Bond, Bugatti and the best Technics sets out there!
Totally in the Christmas gifting mode? Lego’s an automatic choice for the young and forever young-at-heart, and this is our list of recommended sets to tuck below the Christmas tree! From tech-fuelled robots, James Bond DB5’s, bat mobiles to Lego Mindstorms and the Lego Star Wars series, we’ve got the best picks here!
Lego App-Controlled Batmobile
Step one: build a cool little Batmobile, with a style inspired by the excellent Tumbler from the Dark Knight films, complete with electric motors enabling four-wheel drive. Step two: connect the app on your phone to the Bluetooth control model inside the model. Step three: drive it around while bellowing at criminals in your huskiest voice.
Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V
This astonishing set is built to microfig scale – these are tiny Lego figures just one stud in width and about a centimetre tall. This means that when the 1m(!) tall full rocket is built, it towers over its occupants in an epic manner only befitting the craft that took humans to the moon. It’s built to mimic the real craft in as many ways as possible, meaning that it breaks apart into three stages (or fits into one full unit), and that the LM (lunar module) can be stored behind the nose cone as in the actual ship, or stood out on a little moonscape diorama. Similarly, there’s a little command module that sits on a Lego sea with floats around it, for the successful return to Earth.
Pieces: 1,969 (yes, the year of the moon landing)
Lego James Bond Aston Martin
As if a Lego Aston Martin DB5 isn’t cool enough on its own, this set lets you build Bond’s tricked-out model, complete with gadgets. Yes, once built, you can rotate the licence plate, raise the bullet-proof screen, pop out front machine guns and tyre-bursting blades from the wheels and eject unwelcome passengers, naturally. There’s even a detailed six-cylinder engine to view under the bonnet. At 24cm long when built, this is big enough to be a showpiece without taking up tons of room.
Lego Boost Creative Toolbox
What you’re looking at here isn’t your standard Lego set, it’s five different programable models, which are all educational and fun. The Boost Creative Toolbox works in partnership with an app, which not only brings your creations to life, but also introduces basic coding. The five models include Vernie the Robot, the M.T.R.4 (Multi-Tooled Rover 4), the Guitar4000, Frankie the Cat, and last but not least, the AutoBuilder – an automated production line that really builds miniature Lego models!
Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron 42083 Race Car Building Kit
The perfect gift for car lovers and future engineers! Build and experience a quintessential collectible sports car – the Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron! Developed in partnership with Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, this set is a faithful recreation of the real car! Created with 3599 pieces with a classic duo-tone blue color scheme, this set is the perfect addition to any adult or teen’s car collection and can be played with or used for display. This 1:8 scale Bugatti Chiron race car model features an active rear wing, 8-speed gearbox with paddle gear shift, W16 engine, steering wheel, suspension and spoked rims and comes in luxurious box packaging with a collector’s booklet.
Lego Creator Pirate Rollercoaster
Is there any sweeter combination of words in the English language than ‘Lego’, ‘pirate’ and ‘rollercoaster’? Maybe ‘3 sets in 1’, though that’s actually quite a lot of words, but it also applies here. Not only does this build a small rollercoaster with really fun-to-build pirate decorations, it can be rebuilt to two other designs from the instructions, which give you alternative theme park attractions to make. And yes, the cars really go around the track.
Lego Star Wars Sandcrawler
In need of an astromech and a protocol droid? You’ve come to the right mobile desert scrap merchants. This Sandcrawler set comes with a couple of Jawas and run-down droids, plus Luke in his pre-rebellion gear. The Sandcrawler itself has an opening cockpit, a ramp at the front that lowers and raises, and removable panels so you can play with the crane and droid prison inside. It even has tracks that steer using a gear wheel.
Lego Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator
Probably the ultimate Technic set, this Lego Technic set is one hell of a creation. The 28-inch complete model has a motorised bucket wheel and conveyer belt, and you can rotate the structure using a joystick (and drive it on its tracks). It’s a huge project to build, and deeply satisfying… and then you realise Lego even provides instruction for a second model you can build from the same pieces (a processing plant) that’s actually even bigger (up to to 34-inches long).
Lego Architecture London Skyline
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but you could probably manage this bit of London. We love these little Skyline sets, that let you build iconic buildings in adorable miniaturised form. This London set includes Nelson’s Column, the London Eye, the National Gallery, Big Ben and Tower Bridge. We’re also very partial to the New York and Shanghai skyline sets, if you want to start a city collection…
Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall
One the one hand, this is a fun playset for kids to mess around with minifigs (including, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco Malfoy, Dumbledore, Professor Quarrel and, for the first time ever, Hagrid) in recreations of Hogwarts’ iconic dining hall, as well as a potion room and moving staircase. On the other hand, the meticulous detail that makes it look just like the movie vision of Hogwarts’ grand exterior makes it an excellent collectible for fans of the series of any age.