LEGO City has a long history within LEGO sets. But it wasn't until 2005, when the previous incarnations 'Legoland Town' and 'LEGO World City' were rebranded to the LEGO City sets we know and love today, that the theme really took off.
Nowadays, LEGO City is one of LEGO's most lucrative series of LEGO sets, and it's easy to see why. Each year, the LEGO City sets add more and more diverse builds and storytelling opportunities to the city, and 2022 will be no exception.
So, stick around for today's post to see the best LEGO City sets that are 'set' (see what we did there) to take the LEGO world by storm in 2022!
Also check: Find Best Lighting System For Lego City Sets.
1. Lunar Research Base (60350)
And now, our ultimate don't miss LEGO City set of 2022: the Lunar Research Base - it's literally out of this world! At 786 pieces, it's not the biggest LEGO City set due to be released in 2022, but it is certainly one of, if not the, most unique offering.
This set has it all - a rocket, the base itself with multiple research rooms, exploratory space gadgets, and 6 minifigures - researchers, scientists, and astronauts!
It's NASA-inspired and is full of authentic details that make this Lunar Research Base something to be excited about. There are even space vehicles, like the Lunar Lander and VIPER Rover, to add even more fun to the set.
But we have news. It's not going to be released until March 1, 2022, so the set we're most excited about is also the one we can't get right now. But what's that saying again? Oh yeah! Good things come to those who wait...
2. Police Chase At The Bank (60317)
Of course, it's always the big set-pieces that are going to generate the most excitement, and we've given in to that excitement too (hey, we're only human). This 915 piece, drone flying, helicopter soaring, swat van chasing, criminal truck racing police chase at the bank set is exciting whichever way you look at it.
Storytelling? Yep. Fun build? Definitely. Perfect for our DIY lighting kits? You betcha! Alright, so that last one won't be everyone's priority, but there's no denying the whole thing would look awesome lit up so you can try to break into the bank by night! However you play with or display this set, it's going to be a big deal and a lot of fun!
It's another set you can grab right now, which is good, because when we first found out about this set we had to wait, and let us tell you, it was hard! So, if you want to add a touch of criminal activity to your LEGO City, why not go big with a bank heist? Go big or go home, that's what they say, right?
3. School Day (60329)
Yes, we've also had enough school for a lifetime, but when this 433 piece school day set dropped, even we were excited about it. This is one of the most incredibly detailed LEGO modular building 2022 available, considering its small size. It features a science classroom and music room, as well as an outdoor play area to the back.
But our favorite thing about this set is the representation. There's a wheelchair user, and the school bus that comes with this set has disabled access. For us, LEGO is at their best when they represent everyone with the sets they create, and for that, School Day may be one of our favorite sets of the year!
This set has already been released, but it seems to be flying off the shelves wherever you look, so it might be one you have to wait to be restocked before you get your hands on it to add to your LEGO City at home. Still, it's an exciting set with loads of detail, so it'll certainly be worth the wait.
4. Beach Lifeguard Station (60328)
This 211 piece set is a great addition to the LEGO City universe, especially if you already own set number 60286 'LEGO City Beach Rescue ATV'. Not only does the beach lifeguard station set offer a bunch of storytelling opportunities, but everything about it looks great too.
From the lifeguard station itself, with its unique colorings and tiny details (like the binoculars, ladder, and sirens), to the minifigures prepared for a relaxing day at the beach. The lifeguard even has a vehicle to take over the sand to the water, and he looks so cool in his lifeguard outfit!
This is another LEGO City 2022 set that's already dropped, so you can pick it up to add to your collection today. Perhaps the thing we love most about this set is how compatible it would be with one of our DIY lighting kits. Just imagine the lifeguard station lit up at night. Pretty cool, right?
5. Stunt Plane (60323)
This 59 piece, 1 minifigure, stunt plane set might not look like much when you first see it, but for us, it's a storytelling treasure trove of possibility. Just think about it. We already know that vehicles in the LEGO world are popular, especially in LEGO City sets where they really make the city come alive.
But how many modern stunt planes have we seen before? None! They're usually based on old stunt planes, and in a series of sets as modern as LEGO City, they feel out of place. But not anymore!
The best thing is, this set is available right now! So you can head out and purchase it today without having to wait. We love this set, and we're certain you will too.
Well, that concludes our list of the most exciting LEGO City sets to look out for in 2022, but there's plenty more where they came from. So, check out the LEGO City range for yourself, and make sure you pick up those sets quick when they're released. The School Day set has proven that LEGO City is as popular as ever, and they will sell out fast.
And once you've picked up your LEGO City sets, why not check out our LEGO lighting kits. We might have one ready to go for your new LEGO City set, or you might have to create a DIY lighting kit of your own. Either way, these sets always look better with a little LEGO lighting to make them really come alive!