Best Lego Sets for Boys (The Future Architects) in 2017

If you’ve ever needed to buy a gift for a young boy, the first product that will come to most people’s mind would be to get them a Lego playset. Interlocking blocks have been popular toys for kids for decades now and continue to be one of the biggest varieties in the industry today. As it also offers a wide array of benefits for a young child’s development, it’s certainly a great pick for toys and entertainment.

With so many Lego sets available today, though, choosing one can be a bit of a challenge. So to help you out, we’ve rounded up twenty of the best playsets for you to choose from.

Lego Sets to Get for Your Boys

1. Minecraft The Cave Playset

Ideal for: Ages 8 and Up

Minecraft and Lego are largely similar as both enforce construction play. They’re basically the online and offline version of each other, making a Minecraft Lego playset a thrilling prospect for a child who loves the video game.

What's Great About It: The fact that this Lego set is the physical manifestation of Minecraft can really get a child going for hours. It will let his imagination soar with its 249 pieces and two Minecraft figures.

2. Lego City Mobile Police Unit

Ideal for: Ages 5 to 12

If your child loves to build his own miniature city through his blocks or if he loves law enforcement figures, this Lego playset will surely excite him. It will let him build his own Police Mobile Unit, complete with two policemen and a criminal.

What's Great About It: This set has everything your little one needs to recreate surveillance and apprehension scenarios. This can really stimulate their creativity and even create their own control centers with these pieces combined with other sets for more hours of unbridled gameplay.

3. Star Wars Snowspeeder

Ideal for: Ages 6 to 12

If your little one loves Star Wars, the Snowspeeder from Lego is the perfect addition to their collection as it can definitely improve the quality of their play time. This space vehicle has seen a lot of action but has been widely popularized by its courageous fight against the gigantic AT-ATs in Episode V.

What's Great About It: With 97 pieces, a pilot figure, and 2 flick missiles, this toy can add some air battle element to your little one’s gameplay. They can also easily incorporate the concepts they’ve learned from the movies and create their own stories that they can enrich and develop during game play with this set.

​4. Classic Creative Bricks

Ideal for: Ages 4 and Up

What’s better than the classic bricks, really? When it comes to Lego products, this set is still some of the top selling varieties as it will let your little one’s creativity take center stage.

What's Great About It: Available in small 221-piece and big 700-piece varieties, this set are composed of plain, standard bricks that your little one can use to create anything and everything they want to build. It’s the perfect toy for igniting their imagination as well as problem-solving skills.

​5. Super Heroes Avengers Hydra Showdown

Ideal for: Ages 6 to 12

With several movies, merchandise, and other spin-offs stemming from the Marvel cinematic universe, it’s a fact that most young boys today know and love the Avengers. This playset can be the perfect gift for a superhero-loving child as it will incorporate the magnificent characters of the franchise to their playtimes.

What's Great About It: This Lego playset features a bouncing Thor, the Hawkeye, and a villainous Hydra Henchman letting your little one exercise his knowledge of the good guys and play with these characters in a non-canon way. It’s amazing to watch Thor do more than just fight the evil guys in the hands of your grade schooler as it’s not only funny, but it’s also a great manifestation of your little one’s creativity and rich imagination.

​6. Lego Creator Treehouse

Ideal for: Ages 7 to 12

Treehouses are basically the boy version of a man-cave and every little boy wants one. If it’s physically impossible for you to get one for your young man, though, this playset may be a good alternative for them.

What's Great About It: This Lego Treehouse set is composed of pieces that will let your little one create a complex miniature treehouse, complete with a pulley, telescope, cart, and ladder. It can also be transformed into a lakeside hut or a barn offering more ways for your child to have fun.

7. Super Heroes The Hulk Buster Smash

Ideal for: Ages 7 to 14

Another great option for Marvel fans is this Lego playset that features the Hulk Buster suit. Watch how your little one can recreate the action-packed scenes of the Age of Ultron movie and you’re sure to have as much fun as your little one will.

