1. 70840 Wecome to Apocalypseburg!
How can the iconic set from this LEGO line not be my favorite? The answer quite clearly is that it must be!
Lucy’s opening dialogue and Emmet’s tour of Apocalypseburg set the early tone for the movie, and likewise, this collection captures that dread of what has become to our heroes homeland.
The downside of this set if of course the cost: MSRP is $299.99. Some of that cost is made up for by the inclusion of 12 minifigures, but it is a rather steep cost given alternative toys/gifts/electronics that could be purchased at that price point. Despite the financial barrier, I still think it is the #1 set from this release.
It’s not obvious from the box just how much play opportunity exists with this set:
- Rope swinging from the Statue of Liberty
- barber/tattoo parlor
- Fuse’s workshop
- rooftop diner
For me, the Statue of Liberty–and it’s role in an iconic movie which I don’t want to spoil despite its age–is what draws me to this set. She serves as both a background and focal point for the set. Although I don’t think this was intended, to me she looks like she is about lay the smackdown on the ground; or whatever Duplos show up to destroy what Emmet and friends have built.
For a more detailed look, check out JangBrick’s video:
2. 70839 The Rexcelsior!
I promise you I am not just ranking these in order of cost. The thing is that I have a personal bias for ships, cars, and other modes of transportation. You will see as we move through my rankings.
I am basing this in part to how my 5-year old nephew reacted the first time he saw this set in the store: literally picked up and carried it everywhere until being informed he was not getting it. To his credit the disappointment was relatively well-contained.
- Massive sets are lots of fun to build
- Interesting design where you (or your kid) get to hold and interact with the set
- Massive sets are fun for adults to build, but kiddos are going to need help
- You’re out of luck if you don’t like blue and green, though I would love to see some custom builds in different colors
That said, I think the Rexcelsior is
Rexcellent great regardless of my space transport bias.
3. 70835 Rex’s Rexplorer
4. 70834 MetalBeard’s Heavy Metal Motor Trike
Laser Sharks! Or, at least a regular shark.
I love Metalbeard, so of course I love this set. The only real downside of this set is the price, which is more than I would like to see for the number of pieces you get here.
But still, it’s an awesome apocalyptic design that makes for a great addition if you’re constructing a “fall of civilization” style city.
- Fun minifigures/minidoll: Metalbeard, Benny (spaceship!), and Sweet Mayhem
- Where else are you going to get a LEGO space pirate mashup? At least until someone builds a Firefly themed set for LEGO Ideas/li>
- As much as I like the set, it is a little pricy for what you get in terms of bricks
5. 70829 Emmet and Lucy’s Escape Buggy
Now we’re driving in style. The escape buggy is a fun build and could theoretically find its way into lots of LEGO play scenarios. On top of the buggy, you receive 3 minifigures and three buildable figures (Metalbeard, Star, and Heart).
6. 70826 Rex’s Rextreme Off-roader
I’m always a fan of 3-in-1 sets since it shows off what one can do with a collection of LEGO. Seeing a pile of bricks become 3 different sets has the potential to unlock an imagination.
In this one, you get to build any of these: Rex-treme Offroader, Rex-o-saurus Quad, or Execu-Rex-o-saurus.
- As with all 3-in-1 sets, you have multiple options for which version you want to have.
- Only a fan of two of the three designs
7. 70836 Battle-ready Batman and MetalBeard
I have to admit that I have quite the bias here: my daughter picked this set out as my Father’s Day gift this year. And for a budget set, it is a nice build. And you get an apocalyptically designed Batman minifigure.
- I like the apocalypse-inspired look of the set
- I laughed in the theater at the You’re Welcome sign, so of course I am listing its inclusion as a positive for this set.
- My daughter and I are in the midst of building a small LEGO town, so it’s always nice to have small set pieces like these to move around. However, I appreciate larger builds (e.g., take the pieces here and make one set), so this will not appeal to everyone.
8. 70824 Introducing Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi
Meeting the queen is a key moment in the Lego 2 movie, and includes a “fake-out” that helps prepare you to not believe everything you see. In this set, you get several of the more important and more memorably (Bananar) characters.
On first look, and even perhaps after, the set seems a little short for the price tag. But, it’s a fun collection of characters that perfectly complement other sets from the movie.
- Who can say no to a walking banana?
- If you’re a fan of interaction, then this set is great with the multiple characters: Lucy, Sweet Mayhem, Susan, Bananar, and Queen Watevra Wa’nabi.
- On a per-piece basis, this set is quite expensive: little over 17 cents per piece
9. 70823 Emmet’s Thricycle!
Let me just put this out there: I love the thricycle! Even more than a double decker couch.
The small gas station and chomping alien are nice additions, but the main attraction is the thricycle. It’s not exactly realistic, so you won’t be dropping this into any existing cities you may have built. But for sheer fun, I have a soft spot for it.
- If you share Emmett’s stylistic choices, then the thricycle design is awesome!
