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Best Sets of 2015

ChocolateFrogs

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It's still early enough in 2016 to reflect on 2015, so let's talk about great LEGO sets from last year.

 

Specifically, I will be drawing from my own building experiences. Admittedly, regrettably, I still have a few 2015 sets unbuilt. I don't want to become the AFOL stereotype of having hordes of boxes of unbuilt sets. These are not yet built because I thought I'd review them and then I never did and then I realized that Jurassic World sets and Quicksilver's Avengers set would never be on store shelves again after their initial run. But I doubt they'd make this list anyway.

 

The list of my favorite sets stars off with General Grievous, who has a fantastic build and looks great on my shelf. That's saying something, because it's hard to be surprising with constraction sets nowadays, and because I like to think I cannibalize my sets pretty quickly after getting them if I'm in a building phase. But until I build a tan Bionicle MOC, Grievous is here to stay. People can argue about the price, but for the satisfaction of a 45 minute build that is quite intense, it's worth it.

 

I also had the pleasure of building the Helicarrier with 55555 thanks to Toa Lhikan Hordika buying it and then we did a livestream to build it. Good times. It's huge, it's iconic, it has a great build. And I didn't pay for it but got to build it anyway; you'll have to ask TLH if it's worth the $350 plus motor pack. (I bet he'll say yes.)

 

The Doctor Who LEGO Ideas is also worthy of a mention. It's got the minifigs, it has the TARDIS interior and exterior, and it's reasonably priced for a licensed set. Unfortunately it doesn't come in numbered baggies for staged building within the instructions, which means you are searching for parts a lot longer than expected.

 

And finally, I can not forget the Millennium Falcon! It's iconic, has a great build, comes with great play features and hosts some great minifigs. I'll be keeping this displayed on my shelf for at least a year before realizing I need grey angled plates for something.

 

These were my favorite. I build some more, but nothing as stand-out like these. I've already got my hands on a ton of 2016 sets however, some of which already look amazing, and some which can be criticized too. Now to find time to build some....

 

-CF :kakama:



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Neat choices. My top 2015 LEGO sets would probably be...

  • Temple of Airjitzu. Great minifigure selection, nifty play features (love the shadow puppet theater), and overall a grade-A display piece. It says a lot that even AFOLs who normally don't give Ninjago the time of day have praised it as one of the year's greatest LEGO sets!
  • Master Wu Dragon. Possibly the best LEGO dragon ever? It's definitely up there. This was the first set by Nick Vas (Brickthing) and it definitely shows why LEGO was right to hire him! Great parts, brilliant building techniques, amazing value for money, and lots of play value.
  • Gali - Master of Water. Even though she's a pretty average-sized Toa, she's still my favorite Toa set of all time, and it doesn't look like the 2016 lineup is going to change that. Great proportions, awesome colors, and an impressive dual-function weapon. Looks great in all kinds of poses.
  • Naida's Epic Adventure Ship. The Elves theme may be small, but it's had a great track record so far, with no sets I'd consider "duds". It's tough to pick a favorite set from this theme, but the Adventure Ship deserves some credit as the one that first showed just how "epic" this theme was going to be!

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Neat choices. My top 2015 LEGO sets would probably be...

  • Master Wu Dragon. Possibly the best LEGO dragon ever? It's definitely up there. This was the first set by Nick Vas (Brickthing) and it definitely shows why LEGO was right to hire him! Great parts, brilliant building techniques, amazing value for money, and lots of play value.

 

I made sure to get the Master Wu Dragon simply because Nick made it! And looking at the design of the head and parts usage throughout, it's easy to tell!

 

As for Toa, I was pleasantly surprised by how great Tahu was in build and style. If I kept Toa built for display, I would have rebuilt Kopaka in the same design.

 

-CF

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Poe's X-Wing is my favourite thing I think I've ever owned in LEGO.

 

That's a very impressive review! Makes me want to get it for display... Though I got the Millennium Falcon partly because BB-8 was in it, even though I knew the X-Wing was cheaper.

 

-CF

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