What's Great About It: With four characters (Iron Man MK43, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, and Ultron Prime) as well as 248 pieces, this set will surely enjoy hours of creative gameplay. I especially love the accessories that come with the set as it adds more activities and ways to play with the figures.

​8. Super Heroes Batman: Man-Bat Attack

Ideal for: Ages 6 to 12

If your little boy is more partial to DC characters, then this Super Heroes playset might just be their cup of tea. Featuring Batman and the villain Man-Bat, this playset promises great action and a boatload of creative playtime.

What's Great About It: With 184 pieces, 3 figures (Batman, Man-Bat, and Nightwing), and a comic book in one package, your little boy is definitely in for a fun time ahead. I just know little kids will love building the Batcopter, complete with its many accessories.

​9. Lego Creator Cargo Heliplane

Ideal for: Ages 6 to 12

Perfect for kids who like building different things more than using them for storytelling games, the Lego Creator Cargo Heliplane is one feature-packed playset that both kids and parents will love. It certainly rivals Transformers toys in how much this set can turn into something else.

What's Great About It: The best thing about this Lego playset is that the Heliplane can turn into a cargo ship and a cargo plane. So your little one doesn’t just get to play with just one transport vehicle, but can also explore other worlds with great ease.

​10. Ghostbusters Ecto-1

Ideal for: Ages 10 and Up

Ghostbusters may be a few decades old, but it doesn’t mean that youngsters today can’t enjoy the idea of having four guys getting rid of unruly ghosts. While it might be the parents that can get the most kick out of this set, it can still be a nice collector’s item for children who are starting to appreciate the classics.

What's Great About It: Aside from the figures of the four main characters, the Ecto-1 is really the highlight of this playset. Complete with a removable roof, some paranormal detection equipment, tracking computer, and the Ghostbusters logo, it’s possibly one of the best merchandise for the film. We also love that three minifigures fit inside the car so your little one and the characters and go on trips to handle paranormal events.

​11. Jurassic World Raptor Rampage

Ideal for: Ages 6 to 12

The latest addition to the Jurassic Park series proved to be a hit, not just because the franchise is a popular one, but also because a lot of kids love dinosaurs. This is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Lego has also released its own homage to the series with its Raptor Rampage set.

What's Great About It: Featuring 324 pieces including 2 raptors, 3 mini figures, a mobile vet unit, and a motorcycle, your child can recreate the thrilling chase scenes of the movie that they surely enjoyed. The dinosaurs are definitely the highlights of this set as they can open up your child’s imagination to more ways of playing.

12. The Big Bang Theory

Ideal for: Ages 12 and Up

So, the Big Bang Theory isn’t necessarily a show for kids, so you can scratch this one out if you’re looking for a nice present for a child. However, if the boy in question is a big fan of Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, Raj, Penny, Amy, and Bernadette, this can be an excellent gift idea for him.

What's Great About It: This playset is basically the Lego version of Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment living room. You can recreate scenes, make up new ones, or even just put them up on display as a testament of your love for the show.

​13. Lego Architecture White House

Ideal for: Ages 12 and Up

Another excellent gift idea for boys of all ages is the Lego Architecture White House. Little boys can learn about the nation’s most important building with this set and even let him recreate his own White House scenarios. Big boys, on the other hand, can have a fancy display piece that can be great conversation starters.

What's Great About It: Aside from giving you a piece of history in your home, this set also comes with a booklet that contains information about the White House’s history and construction.

​14. Star Wars TIE Advanced Prototype Toy

Ideal for: Ages 8 to 14

Lego versions of the Star Wars space vehicles may not look exactly like the ones they use in the movies, but they’re definitely a cut above the rest because of their playability. This TIE fighter, for one, is an excellent example as it’s more than just a toy that you can put on display.

What's Great About It: With features like two spring-loaded shooters, folding wings, and a functional top hatch, it will surely let your child recreate fight scenes and even make use of this TIE fighter in other ways.

