• The Best of 2011

    Compiled by Jarod98. Updated 23 October 2010. Contains 45 sets.
    Have you ever wondered, "What's the best set from {insert theme name} in 2011?". Well this BrickList answers that question! This is like the Hall of Fame or the Pro Bowl; the best Lego sets coming together to meet and compete. Most sets here will amaze you, some will make you cringe when they have to represent their theme. I've avoided building this based on opinions; these are facts. Truly, the best of 2011.

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21009: Farnsworth House

5 reviews
Pieces
546
RRP
$59.99, £54.99, €59.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail - limited
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
I'm not much of a fan of the Architecture theme, but even though their prices are absurd the models turn out to be very nice. If I was an AFOL and had the money I'd be buying these sets, but sadly that's not true. This set does display the Farnsworth House nicely and gives great detail. The price, $59.99, may not be appealing to collectors, but once you get the finished model you'll know that this was a smart buy.
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1508 own this set, 932 want it.

7985: City of Atlantis

5 reviews
Pieces
686
Minifigs
5
RRP
$69.99, £49.99, €69.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
There sure are a lot less Atlantis sets this year than there were last year which makes it easier to pick, but even if there were 100 I'm sure this set would still be #1. A few great thing about this set (and the other 2011 Atlantis sets) are that the divers look better than the ones last year and the creatures look better than the ones from last year. This set basically sums up this year's Atlantis into one set because it has two awesome creatures, two divers, and a statue of Poseidon (not to mention all the awesome rounded 2x2 columns). So this set is definitely the best out of this theme, nice job Lego!
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1922 own this set, 1212 want it.

5933: Airport Building Set

2 reviews
Pieces
310
Minifigs
2
RRP
$19.99, £19.99, €19.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Bricks and More came out with some nice sets this year, but this has got to be the nicest. The pieces are great and the figs look good; there's nothing to hate about this set, it even has a Brick Separator! So, any fan of Bricks and More would be crazy not to want this set. Priced at $19.99 this really is a good buy for the pieces. The only problem is that they don't use advanced pieces like the Star Wars sets, but they still are necessities to any fan of Lego.
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477 own this set, 191 want it.

8484: Ultimate Building Lightning McQueen

2 reviews
Pieces
242
RRP
$29.99, £25.99, €29.99
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
I know you may wonder why I didn't put the '8679-1: Tokyou International Circuit' set or the '8487-1: Flo's V8 Cafe' set. Well it's because I think that the ultimate builds are better than the normal Cars sets. This set is even better than the other two ultimate builds as this one has Ultimate Build Lightning McQueen and a normal-sized version of Guido. Guido also has a flag. Not much more can be said so let us move on.
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1053 own this set, 315 want it.

7189: Mill Village Raid

8 reviews
Pieces
663
Minifigs
6
RRP
$69.99, £66.99, €69.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
I really like the new Kingdoms sets Lego's coming out with. This set is showing what it's like in the villagers life and they're bringing it out in an interesting way. The new animals that come in this set are outstanding. This is really showing Lego's full potential of Kingdoms. This set includes six minifigures, tons of animals, a barn, a windmill, and a few other items. So if this is Kingdoms' last year, Lego's capping it off on a good mark.
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3722 own this set, 2009 want it.

4645: Harbour

5 reviews
Pieces
551
Minifigs
4
RRP
$89.99, £71.99, €79.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
I've had trouble staying planted on one set from the City theme since there are so many subthemes and each has it's own 'big' set. The reason I picked this one was because Police (the subtheme) has had a long career of Lego, so I didn't want to pick a reigning champ. The reason I picked this set over the '3368-1: Space Centre' is because this set seems to have more to it. I mean the boat is huge as is the harbor and the design and detail are great. It's really great though and so that's why I picked this set to represent City.
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2286 own this set, 1726 want it.

8803: Elf

16 reviews
Pieces
8
Minifigs
1
RRP
$2.99, £1.99
Related sets
Included in 8803-17
Might be in 8803-0
Bricklist notes
All Collectible Minifigures are the same size and price, so I had to pick the Collectible Minifigure I liked the most. The one is my favorite for a few reasons. One, is that the hair piece is really awesome (I love the ears). Another is that he comes with an awesome bow and a cool shield. The cape is really cool too. The design for the torso and legs is great also. So, overall everything is great.
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5560 own this set, 1447 want it.

5770: Lighthouse Island

12 reviews
Pieces
518
Minifigs
1
RRP
$39.99, £40.99, €39.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This set is even more ravishing then the '5766-1: Log Cabin'. It features a really cool lighthouse (I hear it can light up) and yet another minifig. The seagulls look really cool, too. With this being such a cool design and having 518 pieces I was surprised it was only $39.99, so this really has to be one of the best Creator sets ever (although I loved the '5766-1: Log Cabin', this set is much better).
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4781 own this set, 1848 want it.

