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15 LEGOs for Boys and Girls Reviewed

15 LEGOs for Boys and Girls Reviewed

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It’s difficult to think of a toy that comes with as many benefits as Legos do and that is at the same time so captivating to the little ones. 

Aside from the obvious, like helping them develop fine motor skills, strengthening their little hands and giving their minds just as rigorous an exercise; Legos are also helping kids learn how to socialize and work in a team.

Since sets can be combined, and pieces of any particular set can be arranged in a number of different ways, kids soon start learning how to craft their own toys. As soon as a kid gets bored playing with a boat they’ve made, they can disassemble it and turn it into a castle, a car or anything else they feel like playing with.

Here is our selection of the most interesting Lego sets for boys, girls or your adult friends who still enjoy this toy.

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Small Product image of LEGO City Heavy Cargo Transport 60183 Building Kit (310 Piece)

Great for group play
City Heavy Cargo Transport 60183

5-12 yearsCheck Price on Amazon


Small Product image of Olivias Mission Vehicle 41333

Promotes kindness and caring
Olivia’s Mission Vehicle 41333

6-12 yearsCheck Price on Amazon


Small Product image of Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall 75954

A large set of familiar characters
Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall 75954

9-14 yearsCheck Price on Amazon

4-99 yearsCheck Price on Amazon

7-14 yearsCheck Price on Amazon


Small Product image of Heartlake City Pet Center 41345

Cute animal figures
Heartlake City Pet Center 41345

6-12 yearsCheck Price on Amazon


Small Product image of ATV Race Team 60148

Sleek design
ATV Race Team 60148

5-12 yearsCheck Price on Amazon


Small Product image of NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309

Appropriate for all ages
NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309

14 years+Check Price on Amazon

6-12 yearsCheck Price on Amazon

4 years+Check Price on Amazon


Small Product image of Millennium Falcon 75212

Challenging assembly
Millennium Falcon 75212

9-14 yearsCheck Price on Amazon


Small Product image of 21312 Women of NASA

Educational potential
Women of NASA 21312

10 years+Check Price on Amazon


Small Product image of Mighty Dinosaurs 31058

Complements similar sets
Mighty Dinosaurs 31058

7-12 yearsCheck Price on Amazon


Small Product image of LEGO Duplo My First Bricks

Develops motor and cognitive skills
My First Bricks 10848

18 months - 3 yearsCheck Price on Amazon


Small Product image of LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox

5 different, intricate designs
Boost Creative Toolbox 17101

7-12 yearsCheck Price on Amazon

City Heavy Cargo Transport 60183

One of the things that we admire the most in children is their ability to be fascinated by things we have long since started seeing as mundane. While most grown-ups associate maintenance vehicles with traffic jams and being late to work, that’s not how kids see them.

This set contains a truck with a trailer, towing a helicopter. Both the truck’s cabin and the chopper’s cockpit can be opened to accommodate one of the two minifigures that you also get with this set – a truck driver and a pilot. With 310 pieces, it’s a great addition to your kid’s free-play collection and more than challenging enough to make a perfect gift for 5-year old boys and girls alike.

Benefits:

  • Great for group play
  • Part of the City line
  • 2 in 1

Olivia’s Mission Vehicle 41333

Part of the Friends line, this set contains Olivia, her adorable little cat, Vega, and her mechanical buddy, Zobo – a buildable robot. Since they know that one of the things that good friends do is being around when you’re in trouble, this daring little group drives around in their very own rescue truck, in search of those who might need help.

Equipped with a control center, a secret compartment, and enough seats to accommodate Olivia and four of her friends, the truck comes in soft shades of blue and pink on a white base. Aside from the satellite dishes and other navigational equipment, you’ll also find it can transport a ladder on the roof, should you just happen to stumble onto a kitty that needs saving from a tree. With 223 pieces, it’s one of the most interesting Lego sets for girls that you can currently find.

Benefits:

  • Promotes kindness and caring
  • Colorful, appealing design
  • Cute cat figure

Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall 75954

We’ve already mentioned how Legos are by no means only interesting to children but can be more than appealing to adults as well. Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall is a perfect example of sets that can find much older admirers than specified on the box.  

It comes with no less than 10 minifigures, including Harry himself, as well as some of his friends and enemies like Hermione, Ron, Draco and Professors Quirrell and McGonagall. Accompanied by buildable Fawkes and Basilisk creatures, there are more than enough characters there to weave countless stories.

