What is your favourite set of 2018? Results...

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LEGO produced nearly 800 different sets during 2018 and we invited Brickset members to choose their favourite in our poll towards the end of the year. Now we are ready to publish the results.

More than 4000 votes were submitted but there are just 30 votes between first and second place!

Find out which 2018 set was the most popular with Brickset readers after the break...

What distinguishes 10261 Roller Coaster and 71043 Hogwarts Castle from other 2018 sets?

10261 Roller Coaster and 71043 Hogwarts Castle quickly drew away from the competition in this poll, receiving more than a quarter of the vote share. That result is not entirely surprising but demonstrates the considerable influence of novelty, scale and detail. For instance, there has been notable demand for a LEGO roller coaster since 10244 Fairground Mixer was released and nothing on this scale has been produced previously. 71043 Hogwarts Castle looks similarly spectacular on display.

Why is 21311 Voltron so popular?

Three different LEGO Ideas sets appeared in the poll and 21311 Voltron was by far the most popular, receiving 267 votes compared to 147 for 21313 Ship in a Bottle and 118 for 21315 Pop-Up Book. Once again, I think novelty played a significant role here. Mechs and robots are a common subject for LEGO models but this example is absolutely enormous and incorporates a magnificent transformation feature, unlike past sets.


Which set did you vote for and does this result surprise you? Let us know in the comments.

 

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51 comments on this article

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By in Austria,

I´ am not surprised by the score of 10261. But i´´´´´´´´´´´´´ am surprised that the Bugatti Chiron (which is not a real TECHNIC imho) got the 5 % ...

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By in United States,

No surprise on the results. I voted for the Roller Coaster because Lego pulled out all of the stops to make new pieces for the set. It was almost like monorail was back.

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By in United States,

You say novelty played a part, I say size and detail.

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By in Netherlands,

Genuinely expected Hogwarts Castle to beat the Roller Coaster.

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By in United States,

So glad Voltron did as well as it did. With Hogwarts and the roller coaster both releasing this year, I’m surprised it didn’t get over looked. I’m also surprised the James Bond car did so well. I guess different people have different interests. A strong year for sure.

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By in United Kingdom,

It was always going to be that top two, I thought.

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By in United States,

I’m really glad that Ship In a Bottle placed as high as it did. Only set in the top 10 that cost less than US $100!

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By in United Kingdom,

Be interesting to see how many people voted for a set they owned, I voted for the set I wanted the most, I have 5 of the others, but one I haven't opened yet. I imagine most people are voting for the set they think looks the best, rather than actually built etc. Its interesting they are not in price order though (wish list order)

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By in United States,

I think size and detail will always put sets at the top in this poll. I'd almost like to see this split into two polls. Maybe large vs. small sets. Yeah, large is arbitrary. Maybe 1000 pieces? 1500? I think it would be interesting to see what smaller sets are considered best of the year.

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By in United States,

I voted for the Pop-Up book, it’s my favorite set I own from 2018

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By in United States,

Heartlake City Resort was a fun build for the price. A large primary structure with multiple rooms, water slide, and a monorail (using rollar coaster track). The heart in front is a clever way to empathize the theme.

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By in United States,

Yeah! My vote won!! That’s a first. That has never happened. I’m a trend setter! :-)

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By in Romania,

They are all OK. Different people see things differently, which is why polls like this can happen. But they are irrelevant: it is not as if the majority knows best.
Back to my polybag now...

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By in Sweden,

Um... it should have been divided into different categories, like best display model (which the majority in this poll was about), the functionality and the category that should be the most important: playability. When it comes to playability I think the winner would be Go Brick me

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By in United States,

So glad that awful insult to everyone who bought all the minifig scale HP sets didn't win.

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By in United States,

I own a grand total of one set on that list. 75218 X-wing.

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By in United Kingdom,

I own the rollercoaster but not the castle, but I voted for the castle...

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By in United Kingdom,

@Norikins You took the words right out of my mouth. Ship in the bottle is another insult to ideas as it is overpriced for Ideas and has no scale to do with figures.

