LEGO Spongebob Sets Guide

Absorbent, yellow, and porous is he. SpongeBob Squarepants is, without a doubt, one of the biggest icons of our generation. For almost twenty years, he has been entertaining children on his titular show under the sea. He’s Nickelodeon’s golden boy, standing with Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny in popularity.

Not limited to television, SpongeBob has spun off into other media as well. He starred in two movies, several video games, and books chronicling his adventures. He has referenced and parodied in pop culture and had crossovers with other Nicktoons. Furthermore, he even has his line of merchandise that, at one point, included his own LEGO theme.

That is right, SpongeBob once teamed up with LEGO to create his line of LEGO Spongebob sets. First released in 2006, the line ran for three years before production ended. It was then revived in 2011 before it stopped a year later. Mega Bloks then announced in 2014 they got the license from LEGO and had been making the sets since.

All The LEGO Spongebob Sets

The LEGO sets are not made anymore, but they are sure to bring fond memories for those that loved the character. This handy little guide will cover every set made and the pros and cons of each. Enjoy!

We have opted to show eBay prices as this is typically one of the most economical ways of purchasing. Other retail outlets will be significantly more expensive for older, retired sets such as Spongebob.

Build-A-Bob (3826)

LEGO 3826 Build-A-Bob - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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Longtime fans will recall Plankton’s first appearance in the titular episode. He broke into SpongeBob’s house and took control of his body to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula. He almost succeeded, but his lust for the Krabby patty led to his defeat.

The Build-A-Bob set seems to take inspiration from this episode, as the premise is the same. Plankton takes over SpongeBob’s brain and takes him for a joyride. This time around, though, kids could take control of him themselves.

The set consists of 445 pieces, most having to do with SpongeBob’s construction. Standing at over 11.5 inches tall, you can tell how much detail LEGO put into recreating SpongeBob. Everything is there, from his shoes to his tie to his striped socks. Most impressive, though, the arms contain individual bricks that allow for joint articulation. Kids can have SpongeBob wave his arms in the air. LEGO even used the little lever pieces to mimic his eyebrows, while his eyes are large discs.

Look around back, and you will see the heart of Plankton’s operation. SpongeBob is split into two levels. On the upper level, you can see that Plankton has set up an entire lab to control SpongeBob. The gears can be used for turning SpongeBob’s eyes, making them into giant google eyes. Then again, SpongeBob is already like that, so that is not much of a change.

The lower level continues Plankton’s control. Using his college-educated science skills, he has the power to make SpongeBob smile or frown. Ever worse, Plankton’s set up a jellyfish launcher: fire angry jellyfish at people. He also has a blueprint of his original plans to control SpongeBob and a motivational poster. Not to mention there is Plankton himself in minifigure form.

Customers can also take SpongeBob and Plankton apart and build them into a seahorse bicycle. This one is controlled by a smaller version of Plankton, in stud form.

This LEGO Spongebob set is awe-inspiring as a whole. Standing at 11.5 inches tall, the Build-A-Bob rivals some of the most significant Bionicle sets in size. You can tell that the company put a lot of care in recreating SpongeBob, capturing most all his details.

Then there are the interactive features, from the arm articulation to spinning eyes, and turning that frown upside down. The jellyfish launcher is also a nice touch.

There are the downsides to this set however. The articulation of the arms does not extend towards the legs, thus limiting movement. Less movement means less posing. Second, this set contains 445 pieces: that can be a lot, and big LEGO sets can fall apart. A kid would have had to be very careful when playing with this. In spite of its flaws, this does make for a fun LEGO set.

The Krusty Krab (3825)

LEGO 3825 The Krusty Krab - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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Ahh, ze Krusty Krab, ze most excellent eating establishment ever established for eating.  Home to the famous Krabby Patty and the beloved workplace of SpongeBob. In addition, thanks to LEGO, it has been rebuilt in LEGO bricks! Consisting of 295 pieces, LEGO tries to recreate the iconic Krusty Krab in all its glory. It does a decent job of it too.

