The Best LEGO Sets of 2022

When there’s been over 500 LEGO sets released through the year, narrowing down our favourites isn’t easy. There have been plenty of stand-out sets: 2022 has brought some of the biggest and most expensive LEGO sets ever released. But even down the cheaper end of the scale, we’ve had some unforgettable designs we’re proud to have in our collection.

Below, we’ve rounded up our 10 favourite sets released in 2022. They aren’t necessarily the biggest or the most original, but these are the sets we’ve loved most for various reasons. Let us know your favourite sets of 2022 in the comments below.

LEGO Icons 10305 Lion Knights’ Castle

LEGO Icons 10305 Lion Knights' Castle
  • Release date: August 2022
  • Pieces: 4,514
  • Price: £344.99

LEGO fans have been asking for a new castle for a long time, and this year, LEGO finally delivered. And what a castle it is! Harking back to the classic Castle range, this huge set has over 20 minifigures, traditional horses and plenty of hidden features around the castle itself.

LEGO Icons 10311 Orchid

  • Release date: May 2022
  • Pieces: 608
  • Price: £44.99

We’ve been enamoured with LEGO’s Botanicals range since it was introduced in early 2021. We need more affordable sets aimed at adults, and the LEGO Orchid is a fantastic example. Not only is this a fun set to build, but it looks absolutely wonderful, making a brilliant display piece anywhere in the home. And you never need to water it.

LEGO Architecture 21058 The Great Pyramid of Giza

LEGO Architecture 21058 Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Release date: June 2022
  • Pieces: 1,476
  • Price: £119.99

LEGO’s Architecture range has been dwindling in recent years, but with such beautiful, stand-out sets as The Great Pyramid of Giza, we hope we see something of a resurgence. This is the first set that doesn’t represent a modern day piece of architecture: instead, it takes us back to what the Great Pyramid would have looked like in its heyday. The result is a gorgeous set that we’d be proud to have on display. Better yet, you can buy two of them to create a full pyramid.

LEGO Ideas 21333 Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night

  • Release date: May 2022
  • Pieces: 2,316
  • Price: £149.99

One of the most ingenious sets we’ve ever seen, LEGO Ideas 21333 The Starry Night more than earns its place amongst the best sets of 2022. It once again proves that the LEGO Ideas range is worth its weight in gold, bringing us sets that stand out and offer something completely different to anything else. This particular set brings Van Gogh’s famous work of art to life, popping it out of the frame with 3D textured bricks and some incredible building techniques. It’s a set we’ll cherish for years to come.

LEGO Super Mario 71411: The Mighty Bowser

  • Release date: October 2022
  • Pieces: 2,807
  • Price: £229.99

Here’s one for the Super Mario fans. This brick-built Bowser is a stunning-looking fellow, capturing all the details of Mario’s arch-nemesis that you’d expect. His face has been brilliantly built, and the spikes on his shell give him all the ferocity you’d expect. He comes on a brick-built display stand, making it the perfect show piece for your gaming room or LEGO display cabinet.

LEGO Star Wars 75330 Dagobah Jedi Training Diorama

  • Release date: April 2022
  • Pieces: 1,000
  • Price: £79.99

While we were disappointed with the sheer amount of huge, expensive sets LEGO brought out this year, we absolutely loved the handful of budget adult sets that landed on shelves. One such series was the LEGO Star Wars ‘diorama’ range. The Dagobah Jedi Training set is one of three, and any one of the three could have earned a place on our list of best LEGO sets of 2022. We love the detail in this one, recreating the famous scene where Luke Skywalker crash-lands outside of Yoda’s hut. It’s the perfect display piece that doesn’t break the bank.

LEGO Marvel 76218 Sanctum Sanctorum

LEGO Marvel 76218 Sanctum Sanctorum box
  • Release date: August 2022
  • Pieces: 2,708
  • Price: £214.99

Finally: another Marvel set aimed at adults. The Sanctum Sanctorum works on many levels. First, it’s a fantastic recreation of Doctor Strange’s New York headquarters, perfect for any Marvel fan. Second, it’s compatible with LEGO’s Modular range, fitting in perfectly to any street setup you might have on display. And of course, there’s a range of superhero minifigs included. And a fully-featured interior that sports many hidden secrets. We love it.

LEGO Jurassic World 76956 T. rex Breakout

  • Release date: April 2022
  • Pieces: 1,212
  • Price: £89.99

Like the Star Wars ‘diorama’ sets, the Jurassic Park T. Rex Breakout is an excellent set for adults that doesn’t cost the earth. There’s a surprising amount of detail packed in here for its modest asking price. It’s also bigger than we expected it to be, making for a fantastic display piece for any Jurassic Park fan. Even if you don’t love the movies, it’s hard to deny the sheer amount of details included in this set for sub-£100.

LEGO 76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck

LEGO Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck
  • Release date: May 2022
  • Pieces: 1,222
  • Price: £79.99

If you’re a PlayStation gamer, then the LEGO Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck is one of the coolest sets we’ve had this year. From Sony’s exclusive open world game, this Tallneck is a beautifully detailed replica of the mechanical giants you’ll face off against – and there’s even a minifigure Aloy to give it some scale. It’s a truly unique build – although unfortunately it’s not part of a series, so we don’t know if we’ll get more sets based on PlayStation games yet.

LEGO Monkie Kid 80036 The City of Lanterns

  • Release date: January 2022
  • Pieces: 2,187
  • Price: £119.99

It seems like the Monkie Kid range is one of LEGO’s lesser known, most underrated ranges – but with sets like The City of Lanterns, it should be on more people’s radars. This truly beautiful set was one of the best to come out of January 2022’s huge range of launches. It sports a futuristic Chinese city, complete with a monorail – and a LEGO store. It’s colourful, and packed with so much personality. Plus, if you have two of the same, you can combine them to create an even bigger cityscape.

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