There is no doubt that LEGO comes in all different shapes and sizes these days with the different models and kits that can be created but it is also important to remember that there are different difficultly levels too – not all sets can be thrown together in half and hour and broken up for reuse the next day. The LEGO Creator Expert sets take model building to a different level, to give keen collectors a bigger challenge with more bricks which. The effort put into these builds is always rewarded with expansive scenes and highly detailed replicas and there are plenty of subjects to choose from. The following guide will look at some of the best buildings, landmarks, vehicles and fairground rides to highlight the depth and potential of these expert models.
Creator Expert Advanced Lego Sets for 2021
1. Creator Expert Santa’s Visit Lego Set 10293
Creator Expert Christmas sets never fail to bring some extra magic and a little more fun to their builds – and the new Creator Expert Santa’s Visit Lego Set 10293 is no different. One of the best things about this set is the way that it can evolve over the holidays.
Families can enjoy building the home in the lead-up to Christmas, assembling the rooms, and adding all the decorations. There is a living room and bedroom in this two-storey build and 1445 bricks to put into place to perfect the festive scene. Once Christmas Eve comes around, kids can enjoy adding the details of the stockings on the fireplace and the cookies and milk for Santa. Then they will have to wait and see if Santa arrives to bring presents to the minifigure family. It is a set full of charming details that the whole family will love.
2. Creator Expert Titanic 10294 Lego Set
The Titanic was one of the largest cruise liners to ever sail and would still be regarded as an incredible vessel had it survived. So, it makes sense that the new Creator Expert Titanic 10294 Largest Lego Set is one of the largest LEGO sets yet. There are more than 9000 pieces that create the finer details of the different decks and rooms - from the boilers at the bottom to the extravagant dining room at the top. You also get to build the promenade and swimming pool outside. The 135cm long model sits on three supportive stands and splits into thirds for impressive cross-sections that show the class divides in full.
The other really cool thing about this Creator Expert model is the use of working parts. This is surprising for such a classic model of a real ship. You can work the propellers for the piston engines and raise and lower the anchor. The attention to detail in this 1:200 means that this is a display piece to treasure and show off to other enthusiasts with pride - just be prepared for it to be a long-term project.
3. Creator Expert Camp Nou – FC Barcelona Lego Set 10284
There will always be a great debate over which football stadium is the most impressive. Some will offer opinions based on the sheer scale of the arena, while others focus on the design of the building or the significance of the ground in the modern game. All fans of FC Barcelona will say that there is no contest and that the Creator Expert Camp Nou – FC Barcelona Lego Set 10284 proves their point in its stunning scale model.
This Creator Expert model lets keen supporters build every possible element of the stadium and game-day experience that they could think of. The stadium consists of replicas of the unmistakable stands, the vital players' tunnel, and the press booths for the media. Builders also get the fun of adding the team bus outside and decorating the stadium with stickers and flags. The final model is impressive and one that other football fans will be jealous of – regardless of who they support.
4. Lego Creator Pickup Truck Set 10290
The LEGO Creator range is always a great place to find some interesting sets with detail and scope for creative play. They give builders of different ages the chance to not only create a stunning model but to get more involved in the story behind it. That is what makes the LEGO Creator Pickup Truck Set 10290 so appealing to imaginative builders compared to some of the other trucks in other ranges.
This large LEGO set for adults focuses on a beautiful vintage pick-up that looks like it is straight out of the 1950s. It has a style in its curves and deep red paintwork that is highly appealing. The truck comes with plenty of authentic details and practical elements, such as the removable rails and hinged tailgate. But, it is the use of buildable accessories for the owner’s produce stall that gives this even more charm. This is one that builders of all ages will enjoy playing with.
5. Creator Expert Police Station Lego Set 10278
Creator Expert sets are the best place to come for modular buildings to enhance a growing town. There is always something new to add to your urban landscape and this new Creator Expert Police Station Lego Set 10278 is just what the local police force needed. The Police station is an attractive three-storey building complete with a jail cell, an area to create mug shots, and an investigation board.
The three cop minifigures will also love that there is a donut shop next door where the friendly owner will provide all they need on a well-earned break.The level of detail in this set is brilliant, from the exterior details like the signs and bird’s nest, to the newsstand and the fire escapes at the back. There is even a criminal character sneaking around that allows for imaginative play. While this set fits in brilliantly with other Creator Expert large LEGO sets, it is also a brilliant story all by itself.
6. Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft Lego Set 10291
LEGO Expert sets come in all different shapes and sizes with various themes to help builders explore their fandoms. There is room for scenes from all kinds of shows and now Queer Eye is among them. The Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft Lego Set is a recreation of the team's loft apartment and transformation area to give players the chance to see what it is like to be part of the Fab 5.
