Top 10 Hardest LEGO Sets To Find

By Paul L February 26, 2024

LEGO sets are cherished by collectors worldwide for their creativity, nostalgia, and intricate designs. However, some sets are exceptionally rare, making them highly sought-after treasures among enthusiasts. In this ranking, we’ll explore the top 10 hardest LEGO sets to find, each with its own fascinating story and hefty price tag.

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#10: Death Star II (10143)

Modeled after the partially constructed Death Star in Episode VI Return of the Jedi, this colossal set stands 25 inches high and consists of 3,500 pieces. Discontinued after only two years of availability (2005-2007), it has become a coveted item among Star Wars aficionados. A brand-new Death Star II set can fetch anywhere from $2.5k-$3k, making it a prized possession for big-build enthusiasts.

#9: Monorail Airport Shuttle (6399)

Belonging to the Town Airport series from the 1990s, this extensive Monorail set features battery-powered cars, ground-level stations, and intricate details like street lamps and a hamburger stand. Production challenges, including outsourcing to a bankrupt company, contributed to its rarity. With a price tag of around $4,000 for a brand-new set, acquiring one requires both luck and deep pockets.

#8: TMNT Antonio’s Pizza-Rama (COMCON041-1)

As a promotional set for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at New York Comic Con in 2012, this small yet rare LEGO slice includes over 50 parts and a pizza box. Its scarcity has driven its value to an estimated $4,000, showcasing how exclusive LEGO sets can skyrocket in price.

#7: Cafe Corner (10182)

Part of the Creator Expert series, this 2007 build features a cafe on the bottom floor and hotel accommodation above, with exquisite detailing and over 2,000 pieces. Discontinued after just two years, it commands prices ranging from $1k-$2.5k, making it a prized addition to any modular building collection.

#6: Piper Airplane (4000012)

With only 53 copies ever made, this set, given as gifts to attendees of a 2012 LEGO HQ tour, is exceedingly rare. Paying homage to LEGO’s first plane purchased in 1962, it combines history with scarcity. Priced at around $0.5k, it’s a coveted gem for collectors.

#5: Grand Carousel (10196)

Measuring 15 inches square and featuring over 3,000 pieces, this 2009 set replicates a real merry-go-round with spinning, music, and bobbing motion. Limited production and intricate design contribute to its rarity, with prices ranging from $2.5k-$3k.

#4: Statue of Liberty (3450)

Released in 2000 as the largest LEGO set at the time, this three-foot-tall Lady Liberty comprises 3,000 pieces and exceptional detail. Discontinued after two years, it commands prices of $4.5k-$5k, appealing to both collectors and history enthusiasts.

#3: Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon (10179)

With over 5,000 pieces, immense detail, and iconic minifigures, this 2007 set is a holy grail for Star Wars fans. Limited availability and its status as the largest LEGO set upon release contribute to its rarity, with prices ranging from $3k-$7k.

#2: Ole Kirk’s House (LIT2009)

Limited to just 32 copies, this LEGO Inside Tour set from 2009 commemorates the founder of LEGO, Ole Kirk Christiansen. A faithful replica of his home, it holds significant value for LEGO enthusiasts, fetching prices close to $10k when available.

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#1: Moulding Machines (4000001)

Arguably the rarest LEGO set ever, this 795-piece replica of a brick moulding machine was produced in a limited run of 68 units. Given exclusively to attendees of the LEGO Inside Tour in 2011, it offers insight into the LEGO production process and commands prices upwards of $10,000.