown and Marty McFly)

Back to the Future is an absolute cinema classic, and owning a LEGO replica of the Back to the Future Time Machine is a dream for many people!

Not only do you get the DeLorean itself (complete with opening doors), but you can also build yourself a flux capacitor! All of which makes for a wonderful display piece.

One thing that we love is that even though it is made of LEGO, they used flat smooth pieces to give the DeLorean its flat and smooth appearance.

It was a good choice – it wouldn’t have looked as cool or sleek when completely covered in studs!

And, of course, it very appropriately came with Doc Brown and Marty McFly Minifigures.

There might only be two of them, but they really do look like who they’re supposed to look like – quite the feat considering the simple LEGO Minifigure design!

Overall if you want a wonderfully accurate LEGO replica of this time-defying DeLorean, then it’s definitely worth your time and money!

8. Diagon Alley

Diagon Alley LEGO set

Set number: 75978
Release year: 2020
Franchise: Harry Potter
Price: $449.99 / £349.99
No. of pieces: 5544
No. of Minifigures: 17 (Daily Prophet Photographer, Draco Malfoy, Florean Fortescue, Fred Weasley, Garrick Ollivander, George Weasley, Gilderoy Lockhart, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter x2, Hermione Granger, Lucius Malfoy, Mannequin x2, Molly Weasley, Ron Weasley, and Rubeus Hagrid)

An extensive, exciting, and colorful set, the LEGO Diagon Alley gives you so many different options.

It comes in 4 sections, each depicting 2 different locations (Ollivander’s wand shop and Scribbulus writing implements / Quality Quidditch Supplies and the Daily Prophet / Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor and Flourish & Blotts / Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and Knockturn Alley).

Each shop section is reversible and has fun play sections on their rear sides that replicate the insides of their respective shopfronts.

You can position these pieces in whichever order you want to make your Diagon Alley look as interesting as you want. You’re not stuck to any set order!

It also comes with 17 LEGO Minifigures, 15 of which are unique to the set! So if one-off Harry Potter Minifigures are your thing, then this set is a fantastic choice!

Overall you can see a lot of time, effort and love went into creating this particular set, the colorful and fun vibe makes it totally worth picking up and a worthy addition to this list!

7. Ultimate Collector’s Series AT-AT

Ultimate Collector’s Series AT-AT

Set number: 75313
Release year: 2021
Franchise: Star Wars (The Empire Strikes Back)
Price: $849.99 / £699.99
No. of pieces: 6785
No. of Minifigures: 9 (AT-AT Driver x2, General Maximillian Veers, Luke Skywalker, and Snowtrooper x5)

The AT-AT (or the All Terrain Armored Transport, if you’re a super Star Wars nerd) is an absolute beast of a LEGO Star Wars set!

Standing at 24.5 inches tall – or just over 2 ft – LEGO has knocked it out of the park with this set. It’s impressive on so many different levels!

One of the most iconic things about this vehicle is that it walks. It made them terrifying machines to face in The Empire Strikes Back.

LEGO have tried to recreate that automatic, slow, lumberingly robotic gait that made them so monstrous.

Want to recreate scenes from the movie? Well, there is even a small flap on the underbelly that Luke Skywalker cut into in order to destroy it

The interior of the AT-AT is nicely designed. They had more free rein to do what they wanted with the interior of the main hold, as it was never seen on-screen.

They made room for plenty of snowtroopers in there, as well as two white speeder bikes that slot neatly into the rear of the vehicle.

Overall the LEGO AT-AT is an imposing set, made all the more special and unique by its ability to walk and move.

6. Disney Castle

Disney Castle LEGO set

Set number: 71040
Release year: 2016
Franchise: Disney
Price: $349.99 / £309.99
No. of pieces: 4080
No. of Minifigures: 7 (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Disney Castle Knight, and Tinker Bell)

The Disney Castle is one of, if not THE most recognizable and iconic structures on this list.

With it’s soaring spires, blue roofs, and golden trimmings, it is the epitome of the Disney theme parks.

Behind that grand facade is a castle full of different rooms for your characters to play in.

These rooms even include some nods to other Disney films for you to discover while you build and play.

It might be time-consuming to build, but it is worth it, and at 29 inches (74cm) high, it’s both a beauty AND a beast!

As far as Minifigures go, you get 4 of the Big 5. Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie Mouse, and it’s a shame that they left out Goofy.

You do get a Disney Castle Knight and everyone’s favorite fairy Tinker Bell though, so it’s not too bad.

Overall the Disney Castle LEGO set is one that any lover of Disney will adore. It might be big, but it could be the crown jewel of your Disney collection.

