No childhood is complete without hours spent building LEGO creations, and whether the LEGO builder likes to wing it or follow the instructions, LEGO is immensely popular with both the young and young at heart. From tiny tots to adults, there is a LEGO set out there to satisfy almost everyone. More than just a toy, LEGO has been used in educational facilities the world over to help support core learning and skills development.
LEGO has also partnered with many other big-name brands such as Marvel and DC Comics, Disney, Minecraft, Star Wars, and even Harry Potter to bring you LEGO versions of your favourite characters. There are also many popular LEGO theme sets such as LEGO Friends, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Technic, and LEGO City to choose from. Let's get building!
There is a huge variety of LEGO sets available to buy online in the UK, that vary in size - from individual mini-figures to colossal sets with many thousands of pieces - difficulty, and theme. When choosing a LEGO set to buy for you, your child, or someone else, you need to consider a range of factors, including age, theme, and skill level.
LEGO products are helpfully labelled with the target age range for each product - from DUPLO, aimed at under-fives to complex sets for older kids and grown-ups. LEGO prides itself on the wide age range of those who love its products and many of the boxes are labelled as being targeted at builders between four and 99!
DUPLO is a range aimed at children under six, and comprises of a range of larger bricks and figures to suit little hands that have not yet gained the dexterity to handle the tiny “big kid” LEGO bricks. However, many older children - and adults! - have also been caught enjoying DUPLO.
Available, like standard LEGO, in a variety of themed sets as well as creative brick sets, DUPLO is compatible with the smaller LEGO bricks so you can build creations incorporating both types of blocks, which can work really well as your little builders grow.
Standard LEGO bricks are generally best suited to those over six years of age, but the complexity of individual sets can affect which age group becomes a better fit for them. If in doubt, look at the packaging for the set as LEGO handily labels each set according to their target age range.
The larger sets with more pieces are generally more suited to older children or even adults, and additional features in ranges, such as LEGO Technic, also adds to their difficulty level, making them better for older children or adults.
Finding the right theme for a LEGO set means knowing a little about the interests of the builder you’re buying for. LEGO has partnered with other brands to bring you characters from film series such as Harry Potter, while also developing some of their own fun characters.
LEGO City is a range developed to reflect the real world and includes a wide range of sets that feature vehicles, buildings and more city-themes. Each set can stand alone or be collected to form part of a modular cityscape. There are tiny sets that have one or two mini-figures as well as a small vehicle or building, and there are huge sets that include multiple complex vehicles and buildings.
These sets reflect things found in life and LEGO City is a really popular range that, once built, also serves as fun toys to play with.
The LEGO Ninjago range is aimed at children over six and focuses on a group of ninja heroes. The sets vary in complexity, with a few for ages 6+, but most being generally aimed at the 8-14 years age range. These sets tie in with LEGO’s Ninjago film and tv series.
Ninjago sets are a good choice for anyone with an interest in martial arts or fighting baddies. They are popular with girls, boys and grown-ups alike!
In a somewhat magical partnership, LEGO has produced a series of enchanting Harry Potter minifigures and sets that are sure to be the perfect choice for any Harry Potter fan.
These sets are generally of medium complexity, although, there is a Hogwarts Castle set for older builders 16+ that boasts over 6,000 pieces! If you’ve got a Harry Potter fan to buy for, you might want to consider one of the great sets available featuring Harry and gang!
If, however, your child is more into superheroes and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are lots of LEGO sets with this theme too!
This fun range revolves around a group of friends who live in Heartlake City. With figures that are a bit bigger than the usual LEGO minifigure, these characters are more lifelike. The sets can stand alone, although many can also be combined to build a complex Heartlake City set.
You can choose between a range of sets from a pet parlour to a glamping site as well as lighthouse rescue set. LEGO Friends is aimed at builders over six years of age and targeted primarily at girls. There is also a TV series of the same name, featuring the LEGO characters.
In addition to the vast array of themes available, LEGO sets vary greatly in size and complexity, from individual minifigures to huge, complex sets for adults and older teens. In choosing the size of the set you wish to purchase, consider the recipient’s level of skill with putting together pieces of varying size, as well as their willingness to follow complex instructions.
This series from LEGO was developed to give experienced LEGO builders additional challenges in their builds. Using additional real-life features such as gearboxes, motors and steering systems, these sets offer a new dimension in LEGO building.
Most of these sets are aimed at the over nines, although a few, simpler Technic sets are available for children from seven. Technic sets are perfect for young builders who are keen to extend their skills and try new things.
Creator Expert is the advanced series' developed to offer the ultimate building challenge for expert builders. The series includes modular houses, cars, world buildings, and more. This range is best for older teens or adults who are very keen LEGO model builders.
We’ve introduced you to some of the most popular LEGO ranges and you’ve considered the age, skill level and interests of the LEGO fan you’re buying for. Now, it’s time to have a look at some of the very best LEGO sets available in the UK. We hope that this list of excellent sets will help you choose the best LEGO set.
|Target Age||16+ years|
|Number of Pieces||1322|
|Target Age||9+ years|
|Number of Pieces||1,353|
|Target Age||7+ years|
|Number of Pieces||524|
|Target Age||8+ years|
|Number of Pieces||1,001|
|Target Age||6+ years|
|Number of Pieces||283|
|Target Age||1.5 - 3 years|
|Number of Pieces||23|
|Target Age||5 - 12 years|
|Number of Pieces||212|
|Target Age||7 - 14 years|
|Number of Pieces||212|
|Target Age||9 - 14 years|
|Number of Pieces||878|
|Target Age||4 - 99 years|
|Number of Pieces||790|
Classic Large Creative Brick Box
Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall
Technic Monster Jam Grave Digger Truck 2 in 1 Set
Police Helicopter Chase
Ninjago Tournament of Elements
Friends Summer Fun Water Park Resort Playset
Marvel Avengers Iron Man Hall of Armor Lab
Star Wars Millennium Falcon
Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van
A Box of Endless Possibilities and Hours of Fun
An Intricate Set Perfect for Harry Potter Fans
Add an Extra Dimension to Your Build With LEGO Technic
A Small Box Bursting With Challenges, Fun and Excitement for Playful Kids
An Ideal Starter Set for Younger Children
A Good Choice for Younger Builders Transitioning to LEGO
Enjoy Summer Fun With this Challenging Waterpark Set
The Perfect Set for Any Comic Book Fan
A Must for Star Wars Fans
A Challenging Set for Teens and Adults
|Target Age||4 - 99 years||9 - 14 years||7 - 14 years||5 - 12 years||1.5 - 3 years||6+ years||8+ years||7+ years||9+ years||16+ years|
|Theme||Classic bricks||Harry Potter||Technic||City||Train||Ninjago||Friends||Marvel||Star Wars||Campervan|
|Number of Pieces||790||878||212||212||23||283||1,001||524||1,353||1322|
Whether adult or child, it's important to make time every week to play, be creative, and have fun. We've found some of the best products online which would make great presents for any child or playful adult, so take a look and find your new favourite way to pass the time.
LEGO offers so many fantastic sets for builders of every age, from toddlers to grown ups, covering a multitude of interest areas, it can be very difficult to find the perfect set to suit your needs. We hope that this article has helped you think about the key factors that can help guide you towards your decision and wish you many happy hours building LEGO!
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