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Is there a golden year of LEGO?

LEGO set rating by year


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!

First, some rules:

Let's get to it!

And the best year is... 2016!

While 2016 did really well, 2001 is a bottom mark for LEGO sets. They can't all be winners.

Some of the sets that made 2016 so great

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10813-1 Big Construction Site


3 4

Big Construction Site

10813-1 Duplo 2016

70317-1 The Fortrex


4 5

The Fortrex

70317-1 Nexo Knights 2016

70318-1 The Glob Lobber


3 6

The Glob Lobber

70318-1 Nexo Knights 2016

70593-1 The Green NRG Dragon


4 6

The Green NRG Dragon

70593-1 Ninjago 2016

31043-1 Chopper Transporter


3 4

Chopper Transporter

31043-1 Creator 2016

31053-1 Treehouse Adventures


3 6

Treehouse Adventures

31053-1 Creator 2016

31041-1 Construction Vehicles


3 5

Construction Vehicles

31041-1 Creator 2016

60131-1 Crooks Island


4 5

Crooks Island

60131-1 City 2016

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 70.94 to 85.31. That's a 14.37 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 26493 scored reviews. The 8778 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?