Did you know that over six billion Lego bricks have been produced? No, me neither. But I have accidentally stepped barefoot on a few in my time which makes me absolutely qualified to write Gear Hungry’s review on the best Lego City sets you can buy today.
Launched back in the 1930s, the Lego building sets most of us know from our childhoods continue their global dominance of the toy market with absolutely no sign of running out of building steam. Pretty impressive for a small plastic brick and, with new ranges regularly coming out and a whole growth area for Adult Lego, it’s also good to see that one of its earliest themes is still going strong.
The iconic Lego City range was launched back in 1973 and has occupied the attention span of young ‘city planners’ ever since. But if you think this Lego range is all straight-laced civic design then think again buddy. One of the most popular Lego sets, Lego City captures the best of the bustling, mean streets of the big smoke and puts your young brick fan at the heart of creating adventures in their own urban world. Dig, build, enforce the law, fly the skies, police the harbor – your mini-builder could soon be the master of their own metropolis. Well, at least until suppertime…even young empire builders have to eat.
To help get you and your young Lego fan started on a fantastic, plastic brick-built urban adventure, we look at what we think are currently the best Lego City sets out there.
The Best Lego City Set
Bring some (law and) order to the kids’ playtime with this super fun Police Command Center that totally deserves our Best Choice badge. There’s so much to this great priced Lego city police set, that it’s a tough one to know where to start. But it would be a crime to leave anything out so here goes!
Recreate the mean city streets and let your forensic imagination run wild as you bring your own madcap brand of justice to the criminal underworld. Police Command Center has to be one of the best Lego City sets out there as it’s a Lego kit that just keeps on giving – it’s a police truck, that opens up into a mobile command center that houses its very own jail. But not any old jail – this is Lego, after all –it comes with a cool breakout feature, so the bad guys can escape in their own ATV and spark a full-on playtime man-hunt.
Police truck that opens into a command center and jail
Mobile command center is over 4” high, 9” long and 2” wide
Comes with four police officer figures plus a police dog
Compatible with all Lego City and construction sets
Kit features a total of 374 pieces
Suitable for children aged six to 12
- Weight1.68 pounds
Indiana Jones meets Airwolf (for those of you old enough to remember the 80s TV series) with this cool Jungle Explorer helicopter from the ever-popular Lego City sets range. While not urban in the true sense of the word, this is still a top little Lego kit that works with the rest of the City range to keep you and yours entertained for hours. In short, this is a great value Lego play set that would be a good introduction to newbie builders but is also challenging enough for the more experienced Lego ‘brickers’.
So, what can you do with this nifty little ‘copter set? Building this model will certainly keep your mini Lego mechanics attention and while it’s not quite as big as some of the other helicopters in the Lego range, it certainly holds its own when it comes to the play factor. And the whole set encourages creative play as you dream up your own jungle exploration storyline to fly into.
Helicopter with opening cockpit, spinning rotors and winch
Also comes with an additional ATV
Includes pilot and an explorer plus a jungle spider figure
Plus, there’s a temple with a hidden chalice
Helicopter measures 3in high, 9in long and 7in wide
Suitable for children aged six to 12
- Weight12.8 ounces
We apologize for the pun, but the Gear Hungry team totally digs this popular Lego set! City Excavator is a quality Lego kit with a clever design which means you can really get stuck into some heavy duty brick building. Your mini builder will be the most popular dude on their imaginary Lego building site as they rock up with this fully articulated truck and transporter, complete with a cool digger.
This Lego playset may be a tad on the expensive side, but it is a quality Lego kit that shouts out to be played with. The clever bods at Lego seem to have recognized this and have made it all quick and straightforward to build, allowing you to then get on with the really fun digging business.
Set includes transport truck and excavator
Truck has an articulated trailer and opening cab doors
Excavator features detachable drill and rotating cabin
Comes with 350 pieces, including accessories
Total vehicle measures 15in x 2.8in x 10.3in
Suitable for children aged five to 12
- Weight1.5 pounds
Now here’s a Lego City kit that will put you happily in at the deep end when it comes to awesome brick building – not only do you get a spinning twin-rotor helicopter but a deep sea submarine and ferocious shark to boot! What’s not to love about this set! For its sheer oceanic silliness alone, this has to be one of the best Lego sets ever and totally deserves our Premium Pick title.
