The best 2020 LEGO kits to buy before they’re gone forever
It’s well into November and we’ve already dived into the new kits launched as we move into the holiday season. But with 2021 on the horizon and a new batch of builds underway, we’re turning our attention to LEGO creations that will retire by the end of 2020. Must-have kits that will no longer be on store shelves much more long time. For everything else, you’ll want to head down below for all of our highlights as well as a closer look at whatever will be phased out by the end of the year.
With pretty much everything on the list here, if there are any kits you want to add to your collection, doing so by the end of the year is your best bet. It’s not that any of the retired LEGO sets will disappear at the end of 2020, but they will become increasingly difficult to find as the supply begins to sell.
Most of the kits being released are on sale as well, which makes this a better time than anything to add them to your collection. But if you’re looking for the latest designs, be sure to check out all the new kits that just launched in November.
First, we dive into arguably the most popular LEGO theme, and therefore the hardest to get kits for the New Year. There are quite a few Star Wars sets coming up this year, ranging from more affordable builds to some of the bigger collectible creations.
Of all that retired at the end of 2020, the LEGO Tantive IV is easily one of the most eye-catching kits. We found this to be a pretty remarkable build in our hands-on review and a must see for fans looking to add one of the most iconic Star Wars ships to their collections. Although all of the 20th Anniversary sets are also worth picking up before they sell out as well.
Additional Star Wars sets will be retiring at the end of 2020:
In the Architecture Kits, LEGO is removing a pair of Skyline Buildings to make way for the two new creations that are set to land in January. With only two of the theme’s kits leaving store shelves, it’s hard to go wrong with the Shanghai or Las Vegas kit.
Ideas are another of LEGO’s most popular themes, which means the fan-inspired kits that will be retiring at the end of 2020 are certainly worth adding to your collection now. Although out of all the treehouse will be our top pick for the sets you need to grab. It’s easily one of the best exhibit pieces in the LEGO catalog right now, and the biggest kit of ideas to date.
With a selection of new Ideas kits already launching this year, and even more planned for the future, it’s no surprise to see some of these popular versions pulled from store shelves.
It also looks like LEGO is using the start of the New Year to wrap up its line of Overwatch-themed sets. We were huge fans of the releases when they first premiered last year, and a two-year shelf life is actually pretty impressive for a licensed theme. With Overwatch 2 debuting in early 2021, there’s a chance we’ll see an additional wave of creations. But if not, this might be your last chance to incorporate some of Blizzard’s popular titles into your LEGO collection.
Here are all of the LEGO Overwatch sets that will be retiring in 2020:
One of the last big LEGO themes to highlight is Creator Expert, which retired several of its most collectable sets at the end of 2020. Of the five kits in this collection that are shown at the door, the fire station of the winter village is easily going to be one of the most coveted kits in the future. So if there’s only one right now, it’s definitely this one. Especially with the holidays around the corner, it’s unclear how long it will be in stock.
LEGO’s latest attempt to merge its physical bricks with a digital experience will also see its line of sets retired in 2020. The Hidden Side theme has received quite a few additional kits since its initial launch in 2019, but it now looks like the whole wave is about to disappear once the end of the year is over. We especially enjoyed the experience of our hands-on exam, so hope that LEGO will continue to operate the companion app in the future so that the kits can still be enjoyed.
Here are all withdrawn versions:
The BrickHeadz figure collection hasn’t received as much love over the past few years as it did originally, but we’ve added a lot of new characters over the past couple of years. Now, many of the newer additions to the lineup won’t last long, as LEGO plans to retire most of the BrickHeadz sets introduced before 2020 at the end of the year.
In the rest of the LEGO world, almost every theme is seeing some of its old kits removed to make way for the new wave of 2021 creations. Some series like Trolls World Tour and Toy Story 4 are also coming to an end, but you’ll find a full breakdown below.
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