Brick Insights Sets Statistics FAQ
846-1 Lighting Set, 9V

Best LEGO sets of all time:

Basic

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Basic is a LEGO category that had 414 sets released in 1972-1974, 1976-1978 & 1980-2003. This page details statistics of this theme, derived from all of the reviews Brick Insights has gathered and interpreted. You'll find a breakdown of the following:

Best rated Basic sets of all time

Let's get the best part done first. These are the highest rated Basic sets of all time.

All Basic sets by rating

630-1 Brick Separator, Green

93

Recomended 67%

Brick Separator, Green

630-1 Basic Supplementaries 1996

744-1 Universal Building Set with Motor, 7+

88

Recomended 100%

Universal Building Set with Motor, 7+

744-1 Basic 1980

3033-1 Special Value Blue Tub

87

Recomended 100%

Special Value Blue Tub

3033-1 Basic 1998

722-1 Universal Building Set, 7+

87

Recomended 100%

Universal Building Set, 7+

722-1 Basic 1980

Worst rated Basic sets of all time

Just for fun - these are the worst rated Basic sets.

1628-1 Santa with Reindeer and Sleigh

46

Indifference 67%

Santa with Reindeer and Sleigh

1628-1 Basic Seasonal 1989

8-1 Basic Building Set, 3+

50

Avoid 100%

Basic Building Set, 3+

8-1 Basic 1978

4222-1 Basic Box 5+

64

Indifference 100%

Basic Box 5+

4222-1 Basic 1998

890-1 Wind-Up Motor

66

Avoid 50%

Wind-Up Motor

890-1 Basic Supplementaries 1981

76

is the average rating of all Basic sets.

This rating is the average of all 23 scored sets in Basic. Compared to other categories this is average. 391 unscored sets are not included. 6% of all sets in this category are scored. Here's the distribution of all categories and where Basic is in relation to the others.

To know what it takes for a set to get a score and thus be included in these calculations, check out the FAQ.

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9-12
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17-20
21-24
25-28
29-32
33-36
37-40
41-44
45-48
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57-60
61-64
65-68
69-72
73-76
77-80
81-84
85-88
89-92
93-96
97-100

Basic rating over the years

Years without scored sets are not included.

Recommendation distribution

Alright, so that's the rating. But are the sets generally recommended? The data we've collected shows that the majority of Basic sets are considered not recommended:

Avoid 54%

27

97

148

Total: 272 / 414

Not all sets in our database are marked as recommended or not. We currently have 142 sets in Basic that are considered unknown. They are excluded from these calculations.

A set is considered recommended when the majority of reviews recommend it. If you're interested in knowing when a review is considered a recommendation, I keep that reasoning updated in Brick Insights FAQ. I've also written an article detailing the recommendation distribution of all reviews.

Prices

Since part prices vary a lot depending on part types, Brick Insights attempts to group similar categories together. We call these meta-categories comparable categories. Basic is bundled into System along with these:

The average price per part (PPP) of all System sets is 0.21. The average PPP for Basic is 0.38. Meanwhile, the average price per minifig (PPM) in System is 16.77 and the average PPM for Basic is 26.93.

Basic prices over the years

All prices are adjusted for inflation.