Lego City Deep Sea Explorers helicopter building kit will keep your little ‘uns totally immersed for hours on end as they create a fantastical adventure where they are both hero ‘copter pilot and intrepid deep sea explorer.
Set include helicopter, submarine, pilot, submariner, scuba diver and shark
Copter features a cockpit, spinning twin rotors, winch and loading bay
Accessories include a walkie-talkie, diamonds and gold coin treasure
Helicopter measures over 4″ high, 9″ and 3″ wide
submarine measures over 2″ high, 4″ long and 3″ wide
Most suitable for children aged seven to 12
- Weight1.68 pounds
And last, but certainly not least, time to get out of the city and head for the great outdoors with this feature-packed Lego City set which, piece for piece, offers an impressive amount of bang for your buck.
Ideal for younger kids, the Lego City pickup and caravan set will get their imagination out on the open road and offers plenty of scope for creative outdoor adventure. Your young Lego fan will totally enjoy building this neat piece of kit, which comes with an eye-catching pickup truck along with a detachable caravan packed full of camping detail.
Pickup truck and caravan trailer with removable roof
Includes 3 figures: mom, dad and son plus a crab figure
Pickup measures over 2” high, 5” long and 2” wide
Caravan measures over 3” high, 7” long and 2” wide
Comes with 344 pieces
Suitable for children aged five to 12
- Weight1.46 pounds
For experienced Lego builders or newcomers alike, the Police Station is a fantastic set that features lots of detailed pieces and offers hours of creative building fun. It comprises several elements that can be built as well as the police station. You could spend a couple of days working on this masterpiece! With 894 pieces in total, you also get plenty of complementary accessories as well as seven mini figures to add to the fun (policeman, policewoman, crooks as well as your own police dog to patrol the station!) Four vehicles are also included to further enhance the action (police car, helicopter, motorbike, and tow truck). When the command center has been fully assembled it really does have everything a fully functioning police station could ever need. This set has a recommended age-appropriate build and creative fun experience of 6-12 years old. For more great Lego toys, make sure you also check our guide to the best Lego Castle Sets.
894 piece set suitable for ages 6-12
Constructed police station headquarters measure 9” x 7” x 1.”
Also included are a Helicopter, Police pursuit car, police motorbike, and Crooks truck
Seven minifigures are included; four police officers, three crooks and a police dog
- Weight4.89 pounds
Lego City Fire Ladder Truck is a great little set that comes in at a really budget friendly price too. Featuring an extendable ladder which can be rotated 360 degrees along with a pull-out water hose that has an additional special stud-shooter function, just what you need for knocking out flames. Two minifigures are included to get in on all the fire-fighting action, a male and female firefighter plus there are plenty of extra accessories to add to the imaginative fun. This Lego City building kit also includes a fire extinguisher of course, along with a shovel, circular saw, and an ax. It’s recommended as being most appropriate for ages five through to twelve. Our best Lego Creator Sets guide features more fun toys like this, so check it out.
214 piece set suitable for 5-12-year-olds
Fire Ladder Truck measures 3” x 7” x 1.”
The truck features an extending ladder and hose along with an oil barrel
Two minifigures are also included for enhanced creative play; a female and male firefighter
- Weight14.1 ounces
We’ve picked the Lego City Rescue Plane as our Best Value option today because although it’s certainly not the biggest kit we’ve reviewed, it certainly is incredibly budget friendly especially considering that you get to build not just a Sea Rescue Plane with spinning propellers, but also a Rescue raft as well as a Rescue scooter. The plane features spinning rotors and an opening cockpit plus there is a pretend rescue light so that the stranded sailor can try to catch the pilot’s attention to be saved out at sea. Lego recommends that this set is most suitable for ages 5-12 as a lot of their most popular City range seem to be. Our handy guide to the best Pop Vinyls features more great items like this.
141 piece set suitable for ages from 5-12
Rescue plane measures 3” x 8” x 9” when fully constructed
Features a rescue plane, rescue raft as well as a rescue scooter too
Two minifigures are included with this value set; a rescue plane pilot as well as a sailor
- Weight14.4 ounces
Are you ready to race with this Lego City ATV Race team building kit? In this comprehensive 230-piece kit, you get to build two ATV’s plus there is everything else you might need as a driver and mechanic to look after your race cars. There’s a pickup truck with an adjustable ramp plus a trailer hitch. Accessories include helmets, fuel barrel as well as spare tire plus two ATV riders. It’s a fun and creative set and again has a wide age-appropriate recommendation from 5-12-year-olds so plenty of adventure for years to come. If your kid likes cars, then make sure you also check out our guide to the best Transformers toys.
