The Brickset 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 5

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Part five of the 2018 Brickset Holiday Gift Guide is focused upon the largest sets produced during this year, priced at more than $200 in the US.

There are seven sets within this bracket and you can view them all here. Find out which sets the Brickset team has selected after the break...


CapnRex101

70657 NINJAGO City Docks ($229.99, £199.99, 229.99€)

70657-170620 NINJAGO City was undoubtedly among the most impressive sets released in 2017 and its successor, 70657 NINJAGO City Docks, is similarly outstanding in my opinion. This model seems slightly more realistic than the structure from last year and it looks spectacular on display, featuring some wonderful building techniques and a brilliant selection of useful pieces.

Furthermore, the minifigure selection is excellent and this set offers tremendous play value, including many different buildings for the characters to inhabit and explore. I am equally satisfied with the price so can wholeheartedly recommend this set, even to those who do not own 70620 NINJAGO City!

You can read our review here.


iso3200

10261 Roller Coaster ($379.99, £299.99, 329.99€)

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There are seven sets in this category, all different beasts, all good in their own ways, and most demanding a decent sized shelf. As I only own one of them it’s hard to give a solid recommendation based on my own experiences, so instead I’ll declare my wants in public.

Dear Santa, if I promise to be good, will you bring me a 10261 Roller Coaster? I don’t really have room for it. It is the most impractical for me to own for sure. But it fills my desire glands like no other set in the group. Why? Because it’s so cool! I want to play with it. I want to play with it now - and then add motors to it as soon as I possibly can.

Currently it’s the king of the fairground series, and I can’t see that crown being taken anytime soon. It’s a future classic. Highly desirable!

You can read our review here.


MeganL

71043 Hogwarts Castle ($399.99, £349.99, 399.99€)

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I'm not a NINJAGO collector, but like many non-NINJAGO collectors, I had to get my hands on 70657 NINJAGO City Docks when it came out earlier this year. That would have been my selection for this price range if it hadn't been for 71043 Hogwarts Castle.

I'm a Harry Potter fan, but even for those who aren't, this is a terrific build that goes quickly for such a large set. The individual rooms are rendered very effectively, much more so than I would have anticipated for a microscale building. The same goes for the nanofigs. I just may have bought a couple of these sets to gift to family members - also Potter fans, of course.

You can read our review here.


FlagsNZ

42082 Rough Terrain Crane ($299.99, £229.99, 229.99€)

42082-1For a multitude of reasons, I would like to recommend 42082 Rough Terrain Crane for the Brickset Holiday Gift Guide for sets above $200. The Rough Terrain Crane has the largest parts count for any Technic set and so it represents quite good value for money. The model is also incredibly strong; the outriggers are capable of lifting the chassis off the ground.

However, what makes the Rough Terrain Crane the feature set for 2018 is its ingenious gearbox. This makes operating all of its Power Functions really easy. So if you are planning to give this set as a gift, or are lucky enough to receive it, there will be hours of fun building the model and then you will be rewarded with lots of Technic play features.

You can read our review here.


Huw

10261 Roller Coaster ($379.99, £299.99, 329.99€)
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Fans have waited patiently for a LEGO rollercoaster and this year they’ve been spoiled for choice with no less than 3 to choose from. However, the biggest and best is of course the flagship Creator Expert set 10261 Roller Coaster that provides for hours of fun, particularly when motorised.

Before you buy it, just make sure the recipient has room for it because it’s huge! Older kids and adults may prefer 42083 Bugatti Chiron, the ultimate LEGO super car and Technic set: It offers a wonderful – and challenging – build and the completed model looks superb.

You can read our review here.


Are you hoping to receive any sets within this price range and what would you recommend to others? Let us know in the comments.

20 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I would love to acquire one of these sets in the price bracket, but they are rather expensive.

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By in United States,

I agree with the Meg here...the Hogwart's Castle is a tremendous set with all the iconic scenes/room builds and incredible looking castle display.
I just don't know where to put it. That's a drawback for me on anyone thinking of it with limited space. My shelves hold almost all my models and I still have the Helicarrier on my dining table so I don't have a proper spot. And this castle looks so great on display it needs a nice dedicated spot to enjoy it.

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By in United States,

@legoDad42: Unfortunately, for an article about this price bracket there are few sets for which space WOULDN'T be a concern. The most compact would probably be Ninjago City Docks, with a comfortable 32x48 stud footprint dictated by the baseplates—and even that's bigger than your average modular building.