​15. Lego Creator Rainforest Animals

Ideal for: Ages 6 to 12

The Lego Creator series are excellent options for parents who really want to get the most out of their purchases or spice up the collection of their wee ones. The Rainforest Animals is an excellent multifunctioning set, letting your kid create four suggested animals and a wide array of imaginary creatures at the same time.

What's Great About It: The animals your child can make from this set may not necessarily look realistic, but they will look amazing with articulation and fully functioning eyes. With a very imaginative child, expect to meet new species in no time.

​16. Lego Education Community Minifigures Set

Ideal for: Ages 4 and Up

A lot of parents already have a sizeable Lego collection that they can pass down to their kids. However, not everyone has figures that their little ones can play with. This minifigures set is a great addition to such a setup as it features 22 multicultural male and female figures.

What's Great About It: The figures included in this set represent various community roles, so a lot of parents can find representation and kids will surely be familiar with the characters. There are also lots of additional accessories that will let your little one play with the minifigures according to their community roles.

​17. Lego City Space Port

Ideal for: Ages 6 to 12

Got a little boy who can’t get enough of astronomy and the human exploration of the universe? This set is definitely for them. With this Lego playset, your little one can have his very own Space Shuttle and conduct launches right in his bedroom.

What's Great About It: This set comes with 5 minifigures, two of which are astronauts ready to go in space. The accessories are very fun, as well, since all of which are essential in creating a bustling spaceport.

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

Ideal for: Ages 18 months to 5 years

Toddlers that are 18 months and above can already play with Lego bricks in the form of Duplo as the bricks are bigger and less likely to be swallowed. This set is composed of 65 pieces, all of which are in fun, vibrant colors to attract and hold your little one’s attention.

What's Great About It: Some of the blocks in this set are printed with numbers and illustrations designed to help teach your wee one how to count. There are also lots of other accessories that can make your child’s playtime more fun and exciting.

​19. Lego Juniors Construction

Ideal for: Ages 4 to 7

A construction toy that can create a construction site? How exciting is that? With this set, your little one can create his very own construction site, complete with a crane and wrecking ball.

What's Great About It: Lego Junior may not be differently sized from standard Lego bricks, but since they are designed for a more structured play with the help of their instruction booklets, they’re easily some of the best starter Lego sets for kids. I also love the wrecking ball and the fact that little ones can knock things down with this set.

​20. Duplo My First Number Train

Ideal for: Ages 18 months to 5 years

Designed to help teach numbers and counting to young kids, the Duplo My First Number Train is a playset that is designed to create a train complete with numbers 1 to 10 as its trailer. Like other playsets, it can also be rebuilt into other things like a dog house, tunnel, or even a building.

What's Great About It: Included in the set are a Duplo figure and a dog, this beginner set will surely bring loads of fun and excitement to every child. You’ll be amazed at how he can reuse the blocks and express his creativity with his first set.

The Benefits of Construction Play for Children

Construction play is the act where your child can spend his time with building toys. This can be done through the traditional wooden stacking blocks or interlocking plastic bricks. Lego bricks are the most popular varieties today thanks to their unquestionable quality and versatility.

As some experts put it, toy blocks can truly alter the way kids think. These toys allow them to be creative, especially since there aren’t a lot of rules when it comes to playing with Lego bricks. I especially love how Lego bricks can be utilized by little children in creating different things. My little one can build his own toy store, firehouse, and even coffee shop with just a few bricks and his colorful imagination.

But it’s not just their imagination and creativity that gets some freedom when it comes to playing with Lego bricks. A lot of their other skills can also get sharpened in the process, including the following:

 Spatial Intelligence

Spatial skills are some of the most commonly used capabilities in a person’s everyday life. It helps you merge in traffic, read a map, and even fix equipment. Developing this ability in young children is highly important, so they can quickly visualize shapes in their minds, boost their critical thinking and let them solve problems that they can face in everyday life.

Aside from its common use, experts also found out that developing a child’s spatial thinking can affect their performance in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). This can help them perform better in school and have a better understanding of the things around them.

