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Revisit your brick-building childhood with a new Lego project

Our favorite Lego sets, from Central Perk to Iron Man’s Hall of Armor

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Hands constructing the Lego Batmobile set Photo: The Lego Group

As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world inside, many of us are returning to old hobbies. From puzzles to role-playing games, these pastimes are both a fun way to pass the time (lol what is time?) and a soothing stress reliever. One childhood hobby that checks both of those boxes is seeing a resurgence: Legos.

For many of us, playing with Legos immediately transports us back to childhood, with memories of giant tubs of bricks upended on playroom floors. (Not to mention the parental yelps of pain after stepping on a stray Lego.) But if you haven’t dipped back into the world of Legos as an adult, you might be surprised at how much it has expanded. The Star Wars and Batman lines are still going strong, of course, but now there are Overwatch, Minecraft, and even Friends Lego sets to add to your collection. The Lego Architecture line was built to look sleek enough to display in a home office. And an upcoming Adventures with Mario set turns the Legos themselves into an interactive 3D game.

If you’re thinking of picking up a Lego set or two to keep you occupied these days, we’ve rounded up a few favorites at every price point.

Lego sets under $50

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Fire Dragon

  • $20

Prices taken at time of publishing.

Pieces in Lego’s three-in-one line can be combined in different ways to create three different sets. This Fire Dragon can be alternately turned into a scorpion or a saber-toothed tiger.

Also available at Amazon.

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The Nether Portal

  • $40

Prices taken at time of publishing.

There are several recognizable sets in the Lego Minecraft line, but my personal favorite is the Nether Portal, complete with glow-in-the-dark glowstone, a ghast that shoots fireballs, and a lava flow that drops at the press of a button.

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Catamaran

  • $50

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The Lego Technic line of fully functional creations recently released this sailboat that actually floats. Be warned though — reviews indicate that it’ll take on water and sink if you move it around too much.

Also available at Amazon.

Lego sets between $50 and $100

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Central Perk

  • $60

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The iconic set from Friends comes to Lego life in this 1070-piece set from the user-submitted Lego Ideas line. It includes minifigures of all six main cast members, as well as the bleach-blonde coffee shop manager, Gunther.

Lego sets over $100

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1989 Batmobile

  • $250

Prices taken at time of publishing.

The 3306-piece Batmobile is incredibly detailed, down to the slide-open cockpit with a full dashboard. It also comes with a rotating display stand, and minifigures of The Joker, Vicki Vale, and Batman — complete with the caped crusader’s 1989-style cape.

Also available at Amazon.

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Disney Train and Station

  • $330

Prices taken at time of publishing.

This 2925-piece set is simple enough for kids to build (with help) but involved enough for adult Disney fans to have fun with it as well. Modeled after Disney Parks’ train station, Lego’s tiny Disney Railroad is powered by a smartphone app.