Hello everyone, and welcome to Part 3 of the Brick Pals LEGO 2018 Holiday Gift Guide! In this series of posts, the BrickPals team will provide suggestions for LEGO gifts in this holiday season, talking about some of our favorite 2018 LEGO sets. We hope these posts will help you as you choose which LEGO sets to get as gifts in this festive time of the year!
Today, we are taking a look at the third price bracket, sets between the $30 and $50 USD price range. Bear in mind these prices are U.S. retail prices and will vary from country to country, but we will also include the UK and Euro prices for the sets in our article. You can also find Part 1 of our Gift Guide here and Part 2 here . Let’s begin!
Mark and James: 75956 Quidditch Match (£34.99, $39.99, 39.99€)
The 500-piece LEGO Quidditch Match set (75956) is extremely reasonably priced at $39.99, which works out at just $0.08 per piece. It’s more than 3 times the size of the original Quidditch sets; 4726 from 2002 and 4737 from 2010. Also, the original sets had a price per piece ratio of $0.10 and $0.13 respectively. With 6 minifigures, four separate detailed towers for spectators of each house and some awesome playable functions, what’s not to like?
The minifigures include Harry Potter with a quidditch uniform (exclusive), Oliver Wood, Lucian Bole, Marcus Flint, Hermione Granger with her new hair piece and Severus Snape.
The model itself looks perfect for play or display. While building the towers could get a bit repetitive, it’s good to see detailed designs for each of the houses; Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, and Ravenclaw.
The set ticks a lot of boxes so far, but what really makes it awesome is the playable functions. There’s Flint’s Quaffle launcher, a stud shooter, a lever to move the goalkeeper to protect the hoops from the Quaffle, an opening door on the Gryffindor tower, pegs and studs to display the score on the Hufflepuff tower and a Golden Snitch so Harry can be the seeker. All in all, this is a really great Wizarding World set that presents excellent value for money.
Andreia: 70652 Stormbringer (£34.99, $39.99, 39.99€)
Dragon fans might enjoy this set even if they aren’t particularly fond of Ninjago, as the centrepiece of this set is Stormbringer — the lightning dragon. It comes with Jay, Zane, Daddy No Legs and Muzzle minifigures, as well as smaller builds and accessories, but the main star is clearly Stormbringer himself.
The dragon is very posable, with moving jaw, neck, legs and swishing its tail, and comes with a saddle and reins. The mouth has two spring-loaded lightning bolt shooters, and the dragon has four spots where it can be hit by Dragon Hunter Daddy No Legs. Stormbringer itself looks amazing, very detailed and slightly blocky (which adds to the ‘lightning’ theme, as it looks somewhat like a lightning bolt itself), and is 12 cm high, 49 cm long and 14 cm wide, making it also a great display piece as well.
For $39.99 at the official LEGO store, it’s also fairly affordable and an excellent gift choice for people who enjoy Ninjago or people who just enjoy dragons.
Anonknee Muss: 76115 Spider Mech vs Venom (£44.99, $49.99, 49.99€)
Part 3 is here already, my $30-$50 choice is 76115 is Spider Mech vs. Venom for $49.99/£44.99/€49.99. This is Venom’s 4th LEGO appearance, unless you count the San Diego Comic-Con BrickHeadz–it would then be his 5th appearance (also Spider-Man’s 8264916th appearance). I will say without a doubt that this is his best appearance yet as both minifigure and a giant Symbiote.
Upon purchase you’ll receive 4 minifigures, 2 giant mechs, a flying skateboard and web pieces accessory pack (similar to bat pieces in 76110, 76111 and 76112). Probably the most popular minifigure would be Spider-Gwen who makes her first appearance with her flying-skate-maybe-surf-board-thingy. Spider-Man has his mech and so does Venom; Venom’s mech includes controls at the back for Venom to have fun! Aunt May makes another appearance as well as Spider-Man now having dual-moulded leg pieces, very exciting! A whopping 604 pieces are included which creates the price per part of $0.083/£0.074/€0.083. An excellent set based around an excellent comic company. Perfect for little Spider-Man fans or for collectors!
Anorak: 31079 Sunshine Surfer Van (£24.99, $34.99, 29.99€)
My choice for the $30-$50 category of the set guide is the LEGO Creator Sunshine Surfer Van 3-in-1 (31079). The Creator 3-in-1 sets are notable for strong main builds, and fairly decent alternate builds. This set doesn’t break the mold by any stretch of the imagination, but is loads of fun and uses the relatively small parts count (379) to great effect, incorporating loads of interior and exterior detail into what could have been a disaster of a set. Both mini figures are generic, but considering they are not the main focus of the set, it’s a non-issue. The alternate builds are a lifeguard station and a car, which, while not extremely exciting, are still neat enough to warrant a build. This set isn’t THE most fun set in the world, nor is it the best-built, but it strikes the perfect balance between sturdy and entertaining, and that’s why I’ve recommended it.
Jackaroo1701: 76115 Spider Mech vs. Venom (£44.99, $49.99, 49.99€)
Over the years, Lego has had a fair bit of practice with mechs and it definitely shows! The Venom mech makes good use of recently released parts which capture the symbiote tendrils. With that big red tongue and those menacing eyes, as well as its claws, what’s not to love? A Venom minifigure can also be placed on the back of the mech to control it. The Spider-Man mech is also neat (although oddly shaped) but allows playability with its web weapons and shooters.
Overall, this would be another great set for kids to receive this Christmas (especially siblings!). The mechs have a degree of poseability and are packed full of functions, and the minifigures are great! Also, with the cartoon film “Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse” in cinemas, this set is guaranteed to be a hit!
LegoFan: 60202 People Pack: Outdoor Adventures (£34.99, $39.99,39.99€)
VaderFan2187: 70652 Stormbringer (£34.99, $39.99,39.99€)
My choice for set of the year in this price bracket would have to be 70652 Stormbringer as well. It is a fantastic set that does well in various aspects. The four minifigures included – Jay, Zane, Daddy No Legs, and Muzzle – are great, not to mention the fact that the set comes with the new silver Ninjago weapons, along with the Dragonbone sword and chestplate. The build of the set also looks great, with a blue color scheme that matches Jay with some yellow highlights. It has printed bricks for eyes, a flicking tail, removable saddle, spring-loaded shooters, and poseable legs and wings. Not only does it look good, it also is fun to fly around and attack the Dragon Hunter minifigures with. The price also seems very reasonable in relation to the number of minifigures included and the size of the builds, making it a fabulous set overall.
However, if this set is not to your tastes, perhaps you could check out other great sets in this price point like 75928 Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit (a Jurassic World set with a great helicopter build and good minifigures), 70658 Oni Titan (another Ninjago set that has a fun poseable build and four great minifigures), or 75952 Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures (a very innovative set based on the Fantastic Beasts movie, with an opening suitcase playset). If you like 70652 Stormbringer and would like to read more about it, you can read my review of the set here.
That’s it for Part 3 of the Brick Pals Holiday Gift Guide! We hope this guide will help you in your choices for LEGO gifts between $30 and $50 in this holiday season.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below – including your picks for Christmas gifts! – and be sure to check back soon for Part 4 of the Brick Pals Holiday Gift Guide! Also, if you haven’t already, check out Parts 1 and 2 of our Guide here and here!
Thanks for reading, and Happy Holidays from the Brick Pals team!