The 12 Most Elaborate LEGO Sets Ever
Let’s take a look at some stupidly, gorgeously elaborate LEGO sets.
Jack Shepherd · 25 days ago
LEGO has thousands of different fun and creative sets to choose from, but every now and then someone at the company gets bored and decides to develop something so stupidly intricate, impressive, and expensive that it crosses the line from a playset to a genuine work of art. And for a true LEGO enthusiast, getting the opportunity to build one of them is the ultimate dream. Let’s take a look at some of the most wildly elaborate creations ever cooked up by those mad LEGO geniuses in Denmark.
1. The Colosseum
This one’s an absolutely stunning masterpiece of architecture that the ancient Romans themselves would be impressed by, though they might be a bit surprised that you built it so small, and already semi-destroyed. Coming in at more than 9,000 pieces, it’s a workout for a truly dedicated LEGO enthusiast.
Number of Pieces: 9,036
2. S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier
Nick Fury and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. need you … to painstakingly build them a nearly 3,000-piece flying command center with four turbine engines, a runway and some ships to land on it.
Number of Pieces: 2,996
3. Roller Coaster
This beauty isn’t from any particular franchise, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive — a giant 4,124-piece working rollercoaster for the citizens of LEGO-ville to blow off steam when they’re not busy mining bricks so that the Giant People can build that Colosseum.
Number of Pieces: 4,124
4. Millennium Falcon
LEGO has released a couple of Millennium Falcon sets, but this one is the heavy-duty, serious-business one. Clocking in at over 7,500 pieces, this bad boy has removable hull panels, an openable cockpit, and plenty of bells and whistles to keep builders occupied for hours on end.
Number of Pieces: 7,541
5. Nintendo Entertainment System
One of the coolest and most surprising of the top-tier LEGO sets, this replica of the classic 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System includes a cartridge that actually fits into the console, and a TV with a scene from Mario Bros. on the screen.
Number of Pieces: 2,646
6. The Daily Bugle
Judging from the action that’s happening on this glorious, 3,772-piece Spiderman-themed LEGO set, The Daily Bugle either has incredible insurance or just a completely laissez-faire attitude towards workplace safety.
Number of Pieces: 3,772
At a whopping 9,090 pieces, this one is an absolute behemoth. It takes hours to build and it looks stunning. But don’t let your pride go to your head if you’re able to finish one — it’s extremely important to have a bit of humility around a completed Titanic.
Number of Pieces: 9,090
8. Imperial Star Destroyer
Some call it the Titanic of the skies (OK, nobody calls it that, but they should, because these things are constantly crashing into nearby Death Stars), and it’s a similarly impressive build. The Imperial Star Destroyer is the prize of any LEGO Star Wars collection.
Number of Pieces: $699.99
9. Home Alone House
It’s the house from Home Alone! And there’s something happening behind every window. Zoom in to this beautifully intricate creation and you can see the Wet Bandits falling afoul of Kevin McCallister’s devious traps, and Kevin himself plotting their next humiliation at every turn.
Number of Pieces: 3,955
10. Hogwarts Castle
A gloriously detailed build of the imposing Hogwarts Castle that’ll require the courage of a Gryffindor and the smarts of a Ravenclaw to complete. Zoom in closer to see its moving staircases, stained glass windows, and a rotating Whomping Willow!
Number of Pieces: 6,020
11. Death Star II
This is the much rarer of the two Death Star models that LEGO has released, and its “permanently under construction” vibe is a large part of its charm. Filled with incredible details, including a “fully operational” superlaser, this one is such an intricate build that you’ll want to be very careful to keep it away from anyone with even moderate Rebel sympathies.
Number of Pieces: 3,449
12. World Map
Finally, what could be a more impressive LEGO ambition than the whole world? This world map is basically a giant, 11,695 piece (!!!) artwork that will satisfy even the most courageous of LEGO explorers.
Number of Pieces: 11,695
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