Celebrate LEGO’s 90th Anniversary With Some of Our Favorite Sets

If you’ve been around here long enough, you probably know about my love of LEGO – from childhood to adulthood. Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean you can’t partake in a little brick building – just think of them as three-dimensional puzzles. So if you’ve become burnt out on puzzles during the never-ending COVID crisis, give LEGO a try. I swear the sets get better and better, which is no surprise considering LEGO is celebrating their 90th Anniversary right now. The brand launched 90 years ago in Billund, Denmark when Danish carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen designed a collection of small wooden toys. The first set consisted of 36 pieces, including cars, airplanes, and yoyos, aiming to help local children learn more about the world. Twenty-six years later, Ole’s son, Godtfred, patented the official LEGO brick and created a few bricks in primary colors. Now with over 18,000 LEGO products, you have to wonder what they could possibly think of next! Hint: It’s for music lovers (see below)! Then read on to see some of our favorite LEGO sets from recent years.

old black and white photo of men surrounded by wooden toys on tables

1932 with Ole Kirk Kristiansen’s smaller wooden products

colorful box of old LEGO set from 1955

1955 LEGO Set

LEGO set of four jazz musicians playing instruments

Next off the product line is the new LEGO Ideas Jazz Quartet launching July 1st. How cool is that?!

green LEGO typewriter sitting on table

Perhaps one of my very favorite sets of all time, the LEGO Ideas Typewriter has keys that move and click, as well as a return bar that moves back as your “type.”
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woman holding up large LEGO map to the wall

Just last year, LEGO launched their largest set ever – the LEGO Art World Map – with 11,695 pieces in total. Spanning just over 2’x3′ in size, the colorful map can hang as is or you can add pins to track the places you’ve been.
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LEGO Diversity set with rainbow platform and matching LEGO figures

Last year, LEGO kicked off Pride Month with the launch of Everyone is Awesome, a set that celebrates LEGO’s diverse fans around the world. The super colorful design was inspired by the iconic Pride flag.
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interior shot of the top of a shelf containing two botanical LEGO sets with a print behind them

Earlier this year, LEGO expanded upon their botanical series with two, super fun setsLEGO Succulents and LEGO Orchid. As someone who has completed both, I can’t recommend them more! They’re really fun to make and the look cool amongst living plants. Plus you don’t have to water them!
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LEGO spinning globe on a tray table in front of a blue window

Earlier this year, LEGO launched The Globe set made up of 2,585 pieces. The vintage-style design spans 16″ high which means its size that resembles an actual globe. Plus it spins like a globe!
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A LEGO interpretation of Van Gogh's Starry Night hanging on a wall

One of the most surprising sets to launch is Starry Night, a three-dimensional version of van Gogh’s iconic painting. The 2,316-piece set is designed by Hong Kong-based Truman Cheng, a 25-year-old LEGO fan who submitted the design via the LEGO® Ideas platform. After massive public support, LEGO brought it to market and now we can all have a cool piece of art in our own home.
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LEGO Fender Stratocaster guitar replica with complementary amp

If music is more your thing, check out this Fender® Stratocaster™ set that includes an amp and your choice of a red or black body. Both the guitar and amp are decked out with all the details you’d find on an actual guitar.
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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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