The Brickset 2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 3

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Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

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The next Brickset Holiday Gift Guide article discusses sets which cost between $50 and $100, encompassing various larger retail sets along with some exclusive models. Sixty different products are available within this category. You can view the complete list of those here.

Find out which sets were chosen by Brickset staff members after the break...


CapnRex101

10267 Gingerbread House (£84.99, $99.99, 89.99€)

Some wonderful sets have been released within this price bracket during 2019. 60233 Donut Shop Opening and 70676 Lloyd's Titan Mech stand out in particular, most notably for younger LEGO fans.

However, I would recommend 10267 Gingerbread House which is exceptionally detailed and the building experience is enjoyable too, demonstrating several innovative techniques. The sparkly windows look magnificent and the house contains everything its gingerbread residents could require!

Those figures are another appealing aspect of this set. The simple 1x2 tile which is decorated to represent the baby is adorable and I like the different icing on the male and female gingerbread minifigures so am sure that any LEGO fan would appreciate this gift.

You can read our review here.


MeganL

41379 Heartlake City Restaurant (£54.99, $59.99, 59.99€)

I have a habit of selecting a set in the lower end of this price range to recommend, and this year is no exception. 41379 Heartlake City Restaurant is another terrific offering from Friends this year. What's more, I think this is a perfect crossover set - something that will appeal to LEGO lovers whether or not they are fans of the mini-dolls, or the general Friends theme.

There's no pink to be found in this set (save for on the box). There are new food pieces in the set, the architecture is lovely (especially those marvellous roof tiles), and the set itself would be the good start for a MOC of any kind of restaurant. It's also worth mentioning that the two marine rescue sets in this price range, 41380 Lighthouse Rescue Centre and 41381 Mission Rescue Boat, are also quite good. Yes, the Friends have had boats and a lighthouse in the past, but both sets are far more substantial than previous versions and show the Friends making a difference in the world.

For the AFOLs on your list (or one who wouldn't want a restaurant), I would recommend either the beautiful 10267 Gingerbread House or the nostalgic 21319 Central Perk.

You can read our review here.


FlagsNZ

21320 Dinosaur Fossils (£54.99, $59.99, 59.99€)

21320 Dinosaur Fossils has grown on me. It was a set that I first indicated would be a pass from me but the final model does impressed me. It bears little resemblance to the original Ideas submission as the fossils are white in colour rather than the original tan.

Nevertheless, there is scope to use this set to MOC other dinosaur skeletons and I like that the models are constructed at a similar scale to the brick-built Tyrannosaurus rex from 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage.

You can read our review here.


Huw

10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy ($99.99, £84.99, 89.99€)

There have been some truly spectacular sets released in this price bracket this year, including many of the Ideas sets.

However the one that just blew me away when I built it is 10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. The techniques and connections used to achieve the geometry of the frame and engine are truly the work of a genius. It's a joy to build, and to behold once you're done.

It's the ideal gift for your bike-loving father or partner, perhaps to re-introduce them to the joys of the brick!

You can read our review here.


Which sets costing between $50 and $100 would you recommend as gifts? Let us know in the comments.

21 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

My picks for under $50 and $100

70830 Sweet Mayhem's Systar Starship!

70831 Emmet's Dream House/Rescue Rocket!

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By in United Kingdom,

Personally, I was a big fan of 75947 Hagrid's Hut: Buckbeak's Rescue. It is admittedly expenisve, but the build is fun, the final piece looks incredible, undoubtedly the best Hagrid's Hut Lego have ever made, and the minifigures are all great. Also, 21319 Central Perk would make a great gift for a F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan, and 70831 Emmet's Dream House / Rescue Rocket would go down well with any kid or adult alike. Good picks from everyone here, and hopefully the next article will come soon!

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By in United States,

I'm probably gonna ask for the Snowspeeder, Podracer and Mandalorian AT-ST

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By in United States,

Great choices everyone! I think the 10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander is one you could add to the list as well.

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm asking for UCS Yoda for Christmas

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By in United States,

The Gingerbread House is a pretty creative and cool set, it gives me memories of making actual gingerbread houses. I wish the Donut Store set was more location-oriented than vehicle-oriented, but it still looks better than many of the other City sets we got this year. Lloyd’s Titan Mech is pretty cool, it reminds me of Gundam. The restaurant appeals to me quite a bit, even though I’m not a huge fan of mini-doll themes. Lighthouse Rescue Centre is a pretty good lighthouse, although there’s a Hidden Side coming next year. The Rescue Boat looks pretty cool (I don’t currently own a LEGO boat at that size). I don’t watch FRIENDS (I’m not much of a sitcom guy) but I definitely see the appeal of the Central Perk set. The dinosaur fossil one is awesome and you could get a lot of mileage out of it in a Jurassic Park MOC or stop-motion. The Harley Davidson is a very well-designed set, as well.

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By in United States,

Probably would have gone with Hagrid’s Hut, Hogwarts Clock Tower, or the AT-ST Raider.

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By in United Kingdom,

I got to say the Ideas Flintstones set is a great set for £54.99 worth every penny.

Great figures and build, yeh its missing some stuff but not enough to take away from the set imo.

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By in United States,

I still want the big Mustang (fingers crossed :D )

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By in Australia,

My picks are Hagrid’s hut, Central Perk or Yoda. But that’s just me.

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By in United Kingdom,

There are a few sets I'd still like from this price bracket (finances probably won't allow that, but nevermind!) but I have the 'Fat Boy' and I have to agree with @Huw, it's a wonderful set... I'd like another, maybe even in another colour.

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By in United States,

Pop Up Book definitely

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By in Netherlands,

Creator 3-in-1 Townhouse + Cafe/Petshop is a good 2019 set as well if looking for a City building without vehicles at that price range.

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By in United States,

Some of my suggestions for this price range:
* If you like animals, get the Dinosaur Fossils one. Technically all three of the animals in the set are dead but still.
* If you like the sea and stuff related to it, get the Lighthouse Rescue Center.
* If you like building exteriors, get the Townhouse Pet Shop & Café (although the interior is pretty good in this one). If you wants an interior, get the Central Perk set.
* If you like vehicles, get the Harley Davidson Fat Boy.
And that’s all for now.

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By in United States,

My pick in the $50-$100 RRP range: 76120 Batwing and Riddler Chase. It's got three excellent vehicles with loads of play scenarios, and can be purchased from Walmart for about 20-30% off its RRP of $50.

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By in France,

I like the gingerbread house, except for the fireplace which is on the outside, which I find ridiculous...

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By in Estonia,

My shopping list:
10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander
21319 Central Perk
60233 Donut Shop Opening
60203 Ski Resort
75975 Watchpoint: Gibraltar

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By in United States,

My pick for the best set out of this range is the 75249 Resistance Y-wing Starfighter.

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By in Canada,

The sets in this price range were the best of the year!
For kids and kids inside adult bodies...
41379 Heartlake City Restaurant

70676 Lloyd's Titan Mech

70679 The Ultra Dragon

70828 Pop-Up Party Bus

75948 Hogwarts Clock Tower

For Lego fans...
10267 Gingerbread House

10269 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

21319 Central Perk

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By in Canada,

It's weird that mors Lego Movie 2 sets didn't make these lists? Outside of the juniors stuff, they were all fantastic sets, and they're all on sale currently in most markets (even here in Canada, finally). If I was a parent with kids into Lego, these would be my go to buys this Christmas.

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