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Is there a golden year of LEGO?

LEGO set rating by year

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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... 2019!

While 2019 did really well, 2001 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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21046-1 Empire State Building

100

3 5

Empire State Building

21046-1 Architecture 2019

41366-1 Olivia's Cupcake Cafe

100

3 5

Olivia's Cupcake Cafe

41366-1 Friends 2019

31091-1 Shuttle Transporter

100

3 4

Shuttle Transporter

31091-1 Creator 2019

70679-1 The Ultra Dragon

100

3 4

The Ultra Dragon

70679-1 Ninjago 2019

10903-1 Fire Station

100

3 3

Fire Station

10903-1 Duplo 2019

75892-1 McLaren Senna

99

3 9

McLaren Senna

75892-1 Speed Champions 2019

31089-1 Sunset Track Racer

99

3 4

Sunset Track Racer

31089-1 Creator 2019

10265-1 Ford Mustang

98

5 11

Ford Mustang

10265-1 Creator Expert 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 70.85 to 85.93. That's a 15.08 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 27029 scored reviews. The 9112 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?