The Best LEGO Sets for Girls – New 2018 Reviews
LEGO is one of the most popular toys around the world. While they’re designed for both boys and girls of many different ages, historically these bricks and mini figures have been the most popular among boys. But LEGO sets offer tons of educational fun for girls, too.
Looking for a LEGO set for a young girl? Here are eight great LEGO sets to consider for 2018. Plus, we’ve also created a complete shopping guide for selecting a LEGO set which young girls are sure to love.
- Our #1 Choice – LEGO Friends Heartlake Summer Pool
- Our #2 Choice – LEGO Friends Emma’s Art Café
- Our #3 Choice – Stephanie’s House
- Our #4 Choice – LEGO Disney Princess Ariel and the Magical Spell
- Our #5 Choice – LEGO Friends Snow Resort Chalet
- Our #6 Choice – LEGO Disney Princess Moana Ocean Voyage
- Our #7 Choice – LEGO DC Wonder Woman Dorm Set
- Our #8 Choice – LEGO Women of NASA
- Frequently Asked Questions about LEGO Sets for Girls
- What Makes a LEGO Set Suitable for Girls?
- What are LEGO Friends?
- What Non-Friends Sets Appeal to Girls?
- What Benefits Do LEGOs Have?
- Final Thoughts
Our #1 Choice – LEGO Friends Heartlake Summer Pool
All the LEGO Friends can meet up at the Heartlake Summer Pool, which features a water slide, hot tub, changing room, lifeguard stand and two mini-figs.
- Large, fun swimming resort
- Features waterslide, hot tub, lifeguard stand and more
- Includes Andrea and Martina mini-figs
- Only includes two mini-figs
Enjoy summer fun throughout the year with this Heartlake Summer Pool set. A large pool with a twisty slide is at the center of the set, surrounded by a variety of fun extras like a hot tub, lifeguard stand, restroom, fountain and more. Set has a total of 589 pieces and is recommended for kids ages six through 12.
Brightly-colored and filled with good vibes, this Friends set includes Andrea and Martina mini-figs. Also designed to complement the Heartlake Sports Center. Of course, as with all Friends sets, it’s also completely compatible with all other LEGO sets.
Main pool and swim-up set are seven inches high, nine wide and nine deep. The hot tub area is two inches high, four wide and an inch deep.
Our #2 Choice – LEGO Friends Emma’s Art Café
Pull up a chair and grab a latte at Emma’s Art Café, a playset which features artwork, a coffee machine, cash register, two mini-figs and more.
- Hip, fun café for LEGO Friends
- Features artwork, coffee machine, panini maker and more
- Includes Emma and Prankzy mini-figs
- Only two mini-figs included
- Set is on the small size
Emma’s Art Café is open for business. The medium-sized set features a café with a coffee machine, cash register and shutters which open and close. You can serve up fresh food from the panini machine.
Artwork is a major focus at this café. A hinged art area can be moved inside or outside of the building. Plus, mini-fig Prankzy is a graffiti artist who stays busy painting a mural on the back of the café. Also include store employee mini-fig Emma.
Set is six inches high, seven inches wide and seven inches deep. Total of 378 pieces. Playset is recommended for kids between six and 12.
Our #3 Choice – Stephanie’s House
Combining the fun of both LEGO and a dollhouse, Stephanie’s house is a two-story set with a yard, bedroom, shower and more.
- Two-story LEGO house packed with features
- Includes separate rabbit hutch with bunny mini-fig
- Loaded with small accessories such as pots and pans
- Multiple small pieces can be hard to keep track of
Welcome to Stephanie’s house. This modular two-story home is where all the LEGO friends go to party. House features a bay window, spiral staircase, bedroom, office, shower and more. The yard out front has a swing chair and even a separate rabbit hutch.
The house has tons of accessories including plates, pans, bowls, magazines, a vacuum cleaner and much more. The fridge and oven both open and close.
Accessory elements include a cake, two cupcakes, frying pan, three plates, bowl, kitchen utensils, storage jar, buildable vacuum cleaner, shampoo bottle, perfume bottle, brush, two magazines and more.
Includes three mini-figures: teen Stephanie, mom Alicia and dad James. Also includes Chili, an adorable baby rabbit mini-fig found only in this set.
