10 Most Challenging Lego Sets To Build For 2022
Are you looking for a worthwhile project to do this weekend? One that doesn’t require your phone or your laptop? Or, perhaps, you want to build something you can play with or create one that’s worth displaying?
If you answered YES to all the questions above, you should consider getting a large Lego set. And, by large, that means several thousand pieces in a box. Add a layer of complexity with moving parts, repetitive components, or bricks with near-identical hues.
Think you’re up to the challenge? Then it’s time to take your pick on this year’s most challenging Lego sets.
Liebherr R 9800 Excavator
Released in 2019, the LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 Excavator is the largest in the range of Lego Technic sets with 4, 108 pieces. Standing over 15 inches high, 25 inches long, and 10 inches wide, the 9800 has two smart control units and seven motors.
You’ll need to make sure specific components fit perfectly together for the excavator to function correctly. You’ll also need to download a mobile app to test it throughout the building process.
The Bugatti Chiron is created on a 1:8 scale and features a working W16 engine with moving pistons, a disc brake system, opening doors, and a moving steering wheel.
But, don’t get fooled. It can be tough to piece together all 3,599 pieces, especially when dealing with differentials and gearboxes. Weighing over three kilograms, with a length of 22 inches and a height of over five inches, every effort is worth it for this supercar build.
Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters
If you’re not a fan of anything mechanical, playing a movie-themed Lego set could be your cup of tea. The iconic Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters is the largest Lego in the Ghostbuster series, with 4 634 pieces. The replica stands 14 inches in height, nine inches in width, and 14 inches in depth.
It may look simple, but builders may find creating segments within the building challenge. Apart from recreating the rooms, you’ll also need to distribute various accessories and various foodstuff throughout the Ghostbusters headquarters.
The Lego Creator Expert, with its architectural theme, is another Lego theme that includes several famous landmarks, such as the London Tower Bridge.
This set has 4,295 pieces; it can be tricky to tell the beige-colored bricks apart. Keeping the towers upright and making the drawbridge work make this project challenging.
The Taj Mahal is another famous tourist spot you can recreate with the Lego Creator Expert. Initially released in 2008 and re-released in 2017, the set has 5,923 almost identical pieces. The lack of variety in color and patterns are the most significant challenge in building this set. This tedious set can take around 25 hours to create.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
Do you find landmarks a bit too easy? How about a magic school instead? The Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle allows you to recreate the school’s great hall, moving staircases, and classrooms.
The largest set in the Harry Potter theme contains 6,020 pieces, with several micro figures that can fit inside the castle. Placing the stickers can also be tricky, but it adds character to the school. Once finished, the Hogwarts Castle measures more than 22 inches in height, 27 inches in width, and 16 inches in depth.
Star Wars Millennium Falcon
Fancy some sci-fi building? You could try the Star Wars Millennium Falcon. This set has two versions, the classic and modern styles, making it not just a weekend project, but a collector’s item.
The set has 7,541 pieces, including several minifigures. Building the Millennium Falcon in itself is a huge feat, especially when you need to configure the hidden floor storage and several detachable components.
Think you can build Rome in a day? You could start with the Colosseum from the 2020 Lego Expert Creator series. For the largest architecture set with 9,036 pieces, you’ll need time to decipher where to place the right brick shade in its columns.
Your hard work won’t be in vain, as the model amphitheater. with over 10.5 in height, 20.5 inches in width, and 23.5 inches in depth, captures all the intricacies of the Old-World structure.
Much like its colossal namesake and origin, the Lego Expert Creator Titanic used to be the largest Lego set with 9,090 parts. The ship is challenging to build as it requires a high degree of compartmentalization. Moreover, you’ll need to ensure the propellers and rudders are working.
This project calls for additional hands as it’ll take you more than 48 hours to build. This makes a remarkable centerpiece with a height of 18 inches, a width of seven inches, and a length of 54 inches.
Released in June 2021, the Lego Art World Map is the largest of all Lego build sets. with 11,695 pieces. What makes the Lego Art World Map the ultimate Lego building challenge? You’ll need to be an expert in differentiating colors and subtle shades.
But, don’t worry, as everything works out beautifully as the world map allows you to ‘pin’ several locations. It’s kind of a visual travel bucket list, except that it takes longer to build than boarding a short-distance flight.
Take The Challenge
There you have it. The most challenging Lego sets to build this 2022. They’re the most extensive sets from several themes, and take considerable time and effort to make. Ultimately, what starts off as a weekend project could become the best thing you’ll ever create in your lifetime.