20 Best Lego Sets for Boys In 2017

best lego sets for boys

It is no wonder that people always buy Lego play sets as gifts for birthdays, holidays, or any other special occasion. It is one of the most developmentally beneficial types of toys in the world. And for the past 6 decades or so, Lego has been instrumental in many of the world’s brilliant young minds because of what it can do for the realization of a child’s optimum psychomotor, emotional, cognitive, and social development. So, if you are on the search for the best gift you can give a young boy, you don’t have to think long – just think Lego.

Unfortunately, choosing the best Lego set is not easy. Nevertheless, we are here to help you make the correct choice in the top Lego set you can ever give to your young boy.

With careful consideration, we were able to finally come up with the 20 top Lego sets for boys this 2016.

Top 20 Lego Sets for Boys

Lego Minecraft - The Cave8 + yearsMinecraft
LEGO City Police 60044 Mobile Police Unit5-12 yearsVehicle
LEGO Star Wars 75074 Snowspeeder6 to 12 yearsStar Wars
LEGO Classic Creative Bricks 106924 to 99 yearsBrick Box
LEGO Superheroes Avengers Hydra Showdown6-12 yearsSuper Heroes
LEGO Architecture White House (21006)12 years +Building
LEGO City Space Port 60080 Spaceport Building Kit6-12 yearsSpace

1Minecraft The Cave Playset 

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Age Range: At least 8 years old

One of the most popular building games on PC and mobile devices is Minecraft and we’re sure your young boy plays this quite often. As such, rather than be restricted in front of his computer, why not give Legos’ Minecraft The Cave set instead? This 249-piece set comes complete with 2 Minecraft figure and a whole bunch of Minecraft blocks and accessories. Boys will simply love smashing and rebuilding the Minecraft world they’ve built. If you want to see more like this, then check out our post on the most popular minecraft toys for kids at the moment.

What We Like about It – It’s a physical representation of a popular virtual game. It bridges the gap between the virtual world and the physical world. Plus, it’s great for kids’ imagination and creativity. 

2Lego City Mobile Police Unit

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Age Range: 5 to 12 years old

Many young boys look up to law enforcement officers as role models. You can enhance this passion by giving them the Lego City Mobile Police Unit. This 375-piece set builds a fully articulated mobile police truck that serves as the command and control unit complete with a holding cell. The set comes with 2 police figures and a crook. There are also a number of accessories to make any make-believe crime scene as realistic as possible.

What We Like about It – The realism of the mobile command center would make you wish real cops would have the same kind of sophisticated law enforcement technology. That’s why it’s a great playset as it helps stimulate unbridled imagination.

3Star Wars Snowspeeder

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Age Range: 6 to 12 years old

The Snowspeeder gained its fame from the battles with the Empire’s AT-ATs in Episode V. You can help your boy relive the glory days of the Resistance as they fought to save the galaxy from the clutches of the Dark Force. The Snowspeeder consists of 97 pieces with a pilot and 2 flick missiles. It’s part of Lego’s Star Wars Micro Fighters.

What We Like about It – It may be small but the imagination it fosters is huge. You will have to buy the other Micro Fighters though for the ultimate in make-believe Star Wars play.

4Classic Creative Bricks

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Age Range: 4 to 99 years old

If you want to give your boy a building toy he can play with even when he is already a centenarian, then give him Lego’s Classic Creative Bricks. The small box comes with 221 pieces while the larger one comes with more than 700 pieces of colorful Lego bricks complete with a baseplate. It also includes a brick separator to make disassembly a breeze.

What We Like about It – This is the ideal building toy since it is largely open-ended. It’s therefore, ideal for developing divergent problem solving skills in young boys.

5Super Heroes Avengers Hydra Showdown

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Age Range: 6 to 12 years old

By now your boy already knows a lot about the Marvel Cinematic Universe in pretty much the same way as Dad knows his Marvel Comics. Enhance his passion for the Avengers by giving him the Avengers Hydra Showdown. The set includes 220 pieces including Thor, Hawkeye, and a Hydra henchman. The Avengers come with a sleek 4×4 while Hydra goes for a dune buggy.