The whole thing is built on top of a LEGO mat, providing room for the shellfish sign out front and the Krusty Krab. There is room for a dumpster, too. In the back, there is a grill for SpongeBob to make Krabby Patties. Flip the switch on the grill to send those patties flying into the air!

When Plankton tries to take the secret formula, remodel the Krusty Krab for battle! The set contains instructions for an alternate model to create a catapult. Use it to fire condiments at Plankton and put his plans to a halt. The whole set comes with SpongeBob, Squidward, Plankton, and Mr. Krabs.

Next to SpongeBob’s pineapple, the Krusty Krab is most likely the most recognizable location in Bikini Bottom. The fact that it could be made in LEGO form would be a dream come true for kids. They could combine the set with the others to recreate Bikini Bottom. It would be amazing.

The downside to this is that the set is small — the smallest LEGO Spongebob set in the wave for 2006. Recreating the entire Krusty Krab would be impossible without hundreds of extra bricks. Even so, this is the Krusty Krab at the bare minimum. There is not even enough room inside for the grill; it has to be outside. It would be much more awesome if there were a giant Krusty Krab set made.

Adventures in Bikini Bottom (3827)

LEGO 3827 Adventures in Bikini Bottom - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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The iconic trio of SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward’s houses was brought to LEGO in 2006 with the Adventures in Bikini Bottom set. First, we get SpongeBob’s pineapple, with SpongeBob’s bed equipped with a switch to launch him out of bed. Move the clock and let him go! In addition, the inside has a basketball hoop to shoot hoops into. On the outside, SpongeBob has a jellyfish launcher to launch jellyfish from while Gary watches.

Then, we have Squidward’s Tiki house. There is nothing inside of it since the upper half is for the eye windows. The house can open up from the side, though. Meanwhile, Patrick’s rock does not flip up from the ground, but it can split open from the side to reveal his TV and chair. For some reason, the set also comes with a boatmobile, which is weird because none of them drive.

The set gets points for interactivity since you can launch SpongeBob into the air or shoot hoops. As far as accuracy goes, though, it fails. It may be simpler to split Patrick’s rock open, but it does remain faithful to the show, regardless of how more natural it is. The main features of the pineapple are the basketball hoop and the launching bed, but nothing else noteworthy. Squidward’s house does not even have anything in it! It will likely be enough to make kids happy, but it is still not that accurate.

Chum Bucket (4981)

LEGO 4981 Chum Bucket - SpongeBob Squarepants Set

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It is Plankton’s failing restaurant/lab, the Chum Bucket. Here, Plankton hatches his convoluted schemes to steal the Krabby Patty formula. He is not alone, either, as he has his robot customer and a robot SpongeBob to help him!

The set consists of 337 pieces altogether, although the detail for the Chum Bucket seems to be on the outside only. The most impressive feature is how the handle and fist of the Chum Bucket were made. The real draw though is the minifigures present. Plankton may be small, but he has some impressive weapons on him. The set comes with a battle tank that Plankton can use to fight off SpongeBob. As an added weapon, Plankton can ride on his mechanical patty walker. Kids can launch the patty walker from the catapult against SpongeBob and steal the Krabby Patty!

The positive side to this Chum Bucket is it includes a bunch of different minifigures that you cannot get anywhere else. A creative kid could have an entire fight over the secret formula! The big downside is the lack of interior detail with the main building, but that is what imagination is for. In all, this is an excellent addition to the SpongeBob LEGO sets.

Mrs. Puff’s Boating School (4982)

LEGO 4982 Mrs Puffs Boating School - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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There are three things that SpongeBob is known for: jellyfishing, working at the Krusty Krab, and the fact that he can never pass his boating test. Case in point, the classic episode “Boating School.” Not even cheating can get him to pass the test, but at least it makes for a fun LEGO Spongebob set.

This set comes with all a person needs to recreate SpongeBob’s many, many failures. The Boating School is built in miniature form, along with a basic obstacle course. The course consists of a ring of fire, an anchor, and the dreaded wall!