The huge Great Hall is built on four levels, connected by a moveable staircase, and packed with interesting Harry Potter lore, from floating candles to the Mirror of Erised. Numerous figures and all the context they come with make it great for group play, but also allow you to take part in your kid’s playtime, which is simply not possible with most of the other toys.

Benefits:

  • Cross-generational appeal
  • Great for group play
  • A large set of familiar characters

LEGO Classic Quad Pack 66554

As age recommendation implies, this set is for anyone looking for a good building toy, regardless of how old they are. As stated in the name, it comes with four separate sets, each containing pieces of different colors – bright orange, green, red and blue. 

Combined, the sets contain more than 240 pieces, with most of them being basic parts great for starting a collection. While the set comes with guides meant to provide some inspiration, it is primarily intended for free-play, or as a complement to other sets. This encourages creativity and allows your child to come up with combinations they probably wouldn’t think of otherwise. 

This simplicity also makes this set universally appealing, i.e. as good a gift for 4-year-old girls as it would be for 50-year old men.

Benefits:

  • It’s not age-restrictive
  • 4 in 1
  • Encourages creativity

Infinity War The Hulkbuster Smash-Up 76104

Just like Harry Potter, Marvel heroes are by no means only interesting to children. In other words, the upper age limit of 14 years shouldn’t prevent you from buying this for a grown-up friend who’s into superheroes.

While the giant Hulkbuster mech is the star of the set, it’s by no means the only thing to surprise and delight Marvel fans. Also included are 4 minifigures –  Bruce Banner, Falcon, Proxima Midnight and Outrider. The set also comes with the Soul Infinity Stone, that can be securely hidden in a large turret, capable of shooting a small cannonball. However, that’s not the only interactive part, as Hulkbuster comes with the bashing action, initiated by turning a wheel on its back.

With two heroes and two villains, it doesn’t only make an interesting collector’s item, this set provides children with great group-play opportunities, boosting their imagination and helping with their social skills development.

Benefits:

  • Great for group play
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Collector’s item

Heartlake City Pet Center 41345

Kids simply can’t get enough of animals, and this affectionate attitude is definitely something that you should nurture in your child. Until they get old enough for a pet of their own, one of the ways to do this is through toys, this set being a perfect example.

Containing an impressive 474 pieces, Heartlake City Pet Center really has a lot to offer. Aside from the three minifigures (Mia, Stephanie and Liam), the set also comes with a bunch of cute animal figures, including a poodle, turtle, bunny and an adorable hamster.

However, that’s just the beginning. The Pet Center itself is the truly amazing part. The pieces allow you to construct a 2-story building that houses a pet grooming parlor, vet clinic, pet store and even a small grooming truck.

Benefits:

  • Cute animal figures
  • Promotes love of animals
  • A lot of unique and interesting pieces

ATV Race Team 60148

Another set from the City line, ATV Race Team also comes with more than one vehicle, in this case, three, if you don’t count the trailer. This includes a powerful looking pickup truck and two ATVs, one of which can fit on the pickup, and the other on the trailer. 

Naturally, this is not it. You also get two driver minifigures, and a number of pieces relevant to the set’s theme, i.e. spare tires, fuel barrels, wrenches, etc. Counting 239 pieces, this set might be more suitable for boys, but there’s nothing preventing little girls from having fun with it as well.

The fact that it comes with three separate vehicles makes this a great toy for group play, providing your kid with a fantastic opportunity for socialization.

Benefits:

  • 3 in 1
  • Goes well with other sets from the line
  • Sleek design

NASA Apollo Saturn V 21309

At 39 inches tall, Saturn V rocket is equally impressive to kids and adults alike. While kids can enjoy playing with the separate individual pods and rocket stages, adults can refresh their knowledge of the Apollo missions with the help of a booklet that comes with the set, and marvel at how faithfully and in how much detail the rocket has been replicated.

With 1900 pieces this set might give you a perfect way to spend some time with your kid, teaching them about one of the most amazing breakthroughs that we have ever made. The assembled rocket can be displayed standing upright or horizontally on the provided stands, but that’s not to say that it is for show only.

With two minifigures and one microfigure, Lunar Orbiter and Lunar Lander, and the rocket that can split into three stages, kids can not only recreate the rocket’s launch or the actual moment of the Lander’s touchdown on the Moon; but also come up with countless stories of their own.

