The Imperial Flagship makes for a great display piece. It’s also a nice reminder that not all Lego collections need to be based on franchises.
Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, There have actually been about seven different Lego takes on the Corellian freighter, but the Ultimate Collector’s set from 2007 and its 5100-plus pieces takes the prize. It also cost $500 at that time, which makes it the most expensive Lego set ever.
Tthe set features over a thousand pieces, a chamber for Bruce Wayne to magically switch into his bat-costume, a bat-computer station, a vehicle repair bay, and of course several minifigures.
It features moving parts and “realistic functions” like independent all-wheel suspension, moving pistons, and steering capabilities. You can also power it up by adding a motor set (sold separately!) to this two-foot long baby, or convert it into a race truck. As for where you can play with this thing, you might need the Technic Mobile Crane to build some roads…
The Galaxy Explorer, first released in 1979, was a jewel in Lego’s Space line of the era, though it must be noted that Benny was apparently not a part of that ship’s original crew, who were red and white spacemen. But for those completists who need the movie version too, Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! set is coming this June.
It’s a great representation of Lego’s very cool Cuusoo program, which supports fan-created sets. If enough people support a project idea, Lego will consider mass-producing it — and the fan gets a cut of the profits. Check out the Cuusoo program here.
Taj Mahal set is currently the biggest of them all at 5,922 pieces. This 2010 set is “designed for experienced builders” according to Lego, which sounds like a challenge if ever I heard one. Similar real-world landmark sets are also out there, like the Sydney Opera House, the Statue of Liberty, and the Eiffel Tower.
There have been many Lord of the Rings and Hobbit-based collections from the company, but the 2,359-piece Tower of Orthanc set is without a doubt one of the greatest. Gandalf and Saruman are on the scene of the six-floor, 28-inch high tower, which includes a dungeon of death, a throne room, an alchemy lab, and much more. Saruman even has his palantír here (crystal ball), which actually glows.
3,000-piece-set. The Death Star II set is great, but the second set that followed in 2008, simply called Death Star, actually has more pieces (3,803) and more playability. Based on the battle station from both A New Hope and Return of the Jedi, it features, count ‘em, 24 minifigures and droids, and allows users to reenact just about any scene from either of those movies. Impressive, most impressive.
This is a shot of the Simpsons house LEGO set (due out later this year) leaked by Eurobricks forum member Carlos S. The set contains 2,523 pieces, six minifigs, and the house hinges open dollhouse style to reveal furnished rooms. That’s pretty much all the info I’ve got.