Inside the building, the classroom has been remade: there are two little seats, a trophy case, Mrs. Puff’s desk, and a chalkboard. A very faithful recreation of SpongeBob’s school. Meanwhile, the lighthouse light can be spun around and features a tool rack and ladder for you to climb up.

Last but not least, SpongeBob’s boat has a pull-back motor. Pull the boat back and then let go to watch him floor it! Thank goodness, everything is LEGO; it can be rebuilt.

This set was a meticulous recreation of another familiar setting from Bikini Bottom, and LEGO went the extra mile with the interior of the school. The real draw to all this, though, is the boatmobile that SpongeBob can drive. A kid could let SpongeBob finally get his license, or have him cause the apocalypse. Good thing Patrick is there to “help” him pass the test from afar.

The one downside to this is that Mrs. Puff is too big actually to fit in the boat. This means you cannot subject her to any of the sufferings that she experienced in the show. That is for the best, though. In the end, this is an excellent set to have if you are a SpongeBob fan.

The Bikini Bottom Express (3830)

LEGO 3830 The Bikini Bottom Express - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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Now boarding the Bikini Bottom express for Shell City, now home to David Hasselhoff! SpongeBob and Patrick love to take the bus to get around town, but the bus driver hates them and keeps driving off. Help SpongeBob and Patrick get on the bus before it leaves them behind once more.

This set is simplistic: it consists of the bus, a ticket dispenser that works, and a stop sign. The real draw is the bus itself. At 6″ long, it may not look like much, but it is faithful to its look in the show. Since it is meant to look like a submarine in appearance, the propeller on the back can spin! What’s more, you can lift the roof off the bus to put SpongeBob and Patrick in their seats so they can annoy the bus driver.

There does not seem to be any downsides to this set. It is accurate to the show, it is easy to build, and has wheels so kids can drive the bus. If there are any downsides, they have to do with the bus driver’s sour attitude, and there is no fixing that!

Rocket Ride (3831)

LEGO 3831 Rocket Ride - SpongeBob Squarepants Set

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Remember that time when Sandy built a rocket to take her to the moon, and SpongeBob and Patrick launched it by accident. They wound up crashing back in Bikini Bottom and captured everyone. Now the crew of three gets a second chance in the Rocket Ride set.

With a modest 279 pieces, this set may not look like much on the outside. On the inside of the rocket, there is enough detail to make Benny flip out in excitement. The rocket has two compartments to fit the crew in as they blast off. Someone will have to ride in the cargo hold, then. The Launchpad adds to the fact that they are going up into space.

Once they land, the trio can set out on foot in their spacesuits or take the rover that comes with the set. To deal with angry alien jellyfish, the sets come with nets to capture them for study. Once caught, put the jellyfish inside the capture unit and load them up to take them home.

This is a subtle nod to a classic episode, and it even comes with a spacesuit SpongeBob and Patrick. The one flaw to it is that it does not come with enough room for all three crew members. However, it might only be meant for SpongeBob and Patrick to ride in it, as they did in the show. It’s a good set altogether.

The Emergency Room (3832)

LEGO 3832 Emergency Room - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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Poor SpongeBob is feeling under the weather and has to go to the hospital. Load him into the ambulance and take him to the hospital in this limited edition LEGO set. The set comes with an injured SpongeBob, Patrick, and Doctor Gill Gilliam.

Unlike several of the other LEGO Spongebob sets, which focus on exterior detail, this set focuses on interior detail. The entrance and walls can open up to reveal the doctor’s office, which has the detail to spare. There is an operating room to examine the patient with all the instruments and jars. Use the equipment to examine SpongeBob so that he will be back on his happy feet.

This set manages to do what many of the other sets in the theme do not and emphasizes the interior decoration. It does not lack external details, though. It does include an ambulance that Patrick can use to take him to the hospital.

The significant disadvantage to this set is that it is limited edition. In other words, only a finite amount of sets was made before it was discontinued. This means that it is going to be very hard to find off the Internet. This might be a set that you would better off not trying to find.

