The LEGO product line is enormous, and its variety is impressive. It seems that no matter what subject for building you can think up, the LEGO company has designed it, is producing it or will do both very soon. Here are what we believe are the best LEGO sets for boys.

Our Top Picks

LEGO Star Millennium Falcon

Upgrade Choice

LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon

LEGO Creator Shuttle Explorer Building

Best Budget Buy

LEGO Creator Space Shuttle Explorer

How to pick the best LEGO set

Key Features

There probably are few people who haven’t bought, built, or played with LEGO products. The iconic company began in the village of Billund, Denmark in 1932. Worldwide production and sales began in 1958. Since that date, LEGO has produced more than 400 billion bricks. Here are some of the issues you might consider before purchasing your next building set.

1. Recommended Age

LEGO building bricks come in special sets suited to all ages. The company recommends age ranges for each of its sets, so it’s probably a good general idea to trust their judgment.

One safety note: Assume that a child less than three years old will find a brick or one of the minifigures and try to eat it. Even if they’ve never done so before, eventually they will. Keep the LEGO products away from them, no matter what it takes. Also, be careful about walking around at night with bare feet.

2. Collection

LEGO manufactures many specialized sets in collection lines each year. The lines don’t stay on the market for long because new collections are continuously being invented and brought to market. If you find a collection that you really like, you might want to shop for other building sets in the same collection sooner rather than later.

3. Pieces

You may want to give a moment’s thought to the number of LEGO bricks contained in each set. Maybe it contains a few hundred, but maybe the number would be over a thousand. The general rule is the younger the child, the fewer building bricks they will be able to handle comfortably. Too much of anything can be frustrating.

4. Minifigures

The minifigures are little dolls that fit into the gear contained in the LEGO sets. They represent people that populate the cities, villages, spaceships, and superhero cars. There are recognizable movie heroes and anonymous city dwellers. There is an interesting bit of trivia about the minifigures. Each now sports a hole in their head. Why? If a younger child swallows one of these plastic figurines, the hole allows medical personnel to hook onto and remove the figures easily.

5. Finished Dimensions

Some sets, like the Architecture Skyline collection, are only a few inches thick. Others are larger, longer, wider, or thicker. Some of the building sets can be finished and unbuilt again in only a few hours. Others are more complex and take more space.

6. Product Weight

The weight of the product counts toward any shipping charges. It also matters if the child is expected to carry the container from room to room, or from table top to floor.

The Winners

Following are our favorite LEGO products. There are sets and collections for everyone. You might want to review some of the best of the new offerings.

#1

LEGO City Town City Square

Best Overall

The LEGO City Square is impressive. Your children will be able to build a center-city including a tram, a car dealership, a hot dog stand, and much more. The set is large at 1683 blocks. You’ll probably need a dedicated table or stand that can support the sprawling commercial area. The set comes with plenty of building pieces, minifigures, and accessories to play with for weeks. I don’t care about upper age limits; I want a set to create Neve City.

Recommended Ages: 6 – 12
Collection: LEGO City
Pieces: 1683
Minifigures: 12
Finished Dimensions: 22.9 x 14.9 x 4.7 inches
Product Weight: 7.03 pounds

#2

LEGO Star Millennium Falcon

Upgrade Choice

The LEGO Star Millennium Falcon includes detailed scenes from the Episode VII: The Force Awakens film. Your Star Wars fan can build the spacecraft that includes shooters, a detachable cockpit, and an interior that looks like the real thing. This ship needs a crew and passengers, of course. Included are Han Solo and Chewbacca to crew the vehicle. Along for the ride are Finn, Rey, Tasu Leech, a Kanjiklub gang member, and BB-8 Astromech Droid.

Recommended Ages: 9 – 14
Collection: LEGO Star Wars
Pieces: 1329
Minifigures: 7
Finished Dimensions: 22.9 x 14.9 x 3.4 inches
Product Weight: 4.41 pounds

#3

Product Nice Name

Best Budget Buy

Calling all NASA fans, your shuttle is ready to launch! Your kids will have a blast-off building the LEGO Creator Shuttle Explorer. The interior is detailed and includes a payload docking bay, a satellite with fold-out wings, and a robotic arm. When completed, your young one can use the value 3-in-1 feature. Take the shuttle apart and devise a Moon Station or a Space Rover. An astronaut is along for the ride with a buildable space exploration pack.

Recommended Ages: 7 – 12
Collection: Creator
Pieces: 285
Minifigures: 1
Finished Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.3 x 13.9 inches
Product Weight: 1.3 pounds

#4

LEGO Education Community Minifigures

Best LEGO Education Community Set

The LEGO Education line supports school children learning about their communities. Whether the differences are occupational, gender, or ethnicity, kids learn that everyone has value. A large 22-piece set of minifigures can inhabit the 256-block town. The LEGO Education Community Minifigures collection supports five students, but there’s no rule saying you can’t use this set in your own home to teach your values.

Recommended Ages: 4+
Collection: LEGO Education
Pieces: 256
Minifigures: 22
Finished Dimensions: 22 x 20 x 10 inches
Product Weight: 10.6 ounces

#5

LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box

Best Classic LEGO Set

The Old Days are sometimes as great in the present as we imagine the past to be. The LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box is a fantastic Old School set of nearly 800 building pieces. The bricks come in an amazing variety of 33 colors. I remember watching my big brothers building with these blocks. If you regret throwing your old set away sometime back in your teens, here’s your chance to relive those hours of building fun.

