International Lego Day: GameSpot staff share their favorite kits

International Lego Day: GameSpot staff share their favorite kits

International Lego Day: GameSpot staff share their favorite kits

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Lego has been delighting people of all ages for 90 – yes, 90! — years. In 1989, when I first got a taste of the brick building craze, my dad bought a 2-by-2-by-2-foot box full of assorted Lego pieces. It wasn’t a real set, but it included hundreds of random blocks that I sorted into bins before building everything I could think of. I was nine, so all I could think of was Transformers, but still, it was amazing.


Saturday, January 28 marks International Lego Day, and here at GameSpot, we wanted to share our favorite sets with you. Most of them are the ones we made ourselves or with our kids, while some are sets we dream about but don’t own yet. They’re all brilliant, though, so dive in and see if you can find your next release.

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I build a lot of Lego sets with my kid, and he surprised me by choosing this one over something more predictable like a Lego car. However, we had a great time putting it together, talking about the different varieties of echeveria featured in the instruction manuals, and sharing the creations with her friends. I generally prefer mechanical Legos – rack and pinion steering, suspension, gears and that sort of thing – but the succulents set was a refreshing, organic alternative.

An added bonus: these make tasteful and interesting centerpieces for tables, shelves and mantels, which is probably one of the reasons why this botanical kit is listed as a “grown-up” set. “. You can even reconfigure the nine modules in different ways for different arrangements.

–Stephen Shankland

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It was a random find for me from Target, and I’ll be honest, I was more excited about it than maybe a 42 year old should have been. My daughter and I got a huge kick out of it, and we spent about 4 hours building it.

The details are excellent. From Season 1 outfits and hairstyles to mini-figs to Chandler’s Dell laptop (complete with a Lego logo), everything reminds you of the show. I also like that it’s the Position from Central Perk, not a recreation of the fictional cafe, so it has movie lighting and a raised area to make everything more visible. Then we buy the two apartments to make a matching set.

–James Bricknell


When my kids were younger they had all sorts of Lego sets – the pirate ship and Hogwarts castle from Harry Potter – provided many hours of entertainment. But they had already grown by the time Lego released the Women of Nasa as part of the ever-expanding series of Women in Science minifigures.

This series now includes female scientists, aerospace engineers, astronauts, oceanographers, a geochemist and a paleontologist. These sets often sell out, which is nice to hear. Girls, boys and everyone else should be aware of the pioneers and contributions of women in our society, so kudos to Legos for embracing the idea.

-Connie Guglielmo

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Light your bricks

One of my favorite places on the planet is the Huntington Library’s Bonsai Garden, where I first saw the Lego Bonsai Tree kit. This is a nice little kit that allows you to easily switch between a green tree and a flowering tree, so the kit can change with the seasons.

This kit is so popular that there are also third-party lighting kits for this build, allowing you to turn this kit into a fantastic, eye-catching piece of art to display in your home.

— Russell Holly

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Steven Musil

From my son, Justin, who was 11 when he built the set:

“What I love most about the ISS is that it’s so big and includes a space shuttle that you can pretend is docking with the ISS. It was a set hard to build, and I love how the solar panels move. I love how NASA helped build a place where humans can live in space and look down on us on Earth.”

–Steven and Justin Musil

Danielle Ramirez

Our 6 year old son has a deep passion for Lego and “bad guys”. He completely lost his mind when he saw this Thanos attached to Target. (It was $10 when purchased and now sells on Amazon for $27.76.) He had already completed Spider-Man and Thor from the same collection, both of which were a little difficult for him to handle. -same.

Building Thanos was less difficult than Spider-Man, which will go down in history as one of the most boring sets I’ve ever had to help with, but it still required a little help from me. I liked that Lego didn’t just make the glove out of one big piece, but made it look as close to the real thing as possible. Including stones.

— Danielle Ramirez

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Lego versions of the Aston Martin Vantage, left, and the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

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Lego FAQs

Lego is the name of the Lego Group company, but did you know that it is actually an abbreviation? Lego is an amalgamation of the Danish words “leg” and “godt” which, when used in a sentence, mean “play well” in English.

While the Lego Group says the correct pluralization of Lego is Lego, people in the United States tend to use the term legos to identify more than one Lego brick. Lego brick and Lego sets are the preferred terms in most countries, but it’s a regional choice as to which one you use.

Personally, I think there are two ways to say the plural version: Lego, or backwards.


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