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LEGO 90th Birthday – Top 10 Best Building Sets – Gift Guide

We are celebrating the 90th birthday of LEGO and reflecting on how far the Danish company has come in that time.

LEGO initially attracted attention for its wooden duck toys, which are still integral to the company to this day. Their famous ‘duck challenge’, where you are tasked to create a duck out of your own personal LEGO set, remains popular due to how no two ducks will ever turn out the same, a sign of the creativity the company has inspired.

To mark LEGO week, Zavvi have a range of price drops on some of the most in-demand building sets celebrating how they have gone from wooden ducks to intergalactic spaceships, replicas of real-life monuments, and fantastic creations of movie sets.

Take a look at our top LEGO picks below.

  1. Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Collector Series
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    Star Wars: Millennium Falcon Collector Series

    This 7,500 piece model of the Millennium Falcon is the biggest and most detailed replica of Han Solo’s iconic ship LEGO has ever created.

    Key features include interchangeable sensor dishes, upper and lower quad laser cannons, landing legs, lowering boarding ramp, and a cockpit with detachable canopy.

    Once built, it could definitely complete the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

    Buy now with free delivery
  2. Hogwarts Castle
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    Hogwarts Castle

    Another pop culture inspired classic is this 6,000 piece model of Hogwarts Castle, packed with highlights from the Harry Potter series including towers, turrets, chambers, classrooms, creatures, the Whomping Willow, and Hagrid’s hut.

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  3. R2-D2
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    R2-D2

    Is this the droid you’re looking for? This collectable building model brings R2-D2 to life with immaculate detail.

    The 2,314 piece set has plenty of authentic details including a retractable mid-leg, rotating head, opening and extendable front hatches, a periscope that can be pulled up and turned, and Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hidden in a compartment.

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  4. Porsche 911
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    Porsche 911

    There are plenty of LEGO sets made for petrol heads, and this 1,458 piece one is among the best of the best.

    This Porsche 911 replica model includes not just one, but two models to build: the Turbo and the Targa.

    The Turbo is an especially powerful version of the Porsche 911, featuring a hefty turbocharged engine, while the Targa comes with its iconic bar and removable roof.

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  5. Bonsai Tree
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    Bonsai Tree

    Bring the garden into your home with this LEGO Bonsai Tree set.

    The model includes interchangeable pieces so you can style the tree with classic green leaves or vibrant pink cherry blossom blooms.

    It’ll look especially pretty in your front room when completed.

    Buy now with free delivery
  6. Land Rover Defender
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    Land Rover Defender

    Here’s another one for your inner petrol head: the LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender.

    The building set features authentically designed bodywork with Land Rover emblems, original-design rims with ground-gripping tyres, removable roof rack with storage box, pannier, ladder and traction mats, opening doors, bonnet and rear door, plus a detailed cabin.

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  7. London Skyline
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    London Skyline

    Get your own piece of the capital city with this LEGO Architecture set.

    This recreation of London landmarks allows you to build the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, London Eye, Big Ben, and Tower Bridge.

    Buy now with free delivery
  8. Home Alone House
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    Home Alone House

    If you’re looking for something do when you’re Home Alone, why not start work on building this replica of the McCallister family home?

    This 3,955 piece set inspired by the classic nineties comedy brings the house to life with incredible detail, complete with minifigures of all the major characters.

    Buy now with free delivery
  9. Friends Apartment
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    Friends Apartment

    Next up, we go to New York, where you can build all of the apartments from one of the most enduring US sitcoms in history: Friends.

    Not only does this come with minifigures, there are also references to several iconic episodes.

    Watch out for Monica’s Thanksgiving turkey, Chandler and Joey’s reclining chairs, the chick and the duck, Phoebe’s dollhouse, and so much more.

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  10. Camp Nou
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    Camp Nou

    Finally, one of the world’s biggest sports stadiums has been elegantly reimagined in LEGO form in this 5,509 piece set.

    If you’ve been to Barcelona’s iconic stadium, you’ll notice the Lateral stand with its iconic ‘Més Que Un Club’ motto, the covered Tribuna stand with press booths, plus the LEGO football pitch itself.

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Browse all our LEGO week offers here.

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Alistair Ryder

Alistair Ryder

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Alistair is a culture journalist and lover of bad puns from Leeds. Subject yourself to his bad tweets by following him on Twitter @YesItsAlistair.