Video games have become a huge source of inspiration for the LEGO Group recently, spawning unique LEGO sets as well as entire LEGO themes based around different iconic video game properties including Minecraft, Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario.
The LEGO Group has made sure that there are plenty of LEGO video game based sets for LEGO fans of all experience levels and ages. From the newly released 18+ 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade to the play-based and fully interactive 71423 Dry Bowser Castle Battle, there are many great options for fans of both LEGO building and video games to choose from.
Blocks, the monthly LEGO magazine, picks out some of the best sets for gamers…
10323 PAC-MAN Arcade
10323 PAC-MAN Arcade is the latest LEGO video game set aimed at adults. This 18+ LEGO set includes 2,651 pieces and thanks to an internal conveyor belt and LEGO gear system, PAC-MAN is able to actually move in a path like in the classic arcade game. 10323 follows other popular retro-arcade LEGO sets like 10306 Atari 2600 and 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System, though this might be the most impressive of the three, standing at 58.2cm tall and featuring a brighter and more energetic colour scheme. 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade is available now.
76993 Sonic vs. Dr. Eggman’s Death Egg Robot
The LEGO Group is releasing new LEGO Sonic the Hedgehog sets on August 1, 2023. Unlike sets like 10323 PAC-MAN Arcade, each Sonic LEGO set is more child friendly and packed with new and fun play features, with the ability to launch Sonic in his Speed Sphere included in sets like 76990 Sonic’s Speed Sphere Challenge.
However, 76993 Sonic vs. Dr. Eggman’s Death Egg Robot stands out as it packs the most features into a single set. The star of the new theme, Sonic, is included as well as his nemesis Dr. Eggman, who is ready to cause mayhem in his bright red mech. 76993 is a must have for LEGO fans who only want a taste of the LEGO Sonic theme.
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71360 Adventures with Mario Starter Course
The most interactive and technology driven theme mentioned in this list, LEGO Super Mario is more about play than display – making 71360 Adventures with Mario the perfect video game based set for younger fans and good for older LEGO fans who want to try something new. 71360 contains the essentials; various platforms, a Goomba, Bowser Jr. and the quintessential electronic LEGO Mario figure.
Donkey Kong and friends are set to join the LEGO Mario universe on August 1, 2023. If LEGO Super Mario sets structured for play aren’t for you, there are plenty of LEGO Super Mario offerings for AFOLs, like 71411 The Mighty Bowser, 71395 Super Mario 64 Question Mark Block and 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System.
21249 The Crafting Box 4.0
The LEGO Minecraft theme began back in 2014 with the first ever LEGO Minecraft minifigure sets. Today, LEGO Minecraft remains a strong LEGO theme and consistently receives new waves of LEGO sets every year. There are always fresh and new LEGO Minecraft sets, but what makes 21249 The Crafting Box 4.0 stand out is its simplicity. All the basics that a Minecraft fan would expect from a LEGO Minecraft set are included. It includes minifigures of Steve, Alex, a classic Creeper and Zombie. 21249 embodies the spirit of LEGO Minecraft, allowing its contents to be rebuilt in different ways.
With more one-off LEGO video game sets like 76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck also a possibility, it seems there will continue to be plenty of LEGO sets for gaming fans to choose from. Is there a video game franchise that you would like the LEGO Group to tackle next? Let Blocks know on any of our social media channels.