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.
Here’s something very interesting coming from one of our readers who have shared some information about some upcoming LEGO Dimensions expansion packs. We already knew that we would be getting expansion packs from franchises such as Teen Titans Go! and LEGO City Undercover when it was first announced.
A reader did some datamining and found some expansion packs that would be coming out for some franchises. Looking at the info, it looks like LEGO City: Undercover will be a Chase McCain Fun Pack while Teen Titans Go! will be a Team Pack which includes both Raven and Beast Boy. For that set, it’ll be either 71254 or 71255. There’s also some details of the Powerpuff Girls which will include all three characters of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. No word about which expansion pack(s) they will be in.
What’s most interesting out of the screenshot is the Lord Vortech Fun Pack which could mean that we’ll finally be getting a Lord Vortech minifigure which fans have been asking for since LEGO Dimensions was first released. Of course, this could be just dummy info to throw everyone off but we’ll see.
Thanks to Matthew for the info.
The promotion for The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Batwing (30524) polybag is now live at LEGO Brand Stores and on [email protected]. You can get it for free with purchases of $35 or more, while supplies last, until January 15.
I’ve already done a review of The Mini Batwing (30524) polybag so if you want to check it out, you can find it over here.
It looks like there’s another The LEGO Batman Movie polybag to search for in the near future. Delta Customs over on Instagram has posted what appears to be an Asian exclusive polybag featuring Batman in his yellow striped tuxedo in some sort of vault case with some accessories. No word on how to get it but it looks pretty neat.
Update: It looks like the polybag will be called the Batman Battle Pod (5004929). It is listed on the LEGO Hong Kong Facebook Page that it will be a GWP with a purchase threshold.
Now that Christmas is over, I’ve been waiting a few weeks to post this set since images of it first showed up online but I didn’t want to spoil it for the LEGO employees who haven’t received theirs yet. The 2016 LEGO employee exclusive set is called 50 Years on Track (4002016) and it has a whopping 1,141 pieces. The set celebrates six decades of LEGO trains since it was first released in 1966 and it features six different types of trains through the years including:
Motorized Train Set – 1966
Western Train – 1976
Monorail Transport System – 1987
Metroliner – 1991
Emerald Night – 2009
Winter Holiday Train – 2016
Again, the only legit way to get the 50 Years on Track (4002016) set was to be a LEGO employee which also includes LEGO Brand Store associates but that doesn’t stop it from hitting the secondary market such as eBay where it is going for around $250. For those LEGO employees who kept theirs, congratulations as this is a great set especially for LEGO train fans.
The new LEGO Ideas Adventure Time (21308) set is now available for purchase on LEGO [email protected]
. The set contains 496 pieces and retails for $49.99. If you haven’t checked it out yet, I’ve already done a review of the set.
Display and role-play with this LEGO® Adventure Time™ set, featuring eight buildable Adventure Time characters with an assortment of play-starting accessory elements. An ideal gift for fans of the popular Cartoon Network animated TV series.
-Features eight buildable LEGO® brick Adventure Time™ characters: Finn, Jake, Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, Marceline, BMO, Ice King and Gunter.
-Finn, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline and Ice King each have movable arms.
-Includes Finn’s sword.
-Accessory elements include Marceline’s axe-bass, BMO’s joysticks and Ice King’s translucent-blue stars.
-Great for display or role-playing funny scenes from Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time™ series.
-Includes a booklet about the animated TV series and the fan designer of this set.
-This set includes over 495 pieces.
-Finn stands over 2” (6cm) tall.
-Jake stands over 1” (5cm) tall.
-Princess Bubblegum stands over 3” (10cm) tall.
-Lady Rainicorn measures over 2” (7cm) tall and 7” (20cm) long.
-Marceline stands over 3” (8cm) tall.
-BMO stands over 1” (3cm) tall.
-Gunter stands over 1” (4cm) tall.
-Ice King stands over 4” (11cm) tall.
If you checked out the January 2017 LEGO Store Calendar, you can get The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Batwing (30524) polybag for free with purchases of $35 or more at LEGO Stores and on [email protected] from December 27 – January 15. I’ve gotten my hands on one courtesy of LEGO and here’s a little review of it.
The polybag has 79 pieces and the build is actually not that bad. There’s a pretty nice parts selection including the black shield pieces, some 1x2x2 sloped pieces, and 2×2 wedge plates. The majority of the Batwing is standard building using the sloped pieces to give it a sleek look. The front sloped grill pieces looks cool as well. The front cockpit utilizes a modified 1X2X2/3 brick along with the 2×2 wedge plates which attaches to the 1×2 plate with handle.
The last part of the build are the large wings that uses the shield pieces towards the inner areas. They attach to the hull using hinges which allows the wings to fold horizontal to vertical and everything in between.
Overall, The LEGO Batman Movie The Mini Batwing (30524) polybag is actually a really nice polybag that you can get fairly easily in a few days. It looks good compared to the one seen in the latest trailer and rumor has it that a larger counterpart will be coming in Summer 2017.
Check out my reviews of some other The LEGO Batman Movie sets:
The Mini Batmobile (30521)
Mr. Freeze Ice Attack (70901)
The Riddler Riddle Racer (70903)
Clayface Splat Attack (70904)
The Joker Notorious Lowrider (70906)
Scarecrow Special Delivery (70910)
The Penguin Arctic Roller (70911)
The LEGO Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures (71017)
Thank you to LEGO AFOL Relations & Programs (ARP) team for sending in this set for me to review. The content above represents my own opinion and not the company. Review sets sent in does not guarantee a positive review.