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50 Best LEGO Sets for 9-Year-Olds

LEGO Sets for 9 Year Old Kids
Teddy Booth
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LEGO is great for improving cognitive skills, attention span and talent, and it also fosters creativity and the ability to work together as a team. Best of all, the hours spent building a set, playing with it and taking it apart to build it all over again or make something of your own devising creates memories that will last a lifetime. 

Whether kids work on the constructions by themselves or with parents or friends, the creative, wholesome play they get from them is the gift that keeps giving.

But if you’re here, we don’t need to convince you to buy your 9-year-old a LEGO set – you’re already doing it.  We need to help you find the perfect one for the kid in your life out of the hundreds out there. 

We’ve collected a list of 50 LEGO sets perfect for 9-year-olds – a little challenging, fun to play with and fun details to discover.  We’ve organized them based on varied interests kids that age may have so that you can go straight for the gold. 

Will it be a Disney-themed set, one about dinosaurs or a crafty set of LEGO Dots? The choice is yours, but you can be sure all the options we’ve put together are tried, tested and 9-year-old approved.

The Top 3 LEGO Sets for 9-Year-Olds

💰 FOR TIGHT BUDGETS🧒🏻 FOR YOUNGER KIDS🧒🏼 FOR OLDER KIDS
LEGO Minecraft The Mushroom House 21179LEGO City Passenger Train 60197LEGO Marvel I am Groot 76217
5 LEGO Minecraft The Mushroom House 2117935 LEGO City Passenger Train 601972 LEGO Marvel I am Groot 76217
BEST AGE8 years and above6 years and above10 years and above
❤️ PROSCute and colorful build that comes with some great figuresThe train is motorized and comes with a 10-speed remote controlHis fully articulated joints mean he can pose in hundreds of lifelike ways
💔 CONSSome parts of the construction can come off quite easilyIt uses a lot of batteriesSome elements of the construction are very fiddly
💵 PRICE$22.49$217.98Price not available

Those are our top three picks, but we found so many awesome LEGO sets for 9-year-olds that it was difficult to choose. That’s why it’s a good idea to go through the whole list to find something your 9-year-old will genuinely love. 

We’ve got loads of spectacular LEGO sets to get through, so let’s dive in without further ado.

Best LEGO Superheroes

1. LEGO Marvel Iron Man: Iron Monger Mayhem 76190

LEGO Technic meets LEGO action figures in this Iron Man mech set. The mech action figure is packed with cool features — working stud shooters, a glow-in-the-dark arc reactor, an opening cockpit, and a working suspension connecting the body and shoulders for realistic movement. Add some mini-figures and a few accessories and you’ve got a whole afternoon of action-packed play for Iron Man fans.

1 LEGO Marvel Iron Man Iron Monger Mayhem 76190
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Fantastic attention to detail – looks just like it does in the movie
❤️ The Iron Monger has a glow-in-the-dark arc reactor on its chest 
❤️ Fun to play with and pose primarily due to the realistic shoulder movement

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Doesn’t hold together as well as some other sets during play
💔 Its knees don’t bend much

2. LEGO Marvel I am Groot 76217

This adorable buildable Baby Groot is a must for Guardians of the Galaxy fans who enjoy challenging LEGO builds. Once built, this little Groot is spectacularly detailed and features fully articulated joints down to the fingers that allow him to pose and dance in super realistic ways. He even comes with a pretend cassette to rock out to his favorite jams.

2 LEGO Marvel I am Groot 76217
Recommended age: 10 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ His fully articulated joints mean he can pose in hundreds of natural ways
❤️ Adorable Baby Groot packed with details to heighten the realism
❤️ Comes with a cassette and nameplate for display

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Some elements of the construction are very fiddly
💔 The head is heavier than the body which makes it a little fragile

💡 For kids more into The Mandalorian than Avengers, this buildable Grogu figure is also an adorable option that’s great for display.

3. LEGO DC Super Heroes Batmobile: The Penguin Chase 76181

For a superhero LEGO set your kid can play and be rough with, look no further than this Batmobile Penguin Chase set. With spring-loaded shooters that launch when you press the hood, a moving engine and flames shooting out at several points, the Batmobile looks beyond cool. The set also includes Batman and Penguin mini-figures, both with their own weapons so kids can play out endless imaginative scenarios.

3 LEGO DC Super Heroes Batmobile The Penguin Chase 76181
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The Batmobile features spring-loaded shooters and various removable flame pieces
❤️ The mini-figures look fantastic and can fit inside the Batmobile
❤️ Great set for playing as it’s sturdy, and there are several interactive elements

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The Batmobile is a bit bulky compared to how it looks in the films
💔 Quite a few small pieces that can get lost

4. LEGO Marvel The Hulkbuster: The Battle of Wakanda 76247

Another excellent Marvel mech action figure set is perfect for kids who love all things Black Panther and Avengers. The highlight is the stunning red and gold Hulkbuster mech with fully articulated joints plus lockable knee joints for stability. It also has an opening cockpit for the Bruce Banner mini-figures (or one of the other three), whose head turns to reveal his Hulk transformation.