5. Nintendo Entertainment System

Nintendo Entertainment System LEGO set

Set number: 71374
Release year: 2020
Franchise: Super Mario
Price: $269.99 / £199.99
No. of pieces: 2646
No. of Minifigures: 1 (Mario)

The LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System is a pretty unique set on this list for quite a big and fun reason.

We’ll start off by saying the build is fun, and the end product really does look like the games console that it’s trying to recreate.

But this LEGO set has a different kind of play value. Instead of including Minifigures, it comes with a small 2D-looking Mario.

He is attached to a clear tube that you can use to move him up and down on the ‘screen’ of the TV.

You can then use the crank attached to the side of the TV to scroll through the background landscape, making it look like Mario is traveling through it – just like the game!

You can make him jump, dive, and dodge enemies. It’s a really unique and engaging idea!

Overall it’s a great retro-looking LEGO set that you can have a lot of fun with. It’s definitely worth picking up if you’re a fan of Mario or retro gaming!

4. Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon

Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon LEGO set

Set number: 75192
Release year: 2017
Franchise: Star Wars (The Empire Strikes Back / The Force Awakens)
Price: $849.99 / £699.99
No. of pieces: 7541
No. of Minifigures: 8 (BB-8, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Finn, Han Solo (young), Han Solo (old), Princess Leia, and Rey)

If we’re talking the biggest and best LEGO Star Wars sets, then the Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon is second to none. In fact, it’s the single biggest LEGO Star Wars set ever released.

With room for play in the cockpit and the main hold, there are plenty of options with this classic spaceship.

The detailing on the interior is jaw-dropping, and there are even tiny little blink-and-you’ll-miss-them Easter eggs for Star Wars fans to discover as they build and play.

It comes with two radar dishes; one round and one rectangular. But this one simple change means you can make it either an Original Trilogy Millennium Falcon or a Sequel Trilogy Millennium Falcon.

The 8 Minifigures included are amazing, with 2 of them being exclusive to this set.

The Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon is a sturdy vehicle.

They went out of their way to ensure that no part of this build was flimsy or could fail and ensured that each and every detail was as faithful to the Star Wars Saga source material as possible.

Overall this is a fantastically fun set whether you love Star Wars or not.

The size and detailing make it truly unique, and it’s a LEGO set that’s totally worth getting…if you have the room for it.

3. Sanctum Sanctorum

Sanctum Sanctorum LEGO set

Set number: 76218
Release year: 2022
Franchise: Marvel (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)
Price: $249.99 / £214.99
No. of pieces: 2708
No. of Minifigures: 9 (Dead Strange, Doctor Strange, Ebony Maw, Iron Man Mark 50 Armor, Karl Mordo, Scarlet Witch, Sinister Strange, Spider-Man, and Wong)

You’d be hard-pressed to think of a more recognizable building from the MCU than the Sanctum Sanctorum.

And LEGO has done an amazing job of replicating the large stone building, even ensuring that they included the big round window on the roof.

While it looks like a single solid block of a set, each of the levels of the Sanctum Sanctorum can be separated to reveal a different scene.

The ground level has the entrance and large stairway, the next one features a library with a large portal in it through which a giant tentacled monster is coming, and the top level features the attack filled with treasures and artifacts.

The Minifigures are all brilliant, and you get a good selection of both good guys and bad guys (leaning more towards good guys).

But one awesome feature is the use of long clear tubes that can be attached to the feet of the Minifigures to make them look like they’re flying.

Overall the Sanctum Sanctorum is a beefy Marvel set that really does have as much play value as it does display value.

2. Lion Knights’ Castle

Lion Knights’ Castle LEGO set

Set number: 10305
Release year: 2022
Franchise: LEGO Icons
Price: $399.99 / £344.99
No. of pieces: 4514
No. of Minifigures: 22 (various)

Everyone loves a castle and a medieval scene, and the Lion Knights’ Castle allows you to live out your ye olde fantasies in style!

It is a build that is as tall as it is wide. The castle walls reach up with to towers that flank a large gate, and the walls stretch out on either side of it.

It really gives you a fortress to defend during those intense LEGO battles!

Turn the set around, and you’ll find a literal castle’s worth of rooms to play inside.

There are bedrooms, rooms where your knights can suit up, banquet halls, and even a dungeon. You’ll be surprised how much is hidden back there!

There are a plethora of Minifigures, too, from the peasants who wander the streets, to merchants who sell their wares, to knights on their horses that are ready to ride in defense of their castle.

Overall this huge LEGO set is a wonderful one to own.