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By in Ireland,

I voted for the City Hospital-I demand a recount!!!!

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By in Canada,

I happy to say I own both of the top two as well as a number of the other sets on this list. Lots of great sets last year and looks like a number of great ones to come in 2019.

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By in United Kingdom,

I voted for DD as it is a set I own and the rollercoaster and Hogwarts castle are far too big for the small area I have to display, (1 Modular building sized set at a time) so I am constantly demolishing and rebuilding sets.

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By in United States,

I'm not at all surprised about the top five results. The three best this year I think are the Roller Coaster, Hogwarts Castle, and the Downtown Diner. Also, the Voltron set and the Docks set were equally as impressive.

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By in United States,

As someone who dislikes HP, I love the Castle and I really want to get it. I find the Coaster kind of ugly, but to each their own.

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By in Canada,

I'm glad to see that Voltron fared so well. I recall reading the comments in the review Brickset had posted and being a bit mystified by the seeming general indifference to the set. It was easily my favorite set last year, delivering heaping amounts of childhood nostalgia and clever modern Lego engineering and design.

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By in United States,

I voted for Voltron. I was amazed by its size. Building the thing was so fun. Watching the lions take shape was great.

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By in United States,

Voted for Voltron even though I don't have it.

Yet.

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By in United States,

I loved Hogwarts for getting the founders minifigs for my collection, but sold off the rest as too big to keep around just for display—and frankly like Wizarding World minifig-central sets better anyhow. But my son and nieces love to play with the Roller Coaster. That gave it the nod for me.

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By in Germany,

I would be interested to know how many of those who voted for Voltron come from outside the US, and if those voted for it because of the robot-techniness or because they actually knew the show.

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By in United Kingdom,

Voted for the Aston Martin, it was a big deal for me as a Bond fan and had some really interesting building techniques.

It was a great year overall.

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By in France,

Surprised ship in bottle got so much vote.
Also that the Bond car placed so high as really disappointed by it.
I voted Hogwarts Express as I own it.

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By in Australia,

Voltron made top five. I can live with that. Gosh, it's such an awesome set.

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By in Portugal,

This only shows how good latest Lego sets are! Impossible to choose one!

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By in United States,

I'm not surprised by this line-up but it does make me wonder why there isn't more of a correlation with the best sets and the best theme. If Star Wars was second best theme with Marvel Super Heroes in fourth, where are all of the sets that made it such a great theme? Based on the results above I'd have guessed the best three themes would have been Wizarding World, Creator Expert and Ideas.

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By in United States,

The poll was about people's favorite set, not necessarily what was the best set (which btw is wholly subjective to each person's own preferences without specifically setting the poll parameters to determine what would entail a best set).

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By in United States,

Interesting Coaster won over Harry Potter when the Harry Potter Verse theme won best theme.

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By in Australia,

I guess it shouldn't surprise that the roller coaster took top spot, even though I picked the Hogwarts Great Hall.

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By in United States,

@mroper295: I think there's two key factors in Marvel's case. The first thing is that in Infinity War's case, the individual sets were somewhat weaker in service to the greater theme, such as the pod being a separate set from the Guardians' new ship, spreading out the Gauntlet -- which isn't something that say, Voltron, has to contend with, because for Ideas projects and many UCS type releases, there's an attempt to be comprehensive and make one set to rule them all. Out of the top five sets, four of them qualify for this, and I'm counting microscale Hogwarts but not City Docks.

The other and honestly imo MUCH bigger factor is their releases this year were mostly in Q1 2018 and became significantly overshadowed by later releases, I think; a lot of the more popular releases here are from later in the year and still have recent momentum.

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By in Switzerland,

I appreciate that there is criticism for some of these sets and the fact that most of those in the list of large, expensive sets. However, the Roller coaster is an amazing set - it took so much engineering to make those new Roller Coaster pieces and design a set that was sturdy and the cars can go from top to bottom by the momentum from the top. Anyone who has tried to take these track pieces and design their own set-up will appreciate this is really difficult! I am completely in love with the Roller Coaster and is such a great set for display and play.

