LEGO has become more than just a building toy for thousands of fans. Sets featuring Disney characters, pop culture icons, and famous faces have been designed. There are also numerous sets to choose from, with LEGO men being taken everywhere from outer space to beach parties. Knowing which LEGO toys to buy can be a challenge with so many options to choose from, but this guide will offer some insight into knowing what pieces and sets are suitable for specific people or occasions.
LEGO Bricks for Kids and Babies
The most common LEGO type most people think of when they’re considering buying new LEGOs is the conventional colourful bricks that most grew up with as kids. These are square and rectangular bricks that click together in order to create buildings, vehicles, and other structures.
LEGO Bricks for Babies
These bricks are made larger than usual to accommodate infants and toddlers and avoid a choking hazard. When buying LEGO toys for children in this age range, buyers should ensure that the package states that the toy is suitable for children younger than three years.
The LEGO Friends collections present some of the first sets featuring female characters, allowing girls as well as boys to take part of game time with characters representing them. These may come with larger or smaller blocks to target certain age ranges as well.
There are also sets featuring construction workers, Disney show and movie characters, and the popular Barbie doll character. This allows parents and others choose options that will appeal to a wide range of children with varying interests.
LEGO Bricks for Collectors
There is an entire group of kids, teens, and adults who don’t just love LEGOs for the joy of building. These fans range from casual builders and collectors of a few select sets to those who buy and construct elaborate LEGO works of art. For these individuals, specialised and pop culture LEGO items are becoming more available.
Movie LEGO Bricks
LEGO sets are available for a range of popular movies and shows. For instance, the Star Wars franchise boasts a line of LEGO items. Disney also has a variety of sets to choose from, as well as a whole range of other shows. Some of the most popular movie and show themed LEGO sets include:
- Star Wars
- Jake and the Neverland Pirates
- Back to the Future
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Lord of the Rings
- Pirates of the Caribbean
Many non-movie sets are also available. These can include pirate ships, cities, construction sites, castles, space ships, and other cultural items.
Hobbies and Pop Culture Icons
Cowboys, princesses, and other favourite figures have all been given their own LEGO sets. Some of them are based after real life characters and places, such the White House LEGO set. Others are based on fictional movies and books, like the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter related sets. These make good gifts for those who love everything LEGO, as well as those who collect items related to those franchises.
Other LEGO Brick Items
There are many LEGO-related items available, many of which are made to look like real LEGO bricks:
LEGO Mp3 Player
This is a real working Mp3 player with 2GB of storage. It makes a good gift for adult collectors, as well as for children as a first music player, since it has a colourful and playful appearance.
LEGO Stop Motion Video Camera
This camera has a LEGO brick exterior design, and it works well with LEGO sets to make stop motion movies. While it works well as beginner video equipment for children, it’s also something most LEGO enthusiasts would appreciate.
Cutlery sets often come with a child-safe knife, spoon, and fork featuring faux LEGO bricks as the handles. The handles look like real LEGOs, but they are actually made of silicone, so they’re easy to for little hands to grasp.
There is an entire library of LEGO themed books available for collectors and true die hard LEGO fans which outline building plans for all skill levels. Other books list top sets and collections for those who are just getting started, as well as more dedicated and experienced collectors.
Where to Buy
Many of the more common and newer LEGO sets can be found in stores specialising in toys and games. Others may need to be purchased through a collector or LEGO speciality site, or through an online marketplace like eBay.