4 LEGO Marvel The Hulkbuster The Battle of Wakanda 76247
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The design of the mech is great both in terms of form and function
❤️ The Hulkbuster can take loads of different poses and remain stable
❤️ Comes with 4 wonderfully detailed minifigs

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The mech’s torso and knee are not really articulated
💔 It’s a pricey set for the size

LEGO Minecraft

5. LEGO Minecraft The Mushroom House 21179

If your kiddo is Minecraft-mad, they’ll love this adorable Mushroom House LEGO set. This colorful set features a red toadstool toy house with lift off-roof so kids can access the rooms inside. With its veggie patch, mooshroom to milk and chest to discover, it’s the perfect set for playing house in quirky style. It can also switch to action in a moment if the skeleton and spider attacks.

5 LEGO Minecraft The Mushroom House 21179
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Cute and colorful build that comes with some great figures
❤️ Lots of little details that Minecraft fans will love discovering
❤️ Easy and fun to build, so it’s great for LEGO beginners

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Some parts of the construction can come off quite easily
💔 Not ideal for kids who like to spend more time building

6. LEGO Minecraft The Horse Stable 21171

Minecraft and horses are two things that will consistently rank highly on a list of 9-year-olds’ interests, so this Minecraft Horse Stable set is a surefire win. It’s also great for kids who like getting creative with LEGO, as the stables can be rearranged differently and kids can even build an obstacle course for the horses. Another excellent Minecraft touch is the addition of a skeleton horseman. 

6 LEGO Minecraft The Horse Stable 21171
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The horse figures are adorable, and there’s even a skeleton horse
❤️ Comes with carrots for the horses and an obstacle course they can jump over
❤️ The instructions are easy to follow and allow for various configurations

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The construction is a little simple for experienced LEGO builders
💔 It’s not one of the most spectacular looking sets

7. LEGO Minecraft The Pig House 21170

More into pigs than horses? This Pig House is not only bright pink but is shaped like a pig as well. It also has an opening side and roof so kids can play inside, and it comes with an Alex figure, two pigs and carrots to feed them. The only threat is the approaching creeper, but you can always lure him inside and then detonate the house with the explosion function.

7 LEGO Minecraft The Pig House 21170
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Great for playing thanks to the removable wall and roof and all the accessories
❤️ Features a detonation function plus other interactive features
❤️ A good medium-level challenge for kids to build by themselves

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Difficult to move as the base is not very stable
💔 One of the more pricey Minecraft sets

8. LEGO Minecraft The Ruined Portal 21172

Kids obsessed with Minecraft lore will love this set of the iconic interdimensional gateway and the endless play possibilities it inspires. With this, they can mine obsidian rock to help Steve repair the ruined portal, open the doors and then pass through it into the fiery Nether world. A wither skeleton and hoglin are waiting there, but what happens next’s up to kids’ imaginations.

8 LEGO Minecraft The Ruined Portal 21172
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The portal actually moves up and down to open and close
❤️ Perfect set for encouraging creative play in Minecraft fans
❤️ Great value as it includes several figures and offers hours of fun

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The construction has some finicky elements
💔 Not the most sturdy set

💡 Want even more Minecraft LEGO to choose from? This Pirate Ship Adventure set is also lots of fun.

Best LEGO Movie Sets

9. LEGO The Movie 2 Pop-Up Party Bus 70828

This Pop-Up Party Bus is inspired by the LEGO Movie 2 and is positively popping with fun. With its cute futuristic design, the bus looks exactly like its movie counterpart. And just as a party bus should, it boasts foldout loudspeakers, a rotating dance floor with light brick and four figures to dance on it. These LEGO Movie characters include buildable Disco Kitty and Unikitty figures.

9 LEGO The Movie 2 Pop Up Party Bus 70828
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Adorable set in unique colors 
❤️ brimming with interactive play features
❤️ The light brick and foldout speakers are excellent additions

What We Don’t Love:

💔 All the hinged elements are fun but do make the set a little unstable
💔 With over 1000 pieces, it’s a time-consuming build

10. LEGO BrickHeadz Minions 40421

The BrickHeadz LEGO sets are quirkily adorable and perfect for Minions fans and kids who love the big-headed cute aesthetic. This includes the pieces to build Belle Bottom, Kevin and Bob figures. While these figures are meant for display, they are also sturdy enough to play with. But be warned – kids may love them so much they’ll beg you for another set to expand their collection.

10 LEGO BrickHeadz Minions 40421
Recommended age: 10 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ BrickHeadz LEGOs are adorably weird
❤️ Includes removable stands, so it’s great for playing and displaying
❤️ Good value for money as you get three buildable figures

What We Don’t Love:

💔 They aren’t really interactive once built
💔 Some 9-year-olds might find the construction a bit too challenging

💡 Complete your BrickHeadz Minions collection with Gru, Stuart and Otto.

11. LEGO Avatar: The Way of Water Mako Submarine​ 75577

Based on the latest film, this eye-catching set is perfect for Avatar fans. With three coral reef settings and an alien stingray, it’s a gorgeously colorful set. While it will look spectacular on your display shelf, it’s also lots of fun to play with thanks to the four mini-figures and the set’s main feature: a Mako submarine model with two opening cockpits and three movable propellers.