Our #4 Choice – LEGO Disney Princess Ariel and the Magical Spell
Visit Ariel’s underwater kingdom in this magical set based on the beloved Disney movie The Little Mermaid.
- Features characters and settings from The Little Mermaid
- Ariel mini-fig includes both human legs and mermaid tail
- Detailed undersea cave includes sliding door
- Doesn’t include fan-favorite Sebastian the crab
Journey under the sea with Ariel and her friends. This playset from LEGO and Disney features Ariel’s cave with a sliding door, treasure chest, seaweed and even a hideout for Flounder.
The mini-figs are sure to delight Disney fans. Features Ursula, Flounder and, of course, the princess herself. Ariel’s unique in that she has two different bases: a fish tail and human legs, just like in the movie! An included revolving stand lets her “transform” between the two.
Set has 222 pieces and is suitable for kids ages five and up.
Our #5 Choice – LEGO Friends Snow Resort Chalet
Hit the slopes with the LEGO Friends! This Snow Resort Chalet is super-cool and packed with wintertime accessories.
- Detailed ski cabin
- Includes snowmobile, ski rack and more
- Features three mini-figs including
- Only contains one set of skis for two mini figures
This cozy two-story cabin includes a kitchen, fireplace, hot tub and more. Store skies in the outdoor ski rack or cruise around in the buildable snowmobile.
Cabin also features plenty of fun accessories including skis, resort fliers, perfume bottles, a camera, map and more. Mini-figs Andrea and Amy are decked out in trendy ski gear, while Luna the husky pup is always ready to play.
Our #6 Choice – LEGO Disney Princess Moana Ocean Voyage
Fans of Disney’s Moana will love this playset which features a canoe with sail, volcanic island and all the main characters from the movie.
- Features characters and scenes from Disney’s Moana
- Includes buildable canoe and island
- Mini figures are detailed (and Maui is over-sized)
- Island is small compared to characters
Set sail with Moana, Maui and HeiHei the rooster! This playset features a buildable canoe with sail plus a small grassy island with the Heart of Te Fiti. Canoe comfortably fits all the characters.
Speaking of the characters, the mini-figs are the real star of the show here. Moana holds a paddle and a map, while Maui has his famous fishing hook. Also includes two Kakamora pirates and their catapult.
Total set is 307 pieces and suitable for kids ages six and up.
Our #7 Choice – LEGO DC Wonder Woman Dorm Set
Small and powerful, this Wonder Woman dorm room is part of the Super Hero High School series of DC/LEGO sets.
- Wonder Woman playset with kid-friendly theme
- Includes “invisible” clear plastic bike
- Dorm room connects to Super Hero High School
- Super Hero High School sold separately
- Only includes one mini figure
Superhero superfans will love this Wonder Woman dorm room playset. Room includes a window, bed and a hidden screen for secret superhero briefings. Although this is a standalone set, it’s also easily connected to the Super Hero High School.
Accessories are pretty super, too. Includes Golden Lasso, wrench, wardrobe and more. But the best accessory is Wonder Woman’s “invisible” motorcycle, made from clear LEGO bricks. The bike can be mounted on a rotating workshop. All LEGO characters – not just Friends – can ride the bike.
Our #8 Choice – LEGO Women of NASA
This inspiring set features four real-life women who were pioneers in the field of space exploration.
- Features four real-life NASA heroes
- Three different sets including space shuttle
- Includes kid-friendly info booklet
- Each set is relatively simple
This collection of three builds provides plenty of inspiration for junior scientists. Each figure and set is inspired by real-life women who made a major impact on astrophysics and space exploration. Features mini-figs of Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.
The Nancy Grace Roman set includes a Hubble Space Telescope build with tons of detail and an illustration of a nebula. Margaret Hamilton’s set includes book stacks and materials related to the Apollo Guidance Computer (which Hamilton developed). Both Sally Ride and Mae Jemison share a launchpad with Space Shuttle Challenger which includes three removable rocket stages.
Aside from the building instructions, set also includes a separate book which details the history and accomplishments of the four female pioneers. Recommended for kids 10 and older.
Frequently Asked Questions about LEGO Sets for Girls
What Makes a LEGO Set Suitable for Girls?
