If you’re a parent of a normal child, you’ve heard some close variation of, “PULLEEEZE? I gotta have this! It’s just what I need to finish my collection. You don’t have to buy me any other presents FOREVER!!” Somehow every kid learns this script at the foot of some childhood Yoda inspirational instructor.

LEGO building bricks are the favorite of millions of kids. In this review, we tell you the real facts, the pluses and minuses of 10 LEGO City Building Sets for 2019. We’ll help you avoid disappointments and boost your chances of successfully finding just the right LEGO City Building Sets for your little collector.

Our Top Picks

LEGO City Square Building

Best Overall

LEGO City Square Building

LEGO City Advent Calendar

Best Budget Buy

LEGO City Advent Calendar Building Kit

How to pick the "Best LEGO City Building Sets"

We compared like features for each of the chosen sets so you can easily spot which sets are just right for your kiddos.

1. Recommended Age

The lowest recommended age for the regular size LEGO building brick is three years old. That doesn’t mean the littlest ones are left out of the fun, though. LEGO designed the Duplo  blocks for little hands. The bricks are more substantial, easier to handle, and a relative cinch to snap together just like big sister’s LEGO blocks. Every LEGO block is a choking hazard for those less than three years.


Accessories are the little odds and ends that make the builds more realistic and more fun. Placing all the stickers need adult help. They can be tiny and exacting to get them on and straight at the same time. We highly recommend tweezers.

3. Minifigures

Minifigures are like little dolls, usually important figurines in the building set. There are also figures within the accessory sets.

4. Pieces

The number of pieces gives you a direct look at how difficult or complicated the build will be. If you have an 11-year-old, this will be a good thing and keep their interest. If you get a large set for a five-year-old, you will probably need to stick close by and be ready to help. Frustration can eliminate all the fun.

5. Dimensions

The dimensions will give you an idea of oversize shipping charges and where the box will be delivered. The LEGO bricks are quite good at packing them in such a way that there is no extra space or chance for the product to rattle around in shipment.

6. Weight

Weight is tricky. On the one hand, it can be measured along with the dimensions for shipping costs and the best delivery arrangements. Once you have the set built, you can judge if this is a set to be built and torn down in a day. It might be that you will need to make a semi-permanent space for it to reside, particularly as part of a LEGO City Building set.

The Winners

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LEGO City Square Building

Best Overall

What fun is a city without City Square? Every small town should have one where neighbors gather to talk, play, and visit. The center of your city has the full complement of delivery services, coffee bars, and car dealerships. Your children can even help the mechanic put a car on the working lift and change the tires to something sportier. If the minifigures are hungry, they have a choice of pizza from the delivery driver or a good old hotdog. The LEGO City Square Building has everything a busy, growing town needs to have heaps of fun.

Recommended Ages: 6 – 12
Accessories: 12
Minifigures: 12
Pieces: 1,683
Dimensions: 22.9 x 14.9 x 4.7 inches
Weight: 7.03 pounds


LEGO City Fire Station

Upgrade Choice

When you’re talking cities, you expect an excellent fire department. That’s just what you get when you add this public service venue to your LEGO City collection. The fire chief reigns over his three-story firehouse populated by a pilot and three firefighters. Repair a broken fire truck, van, or helicopter. The fire truck alone measures 7 inches long. Comes with all the firefighter tools to fight fires and hang around the firehouse. Kids will play with the LEGO City Fire Station for years to come.

Recommended Ages: 6 – 12
Accessories: Yes
Minifigures: 5
Pieces: 752
Dimensions: 18.9 x 3.7 x 14.9 inches
Weight: 1.9


LEGO City Advent Calendar

Best Budget Buy

Every year, LEGO City features a differently themed Advent Calendar to count the days until Christmas. The calendar has 24 different items, including vehicles, buildings, minifigures, and seasonal items. The box is part of the scenery, so don’t destroy it while opening the set. This is a great gift for nieces and nephews, and, of course, grandchildren.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 12
Accessories: LEGO City
Minifigures: 6
Pieces: 24
Dimensions: 10.3 x 2.8 x 15 inches
Weight: 12 ounces



LEGO City Demolition Site

Best LEGO City Demolition Site

Every big city needs to remove the old and hardly working for a new, shiny place of honor. The LEGO City Demolition Site set helps little builders remove the old, worn out buildings just like a real demolition team. A crane rises nearly a foot high and has a jib that moves and a wrecking ball that, well, wrecks. There is also a front-end loader with bucket and a dump truck with a tipping bed. That row of houses needs rebuilding fast! Your kids can each have a hand in taking care of the city blight so they can next build a great row of townhouses or perhaps a modern store.

