There’s nothing like building an iconic film scene/location using colorful bricks and a little booklet of instructions. It brings the magic of the movies right into your living room, and it kills time very easily.
LEGO has been recreating the films we love in miniature form for years, spanning Star Wars, Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, Jurassic World, and much, much more. Here’s are 37 of our favorites:
Let’s start with an absolute beauty: This Avengers-inspired S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier from LEGO’s Marvel Superheroes range would fit wonderfully in any Marvel fan’s memorabilia collection. It’s quite the undertaking at 2,996 pieces, and the purchase would set you back more than $300. But it does include minifigures of Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Captain America.
Sadly, Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson—who narrates a number of the LEGO video games—is nowhere to be seen. Nonetheless, this is one sleek set.
Civil War Airport Battle
Marvel went all out on the LEGO tie-ins for Captain America: Civil War, with this Airport Battle set garnering a lot of publicity at the time for spoiling the Giant-Man reveal. Nevertheless, it’s a lovely set, with 807 pieces, six minifigures (Captain America, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch, Iron Man, War Machine, and Agent 13), tiny and massive Scott Lang figures—all for a price tag of $116.99 on Amazon.
Escape From Knowhere
The Guardians Of The Galaxy, James Gunn’s band of merry Marvel misfits, are also available in LEGO form. This set sees Bradley Cooper’s Rocket Raccoon and Vin Diesel’s Groot attempting to escape from Knowhere, with Karen Gillan’s Nebula and the Sakaaran also included in the pack. It’s a simpler build at 433 pieces, and it’ll cost you $59.60 pre-shipping on Amazon. Surely that’s worth it just for the great LEGO Groot?
Ant-Man V. Yellowjacket
Even Marvel’s tiniest heroes get a LEGO line these days, going by this Ant-Man V. Yellowjacket set. Fittingly, it’s a very small set, consisting of just 183 pieces. It’ll cost you $84.50 on Amazon, with Prime delivery. You get minifigures of Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Michael Douglas’s Hank Pym, and Corey Stoll’s Yellowjacket, and a flying ant with posable limbs and foil-like wings. What fun!
Who you gonna call (when you need a beautiful recreation of an iconic movie set, suitable for ages 16 and up)? LEGO! This Ghostbusters Firestation Headquarters set is a sight to behold. It consists of a whopping 4,634 pieces, and contains minifigures of Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Slimer, and a gaggle of ghosties. It also opens out using hinges, allowing you to peak inside this legendary location.
Speaking of the Ghostbusters, you can also buy their iconic vehicle in LEGO form! This snazzy ECTO-1 set came into existence after a fan petition on LEGO Ideas garnered a lot of attention. It’s made of 508 pieces, available for $89.99, and comes with Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore minifigures. For added fun, the roof of the car is removable.
The New ECTO-1
Slightly cheaper than the original cast’s ECTO-1 is the 2016 crew’s version, which is priced at $59.99. It’s also a more complicated build, weighing in at 556 pieces. As well as the car and the minifigures of Abby Yates, Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Patty Tolan, and Kevin, you get a red baddie named Mayhem.
Here’s one that came into existence through the online voting system LEGO Ideas. As you can see from the image above, and the title, it’s a rebuild of the iconic time-travelling Delorean from Back To The Future. It’s made with 401 pieces, and comes with minifigures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown. It also comes with doors you can open, fold-up wheels, two licence plates, and alternate engines, allowing you to customize the car to match your favorite version from the trilogy.
That’s rigt. You can build your own Hogwarts with this 1,290 piece Harry Potter LEGO set, which comes with minifigures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Lord Voldemort, Professor Dumbledore, Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, Professor Flitwick, Argus Filch, his cat, and two Dementors, as well as an adorable LEGO Sorting Hat and other impressive details. Be warned. This one has been discontinued by the manufacturer, so if you have the money to burn, get it now!
The Knight Bus
This Knight Bus kit is simpler than it looks: Building this memorable motor from Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban takes just 257 pieces, which can be reassembled using a second set of instructions to make the Knight Bus resemble a muggle bus, if that’s something you’d be interested in. Minifigures included are Harry, Stan Shunpike, and Ernie Prang. You also get a Hedwig and a shrunken head.
Ever wished you could live at The Burrow? Well, this LEGO set offers the next best thing, allowing you to build the Weasley family’s iconic abode in the comfort of your own home. The set consists of 568 pieces, and will set you back $269.99 on Amazon right now. Minifigures of Harry Potter, Molly Weasley, Arthur Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Fenrir Greyback, and Bellatrix Lestrange are included, and the back of the house is open, leaving room to play.
One more terrific Harry Potter set before we move on. This Diagon Alley kit is a whopper at 2,025 pieces. It features The Leaky Cauldron, Borgin And Burke’s, Ollivander’s Wand Shop, and Gringott’s Bank, and it boasts an awful lot of minifigures, including the Weasley twins, Lucius Malfoy, Olivander, and Hagrid. But like all great things, supplies are limited.