Recommended Ages: 4 – 99
Collection: LEGO Classic
Pieces: 790
Minifigures: No
Finished Dimensions: 14.6 x 10.3 x 7.1 inches
Product Weight: 3.45 pounds

#6

LEGO Creator Power Mech

There are one, two, three creations your child can produce with this 3-in-1 construction set. The LEGO Creator Power Mech is a fearsome robot with articulated legs and arms, green armor, a grabbing claw, and twin antennae. Once kids finish playing with him, they can use the same blocks to make a pickup or a helicopter that has a moving rotor. The toys don’t require a thousand pieces to make, either.

Recommended Ages: 7 – 12
Collection: LEGO Creator
Pieces: 223
Minifigures: No
Finished Dimensions: 10.3 x 1.8 x 7.5 inches
Product Weight: 13.4 ounces

#7

LEGO Mindstorms Eve Robot Kit

If your child is interested in STEM learning, this robot building set will make a great gift. The LEGO Mindstorms Eve Robot Kit comes with all the electronics, controls, and materials to build five different complete robots that work. The robots will be able to walk, talk, and perform a few other tasks. SPIK3R is the main robot, and he’s a big one at more than 16 inches high, 14 inches long and 15 inches wide. You can download the software to control the robots to a Smartphone, or the child can use the included infrared device.

Recommended Ages: 10 – 15
Collection: LEGO STEM
Pieces: 601
Minifigures: No
Finished Dimensions: 18.9 x 14.9 x 2.8 inches
Product Weight: 2.2 pounds

#8

LEGO Ninjago Movie Master Falls

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Master Falls, far deep in the jungle, hides a hidden cave and its skeleton just across a rickety bridge. If your son or daughter loves the movie, LEGO products give them a chance to produce their own scenes. They even the movie’s stars in minifigures disguise. The completed set measures 6 inches x 8 inches x 5 inches.

Recommended Ages: 7 – 14
Collection: LEGO NINJAGO
Pieces: 312
Minifigures: 3
Finished Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.3 x 13.9 inches
Product Weight: 1.05 pounds

#9

LEGO Minecraft The Iron Golem

If your kids are like mine, Minecraft is one of their most beloved online games. It’s simple enough for younger ones, and it’s still challenging for older children and teens. There’s no laser shooting in this game. The LEGO Minecraft The Iron Golem is a building game where structures and artifacts rise. In this LEGO version, a diamond pickaxe mines the ore. Next, the furnace smelts the metal so that iron blocks that arise from the crafting table. Included is Alex, a zombie, an iron golem, and a baby pig.

Recommended Ages: 8+
Collection: LEGO Minecraft
Pieces: 208
Minifigures: 2
Finished Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.5 x 2.4 inches
Product Weight: 14.1 ounces

#10

LEGO Juniors Superhero

Batman, Superman and Lex Luthor battle it out in this LEGO Juniors Superhero set. The Batmobile and Bat café support our heroes in their struggle against supervillain Lex Luthor and his robotic vehicle. A catapult throws Superman into the air to give him a boost in flight. The younger set can build this scene and play for hours winning against the bad guy. 

Recommended Ages: 4 – 7
Collection: LEGO Juniors
Pieces: 164
Minifigures: 3
Finished Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.5 x 2.4 inches
Product Weight: 12.8 ounces

#11

LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection

The LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection is a complex and fascinating set geared toward teens and adults. This set lets you build New York City, including the Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, and, to top it off, the Statue of Liberty. Because the set encompasses just the skyline, not the actual buildings, its size is not as big as you’d think. The finished product measures 10 inches high, 9 inches wide, and 1 inch deep. There are other world-class cities in the collection. An enclosed booklet gives the history, design, and architecture of the featured buildings. Keane has already ordered his. If I’m lucky, I might be allowed to help the build.

Recommended Ages: 12 +
Collection: LEGO Architecture Skyline
Pieces: 598
Minifigures: No
Finished Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.5 x 2.4 inches
Product Weight: 1.46 pounds

Quick Decision

LEGO City Town City Square – Best Overall
Has superior play value for all the kids in your family or playgroup. Plenty of LEGO bricks, a dozen minifigures, and accessories make this a set that can build many different towns and cities through the years.

LEGO Star Millennium Falcon – Upgrade Choice
Offers kids a real working movie set from Star Wars. The minifigures represent characters from the film for realistic play.

LEGO Creator Shuttle Explorer Building – Best Budget Buy
Your kids will have a blast-off building the Space Shuttle Explorer. Take the shuttle apart and devise a Moon Station or a Space Rover. An astronaut is along for the ride with a buildable space exploration pack.

LEGO Education Community Minifigures Set – Best LEGO Education Community Toy
Your kids will have a blast-off building the Space Shuttle Explorer. Take the shuttle apart and devise a Moon Station or a Space Rover. An astronaut is along for the ride with a buildable space exploration pack.

LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box – Best Classic LEGO Set
Your kids will have a blast-off building the Space Shuttle Explorer. Take the shuttle apart and devise a Moon Station or a Space Rover. An astronaut is along for the ride with a buildable space exploration pack.

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Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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