This set is pretty detailed, with minifigures for the whole team, Bruley the dog, and two figures of Kathi for before and after transformations. Players can build the apartment in stylish detail, set up the makeover areas, and enjoy fun creative play with the different accessories. The blend of props for the show and important home furnishing means that you can have fun with different storylines and create a wonderful home for the team.
7. Lego Creator Bird of Paradise Set 10289
The LEGO Creator series continues to expand into new realms with some exciting new designs. The new Botanical range from LEGO is an interesting choice for all those with a love of plants and flowers, but no means of growing them within the home. And, if you are going to go for something with real impact, there is nothing better than a Bird of Paradise. This stunning tropical plant is now in LEGO brick form with clever shapes and moving parts to add some realism.
The LEGO Creator Bird of Paradise Set 10289 consists of the big dark-green tropical leaves, the unmistakable spiky flowers on their tall stems, and a stylish black plant pot. You also get some neat little details like the purple swords as stigma and the soil. It is a unique and fun build that will look great anywhere in the house – from desks in home offices to kitchen windowsills.
8. Lego Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Set 10262
The Aston Martin DB5 is a classic design loved by car enthusiasts. So, it is no surprise that the complex LEGO set is so popular. This model lets you build the car in fine detail with great attention to all the different part and the curves in the design. It also has the right tone to the paintwork.
However, as this is the Lego Creator Expert James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Set 10262, you can expect a lot more from the features. The stick shift moves to reveal hidden machine guns and there is a rotating license plate, radar tracker and other important gadgets from Q. There is even the classic ejector seat for when you need to abort the mission. The amount of important upgrades for these missions means a lot of careful planning and construction. But, this is a challenge that many keen spies and LEGO lovers will appreciate.
9. Lego Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine Set 10268
The Lego Creator Expert Vestas Wind Turbine Set 10268 is something a little bit different and one of the biggest LEGO sets around in regard to height. This set lets you build a 1m tall wind turbine out of white bricks that are plant-based plastic. It is a fun concept for those that are a little more green-minded and like to champion renewable energy. Additional Power Functions pieces let you rotate the blades to light up the little building beneath. It is a cute idea that works on two levels.
You can enjoy this as a stand-alone model to educate the family about the potential of wind energy. Or, you could build this beside your LEGO town and show that your minifigure citizens are ready to embrace wind energy. The set also comes with minifigure technicians and their van so that the turbine is always in the best possible condition.
10. Colosseum Creator Lego Set 10276
Architecture builds are a big part of the LEGO universe as we create miniature replicas of famous landmarks across the world. When we add the Creator Expert tag in there, we know that we are going to get a project that is challenging enough to test our skill but also attractive enough to have that wow factor when it is all finished. The Colosseum Creator Lego Set 10276 is just that.
In fact, LEGO has made it sturdy on its detailed base plate so that you can pick it up and admire all the tiers in the amphitheatre and the little details. This is perfect for the features of the hypogeum structure under the floor.
This set is a celebration of Rome most famous landmark. Anyone that has been to Rome will be familiar with the scale of this structure, even though it is in ruins. This is sure to have presented a dilemma for LEGO designers – how to make this look like the perfect finished model while also looking like the old, aged ruin. They have done a brilliant job and the 9000+ pieces provide a level of detail in the architecture that matches the real thing brilliantly. The 360 degree design also increases the difficulty rating and the visual appeal when this is on display. This is a must-have for history fans.
11. Ghostbusters ECTO-1 Creator Expert Lego Set 10274
LEGO Creator Expert sets are always going to pose a challenge to players. The idea is to make builders think about the designs and throw some elements at them to create a more advanced build. The new Ghostbusters ECTO-1 Creator Expert Lego Set 10274 is no different. On the surface, this looks like a really fun build for all the family with a familiar look and the promise of some great interactive elements.
Adults and teens alike can appreciate the details involved. But, the 18+ rating does also mean that it won’t be easy.There is a lot to this build. The exterior alone is complex with a series of gadgets across the roof for ghost-hunting and some brilliant design elements for the car. The design comes straight out of the Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie – due in 2021 – and photos suggest that it is an accurate replica. Then there are all of the interior elements, from the authentic engine of the 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor to the rotating gunner chair. The final model is worth the effort as it stands at 18 inches long and is sure to be a talking point in any collection. If you are a big Ghostbusters fan, and already have Firehouse Headquarters set, this is a great piece to accompany it.
12. Lego Creator Crocodile Locomotive Set 10277
LEGO trains come in all different shapes and sizes to appeal to different groups of builders. The Lego Creator Crocodile Locomotive Set 10277 is one of the most difficult and largest LEGO sets yet in this range. The design isn’t going to be for kids. Instead, adults get to build a precise replica of this locomotive and set it up on a display track.
The finished piece is 52cm long and full of fine details that train-geeks with appreciate. This means a lot of bricks to figure out. Also, you need to be sure that everything is in the right place if you are going to take advantage of the Powered Up compatibility and get this train moving. The little informative display plate on the side finishes this model off nicely so you can show it off to all your visitors as it sits proudly on your desk.
