I’m definitely a Lego fan, which works out great, because I also have kids, so we can share our love of these little building blocks and mini-figures and I can play with them guilt-free with it counting as “bonding” time. One of the best things about Lego is how you can be a fan of tons of different pop-culture properties and find Lego sets to fill your fandom needs. Marvel’s Lego sets are some of the coolest, whether you’re a superhero fan or not. Here are 17 sets to get you building your own Marvel cinematic universe, brick by brick.
This is the biggest set on this list and it has everything a good Lego set should have: a big figure, tons of weapons and accessories, and a brick puller you’ll hold up and say “yes, this is excellent, I will hold onto this for all my sets going forward” right before you lose it forever. Or is that just me?
If you aren’t ready to tackle the thousand pieces in the Dr. Strange set, this Avengers Tower set still provides you with a large set, but at half the pieces. It also has a super jumper for launching your minifigs to bold new heights.
One of the coolest parts of this, and really any Lego set, are the minifigures. This particular set includes an all-new teenage Groot minifigure. If you’re a minifig fan like me, that fact alone is worth picking it up. This is an inexpensive set that’s good for testing out the LEGO waters.
The Hulkbuster figure is so cool. I’m pretty sure I have this set… somewhere. That’s part of the problem with having kids who are also into Lego, you end up buying a LOT of sets and losing track.
Here’s a nice set piece for your display, but the real draw here is the Jeff Goldblum minifigure. I’d have to do the research, but I think the number of Jeff Goldblum minifigures is extremely limited. There’s obviously this one, and an Ian Malcolm planned for the upcoming Jurassic World sets, but that might be it.
How to get your own Infinity Gauntlet: grab this set. Boom. That’s it. All that Marvel build up, and it could be yours. Having your own tiny Infinity Gauntlet is cool enough, but the rest of this set is icing on the cake.
Here’s another example of a great set that’s really enhanced by its minifigures. You get Pilot Captain America, Super Adaptoid, and a really cool and kind of ridiculous Ms. Marvel with crazy-long arms and giant hands.
This is the All-American mech we need right now. The set also has three minifigs and Agent Coulson’s car, Lola. The doors actually open and close and the wheels fold up for flight. America!
Nice little touches are what make Lego sets so charming, and the two robber minifigs in this set are themselves wearing masks of Hulk and Captain America, just like in the hit Hollywood film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
I come from the land of the ice and snow (Maine), which means I can really identify with Thor’s native climate. All the other Thor stuff, not so much, but I can live it out with this cool set. It has a Fenris wolf to put together. Soak on that.
It’s too bad the Nick Cage Superman movie never saw past the earliest stages. The closest we can get to a Lego minifig of the Cagester is this Ghost Rider minifig, and even that’s a stretch since I’m pretty sure the Ghost Rider movie is spoken of only in hushed whispers.
Recreate another great scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming with this set. Or go online and find one of those custom builders and make a Staten Island ferry build, cut it in half, and recreate that scene. It’s your Lego world, I just live in it.
If you’re not into the 1000+ pieces in the awesome Sanctum Santorum set up above, you can narrow it down to just a cross section of the interior. Perfectly acceptable, in my opinion.
I’ve always been a fan of toys with missles, so this one scores highly on my personal list. Actually a lot of Marvel Super Heroes Lego sets have flick missiles, which might be part of the reason I like them so much. This also has a super jumper to launch Thor to godly heights.
I don’t know if you’ve heard of this “Black Panther” movie, but it’s doing pretty well. In fact, last I heard, it was the third highest-grossing movie of all time. If you haven’t seen it yet, what the heck? It’s awesome. This set isn’t from the standalone movie, but it still rules.
Man oh man did I enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy. That movie might be my favorite Marvel movie. I’m not sure because there are still a couple big ones I haven’t watched due to extenuating circumstances I’ve only just remedied. This is a discontinued set, so when it’s gone, it’s gone.
Now here’s a great Black Panther set based on the movie. Killmonger minifig? Yes, please. Best Marvel villain, in my opinion. Actually a lot of people have that opinion, but we can talk about it in the comments if you’d like.
Seth Macy is IGN’s Tech and Commerce editor. Follow him on Twitter @sethmacy.