Krusty Krab Adventures (3833)

LEGO 3833 Krusty Krab Adventures - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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If the first Krusty Krab set seemed small, this one is tiny in comparison. Unlike the first set, this one does not put any emphasis on the interior. The interior consists of the safe and glasses, while the building consists of the front and nothing else.

The real draw is not even the Krusty Krab; it is the vehicle that comes with it. Introducing from The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, the Patty Wagon. It may not have the sesame seed finish or steel-belted pickles from the film, but it is still a fun callback to the film. In a rare case for a LEGO set, the Patty Wagon is also built out of upside-down bricks and nothing else.

The only positive to this set is the fact that it includes a car that is modeled after a sandwich in it. If you’ve already got the first Krusty Krab, then it is not necessary to get this one.

Good Neighbors at Bikini Bottom (3834)

LEGO 3834 Good Neighbors at Bikini Bottom - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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Poor Squidward wants to be able to relax, but as fans know, SpongeBob and Patrick may be nice people, but bad neighbors. Case in point, this set has the two playing around with their new toys. SpongeBob is playing with a flamethrower (?) while Patrick is driving in his boat launching marshmallows. If he could get them inside to watch TV, Squidward could use his new grill.

Unlike the previous set with a pineapple, this one is focused on SpongeBob’s iconic house and it alone. As a result, the interior of this 5″x8″ pineapple has a lot more features. While the basketball hoop may be gone, SpongeBob’s bed remains and keeps its launching ability. SpongeBob also has his couch and TV, while Gary gets his food bowl. There is even room for decorations on the wall

There are plenty of accessories to go outside, too. Patrick’s boat comes with a little catapult that can be used to launch marshmallow studs. Meanwhile, Squidward (who has a new, custom head) has a grill that can launch Krabby patties into the air.

This set is a significant improvement over the original pineapple from the Adventures in Bikini Bottom set. There do not seem to be any downsides to it at all.

Heroic Heroes of the Deep (3815)

LEGO 3815 Heroic Heroes of the Deep - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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The first in the new wave of LEGO Spongebob sets features Plankton having finally gotten the secret formula. The only hope is in two brave heroes: Man-Sponge and his partner Boy-Patrick! To the boatmobile…

This is the smallest set in the entire theme, clocking in at only 95 pieces in total. But it more than makes up for it in the accessories and the fact that SpongeBob and Patrick are dressed as superheroes. Even Plankton has gotten in on the superhero theme, with a new robotic suit that you can use. If you are looking for a set that is small but can provide a lot of fun, then this is the set for you.

The significant strength of this set is also its weakness: it is small. LEGO likely intended for people to buy other sets and pair it with them, as is the case with most small sets. Still, SpongeBob as a superhero. How awesome is that?

Glove World (3816)

LEGO 3816 Glove World - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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Released in the same wave as “Heroic Heroes of the Deep,” this 169 piece is a small piece of SpongeBob’s favorite amusement park, Glove World. Build the Ferris wheel so that SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy can ride atop it. You can even spin the Ferris wheel for a realistic effect. Meanwhile, Patrick can chow on some ice cream at the ice cream shop, and get it all over him. It is fun in the sun for everyone!

The big draw to this set is the spinning Ferris wheel and the fact that there is a unique Patrick mini-figure. Just as before, though, this set is held back by the low number of pieces it has in it. Given how it was released at the same time as “Heroic Heroes” and both were in the same commercial, it is likely they meant to pair these sets together.

The Flying Dutchman (3817)

LEGO 3817 The Flying Dutchman - SpongeBob SquarePants Set

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Avast, boys, and ghouls! Captain SpongeBob and his first mate Patrick are in search of buried treasure. Beware, though, for Flying Dutchman lurks nearby, and he will stop at nothing to get his ghostly mitts on that treasure!

This set comes in two main parts: an island and the ship of the Flying Dutchman. The island is a decent size, measuring in at about 3″x5”. It comes with a boardwalk, the sought after treasure chest, and a cannon with ammo to fight the Dutchman off.