Everyone needs a LEGO Chris Pratt in their life, making his “Raptor Rampage” kit from Jurassic World a must have. As well as the adorable diminutive Pratt, you’ll also get a mini Bryce Dallas Howard and two Velociraptors wearing hats. It’s a simpler build than many of the others we’ve mentioned so far, made of 324 pieces. Ideal for younger builders.
Another ace Jurassic World option is this T-Rex Tracker set, which has three minifigures (including Vincent D’Onofrio’s Hoskins), a ruddy great big T-Rex, a little motorbike, a jeep, and a cage to trap the dinosaur in. It consists of 520 pieces and is currently priced at $105.36 before shipping on Amazon.
Now this is podracing. There’s a wealth of Star Wars LEGO kits in the world, but this Anakin Vs. Sebulba podracing set is a personal favorite. It’s “only” made up of 810 pieces, but the intricate nature of the designs makes it a tricky build. You also get minifigures of Anakin Skywalker, Sebulba, Watto, Wald, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. It’s $149.99 before shipping on Amazon at the moment, and an ideal purchase for prequel defenders everywhere.
Of course, the big daddy of Star Wars LEGO sets has always been the Millennium Falcon. The older versions could set you back thousands, though, making this newer one—released to tie in with The Force Awakens, and currently starting at $119.99 on Amazon—a much more appealing purchase. As well as the 1,330 piece kit, you get minifigures of Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech, a Kanjiklub Gang Member, and a cute BB-8.
A cheaper and simpler option for Star Wars fans is this LEGO recreation of Rey’s speeder from The Force Awakens. As well as the 193 piece set, you get a minifigure of one of Unkar Plutt’s thug, a LEGO Daisy Ridley (who wouldn’t want that?) and a stick for her to wield. The side of the speeder opens up, showing off the engine within. The set even has a little sled you can detach.
Death Star Interior
Okay, just one more Star Wars one! This Death Star interior set is a thing of beauty, made up of a jaw-dropping 3,800 pieces and coming with 24 minifigures, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Emperor Palpatine, and Darth Vader. The cheapest option on Amazon at the moment is $488.35, which is an awful lot to spend on LEGO in one go. But this set may just be worth it.
The Battle Of Alamut
Prince of Persia—the film based on the video game—may not have spawned a major movie franchise as Jake Gyllenhaal and everyone else involved will have hoped, but it did succeed in spawning some cool LEGO lines. Take this Battle Of Alamut set for example; it’s elegant, features weapons that actually fire, and boasts seven unique minifigures and 821 bricks.
The Temple Of Doom
An absolute stunner, this one. LEGO’s Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom set has Indie, Willie, and Short Round attempting to escape Mola Ram on a mine car. The cars can really slide down the tracks, creating endless hours of fun. The design itself is truly impressive, with fire and skulls at every turn. It’s made of 652 pieces, and would cost you $499.54 before shipping on Amazon at the moment.
The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
It may refer to a film that many of us are still trying to forget, but this Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull set is actually very easy on the eye. A more sarcastic writer than I might say it’s better than the film itself. It’s made up of 931 pieces, and includes minifigures of Indie with a whip, and (shudder) Shia LaBeouf’s Mutt.
The Tower Of Orthanc
This 2,359-piece set based on the Tower Of Orthanc from Lord Of The Rings is simply glorious. It contains minifigures of Gandalf, Saruman, Wormtongue, and some orcs, as well as a massive figure of Treebeard, and a Great Eagle for Gandalf to ride on. Stick it somewhere prominent in your home and shout YOU SHALL NOT PASS at your loved ones at every opportunity.
The Battle Of Helm’s Deep
Cheaper but no less epic is this LEGO recreation of Lord Of The Rings’ Battle of Helm’s Deep. You get Aragorn, Gimli, Haldir, King Théoden, Berserker Uruk-hai and Uruk-hai minifigures, and a lovely fortress made of 1,368 pieces. Fun little details include ladders, bombs, and a catapult. There’s even The Horn Of Helm Hammerhand at the top. Wonderful stuff.
Pirate Ship Ambush
Another massive Lord Of The Rings build here. Recreating a great segement of Return Of The King, this set features Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli battling some orcs with the help of some dead friends. You get 756 bricks and nine minifigures with this one. Swords, crossbows, and catapults are also included.
Mines Of Moria
Allow us one more Lord Of The Rings set, because this one is also a complete beaut. The LEGO designers really knocked it out of the park with this kit, assembling a gorgeous 776 piece location and throwing in minifigures of Pippin, Boromir, Gimli, Legolas, as well as two orcs and that massive cave troll. And they call it a mine… A MINE!
