A Comparison of 3 Lego Beginner Sets

By | November 4, 2014

There are so many Lego sets on the market that it can be quite difficult to choose between the Lego beginner sets. The 3 sets that I will be discussing in this post are all great as a starter set or as expansion sets to add more blocks to an existing Lego collection.

The 3 Lego sets that I will be comparing are:

  • Lego Bricks & More Creative Bucket (set #10662)
  • Lego Bricks & More Brick Box (set #4626)
  • Lego Bricks & More Builders of Tomorrow (set #6177)
Lego blocks in the 3 sets

What is inside the 3 sets?

They are all great starter sets and will suit younger children as a first Lego set, or older children to add basic blocks to expand an existing collection. Although the age rating states that it is for children from 4 years of age, some of the younger children will need some help making sense of the instructions. There are also many small pieces, so you take heed of the safety warning especially if there are younger children in the family. These small pieces can also get lost easily.

All these sets are suitable for children to play together because there are enough pieces to build a few different creations at the same time.

All these sets are compatible with the standard Legos, but will not work with the Duplo blocks.

Lego Bricks & More Creative Bucket (#10662)

Lego starter 10662

A great set to start or expand a Lego collection

  • Suggested age: 4 to 99
  • Number of pieces: 607
  • Number of mini-figures: 0
  • Price range: $28.95 to $29.97
  •  Amazon customer rating: 4.7 / 5

This set contains a good assortment of different Lego bricks, including wheels. These are suitable for building vehicles, buildings and animals. There is a pamphlet with some suggested building ideas, including zoo and farm animals, but no real step by step instructions. Many different models can be built and a number of them can be built at the same time if they are not too big and don’t use too many pieces each.

This set is best suited for creating buildings and the suggested animals.

Comes in a handy storage bucket that makes it easy to take the set with on trips or when visiting.

What some people did not like about this set:

  • It only has 2 axles and 4 wheels so only 1 vehicle can be built at a time
  • Lots of small pieces and not enough big pieces

What people did like:

  • The good assortment of different blocks
  • Enough blocks for children to play together
  • Combines well with other sets for more building options
  • The great storage bucket

Overall, this is a great option for a first Lego set, or to take an existing set (or collection) to the next level.

Lego Bricks & More Brick Box (#4626)

•Lego Bricks & More Brick Box

Another great beginner set with a storage box

  • Suggested age: 4 to 99
  • Number of pieces: 232
  • Number of mini-figures: 1
  • Price range: $54.98 to $60.99
  • Amazon customer rating: 4.3 / 5

This set comes with a variety of bricks and accessories including: a male mini-figure, door, window, fence, roof bricks, steering wheel and even a spanner. This allows children to build creations such as boats, race cars and trucks, as well as buildings. The set includes some easy to follow instructions and a pamphlet with ideas for more creations.

This set also comes in a handy storage bucket.

What some people did not like about this set:

  • Difficult to make multiple models with the small number of pieces
  • Limited number of specialised pieces like doors, windows and roof pieces
  • No wheels
  • Lots of small pieces and only a few big ones

What people did like:

  • A good variety of pieces
  • Great to have some specialised pieces in the set
  • The accessories and the mini-figure add to the fantasy play theme after making some models
  • Combines well with other Lego sets

This set has the fewest number of pieces of all the sets, but does include parts that don’t come in the other starter sets. If you are looking at buying this set, shop around for prices because they vary a lot.

Lego Bricks & More Builders of Tomorrow (#6177)

•Lego Bricks & More Builders of Tomorrow

A basic brick set, ideal to expand your collection

  • Suggested age: 4 to 99
  • Number of pieces: 650
  • Number of mini-figures: 0
  • Price range: $29.99 to $39.99
  • Amazon customer rating: 4.6 / 5

Another great set with a large number of pieces to ensure hours of building fun. The variety of colours included is a hit with most children. This set is a great choice for expanding an existing set of Lego blocks. The set contains only bricks, mostly smaller sizes, and no specialised pieces.

The pieces come in a cardboard box and there is no container to keep them in.

What some people did not like about this set:

  • There is no storage box
  • There are no specialised pieces, just bricks
  • Too many small bricks and not enough bigger ones

What people did like:

  • The variety of colours included, adds colour when combined with other sets
  • A good assortment of basic bricks that work well when combined with other specialised sets
  • A good number of smaller pieces, especially the 1 x 1

This set is better purchased to expand and existing Lego collection rather than being a starter set. It does not include enough variety for a starter set.

My verdict on the 3 options

My personal favourite out of these Lego beginner sets is the Lego Bricks & More Creative Bucket (set #10662). It has a lot of pieces and a good variety including a set of wheels that make it an ideal starter set.

All of these sets are great for bulking up a Lego collection and the choice will depend on whether you just want more bricks or if you want some of the specialised pieces that some of the sets have.

Next I will be taking a look at the top rated Lego City sets. Keep an eye out for it in the next week or 2.

28 thoughts on “A Comparison of 3 Lego Beginner Sets

  1. Ray

    I was amazed to find out the other day what you can build with Lego. When I was a kid it was just bricks. Now you can build complete working models. I found myself wishing they had stuff like that when I was young.

