The 16 Biggest LEGO Sets of All Time

For decades, LEGO has been a staple brand in the world of toys, growing from a small start-up company to one of the largest manufacturers in the world.

Just like the company grows, the LEGO sets themselves have continuously grown in size with some going over several thousand pieces. With more and more sets being released every year it can be hard to keep up. So, exactly which LEGO set it the biggest?.  Well up until the 12th November 2020 it was of course the LEGO Star Wars Millennium falcon with 7541 pieces. However that record has now been blown away with the brand new LEGO Colosseum which contains a record 9,036 pieces!

The list below presents the 16 largest LEGO sets of all time and it is no wonder that almost all were released in the most recent decade. Perhaps you know most of the LEGO sets with the biggest piece counts but we guarantee there are several that you may have forgotten.

1. 10276 Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome is one of the most iconic historical sites in the world. It is also the biggest amphitheatre in the world, so it is fitting that LEGO made the set based on the Colosseum the largest LEGO set ever. A realistic model is bound to be talking point when displayed at home or in the office. With 9,036 pieces, many of them 1 by 2 tiles this will take roughly 18 hours to build. Truly stunning from all angles this is a must have set for any fan of architecture.

 

LEGO Colosseum

Year: 2020

Piece Count: 9036

Ages: 18+

Minifigures: None

Original Retail Price: $549.99

 

2. 75192 Millennium Falcon

When LEGO announced the 75192 Millennium Falcon, it caused complete chaos online. No other set has ever been as anticipated and no other set has ever been sold out for such a long period as the Falcon.

This success is absolutely deserved, of course. The largest-ever set with 7541 pieces and a completely outstanding design that captured even the tiniest details of the most famous starship in the galaxy.

With a price tag of $799.99, it is absolutely surprising how many people wanted to order it and how long it took for LEGO to create enough sets to satisfy every customer with a pre-order. This was further proof that the Star Wars franchise has the largest and most dedicated fan base in the world.

Year: 2017

Piece Count: 7541

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: BB-8, C-3PO, Finn, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Mynock, Porg, Princess Leia, Rey

Original Retail Price: $799.99

Theme: Star Wars

75192 UCS Millennium Falcon

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3. 71043 Hogwarts Castle

The two largest sets represent perhaps the two most impactful franchises in history – Harry Potter and Star Wars. At number 2, we have the Hogwarts Castle with just over 6000 pieces, 4 minifigures, and 27 of the then brand new microfigures.

Apparently, giving us 30 regular sized minifigures would have been overly expensive both for us and for LEGO, so they introduced the microfigures that are not such a bad idea but still, not the same thing. The 4 minifigures that we get, however, were absolutely exclusive to this set and included the four founders of the school of magic.

The set itself captures several parts of the Hogwarts Castle that we know from the movies in detail and is an overall magnificent structure. The announcement was a dream come true for dedicated fans like myself who have always wanted to own their own piece of Hogwarts at home.

Year: 2018

Piece Count: 6020

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, Salazar Slytherin

Original Retail Price: $499.99

Theme: Harry Potter

71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

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4. 10256 Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is an architectural wonder in India and the 7th wonder of our modern world. While a trip to India is not always possible, you can own an exact replica of Taj Mahal in LEGO. Even better, it is one of the largest and most exceptional sets to ever be released with nearly 6000 pieces.

The structure is built with exclusive ivory-white marble LEGO pieces and captures all necessary features and details of the real mausoleum. It is an outstanding display piece that will draw attention wherever you place it.

Furthermore, the set was incredibly well-priced when it came out in 2017 which is another reason to own it today.

Year: 2017

Piece Count: 5923

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: no minifigures

Original Retail Price: $369.99

Theme: Creator

LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256

 

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5. 10179 Millennium Falcon

At number 4, we have the first-ever minifigure scale Millennium Falcon from 2007. It is the original UCS Falcon that was upgraded a couple of years ago into the largest set in history (see number 1 above).

But just imagine the reaction of the community back in 2007 when LEGO announced a set with more than 5000 pieces. Unimaginable. Even today, almost 13 years later, it remains the 4th largest set in the world.

While it cannot compare with the newest edition, this Falcon was truly an impressive sight back in the day. Today, it is highly collectible and on high demand but at a sky-high price.

