There are few toys as universally popular as Lego. Since the 1930s, the company has encouraged kids to construct and play with their beloved bricks and minifigures. But it's Lego's themed playsets that tots covet throughout the year. From superhero and Disney-themed sets to Star Wars and new properties the company's created on their own, there is no shortage of options out there. This year, Lego introduced 250 new building sets. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Lego Kings Castle
In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Lego Castle theme, the company introduced the Lego Kings Castle ($100) that includes a whopping 996 pieces.
Jake's Pirate Ship Bucky
Disney Junior's Jake and the Neverland Pirates is a runaway hit show, and the expansion of Lego's preschool DUPLO line to include Jake, such as the Jake's Pirate Ship Bucky ($40) set is sure to be a hit with young builders.
The Lego Friends line has opened the world of building to a girls who were never interested in the bricks before. The new Heartlake High ($50) is one of the largest sets available (487 pieces!) and includes everything a high school offers like a basketball hoop, science rooms, art rooms, picnic tables, a deli, and more.
Jabba's Sail Barge
Star Wars was Lego's first licensed line of playsets and continues to be their bestselling line around the world. This year's Jabba's Sail Barge ($120) may be one of the most coveted sets yet. With close to 800 pieces, the barge actually opens so minifigs of Princess Leia, Han Solo, R2-D2, Boba Fett, Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker, and a Gamorrean guard can move about. But perhaps the most exciting part of the set is the inclusion of a Jabba the Hutt minifig and a bikini-wearing Princess Leia.
For more of our favorite 2013 LEGO sets, read on!
Spider-Man's Doc Ock Ambush
Fans of Marvel's superheroes can't get enough of the Lego sets featuring their favorite crusaders. We're loving the new Spider-Man's Doc Ock Ambush ($39) that comes with Spider-Man, Iron Fist, and Doctor Octopus minifigs and pieces to create Doc Ock's lair and a missle-firing car.
Bricks & More Blue Suitcase
You don't mess with a classic, but the Bricks & More Blue Suitcase ($25) really improves on the traditional building bricks. The sets come with 146 bricks and pieces (including two minifigs) that fit right into a small blue suitcase for easy, on-the-go play.
The Lion CHI Temple
Last year, Lego introduced the Legends of Chima to combine building and social play. Kids couldn't get enough, and this year, the line expands to include The Lion CHI Temple ($120) — a 1,258-piece set that constructs the temple that the Lion and Eagle tribes must defend in an effort to reach the CHI orb.
The Lone Ranger Stagecoach Escape
Lego created several sets to tie in with last Summer's The Lone Ranger. One of the best sets is the Lone Ranger Stagecoach Escape ($30) with five minifigs including a Johnny Depp-inspired Tonto.
Lego Friends Advent Calendar
Lego's Advent calendars are always a big hit (they sell out quickly every year), and the addition of the Lego Friends Advent Calendar ($54) to the collection will get little girls in on the action. The calendars also come in Star Wars ($50) and Lego City ($42) versions.
Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout
Batman fans will love the hard-to-find Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout ($160). The 1,600-piece set comes with eight minifigs including Batman, Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Scarecrow, and a guard as well as one vehicle and plenty of trap doors!