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The best Lego gifts for a bricktastic Christmas 2023

What to buy for a Master Builder.

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Socks, chocolates and coffee table books with the heft of a paving slab all have their merits, but nothing is as exciting to unwrap on Christmas morning as a new Lego set. And later on, when the fire’s roaring, a turkey-stuffed grandparent is snoring over whatever Pixar film is on the telly and you need something to distract you from going up for another round of cheese, you’ll be even more grateful for an instruction manual and bags of plastic bricks.

Lego now directly targets particular sets at nostalgic older builders, while pumping out so many sets for its core demographic that no child should ever be bored again.

To make Santa’s job easier we’ve picked out the best of the bunch for 2023. From Star Wars and sports cars, to arty tributes and, fittingly, a buildable Christmas tree, there’s something here builders of all tastes.

Lego Home Alone House

Think Disney’s Home Alone reboot is a filthy animal? For a remake that’s more faithful to your festive memories, assemble this Lego version of the McCallister mansion. Comprised of 3955 pieces, the hefty home opens up to reveal cinematic scenes in each room – from Kevin’s solo party to Harry’s blowtorched bonce. Once you’ve built the booby-trapped abode, a cast of five minifigs – including the Wet Bandits and shovel-toting Old Man Marley – can be deployed to film your own miniature sequel.

Lego Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block

Mario’s long had a thing for blocks, which makes you wonder why it took so long for the plumber to swap pixels for bricks and hook up with Lego. Inspired by Super Mario 64 (25 this year), this 2064-piece Question Mark cube unfolds to reveal multiple levels from the N64 classic: Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool, Cool Mountain and Lethal Lava Land, with Princess Peach’s castle hidden in the middle. Wrap it up beneath the tree for a surprise within a surprise.

Lego Christmas Tree

Lego Christmas tree

Why settle for one Christmas tree when you can have a pair of the things? The obvious advantage of this miniature Lego version is that it won’t stop dropping all over the floor mere minutes after they’ve finished assembling it, and it can even be reassembled into two smaller trees. Attempt to do that with a real Christmas tree and they’ll almost certainly be given the silent treatment until the new year.

Lego Sanctum Sanctorum

Lego Sanctum Santorum

Anyone who’s been paying attention to recent Marvel fare will know that some very silly decisions have been made in the home of Doctor Strange. Luckily, you shouldn’t have to worry about accidentally tearing open the multiverse with this 360-degree Lego recreation. Measuring over 32cm high when built, the 2708-piece 3-storey Sanctum Sanctorum features a modular design that lets you completely alter the layout. Each floor is packed with details that will delight MCU aficionados, as will the assortment of superhero minifigures with which they can decorate the house’s exterior.

Lego Wreath

LEGO Wreath

If you’re looking for a festive wreath that won’t whither and die throughout December, the LEGO Wreath may be the one for you. This 510-piece set is perfect for young or inexperienced builders, and features a bright red bow and brick candles for lighting up any room (without the potential fire hazard).

Lego AT-AT

Given current intergalactic exchange rates, £700 won’t buy you enough credits to bribe your way out of a Stormtrooper traffic stop on Tattooine. But it will net you this sizeable scale model of the Empire’s walking weapon. With 6785 pieces, it might take a while to find the bricks you’re looking for. Once you do, you’ll be rewarded with a posable replica of the infamous AT-AT, complete with hooded Hoth Snowtroopers and a dangling Luke minifig doing his best to bring down your model. Which, come to think of it, is a good reason to whip out the miniature E-Web heavy repeating blaster. Rebel scum.

Lego Fender Stratocaster

A songwriting course might equip you with the building blocks to create a great riff, but only this Lego kit gives you the bricks to build your own Fender Stratocaster. No, you won’t get a killer lick out of its plastic parts, but with a moving whammy bar, twistable tuning pegs and a panel that can be removed to reveal the attached amp’s innards, it’s the perfect gifts for aspiring guitarists whose skills are clapped out rather than Clapton.

Lego McLaren Formula 1 Car

Lego McLaren F1 car

It might be time for them to accept that they’re probably never getting behind the wheel of a real-life F1 car, but assembling a frankly astonishingly detailed Lego Technic version is thrilling in its own way. This 1434-piece build features a V6 cylinder engine, just like the real thing, complete with moving pistons, steering, suspension and differential. A collaborative effort between Lego designers and McLaren’s, the replica model is based on the 2022 F1 car, so finer details such as sponsor logos are all exactly where they should be.

Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night

Lego Van Gogh Starry Night

They might never be able to paint like van Gogh, but luckily they can recreate his magnum opus with Lego bricks. Created in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), this 2,316-piece 3D reimagining of the enduring painting includes a handy hook for wall mounting, and they also get a van Gogh minifigure, paintbrush, palette and easel. The cultured Lego builder’s choice.

Millennium Falcon Holiday Diorama

Have you ever spent Christmas Day inside the Millennium Falcon with a turkey munching Chewbacca, a mini Rey and Finn, BB-8 and Porg? Us neither, given how they’re all fictional characters and all, but Lego are offering the next best thing this year with its exclusive Millennium Falcon Holiday Diorama set. This 282-piece build stands at over 3in in height, 6.5in in width and and 5in in depth, an ideal size for most mantelpieces.

Lego Star Wars set is only available to buy from 1 October to 31 December 2023.

Lego The Mighty Bowser

Lego the Mighty Bowser

Lego’s Nintendo-themed output has been consistently excellent, but Mario has tended to be the star of the show in most of it. The latest set turns the attention to the plumber’s horned nemesis. Lego The Mighty Bowser lives up to its name. Bowser stands at over 32cm high and is made up of just over 2807 pieces. His arms, hands, legs, tail and jaws are all posable, while buttons under his shell allow you to move the head. And it wouldn’t be Bowser if he wasn’t hellbent on taking Mario down, which you can do with launchable fireballs before plonking him back on his display stand to calm down.

Lego Nano Gauntlet

Lego Nano Gauntlet

Given how hard the Hulk found it to wield the actual Nano Gauntlet, it’s probably best that this is just a Lego replica. Not that they look different. This 675-piece brick-built tribute to the glove that saved Spider-Man and plenty of others is as authentic as you’d hope, and is yet another model just begging to be displayed. You get to add all six Infinity Stones, and the jointed fingers can be moved, though possibly not into the click position. We wouldn’t want any injuries.

Sonic the Hedgehog – Green Hill Zone

Lego Sonic Green Hill Zone

The Blue Blur celebrated his 30th anniversary last year, and while his 3D game outings remain as divisive as ever, we’re glad to report that Lego’s tribute to Sonic the Hedgehog does everything right. A perfect recreation of the iconic 2D level on which Sonic has always done his best very fast running – loop included – this is the set that Sega fans will want on display. As well as a Sonic minfig, there’s also a brick-built Dr. Eggman and Eggmobile, because a hedgehog is nothing without a persistent nemesis.

Lego Typewriter

Like bricks hitting bricks, the classic click-clack of a typewriter is nothing if not distinctive. Nostalgic for the noise? Based on the machine used by Lego’s founder, Ole Kirk Kristiansen, this imitation letterpress lets you relive the Fifties office experience. Feed in a sheet of paper, then watch the carriage travel across the roller as you tap on working keys. The only thing it won’t do? Actually type anything: its spools are made of fabric.

Lego Spider-Man Final Battle Set

Lego Spider Man Final Scene

The Lego Spider-Man final battle set brings together the three Spider-Men and a host of villains from Marvel’s Spider-Man No Way Home. This 900-piece set is based around the head of the Statue of Liberty, and includes a floating Green Goblin, a wall crawling Dr Octopus and a few hidden interactive features.

Lego Flower Bouquet

Lego flower bouquet

When the imagination is running dry, flowers can be a no-brainer of a gift for your better half. But how much do you really love someone if their Christmas present is half-dead before 2023 arrives? Luckily, Lego has a solution in the shape of its 756-piece Flower Bouquet, a selection of flower varieties including roses, daisies and asters, all of which require no more attention than the occasional dusting and, of course, a look of fondness every now and again.

Atari 2600

Retro Christmas Gift Ideas: Lego Atari 2600

Retro gamers have been well served by the clever minds at Lego in recent years. We were wowed by the Lego NES a few years ago, but if their gaming history goes back even further than that, look at the brick-built Atari 2600 at your bank balance’s own risk. This stunningly intricate 2,532-piece replica features a panel complete with functioning switches, a moving joystick and a trio of buildable cartridges with art inspired by the originals. Give up on ever getting hold of the real thing again and build this beauty instead.

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I'm fascinated by all things tech, but if you were going to leave me on a desert island, I'd probably ask for my Nintendo Switch, a drone, and a pair of noise-cancelling cans to block out the relentless seagull racket. When I'm not on Stuff duty you'll probably find me subscribing to too many podcasts, playing too many video games, or telling anyone who will listen that Spurs are going to win a trophy this season.

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