Are you looking for the best lego building kits for yourself, your son or daughter? Maybe a Christmas or Birthday present? Or simply something to do in your spare time.
LEGO was one of the world's biggest toys, and in recent years has had to diversify. To do that they started creating LEGO building kits, in partnership with other brands and content creators.
What started as a small collection of building kits has turned into an enormous collection of lego building kits from all around the world including Star Wars, movies such as Fast & Furious to architectural masterpieces such as the Taj Mahal and even automotive cars such as the Porsche 911.
How to choose the best lego building kit?
What should you actually look for when choosing a lego building kit? For most it's the building or model you're ultimately assembling, while for others it's likely to be the price of the kit.
You can spend as little or as much as you like when it comes to buying a kit, with some models costing upwards of $500 to $1000 AUD.
Some lego building kits were released as special editions and were discontinued after a few years. These kits have become collectors items and have shot up in value to over 10 times the original RRP.
Whats the most expensive lego building kits?
Off the shelf, the LEGO Technic Liebherr R Excavator (buy here) is one of the most expensive kits offering 4108 pieces of kit to assemble for a cool $665 AUD + delivery. With thousands of positive reviews online, Aussies are clearly happy to pay such a price for this amazing building kit.
Another personal favourite of mine is the Lego Technic Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 (learn more) which is one of the largest automotive sets ever created with 2793 pieces and includes a working motor and advanced pneumatic system to control the loading crane.
If it's the largest off-the-shelf kit, with the highest price tag you're after then you should checkout the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon (buy here) which is a 7541 piece lego kit that costs over $2,000 in Australia with delivery from Amazon.com.
The Best LEGO Building Kits In Australia
1. LEGO Star Wars Boost Droid Commander
This LEGO kit allows young children to construct the R2-D2, Gonk Droid and Mouse Droid from the Star Wars franchise. It is recommended for kids ages 8 years old and above.
This set includes 1,117 individual pieces. When fully assembled, the RD-D2 has dimensions of 20 by 10 by 14cm. The Gonk Droid stands at 18 by 15 by 9cm while the Mouse Droid measures 14 by 17 by 9cm. All in all, the robots come in at 1.66kg.
This kit includes a Move Hub which is Bluetooth enabled. The Move Hub can be used to control each robot.
2. LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
The LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox has a Move Hub to control the 5-in-1 model. This set can be used to build Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, Guitar 4000, M.T.R. 4 and Auto Builder. The kit comes in at 3.6kg and is suggested for kids ages 7 and over.
This set consists of 847 individual pieces. Vernie the Robot can be made to dance and fart while Frankie the Cat can purr. The Guitar 4000 can play sounds.
Kids can build the M.T.R 4 which has 4 accessories, such as a spring-loaded shooter. The Auto Builder is machine that can construct small LEGO products.
3. LEGO Technic Porsche 911 RSR
This kit is designed for sports car lovers ages 9 years old and above. It includes a replica of the Porsche 911 RSR in its signature white, red and black colourway.
This set includes 1580 individual components. Once fully assembled, the car has dimensions of 13 by 50 by 20cm. This is the perfect size to place on a shelf to display.
This model includes lifelike features such as black spoked rims and a movable steering wheel. There is also a 6-cylinder engine. There are several moving parts, such as the pistons.
There is a weight of 2.26kg.
4. LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
This building kit allows Harry Potter fans to build a fully furnished Hogwarts castle, with important landmarks such as the Chamber of Secrets and Whomping Willow. There are several intricate details like Hagrid’s Hut.
Additionally, important characters such as Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin can also be set up. Other characters include Rowena Ravenclaw and Helga Hufflepuff. Different monsters like the Basilisk, Aragog and Dementors are included.
This set is made up of 6020 individual pieces. The Hogwarts castle stands at 58 by 69 by 43cm when fully constructed.
It is suggested for people ages 16 and above and weighs 7.36kg.
5. LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Millennium Falcon
This building kit enables hardcore Star Wars fans to construct the Millennium Falcon. There are figures depicting Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and C-3PO. Additionally, small mannequins of Rey, Finn and elder Han Solo are provided.
This set is made up of 7541 pieces. Once constructed, the Millennium Falcon has dimensions of 21 by 84 by 56cm. There is a weight of 12.2kg.
The replica includes all intricate details like an area, Dejarik holographic and engine room. There are also 2 escape pods included. The exterior has hull panels, which can be detached and a blaster cannon.
6. LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal
This LEGO building set includes 5923 individual pieces to build the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, India. This landmark is recognised as one of the most impressive architectural feats.
Once assembled, the replica measures 43 by 51 by 51cm and weights 6.25kg. Due to the weight, there are modular buildings to break the model into separate piece. This makes it easy to move around.
The Taj Mahal model includes several intricate features such as the famous arches and exquisite domes. There are also individual minarets to construct.
This set is recommended for people ages 16 years and above.
7. LEGO Art Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe
This set from LEGO features the iconic Marilyn Diptych by Andy Warhol. It is designed for people ages 18 years old and above.
The kit includes 3,332 pieces.. Once assembled, there are measurements of 40.4 by 41.5 by 5.3cm. There is a weight of 1.44kg.
This is a 1-in-4 replica with coloured pieces to construct 4 different versions. These colours include 9 blue, yellow, pink and black. Canvas wall plates and a tile tool are provided as well. There is a tile and LEGO frame to display the artwork.
There is a soundtrack that provides the history of this pop art piece.
8. LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet
This set from LEGO allows Star Wars fans to build a fully detailed Stormtrooper Helmet. There are 647 individual pieces in total. Once assembled, this replica stands 18 by 13 by 13cm and weighs just under 1kg. It is suggested for those ages 18 years old and above.
This building kit requires no batteries and comes with an instruction booklet. There are mainly white and black pieces to fully replicate the look of a Stormtrooper helmet.
This replica comes with a Star Wars nameplate, making it suitable for display in a home office. It is also the perfect addition to any LEGO collection.
9. LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils Building Kit
This LEGO kit is catered towards people ages 16 years old and above. It allows them to construct a Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops and Pteranodon skeleton replicas. A skeleton model of homo sapiens is included. There is also a paleontologist figurine.
This set is made up of 910 individual components. Once fully constructed, the pterosaur comes in at a 1:32 scale. The T-rex is the largest replica, coming in at 20 by 40cm. All in all, there is a weight of around 1kg.
The dinosaur skeletons and homo sapians come with matching nameplates, making them perfect for display.
10. LEGO Technic Fast & Furious Dodge Charger
This LEGO building set allows Fast and Furious fans to construct the 1970s Dodge Charger R/T in a classic black finish. It is designed for those ages 10 years old and above.
This set consists of 1,077 individual pieces. Once fully constructed, the Dodge Charger R/T replica measures 35.4 by 37.8 by 11.8cm. It weights 1.68kg.
This car has several intricate features like moving pistons, suspension and an air blowing. It can be set in a wheelstand pose.
This set is a great addition to Technic collection, and can be displayed in personal offices or on a shelf.
Where to buy LEGO sets in Australia?
You'll likely find LEGO sets or building kits available to buy from most major toy stores and even independent retailers that specialise in gifts and homewares.
Personally I've found the biggest selection is on Amazon.com.au or eBay Australia, where a marketplace allows sellers from around the world to sell their LEGO kits, with fast (often free) shipping to your door.
We've written extensively about the best online toy stores so you should consider reading that article, but be sure to compare prices on Amazon and eBay before pulling the buy now trigger, you might find it's cheaper (or more expensive) which you can then buy locally.