I’ve been a lifetime fan of LEGO, although there have been lapses here and there. I kind of filled the available space at one time and then changed tack to more guitar-related matters and shifted most of those sets to other younger family members. Alas those young’uns no longer seem to be the slightest bit interested in LEGO - choosing to build within the virtual realm instead - on apps / games like Minecraft and Terraria.
Which is a crying shame really as 2018 has been another bumper year for LEGO, and I’ve even managed to fit in a couple of the smaller sets for myself - both of which of course are included here. I still want the Disney Castle that came out a couple of years ago - even though I have no space for it! and even though I actually really prefer the New Hogwarts Castle that was released this year - which I also have no space for.
In any case - some excellent sets this year of all sizes and right through the price-range - who knows - I may actually end up with one or two somewhere along the way...
A brilliant resource that I came across which I had not properly encountered before is BrickSet.com - which lists out every LEGO set there ever was - a brilliant reference point for LEGO.
Anyway, sets are listed out / pictured in ascending order of price - ranging from £30 for Tron to £350 for Hogwarts!:
As a big fan of Tron - I love the simplicity and elegance of this set which I had to have - lovely use of neon LEGO parts and a solid model which is fun to build.
This is a very secret set that is sold solely at LEGO HQ's local Billund Airport - although some enterprising sorts have bought a few sets and are offering them on Ebay.
NOTE - this is something of red herring as after I had completed the visual etc. I noted that this set was first available in 2016! - I'm leaving it in in any case as it's suitably rare and will be new to many!
This was the second set I acquired this year - a really fun build - although the raised arm assembly is somewhat precarious and I'm not a big fan of some of the 'curtain-wall' construction methods deployed here as parts of this model are a little delicate - it looks great though.
This is the first of my recommended Technic sets - a sort of remote-controlled custom Volvo digger where you can also build a couple of other models - probably the least appealing visually of the 3 Technic models I feature here - but by far the most fun to build / transform and 'play' with. Note that it comes with a really cool drone too!
The Mansion from the horror-stalking part of the really rather good Jurassic World sequel. This is a fantastic play set for kids - with lots of interesting little nooks and crannies - and two really cool dinosaur figures from the film.
The coolest Iron Man build to date - the full-on Hulk Buster suit with an assortment of lab essentials - this is a great gift for younger Marvel fans.
A fantastic classic USA style truck with container trailer / payload. Lots of great little details here - and it looks amazing.
For those that can't afford and don't have the space for the enormous Ultimate Edition Millennium Falcon at 3 times the price of this one. This Kessel edition however retains most of the really cool parts with lots of the ship's more interesting areas accessible within the model.
This for the more eco-centric of you! A genuine working modern Wind Turbine.
This is both fantastic in concept and execution - a full-size anthropological Gundam style robot made from 5 robotic big cats - which combine together to make this sort of transformer style mechanoid.
I had the Ninjago Pagoda/Village which is also excellent - but this takes that sort of to the next level with all manner of clever functional building types combined into one brilliant coherent unit.
A fantastic Roller Coaster set which you can build in multiple different ways - and make as simple or complicated as you like. I've seen several LEGO fans combine a number of these sets and use some really clever build-techniques for some fantastic fantasy Roller Coaster structures.
This is sort of a slimmed down set compared to the magnificent Death Star - but along very similar lines with lots of memorable scene areas from The Empire Strikes Back film.
LEGO famously made a life-size working model of this set too - which is one of the coolest Technic sets created to date - based on the world fastest production sportscar - or at least it was at one stage - but these records change quickly. In any case a really good looking and faithful replication of the source vehicle which alas the James Bond Aston Martin DB7 was not!
And then leaving the best until last - my favourite set of the year - a totally fantastic Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle with just an incredible wealth of detail and some really smart build features with very unique pieces. It's a large model and you will need quite a lot of space to accommodate this!