• Best and worst Lego City sets 2005-present

    Compiled by Firox 5000. Updated 27 December 2012. Contains 18 sets.
    A selection of Lego City models with two from each year which I consider to be the best or worst set of that year.

    16 out of 16 people thought this BrickList was helpful.

7239: Fire Truck

32 reviews
Pieces
214
Minifigs
2
RRP
$22.99, £14.99, €24.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 65702-1 65777-1 65799-1 65838-1 66174-1 66182-1 66195-1 66326-1 66357-1
Bricklist notes
Probably the best set of 2005, The truck is packed with action and plenty of acceseries including a hose,lift and boat. The set is still available and still to this day blends in very well with new lego city products.
Our community
6950 own this set, 949 want it.

7240: Fire Station

12 reviews
Pieces
260
Minifigs
3
RRP
$30, £19.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 65777-1 65778-1 65799-1 66107-1 66174-1
Bricklist notes
Somewhat the worst City perhaps in my opinion for 2005. For a firestation it feels too small and not enough action is happening. It has now rolling door,It feels juniorized and does not have a proper fire vehicle too.
Our community
1490 own this set, 875 want it.

7898: Cargo Train Deluxe

14 reviews
Pieces
856
Minifigs
5
RRP
$149.99, £102.75
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66239-1 66325-1
Bricklist notes
This one gets the edge for the best 2006 City set by a fingernail. The large amount of track ,vehicle design and variety of cargo put this one in the winniner seat of 2006.
Our community
1938 own this set, 1529 want it.

7892: Hospital

16 reviews
Pieces
382
Minifigs
4
RRP
$49.99, £29.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66193-1
Bricklist notes
Easily the worst city set of 2006. The set is very fragile and breakable and also does not blend in very well with other town/city buildings. The set is out of scale and out of all city sets to this day is in need of a remake asap.
Our community
1414 own this set, 1361 want it.

7994: LEGO City Harbour

27 reviews
Pieces
659
Minifigs
5
RRP
$89.99, £58.69
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
The biggest and best city set for 2007. The set is huge and although requires quite a lot of space when assembled is a lego city masterpiece. The fun factor of the set is amazing as you can move crates from the boat to the crane to the truck etc/; as well as that there is a little office/shop on the other side where you could make one of the characters book a boat or something. The set has hours and hours of fun in side.
Our community
2202 own this set, 2174 want it.

7944: Fire Hovercraft

7 reviews
Pieces
274
Minifigs
3
RRP
$29.99, £24.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66175-1 66177-1
Bricklist notes
The only official set in 2007 I would call junk, The set looks too bulky,juniorized and has terrible playability. The set is very fragile and some of the features do not work succesfully. This is the set of 2007 I would describe as junk!
Our community
1645 own this set, 1271 want it.

7744: Police Headquarters

22 reviews
Pieces
953
Minifigs
7
RRP
$89.99, £69.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66257-1
Bricklist notes
Despite being a recent remake this set is absolutly fantastic to detail. it is large and packed with action which includes the back of the prison cells flying off and roller gates to store the much improoved police vehicle stock. The set also has better interior such as a confession room and a water jug plus nice clear blue windows. The set originally cost £50 which was very good value for money but now cost's £70 which is a bit much. In 2011 the set will be discontinued and replaced by a newer version. If you still want this one hurry but I suggest paying more than £60.
Our community
3692 own this set, 1653 want it.

7723: Police Pontoon Plane

6 reviews
Pieces
215
Minifigs
1
RRP
$39.99, £34.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
2008 delivered a fantastic series of rereleased police sets. However unlike the rest this one is no exception. The set is too oversized and is out of scale of the other sets. It does not really contain enough figures and needs at least 2 more to gain exitement. The set is also boring and is not worth £35 which is a good job too as it was only £17.49 when released. The set is very dull and boring compared to the other police sets.
Our community
1575 own this set, 1188 want it.

7639: Camper

47 reviews
Pieces
165
Minifigs
2
RRP
$16.99, £14.99, €16.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
A set which is what all fans have been wanting post summer 2008. The set seems more pricey than a lot of the city sets but the attention to detail is fantastic, two chairs,surfboard and a mini tv. The set is a beauty on the outside and inside.
Our community
8432 own this set, 1577 want it.

7279: Police Minifigure Collection

22 reviews
Pieces
57
Minifigs
4
RRP
$9.99, £8.49, €7.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66375-1 66388-1 66389-1 66428-1
Bricklist notes
It's early days and 2011 is not here but out of what is upcoming this looks like the best one so far. The robbers,the red crowbar and the cool little quad bike with police figures.
Our community
6324 own this set, 763 want it.

4204: The Mine

1 review
Pieces
748
Minifigs
4
RRP
$99.99, £69.99, €79.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 5001134-1
Bricklist notes
2012 was quite a tricky year for choosing as there were many excellent looking City models. This set wins best City set of 2012 because of it's high level of playability and also beautiful appearance to eye on display.
Our community
2767 own this set, 1684 want it.

4439: Heavy-Lift Helicopter

5 reviews
Pieces
393
Minifigs
3
RRP
$49.99, £34.99, €39.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66427-1
Bricklist notes
This was a set that seems very disapointing despite looking promising before launch. The copter's design is rather poor with flaws in many places. The model is also not terribly realistic when you consider how many heavy police copters exist in most countries.
Our community
3506 own this set, 1360 want it.

60008: Museum Break-in

3 reviews
Pieces
563
Minifigs
6
RRP
$69.99, £49.99, €59.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This set takes the edge for the best 2013 set in my opinion because it's the first carnation of a Lego Museum and also includes greater detailed figures and decent set of vehicles too.
Our community
2334 own this set, 1633 want it.

60005: Fire Boat

1 review
Pieces
222
Minifigs
4
RRP
$29.99, £24.99, €29.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail - limited
Instructions
Yes
Notes
In the US, this set was exclusive to Walmart. Also available from Shop At Home.
Bricklist notes
Seeing the third reincarnation of the Lego fire boat in five years [the second also in this list]. The set shows no originality in design and concept. The smaller boat included doesn't add too much justice too.
Our community
1171 own this set, 981 want it.