Recommended Ages: 6 – 12
Accessories: 12
Minifigures: 5
Pieces: 776
Weight: 21.3 x 11.1 x 3.1 inches
 pounds: 3.1 pounds


LEGO Off-Road Chase Building

Best LEGO City Off-Road Chase

When the bad guys come to your city, you’ll need some excellent police work. That’s just what’s included in the Off-Road Chase Set. Two minifigures, a police officer and a crook, face off across the landscape. The policeman’s bike takes him to the crook’s hideout that has space to store his ill-gotten loot. This lego police set won’t take long to build and is a fun element in your town.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 12
Accessories: LEGO City
Minifigures: 2
Pieces: 37
Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.3 inches
Weight: 2.08 pounds


LEGO Forest Tractor Building

All the best cities have a nearby forest for weekend recreation. Those forests don’t take care of themselves though. The LEGO Forest Tractor Building has a moving arm, working claw grabber, and a log stand. The minifigure lumberjack drives the tractor through forest areas that need clearing before the summer fire season.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 12
Accessories: LEGO City
Minifigures: 1
Pieces: 174
Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.5 x 2.4 inches
Weight: 13.4 ounces


LEGO City Town Service Station

Which town doesn’t need a Service Station? Many vehicles are running around the highways and bi-ways, and something is bound to need repair sometime. The instructions for the service station have directions for two different builds. One is a gas station with pumps and a kiosk. The second has a lift, mail stand, and a wash station. There are also directions for six completely different vehicles.

Recommended Ages: 7 – 12
Accessories: LEGO City
Minifigures: 5
Pieces: 515
Dimensions: 21.3 x 11.1 x 3.1 inches
Weight: 3.15 pounds


LEGO City Police Station

Best LEGO City Police Station Building Set

To support the motorcycle patrolman and his battle against the hardened criminal in the set above here is a real law enforcement headquarters. In addition to the police station, there’s a control tower with radar dish, a garage with lifting barrier, and a roof hatch. Inside the LEGO City Police Station are two jail cells, with toilet, beds, and two surveillance cameras. No crook will escape this facility easily! Be careful! The crook has a mean tow truck!

Recommended Ages: 6 – 12
Accessories: LEGO City
Minifigures: 7
Pieces: 854
Dimensions: 18.9 x 14.9 x 4.4 inches
Weight: 4.41 pounds


LEGO City town Cargo Terminal

When goods come to town, they must go through the Town’s Cargo Terminal. Gatehouses, trucks, telehandler, and storage areas all make sure that the right shipment arrives in just the right place. There are even a water scooter and a lawnmower.

Recommended Ages: 6 – 12
Accessories: LEGO City
Minifigures: 4
Pieces: 740
Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.6 x 21.3 inches
Weight: 3.7 pounds


LEGO City Town Bus Station

There’s nothing like a busy  Bus Station in the middle of town! Passengers come from all over to visit your LEGO City. There is a bus station to build along with the City Bus. Passengers include six minifigures that includes a wheelchair with passenger and the lift they need to board the bus.

Recommended Ages: 5 – 12
Accessories: LEGO City
Minifigures: 6
Pieces: 337
Dimensions: 10.3 x 2.2 x 15 inches
Weight: 1.35 pounds

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for lego city building set

Quick Decision

LEGO City Square Building – Best Overall
The basic building block of a successful city, and this set does its job well.

LEGO City Fire Station – Upgrade Choice
Lets every child play a favorite fantasy where they save the city and keep all safe and sound.

LEGO City Advent Calendar – Best Budget Buy
A lovely annual presentation to keep young children calmer when anticipating Christmas. A yearly gift will build a long catalog of Christmas joy.

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Gary B.

Gary B.

Gary is a father of two, self-identified RC fanboy, and part-time guitar plucker. When he's not racing his collection of remote-controlled vehicles or strumming away, we bend his arm and get him to write with precision and expertise on a range of mechanical and electrical toys.

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