239 piece set suitable for ages 5-12
Comes with a Pickup truck, Trailer as well as ATV’s which measure 1” x 1” x 1.”
Full set of accessories included such as wrench, fuel barrel and a spare tire
Two minifigure ATV riders are included to add to the imaginative fun
- Weight1 pounds
Fancy making and serving up Pizza for your waiting customers? Well, that’s precisely what your child will be encouraged to creatively do with this fun Pizza van set that comes with its pizza van chef. You don’t just get a Pizza Van either, and there’s also a scooter as well as a buildable table with a parasol. The scooter even features an authentic behind the seat pizza box plus there’s a full pizza or a pizza slice, and some French fries included as part of this comprehensive building kit. This set offers an age-appropriate build and creative fun experience for 5-12-year-old boys and girls. You will find more great toys in our guide to the best Hot Wheels Tracks.
240 piece set recommended for ages 5-12
Pizza Van measures 2” x 5” x 1” and Scooter is 1” x” x 1.”
Fun accessory elements include a pizza box, full pizza, pizza slice, and French fries
Set comes with two minifigures to increase the fun; a pizza van chef and a customer
- Weight15.2 ounces
With this next set in our roundup of all the best Lego City sets currently available, your child will get the chance to build a green Airport Cargo Plane that will be fully ready to deliver its load. The back hatch opens up, and there is a turning nose wheel as well as an accessible cockpit and a large engine. Accessories included with the set are an additional airport service car which measures 1” x 2” x 1” which has space for four packages and two minifigures. One each of a pilot as well as an airport worker. Once again, this budget-friendly Lego City kit recommended for all ages from 5-12. You may also like these great Harry Potter Lego sets, so be sure to check out our guide.
157 piece set which is suitable for ages 5-12
Fully constructed Cargo Plane measures 3” x 9” x 10.”
The kit also comes with an airport service car with space for packages
Two minifigures are included; a pilot and even an airport worker
- Weight12.8 ounces
This Fishing Boat set from the Lego City collection has 144 pieces one of which just so happens to be a shark with an opening mouth! Get behind the wheels of this fishing boat which features two spinning propellers, a swiveling chair as well as fishing rod, and there’s a full drivers console. Two-angler figures are included plus this fishing boat even floats! How cool is that? It makes a great gift idea for boys and girls aged 5-12. If you or your kid are into superheroes, you will sure like our guide to the best Batman Lego Sets, so check it out.
144 pieces included in this set which is suitable for ages from 5-12
Your fully finished fishing boat will measure 4” x 11” x 2.”
Accessories include two life vests, various fishes, a fishing rod as well as buildable buoy
Comes with two minifigure anglers and also a shark with an opening mouth.
- Weight12 ounces
Nothing like some quality time spend caravanning with the family and with this Great Vehicles Van & Caravan from Lego that’s just what you get to recreate with a male and female camper and their faithful dog! The family can open up from the back to reveal a small kitchen and bed plus there is a grill to cook your pretend sausages on! Hours of fun to be enjoyed by the 5-12-year-olds in your household with this fabulous gift of Lego. If you want the toy not only to entertain but to also educate, check out our handy guide to the best educational toys.
250 pieces of high-quality Lego are included in this kit for 5-12-year-olds
Van measures 2” x 4” x 2” and Caravan is 2” x 5” x 1.”
Accessories included a grill, two sausages a bone, two mugs and also a coffee machine
There are two minifigures also included a male and female camper plus their dog
- Weight15 ounces
The aim on the game here to keep everything running smoothing with this Ferry construction kit. The Ferry comes with gates that can be raised and lowered and a space above the deck where you can sit your captain figure. There’s also a car included along with a businessman. Why not get your captain to lower the gates so that he can load the car onto the Ferry? There are hours of imaginative and fun creative play to be enjoyed for all ages from 6-12. Are you also a fan of the Empire? In that case, make sure you check out our guide to the best Star Wars Lego sets.
