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LEGO Sets With the Most Bricks
LEGO bricks offer colorful and collectible toys that children and adults alike can enjoy, with all the bricks designed to be compatible with each other. While often associated with youth, some LEGO sets carry a ridiculous brick count in the thousands, requiring extra patience and skill to assemble.
These structures will chew up your time and wallet but reward you with breathtaking models of unrivaled size—which reign supreme? Going by brick count, these are the ten largest official LEGO products!
10. Tower Bridge
Brick Count: 4287
Set Number: 10214
London's Tower Bridge extends over the River Thames, and its LEGO counterpart can be disassembled in large chunks for easy relocation. The Bridge features several thousand individual bricks, a few miniature vehicles, and a functional drawbridge that can open and close.
9. Personalized Mosaic Portrait
Brick Count: 4502
Set Number: 40179
Also located in London, Leicester Square contains a LEGO booth that lets fans pay for a customized brick kit modeled after a selfie taken at the booth. While it's unfortunate that you can't simply submit a photo (you only get three chances at shooting a good one on-location), the machine will emit a bricked version of your selfie and a pack with all the bricks you'll need to build it.
Since each photo is personalized, you won't have a step-by-step guide for building, and the portraits are smaller than the brick count would have you believe (it only takes 2304 to build your mosaic, the rest are extras), but it's still a cool idea for a custom gift.
8. Firehouse Headquarters
Brick Count: 4634
Set Number: 75827
Without looking at the included miniatures, you might not realize this is the Ghostbusters Firehouse. In addition to the massive building (with various secrets and moving parts stored within), the set comes with ten miniatures, including many rare figures that fetch a pretty penny on their own.
7. Imperial Star Destroyer
Brick Count: 4784
Set Number: 75252
Star Wars spaceships compose many of LEGO's biggest sets, with the Empire's formidable Star Destroyer striking an imposing figure. Although you only get two miniatures (and not particularly interesting ones, just Imperial technicians), the box more than compensates with incredible attention to detail, a display stand, and even a model of Princess Leia's Tantive IV ship (which Darth Vader boards in the opening of Episode 4: A New Hope).
Building this one was incredibly fun, but like most of today's sets, it'll run you a sizable sum, costing around $700. Cheaper but less-detailed and lowered-brick LEGO Star Destroyers usually cost between $200-500.
6. NINJAGO City
Brick Count: 4867
Set Number: 70620
A moving elevator connects the three floors of this structure, containing several interactive elements that make it a fun and colorful set, arguably today's best model for kids. Fans of The LEGO Ninjago Movie will especially appreciate its references, and the 19 included miniatures provide several figures to populate the building.
Featuring a sushi market, comic store, and radio tower, this one's a zany but colorful and unique package.
5. Window Exploration Bag
Brick Count: 4900 (49 bags of 100 pieces)
Set Number: 2000409
I'm not sure this should really count since it's not really a structure, but the package technically contains 4900 bricks. These are used by businesses in team-building exercises, letting employees brainstorm ideas and cooperate using their LEGO components to build, well, whatever they like.
4. Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon
Brick Count: 5197
Set Number: 10179
Nearly three feet long, this was the biggest LEGO model of all time when released, featuring Han Solo's iconic ship and five miniatures of characters from A New Hope. The completed starship weighs nearly 50 pounds, so don't even dream of playing with it, but for display purposes, few rival it.
The set ran for several hundred bucks on release but now sells for over $1000, so investors certainly saw a profit.
3. Taj Mahal
Brick Count: 5922/5923
Set Number: 10189/10256
This one has two brick counts because of a slight tweak they made in an update. But regardless of which version you get, they're both essentially the same, depicting India's most famous architectural masterpiece.
There aren't any miniatures and few interactive pieces, so while perhaps not the most creative of sets, it's a worthy testament to a historic monument.
2. Hogwarts Castle
Brick Count: 6020
Set Number: 71043
Harry Potter's infamous school comes alive in this charming set. Fans will recognize many famous Hogwarts locations and beasts, like the Whomping Willow, Hungarian Horntail, and Chamber of Secrets (complete with Basilisk).
As if Hogwarts weren't enticing enough, this one comes with a whopping 31 miniatures (although many of them are the smaller microfigures). You've got staples like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, plus several unexpected surprises, like Godric Gryffindor, someone long-dead during Harry's era.
1. Millennium Falcon
Brick Count: 7541
Set Number: 75192
Far larger than its Ultimate Collector's version, this enormous set incorporates even more details, including boarding ramp, rotating quad cannons, and more. It can also shift sensor dishes and crew to swap between the cast from The Empire Strikes Back (Episode 5) and The Force Awakens (Episode 7), letting fans tailor it to whatever era they prefer.
But despite its larger size, this version is actually cheaper than the Ultimate Collector's (likely because it isn't as old and rare), costing around $800.
Biggest Fanmade LEGO Models
Today we explored the largest official LEGO sets, but that's just the company-made products; fans have crafted their own giant assemblies worthy of attention, like the "Lord of the Bricks: Battle of Helm's Deep," made of over 150,000 bricks!
The bigger the set, the more it probably costs, but not only are these giant models awesome-looking, they often retain or increase in value, making them worthy investments when kept in good condition. But for now, as we await more enormous expansions, vote for your favorite, and I'll see you at our next LEGO countdown!
© 2020 Jeremy Gill
Liz Westwood from UK on March 24, 2020:
These are amazing. Many years ago I remember helping my son build one of the Star Wars models. Lego must be the most enduringly popular brand in its category.