13. Creator Expert Winter Village Fire Station 10263 Lego Set
There are lots of festive-themed LEGO sets that are quite stereotypical for the Christmas season. The Creator Expert Winter Village Fire Station 10263 Lego Set does something a little different by blending the fin theme of the fire service with creative Christmas decorations and ideas. The firehouse itself is a beautiful building with a vintage look.
Builders can take their time on the difficult architecture to create the ideal home for the old-fashioned fire engine. There is even a fire pole inside for easy access from the break room to the engine. Then, there are little details like the flag, holly, snow and hydrant to finish it off. The station is home to a series of minifigures and their faithful Dalmatian. When not fighting fires, they are decorating the tree outside, building snowmen and setting up the fountain as a miniature ice rink for the community.
14. Creator Expert Apollo Lunar Lander 10266 Lego Set
LEGO has worked with NASA to develop an impressive Creator set for anyone with a passion for space. The Creator Expert Apollo Lunar Lander 10266 Lego Set marks the anniversary of the first manned landing with a detailed replica of the craft. You can create the lander in fine detail with all the necessary parts and gear for a successful mission.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a manned mission if there wasn’t a little minifigure astronaut ready to head out on the moon’s surface. Both members of the crew can descend the ladder, have a little spacewalk in their cute suits, and argue over who gets to plant the flag in the soil. This is a complex build with the many authentic details and the need to create detachable stages for the descent and ascent on the surface. It might be one tiny step for minifigure, but it is a giant leap forward for space-loving LEGO creators.
15. Creator Expert Gingerbread House 10267 Lego Set
If you thought that making a house out of real gingerbread was difficult, wait until you see the Creator Expert Gingerbread House 10267 Lego Set. This house is a stunning piece of architecture with lots of bricks in rick gingerbread tones. There is plenty of “icing” to join all the layers together, candy canes for structural support, boiled sweets for stained glass windows and gumdrops in all the right places.
Inside, the place is well-furnished from the kitchen to the bathroom. There is even a large fireplace to keep residents crisp and warm. A grand family home like this wouldn’t be complete without a family. There are mother and father gingerbread figures and a little pram for their child. Also, as this is a festive-themed set, there are presents for them to place under the buildable Christmas tree. It is a great alternative set for a winter building project.
16. Creator Expert Ford Mustang 10265 Lego Set
The Creator Expert Ford Mustang 10265 Lego Set is an interesting and advanced car model with more features than you might expect. This may have something to do with the fact that it is a Ford official licensed product. The car has everything you would expect from the model, inside and out.
The exterior has the classic shape with the racing stripes and a truck and hood that both open up to reveal key components. You can build the engine and interior for an authentic look. One of the most interesting things about this Creator model, however, is that there are also customizable extras. You can change the exhaust, license plate and spoiler for the look that you want. You can also add a supercharger. This adaptable set is sure to be a hit with car lovers. Build it your way, put it on display and change it up when it suits you.
17. Creator Expert Downtown Diner 10260 Lego Set
There is a theme with some of the Creator town buildings where minifigures get to enjoy a more retro lifestyle. We see this with some of the entertainment venues and he classic garage. It is also the case for the new Diner that has opened up in town. The Creator Expert Downtown Diner 10260 Lego Set has a striking and difficult design with lots of curves, a facade that looks like a jukebox and two additional storeys.
The diner itself has a lot of charm and there are a waitress and musician ready to enhance the atmosphere. There is even a pink Cadillac parked outside. Above that is a boxing gym, complete with punching bag and ring. At the top, a little recording studio where the entertainer from the restaurant can try and record a hit single. There are lots of stories to tell in this attractive, quirky and complex set.
18. Lego Creator Expert Corner Garage Set 10264
Another fun set for those that like the difficult Creator town buildings is the Lego Creator Expert Corner Garage Set 10264. This one is a little more advanced because you get one building on the corner of the street. This means different angles to play with as you add in all the storey and details on the exterior. The front of the garage has a classic look and minifigures are sure to want to take their car in to top up on gas or get some maintenance.
There is a buildable tow truck for the two mechanics to work on. On the floor above, you will find a vet’s office with a range of cute patients to look after. Above that is a penthouse apartment. This all means a complex build with lots of features and fun design elements. The range of service provided means you will wonder how your town survived without it for so long.
19. Lego Creator Expert Roller Coaster Set 10261
A roller-coaster has to be one of the more challenging rides to design for a fairground. So, you know you are in for one of the hardest fair-themed LEGO sets when you purchase the Lego Creator Expert Roller Coaster Set 10261. This set lets you build a 33cm high ride with more than 4100 pieces and lots of pieces of track. It was twist and turn, climb and descend for a fun ride.
