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.
2017 will mark the 40th anniversary of the LEGO Techinc theme. As I mentioned in the winter 2017 rumor post, the sets will come with a commemorative brick to celebrate the event. LEGO has started to upload official images to their servers and sure enough, one of the bricks that will be included in the 2017 sets will be one of these commemorative bricks. As you can see above, it is a 1×3 beam with the words “40 1977-2017” printed on it.
Stunt Bike (42058)
Stunt Truck (42059)
Roadwork Crew (42060)
Container Yard (42062)
Ocean Explorer (42064)
RC Tracked Racer (42065)
Air Race Jet (42066)
BMW has just released a press release for the new LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS (42063). The set will contain 603 pieces and will be available on January 1. No pricing was mentioned.
A detailed model of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure developed by BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic goes on sale from 01 January 2017. The model set – consisting of 603 parts – is the product of close collaboration between the LEGO Technic and BMW Motorrad design teams. Combining innovative design with the art of engineering, it is the first ever LEGO Technic model to be produced in cooperation with a motorcycle manufacturer.
Munich. A detailed model of the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure developed by BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic goes on sale from 01 January 2017. The BMW Motorrad best-seller will now find its way into the homes of motorcycling enthusiasts of all ages. The model set – consisting of 603 parts – is the product of close collaboration between the LEGO Technic and BMW Motorrad design teams. Combining innovative design with the art of engineering, it is the first ever LEGO Technic model to be produced in cooperation with a motorcycle manufacturer.
“BMW Motorrad is very pleased to be able to share the enthusiasm for this bike with the LEGO Technic community. Two companies came together, both of them with a longstanding tradition to make emotional products for their customers”, says Heiner Faust, Head of Sales and Marketing of BMW Motorrad.
Authentic reproduction featuring numerous of details
The LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is designed to be as faithful as possible. The characteristic lines of the motorcycle – the so-called flyline – moving handlebars and even an adjustable windshield recreate the original in miniature along with numerous technical details. Enthusiasts will recognise the authentic BMW Telelever front wheel suspension and the shaft drive as well as the moving BMW Motorrad 2-cylinder boxer engine, which are set in motion as soon as the motorcycle is moved. Even the black spoke wheels with studded tyres resemble those of the model’s real counterpart. Thanks to the many details, the set is not only realistic but also fun and challenging to build.
“The proportions of the R 1200 GS Adventure have been recreated outstandingly well in the LEGO Technic model. We are excited to see how LEGO Design has reproduced so many visual and technical details of the R 1200 GS Adventure. The close and creative cooperation between the two design teams was particularly impressive – it went beyond a conventional licensing agreement”, says Alexander Buckan, Head of BMW Motorrad Vehicle Design.
The model is 18 cm high, 33 cm long and 10 cm wide, and an interactive LEGO app is available for the set that features 3D assembly instructions. The LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure also has a surprise in store for collectors: the LEGO Group celebrates 40 years of LEGO Technic next year and to mark the occasion, the kit will contain a specially designed LEGO Technic piece.
It’s about that time of the year when we start hearing about next year’s LEGO sets and it looks like CM4Sci and others over on Eurobricks has a list of rumored Winter 2017 sets from a number of LEGO themes. There’s also talks of some of the movies sets next year including The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
A lot of the sets listed do not have set names and if they do, they’re not 100% accurate as they are probably translated. The pricing listed are in Euros. As usual, keep in mind that these are purely rumors until they are confirmed by a approved source such as LEGO’s servers, Amazon, or an online toy shop.
Guggenheim Museum (21035)
Gangster Squad (60135) – 5.99
Police Chase (60138) – 29.99
Sports Plane (60144) – 9.99
Money Truck – 14.99
Beach Buggy – 9.99
Monster Truck – 9.99
Fishing Boat (60147) – 19.99
Truck with Catamaran – 19.99
Truck with Quads – 19.99
Pizza Van – 19.99
Dragster Transport – 29.99
Street Sweeper and Truck – 29.99
Mobile Police Truck – 39.99
Police Starter Set – 9.99
Police Station – 99.99
Bank Robbery – 59.99
Service Truck Heist – 19.99
DC Comics Super Heroes
DC Super Hero Girls
41230 – 14.99
41231 – 14.99
41232 – 19.99
41233 – 24.99
41234 – 29.99
41235 High School – 79.99
Berry’s Kitchen (41143) – 6.99
Petite’s Riding Set (41144) – 9.99
Anna’s Freezing Adventures (41147) – 19.99
Elsa’s Winter Palace (41148) – 69.99
Moana Disney Princess Set (41149) – 29.99
Moana Disney Princess Set (41120) – 39.99
Reported the antagonists for 2017 are leprechauns.