11 LEGO Avatar The Way of Water Mako Submarine​ 75577
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Beautifully colorful and detailed set that’s still not too much of a challenge
❤️ The submarine looks fantastic. It includes several moving features
❤️ Comes with four mini-figures plus a stingray

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Lots of tiny parts
💔 It would be nice to have a base to connect everything to

12. LEGO Star Wars TIE Bomber 75347

The TIE Bomber is an iconic spaceship from The Empire Strikes Back, so fans of the older Star Wars movies will get a massive kick out of this set. The Bomber is built for play, with its opening cockpit and warhead bay that can drop four torpedoes. Minifig collectors will love that it comes with four figures: Darth Vader, Vice Admiral Sloane, a Bomber pilot and a Gonk Droid.

12 LEGO Star Wars TIE Bomber 75347
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Great authentic design on the TIE Bomber – way better than earlier sets
❤️ Full of great details including a torpedo firing mechanism
❤️ The minifigs are an excellent match for the set, especially the Gonk Droid

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The Bomber is a little small compared to the figures
💔 It’s a challenging build so won’t suit all 9-year-olds

13. LEGO Avatar: The Way of Water Metkayina Reef Home 75578

Another excellent option for Avatar fans, this set is perfect for kids who love role-playing the daily life of their favorite characters. With the included figures as Avatars, kids can venture out into Pandora’s oceans to catch fish for dinner, which they can prepare in the kitchen of the Metkayina Reef Home. With all its coral, fish and accessories, this set is beautiful and great for imaginative play.

13 LEGO Avatar The Way of Water Metkayina Reef Home 75578
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Packed with beautiful and authentic details
❤️ The construction is a good level of challenge
❤️ Super fun to play with thanks to all the accessories of daily life in Pandora

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Quite a few small loose pieces that can get lost
💔 It’s challenging to move as there isn’t a solid base

💡 Want more LEGO Avatar? This Skimwing Adventure set makes a great addition.

Best LEGO Ninjago Sets

14. LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Fire Dragon Attack 71753

LEGO Ninjago fans will adore this fearsome bright red buildable dragon. With sharp claws, several articulated joints and a saddle on its back for a Ninja mini-figure, this set is perfect for high-flying, high-adrenaline adventures. It also comes with four character mini-figures, all armed with weapons, including the evil skeletal general Wyplash and a limited edition Golden Nya figure.

14 LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Fire Dragon Attack 71753
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The dragon is vibrantly colored and looks very cool
❤️ Features posable wings, mouth, tail and legs
❤️ Great for play as it’s sturdy and comes with 4 mini-figures

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The wings don’t always stay open when you pose them
💔 No joints in the ankles

15. LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Boulder Blaster 71736

Considering it’s a relatively simple build, this Boulder Blaster set looks magnificent when completed. It’s also about the action with a super cool rotating missile shooter at the front of the airplane and a prison for a captured Ninja. It comes with four character mini-figures, including a limited edition golden Kai, so it’s perfect for recreating scenes from the TV show or coming up with your own stories.

15 LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Boulder Blaster 71736
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:


❤️ The boulder blaster looks fantastic and is full of authentic details
❤️ The rotating missile shooter has surprising range and speed
❤️ Comes with 4 minifigs including a golden Kai 

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The missile shooter is a little over responsive
💔 Not the best for kids who enjoy challenging builds

16. LEGO NINJAGO Jay’s Titan Mech 71785

Looking for a buildable action figure for your Ninjago enthusiast? This Titan Mech set is sure to impress any fan of the show. The mech is exquisitely detailed and packed with play features, such as a cockpit for Jay, a dragon blade, two katana swords and two shooters mounted on its shoulders. This action-packed set also has five armed mini-figures and a stud-shooting crossbow on a wagon.

16 LEGO NINJAGO Jay’s Titan Mech 71785
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Super fun for kids who enjoy complex builds
❤️ The mech looks fantastic and has fully articulated joints
❤️ Loads of interactive play features and accessories

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It’s a pricey set
💔 Some kids may find it challenging as many of the pieces are very small

17. LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Ultra Sonic Raider 71739

This Ninjago Ultra Sonic Raider is a splurge-worthy gift that keeps giving. It consists of four vehicles – a jet plane with spring-loaded shooters, a motorcycle and two all-terrain vehicles – all connecting to create the spectacular Ultra Sonic Raider. With everything there is to do, kids will return to this set long after it’s built. They’ll also love that it comes with a whopping seven mini-figures.

17 LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Ultra Sonic Raider 71739
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Awesome Ultra Sonic Raider that separates into four different vehicles
❤️ Construction is a fun and engaging challenge
❤️ Comes with several collectible mini-figures and cool golden weapons

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Some parts of the build are a little finicky
💔 It doesn’t stand up that well to rough play

Best LEGO Disney Sets

18. LEGO Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear XL-15 Spaceship 76832

This set of Buzz’s spaceship from Pixar’s Lightyear will surely take fans to infinity and beyond. It’s beautifully detailed and perfect for your display shelf, especially as it comes with an informative display plaque. On the flip side, it’s also great for role-playing thanks to the opening cockpit, removable fuel cell and all the mini-figures and accessories. My personal favorite is the robot cat Sox and his laptop.