Thankfully, the set also comes with plenty of minifigures to take a ride – if they are tall enough. Also, you can add Powered Up components to set it all in motion. The chain lifts the cars and even sounds authentic. The addition of the little details outside, like the ticket booth and refreshments, mean this is a great addition to any pre-existing funfair collection. The new extreme ride LEGO figures have been waiting for.
20. Creator Expert Bookshop 10270 Lego Set
One of the more popular sub-themes of the Creator range is the series of modular buildings for a minifigure town. There are lots of homes and establishments that you can fit together over time. The Creator Expert Bookshop 10270 Lego Set is one of the most attractive. Birch Books has an attractive storefront and books for sale, in front is the tree that gave it its name with pretty autumnal foliage.
Next door is a blue townhouse with a grand staircase to the front door, a vegetable plot out back and a little roof terrace. This, along with the paving and décor on the street, suggests that this is not only an upmarket part of town but also one of the hardest LEGO sets in this part of the series. You are sure to enjoy creating a fun story with the accessories and various figures, which also includes a pet chameleon for the quirky store.
21. Creator Expert Fiat 10271 Lego set
The Creator Expert Fiat 10271 Lego set is a little different from some of the other car models around. This one might not appeal to the petrol-heads as much as other classic or sporty models with more details working parts. However, there is a charm to this Fiat that makes it one of the coolest car models around. A lot of this comes from the retro design.
Older builders may have fond memories of the real thing as they set up the hinged trunk at the back, the engine and the interior. The other appealing thing about this set is that there is a bit of a story involved. The car comes with a case to tie to the back, a canvas, easel and paint palette. It seems that you are an artist prepping your car for a big road trip in Italy. With this, and other details like the roll-back sunroof and spare tyre, this set is sure to be a winner.
22. Creator Expert Harley Davidson Fat Boy 10269 Lego Set
If you are a fan of motorbikes, and like the idea of adding one to your LEGO collection, the Creator Expert Harley Davidson Fat Boy 10269 Lego Set is a great choice. There are just over 1000 pieces in this challenging 16+ Creator set. That means plenty of bricks for the minute details in the engine, suspension and other components of this bike.
You get plenty of features to make this Harley shine. There are the thick tires on the wheels, a large headlamp at the front, the cute inset speedometer, little mirrors on the handlebars and a kickstand. There is also a little badge for the side of the deep red body to finish things off nicely. You can prop it up on your desk as a prized part of your collection or wheel it around with the moving steering system when you get a little bored.
23. Creator Haunted House 10273 Lego Set
The Creator Haunted House 10273 Lego Set set from the Creator range is the set that keeps on giving when it comes to frights and fine details. It all starts with a beautifully intricate piece of design with a house that looks straight out of a horror movie. The owner is waiting to welcome paying guest minifigure to take a tour over two storeys. Once inside, these diverse characters find plenty of creepy details such as the cursed painting, treasures, ghosts and skeletons. Each room has its own charm and the owner even has an organ to play to add atmosphere.
Finally, you can scare your own visitors by adding in Powered Up elements. The simple controls on the app allow you to drop the elevator and flicker the lights for a more authentic haunting. This difficult set is a complex treat for those that want something a little spookier in their collection.
24. Lego Creator Expert Old Trafford Manchester United Football Stadium Set 10272
One of the appealing things about LEGO is the way that designers lean into different fandoms and genres. There are many architecture lovers that enjoy creating buildings and iconic structures out of these bricks. The Lego Creator Expert Old Trafford Manchester United Football Stadium Set offers this opportunity with a sports theme.
Man U fans – or those that simply appreciate the Premier League – can now build these famous terraces from the pitch up to the rafter in fine detail. There is even a tunnel for the player to run out of and precision paintwork on the mown grass. The exterior was carefully crafted to replicate the original, with authentic brickwork and colours. There are also little details like the statues that celebrate the history of the stadium. This advanced 3898 piece set will be a fun challenge for those that want their own Theatre of Dreams at home.
25. LEGO Creator Expert Assembly Square 10255 Set
The LEGO Creator Expert range has been enthralling fans and collectors for a long time now. The beauty of these modular builds is the way they highlight the 3D nature of the LEGO build and the possibilities for game play within. There is also the fact that they can slot in with other models – like the Pet Store and Detective’s Office – in many combinations. The LEGO Creator Expert Assembly Square 10255 Set is no different as it provides three new buildings with detailed facades and great interior details across the eight distinct rooms. It is another fun street scene to extend a current collection.
The difference with Assembly Square is that the designers have gone a little further to make this 16+ model a little more special. This 2017 release is the grand central point of the Creator Expert town and there is a little more shine on the paving, some extra details in the brick work and awnings and lots of colors, shapes, accessories and people. The build includes a bakery, florist, cafe, music store, photo studio, dental office, dance studio and an apartment. Each level has a related mini-figure and plenty of accessories to add to the storytelling. Players can spend ages perfecting the brand-new dental office alone!
