Introducing a new monthly feature on Jay’s Brick Blog – monthly power rankings!
At the end of each month, I’ll re-assess this Top 10 list of the best LEGO sets of 2021, and re-rank them as new LEGO sets get launched/my opinions change.
What are Power Rankings?
Essentially, they’re commonly used in sports leagues like the NBA to track and compare the best/worst performing teams, often changing weekly based on results and how teams play.
I often get asked via email or on social media what the best sets of the (insert current) year/month are, and I usually rattle off what I personally like, so to start 2021, I’ve decided to start a regular series where I track and rank what the best 10 LEGO sets are at the end of each month.
This isn’t meant to be scientific or data-driven (some of these I haven’t personally built/own yet) – just my personal opinion of what I think are the best LEGO sets of 2021!
Of course, for a more comprehensive evaluation of LEGO sets, you can read my LEGO reviews for more detailed opinions. For sets that I’ve reviewed, I’ll also include the scores next to the power rankings, but it’s quite unlikely that I’ll get to review every amazing set of 2021 – I sometimes build and miss out reviewing due to time/scheduling issues.
January 2021 LEGO Power Rankings
Top 10 LEGO sets of 2021
- 10281 Bonsai Tree
- 80107 Spring Lantern Festival [Review] [Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★]
- 10278 Modular Police Station [Review] [Rating: 4/5 ★★★★✰]
- 71741 Ninjago City Gardens
- 71738 Zane’s Titan Mech Battle
- Series 21 Minifigures [Review] [Rating: 4/5 ★★★★✰]
- 10280 Flower Bouquet
- Harry Potter Moments Books
- 75299 Trouble on Tatooine
- 76171 Miles Morales Mech
It’s only January, and already the list is packed with some heavy hitters. For me, the Bonsai Tree easily takes the top spot, beating out the Spring Lantern Festival (which I loved), as the best LEGO set of 2021 so far.
It’s an incredible set, that packs so much enjoyment, value and promise into a fairly inexpensive set. No wonder it’s sold out everywhere. Expect a full review soon!
Don’t forget, the Medieval Blacksmith is released on 1 February 2021, and should be available just after midnight AEDT.
Other interesting LEGO finds from around the web you should read from January 2021
- What if they introduced a new Technic pin, and nobody noticed? by the Rambling Brick
- Destiny’s Bounty (71705) Review by True North Bricks
- LEGO Ninjago City Gardens designer interview by New Elementary
- Minifigures Series 21 review by Tips and Bricks
- LEGO Ideas: Original Projects vs. Final Sets by Brickset
- Mastering the Art of Bonsai – by BrickNerd
- LEGO 31111 Cyber Drone references by LEGO designer George Gilliatt
- LEGO Ideas 90th anniversary survey: Bionicle wins 1st round, but nearly half the users want a castle by Stonewars.de
Read January 2021 reviews
It’s been a busy month for reviews! In case you missed anything, check out all sets I’ve reviewed in January 2021 below!
Thanks again to everyone who has participated in the conversation, on the blog, Facebook or Instagram. This has been THE biggest January on the blog in terms of traffic numbers, so I’m excited to see what the rest of the year brings!
Let me know in the comments what your favourite sets or builds from January 2021 were!