9349: Fairytale and Historic Minifigure Set

2 reviews
Pieces
227
Minifigs
22
RRP
$49.99, £39.99, €47.50
Bricklist notes
Dacta just doesn't make much sense to me. I'm not sure what the goal is for the theme, but it seems like it's just about everything. This year there's two minifig sets, a wheels set, and a harbor set. There's so many reasons why I choose this set, but the main one is that I love historic themes, infact the only thing I don't like is the mermaid (I hate mermaids). This set includes an amazing 22 minifigs, plus a few small builds. If this is anywhere in stores near you there's no reason not to buy it unless you hate history (and who does!?).
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541 own this set, 593 want it.

5681: Police Station

Pieces
60
Minifigs
4
RRP
£49.99, €59.99
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66393-1
Bricklist notes
Duplo is one of those themes I hate, but sadly this theme has to have some sort of "good" set to stand out. This set seems to fit the job. This set features a police station, policeman vehicles, and four figs (since they're not "mini"). This is the one Duplo set that shows some good stuff in Duplo.
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162 own this set, 47 want it.

3856: NinjaGo

1 review
Pieces
245
Minifigs
10
RRP
$24.99, £17.99, €24.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Games was a new theme introduced in 2009. This theme includes Lego sets that were supposed to be games. I just had to pick this one when I saw it, because first off it's got a big playing field and also has some really cool "minifigs". I won't buy this set, but if I had to buy one 2011 Games set, this would be the one.
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746 own this set, 350 want it.

853106: Ninjago Battle Arena

Minifigs
1
RRP
$19.99, £20.99, €24.99
Bricklist notes
It's very hard to pick a set for Gear since there's always so many each year. Luckily, this year was very easy as this set stood out above all others. If you think about it would you rather have this or a keychain or magnet? For someone who's into the NinjaGo theme, this will actually be very useful. This isn't just an arena as it also includes Sensei Wu and his spinner. All that for $19.99 is a great deal.
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261 own this set, 129 want it.

10217: Diagon Alley

8 reviews
Pieces
2025
Minifigs
12
RRP
$149.99, £132.99, €149.99
Packaging
Box
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
I'm no expert on Harry Potter, but I've been around Lego long enough to know that this is the best Harry Potter set ever (and it may never be topped). Not only is this a great set, but it was the first to grace this BrickList. If there were such thing as a Lego Hall of Fame, then this would probably one of the first inducted into it. I'm not a big fan of Harry Potter, so I'm not sure how accurate this is, but even if it's not very accurate, who can say this was not the best HP set ever? This sports 12 minifigs and 2025 pieces. At $149.99, it is a real bargain as far as the price-per-piece ratio goes.
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3101 own this set, 2026 want it.

2235: Fire Lord

5 reviews
Pieces
125
RRP
$19.99, £17.99
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Obviously it was really hard to pick only one set from the HERO Factory theme. You've got the 2.0 Heroes, the Villains, and now the 3.0 heroes. Lucky for me, it was simple to decide the winner of the Villains, since the 3.0 Heroes' pics aren't out, I obviously couldn't pick one of those, and the 2.0 Heroes really stunk (in my point of view). So I went with the "2235-1: Fire Lord" set. This set is definetly this biggest and best set out of all the HERO Factory sets. I like he looks in general and his weapons. So my vote for HERO Factory goes to Fire Lord.
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660 own this set, 300 want it.

10220: Volkswagen T1 Camper Van

13 reviews
Pieces
1332
RRP
$119.99, £79.99, €99.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail - limited
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This is another one of the greats for this year. All the different features make it definitely worth the $119.99. This set features doors that open, a realistic engine, a detailed dashboard, plus a sink and lots of seating. The 'VW' logo piece on the front is another nice touch (something tells me they had to sign a contract to use the name, although the logo isn't very acurate). Hopefully they make more sets like these (more Volkswagen sets would be nice).
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6361 own this set, 1956 want it.

3300006: London Bus

Pieces
117
Instructions
Yes
Notes
London Westfield store grand opening set, 27th February 2011.
Bricklist notes
Those in London who were able to get this are very lucky. This set offers a great design and at a great price, FREE! With this being a small design there's not much I can say. This definitely would be nice with the '10214-1: Tower Bridge'. This also gives a great amount of red bricks.
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40 own this set, 320 want it.