26. LEGO Creator Expert 10220 Volkswagen T1 Camper Van
With some of the recreations of cars, the most important thing for the designers to get right is the look and shape so that fans can be sure of the perfect clone in LEGO brick form on their shelf or desk; with others, like the LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, it is the character of the vehicles and its history that shines through the most.
The instantly recognizable shape and color scheme is definitely there with this red and white model, which measures at 11.8 inches long with 1322 pieces, and the details of the windows and mirrors will please collectors. It is the story inside that will really engage builders, however, as there is the sense that this van has gone back to its hippie roots. The curtains and fold-out bed show that somebody is living here and the shirt reading “make LEGO models, not war” tells us why.
27. LEGO Creator Expert Volkswagen Beetle 10252 Set
There are many vehicles in the LEGO Creator Expert range and the LEGO Volkswagen Beetle 10252 Set is a great new addition for 2016. There are 1000 pieces here and they have to be assembled perfectly in order to get these moving parts to work and to create that iconic shape. The curved hood and truck need to lift up to reveal the engine and spare tyre, the seats need to tilt in order to reveal the storage compartment for the beach towel and all the lights and fixtures need to be in the perfect place.
This attention to detail means that builders need a patient eye in order to perfect this creation, but the finished product is highly rewarding for any user that wants to show this off as part of their collection. The shape is instantly recognizable, the colors are eye-catching and the accessories provide a greater sense of purpose than other static models.
28. LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256 Set
Fans of the LEGO Creator Expert range aren’t here for an easy time. They want sets that challenge their building skills with intricate parts, while bringing new ideas and elements to the table. These sets need a wow factor and sense of achievement, and few offer this the same way as the LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256 Set. This large depiction of the famous mausoleum is unlike other sets in terms of the shape, scale and pieces. Those that love their modular elements will be pleased to see that there are 7 components here, all with special features.
The precise brick count here is 5,923. When you look at the finished build on the box, it is surprising that there aren’t more. This build requires a lot of patience and attention in the creation of the different component. There are four facades, four smaller domes (in addition to the large central one), and four thin minarets. Each part contains fine details with curves, arches, tiles, balconies and more. Keen builders will also appreciate the special elements on this Creator Expert Taj Mahal. They include 6 16×32 blue base-plates, white bow bricks and transparent parts for the windows.
29. LEGO Creator Expert London Bus Set 10258
It doesn’t take long for LEGO to throw the words “iconic” and “charming” into their description for their new LEGO Creator London Bus Set 10258. This is another great London themed set that works on the nostalgia element and the London that all keen builders recognize. This new addition to the Creator Expert series will fit in nicely with the Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace from other sub-themes – for the true Anglophiles. This is the old fashioned red double decker bus that we all think of, with the rear boarding deck (complete with a pole for commuting mini-figures to grab hold of in a hurry).
However, there are some interesting choices of accessories for keen players that will add something different to the creative play. These includes the empty can, discarded chewing gum and an umbrella. It is the attention to detail that always ensures that these Creator Expert builds surpass others in other sub-themes. This continues with the look of the seating, advertisements and destination sign. The top deck of this build detaches easily enough so that players can add figures and enjoy their journeys around brick-built London. It is simultaneously timeless and iconic and is a must for fans of London and vehicle builds.
30. LEGO Creator Expert Carousel Set 10257
One of the main selling points with LEGO Creator Expert sets is the level of detail that goes into the beautiful designs. The LEGO Creator Carousel Set 10257 is one of the most attractive yet. There is so much to see and appreciate with this build that builders can spend ages showing off the component parts and marvelling over the little details. This all starts with the main structure of the build, with the intricate curved canopy of blue, white yellow and gold. Then there is the selection of animals that form the carousel ride. There is the traditional white swan stationary carriage and also an elephant, tiger, flamingo and frog.
This ride, with the additional ticker boost and boarding platform, makes for a beautiful display piece, especially with the reflective elements. However, the added selling point here is that builders can attach LEGO Power Functions components to show off the ride to its full potential. This brings an interactive element to this Creator Expert set, which is ideal for creative play. Builders receive 7 minifigures of different ages than can ride the animals and operator the mechanics. There are also accessories like the tickets and ice creams.
31. LEGO Creator Expert Winter Holiday Train 10254 Set
The LEGO Creator Winter Holiday Train 10254 Set is a Christmas gift that keeps on giving because there are so many different elements that add to the story. The train engine connects with a coal tender, flatbed wagon and caboose for a more interesting journey. The details on these elements are impressive, with wreaths and lights on the sides and a brick built smoke stack.
The carriage is ready for the three passengers that are waiting on the platform and has a detailed interior. A grandmother and her two grandchildren are greeted by a friendly driver and ticket collector. If they kids are good, they may get one of the presents on the flatbed wagon. These presents include a toy car, spaceship, boat and robot. Other details include a bench, lamppost and holiday tree.
