We’re almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and by now, most of us have binge-watched every TV series known to man and beaten every video game we own more than once. We need a new hobby and one of our favorite hobbies is building Lego kits. Lately, the Danish company has been on a roll with some seriously amazing (and seriously complex) automotive kits that recreate cars like the Bugatti Chiron, the Land Rover Defender and the Lamborghini Sian in typically exhaustive Lego Technic detail.
If you’re just getting into these larger, more complex Lego kits, it can be hard to know where to start. Thankfully, we’re here to help you with a list of our favorite sets to help you while away the hours until HBO or Netflix releases a new, epic series or some other obscure British detective show that was on for decades comes to BritBox.
The Ducati Panigale V4 R motorcycle is an insane machine, dedicated almost singularly to setting the fastest laptimes possible, all else be damned. It’s real expensive, but this Lego version isn’t. This is also a set that can be appreciated by both the young (ages 10-plus) and the young at heart. Comprised of 646 pieces and spanning over a foot long, this bike features a two-speed gearbox and functional suspension front and rear. There’s even a matching stand to make sure you don’t accidentally lay it down and give that pretty red bodywork desk rash.
If your Lego tastes run more to the wild-looking, exotic and super complicated, then the 3,696 piece Lamborghini Sian FKP37 kit may be up your alley. Complete with a V12 engine that has a moving reciprocating assembly and all the neon green plastic your retinas can stand, this kit isn’t cheap but it’s hard to argue against its inherent coolness. This one is rated for 18+.
Hardcore sports cars aren’t your thing? No problem, because if you’re human, then you probably love Ghostbusters and there are few movie cars more iconic than Ghostbusters’ big, honking (literally) Cadillac ambulance aka ECTO-1. This kit is a surprisingly faithful representation and with around 2,300 pieces, it should keep you busy through multiple rewatches.
The Chiron is currently the king of all cars, with its staggering price tag and performance and the Lego recreation of it does a hell of a job of recreating that for us peasants. The Chiron kit features 2,599 pieces and even recreates Bugatti’s famous top speed key to raise and lower the rear wing. It’s going to be an amazing time-suck and that’s what we all need now anyway, right?
Land Rover’s new Defender has proven to be a big hit and with its good looks and wildly capable engineering, it’s kind of easy to see why. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have the cash to park one in our driveway — at least until that sweet, sweet depreciation sets in. Until then, we can grace our shelves or, if you’re real bored, a cool diorama of some kind with the Lego Technic version that features a working gearbox and articulating suspension.
Maybe you’re tired of video games like Snowrunner by now, but you still have the bug for big, unwieldy machines. Lego can help with this epic Volvo 6×6 hauler that features remote control functionality. It’s over 23 inches long and seven inches high, so make sure there’s plenty of room on your shelf for this once it’s built, which will take a while thanks to its 2,193 piece count.
Make every week at your house infrastructure week with this awesome Lego concrete mixer truck and it’s functional, rotating drum. It’s also got an engine with moving pistons and a moveable funnel that lets you direct your payload of concrete where it needs to go. This kit is good for kids 10 and up and features 1,163 pieces.
Maybe you scored yourself a box set of all the Fast and the Furious movies for the holidays and now you have the task of actually sitting and watching all of them. If you’re like us, it helps to have busy hands during a movie marathon, so why not build Dom’s Dodge Charger from the first movie? This kit features a little over a thousand pieces and is rated appropriate for kids ages 10 and up, so it shouldn’t be too taxing on your brain, once the post-Tokyo Drift numbness sets in.
Hey, it’s a Corvette! With the engine in the front! That’s not a thing you can just buy nowadays from a Chevy dealer. Still, you don’t have to let your dad dreams die, because this Lego kit will keep fanning your flames until you pony up the cash for a used ZR-1. Like the real ZR-1, it’s got a big ol’ wing and a gigantic hood bulge for its little plastic blower. It’s only 579 pieces, but that just means it’ll be easy to assemble in an afternoon, and won’t cut in on your golf time.
Nobody likes when their parents (or significant other) tells you to pick up your Legos, right? Well, now, thanks to the Lego mobile crane set, you can heed them and ignore them at the same time (Roadshow makes to claims as to the efficacy of this relationship advice, by the way). This kit features a working crane and is made up of around 1,300 pieces with a recommended age of 10 and up, so buy it and get to work.
Best Lego kits for 2021
|Best Lego kits||Kit||Pieces||Price|
|Best Lego kit for bike lovers||Panigale V4||646 pieces||$70|
|Best Lego kit for supercar stans||Lamborghini Sian FKP37||3,696 pieces||$379|
|Best Lego kit for Ghostbusters||Ecto-1||2,300 pieces||$199|
|Best Lego kit for the speed-obsessed||Bugatti Chiron||2,599 pieces||$350|
|Best Lego kit for four-wheelers||Land Rover Defender||2,573 pieces||$199|
|Best Lego kit for builders||Volvo 6×6||2,193 pieces||$249|
|Best Lego kit for infrastructure nerds||Concrete mixer truck||1,163 pieces||$119|
|Best Lego kit for living life a quarter-mile at a time||Dom’s Dodge Charger||1,077 pieces||$99|
|Best Lego kit for dads||Chevy Corvette ZR-1||579 pieces||$49|
|Best Lego kit for constructors||Mobile crane truck||1,292 pieces||$99|
So, now you’ve been armed with days and days of entertainment, but with great power comes great responisbility. By that, we mean you should be careful that none of these many thousands of Lego bricks end up on the floor, because you will absolutely step on them in the middle of the night and that’s a pain nobody is ready for.