18 LEGO Disney and Pixar s Lightyear XL 15 Spaceship 76832
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Great LEGO design with lots of little details in the spaceship
❤️ Sturdy enough to play with and has some fun moving parts 
❤️ Comes with a display stand and informative plaque

What We Don’t Love:

💔 You have to apply a lot of stickers
💔 The mini-figures are not very accurate to the movie

19. LEGO Disney BrickHeadz Pluto Goofy Set 40378

These adorable, buildable BrickHeadz Pluto and Goofy figures are the perfect addition to any Disney fan’s bedroom. With the two side by side, the differences between Pluto and Goofy are noticeable despite both being dogs. Kids with a sense of humor will get a kick out of this. It’s also a more budget-friendly set, so it’s a good choice if you’re looking to save money.

19 LEGO Disney BrickHeadz Pluto Goofy Set 40378
Recommended age: 10 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Super cute and colorful addition to a Disney fan’s bedroom
❤️ The figures are sturdy and fun to build
❤️ Pluto and Goofy make great BrickHeadz

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The figures are pretty small
💔 A little simplistic compared to some other BrickHeadz

20. LEGO Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear Zurg Battle 76831

This is another excellent set for Lightyear fans, especially those who love playing with action figures. Of course, the evil mech Zurg is the highlight, with his poseable joints and space to slot the stolen fuel cell. But the team ready to battle him are pretty cool, too — there’s Buzz with his jetpack and laser gun, Izzy Hawthorne with her stud shooter, plus a LEGO robot and Sox, the cat.

20 LEGO Disney and Pixar’s Lightyear Zurg Battle 76831
Recommended age: 7 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ A straightforward build that’s great for reenacting battle scenes
❤️ Zurg has 13 articulation points and looks just like he does in the movie
❤️ You can switch out Buzz and Izzy’s hairdos for their purple caps

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Pretty quick to build which some kids may find disappointing
💔 Doesn’t come with helmets for Buzz and Izzy

💡 If you’ve got a younger kid who also loves Buzz, why not get them this Zyclops Chase set so they don’t feel left out?

Best LEGO Harry Potter Sets 

21. LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets 76389

Enchant your little Potterhead with this pervasive set of Hogwarts, including the Chamber of Secrets. The chamber is complete with its iconic circular entrance and large statue with an opening mouth and the rooms above are also full of great details to inspire creative roleplay. In addition, the set includes no less than 11 mini-figures, several accessories, six collectible wizard cards and an articulated basilisk.

21 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets 76389
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Fantastic attention to detail in the building and accessories
❤️ Includes 11 mini-figures and an articulated basilisk
❤️ A fun building project that also combines with other LEGO Hogwarts sets

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It’s pricey considering it isn’t the entire castle
💔 Lots of small loose pieces that can get lost

22. LEGO Hogwarts Wizards Chess

Wizard’s chess is an iconic concept from Harry Potter, so if your kid is an HP fan who enjoys chess, this is a no-brainer. What’s especially awesome about this set is that once you’ve built it, you have an awesome chess set to play on. It also comes with Harry, Ron and Hermione figures to reenact the scene from the movie and an anniversary edition golden Snape.

22 LEGO Hogwarts Wizards Chess
Recommended age: 10 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Builds real usable chess set
❤️ The chess pieces are exquisitely detailed but sturdy
❤️ Great for fans of chess and HP or teaching kids how to play

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The pieces can fall over quite easily as they aren’t magnetic
💔 It’s a challenging and time-consuming build 

23. LEGO Harry Potter Hufflepuff House Banner 76412

A more affordable option that will still satisfy any Potterheads sorted into Hufflepuff is this compact set featuring the Hufflepuff House Banner. With its included hanger, this can become a piece of wall art to display your Hufflepuff pride, or it can be opened out for play. With its lenticular backboard and Hufflepuff-themed accessories and mini-figures, this set is an ode to the house of the badger.

23 LEGO Harry Potter Hufflepuff House Banner 76412
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Can be used as cool HP-themed wall art 
❤️ Opens up to reveal loads of details and accessories to play with
❤️ Kids can collect each house banner and the figures that come with it

What We Don’t Love:

💔 There aren’t that many interactive features
💔 Not that many pieces for the price

💡 Whether you want the full collection or your kid was sorted into a different house, you’ll be glad to know you can get the Gryffindor, Slytherin and Ravenclaw banners too.

24. LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Astronomy Tower 75969

Whether your kiddo wants to build the entire Hogwarts castle or loves Ravenclaw and astronomy, they’ll be over the moon to receive this set. With several rooms on multiple levels packed with stunning details, it offers so much to discover. It also gets you eight mini-figures, including rare ones like Lavender Brown and Professor Slughorn, plus loads of adorable accessories and even a tiny Hedwig.

24 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Astronomy Tower 75969
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The details inside the rooms make this a great set for playing and displaying
❤️ Comes with lots of minifigs, including some rare ones
❤️ A stunning stand-alone set or for combining with other Hogwarts sets

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It’s a little small for the high price tag
💔 Some elements of the build come apart quite easily

Best LEGO Super Mario Sets

25. LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course 71360

With this innovative LEGO set, kids experience a game of Super Mario in real life. Once they have built the course, they can take Mario through it, from the Start Pipe to the Goal Pole. If they connect to the app they’ll collect virtual coins along the way and either way, Mario will react to movements via his microphone and LCD screen eyes and chest.

