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Is there a golden year of LEGO?

LEGO set rating by year

20212020201920182017201620152014201320122011201020092008200720062005200420032002200120001999199819971996199519941993199219911990198919881987198619851984198319821981198019791978197719761975197419731972197119701969196819671966196519641963196219611960195919581957195619551954195319501949

We all think back to that awesome set.

For me, it's the Battrax. That set is perfect - the play features, the colorscheme, the minifigs. In fact, the entire Blacktron I theme - and all the related sets - were great. Now that I think about it, all sets around 1987-1990 or so were awesome. Surely everyone else thinks so too?

Turns out everyone else feels this way about their own particular year. I guess nostalgia is that powerful. But since we have a lot of data we can finally figure out which year is truly the best LEGO year. Woohoo!

The rules of the game

Let's get to it!

And the best year is... 2019!

While 2019 did really well, 2000 is a bottom mark for LEGO sets. They can't all be winners.

Some of the sets that made 2019 so great

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10265-1 Ford Mustang

97

Recomended 86%

Ford Mustang

10265-1 Creator Expert Vehicles 2019

40351-1 Halloween Ghost

97

Recomended 75%

Halloween Ghost

40351-1 BrickHeadz Seasonal 2019

70841-1 Benny's Space Squad

95

Recomended 89%

Benny's Space Squad

70841-1 The LEGO Movie 2 2019

31088-1 Deep Sea Creatures

95

Recomended 83%

Deep Sea Creatures

31088-1 Creator 3 in 1 2019

70837-1 Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa!

95

Recomended 67%

Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa!

70837-1 The LEGO Movie 2 2019

70840-1 Welcome to Apocalypseburg!

94

Recomended 80%

Welcome to Apocalypseburg!

70840-1 The LEGO Movie 2 2019

40433-1 1989 Batmobile - Limited Edition

94

Recomended 88%

1989 Batmobile - Limited Edition

40433-1 DC Comics Super Heroes Batman 1989 2019

31090-1 Underwater Robot

94

Recomended 60%

Underwater Robot

31090-1 Creator 3 in 1 2019

Turns out my childhood was mediocre...

At least from a LEGO set point of view. Jokes aside, that was a really fun exercise! I'm pretty fascinated by the range we have - the years span from 70.68 to 84.3. That's a 13.62 point difference - not neglible at all! I wonder if we can correlate this result to how LEGO as a company was doing financially. Let's explore that in the future.

Finally, a disclaimer: this result is based on our dataset, which currently includes 28564 scored reviews. The 13904 unscored reviews are not taken into account. As this dataset continues to improve we might see different results in the future. And, of course, whatever score your childhood years got doesn't change how awesome they were to you, but you knew that, right?