Fine Motor Skills

Playing with bricks will require your little one to make use of his hands to put bricks together and take them apart. There will be lots of twists and maneuvering that actually require precision involved, especially if he wants to create different shapes by stacking the bricks in various ways. This will help refine his dexterity and hand-eye coordination, readying young kids for writing, independent dressing, and just making better use of their hands in general. They will get a lot of practice in handling things by playing with bricks, so in the end, it will benefit young children largely in gaining much control of their limbs.

Social Skills

Playing with Lego bricks can be done collaboratively with other children. With so many pieces to play with, a child can get overwhelmed with the volume when alone but when they play it with friends, things tend to become more exciting and easier.

However, it’s not just the extra hands that make playing with Lego bricks as a group fun. The collaboration kids make tend to encourage friendliness in young people. They become more open to suggestions and they learn new things and concepts from peers. This can lead to your child developing high-quality friendships and learning the concept of trusting other people aside from their family.

Divergent Problem Solving and Lateral Thinking

As psychologists would put it, there are two kinds of problems: convergent and divergent. Convergent problems only have one correct solution, while divergent ones are possible to solve in many ways. Block play is considered as divergent play because it can be used in so many ways, opening up different means of solving problems.

With Lego bricks, your little one can attach two eight-stud bricks in 24 different ways, giving you millions of ways how to piece together a creation of your own. This means that a child can discover different ways to solve problems by playing with these construction toys. If the shape they want to create don’t look nice by simply stacking blocks together, then there are definitely a few effective ways to do it.

This is exactly what I love about playing with Lego bricks. While there are right and wrong ways to create something, discovering the best techniques to translate what you’ve imagined into a brick masterpiece is fun and exciting. It tends to eliminate the stress in your little one and will surely stimulate their minds and encourage their creativity.

Sense of Achievement and Self-Confidence

Being able to build something straight out of their imagination is definitely an achievement, not only for kids but also for adults who are big fans of Lego. With some positive reinforcement, you can encourage your little one’s creativity and even boost their self-confidence just by playing with this toy as well.

About Lego

Hailed by a prominent consultancy group as the most powerful brand in the world in 2015, Lego is a toy manufacturing giant that is continuously winning play times all over the world. They got their name from the Danish phrase leg godt which means “play well” in English and has already produced over 600 billion bricks by 2015.

Founded by a carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen in 1932, the company initially produced wooden toys. It was only in 1947 when they started venturing in plastic interlocking blocks after they’ve seen a sample from Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks. They tweaked the design that they saw and started producing their own version that soon made up half of the company’s production by the early ‘50s.

However, it was only when Christiansen’s son became the junior managing director of the Lego Group that the company discovered that their toys have potential in creative play. This has lead to new redesigns of their blocks so they can be more versatile.

Fans of Legos can enjoy two basic sets: the Duplo and regular Lego bricks. The Duplo are made especially for young children as they’re bigger in size than regular bricks. They’re still compatible with the regular kinds, however, so your bricks can be usable from birth to adulthood.

Like their bricks, the Lego Group aims to help foster your imagination and creativity. You can find thousands of different Lego playsets as well as mini figures to add more depth and excitement to your gameplay. You can also opt to buy bricks in bulk or even some robotic parts to create your own masterpieces.

They’re not only big in the toy industry nowadays but in pop culture as well. My little boy’s love for the Lego Movie can even be a testament to how much Lego has become a household name around the world in the recent years.

Conclusion

Without a doubt, Lego bricks are great toys to foster your little one’s development. Their different playsets even add more excitement as they offer more characters and ways to play. Choosing the best set for your will largely depend on your preference, especially on his interest. We hope the twenty listed above would be of help.

    Sandra Cobain
     

    Mum of two. Child psychologist. Ardent admirer of art, crafts and cooking. She is the head of content for BestForTheKids. When she's not busy crafting posts & researching about compelling content ideas, she can be spotted playing outdoors with her two adorable children.

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