301 pieces of quality Lego in this creative building kit for kids aged 6-12
Constructed ferry measures 6” x 13” x 5” with a car that is 1” x 3” x 1.”
Lots of extra accessories including a mug, phone, and two fire extinguishers
Set includes two minifugures, a businessman and a ferry boat captain, plus a car
- Weight1.5 pounds
Another imaginative and creative building set from Lego City that is based on everyday scenarios. In this kit, you can build a Garbage Truck and get behind the wheel to pick up containers and move the trash container that tilts to open. There’s also a broom for pretend cleaning up as you go along which you can get your garbage truck helper to hold while the driver minifigure focuses on operating the truck. This is the perfect gift idea for curious and creative minds from 5-12 years old. If you and your friends also enjoy playing with Lego figures, be sure to check out our handy guide to the best Lego sets for adults.
248 pieces of Lego are included in this kit that’s designed for 5-12-year-olds
Garbage truck measures 3” x 7” x 3.”
The truck features a fully functional life that can move up and down and be tilted to empty
Two minifigures are included in the set; a driver and also a garbage truck driver
- Weight1.01 pounds
A stunning Lego City kit up next in which your child is encouraged to get creative to build their own Space Port. There’s a Space Shuttle, Mobile Launchpad as well as an ejectable fuel tank and rocket boosters. Open the cargo doors and prepare to launch into outer space. Five minifigures are also included so that space scenes can be re-enacted. There’s a scientist, two service personnel as well as two astronauts so that your child can let their imaginations run wild and play out all kinds of space-themed scenarios. Does your kid like both Lego and robots? We’ve got you covered. Check out our guide to the best Lego robots.
586 pieces of fabulous Lego included in this kit for 6-12-year-olds
Rocket booster measures 10” x 1” x 1,” and mobile Launchpad is 4” x 7” x 6.”
There’s also a space shuttle to launch into orbit which measures 4” x 10” x 7.”
Mobile Launchpad even features a driver can and beacon plus heaps of accessories
- Weight3.4 pounds
This is a superb set that is bound to deliver hours of fun and adventure as you re-enact mining scenes with your expert team and discovery new treasures of precious metals and gems. This utterly thrilling excavator building set has a large grinder/crusher wheel toy with its own minifigure cab and a raising arm. There’s also a front loader with a raising shovel and a dump truck with a tilting head. Golden nuggets are included to discover on your mining excavations plus there’s a rotating chute and one mine carts. Lego City Mining Experts Site really will deliver hours of good old-fashioned creative building fun, which makes it a perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones.
833 pieces in this substantial creative kit geared towards 7-12-year-olds
Features a Grinder, front loader, dump truck, mine carts, mobile lab, and mine track
Lots of the parts are movable for more interactive fun
Six minifigures; 2 drivers, demolition expert, miner, scientist, and chief plus bear and spider
- Weight4.45 pounds
This Lego City High-Speed Train is a fully functioning train set that features a complete circular track and a super cool looking passenger train that can be operated via a 7-sped infrared remote control. Included in the collection, there’s also a waiting station with a small platform and two seats. Other accessories in the kit include a map if train services, a crossing, lights and also a mini figure on a bicycle. This is a great set that works well on its own but even better when combined with other Lego Flexible and Switch tracks to increase the construction fun. All these features make it a perfect Christmas Stocking stuffer gift for the youngest members of your family.
677 comprehensive pieces in a kit designed for 6-12-year-old kids
Passenger train with cars measures 4” x 27” x 1.”
Also comes with a piece of platform and an engine section
Operate the train with the 10-speed Bluetooth remote control provided
- Weight4.41 pounds
Let your child’s’ imagination run wild with this final Lego City set that features a Deep Sea Exploration vessel as well as a shipwreck to build and explore. This Lego City model once completed does actually also float on water. There’s also a remote sub and scuba scooter included in this fabulous kit from Lego which can be lowered via a winch system into the water along with the exploratory submarine. Be careful though, that shipwreck is deliberately unstable, and it could collapse in front of you at any given moment! Our handy guide to the best Gundam Model kits features more great toys like this.
717 pieces in this fabulous exploration kit for 8-12-year-olds
Competed exploration vessel measures 7” x 12” x 7” and submarine also included
A shipwreck vessel is also featured in this extensive kit
Accessories include walkie-talkies, binoculars, life preserver and welder
- Weight2.2 pounds