What We Like about It – It’s a fantastic way of stimulating your kid’s imaginative play especially with the ongoing developments in the MCU. Add a little creativity and he might just learn to combine these 2 vehicles into one unique transporter of his own.

6Lego Creator Treehouse

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Age Range: 7 to 12 years old

Every little boy has his own tree house, refuge for the ‘gang’. With the Lego Creator Treehouse, your little boy will gain an understanding of how to build his very own unique treehouse. The playset comes with 356 pieces that can be reconfigured into a farmyard barn or a lakeside hut. It has quite a lot of interesting features like a secret trapdoor, a bucket trap, a detachable roof, and fold-down ladder. The hut and barn come with their own respective features.

What We Like about It – While the set is already 3-in-1, the design possibilities are simply endless. It’s all a matter of how well your kid’s creativity and imagination will be stimulated.

7Super Heroes The Hulk Buster Smash

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Age Range: 7 to 14 years old

Nothing beats The Hulk, except perhaps for Iron Man’s Hulk Buster suit. With The Hulk Buster Smash, your boy can now relive the fight between Iron Man’s Mark-43-and-Hulk Buster suit combination and The Hulk in the movie Age of Ultron. Also included in the set is Ultron Prime and Scarlet Witch. It features a lot of interesting gadgetry that will make the movie itself more like child’s play.

What We Like about It – It really is fun to see the eyes of your boy grow wide with glee every time he puts the Mark 43 inside the Hulk Buster suit. You can just imagine what’s going on in his head.

8Super Heroes Batman: Man-Bat Attack

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Age Range: 6 to 12 years old

The attack of the Man-Bat is under way. Let your boy save the day with the Batman Lego set featuring the Man-Bat Attack. The 184-piece set turns into a Batman’s Batcopter as well as Nightwing’s Glider. Of course, the set comes with the Caped Crusader and his friend trying to fight the evil Man-Bat.

What We Like about It – Plenty of action on the Batcopter. This should keep boys busy with coming up with plenty of imaginative plays. Great for stimulating creativity, too as the Batcopter might as well be turned into something else.

9Lego Creator Cargo Heliplane

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Age Range: 6 to 12 years old

Perhaps your boy has been bugging you about getting him a Transformers toy. With the Cargo Heliplane, your boy can actively transform this 132-piece set from a cargo plane to a helicopter and then again into a cargo ship. Who knows what other vehicles he may come up with all that creative potential lurking inside? Maybe he can build his very own transformer robot using the different bricks of the set.

What We Like about It – It’s a fascinating building set that teaches kids about 3 different transport vehicles. It’s therefore ideal for stimulating creativity and imagination.

10Ghostbusters Ecto-1

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Age Range: At least 10 years old

In the 80s every kid wanted to be Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston as they ride Ecto-1 in their ghost-busting adventures. Now, you can let your boy relive the story of the 4 with your own Ghostbusters Ecto-1. The 508-piece set comes complete with all the ghost-busting gear and equipment of the 4 including a paranormal detection device, proton packs, and a tracking computer.

What We Like about It – It’s a fun way to relive the glory days of the 80s while fostering kids’ imagination. It’s one of the most sought-after Lego building toys.

11Jurassic World Raptor Rampage

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Age Range: 6 to 12 years old

With the Indominus Rex wreaking havoc still fresh in kids’ minds, give your boy the Jurassic World Raptor Rampage and let him relive the adventures of Owen and his 4 fully-trained Raptors. The 324-piece set builds a mobile vet unit and Owen’s motorbike. It comes with a variety of accessories including Owen and Claire mini figures, Blue and Charlie raptors, and a Jurassic World special actions officer.

What We Like about It – It’s all about recreating the rampage on the island. This should elevate your boy’s imagination to whole new levels.

