There will always be parents looking at gender bias in toys and one of the great things about LEGO is that there are just as many sets designed for girls as there are for boys. There are some sets that are clearly targeted at the female markets due to their themes, characters and colors, such as LEGO Friends, but there are others that are a little more unisex and give girls a chance to play with ideas that other toys might not allow.
The following LEGO sets and themes showcase the breadth of building kits available to girls, from the super-girly fantasy lands of LEGO Disney Princess and LEGO Elves to the alternative gaming and scientific sets of LEGO Ideas and LEGO Minecraft. No matter what your young daughter is into, there is sure to be a range to their liking and the selection of sets within will entertain them for hours.
Disney Princess LEGO Sets
When you think of LEGO sets for girls, there is one theme that probably stands out immediately: the LEGO Disney Princess range. There are plenty of classic characters to choose from, each with their own unique palace and accessories. Sleeping Beauty can be found in her Royal Bedroom, complete with spinning wheel, while Jasmine rides her magic carpet to her Exotic Palace and Ariel explores the hidden rooms of her Undersea Palace. There are also plenty of Frozen themed sets, including the two palaces and the Sleigh Adventure, so kids can create an expansive winter wonderland and re-enact the film.
LEGO are always coming up with new creations to bring these Disney films to life, such as the Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel sets that are due in 2016, and an interesting sideline in this range is the set of Disney Palace Pets kits. These sets add new depth to the fantasy lands and storylines with cute animals. These pampered pets can go to a palace ball, have a makeover at a salon and ride around in Cinderella’s carriage. To find out more about the different castles, characters and pets that are available, check out the current range: http://toyathlon.com/lego-disney-princess-sets.
Cuusoo Research Institute 21110 LEGO Set
The LEGO Ideas range of building sets takes fan concepts and turns them into reality. The LEGO Cuusoo Research Institute takes its name from the former name of the LEGO Ideas branch and offers something completely different for girls that are into science and discovery. Astronomy sets and other scientific elements have been included in some of the more girl-friendly ranges in the past, such as LEGO Friends, but this Research Institute provides a more realistic look at women in scientific professions, as conceived by geoscientist Ellen Kooijman.
The three mini-figures in this science center – a chemist, astronomer and paleontologist – are all female and each have distinct looks, perhaps providing young girls with a model to relate to. The three stations sit together on a 6×6 baseplate to form the larger institute, but they also work well as individual sets. Dinosaur lovers have have buildable dinosaur skeleton and magnifying glass, aspiring chemists ave a cabinet full of bottles and tools and keen stargazer have a telescope and sky chart. Also included in the box is a booklet with information on the different professions to inspire kids further. Girls can either focus in on a specific discipline or combine the three for some incredible scientific discoveries.
Disney’s Moana LEGO Sets
There is no doubt that LEGO are keen to bring in some diversity to their ranges for girls. There are all kinds of figures and situations for different tastes – from the Disney princesses to the DC villains. The current range of Disney Princesses is what we would expect. There are lots of traditional characters and castles to go with them. Disney’s Moana is different because this film provides a strong female character from an entirely different background and culture. This girl from a fictional Pacific Island called Te Fiti explores the ocean to save her home and provides another look at this culture and part of the world. She is joined by Maui, Heihei the rooster and other animal friends as they fight off the Kakamora.
LEGO have created some sets that highlight the beauty of the world of Moana and the story being told. Once the film has been released and becomes a sure hit, this range is sure to increase to the levels of the LEGO Frozen kits. At the moment, kids can build LEGO Disney Moanas Island Adventure 41149 Set to explore the island further and set sail on a beautiful boat with the LEGO Disney Moanas Ocean Voyage 41150 Set. Click Here for Moana LEGO Sets – http://toyathlon.com/disneys-moana-lego-sets/
DC Super Hero Girls LEGO Sets
LEGO sets for girls have shown that there are lots of different themes and ideas that female players can attach to. A new range for 2016 has taken this even further. The LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Sets is an expansion of the highly-popular DC range that includes many Batman scenes and his main rivals, like The Joker and The Penguin. This is a great move by LEGO, especially with the rise of Harley Quinn as an anti-hero and the success of Supergirl.