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By in United States,

Within this price range, Ninjago City Docks is the one I most want to own personally, but I think the Roller Coaster is also a fantastic recommendation, particularly for a non-specified recipient. It is definitely the set that would probably resonate with the most people regardless of age, hobbies, or interest in a particular brand/IP.

I’m a little surprised that of these sets, Ninjago City Docks is owned by the most Bricksetters (clearly a lot has changed since the days when sites like Brickset disregarded Ninjago as bizarre kid stuff that would never last long, let alone be of much interest to AFOLs), but not at all surprised that the Roller Coaster surpasses it and all the rest as Most Wanted!

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By in United Kingdom,

If I could choose one it would be the Hogwarts Castle, even though I'm not a Harry Potter fan, but both the big Ninjago sets from this year and last look great!

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By in United States,

I am not a Harry potter fan. In fact, I hate Harry Potter. I must agree though that Hogwarts castle would be great for parts! My top pick though would be ninjago city docks. If only I could afford such sets...

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By in United States,

The only set for me in this price range is Betrayal at Cloud City. I've been waiting for a new edition of Cloud City ever since 10123 went OOP. I would have preferred it in a modular style, but whatever its defects, I won't let this one get by me.

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By in United States,

Unfortunately I have not the funds to dream that high.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have the Docks sitting under my tree.
I anticipate building it on Xmas day and maybe running over to boxing day......

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By in France,

I have the Docks, just waiting to find time to build it. The castle looks amazing

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By in Singapore,

I beg to differ about that roller coaster. True, it's massive, but that's all it is. It's not even attractive to look at. After taking up so much space, I decided to change it up for the joker's manor which, in my opinion, is more fun, and definitely the more attractive roller-coaster display set.

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By in United Kingdom,

I managed to pick up the Rough Terrain Crane... for £140 as a Black Friday deal... and have no regrets about playing with my Christmas present to myself a month early. And, yes... I did the side-by-side comparison with my 42009 Mobile Crane Mk II as well :oD

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't wait to build Hogwarts. I've had it since Leicester Square's presales in mid August and I've never had the time to build it. If it lives up to my expectations, it'll be the best set of the year, and one of the best I've ever built. No room until after the Christmas decorations come down, though...

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By in Canada,

I don't have any of these and don't expect I will ever have any of these. However, in terms of pure want, I'd say the Hogwarts Castle is at the top of the list. I don't even like Harry Potter, but that thing looks amazing. Saw it at my local LEGO brand store and the sheer scale and details included are IMPRESSIVE. It definitely has the wow factor.

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By in United States,

Will you please add links to the other parts of The Brocket Holiday Gift Guide labeled with the price range each one includes?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Look below the comments vv

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By in United States,

@johnnie_tee: Besides its size, I think another thing working in its favor is that even if it's not a subject everyone finds pretty, it's one a lot of people will strongly recognize and relate to whether or not they follow a particular TV or movie series. Also, it's got a kinetic component that an additional "wow factor" when showing it off to guests, though I suspect it's not the kind of thing people would keep running constantly due to how noisy motorized sets can be.

I remember being really enamored with the K'nex roller coasters back in the day, and if anything, those were even uglier due to their gappy, function-over-form building style and bright neon colors. If you type K'nex into Google Images, the first search suggestion is "K'nex roller coaster", and most of the search results (from the elaborate original models from the 90s to the newer, simpler designs with more flexible tracks) are pretty gaudy to look at and not nearly as accurate to a "real life" look as the LEGO version.

@Huw: Ooh, I never noticed those "related article" links down there before! That's a really great feature especially for "developing stories", like new D2C or Ideas sets which might have separate articles about their first announcement/reveal, their press release with official photos and description, their designer video, their official release on LEGO.com and at LEGO brand retail, a Brickset review that might be broken into anywhere from one to three parts, etc.

I kind of wish I had the time or know-how to put something like that together for some of the BZPower articles where I write about stuff like ongoing LEGO TV or web video series (usually I have to just stick a link to the previous news story about the subject somewhere in the article).

Of course, I know that's the least of our site's news articles, considering it's been so long since we had a major site update, I'm barely pulling my weight as a reporter these days, and I still haven't even figured out how to upload photos to the site via FTP and always wind up having to leave image-heavy news stories to other people. XP

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By in United States,

The three sets on my wish list in this price range are:
1. Assembly Square
2. Roller Coaster
3. Disney Castle

I'm currently planning on letting my VIP points build through the end of 2019 and then picking one to buy first. If one is mentioned for possible retirement, it will be that one.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have the Chiron on my wish list. But I'll wait for it to come down in price. It also has the advantage of not having such a huge footprint!

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By in United States,

Roller Coaster for the win!

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