If that wasn’t enough, this LEGO Creator Expert set acts as a working Christmas decoration, rather than just a static toy. There are 16 pieces of curved track in this 700 piece set and the train can be hooked up to pre-existing LEGO power functions elements to motorize it. Families can set up the track, load up the wagon and send the train around the tree on many deliveries over the holiday season.
32. Creator Expert Brick Bank 10251 LEGO Set
The Brick Bank is a striking new addition to the LEGO Creator range for 2016 because there are so many unique elements to the design. Aimed at the 16+ age group, there are more than 2380 interesting pieces to the classic exterior and detailed interior, including the detailed paving of the sidewalk and the patterned windows with the flower boxes, so this is definitely one for the collectors who love to take their time.
On the inside of the bank there is also plenty for kids to play with due to the variety of the rooms, the range of accessories and the five minifigures.
The manager can head to the bank vault to check on the safe deposit boxes or sit in the leather-look chair in his office to stamp checks. Elsewhere, the secretary has a typewriter, filing cabinet and espresso machine and the mother and child can make a deposit with the bank teller before heading to the laundromat next door.
33. LEGO Creator Expert Big Ben Set 10253
textLEGO Creator Expert sets have always brought an extra challenge to the table and provided experienced builders with something new to consider – the new LEGO Creator Expert 10253 Big Ben for 2016 is no different. This is not the first iconic landmark to be found in the range, nor the only London themed set, but it is more detailed and demanding.
The set contains 4163 bricks of different shapes and styles to create a detailed model of Westminster Palace and Elizabeth Tower. There are tiny gold ski poles, delicate hands for the four clock faces, tinted windows and hundreds of bricks to build the tower up to its full 60cm height.
There are also different layers to consider, with the internal mechanism and bell and the external street and base plates. This new Expert set compliments the existing landmarks nicely and shows what can be achieved with some clever designs.
34. LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office 10246 Set
One of the best thing about the LEGO Creator Expert sets is the way that older kids can build elaborate sets and play out big scenes and the beauty of the LEGO Creator Expert Detectives Office set is that they can pretty much stage their own LEGO-themed detective show with their mini-figures. Rather than provide players with just an office and the related decor, as the name suggests, this set provides the office, with the accompanying bathroom and kitchen, as well as a pool hall and barbershop.
This offers the perfect place for detective work, stakeouts and interrogations and the details of the sets really add to the opportunities. The office has a desk, a safe for all the clues and even a wanted poster while the pool hall has everything needed for a game of pool (or a bar fight) and the barbershop has a chair, mirror and even a couple of mannequin heads.
35. LEGO Creator Expert 10243 Parisian Restaurant Set
By comparison, the Parisian Restaurant Expert Creator LEGO set doesn’t seem quite so expansive in terms of the scenes and stories that can be created because it initially looks like it is just one building; however, there is more to this set than a nice place for mini figures to dine out in the evening.
The bottom floor of this elaborate French building looks like a top restaurant, complete with chef, waiter and couple having a romantic meal – although the rat in the kitchen tells a slightly different story. On the top floor, which can be reached by the stairs on the side, there is an apartment and artist studio where a young girl paints what she sees from her balcony – thanks to the included easel and paintbrush – and sleeps on a pull-down bed. This is a kit of two sides and should prove to be inspiring for players 16+.
36. LEGO Creator Expert 10232 Palace Cinema Set
Sets like the restaurant are a great way of adding new buildings and situations to a town for new scenes to set up and there is another set along this line that would fit in quite nicely for a little more nightlife – the LEGO Creator Palace Cinema set. The design of this building takes buyers back to a different age because of the quality of the architecture, the classic signs that adorn the entrance and the facilities within and there are plenty of details in the bricks and the accessories to amuse collectors.
The six included minifigures can buy their tickets, choose their refreshments at the concessions stand and find a reclining seat in front of the big screen. To make things even more exciting, it looks as though it is a premiere screening because a limousine is outside and its occupants are ready to walk the star-studded sidewalk to meet their fans.
37. LEGO Creator Expert Sydney Opera House 10234 Set
In addition to the buildings that can be added to a growing town of Expert Creator sets there are also the models of famous landmarks – the Expert LEGO Creator Sydney Opera House set may not quite fit next to that Parisian Restaurant but it might in some re-imaginings of the world. This Expert Opera House set gives builders the chance to create a detailed replica of this iconic structure with impressive realism thanks to the use of new forms and techniques for the angles and shapes.
The result is a set that not only looks impressive on completion but is a must-have for buyers that are after rare, exclusive kits. It may take some skill and patience to complete this kit but, with the detail of the building and the addition of external elements like the forecourt and blue water base, this set is bound to look great on display.
38. LEGO Creator Expert Tower Bridge 10214 Set
Another iconic structure available in LEGO brick form that will test many keen builders is the LEGO Tower Bridge set. While some sets are mainly for display purposes and that sense of achievement, there is the option to play with this set as well as display it which broadens its appeal.