- If you share Emmett’s stylistic choices, then the thricycle design is awesome!
- And if you don’t appreciate Emmett’s style, then you may give this one a Lucy-level eyeroll
10. 70830 Sweet Mayhem’s Systar Starship
Sweet Mayhem’s ship is not quite iconic, but it is a unique design that featured prominently in the earlier part of the movie. The set includes not on the ship, but also three minifigures (Lucy, Emmett, and Sweet Mayhem), as well as Heart and Star.
- Fun ship design that features an openable cockpit and retractable landing gear.
- Fun accessories and parts, including Lucy’s crossbow and Heart/Star.
- The three minifigures are available in other sets, so you need to really like the ship to purchase this one
11. 70831 Emmet’s Dream House/Rescue Rocket
This awesomely thematic 2-in-1 design gives two options to build. And includes 3 minifigures, as well as a Unikitty.
- Always a fan of houses that allow you to open them to interact with the interior.
- I appreciate the importance of this set in terms of the movie.
- I like the build, but nothing really stands out. It’s not going to excite any builders.
12. 70828 Pop-Up Party Bus
So, I just picked this set up last night (yay for Walmart clearance!) for my daughter and I to build before school starts back. This ranking is influenced by my perception (cost vs. value/utility/brick re-use), but my kiddo absolutely loves it; and she has already started planning dance parties with all of our minifigures and minidolls (and, yes, Starlord will be there!).
- The fold-out design offers a level of interactivity (well, movability) that is not necessarily always available with all LEGO sets
- Fun aesthetic with a healthy mix of white, pink, and teal
- At this price point, I would have liked to see more figures/dolls included; I will note this is influenced by me not really counting Zebe and Unikitty
13. 70827 Ultrakitty and Warrior Lucy!
14. 70825 Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi’s Build Whatever Box!
This set creates the most divisive opinion in my household. My wife, who appreciates LEGO but is not necessarily an enthusiast like myself and my daughter, absolutely loves this set. It’s very thematic given the multiple designs for Queen Watevra you can create. If you want to just follow the instructions, then you will have 15 different builds. But the fun never ends there with your own custom designs!
- Thematic set
- Lots of different builds to try, both from the book and from your own imagination
- In the end it is just a collection of bricks, albeit in lots of fun colors
15. 70822 Unikitty’s Sweetest Friends EVER!
I originally had this one lower, but after watching my daughter put it together and reference scenes from the movie, I bumped it up. I could see the characters losing their appeal eventually, but for now, this is a perfectly fine set.
- Includes some of the more unique characters from Lego Movie 2
- Only worth getting if you do like the characters
16. 70821 Emmett and Benny’s ‘Build and Fix Workshop’
The “Build and Fix Workshop” set comes with 113 pieces that are largely used to construct a space ship for Benny and a buggy for Emmett. This set is rather expensive at regular price (currently on sale at LEGO) at more than 10 cents per piece, and only two basic minifigures.
- Set allows you to construct two vehicles for your minifigures (could be great for kids)
- Not a great $/piece ratio
- You can get these minifigures (or close enough) in other sets
17. 70841 Benny’s Space Squad
If you’re an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO), then this set is bound to take you back to your childhood space sets. This sets provides you three additional original spacepeople designs to go with Benny the Space Fanatic.
Even though I am an AFOL, this set does not do much for me. I like getting more minifigures as much as the next
- Good price if you want to add 4 minifigures to your (or your child’s) collection
- Great addition to any older (or newer) space-themed designs you may have
- Aside from Benny, the minifigures have the most basic of expressions
- Lacks fun minifigure accessories
18. 70820 Lego Movie Maker
This movie maker set is a good example of LEGO extending their product into other mediums: in this case, a movie set to accompany their free video making app.
The set provides a good collection of bricks and minifigure elements, which allows for customizing your movie. If only there had been a few more props to flesh out movies
- Expands on LEGO’s already great STEM learning
- You get to build a LEGO phone holder
- Though not the set itself, the app isn’t necessarily the best video recording software (then, again, it is free)
19. 10895 Emmet and Lucy’s Visitors from the DUPLO-Planet
This set includes a great mixture of colors that should engage toddlers. DUPLO-versions of Lucy and Emmett are welcome inclusions.
- Duplo versions of Emmett and Lucy
- Great collection of colorful DUPLO bricks.
- DUPLO sets can be expensive, and this one is no exception.
20. 70833 Lucy’s Builder Box / 21. 70832 Emmet’s Builder Box
The builder box sets maximize playability by offering 3 different designs to go along with Emmett (digger, house, and construction mech) and Lucy (stage, ramp, and unikitty house)
I can appreciate what LEGO is going for here, particularly with the carrying case. But if you’re not a kid, then the case won’t mean much to you. And if you are buying this for a kid, I would think about how important the carry case is to you since you can typically get more pieces elsewhere at this price point.
- Fun construction mech design (Emmett) and ramp for Lucy’s bike (Lucy)
- Carry case adds potentially unneeded cost