Kids will love to be able to play with the countless features that make The Knights’ Castle so special, and adults will love the expansive details that make this one of the largest and most fun LEGO sets ever.

Read more: 10 Biggest LEGO Sets Ever Made

1. NASA Apollo Saturn V

NASA Apollo Saturn V LEGO set

Set number: 92176
Release year: 2020
Franchise: NASA
Price: $119.99 / £104.99
No. of pieces: 1969
No. of Minifigures: 0

The best LEGO set of all time is the NASA Apollo Saturn V. As far as we’re concerned, anyway! It has so much to offer and looks absolutely incredible.

It is a tall and slender build, but don’t worry – it’s sturdy and strong too!

The Saturn V won’t break or buckle under its own weight! In fact, you can display it vertically or use the support struts provided to display it horizontally.

The piece count is interesting too! The Saturn V Apollo 11 flight launched on the 16th of July 1969. And the number of pieces included in this set are…you guessed it: 1969!

It’s a neat little tribute to the real spaceship and all those that went on that iconic trip to the Moon.

As well as the main Saturn V vehicle, you also get a return to Earth capsule, as well as a small lunar lander.

In fact, it’s a scaled-down version of the 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander (which came in 26th place on this list!)

Overall the thing that makes this LEGO set so incredible is that, yes, it’s big…but it’s also affordable.

It is an amazing achievement to not only man’s ability to get to the moon but also man’s ability to create a LEGO set so unique and cool!

The 30 Coolest and Best LEGO Sets of All Time…in numbers!

So we’ve taken a deeper dive into the 30 best, and coolest LEGO sets out there, but we thought we’d make things a little easier and simpler for you!

Take a look at this table to see how the sets stack up against each other!

Set NumberLEGO setRelease yearRRPNumber of pieces
92176NASA Apollo Saturn V2020$119.99 / £104.991969
10305Lion Knights’ Castle2022$399.99 / £344.994514
76218Sanctum Sanctorum2022$249.99 / £214.992708
75192Ultimate Collector’s Series Millennium Falcon2017$849.88 / £699.997541
71374Nintendo Entertainment System2020$269.99 / £199.992646
71040Disney Castle2016$349.99 / £309.994080
75313Ultimate Collector’s Series AT-AT2021$849.99 / £699.996785
75978Diagon Alley2020$449.99 / £349.995544
10300Back to the Future Time Machine2022$199.99 / £149.991872
10497Galaxy Explorer2022$99.99 / £89.991254
76391Hogwarts Icons Collectors’ Edition2021$299.99 / £219.993010
10302Optimus Prime2022$179.99 / £149.991508
71042Silent Mary2017$199.99 / £179.992294
10311Orchid2022$49.99 / £44.99608
71741Ninjago City Gardens2021$349.99 / £269.995685
76178Daily Bugle2021$349.99 / £264.993772
10294Titanic2021$679.99 / £554.999090
21325Medieval Blacksmith2021$179.99 / £129.992164
75292The Razor Crest2020$139.99 / £114.991023
4195Queen Anne’s Revenge2011$119.99 / £102.991097
10276Colosseum2020$549.99 / £439.999036
71043Hogwarts Castle2022$469.99 / £369.996020
76217I Am Groot2022$54.99 / £44.99476
31198The Beatles2020$119.99 / £114.992933
75325The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter2022$59.99 / £54.99412
10266NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander2019$99.99 / £89.991087
92177Ship in a Bottle2021$69.99 / £69.99962
76832Lightyear XL-15 Spaceship2022$49.99 / £44.99497
40521Mini Disney The Haunted Mansion2022$39.99 / £34.99680
31129Majestic Tiger2022$49.99 / £44.99755

Final thoughts

Let us start by saying that we think each and every LEGO set included in this list is incredible and cool and fun, and interesting. We love ’em all!

But what makes a LEGO set cool is not just one single thing: we need to take into consideration how it looks, how easy it is to build, and most importantly, the playability and displayability.

Sets such as the 67832 Lightyear XL-15 Spaceship or the 75325 The Mandalorian’s N-1 Starfighter rate highly on play value but not so much on display value.

Similarly, the 31198 The Beatles set or the 10311 Orchid might look great, but you can’t really play with them.

That’s why you’ll have discovered that a lot – if not all – of the sets in the top half of the list have a perfect balance of playability and displayability.

That’s why we’re happy with the positioning of our list, and we wholeheartedly think that the 92176 NASA Apollo Saturn V, 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle, and 76218 Sanctum Sanctorum are the best and coolest LEGO sets out there.

They truly do deserve their positions of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!