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    1. Lesley Post author

      I don’t think age matters when it comes to building sets. Some of them offer a good challenge for older children and even adults.

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Most kids love building toys. I think we will have a house full of them before my kids have grown up.

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  2. Kristina

    I like these boxes! I never liked the sets where you were supposed to just build a car or a house or whatever it was, they are so restricting and the kids couldn’t use their imagination. Love this review, thanks! Kristina

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Hi Kristina, I totally agree. Those little one-model sets are only useful to expand a set or a collection of models.

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  3. Damien Parsons

    Thanks for the comparison. Variety was important in the Lego beginner set I was looking for.

    Glad you have summed that up for Lego bricks and more creative bucket. Another Christmas gift off my list!

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Hi Damien, I am pleased that you found it useful. I will be reviewing a lot more building toy options before I decide on the gifts for my boys.

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  4. Kristy

    I loved your information! Its actually quite timely as I am looking for something for my son for Christmas and now have a few new ideas! Thank you! Can’t wait for the next review! 🙂

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Hi Kristy, there are so many options with these types of toys that it can be very difficult to choose a gift that will give many hours of play time. There are also so many new options out there. My wish list is getting very long because there are so many good sets out there.

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  5. Dean

    I love Lego!! I’ve learnt so much from it- I’m a big boy now so I play with Technic lego. My latest addition to my collection was the Scale model crane- complete with outriggers, all wheel steering and a fully operational lifting boom! It can lift quite a lot for a toy!

    I see this article is on beginner sets, which are absolutely great for buildings and basically anything you can imagine! No doubt these sets will provide hours of learning and fun for anyone, and I imagine once a person discovers the true joy of creating with Lego- they’ll be back for more!!

    Thanks for sharing this! Im gonna go build something new now 😉

    cheers
    Dean

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Hi Dean, thanks for stopping by. I will be getting to reviews on Lego Technic and Lego Mindstorms in the future. I know my older son will absolutely love the Lego Technic range (and so will his dad and I)!

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  6. Michelle

    Hi Lesley. Thanks so much for a great review on these Lego products. My kids got into Lego’s long ago, and it still surprises me when my teenage son pulls them out and the imagination takes over! I always thought that they would just be another toy that was outgrown, but this is the only one that I can honestly say has stayed in our house for years! It’s nice to see the Lego sets come to life and the electronics take a rest! 🙂

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Hi Michelle,
      Yes, that is the really good thing about Lego sets, they get used over and over and over again. They are also really good quality and last through generations if they are looked after. There are some great sets for older children, so keep an eye out for more reviews.

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  7. Angela

    Great information about Legos. My boys are very much into Legos and I love them as a parent because some of these sets are very challenging for them and keeps their minds active. they sometimes spend hours building different things. Amazes me sometimes the ideas they come up with. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Lesley Post author

      It really is great that we can help our children develop their creativity and their skills. Nothing beats building toys in my opinion.

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  8. Hilda

    I am convinced that with any Lego set, our own creativity is the limit. I agree with you, the Lego Bricks and More Creative Bucket offers more options to build different things than the other two. I love the storage bucket. Great review!
    Hilda

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Hi Hilda, I agree that we limit ourselves with these types of toys. Some of the things people have made are absolutely awesome. There are some great books with ideas for building different things that I will be reviewing soon.

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  9. Gordon

    Very thorough review, full of great information to help decide which to buy. Lego sure has come a long way since I was a boy.

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    1. Lesley Post author

      It is great that Lego is still around. It sure has stood the test of time and has proven itself to be a good quality product that not only inspires the creativity in children, but also last and can be passed on to future generations.

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  10. Jason

    Great & Informative site about Legos, my son is an avid fan of legos therefore, I found your information extremely useful. Thanks for the effort and knowledge you have put into your site!

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Hi Jason, thanks for stopping by. I hope my future reviews will be just as useful to you.

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  11. Luis

    I used to love building stuff with Legos. Actually, I still do. I also had a couple of those creative buckets and completely agree with you. You can really let loose with your imagination.

    Cheers!

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Luis.
      I have to admit that I also enjoy building with Legos. If I had more time my kids would probably not get much chance to build because I will use all the blocks 🙂

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  12. khanya

    Halla Lesley ma dawg I really like what you did with your website and considering the fact that I have always liked Lego Toys.

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Thanks for stopping by.
      I always loved Legos and I like to join in when my kids play with theirs. I guess I will never outgrow the tried and tested Lego range.

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  13. Dan

    Hey Lesley, Great review. Man this brings me way back. I may be 34 but you definitely took me back to my childhood and made me want to lose myself in the world of legos again. I remember the imagination I used to use when building with this stuff. I really think my girls would love a set of these for Christmas. Thanks for the help.
    -Dan

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    1. Lesley Post author

      Hi Dan, I hope your girls get to enjoy a great Lego set for Christmas. I can’t help thinking that you are going to be joining in. Building toys can make for great family time. Enjoy!

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