Benefits:

  • Educational
  • Joint activity for parent and children
  • Appropriate for all ages

Disney Princess Cinderella’s Dream Castle 41154

The story of Cinderella has been around for a while, but it still manages to capture our imagination with unreduced intensity. Like all great fables, it is not only there to give us hope, but also to teach us something about the world.

If your kid is as enchanted by the story as most of us are, they are bound to adore this set. Aside from the Cinderella and Prince Charming minifigures, accompanied by their friends – two mice and a cute foal, the set also holds 585 pieces allowing you to build a beautiful home for all of them. 

The 13-inch tall castle has 3 stories that hold many of the familiar locations from the Disney’s movie, including the revolving dancefloor and secret hiding places. Naturally, the story doesn’t begin in a castle, which is why the set also comes with a cart, and of course, a pumpkin.

Benefits:

  • Beautiful design
  • Promotes creative play
  • For young and old fans alike

Disney Cinderella’s Carriage Ride 41159

Just like the previous set in the list, this one is based on the story of Cinderella, but it’s not as elaborate, making it more suitable as a starter set.

Since it doesn’t have too many elements which need to be assembled, it is a great way for younger kids to start learning about how Legos work, while enjoying playing with their favorite princess. 

The set comes with a Cinderella minifigure, as well as the figures of Gus the mouse, Lucifer the cat and a beautiful white horse. With a small castle and a luxurious carriage that is easy to assemble, this 91-piece set is not so much about the time your kid will spend building it, as it is about the time they’ll spend playing with it.

Benefits:

  • Encourages creative play
  • Great starter set
  • Charming design

Millennium Falcon 75212

Even though the Star Wars franchise abounds in recognizable characters, places and space ships, the Millenium Falcon is probably one of the first things that comes to your mind when thinking about this saga.

Kessel Run Millennium Falcon holds 1414 pieces, making it a challenging and engaging project for your little one, or an impressive gift for your grown-up friend who is a fan of the franchise. Naturally, the ship wouldn’t be anything without its crew, which is why the set also comes with 6 minifigures representing our friends from the Solo: A Star Wars Story movie, including Han Solo and Chewbacca, of course, as well as Lando Calrissian, Qi’ra and others.

With spring-loaded blasters that can actually shoot, intricate spaceship interior that can be easily accessed thanks to opening hull plates, and a myriad of cool accessories, tools and weapons, this set makes a great gift for fans of all ages.

Benefits:

  • Huge set
  • Collector’s item
  • Challenging assembly

Women of NASA 21312

This amazing educational set pays homage to contributions made to NASA and our understanding of the world around us by four exceptional women. The booklet that comes with the set is not only there to give you assembly instructions, but will also explain the role that women represented by the four minifigures have had in the advances made by the Space Administration.

The figures come with builds that hint at their area of expertise, so Mae Jemison and Sally Ride are presented alongside the Challenger Shuttle on a launchpad; Margaret Hamilton next to listings books with source code of the Apollo Guidance Computer; and Nancy Grace Roman next to a Hubble Space Telescope. Whether you want to introduce your kid to the magical world of astronomy and space exploration, or have a friend who is already hooked, this set makes a great gift.

Benefits:

  • Educational potential
  • For adults and kids alike
  • Collector’s item

Mighty Dinosaurs 31058

There are not many things that are as universally interesting to kids as dinosaurs are, and there are not many dinosaurs as popular and fascinating as the scary Tyrannosaurus Rex, the gracious Pterodactyl and the sturdy Triceratops.

This set comes with 174 pieces and a booklet with instructions to help your little one assemble one of the three dinosaurs. Even if your child gets bored playing with each of the possible builds, they can use the pieces that come with the set to create their own Jurassic friends. This includes teeth, claws, scary orange eyes, and everything else your kid might need to come up with a design of their own.   

This flexibility means that even though the set is not one of the larger ones in terms of the number of pieces, it can provide your kid with hours of instructive, engaging fun.

Benefits:

  • Encourages creative play
  • Complements similar sets
  • Educational

My First Bricks 10848

Before your kid graduates to smaller, more intricate classic Legos, they might need some practice with the larger, easier to manipulate Lego Duplos, and this is the perfect starter kit. 

While one of the main advantages of Legos for boys or for girls is that they are usually very beginner-friendly, they can still be quite challenging for younger children who have not yet developed sufficient motor and cognitive skills to handle the pieces or to follow detailed instructions.

