I’ve had quite a few readers asking if I would do a post about my top 10 LEGO sets of 2016. Since this is the last week of the year, I guess this is now a good time to do that post. According to Brickset, there was 828 sets released this year, including gift with purchase sets, so whittling it down to 10 is quite hard to do. Again, this is just my list of top 10 sets and may vary from other people.
10. LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters (75827)
Probably one of the best items for any Ghostbusters fan is the Firehouse Headquarters (75827). Coming in at over 4,600 pieces, there is a ton of little details from both the original Ghostbusters movies that you can find. Check out my review of the set here.
9. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge (76057)
As one of the largest non-D2C LEGO Marvel Super Heroes set to be released, the Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge (76057) is a great set with lots of exclusive minifigures included such as Scarlet Spider and Kraven. Many fans have even bought two sets to make a complete bridge.
8. LEGO Creator Vacation Getaways (31052)
This 3-in-1 set is a pretty neat set that looks great as the standard model but can also be rebuilt into a summer home and a yacht. The RV is one of the best models of this type of vehicle I’ve seen.
7. LEGO Disney Collectible Minifigures (71012)
Fans were surprised that LEGO released a series of Collectible Minifigures based on some memorable Disney characters but they’ve been a hit and have been well-received by the community. Check out my review of the set here.
6. LEGO City Fun in the Park – City People Pack (60134)
One of the more anticipated sets of the year due to its exposure during Toy Fair season was the LEGO City Fun in the Park – City People Pack (60134). The main things that made it stand out was the new wheelchair as well as the baby minifigure which were all new molds at the time.
5. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team-Up (76058)
The Spider-Man: Ghost Rider Team-Up (76058) is one of my favorite LEGO Marvel Super Heroes sets of the year mainly because of the Ghost Rider minifigure. I’m sure many other fan feel the same way. The Hell Cycle isn’t a bad of a build either. Check out my review of the set here.
4. LEGO Creator Volkswagen Beetle (10252)
The LEGO Creator line keeps coming out with great sets and this year’s vehicle was the Volkswagen Beetle (10252). A very fun build combined with the nice color scheme makes it one of the best sets of 2016 for me. Check out my review here.
3. LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056)
The Porsche 911 GT3 RS (42056) was my first LEGO Technic build and I was very impressed with it from the packaging to the finished build. Although the price point is fairly high, the premium feel of the set as a whole justifies the price. Check out my review of the set here.
2. LEGO Ideas Caterham Seven 620R (21307)
LEGO Ideas has been stepping up with the details of the sets and the Caterham Seven 620R (21307) is a prime example of that. There’s a lot of little details in the set that makes it one of my top LEGO sets of 2016. Check out my full review of the set here.
1. LEGO Disney Castle (71040)
Out of all the D2C LEGO sets that have been released in 2016, probably the singular set that generated the most hype was the Disney Castle (71040). This massive set is packed with details from various Disney franchises which you can find throughout the build.
When the LEGO officially announced the Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & 2 (75828) set, there was very mixed reactions to it, much like to the trailer when it came out, although it was towards the positive side more unlike for the trailer itself.
For me personally when I saw the details of the new Ecto-1, I actually liked it because of some of the details and features it has which I’ll get to later on. The Ecto-1 & 2 contains 556 pieces and retails for $59.99 which actually isn’t too bad for a licensed set. The contents of the box includes four numbered bags, one instruction booklet, and a small sticker sheet.
Just2Good over on Eurobricks has posted the official box art for the upcoming LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & 2 (75828) set. The set is based on the reboot movie that will be released on July 15. It consists of 552 pieces with a price point at $59.99 and it will be available on July 1.
Update: The official image is now up from Amazon Japan.
A few days ago, LEGO released the newest wave of LEGO Dimensions expansion packs including the Ghostbusters Stay Puft Fun Pack (71233). This Fun Pack contains 65 pieces and normally retails for $14.99 but they’ve been on sale for half off recently.
The minifigure included in the Fun Pack is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man which many LEGO Ghostbusters fans have been waiting for. He’s a pretty simple minifigure but the character is represented perfectly in minifigure form. The torso has the red scarf pattern which could be very nice for other minifigure uses while the head and collar piece is one mold. The head itself is very nice with the little molding details of the chubby face. Finally it comes with the NFC disc that all Dimensions minifigures come with.
The main build for the Fun Pack is the Terror Dog. It does resemble the demonic beast very well even though it is brick-built. The face has the angry look that is accentuated by the red eyes. The head
The first alternate build for the Terror Dog is the Terror Dog Destroyer. It’s almost the same as the regular one but it has two heads.
The last build for the Terror Dog is the Soaring Terror Dog which is a flying version of it that kind of look like a dragon.
Overall, majority of the people who are picking up the Ghostbusters Stay Puft Fun Pack (71233) is for the Stay Puft minifigure because he is exclusive to this set. The Terror Dog can fit into your Ghostbusters MOCs if you want to recreate scenes from the movie.
Again, most of the LEGO Dimensions expansion packs have been on sale so if you want to pick up this Fun Pack, now is a great time to since it is half off.
If you play LEGO Dimensions, you can follow the instructions in game to build the different versions of the Terror Dog but for those who don’t play it, you can download the instructions.
When the then Ecto-1 (21108) was announced that it would be the next LEGO Ideas set, Ghostbusters fans were both happy and sad. Good because we would be getting an iconic car, bad that we wouldn’t be getting the firehouse to go along with it.
Fast forward about a year and a half and rumors started swirling in the community that we would be getting the firehouse in 2016 and back in October, it was revealed that we would indeed be getting the Firehouse Headquarters (75827) next year and shortly after that, the official images of the set were released. The set features details from both Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.
Just a short while ago, LEGO revealed the official images of the new LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 (75828) set from the upcoming movie based on the all-female cast. As you can see, the set features all of the main characters including Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, and Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan. The Ecto-1 is based on a new vehicle and is able to fit all four Ghostbusters minifigures. It also seems that all of their proton packs will be able to fit in the back as well.
Also revealed along with the Ecto-1 is the Ecto-2 motorcycle which is ridden by Chris Hemsworth’s character Kevin. One of the images also might contain a spoiler as Kevin seems to be possessed. The last minifigure in the set is a red Daemon which could be something that’s part of the plot.
Reports have that the set is priced at $59.99 and will be available on July 1st.
A few days ago, Paul Feig, the writer and director of the new all-female cast of Ghostbusters, tweeted saying there will be some fun stuff from LEGO that will be based off the movie. We already knew that there will be at least one set because of the licensing announcement back in November.
Fast forward to today where Just2Good on Eurobricks has posted that one set (75828) will be the new Ecto-1 which is the 1980’s Cadillac Fleetwood station wagon. Of course, there’s no images yet but it’ll be based on the vehicle seen above. There’s not other information given besides that but hopefully it’ll be large enough to fit all four of the new Ghostbusters crew unlike the Ideas Ecto-1 (21108) which couldn’t hold all four and the proton packs.
There’s also no word on how many sets will be released based on the movie so there’s much speculation there too as well. From the sound of Feig’s tweet, it might suggest a couple of sets but we’ll see. The new Ghostbusters movie will be released in theaters on July 15.
Fun stuff coming from LEGO too. Just FYI. Sorry, bank account. https://t.co/qs1ZjVMXAX
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 7, 2016