12The Big Bang Theory

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Age Range: At least 12 years old

For fans of The Big Bang Theory TV sitcom, they will surely love Lego’s take on the popular TV series. The set contains 484 pieces which should enable your boy to recreate Sheldon and Leonard’s living room together with Penny, Ray, Amy, Bernadette, and Howard. It includes all of the popular gadgets and furniture you may have already seen from the sitcom.

What We Like about It – It’s not just for kids. It’s basically for everyone who follows The Big Bang Theory. It’s therefore one of the best gifts you can ever give to someone who is a big fan of the popular TV sitcom.

13Lego Architecture White House

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Age Range: At least 12 years old

What better way to teach your boy about the most important building in our nation – the White House – than to give him Lego’s Architecture series of the iconic White House? This 560-piece set comes complete with a booklet that talks about the historical facts surrounding this famous building’s 1792 design by James Hoban as chosen by President Washington himself.

What We Like about It – It’s a very accurate replica of the White House. To give your boy the opportunity to build such a famous replica, even though it’s only about 9 inches wide once completed, is truly an honor.

14Star Wars TIE Advanced Prototype Toy

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Age Range: 8 to 14 years old

The nemesis of the Resistance X-wing starfighter, the TIE is a nimble and sophisticated Imperial fighter. With the TIE Advanced Prototype, your boy can actually elevate the superiority of the TIE fighter. The 355-piece set builds a fighter with folding wings, shooters, and extra ammo. It includes The Inquisitor with his double-bladed light saber, an Imperial officer, and a TIE fighter pilot.

What We Like about It – The toy is an accurate representation of the one seen in Star Wars: Rebels. Excellent for imaginative play as well as for enhancing creative thinking.

15Lego Creator Rainforest Animals

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Age Range: 6 to 12 years old

For kids who are fans of Blue, they will love Lego Creator’s Rainforest Animals. The set contains 215 colorful bricks that will allow kids to create a parrot with fully articulated wings and fully functioning beak and eyes. It also includes a fly, a tropical fish, and a frog. Now, combine all of the bricks and your boy just might discover an entirely new species.

What We Like about It – We love the endless possibilities of Lego’s Creator line. It really pushes the boundaries of what a child’s mind and imagination can achieve.

16Lego Education Community Minifigures Set

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Age Range: At least 4 years old

If your boy already has several Lego play sets, then you simply have to expand it further with the Lego Education Community Mini Figures Set. This pack comes with 256 pieces that will help your boy create 22 mini figures in boy male and female genders and in different occupations and ethnic backgrounds.

What We Like about It – The set can teach kids about the multicultural nature of our society and why White, Black, and Brown people are essentially the same. It can really be an important educational tool for teaching kids about gender differentiation, occupational roles, gender-specific roles, and other social issues.

17Lego City Space Port

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Age Range: 6 to 12 years old

Ever since man landed on the moon, kids have been fascinated about conquering the universe themselves. With the Space Port Building Kit, who knows this might just become a reality in the near future? The set comes with 586 pieces needed to build the Space Shuttle complete with its rocket boosters and external fuel tank. It also builds a mobile Launchpad, a service car, an orbiting satellite, 3 launch facility personnel, and 2 astronauts. Both boosters and fuel tank can be “ejected” from the Shuttle to simulate shuttle separation.

What We Like about It – The sense of realism of the space shuttle system is truly remarkable. Any boy will really have his imagination soaring towards the heavens.

18Duplo Creative Play All-in-One-Box-of-Fun

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Age Range: 18 months to 5 years old

For younger boys but not younger than 18 months, you may want to give them Duplo’s All-in-One-Box-of-Fun set. These 65 pieces of large colorful and numbered bricks and building pieces are excellent for smaller hands. The set can build simple structures like a house and a wagon. It also includes a little boy and dog figure.

What We Like about It – It’s ideal for the development of hand-eye coordination, spatial intelligence, color recognition, and number skills among younger boys. It can also help enhance sensory development.