This is a great choice for Anglophiles because not only is the structure of the famous bridge replicated to a high standard in the choice of colors and bricks and the fine detail on the tower and walkways, this a working model that comes with four vehicles to drive along the road. The use of the black taxi and red double decker bus are nice touches and help to bring this 4295 piece set to life a little more but the best element for most players has to be the way that the drawbridge actually opens and closes.
39. LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Cottage 10229 Set
Some sets, like the Detectives Office set can be built and enjoyed at any time of year but there are others that are a little more seasonal and can make great temporary decorations during a festive period. A great example of this is the LEGO Creator Expert Winter Village Cottage set.
It’s the ideal way to bring a winter scene to life with LEGO bricks because of the range of features that make up this snowy retreat and the amount of mini-figures that come with it. The cottage itself is bright and colorful with its snow covered roof and decorative wreaths and is the ideal home for the family of 7 and the visiting snowplow driver with its furniture, appliances, glowing fireplace and Christmas tree. In addition to this there is the storage shed for logs for the fire, other decorations, a sled and even an owl and cat!
40. LEGO Creator Expert 10249 Winter Toy Shop Set
On a similar note to the Winter Village set is the LEGO Creator Winter Toy Shop, which again offers a highly decorative and aesthetically pleasing set that will look great in a Christmas village, perhaps as the ideal place for the family in the lodge to get their presents. The star of the set should be the detailed shop with the decoration on the awning and inviting interior but once again there is a lot of consideration for the exterior and the streets around the store.
The set also comes with a decorated Christmas tree, that almost reaches as high as the shop, and there is also a bench, streetlight, snowman and a cat. In addition to this there are eight different minifigures to play their roles in the snowy scene, including people to run the store, kids to buy the toys and carolers to spread good cheer by the tree.
41. LEGO Creator Expert 10245 Santa’s Workshop Set
Alternatively, there is the LEGO Creator Expert Santa’s Workshop set, which brings a delightful scene of Lapland to the living room with great builds, key accessories and charming mini figures. The building, complete with Santa and a selection of toys and presents, is ideally suited to the occasion with its decorations and snowy roofs but once again it is the scene taking place outside that really makes this set so appealing to both the kids building it and the adults admiring it.
There is a brilliantly crafted sleigh parked outside near the North Pole sign, ready to take Santa and his toys off to all the good children, and it is being pulled for four reindeer. If that was not enough, there is also a baby reindeer, a few elves and Mrs Claus to see them off and make sure that all are well fed for the journey ahead.
42. Lego Creator Expert 10248 Ferrari F40 Set
Vehicles are always popular choices with LEGO collectors, especially those that are keen drivers and wish to a have a good replica of a car on their shelves, if they cannot have the real thing. The LEGO Creator Ferrari F40 model set is a great place to start when discussing this little sub-category because it really does bring the finer details of the car in LEGO form.
The use of small, carefully made bricks means that the form of this car can be replicated with relative ease – even if it is an expert set – and all the necessary moving parts are there, from the opening doors to the hood and truck that lift off to reveal the storage space and V8 engine. In addition to all these striking red bricks there are the tires, windshield, steering wheel and seat to make it roadworthy and the all-important Ferrari logo.
43. LEGO Creator Expert- 10242 MINI Cooper
Another car in the expert line of LEGO sets is one that provides the same level of recognition and accuracy in a highly recognizable model – the LEGO Creator MINI Cooper set. Much like the Ferrari, the key selling point for collectors is the way that the bricks have been molded and the colors chosen so that the finished car, with its small wheels and trademark boxy shape, looks the part on the shelf.
This MINI Cooper Mk VII comes in a classic green and white color scheme with racing stripes and has lots of appealing fine details in the little wing mirrors, fog lights and movable parts. What makes this set slightly different, however, is that it comes with some accessories to dress up the model on the shelf and add another dimension. The picnic basket and blanket give the sense that this MINI is off on a Sunday drive in the English countryside.
44. LEGO Creator Expert 10247 Ferris Wheel Set
These Expert kits in the LEGO Creator 16+ range really do come in all shapes and sizes to provide new challenges, bigger collections and fun scenes. A final example of this is seen in two of the fairground related sets that have been created. The first is the LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel set that gives avid builders 2464 multicolored piece in order to build a large working model of the fairground’s star ride.
The key selling point with this model is the fact that it can be motorized if buyers have an 8883 motor and 88000 AAA battery box – turn the crank and watch it spin. When completed, this 23 inch high model looks pretty impressive and the size means that there is plenty of room below for accessories. This model already comes with stands for buying ice cream, pretzels and balloons but there are other sets that can accompany the wheel for a big fairground scene.