25 LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course 71360
Recommended age: 6 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ You can earn virtual points and collect virtual as you play
❤️ Mario reacts to movement with real sounds from the game
❤️ You can configure the course however you like

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Doesn’t come with a physical instruction booklet
💔 Doesn’t keep kids away from screens as it requires interacting with the app

💡 Does your little gamer prefer Luigi over Mario? Never fear; the other brother has his own starter course as well.

26. LEGO Super Mario Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set 71369

Already have the Super Mario Starter course? Then check out this fantastic Bowser’s Castle expansion pack that won Toy of the Year in 2021. It features real moving parts that accurately recreate the Boss Battle challenges with Bowser, a Question Block, and a Time Block for more fun gameplay. Will Mario flip, shake and balance his way to victory, or will Bowser win? 

26 LEGO Super Mario Bowser s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set 71369
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The real game elements make this super fun to play with
❤️ The building and figures are both super sturdy even when they shake or fall
❤️ It’s a complex set, but the app instructions make construction a breeze 

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Doesn’t come with a Mario figure
💔 To get the instructions you have to use the app 

27. LEGO Super Mario mini-figures Series 6 – Green Toad Character 71414

This Green Toad mini-figures makes an excellent stocking stuffer for fans of Super Mario. It’s not an extensive set, but there is a quick build in the form of Toad’s relaxation spot under a palm tree. Kids can play with him on their LEGO Super Mario courses or simply place him on their desk or windowsill as a little companion.

27 LEGO Super Mario Minifigures Series 6 Green Toad Character 71414
Recommended age: 5 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ A cute and affordable stocking stuffer
❤️ Great addition to any other LEGO Super Mario set
❤️ In his relaxation spot, Toad looks adorable as a desk or windowsill decor

What We Don’t Love:

💔 He doesn’t have electronic parts so won’t be able to play on the courses and earn points
💔 There’s very little to build

28. LEGO Super Mario Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion Set 71368

Take Toad on a treasure hunt extraordinaire with this expansion set to go with your starter course. This set will increase the fun exponentially as it has so many obstacles to traverse and ways to rack up coins. There are sliding and rotating platforms, ten action bricks, a Goomba and two Cheep Cheeps and Toad and Toadette figures. Kids will love getting lost in this mushroom wonderland.

28 LEGO Super Mario Toad s Treasure Hunt Expansion Set 71368
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Full of fun obstacles and action bricks
❤️ A cute and creative set that’s fun to build
❤️ Comes with several figures and a treasure chest

What We Don’t Love:

💔 You have to buy a Mario starter course separately
💔 Not a screen-free toy as you have to use an app

Best LEGO Animals & Nature

29. LEGO Creator 3 in 1 Majestic Tiger to Panda or Koi Fish Set 31129

The LEGO Creator sets are ideal for kids who love the building aspect of LEGO. This one comes with bricks to make a majestic tiger, which can be rebuilt into a red panda or koi fish. Each build also features cute details to set the scene while it’s on display, like a water lily or bonsai tree. They also all have articulated joints for more fun playing and posing.

29 LEGO Creator 3 in 1 Majestic Tiger to Panda or Koi Fish Set 31129
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The animals look stunning and are impressively large 
❤️ Each build has several points of articulation
❤️ Amazing attention to detail makes them super lifelike

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Kids who like to display their LEGO may be disappointed they can’t build all three at once
💔 It’s quite a challenging build so not best for beginners

30. LEGO BrickHeadz Pets 40479

BrickHeadz LEGOs make great desk ornaments; this set is the one for dog lovers. It’s a relatively simple and affordable set. Still, it makes two adorable BrickHeadz dalmations that will be the perfect addition to a 9-year-old’s bedroom – they even come with a buildable dog basket. There are also many other dog breeds to choose from if dalmations aren’t your kid’s favorite.

30 LEGO BrickHeadz Pets 40479
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Great bedroom decor for dog lovers
❤️ All the options come with a parent and adorable puppy in a dog basket
❤️ Good value for money

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It’s a small set with not very many pieces
💔 It would be nice if they came with some more pet accessories

💡 If they love dogs but you’re not sure about the BrickHeadz aesthetic, you might want to get your kiddo this adorable 3-in-1 dogs set instead.

31. LEGO Creator Fierce Flyer 31004

If you love the Creator sets, but your kiddo is more into birds than tigers, this option is for you. The main build is a fearsome eagle boasting articulated wings, gripping talons, posable tail feathers, and feet. Once kids have had enough of this ruler of the skies, they can take it apart and build the cute beaver or venomous scorpion next.

31 LEGO Creator Fierce Flyer 31004
Recommended age: 7 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ 3 builds in one that all look stunning on display
❤️ Sturdy enough to handle rough play
❤️ The eagle is incredibly detailed and can pose in lots of different ways

What We Don’t Love:

💔 A little small compared to other Creator sets
💔 Some 9-year-olds may find the construction too easy

Best LEGO Vehicles

32. LEGO Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 42093

Zoom your way to glory with this gorgeous Chevrolet Corvette LEGO set. LEGO Technic is an excellent gift for technically-minded kids and this one is perfect if your kid is a car fanatic too. Featuring active steering and visible moving pistons, the finished car is a blast to race around the house. Plus, kids can also use the pieces to build a classic Hot Rod car.