Elves Set (41181)
Elves Set (41182)
Elves Set (41183)
Elves Set (41184)
Elves Set (41185)
Friends Set (41300)
Friends Set (41301)
Friends Set (41302)
Friends Set (41303)
Friends Set (41304)
Emma’s Photo Studio (41305)
Mia’s Beach Bike (41306)
Friends Set (41307)
Stephanie’s Bakery (41308)
Andrea’s Show (41309)
Heartlake Present Service (41310)
Heartlake Pizzeria (41311)
Heartlake Gym (41312)
Heartlake Swimming Bath (41313)
Stephanie’s House (41314)
Marvel Super Heroes
Mighty Micros: Spider-Man vs. Scorpion (76071)
Mighty Micros: Iron-Man vs. Thanos (76072)
Mighty Micros: Wolverine vs. Magnet (76073)
Captain America Jet (76076) – Ms. Marvel (Khamala Khan), Captain America (Sam Wilson), and unknown villain.
Lola Set (76077) – with Agent Coulson, Ironman, Detroit Steel
Hulk vs. Red Hulk (76078)
Three Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Sets
Mushroom Island (21129)
Nether Train (21130)
Ice Towers (21131)
Jungle Temple (21132)
Witch House (21133)
Secret Waterfall Escape (21134)
Action Macy (70363)
Action Aaron (70364)
Action Axl (70365)
Action Lance (70366)
Bike from the Kings soldiers (70347) – 9.99
Lance’s Cruiser (70348) – 19.99
Ruina’s Vehicle (70349) – 19.99
Clay’s Blaster Jet (70351) – 49.99
Jestro’s Monstrous Monster Vehicle (70352) – 99.99
Vermillion Trap (70621) – 9.99
Desert Dragster (70622) – 19.99
Shadow of the Destiny’s Bounty (70623) – 29.99
Vermillion Villain (70624) – 29.99
Turbomobile of the Samurai (70625) – 39.99
Disastrous Dusk (70626) – 59.99
Dragon Wrought (70627) – 79.99
Buildable Figure (75123)
Buildable Figure (75124)
Buildable Figure (75125)
U-wing Fighter Microfighter (75160)
TIE Striker Microfighter (75161)
Y-wing Fighter Microfighter (75162)
Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle Microfighter (75163)
Rogue One – Rebel Battle Pack (75164)
Rogue One – Imperial Battle Pack (75165)
Yoda’s Jedi Starfighter (75168)
Rogue One (75172) – 69.99
Duel of the Fates (75173) – 29.99
Desert Skiff (75174) – 39.99
ROTJ Lando Set (75179)
To celebrate LEGO TECHNIC’s 40th anniversary, each set with come with a special commemorative brick.
Helicopter (42057) – 14.99
Stunt Bike (42058) – 19.99
Stunt Truck (42059) – 19.99
Street Working Cars (42060) – 19.99
Container Transport (42061) – 49.99
Searching Ship (42064) – 89.99
RC Tracked Racer (42065) – 79.99
Air Race Jet with Power Functions – 119.99
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Bike – 49.99
The LEGO Batman Movie
15 reported sets for the movie, 10 in the first half of 2017 and 5 for the second half.
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Ninjago Movie 1 GA (70606)
Ninjago Movie 2 (70607)
Ninjago Movie 3 SA (70608)
Ninjago Movie 4 MP (70609)
Ninjago Movie 5 JS (70610)
Ninjago Movie 6 SC (70611)
Ninjago Movie 7 LD (70612)
Ninjago Movie 8 NW (70613)
Ninjago Movie 9 JJ (70614)
Ninjago Movie 10 KM (70615)
Ninjago Movie 11 ZT (70616)
Ninjago Movie 12 BS (70617)
Ninjago Movie 14 NC (70620)
It’s August 1st and there are a lot of new long-awaited summer 2016 LEGO sets available for purchase from DC, Marvel, Star Wars, Ninjago, City, Technic, Friends, and Elves. The main promotion is the FREE exclusive LEGO Creator Mini London Bus (40220) with purchases of $75 or more, while supplies last, which runs until August 15.