Best LEGO City Sets

Updated September 2019
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Buying guide for best LEGO City sets

Last Updated September 2019

Nothing stimulates the imagination like a LEGO play set. With a plethora of themed options available, you can pinpoint exactly what it is your child loves and let them build a world around that topic. Some of the most successful sets the company has produced over its 60+ years of making children happy, however, are its LEGO City sets.

No matter what thrilling scenario your child wants to experience, from joining the police force to being part of an elite ocean rescue team, LEGO City has a set for you. The best ones engage your child's creativity and provide them with the tools needed to create thrilling adventures.

If the sheer volume of LEGO City sets to choose from feels intimidating, don't stress. This handy guide will walk you through the process of picking the best set for your child.

The LEGO Group was founded by a carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen from Billund, Denmark, who originally made wooden toys for children.

Considerations

At first, it might seem impossible to narrow down, from all the LEGO City sets out there, the one that would best please your child. However, if you take the right steps in the right order, it's really quite simple to quickly zero in on the perfect one.

Choose a vocation

There’s a theme behind each LEGO City set, and the easiest way to differentiate is by choosing a vocation. Does your child long to be a firefighter or a pilot? Is working with big trucks more exciting than working with trains? By first deciding what general theme most interests your child, you can quickly narrow down your options from hundreds of play sets to just a dozen or so.

Check the age range

After you've decided a general vocational theme, check the age range of the product. A LEGO City set that is appropriate for children who are between eight and 12, for example, might not be the best choice for your Kindergartener.

 

EXPERT TIP

The best way to clean your LEGO pieces is to hand wash them with water that is no hotter than 104ºF. You may use a soft cloth and mild detergent, if necessary. Then, rinse thoroughly and dry by hand.


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Other factors

Now that you've narrowed your options down to just a handful, it's time to look at two final considerations.

Playability

Building a LEGO City set is only the first step. After everything has been assembled, it's time to play. For longevity, you want to look for a set that includes several figures and a vehicle or two, which will keep your child entertained long after the set is completed. A prop, such as an alligator or a shark, can be helpful as well. These are the keys to having a playable set. The additional appeal of interaction is that your child can play with the figures and vehicles anywhere — the couch could be Mount Everest, for example. Without the people or props, however, it’s harder to engage with the set.

Cost

With LEGO sets, a lower price doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality. For as little as $8, you can get a LEGO City set that only includes a worker and his vehicle, such as a construction worker and his front loader. On the other end of the spectrum, for close to $200, you can get an entire fire station along with vehicles and several LEGO figures that can engage your child's brain in all sorts of creative ways. Between those two extremes, you can find almost anything you desire, from an RV camping set to and arctic exploration base. What's important is choosing the set that comfortably fits within your budget.

The name LEGO is derived from "leg godt," a Danish phrase that translates to "play well."

FAQ

Q. I lost an important piece to my LEGO City set. What should I do?
A
. Fortunately, you do not have to purchase a new set. LEGO customer service allows you to handpick the specific piece that you lost. Additionally, you can replace broken pieces or missing pieces from new sets through LEGO customer service.

Q. We were halfway through building our latest LEGO City set when the dog ate our instructions. What do we do?
A
. LEGO has made thousands of instruction booklets available online. You can go to the company's website and search by either theme or year to find the instructions that you are missing.

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