32 LEGO Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 42093
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Features working steering and visible moving pistons
❤️ 2-in-1 set makes a stunning Corvette and a cute classic Hot Rod
❤️ The Corvette is an impressively large and accurate model

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Only includes instructions for the Corvette. Still, you can find the Hot Rod instructions online
💔 The pieces aren’t sorted into numbered bags which makes it more challenging

💡 More into Bugatti than Chevrolet? This Bugatti Bolide Racing Car is also an awesome set for building and racing.

33. LEGO Technic Firefighter Aircraft 42152

This Firefighter Aircraft set is perfect for aspiring firefighters and kids who love aircraft of all kinds. It’s rated as 10+, which means it’s quite a challenging build, but the LEGO app makes construction much more accessible. And with the adjustable landing gear, spinning propellers and moving tail flaps, there’s so much fun to discover once it’s built. It even comes with blue LEGO pieces to act as the water.

33 LEGO Technic Firefighter Aircraft 42152
Recommended age: 10 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Super realistic and impressively large model aircraft
❤️ Lots of details and fun play features
❤️ Comes with blue water LEGO pieces to douse pretend fires

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Construction may be too challenging for some kids
💔 The propellers can fall off during play

34. LEGO Creator 3in1 Viking Ship and The Midgard Serpent 31132

Set sail for the seven seas with this wonderfully imaginative 3-in-1 Viking Ship set. This set has much to get kids’ imaginations flowing, from the menacing sea serpent to the viking minifigs to the fabulous regalia. Kids can play out all kinds of stories on this ship and continue them later when they attempt the other constructions: a beautifully detailed viking house and a giant Fenris wolf figure.

34 LEGO Creator 3in1 Viking Ship and The Midgard Serpent 31132
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Three awesome viking themed constructions in one
❤️ Lots of attention to detail on the ship and serpent
❤️ Great set for getting kids’ imaginative role play juices flowing

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The ship doesn’t come with oars
💔 You can’t play with all 3 constructions at once

35. LEGO City Passenger Train 60197

With this LEGO City set, kids can build a motorized train and track that looks just like it does in the show. Even if your kid doesn’t watch LEGO City, this train is still a blast to send down the track with the 10-speed RC. The track can be configured however you like, and it also comes with a train platform and four minifigs for more realistic play.

35 LEGO City Passenger Train 60197
Recommended age: 6 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The train is motorized and comes with a 10-speed remote control
❤️ The train has a sleek and modern design and drives smoothly
❤️ Kids love train sets, and this one is top quality

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It uses a lot of batteries
💔 Could do with more track pieces to make a more extensive track

36. LEGO Creator 3in1 Twin Rotor Helicopter 31096

Another great option for kids who love anything with wings or propellers, this Creator set offers three fun-filled constructions in one. The Twin Rotor Helicopter is the most impressive of the three, with its synchronized rotors, opening cargo bay doors, working winch and a transportable ROV. But once kids have had enough fun with the heli, the jet and hovercraft are packed with cool features too.

36 LEGO Creator 3in1 Twin Rotor Helicopter 31096
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The helicopter has loads of fun and realistic moving parts
❤️ Also makes two other vehicles, each with their own interactive functions
❤️ Great for teaching kids about basic vehicle mechanics

What We Don’t Love:

💔 As there are 3 builds, the pieces don’t come in numbered bags 
💔 Only comes with one mini-figures

💡 This helicopter is also great fun, but as a Technic set it’s even more detailed and features moving mechanical parts that show how a helicopter works.

37. LEGO Speed Champions Mercedes-AMG F1 W12 E Performance & Mercedes-AMG Project One 76909

There are many awesome LEGO racing cars out there – what makes this one stand out is you get two cars to race them together. Both are intricately detailed replicas of their real-world counterparts and it’s super interesting to see the differences between an F1 and a regular racing car. Each car also has a driver minifig with a helmet and wrench for those epic Mercedes on Mercedes races. 

37 LEGO Speed Champions Mercedes AMG F1 W12 E Performance Mercedes AMG Project One 76909
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Super accurate and detailed Mercedes replicas
❤️ The cars roll smoothly on any indoor surface
❤️ They’re fun to race and look stunning on display

What We Don’t Love:

💔 You have to apply a lot of stickers which can be tricky to do accurately
💔 The F1 driver minifig isn’t designed to look like the real #44 driver

Best LEGO Playsets

38. LEGO Creator 3in1 Medieval Castle Toy to Tower or Marketplace 31120

With this enchanting medieval-themed set, kids can build a castle, a tower with a catapult or a bustling marketplace with the same pieces. Each build offers much to inspire imaginative play, from the fire-breathing dragon to the prison, complete with guards and prisoners. And with so many interactive functions like gates that open, a turnable water wheel and a working catapult, the fun will last for days.