LEGO is generally a fun toy for both girls and boys. But most LEGO products are given to young boys. Nobody really knows why this is, but the likely cause is simply because many of the licensed products such as Star Wars and Marvel Heroes generally appeal to more boys than girls.
Truthfully, there’s nothing about LEGO that’s particularly gender-specific. LEGOs can be played with in a variety of ways. Kids can focus on whatever aspect of LEGO they find the most interesting:
- Building the sets to use as a playset
- Building original creations
- Collecting mini figures
- And more
What are LEGO Friends?
In the early 1990s, LEGO began serious efforts to increase the brand’s appeal to young girls. Their first effort was a line called Belville. Released in 1994, Belville sets were based on fairy tales and fantasy characters. They were larger than traditional LEGO sets, with multi-jointed, doll-like mini-figures. Belville was very traditionally “girly,” which most sets featuring a pink-and-purple color scheme.
Belville was an almost instant failure. The main problem was the large size of the sets and mini-figures. They weren’t compatible with traditional LEGO sets. Many kids (and parents) felt that the Belville sets weren’t “real” LEGOs.
With the Belville line discontinued, the company went back to the drawing board. In 2012, after four years of research, they launched the LEGO Friends.
The Friends had a unique, more feminine look – but they were also 100% compatible with existing LEGO sets and characters.
Instead of “mini figs,” the Friends characters are called “Lady Figs.” They’re taller, skinnier and with a softer appearance than the mini-figs. However, they can still fit in any LEGO vehicle and hold any LEGO accessory. Plus, their hair can be swapped out with traditional mini-fig hairpieces and hats.
The LEGO Friends have five main characters:
- Mia the animal lover
- Emma the beauty expert
- Andrea the famous pop star
- Stephanie the friendly social butterfly
- Olivia the science whiz
Each has a unique set which relates to their specific personality. For instance, Olivia’s set includes a workshop with a microscope, helper robot, a board with math equations and more. She even has her own purple tools!
All of the characters live in Heartlake. Various sets can be placed next to each other to create a small town of houses and shops.
What Non-Friends Sets Appeal to Girls?
As mentioned above, LEGO sets are designed for both boys and girls. However, there are quite a few non-Friends sets which are created to mainly interest young girls.
Disney Princess LEGO sets are especially popular among girls. Due to a licensing partnership, most Disney princesses have been represented in LEGO form at one point or another (although older, discontinued sets can be expensive). Current Disney-themed sets which consistently sell well include Ariel’s undersea Kingdom, Mickey’s Disney Castle and Moana’s sailboat. The Moana set, which contains a large Maui figure, is also very popular with boys.
What Benefits Do LEGOs Have?
Playing with LEGO helps develop a wide range of skills. Manipulating the blocks and assembling the sets helps improve a child’s fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, spatial understanding and other physical development.
Generally, LEGOs are best for children five and up. However, younger kids can still enjoy the fun with Duplo. This is LEGO’s block line designed for kids between the ages of one-and-a-half and five. Duplo blocks are larger, which makes them easier for tiny hands to hold. Plus, they’re safer because they’re very difficult to swallow.
LEGO toys also help develop creativity. Aside from creating the sets in the instructions, kids can also build original creations. This is a major reason for the popularity of the Friends line. If there’s already a large collection of LEGOs in the house, the Friends mini-figs can fit right in – but they’re still unique enough so the young girl can feel like she has her own toys.
Interestingly, recent research suggests playing with LEGO helps with emotional healing. They’re actually a great gift to give a child who has recently undergone emotional or physical trauma, such as an accident or injury.
Certain LEGO sets can also help build self-esteem and confidence. For instance, the Women of NASA set features four real-life role models sure to inspire young girls. It can be a great set to help introduce a variety of STEM concepts.
Don’t think of LEGO as a boy’s toy. There are plenty of sets, characters and themes sure to appeal to girls. LEGO Friends is a unique line designed for girls, but which is still completely compatible with all traditional LEGO sets. Plus, many girls also love the various Disney Princess sets.
No matter what your little girl is interested in, there’s almost certainly a LEGO set they’ll love. Even better, all LEGO sets help develop self-confidence, creativity, hand-eye coordination and more. LEGO is a great choice when buying a gift for a young girl!