Kids playing with Legos (Photo: @jinnkisss via Twenty20)
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The 11 Best New LEGO Sets for Christmas 2020

Can we be honest with each other for a minute? Most things advertised as “all ages” or “fun for kids and adults” are just flat-out lying. Find me an adult who actually enjoys Candyland or Chutes and Ladders. None of us are watching Adam Sandler movies of our own free will. We don’t really like knock-knock jokes.

But LEGO sets are different. People of all ages genuinely adore LEGOs. My tween loves them. My teenager loves them. I love them. Even my cat loves them. (Okay, fine, my cat loves swatting them, but you get the idea.) The best LEGO sets really are fun for all ages. And while 2020 has pretty much been a dumpster fire, once again LEGOs are the exception to the rule. 

The Best New LEGO Sets of 2020

With new sets featuring Star Wars, Harry Potter, Rapunzel, and Iron Man just for starters, this year’s new wave of LEGO sets are some of the coolest and most collectable yet. Here are the best new LEGO sets for 2020. Happy building!

LEGO Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina Master Builder Series Set (75290)

Ages: 18+
Pieces: 3,187
Size: 7.5” high, 20.5” wide, 23” deep

Star Wars fans will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than this Ultimate Collector Series recreation of the Mos Eisley Cantina. And that’s a good thing. Full of incredible details and a removable roof to peak inside on the action, this massive LEGO Star Wars set comes with an assortment of smugglers, bounty hunters, and aliens, plus Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, and Chewbacca minifigures. Also included: two landspeeders, one Dewback, and the opportunity to once and for all show that Han shot first.

LEGO Star Wars AT-AT Building Kit (75288)

Ages: 10+
Pieces: 1,267
Size: 13” high, 14.5” long, 5.5” wide

This is not the first Star Wars LEGO set to feature an AT-AT, and it probably won’t be the last. But with its fold-out panels, spring-loaded shooters, winch, and convenient bottom hatch for Luke Skywalker to toss in his thermal detonator, it’s definitely the most playable take yet on the iconic Imperial Walker first seen on the Ice Planet of Hoth way back in the second Star Wars movie (a.k.a. the best Star Wars movie—search your feelings, you know it to be true … ) The set comes with six minifigures, including Luke Skywalker in his X-wing uniform, plus two snowtroopers and a speeder bike to help you recreate one of the most epic battles of the Rebellion.

LEGO Star Wars: The Mandalorian: The Razor Crest Building Kit (75292)

Ages: 10+
Pieces: 1,023
Size: 5.5” high, 15” long, 11” wide

Maybe the only thing cooler than The Mandolorian’s armor is his ship, the dreadnaught-class hunk of space junk known as The Razor Crest. This highly detailed new LEGO Star Wars set comes with a dual minifigure cockpit, two spring-loaded shooters, a cargo hold with opening sides and access ramps, a carbonite chamber, a sleeping area, and a detachable escape pod. It also includes The Child (“Baby Yoda”), Mandolorian, IG-11, and other minifigures for posable or playable action. 

Tip: Mandolorian fans might also like BrickHeadz’s The Mandalorian and Child set (ages 10+, 295 pieces) measuring three inches tall and retailing for just $19.95. 

LEGO Star Wars: The Mandalorian: The Child Building Kit (75318)

Ages: 10+
Pieces: 1,073
Size: 7.5” high, 8.5” wide, 5” deep

The breakout star of Star Wars: The Mandolorian, The Child gets his own (possibly life-size, definitely cute) new brick-built LEGO model in 2020. Complete with posable head, movable ears, an adjustable mouth, “Baby Yoda” will look great on any collector’s shelf. Just keep him away from the remnants of the Empire—they’ll do just about anything to get their hands on this naughty little carnivore.

LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley Building Kit (75978)

Ages: 16+
Pieces: 5,544
Size: 11” high, 40” wide, 5” deep

Crammed to the rooftops with details, this incredible new Harry Potter LEGO set brings to life one of the most imaginative areas of the Wizarding World: Diagon Alley. Relive your favorite moments from the books in front of Ollivanders Wand Shop, Scribbulus Writing Instruments, Quality Quidditch Supplies, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor, Flourish & Blotts bookseller, The Daily Prophet, and (of course) Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. 

The new set comes with 14 minifigures, including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Hagrid, and many others. There’s a downloadable app for an augmented reality (AR) experience, too. The only thing missing is real butterbeer

Tip: Younger witches and wizards might enjoy the new Harry Potter Attack of the Burrow playset (1,047 pieces) which is ideal for hands-on play and best for kids ages nine and up. 

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V Outer Space Model Rocket Building Kit (92176)

Ages: 14+
Pieces: 1,969
Size: 39” high, 6” diameter

The rocket that took humankind to the moon comes to life in this highly realistic 39-inch-tall Saturn V model, which includes three removable rocket stages (first, s-ii second, and s-ivb third) and three stands for horizontal display. Also included are two NASA minifigures to accompany the Lunar Lander and splashdown rocket. This new-in-2020 set also comes with a booklet explaining all about the manned Apollo moon missions. 

LEGO Disney Rapunzel’s Tower Building Kit (43187)

Ages: 6+
Pieces: 369
Size: 17.5” high, 4” wide, 3” deep

Maybe it’s something to do with all the self-isolation and social distancing of 2020, but suddenly the idea of being locked away in Rapunzel’s tower for years on end feels, I don’t know … kinda relatable? With this new 17.5-inch tall LEGO set, kids can relive some of their favorite scenes from Tangled (the best Disney animated movie ever, fight me) and then orchestrate an escape through the secret cave at the base of the tower. The open-back set up invites imaginative play on each of the four levels inside the tower, too.

LEGO Marvel Avengers Iron Man Armory Building Kit (76167)

Ages: 7+
Pieces: 258
Size: 10” high, 7.5” long, 3” wide

The 258-piece Iron Man Armory is a great new LEGO set for young superheroes to recreate some of their favorite movie scenes and epic battles from the Marvel Universe. The bad guys won’t know what hit them when Tony Stark suits up in one of the two Iron man minifigure suits. If you’re looking for a modestly priced new LEGO set for Marvel fans, this is the one to buy.

LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor Building Set (51515)

Ages: 10+
Pieces: 949
Size: varies by build

Kids can create five unique models with the new five-in-one LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor kit, but that’s just part of the fun. Using the included Robot Inventor app, they can learn to program the robots to perform 50 different activities with a scratch-based coding interface (no previous coding experience required). This new LEGO kit comes with four medium motors, a color sensor, a distance sensor, and an Intelligent Hub. It’s compatible with LEGO BOOST Creative Toolbox, Droid Commander, and other sets. 

LEGO Creator Expert Gingerbread House Building Kit (10267)

Ages: 12+
Pieces: 1,477
Size: 11” high, 19” long, 3.5” wide

Nothing says Christmas like gingerbread houses, and this year’s new LEGO Creator Gingerbread House set is the ultimate seasonal centerpiece for build-it-together families. It features details like tiny wrapped gifts, a toy train, a rocking horse, and an entire gingerbread family, and the battery-operated elements make it a great display piece on any shelf or mantle. 

LEGO Iconic Christmas 2-in-1 Wreath Building Kit (40426)

Ages: 9+
Pieces: 510
Size: varies by build

The new two-in-one Christmas Wreath measures nine inches in diameter when displayed as a hanging wreath. A second decorative build allows you to display it on a shelf or mantel with four brick-built candles measuring three inches tall and representing the four weeks of Advent.

Speaking of Advent, this year’s new LEGO Advent calendars are another fun way to count down to Christmas with buildable holiday scenes from some of the most popular LEGO sets, including LEGO Harry Potter, LEGO City, LEGO Friends, and LEGO Star Wars. There are different scenes every year, and they make a great holiday collectible. 

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