The Best Lego Sets For Dads
Let’s stop pretending. Lego is for dads. It’s the perfect combination of our two favourite activities – taking on a project, and wallowing in nostalgia.
Indeed, it was a sad day when I realised my five-year-old could follow the instructions on his own, which is pretty much why I bothered having a second child, so I could become lord and master of the instruction manual once again (but that’s a separate article for another day).
In the meantime, here are seven Lego sets that every dads needs in his life.
Best Lego Sets For Dads
Spider-Man – Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle
The best set I’ve built since my renewed interest in Lego (by which I mean, since I started forcing my son to like Lego as an excuse to buy it for myself). It’s a sizeable set and has good action features – including a collapsing bridge wall and ruddy great pothole for a taxi to crash though – but best of all are the range of geek-baiting mini-figures, including old school favourites The Green Goblin, Scarlet Spider, Spider-Girl, and Kraven. For a man in my early 30s, I was far too excited unwrapping them – then horrified in equal measure when my kid starting taking them apart and swapping their heads over.
£99.99 at Lego.com
This is – as any self-respecting man-child knows – the absolute pinnacle of nerd-tastic Lego sets. I got to have a little play with one – I mean a look, of course – at a fellow dad-friend’s house. I did consider stealing it, one piece at a time, then reconstructing at home, but that would mean visiting him 4016 times. And I’m just not sure I like him enough for that.
£409.99 at Lego.com
Jungle Exploration Site
I recently saw this one made up in a display cabinet at Toys ‘R’ Us. I pushed my son aside to get a closer look, especially excited by the plane wreck, the “jungle is massive” aesthetic, and Little Shop of Horrors-style plants. These big sets from the City range better each year. In 2015 it was Deep Sea Exploration Vessel, then last year the Volcano Exploration – both of which I got for Christmas. Sorry, I got my son for Christmas. Upon seeing this new set, I immediately ensured he put it on this Crimbo list by employing some laughably basic reverse psychology (I mean, he’s cute, but there’s not happening between his ears).
£84.99 at Lego.com
There’s no messing about with this. It’s proper old school Lego – cops, robbers, and a little helicopter that goes on the roof (not that many actual police stations have helicopters on the roof, but still, it looks good). These retro-style Lego sets have a powerful sense of nostalgia for me, along with fire stations, trains, planes, and all the other stuff I wished I had when I was kid. Except, I’m a grown up now, so I can buy the lot if I want to.
£84.99 at Lego.com
As a geeky kid there’s little more exciting than a proper playset to go with your action figures – you know, the sort of thing you’d covet in the back the Littlewoods catalogue all year then finally get your hands at Christmas, only to lose all the accessories and break the moving pieces by Boxing Day. As a man of 34, very little has changed for me in that respect.
This playset is essentially a ninja-flavoured Bat Cave, with robots, ninjas (naturally), and snake-man baddies. Plus, Ninjago’s about to get crazy popular with the new movie, so this will keep both dad AND kids happy. Though probably dad more – particularly if he hides it away to stop the little buggers from losing all the accessories and breaking the moving pieces.
£259.99 at Lego.com
The Ultimate Batmobile
From the Batman Lego Movie, a Batmobile that breaks off into four separate vehicles – a Batmobile, Batwing, Bat-Tank, and Batcycle (honestly, Bruce Wayne needs to get more imaginative with these names). Strangely though, I was more excited by the fact it comes with a Wicked Witch of the West mini-figure and a couple of flying monkeys.
£139.99 at Lego.com
Ghostbusters Firehouse HQ
There isn’t a single square centimetre from this 4,634-brick set that doesn’t make me almost ectoplasm myself. Like all movie-based Lego sets, the nooks and crannies are packed with nerd-tastic easter eggs (including details from the criminally underappreciated Ghostbusters 2). Indeed, I’ve spent many an afternoon salivating over this set outside the window of the Lego shop. Which is why they won’t let me in there anymore. The other problem is that it costs a whopping £285. The question is, could I really justify spending that on Lego? The answer is, yes, as long as no one else found out about it.
£284.99 at Lego.com
The holy grail of modern Lego sets and the most wanted on any fanboys Christmas list. The Millenium Falcon, the Han Solo and Chewbacca piloted space vehicle that we first saw in A New Hope, and the one that was resurrected in the more recent The Force Awakens, will be the best £140 you’ll ever spend on a ‘toy’. 1329 pieces of awesome, this Lego set also includes 6 mini-figures, including Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech, a Kanjiklub Gang Member, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. An absolute must.
£139.99 at Lego.com