The Dutchman’s ship, meanwhile, stands at about 7”x7”, and comes complete with a helm for the Flying Dutchman himself! Armed with his phantom cutlass, he is ready to strike down those who oppose him, or to make them walk the plank!

This is a beautiful set, and it marks the first and only appearance of the Dutchman in the LEGO SpongeBob theme. Like the other sets, it is once again too small to do anything with. There is only one solution, then: to use your imagination!

Bikini Bottom Undersea Party (3818)

LEGO 3818 Bikini Bottom Undersea Party - SpongeBob Squarepants Set

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SpongeBob is throwing a massive party, and he has invited everyone in Bikini Bottom! Even Squidward has joined in on the fun. Help Patrick staff the DJ table and play some crazy beats while Squidward is operating the juice stand for guests. There are plenty of activities for the partygoers to do: Play on the seesaw, or use it to launch the cake. Catapult out of SpongeBob’s bed as Gary eats from his bed. Alternatively, spin Mrs. Puff silly on the merry-go-round.

This was ultimately the final set in the SpongeBob theme before it was taken over by Mega Bloks. Given that notion, it would make sense to end the theme with a huge bang, and this party was about as good as it could get. The Pineapple is improved once more, Squidward’s house is better, and there are many fun things for kids to do with the minifigures. If you had collected enough of the sets, then you could take all the minifigures and bring them over for a huge party. Mr. Krabs could be there, and Sandy could be there, Plankton could come, it would be just like a fun party in the show. That is the big draw of this set: it is a party atmosphere.

At 471 pieces total, this is the second largest set in the entire theme, surpassed only by the “Adventures in Bikini Bottom” set from 2006. It is the perfect way for LEGO to say goodbye to one of the best shows ever made. If you only got one set from the entire theme, then this should be it. Now let us party under the sea!

SpongeBob Magnet Sets

LEGO Spongebob Spacesuit Magnet Set

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LEGO sometimes likes to release little magnet mini-figures of some of its themes. SpongeBob was no exception to this, getting the first in a series of magnet sets released in 2006. The initial set contained three minifigures in SpongeBob, Patrick, and Mr. Krabs. It would release again in 2007 before production ended.

In 2008, LEGO followed up with a new magnet set, this time based on the gang’s attempts to travel into space. This set contained Sandy, along with SpongeBob and Patrick wearing their spacesuits. Patrick also came with a jellyfish net.

The final magnet set came out in 2009 and was the most advanced one released. Returning are SpongeBob and Patrick, and newcomers are Squidward and Gary. Patrick also comes with a Krabby Patty, and Squidward comes with a book.

It is notable that many of the minifigures in the SpongeBob LEGO sets are unique. Given the non-humanoid status of the cast, non-humanoid minifigures are necessary. LEGO seemed to have captured their likeness quite well, luckily.

That said, these are still magnets and not actual minifigures. While kids are capable of playing with them, what they can do can be hindered by their magnet status. Still, SpongeBob is SpongeBob, and kids would have found a way to play with them regardless.

SpongeBob Keychain Sets

LEGO Spongebob Keychain Sets

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Another thing that LEGO likes to do with its minifigures is releasing them in keychain form.  Released between 2006 and 2009, these were individual characters in keychain form. They included:

  • SpongeBob Squarepants
  • Patrick Star
  • Krabs
  • Squidward, 1st version
  • Puff
  • SpongeBob Spacesuit,
  • Sandy Spacesuit
  • Squidward, 2nd version.

About the Squidward Minifigure: there were two versions of him made. The first version contained Squidward with a regular mini-figures head. His features got painted on. A newer version had a custom-made head that resembles his look from the show.

The plus side to these is the fact that they let fans carry SpongeBob characters in their pockets. The downside is, they do not make good toys. The keychains get in the way of playing, and removing them is too much hassle.

The Best LEGO Spongebob Sets: Full Comprehensive Guide
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