Here we see the world through female eyes with some of the girls of the DC universe. There is the LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Harley Quinn to the Rescue Set where Harley battles Kryptonites, the stylised LEGO DC Super Hero Girls Batgirl Batjet Chase 41230 Set and the LEGO DC Super Hero Girls 41232 Super Hero High School, which features Lena Luthor, Supergirl and Poison Ivy. Each set adds a little more girly fun for a younger age range, perhaps bringing the characters to a new audience. The other selling point here is the style of the minifigures. Rather than using the trademark shapes of the male DC figures, they share the doll-like features of the LEGO Friends. Click Here for the DC Super Hero Girls LEGO Sets
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Set
Another scientific LEGO toy that offers something that girls and their parents may not have been expecting is the Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft set. This is less of a building kit and more of a science project, although it does still include authentic LEGO elements with the promise of some interesting constructions. The tag line here is to “teach your bricks new tricks”, as it brings some physics lessons to the art of LEGO that can add a new dimension to creations. There are 10 moving machines that can be created using the components in the box. In addition to the 33 LEGO pieces, players will also find balls, string and paper.
The complexity and lessons behind this Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft kit mean that the set has a recommended age limit of 8 and above. An added bonus here is the inclusion of the 80 page manual which gives guidance on the different projects and the science behind them. This clever collaboration is a great alternative LEGO toy for any pre-teen that is starting to become more interested in the way the world works and wants more of a challenge with their LEGO projects.
Elves LEGO Sets
The beauty of LEGO sets is that they let kids use their imagination for impressive builds and engaging stories. The level of detail to the characters and situations in the LEGO Elves sets, however, is surprisingly immersive. The different characters have different powers and personalities and they are all looking for their respective mystical keys to help Emily Jones return to her world. There is Aira the wind elf, Nadia the water elf, Azari the fire elf and Farran the earth elf. Farren can rest in the Crystal Hollow, Nadia has an Adventure Ship for exploring the seas, Aira has a Creative Workshop to help her build a flying machine and Azari has a Magical Bakery that hides a big secret.
The detail in these sets means there there is plenty to entertain young girls that want to help these fun characters reach their goals. Each set comes with accessories and animals, such as the dolphin in the Spa Secret set, and there are plenty to choose from. Players can follow the whole adventure from the grand Treetop Hideaway where the elves meet Emily to the Sky Castle where they must defeat Skyra. To see the full range so far, click on the following link: http://toyathlon.com/lego-elves-sets.
LEGO Friends Sets
The LEGO Friends range is one that LEGO designed specifically with girls in mind because not only are there lots of fun situations for the female characters to interact with, these minifigures are more realistic in their appearance, making them much more appealing to girls that want to play with LEGO and dolls. The girls also have their own personalities, which can add more depth to the creative play. Livi immediately stands out, as the superstar of the group, but there is also the more creative Emma and the scientific Oliva, who comes with her Exploration Car.
This range of LEGO Friends sets has been building steadily and there is a great selection of 2016 sets to accompany the 2015 and build upon the different sub-themes. A large part of the series revolves around the town of Heartlake where the girls can shop and relax. 2015 brought us sets like the Food Market and Hotel and new models for 2016 include the Supermarket and Cupcake Cafe. 2016 also sees an expansion on Livi’s pop star world, with the TV Studio and Pop Star House, and a series of Adventure Camp sets that takes the girls on holiday. For more information and gift ideas, check out this LEGO Friends link: http://toyathlon.com/lego-friends-sets.
Minecraft LEGO Sets
The final range to be mentioned in this guide to the top LEGO sets for girls is one that doesn’t appear to be that girly on first impressions. The LEGO Minecraft range is one of those unisex themes that can appeal to girls as much as boys – if they enjoyed playing the computer game, they will enjoy playing with the LEGO models. These sets take the basic elements of the games, such as the character, baddies and collectibles and present them in brick form – a style that really suits this game. Steve can hunt for resources like coal and Redstone in many dangerous locations, such The Mine and Dungeon, and battle against creepers and zombies.
The objective of Minecraft is to build a personalized world through these resources and to expand horizons and the 2016 Minecraft LEGO sets are the ideal way to do this in 3D form. Sets like the Snow Hideout and Desert Outpost provide a change of scenery and new elements to find as players expand their world past the mines. There is also the chance to fight Ghast in the Nether Fortress. The popularity of Minecraft means that the range could expand further in the future. To see the current LEGO Minecraft range, click the following link: http://toyathlon.com/lego-minecraft-sets.