It is for them that Lego created the Duplo line, sporting larger pieces that are not only easier to handle, but that also don’t present a choking risk. With 80 colorful pieces and a number of different recommended designs, your little one can learn about the thrills and challenges of creating their own builds and stories to go along with them.

Benefits:

  • Great starter kit
  • Develops motor and cognitive skills
  • Promotes creative play

Boost Creative Toolbox 17101

While most Lego sets are instructive and can help your kid develop new or enhance existing skills, Boost Creative Toolbox goes way beyond most sets in this regard, and easily fits in the category of STEM toys. The 847 pieces that come with the set can be combined into one of 5 possible designs – all of them capable of performing a number of functions. However, what makes this set amazing is that all of those functions are not performed manually, by your kid directly interacting with the toy, but instead, need to be coded into the toy by your little programmer.

By using a free app, you can connect your or your kid’s tablet or phone with the completed robot, and instruct it to perform different actions by following the provided coding guide. The toy will then rely on its more sophisticated parts like tilt and distance sensors to carry out the task. Aside from a tablet or a phone, the toy also requires 6x AAA 1.5V batteries, which need to be bought separately, but this is a minor inconvenience when you consider the toy’s amazing educational potential.

Benefits:

  • Highly educational
  • 5 different, intricate designs
  • Unique parts for combining with other sets

How to Choose a Good LEGO Set?

One of the best things about Legos is that, if your kid already has several sets, you can’t go too wrong when buying them a new one. Even though some sets are based on topics that seem to be favoring one gender, it could be argued that there are no Legos for girls and Legos for boys, but that there are just Legos. 

That being said, even though your kid will find plenty of uses for pieces of a set that may not have captured their interest, you should still try to get them something that they will be able to make a connection to.

The first thing you should consider is your kid’s age. Since Legos may be too demanding for younger children and even pose a choking hazard, you should never ignore the lower age limit listed on the box. However, the upper limit is only illustrational, since Legos are often enjoyed by older kids and adults just as much as they are by young children.

Naturally, since they are all themed in some way, the next thing you need to consider are your child’s interests. From movie and book heroes, across various scenes from our every-day life, to recreations of the momentous events in our history, there is something there for any kid, or indeed, adult to engage with.

Criteria We Used

When buying toys for your kids, you rarely have to think about how well they’ll combine with the rest of your child’s collection. However, when it comes to Legos, the sets that your kid already has should influence your decision. Namely, it becomes more about the pieces that come with the set than about their intended design.

That’s why we didn’t just look for sets that are educational and engaging on their own, but why we also tried to include sets that contain pieces that your child can use with the rest of their Legos to create completely original designs.

Aside from that, we tried to include a wide spectrum of themes, as well as sets of extremely varied complexity. Hopefully, this means that the list we composed has something for everyone, regardless of their age, gender or specific interests.

FAQ

How do I prevent my kids from making a mess with Legos?

While the small pieces are notoriously easy to get misplaced and trampled on, it’s by no means impossible to teach your child how to take proper care of their Legos. The first thing you need is a good toy storage for Lego blocks where your child can keep the bulk of their collection. If they don’t have enough sets to warrant one, they can just as easily use the box that the set came in, as they are always made large enough to hold a completed build.

How to get my kid interested in Legos?

Due to their amazing educational potential and the fact that they can immensely help with the development of motor and cognitive skills, getting your child to play with Legos can do them a world of good. While they often won’t need any extra incentive to play with them, if you see that they are not taking to the toy, you can always help them discover its potential by using Legos to build something you know they are interested in.

Conclusion

As one of the most versatile, engaging and educational toys around, Legos make great gifts for adults and children alike. 

The fact that sets can be combined in an infinite number of ways makes it difficult to go wrong when buying a set for your little one or for a friend, since even getting them something they already have wouldn’t be a complete waste. 

If you want your kids to use their creativity in a hands-on manner, by building intricate sets and creating stories around them, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a toy that allows them to do so to the same extent as Legos do.

Author: Mary Lynn Holden
Author: Mary Lynn Holden

Proud mom and stepmom to an adorable bunch of kids aged 7 and up. Deeply appreciates three things in life: the help of older siblings in the house, texts on parenting, and strong coffee. Shares her stories and experiences in order to help others navigate the unpredictable waters of parenting.

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