Best Cheap Lego Sets
The sky is the limit when it comes to the possibilities of Lego -- but also the price. Each glossy brick holds the potential for boundless creativity. The cost of a set can reach into the thousands, and the company’s products rarely go on sale, so cheap Lego sets can be hard to come by. Especially when it comes to popular collections such as Lego Star Wars, budget-conscious builders should focus on value over price. Fans hotly debate what this means in terms of cost per brick, but a general rule of thumb is to look for sets priced at less than 10 cents per piece. We also took into account things like the number and rarity of included minifigures (which generally command higher prices than bricks) and dozens of online reviews for each set to build this guide to the best Lego sets selling for $40 or less.
Our Top Pick
Lego Classic Medium Creative Brick Box Review
- 484-piece assortment of classic Lego bricks, wheels, and other pieces.
- Low price per piece of less than 6 cents.
- Instructions for making several critters and vehicles.
- Includes a storage box large enough to store lots of extra pieces.
- Keeps kids busy, parents say in reviews.
- Instruction book doesn't include all the models displayed on the box.
Takeaway: There are hundreds of themed Lego sets from which to choose, but for the most creative play, a basic set of bricks is the way to go. This collection includes a wide variety of colorful blocks that can be used to make anything from cars to castles.
Lego Star Wars First Order Heavy Scout Walker Review
- Fun to play with and pretty straightforward to build.
- Large for the price, with more than 500 pieces.
- Reviewers admire the design, particularly the legs.
- Inspired by the latest Star Wars film, "The Last Jedi."
- Some reviewers consider the build a little tedious and repetitive.
- Wheels are visible and detract from the illusion that the legs are moving.
Takeaway: Star Wars-themed Lego sets are a perennial favorite among fans of the building sets and the movie franchise, but most of them lie outside our $40 budget. This set is relatively inexpensive, and detailed but still easy enough for most kids 9 to 14 to build.
Lego Duplo All-in-One-Box-of-Fun Review
- Suitable for very young children, but older kids also enjoy playing with this set, according to reviews.
- Nice variety of pieces for creative play.
- Included storage box with room for more blocks.
- No girl figure included; only a boy.
Takeaway: You're almost never too young to start building, and Lego's Duplo sets cater to the youngest engineers. This starter set is designed for preschoolers, with blocks that are easy to hold and fit together.
Lego City Fun at the Beach People Pack Review
- 15 nicely detailed minifigures, plus animals such as a dog, lobster, and dolphin and buildable accessories such as a volleyball net, ice cream stand, and windsurfing board.
- Builders can mix and match the minifigures' legs, torsos, heads, and hair/hats.
- Augments other Lego City sets but also stands on its own.
- Equal appeal for kids who will play with the pieces and adults looking to add to their collections.
- High cost per piece, although that's expected for minifigures (as opposed to bricks).
- No baseplate to tie all the pieces together in a beach scene.
Takeaway: Minifigures make Lego sets come to life. While some sets comes with a couple of minifigures, you can populate an entire beachside town with this diverse set of Lego folks. The set includes several "minibuilds," as well.
Lego Architecture The Eiffel Tower Review
- Fun and easy to build in about an hour, reviewers say, with clear instructions.
- Appeals to adults as well as children 12 and older.
- Finished tower makes a nice display piece.
- Some sections of the build feel a little flimsy, reviewers say; pieces may occasionally pop out.
- Price per piece is a little high.
Takeaway: Lego Architecture sets are very popular, and the iconic Eiffel Tower is one of the best, especially at this price. Adults and kids alike enjoy building and displaying this model.
Lego Minecraft The Nether Railway Review
- Very good value for a Minecraft set.
- Easy for kids 8 and older to build.
- Parents reviewing the set report that their children love playing with the finished railway.
- Track can be arranged in different configurations.
- Cart doesn't run across the tracks as smoothly as some buyers would like, although most reviewers say it works fine.
Takeaway: Lego Minecraft sets are a big hit among young fans of the video game. This set is affordable and fun for kids, who can reconfigure the railway track in several ways.