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The 12 Most Elaborate LEGO Sets Ever

Let’s take a look at some stupidly, gorgeously elaborate LEGO sets.

Jack Shepherd

LEGO Roller Coaster Close Up

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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

Collosseum

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

Cost: $549.99

2. S.H.I.E.L.D Helicarrier

SHIELD

Nick Fury and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. need your kid (with your help, no doubt) … 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

Cost: $794.99

3. Roller Coaster

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

Cost: $379.99

4. Millennium Falcon

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

Cost: $799.99

5. Nintendo Entertainment System

NES

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

Cost: $229.99

6. The Daily Bugle

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

Cost: $299.99

7. Titanic

Titanic

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

Cost: $629.99

8. Imperial Star Destroyer

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

Cost: 4,784

9. Home Alone House

Home Alone

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

Cost: $299.99

10. Hogwarts Castle

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

Cost: $399.99

11. Death Star II

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 it should be carefully to kept away from anyone with even moderate Rebel sympathies. 

Number of Pieces: 3,449

Cost: $269.99

12. World Map

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

Cost: $249.99