20200: Space Designer

5 reviews
Pieces
178
Minifigs
1
RRP
$29.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
LEGO exclusive
Instructions
Yes
Notes
Master Builder Academy Kit 1.
Released May 2011 in US only.
Related sets
Included in 4659018-1
Bricklist notes
This set is the beinning launch into the wonderful Master Builder Academy. The Master Builder Academy (or MBA for short) is an "academy" for Lego fans to learn the techniques of the master builders at Lego. This set includes a Level One Minifig, 178 bricks to build the three models and learn about Space Design, a Brick Separator, and a box to separate your Legos. It's a good deal for $29.99, hopefully this set won't be discontinued when the next one comes out.
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1230 own this set, 359 want it.

4000001: Moulding Machines

Pieces
795
Instructions
Yes
Notes
Set given to tour attendees, May 2011.
Bricklist notes
The attendees of the May 2011 Lego Tour were given quite a treasure. This set features a model of the molding machines they use to mold Lego bricks. Think about it, Lego Molding Machines making bricks that were used to replicate themselves. I really hope torviag (the Brickset member who went on the tour) enjoys either building this set or keeping it MISB and watching the price go up on eBay some day.
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19 own this set, 594 want it.

Polar Bear

Pieces
45
RRP
$0, £0
Packaging
None (loose parts)
Availability
LEGO exclusive
Notes
January 2011
View instructions
Bricklist notes
Obviously the Monthly Mini Model Builds aren't all that much. This set is a polar bear, and the MMMB for January 2011. Living near a Lego store definitely has it's advantages and this one of them, so don't think that this isn't worth it because it's small because it's better to go in and get this set than not at all. So if you live near a Lego Store, it's a good idea to pick one up (while they're available).
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97 own this set, 121 want it.

2507: Fire Temple

5 reviews
Pieces
1180
Minifigs
7
RRP
$119.99, £91.99, €119.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This set has got to be one of the biggest sets this year. At 1180 it is one of the biggest sets of the year. This set has 7 minifigs, plus a dragon. The Fire Temple is two stories high and can be connected to the dragon. My guess is that this will be $119.99.
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1881 own this set, 1217 want it.

7327: Scorpion Pyramid

10 reviews
Pieces
792
Minifigs
7
RRP
$99.99, £71.99, €99.99
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Pharaoh's Quest is definitely a cool new theme in 2011. Pharaoh's Quest is basically the reintroduction of Adventurers, but with the next generation. This set is obviously the best out of the theme since it's the biggest, has awesome minifigs, and a cool pyramid. The car and scorpion add to the awesomeness. So why shouldn't this set represent Pharaoh's Quest on this BrickList?
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1973 own this set, 1115 want it.

4195: Queen Anne's Revenge

10 reviews
Pieces
1094
Minifigs
9
RRP
$119.99, £102.99, €129.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Pirates of the Carribean has got to be the most anticipated new theme of 2011. It's got great design, awesome minifigs, and cool ships. This set by-far is the best of the theme (although the '4184-1: Black Pearl' may pose a threat), it's got seven awesome minifigs and over 1,000 pieces pouring into an awesome ship. I haven't ever seen the movies, but I know that this has got to be 99.99% movie-accurate.
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4189 own this set, 1993 want it.

88002: Train Motor

1 review
Pieces
7
RRP
$13.99, £11.99, €13.99
Packaging
Polybag
Availability
LEGO exclusive
Related sets
Included in 5001925-1 5003540-1
Bricklist notes
This may not seem like much, but this little set can help you motorize almost any Lego Train. The '10219-1: Maersk Train', for example can be motorized by using a few of these (I'm not exactly sure how, but it can be done). So for $13.99, you can motorize just about any Train.
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738 own this set, 269 want it.

8231: Vicious Viper

Pieces
96
RRP
$12.99, £9.99, €11.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
It was very hard to decide the winner for Racers since it's one of those themes that has a lot of the same size sets, so it all comes down to design. I thought this set was the best out of all of the sets in its group because of its size and great design. Hopefully, Lego will make a Racers set that stands out from all the rest so it can be more clear which set deserves to be on this BrickList.
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168 own this set, 107 want it.

10231: Shuttle Expedition

6 reviews
Pieces
1230
Minifigs
3
RRP
$99.99, £81.99, €89.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
LEGO exclusive
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Replacement for 10213-1
Bricklist notes
This set seems to be a nice upgrade from the 2010 version. I actually considered buying the 2010 one, but an glad I didn't, as now there's a new version at no extra cost. At $99.99 for 1230 pieces, it's a great price-per-piece ratio. The three minifigs are also a nice touch. This will hopefully sell better than the '10213: Shuttle Adventure'.
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2082 own this set, 1456 want it.