The Best Lego Sets We Got in 2018

By Tom Pritchard on at

Our fondness for Lego isn't exactly a secret, and we've been keeping close tabs on all the biggest and best sets that have hit shop shelves throughout the year. Whether you like to buy from Lego, Argos, Amazon, Toys R Us, Smyths or wherever else they sell toys, 2018 has been a great year for Lego sets. There were a lot of them, many of which feel like they were released a lifetime ago, and it wasn't easy picking through them all. Still we managed, and here are all the Lego sets we felt were worthy of some special praise.

Hogwarts Castle (71043), £350

There were two Hogwarts sets released this year, but the cheaper minifigure-scale set has nothing on this. The full-size Hogwarts Castle really captures the grandness of Hogwarts, to the point where it doesn't even bother trying to fit minifigures inside - opting for teeny-tiny microfigures instead. With 6,020 pieces this is the second largest Lego set ever produced, and packs a lot of little details into the build. In there is the Whomping Willow and Ford Anglia, Hagrid's Hut, the Hungarian Horntail, and various locations in and around the castle. Oh and it comes with the four Hogwarts founders in minifigure form, complete with their own display stand. It's pricey, but it's so nice you probably won't care. [Buy it from Lego]

Betrayal at Cloud City, £300

It may be very expensive, and it's huge, but the remake of Lego's classic Cloud City set is just lovely. Designed for playing with, rather than sticking on a shelf to gather dust, it's got all the important areas from Bespin's aerial mining facility for you to tinker with. There's even a miniature Slave I that's a lot more manageable than the UCS behemoth, even if Boba Fett only just fits inside. The best part, though? The mechanical lever that lowers Han Solo and simultaneously raises his carbonite form. That's a stroke of genius. [Buy it from Lego]

Go Brick Me, from £25

Regardless of how you feel about Brickheadz, you have to admit they really improved in 2018. The fact that Lego released a kit for you to create your own custom versions helped as well, and while this is more expensive than your standard cartoony figure it does offer a lot more customisation options with two figures to work on. And that's what Lego is supposed to be about - building, creating, and tearing stuff apart to see if you can do a better job. Sadly this is out of stock on Lego's online store, but you might get lucky if you have a physical one nearby. Otherwise you'll have to look elsewhere. [Buy it from Amazon | eBay ]

Downtown Diner, £130

Part of the never-ending modular Creator Expert series, the Downtown Diner adds some '50s nostalgia to any collector's Lego city. It's an interesting build with the diner, a recording studio, and a gym each taking up one of the building's three levels, plus an assortment of minifigures and accessories to with it. This one is notable because it's also the first modular set to feature minifigs with custom faces - rather than the plain mannequin-like smiles that adorned the older stuff. [Buy it from Lego | Amazon | Smyths]

App-Control Batmobile, £90

There are a lot of Lego Batmobiles out there, which is not surprise considering there have been just as many Batmobiles as Batmen. But only one of them actually drives, and it came out this year in the form of the App-Control Batmobile. It's much more tank-like and compact than past B'mobiles, but considering you can download an official app to drive it around your house and scare your pets makes this an excellent set. But, please, try to avoid scaring your pets on purpose. [Buy it from Lego | John Lewis | Argos | Smyths| Amazon]

Bugatti Chiron, £330

An absolute monster of a set (that's currently on sale in the Lego store, hint hint) with over 3,500 pieces and measuring 56cm across. It's a set that Lego was so impressed with it decided the 1:18 scale model wasn't enough, and made a full-scale Technic Chiron that people could actually drive. What's more the boot opens up, and there's a Bugatti-brand shopping bag made of Lego inside. It's a hell of a lot nicer than the Aston Martin DB5 set, I'll tell you that much. [Buy it from Lego | Smyths | Argos | John Lewis | Amazon]

Voltron, £160

Voltron wasn't really a thing in this country, and these days most people think of Power Rangers when someone mentioned giant combining robots. But enough people loved Voltron for Lego to decide it was worth developing an Ideas pitch, particularly since the creator developed a set that replicated Voltron's robo-merging capabilities. That's right you could have the giant robot form, but if you wanted to can separate the multi-coloured lions to play or display on their own. It almost makes you want to buy two so you can do both... [Buy it from Lego]

Pop-Up Book, £60

While it's not the biggest or most expensive set, the pop-up book is a marvel of design. Somehow the designer was able to squeeze a fairy tale scene inside before submitting it to Lego Ideas, after which Lego managed to get a second one to work as well. The book itself is lovely too, but inside you can add scenes from Jack and the Beanstalk or Little Red Riding Hood, both of which can fold up while the book is closed. It only manages one at a time, but that's still pretty spectacular. [Buy it from Lego]

Joker Manor, £250

What happens after the Joker and his army of villains takes over Batman's attic? They turn the stately Wayne Manor into a crazed parody of itself, combining all the worst parts of the Joker's get-up. Like his own private version of Neverland Ranch, but in that twisted Joker-y way. It's a big set, of course, and the spectacle of the set is matched only by the number of unique minifigs inside. You have Robin in the Nighwing suit, Alfred in the classic '60s Batman suit, and white-suited versions of Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and Joker from the film's end-credits music video. Oh and Batman's cinema room is there as well, so he can laugh hysterically at touching moments in romantic movies. [Buy it from Lego | John Lewis | Smyths | Amazon]

Hulkbuster Ultron Edition, £120

There are a lot of things not to like about the giant-size Hulkbuster set Lego released earlier this year, but it's a hell of a lot better than any of the other Hulkbusters we've seen before and after. It may not be such a great toy, and it might be fiddly to position correctly, but it does make a great setpiece for you and/or your guests to gawp at. There's even an exclusive Iron Man Mark 43 figure that fits inside. [Buy it from Lego | Smyths | Amazon]

Ultimate Collector's Edition Y-Wing Starfighter, £170

Not quite as memorable as the X-Wing or TIE Fighters, but the Y-Wings play a crucial role in the battle against the Death Star and other rebel campaigns. The UCS edition recreates the ship and all of its finer details, including the interior components that have to be exposed to the cold vacuum of space - lest they overheat and potentially cock everything up. Included is an R2 droid, a Rebel pilot, and, of course, the classic UCS display stand. [Buy it from Lego | Amazon | John Lewis]