I have the Hogwarts Castle as well, and it is also an incredible set along with all of the other sets in the list. But for me, with the year of the first large Roller Coaster set, this is definitely a worthy winner.

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By in Australia,

How did the Mack anthem not even make it into the running
It’s an excellent set and I believe it should have blown that eyesore chiron out of the water

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By in Italy,

As I thought, the top of the list is occupied by larger and expensive sets. Maybe because those sets are often objects of desire of many. It is a pity because I think there are great small sets that deserve to appear in this classification.

Glad that the Hospital 60204 is in the list. Ok, it is not a small set, but for me it was love at first sight.

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By in Germany,

@ALFIE22: the Mack is a Technic set. Not much love for Technic in general outside of Europe.

Plus, the Mack isn't even a very good Technic set. It's not a truly bad one either, but nothing special to make it worth having a place on the list of top sets.
And that's coming from a great fan of Technic sets. The last Technic set that really deserved the name was 42069, and that's from 2017, a year already full of Technic sets that pale in comparison to what the theme once was. Up to 2016 you could count on at least two or three awsome Technic sets per year, from 2017 onwards there was hardly anything that could truly even be called a Technic set. Sure, they offered the Porsche and the Bugatti, but those are basically oversized Creator Expert wannabe-sets built out of Technic elements. Technic sets don't hide their functions, especially if they are as elaborate as on the Porsche. The Bugatti otoh doesn't even have the elaborate functions going for it, only a nice exterior for a price beyond any reason. Form over substance all the way.

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By in Croatia,

I don't even like mechs and robots (unless they are cute wind-up ones) and I would still vote for Voltron because it has the best part selection and it's interestingly built.

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By in United States,

LOL I forgot what I voted for

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By in United States,

I see a lot of people complaining that this list is made up mostly of large sets. I think you're forgetting that more parts are more opportunities for detail, play features, and other cool stuff. These sets aren't popular just because they're big. They're popular because they have room for more cool stuff in them than small sets.

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By in United States,

I agree with others that have mentioned a separate category for smaller sets would be beneficial. Every year no matter what sets are released, I’m probably going to vote for a bigger one as they’re always going to be more detailed and have more capacity for play elements and design. With a separate poll, some smaller sets might have a chance to really shine, as there are quite a few small ones worthy or recognition.

Having said all of that, nothing would beat out the Rollercoaster for me, unless they made an even bigger one, ha.

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By in United States,

I see that somebody mentioned the City Hospital. I own all the top rated sets, but in fact, the hospital probably is the most interesting set for the money

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By in United States,

I'm surprised Go Brick Me beat out the Velociraptor Chase, considering how much hate Brickheadz gets on here and how much praise there was for dinosaur sets.

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By in Austria,

Both the first and second place sets looks good on display. I would like to say that being a favorite set from the voting means just how people like the set. Doesn't mean they will buy it. Because usually the price is a factor and the law of physics is undeniable, if the set is large and expensive then there are much more possibility and complexity involved in making it. And so it suppose and should look good, else it's a failure considering the resources put into it.

I would rather select something that I could already go out and buy it the next day without thinking for a second, that means a match of 'design vs affordability'. But that's also subjective and depending on how much you wish to spend on the toys.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just seen this. My first reaction is that the winner, and in fact 3 of the top 5, don't rely on external licensing. Not that I don't like or buy sets that use licensed IP, but those 3 are the 3 of the top 5 that I bought as well. I voted for Roller Coaster, I think that's the best set of its type for a while.

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By in United States,

Not too surprised by the results of the poll. Clearly the top two are Creator Expert 10261 Roller Coaster and Wizarding World 71043 Hogwarts Castle: both are in the two-digit percentiles (15% and 14%, respectively)! Third place being NINJAGO City Docks, probably attributed to The Lego Ninjago Movie (TLNM). Fourth being the Downtown Diner, a Creator Expert, modular building, probably for it being a throwback to the "Googie" architecture era. Fifth place being 21311 Voltron, an Ideas set for its "mech" build. According to the results of the poll: excellent set for play, the Roller Coaster, and the excellent set for display, the Hogwarts Castle.

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