19Lego Juniors Construction

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Age Range: 4 to 7 years old

For preschool boys who are into construction and demolition toys, you can give them Lego Junior’s Construction play set. The set comes with 160 pieces of bricks and accessories needed to build a crane complete with a wrecking ball and a construction truck which can both be rebuilt as a wall section with scaffolding or an SUV, respectively. It also includes a mini figure of a construction worker complete with construction gear, tools, and equipment.

What We Like about It – It’s excellent for make-believe construction and demolition play. We just love the full action of the wrecking ball.

20Duplo My First Number Train 

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Age Range: 18 months to 5 years old

Young kids need to learn the basics of language development as early as they possibly can, but it should always be in a fun way. Duplo’s My First Number Train is a 31-piece set that includes colorful bricks numbered 1 to 10 and 3 wagon bases as well as other bricks. The whole set can be rebuilt into a dog house, a building, or even a tunnel.

What We Like about It – It helps develop early language skills while the bricks itself can teach young tots about the different colors. Also helps in enhancing hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

How We Chose the Most Popular in Our List

As we have said above, choosing the right Lego set is very challenging. Why? For starters, our usual parameter of looking at the developmental appropriateness of the toy is already nullified. Lego toys are already proven to be excellent toys when it comes to ensuring a child’s physical, mental, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Technically, you can just pick any Lego playset and you will never go wrong.

Unfortunately, we still have to provide you with a list of our 20 top Lego sets for boys. As such, we have to look at the overall design of the toy including its appeal and value to young boys. Additionally, we also have to look at the feedback and positive reviews of consumers.

Lego Bricks and Play Sets and Children’s Development

One of the most important benefits of Lego bricks, or any building toy for that matter, is in the development of the psychomotor skills of children. This requires the intricate integration of the nervous system as it processes information from the senses and transmits these to the corresponding muscle groups with pinpoint accuracy. That is why you can pick up even a thin piece of needle on the floor simply because your brain is telling your muscles the amount of force it needs to apply to pick up the needle. In like manner, playing with Lego bricks trains the brain to take full control of the different muscles of the young child. It teaches the muscles how to contract so that the Lego piece won’t fall off. It also tells the muscles just how much tension it needs to apply when pushing down on the Lego piece to interlock it with other pieces. Moreover, the brain is constantly computing the distances between spaces in the brick’s grooves and slots. This gives rise to the development of spatial intelligence, hand-eye coordination, and, of course, balance.

And since we are already talking about brain power, Lego is particularly beneficial in enhancing many of the cognitive process of children including creativity, imagination, spatial reasoning, memory processing and recall, creative thinking, logical reasoning, critical thinking, and divergent problem solving skills. In fact, several studies show that, compared with toys that foster convergent problem solving skills, toys that allow for the development of divergent problem solving skills led to the development of more critical thinking processes. This helps children understand the basis of scientific problem solving. To put it simply, given a particular problem, they can think of a hundred different ways of solving it. This is why sometimes, some kids are way smarter than some adults because they see solutions that are not otherwise thought of by adults. That’s the power of divergent thinking. And Lego toys and other building toys have been shown to be particularly good at developing.

Lego toys can also be used to develop or enhance the social and emotional skills of children. This is especially true when they begin sharing their bricks with others to build a particular model or structure. This helps build relationships. And, to help kids interact socially, they will need to develop or enhance their language and communication skills. Technically, cooperative playing with building toys helps children expand their vocabulary while at the same time enhancing their self-esteem. This also helps boost their self-confidence which can further enhance their social interactions and language development.

It’s true that Lego has been helping kids master their developmental tasks for almost 7 decades. Lego has provided kids of all ages the correct instruments and tools to develop their psychomotor, cognitive, social, and emotional skills to the fullest. We believe our 20 top Lego sets for boys will empower you to help your boy grow and develop to his full potential, too.

Last Updated On 29th September 2016

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Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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