45. LEGO Creator Expert 10244 Fairground Mixer
The final set in this list is the LEGO Creator Expert Fairground Mixer – another cool looking ride with the potential to be powered up and let go if builders own the appropriate parts. This alternative ride is the star piece in this set as it provide a complex build with multiple elements, over 1700 pieces and even some cool glow in the dark pats that add to the sense of night time fun.
The ride, with its different cars, safety barrier and ticket booth is the centerpiece but there are lots of additional elements for mini-figures to interact with that build up the scene, including the two transport trucks to take this folding model out on the road, high striker and dunk tank sideshows, prizes to win and people to win them. Suitable for anyone 16 years and older, players can choose their role between ride operator, truck driver and customer and have a lot of fun with this detailed set.
LEGO Creator Maersk Train 10219 Set
The LEGO Expert range doesn’t just give builders the chance to make great vehicles, it offers great replications of impressive, well-known models. The LEGO Creator Maersk Train set promises to be highly realistic in its design and construction so that model train enthusiasts can proudly put it on display. The engine is more than just a pretty blue shell because the driver’s cab can be opened for play and the side panel can be removed to show the 16-cylinder engine within.
This train is pulling two wagons, which can be loaded up with containers, including the refrigeration unit, via the shunter truck and detachable trailer. Luckily, there are also three workmen mini-figures on hand to operate all the machinery and get the train set up safely. With all of these parts and the ability to add LEGO power functions, this set is much more than a static model. Note – The motor and tracks are not included with the set.
LEGO Creator Sopwith Camel Set
There are lots of different trains and automobiles in the LEGO Creator Expert range and with the LEGO Sopwith camel set, builders can add a great old-fashioned plane to their collection. This plane has a wingspan of over 12 inches and there are a lot of fine details to enjoy, from the scaffolding between the bi-wings to the work on the tails and the landing gear.
The design is as true to the Sopwith Camel as possible, with the stripes on the fin and the targets on the wings, and this continues in the use of unusual LEGO elements like the dark tans bricks and metallic silver. Like some of the best Creator vehicles, this plane has moving parts to enhance the opportunities for creative play. The propellers turn to rotate the cylinders and the wing ailerons and tail flaps can be manoeuvred via the cockpit.
LEGO Creator Holiday Bakery 10216 Set
There are many different festive sets in the LEGO expert range that give creative builders the chance to make buildings and Christmas scenes that are not possible with some of the more simplistic models. The main build here is the bakery stand where the server can sell a range of tasty treats for locals and skaters on cold winter mornings. It is pretty treacherous out there so they need a nice pastry to soothe the bumps and bruises.
There are baguettes and croissants served up on blue plates to match the blue tiles and there is also a light up brick for the interior for those darker evenings. Additionally, there a horse and cart arriving outside to bring deliveries from the town and other accessories like the seven mini-figures, a snowy owl watching on from is perch and snow piles to place beside the frozen pond and cushion the skaters’ fall.
LEGO Creator Fire Brigade & Station 10197 Set
Fire themed kits are nothing new for LEGO – there are certainly plenty of them over in LEGO City – but the Expert Fire Brigade building set in the Creator range provides something a bit different. This detailed kit provides a different approach to the architecture and design for a more interesting, attractive look and the 2231 pieces mean that it is more of a challenge.
The 1930’s look is clear from the date carved into the stonework, the bell tower and the use of dark red and tan bricks and this continues with the style of the fire engine and the sliding door on the garage. Players can take their time on the exterior but the interior is just as important. The roof opens to reveal 2 floors of rooms where the 4 mini-figures and fire-dog can work, rest and play. There are plenty of tools and helmets but also a kitchen and ping-pong table.
LEGO Creator Grand Emporium 10211 Set
Many of the shops available in the LEGO Creator range are one storey models with apartments that fit into the modular theme. With the LEGO Expert Grand Emporium set, however, there is so much more to build and explore. This department store covers three different storeys in order to accommodate all of the different departments and there is an impressive level of detail to the exterior and the street outside, such as the flags and sign.
Mini figures are streaming in and out of the revolving door, to hunt for bargains and return home with their shopping, and have to dodge the ice cream vendor and the man washing the windows. The ground floor contains the clothing store, with the goods, fitting room and cash register, and then shoppers can head up the escalator to the first floor for homeware or the toy store on the top floor.
LEGO Pet Shop 10218 Set
The LEGO Creator Pet Shop is another Expert model set that works on a modular level to enhance the collection, or street, that builders have already crafted. The set is named after the first of the two buildings, the Pet Shop, where animal lovers can find new pets to take home. The kit includes a dog, cat, goldfish and parrots and there are plenty of toys and food to keep them happy.
One of these animals could find a home with the young girl pulling up outside on her bicycle or perhaps with the woman that lives in the apartment upstairs. This apartment may be small, with a basic kitchenette and loft space, but there is a fireplace, coffee maker and skylight. The townhouse next door, meanwhile, has a few more creature comforts, such as the telephone, mailbox and hat rack, and the painter outside is giving it a touch up.