38 LEGO Creator 3in1 Medieval Castle Toy to Tower or Marketplace 31120
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Amazingly versatile as you get three sets that are all great for imaginative play
❤️ Lots of secrets and surprises to discover as you build
❤️ Packed with interactive features and cool medieval accessories

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Could have done with more stabilizing pieces as it’s a bit flimsy
💔 You can’t play with all 3 sets at once

39. LEGO Creator 3in1 Caravan Family Holiday 31108

With this 3-in-1 Caravan Family Holiday set, kids can play out their ideal family vacation in nature. There are two types of mobile home builds here: a retro caravan and car, a more modern camper van and an awesome lighthouse for even more adventure. And with all the accessories, including three brick-built animals, these builds offer endless opportunities for imaginative vacation roleplay.

39 LEGO Creator 3in1 Caravan Family Holiday 31108
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Lots of tiny realistic details aid imaginative play
❤️ 3 colorful and sturdy constructions in one
❤️ Versatile pieces so kids can make their own creative builds too

What We Don’t Love:

💔 You can’t make all 3 builds at once
💔 Might be too easy for 9-year-olds who want a challenge

40. LEGO Creator 3 in 1 Cozy House Toy Set 31139

For a slightly lower price, this Cozy House set is just as wholesome and fun for creative play. With three different houses to build, this is perfect for aspiring architects. One is a traditional family house, a canal house with an office, an art gallery and cafe and an adorably cozy lake house. Each has its own accessories so kids can roleplay different types of daily life.

40 LEGO Creator 3 in 1 Cozy House Toy Set 31139
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Great value for money as it’s three builds in one
❤️ Packed with adorable details
❤️ Allows kids to imagine different types of lives

What We Don’t Love:

💔 There isn’t much to challenge kids in the construction
💔 Not all kids enjoy sets that depict everyday daily life

41. LEGO Friends Heartlake City Shopping Mall 41450

Everyone knows the mall is the perfect setting for stories and this set from LEGO Friends is all about imaginative roleplay. It has five stores to discover, a food court, ATM, a photo booth and many mini-figures to explore. The moving escalator might get kids excited at first, but it’s the range of accessories inviting storytelling that will keep them engrossed for hours.

41 LEGO Friends Heartlake City Shopping Mall 41450
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Adorable set in a unique color palette
❤️ Features a moving escalator and other interactive features
❤️ So many different mall areas to explore

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Some customers found it to be smaller than expected
💔 It’s a little tricky to move as there isn’t a sturdy base

42. LEGO Friends Main Street Building 41704

If your kid is more familiar with shopping along the main street, this impressive set might suit them better. There is much to discover with a grocery store, salon, home office, skate park and more. Like all LEGO Friends sets, it has adorable details and Friends figures. But on top of that, it has a unique feature – the buildings can be reconfigured however kids want.

42 LEGO Friends Main Street Building 41704
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Takes time to build but isn’t too tricky
❤️ Packed with new and exciting accessories
❤️ So many different rooms and play spaces to explore

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Not the sturdiest LEGO building
💔 It’s a pricey set

Best LEGO Dinosaur Sets

43. LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaur Toy 31058

With this Mighty Dinosaur set, kids can build a T-rex, a Triceratops and a Pterodactyl with the same pieces, so it’s sure to be a winner among dino lovers. Each dinosaur features posable joints and glowing orange eyes, and the T-rex can open its mouth to reveal its fearsome teeth. The T-rex also includes the remains of its prey in the form of a buildable ribcage.

43 LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaur Toy 31058
Recommended age: 7 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Impressive amount of detail for the number of pieces
❤️ All the dinosaurs are sturdy and feature articulated joints
❤️ Fantastic value for money

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Lots of tiny pieces which can be hard to keep track off
💔 You can only build one dinosaur at a time

44. LEGO Jurassic World Dominion Giganotosaurus & Therizinosaurus Attack 76949

Fans of Jurassic World Dominion will love this set as it allows them to reenact an iconic scene from the movie. Many fun buildable elements include an HQ, garage, observation tower and helicopter. Even better, there are excellent interactive functions, like a collapsing platform and spinning rotors on the helicopter. But perhaps the biggest draw is the two spectacular dinosaur figures threatening to tear everything down.

44 LEGO Jurassic World Dominion Giganotosaurus Therizinosaurus Attack 76949
Recommended age: 9 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Comes with several mini-figures and other details that reference the movie
❤️ Lots of interactive functions like spinning rotors on the helicopter
❤️ The dinosaur figures are large and detailed

What We Don’t Love:

💔 The lab is a little wobbly while you’re building it
💔 Some may be disappointed that the dinosaurs are not buildable

45. LEGO Jurassic World Dominion T. rex & Atrociraptor Dinosaur Breakout 76948

This dinosaur breakout also depicts a scene from Jurassic World Dominion, but it’s a little more budget-friendly. Don’t worry; it is still brimming with fun, thanks to the awesome T-rex and Atrociraptor figures, a buildable truck that can fit the Atrociraptor inside and a market featuring T-rex enclosure with a breakout function. Kids can have fun staging various dino escapes with this action-packed set.

45 LEGO Jurassic World Dominion T. rex Atrociraptor Dinosaur Breakout 76948
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ A sturdy set with several interactive functions
❤️ Comes with two dinosaurs and four minifigs
❤️ Can combine with the Atrociraptor Bike Chase and Dino Market sets

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Quite an easy build so won’t appeal to everyone
💔 The market is a little simplistic

Best LEGO Sets for Makers

46. LEGO DOTS Message Board 41951

LEGO Dots offers a different kind of LEGO experience, less about following instructions to build a structure and more about exercising creativity to make cute designs. This message board is a great affordable option that can be used as a door sign, notice board or simply a piece of personalized decor. Kids can decorate it with patterns and words they can imagine and change it whenever they want.