Year: 2007

Piece Count: 5195

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi

Original Retail Price: $499.99

Theme: Star Wars

UCS Millennium Falcon 10179

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6. 70620 Ninjago City

Few other sets can match the 70620 Ninjago City in any category. Based on the original LEGO Ninjago movie, this set gives you the opportunity to own Ninjago city at home, together with 16 incredible characters as minifigures.

The massive building that takes nearly 5000 pieces to build has three levels that include several separate colorful sections each. It is unimaginable how much talent it takes to envision such a building but the creators have done an outstanding job with this set.

Although I have never been a fan of the animation, this set makes me want to like it and own the entire collection.

Year: 2017

Piece Count: 4867

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Kai, Lloyd, Green Ninja Suit, Jay, Misako, Rufus McCallister, Sally, Officer Noonan, Guy, Shark Army Gunner, Tommy, Ivy Walker, Konrad, Severin Black, Juno, Jamanakai Villager, Sweep

Original Retail Price: $299.99

Theme: Ninjago

Ninjago city

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7. 75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer

Few words can be said about the UCS Imperial Star Destroyer as it is simply an outstanding behemoth of a set. It looks incredible on display and the detailing is right on point compared to the movies.

Unfortunately, unlike all previous smaller Star Destroyers, this one does not have an interior section but that does not change the fact that this model is outstanding. Despite the mixed opinions from the community, we consider this LEGO Star Destroyer to be on a completely different level.

The main downside with this set was the price. Being one of the most expensive sets to ever be released was a certain drawback when you compare it to the Millennium Falcon from a couple of years ago which was significantly larger, with thousands of extra pieces and just $100 more expensive.

Nevertheless, if you have the opportunity to add this set to your collection, do not miss your chance since the prices will be even higher a few years from now. It is an absolute beauty on display and it will easily become the focal point of your home.

Year: 2019

Piece Count: 4784

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Imperial Officer, Imperial Crew

Original Retail Price: $699.99

Theme: Star Wars

75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer box front

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8. 75827 Firehouse Headquarters

The Ghostbusters franchise has an incredible following decades after the original movie. Apparently, it has just enough fans for LEGO to decide to make several special sets from the movies.

Set 75827 is an exact replica of the iconic firehouse headquarters from the movies and with 4634 pieces, it is the 7th largest LEGO set as of today.

While the outside of the building is absolutely accurate, the interior could be improved. Nevertheless, any fan of the franchise would love this set and should definitely own it. Especially as it comes with an exceptional minifigure selection, it is well worth the price and could become the jewel of your Ghostbusters collection.

Year: 2016

Piece Count: 4634

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Raymond “Ray” Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, Dana Barrett, Janine Melnitz, Louis Tully, Zombie Taxi Driver, Library Ghost, Slimer, Pink Ghost, Blue Ghost

Original Retail Price: $349.99

Theme: Ghostbusters

LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters

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9. 10214 Tower Bridge

At number 8, we have another legendary structure from the beautiful city of London – Tower Bridge.

This set perfectly recreates the architectural details of the real bridge that attracts millions of tourists every year. The creators went further and even included a fully functioning drawbridge.

While you get no minifigures which is, once again, unfortunate, the set includes several sweet vehicles that you can position on the bridge. Assuming that you have spare minifigures, you can recreate the scene perfectly.

Year: 2010

Piece Count: 4295

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: no minifigures

Original Retail Price: $239.99

Theme: Creator Expert

LEGO Tower bridge

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10. 10253 Big Ben

While Big Ben is currently closed to the public for renovations, you can have your own exact recreation of the legendary building at home with the 10253 Big Ben set.

What can we say about this set? It is an outstanding structure that will look perfect on display at your home. There are no minifigures included but the remarkable design and detailing make up for this omission.

While you cannot expect any functionality or motorized features from a set like this one, we need to mention that the clock hands are movable.

Year: 2018

Piece Count: 4163

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: no minifigures

Original Retail Price: $249.99

Theme: Creator Expert

LEGO Big Ben

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11. 10261 Roller Coaster

The 10261 Roller Coaster is definitely not your typical LEGO set but it is among the most entertaining sets you can buy. It is also one of the tallest sets to ever be released.

This roller coaster has a fully functional chain lift roller coaster and comes with 11 incredible minifigures. We need to mention the engineering behind this set that is truly outstanding. While the design may have its weak points,  it must take a lot of effort to make such a structure and have it work properly, the functionality is impressive.