The next best thing to actually building your own Batmobile is this Dark Knight Trilogy-inspired LEGO Tumbler set. This homage to Christopher Nolan’s Bat-movies is currently priced at $359.00, and it’s made up of 1,869 pieces. It also contains a Christian Bale Batman minifigure and a Heath Ledger Joker minifigure.
The release of The LEGO Batman Movie has seen an influx of Batman-based LEGO sets, shockingly enough. This one’s a personal favorite—the LEGO version of “The Speedwagon”, the Batmobile of choice for Will Arnett’s animated incarnation of Gotham’s Dark Knight. It’s yours for $71.96 before shipping on Amazon, and isn’t too tough of a build at 581 pieces. LEGO Batman, LEGO Robin and—rather surprisingly—LEGO Man-Bat all come with the kit.
Also from The LEGO Batman Movie’s tie-in range, this Batcave Break-In set is brilliantly imaginative. You get a Bruce Wayne minifigures and three Batsuits to change him into, a chirpy Alfred, the Penguin and his duck boat, robo-penguin goons, and an intricate Batcave completed with actual bats. The set consists of 1,045 pieces.
The Joker’s ‘Notorious Lowrider’
The Joker from The LEGO Batman Movie has a set of hot wheels too, thanks to this “Notorious Lowrider” tie-in set. Celebrate Zach Galifianakis’s performance (better than Jared Leto’s, right?) buy purchasing this today. You’ve got to admit though; they missed a trick not calling it the Jo-car… This set consists of 433 pieces, and includes minifigures of The Joker, Harley Quinn, and Barbara Gordon.
Battle of Smallville
On the subject of DC’s finest heroes, Superman also has a LEGO set or two to his name. One of the best is this Man Of Steel tie-in dubbed The Battle of Smallville, containing 418 pieces. You get minifigures of Supes, Colonel Hardy, General Zod, Faora, and Tor-An, as well as an army car and a Black Zero Dropship spacecraft.
Batman V. Superman Sky Battle
Or if you’d like to see Bats and Supes in a set together, you’re in luck. This 517-piece Batman V. Superman tie-in kit sees Ben Affleck’s Batman, Henry Cavill’s Superman, and Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor enjoying a mid-flight fight, while Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman flies around and Amy Adams’ Lois Lane hangs onto a helicopter for dear life and does some photography.
Lord Business’s Evil Lair
The LEGO Movie was an absolute treat for fans of all ages, and it’s also a goldmine for LEGO sets. One of the best is Lord Business’s Evil Lair, which comes with minifigures Emmet (more Chris Pratt LEGO!), Vitruvius, Ma and Pa Cop, and Lord Business. Also included is the set of Where’s My Pants? This set consists of 738 pieces, and one piece of resistance.
Benny’s desire to build a spaceship to solve any given problem was one of the best running gags in The LEGO Movie, and it certainly gave me a desire to go home and build an old school LEGO spaceship. This LEGO sets offers just that, with a 940 piece spaceship and minifigures of Benny, Robo Emmet, Space Wyldstyle, and Robo Pilot, as well as an adorable Astro Kitty figure.
Emmet’s Construct-o-Mech is another very cool design from The LEGO Movie. This natty building-friendly mech suit consists of 708 pieces. If you really want to, you could use it to act out scenes from Aliens as well, with a few alterations. An Emmet minifigures and Skeletrons are included, along with an Angry Kitty figure.
An Unexpected Gathering
The Hobbit trilogy may have ultimately been something of a disappointment, but one good thing that came out of it was a new range of Middle Earth-set LEGO kits. Once again, their designers gleefully relished the opportunity to translate Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s vision into brick form. Take this loving recreation of Bilbo Baggins’ homestead for example—isn’t it perfect? It includes six minifigures and 652 bricks, along with loads of food and drink-based accessories.
Peter Jackson brought audiences back to Dol Guldur with his first Hobbit film, offering up some fan service and giving LEGO a chance to rebuild this iconic Lord Of The Rings location in their own unique style. The resultant set consists of 797 pieces and includes six minifigures. The Radagast and Necromancer figures are exclusive to this set.
The Lonely Mountain
Another treat for fans is this 866-piece LEGO kit of The Lonely Mountain, which translates the centrepiece of The Hobbit trilogy into brick form wonderfully. As well as the LEGO Smaug, it includes Bilbo, Balin, Dwalin, Fili and Kili minifigures, and a number of hidden treasures such as The One ring, the key to Erebor, and the Arkenstone. Quite a lot of weaponry included too.
The Black Pearl
You’ll get minifigures of Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Joshamee Gibbs, Davy Jones, Maccus, and Bootstrap Bill with this 804-piece Pirates Of The Caribbean set. The ship is 53cm long, 12cm wide and 50cm tall. The anchor, some cannons, a compass, a lot of flags, and the turning helm are all included. Yarr!
If we’ve missed any movie-based LEGO sets you love, please do drop a mention of them in the comments!