46 LEGO DOTS Message Board 41951
Recommended age: 6 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Kids can make any designs they like and redo them whenever they like
❤️ Makes an excellent door sign or personalized bedroom decor
❤️ Comes with a tray to keep the pieces organized

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Loads of tiny pieces. Hence, it’s a pain if they spill
💔 Popping the pieces off the board can be a bit tricky

47. LEGO DOTS Adhesive Patches Mega Pack 41957

If your kiddo would rather bring their LEGO Dots to school with them, this set of adhesive patches is the way to go. With five patches and 450+ tiles, including some cute pictorial ones, the creative possibilities are endless. Kids can stick their patches to notebooks, phone cases, or any hard surface or stitch them onto sturdy fabric like bags or hats. 

47 LEGO DOTS Adhesive Patches Mega Pack 41957
Recommended age: 6 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ The patches can stick to almost anything 
❤️ The dots are also compatible with any other LEGO sets
❤️ Comes with a handy sorting tray and loads of colorful dots

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Would be nice if it came with extra adhesive stickers
💔 The tiny tiles can end up all over the place

💡 Let your little one customize all their bags and keys with this convenient and versatile LEGO Dots Bag Tags mega pack.

48. LEGO DOTS Designer Toolkit – Patterns 41961

For a LEGO Dots set with loads more options, check out this Designer Toolkit. This set is great because it offers many decorative items, including a pencil holder, photo frame, bracelet and patches to stitch onto bags, hats, notebooks and more. With all this and more, as well as the fantastic range of colored tiles available, kids can continue to have creative fun for months.

48 LEGO DOTS Designer Toolkit Patterns 41961
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Comes with lots of different items and tons of dots
❤️ Makes useful pieces that can be endlessly redesigned
❤️ Fosters creativity and self-expression

What We Don’t Love:

💔 It might not appeal to kids who like the building aspect of LEGO
💔 The dots can be a little finicky as they’re so small

49. LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101

This robot-building toy is more than just a LEGO set. Kids can build five LEGO robots and use the included app to program them to perform a range of actions.  The app is designed to teach coding in a fun, child-friendly way, giving this toy fantastic educational potential. Each robot is adorable and has unique abilities, so there is always something new to discover.

49 LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101
Recommended age: 7 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ You can build five different robots, each with their own skills
❤️ The robots are super cute and can be programmed to do loads of things
❤️ Great way to introduce kids to coding

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Kind of requires and adult with tech knowledge as you may run into issues that need fixing
💔 The app isn’t compatible with older Android devices

50. LEGO DOTS Unicorns Forever Toy Bracelet Making Kit 41802

One great thing about LEGO Dots is that the sets come in options for all budgets and this adorable bracelet-making kit is a lovely affordable gift or stocking stuffer. Along with the colorful tiles, there are also sparkly ones and ones with unicorn designs so kids can create the bracelet of their magical unicorn dreams. This is a must-buy for unicorn-obsessed kids who love getting crafty.

50 LEGO DOTS Unicorns Forever Toy Bracelet Making Kit 41802
Recommended age: 8 years and above 

What We Love:

❤️ Makes a cool slap-on bracelet that kids can decorate however they like
❤️ Super cute unicorn-themed tiles
❤️ Great for mixing and matching with other LEGO Dots sets

What We Don’t Love:

💔 Doesn’t come with that many different tiles
💔 Only one bracelet


Frequently Asked Questions About LEGO Sets for 9-Year-Olds

🙋 Is LEGO beneficial for 8-year-olds?

LEGO is beneficial for 8-year-olds and kids of all ages. LEGO offers many benefits, the most obvious being that it helps improve cognitive skills like problem-solving, math and spatial awareness. 

LEGO also fosters more general skills that are perhaps even more important, such as focus, planning and patience. Of course, it’s also beneficial for fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, thanks to all those little pieces that need to go together. 

Lastly, working on a LEGO construction with friends or families is great for developing kids’ social and communication skills.

🙋 What age can you introduce your child to LEGOs?

Firstly, let’s be clear that you should not introduce any kids under 3 to LEGO as the small pieces can be hazardous choking hazards. Older than that, as long as your little one isn’t still putting things in their mouth, there’s nothing wrong with giving them an age-appropriate LEGO set. 

The youngest age rating of LEGO sets is 4, but that doesn’t mean all 4-year-olds are ready for LEGO. If your kiddo still has a ways to go regarding fine motor skills, it’s probably best to get them DUPLO instead, as these use much larger blocks and move onto LEGO in a couple of years.

So… What LEGO Set Should I Get?

That all depends on what the 9-year-old you’re buying for likes best about LEGO. Some kids are little master builders and love complex sets they can spend hours on and display proudly, while others prefer play-focused sets with many interactive features. 

We’ve also selected locations to suit a range of interests 9-year-olds may have, from Minecraft to Super Mario and much more, so there’s something for everyone in the list above.

We tried to offer as broad a range as possible when curating the list while showing you only the best. But if you think we missed anything, please let us know.

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