Year: 2018

Piece Count: 4123

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: 11 characters

Original Retail Price: $379.99

Theme: Creator

10261 LEGO Roller Coaster

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12. 42082 Rough Terrain Crane

Here we have the largest Technic set to date – the 42082 Rough Terrain Crane. LEGO has released numerous crane sets in the past but none can compare with the size and functionality of this set.

This is one of those sets that deserve an entire review on its own which is why we cannot list all the incredible features here. All we can say is that it is equipped with countless small details and accessories that complete the larger motorized functions. The only issue is that due to the immense weight of this set, some of the motorized features like the outriggers are slower than usual.

It is surprising how well priced this set was when it was released in 2018 based on the incredible piece count – 4057. If you are into cranes, what are you waiting for?

Year: 2018

Piece Count: 4057

Ages: 11+

Minifigures: no minifigures

Original Retail Price: $299.99

Theme: Technic

LEGO Rough Terrain Crane

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13. 71040 Disney Castle

The largest LEGO Disney set to date is, of course, the legendary Cinderella Castle from the theme park near Paris. With this set, you can own an exact replica of the castle together with several of the most iconic characters as minifigures.

Perhaps the only issue I could find with this set was that there were too few minifigures for such an enormous set dedicated to Disney. There are hundreds of iconic Disney characters that could be included here and having only five in such a grand set was an interesting decision.

Year: 2016

Piece Count: 4043

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Tinkerbell, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse

Original Retail Price: $349.99

Theme: Walt Disney

71040 LEGO Disney Castle

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14. 75159 Death Star

With its impressive 4016 pieces, this behemoth of a Death Star set is not even close to the largest LEGO Star Wars sets but it does not yield in anything. With an incredible minifigure selection that counts 27 characters and the incredibly detailed design, it is a dream come true for any Star Wars fan.

Released in 2016, it was a remake of the original 2008 version that includes 3 additional minifigures, more pieces, and Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter. While the old Death Star can only be found for sale for a small fortune nowadays, you can still find this one for a fair price.

The only issue fans had with this model was that it had only minor improvements from the original set. I also believe that LEGO missed a great opportunity to create a significantly better set and possibly the greatest ever, so if you wonder which one you should get, know that the differences are minor.

Year: 2016

Piece Count: 4016

Ages: 14+

Minifigures: R2-D2, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Han Solo (blue legs), Luke Skywalker (Tatooine), Princess Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker (Final Duel), Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo (Disguise), Luke Skywalker (Disguise), R3-M3, Death Star Droid, Stormtroopers (2), Imperial Gunners (2), Death Star Troopers (2), Imperial Officer, Imperial Navy Officer, Grand Moff Tarkin, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Royal Guards (2)

Original Retail Price: $499.99

Theme: Star Wars

75159 LEGO Death Star

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15. 10255 Assembly Square

Right, next on the list, we have 10255 Assembly Square with just over 4000 pieces and it is one of the largest sets of buildings from the LEGO Creator Modular Buildings subtheme.

We can safely say that this set is perhaps the greatest Modular Buildings set to date as it includes all the fundamentals of LEGO – exceptional design, entertaining building process packed with smart techniques, and a variety of unique pieces.

This set perfectly resembles the diverse mix of locations that make up a street in a normal town. It includes a bakery and a café, a photo and a music studio, and a florist shop. Not to mention the 9 sweet minifigures that match each location.

Last but not least, this set had a great price when it came out back in 2017 and you can still find a great deal nowadays on Amazon.

Year: 2017

Piece Count: 4002

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Baby, Florist, Baker, Barista, Photographer, Dentist, Ballerina, Music Store Assistant, Lego Fan

Original Retail Price: $279.99

Theme: Creator

10255 LEGO Assembly Square

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16. 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator

Last on our list, we have the second-largest Technic set to date – 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator. With nearly 4000 pieces and incredible size, it is one of the coolest massive sets you could own.

The set comes with several motorized functions. Besides the driving options, you can move the conveyor belt and the bucket wheel while the entire superstructure can be rotated. Besides that, there are dozens of smaller details and functions included that make it one of the most diverse sets to have ever been released.

Year: 2016

Piece Count: 3929

Ages: 12 – 16

Minifigures: no minifigures

Original Retail Price: $279.99

Theme: Technic

42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator

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Final Thoughts

These were the top 16 largest LEGO sets in the world as of June 2020. While there hasn’t been any announcement of sets of this size, for now, it is guaranteed that we will see more behemoth LEGO sets in the future years.

As a die-hard Star Wars fan, I have several sets in mind that I would like to see in the future. What about you?

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