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25 Rare 90s Lego Sets (That Remind Us How Simple The 90s Were)

There are many Lego sets from the 90s that were so elaborate and impressive, we aren't sure Lego will ever make them again.

Growing up during the nineties was a time like no other, especially when it came to the ever-evolving toy market. Lego was one such toy that was exploding in popularity like never before, so much so that the brand got an entire theme park that was dedicated to the stackable toys in life-sized form. The Lego sets that were sold during the nineties took the brand in a new daring direction, and this came from new sets that were a far cry from the original basic boxes of Lego pieces. Many of the sets that were sold during the nineties were discontinued and have become quite rare, even with the success of the multiple Lego movies and TV shows in the franchise.

Checking out the one of a kind Lego sets of the nineties is a pretty cool experience to look back on, as these sets were quite groundbreaking at a time when the Lego brand was just getting its footing. There were other competing toys during the nineties such as Kennex and the ever popular Lincoln logs, both of which were also very fun toys to play with. But, the Lego brand has gone a long way in remaining relevant even during the technology revolution which includes smartphones and the Internet. Many of these Lego sets that were designed during the nineties will never be produced again, and this means that finding these sets will take a little bit of research, which will be worth it to find that signature nineties nostalgia.

25 Royal Knight's Castle

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Nothing is more memorable than dragons and castles, especially during your childhood. We have all heard fairy tales and watched the cartoons and movies growing up about the castle with the dragon guarding it. Lego saw the potential in this and the 6090 Royal Knight's Castle was released, which is a unique full-featured castle that had a lot of fun little pieces which gave the set a unique feeling and really connected the user to build the set which made the total experience quite fun. (Etsy)

24 Black Knight's Castle

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Of course, just like in the vintage movies there is always a white knight and a black knight, and thus Lego made the set for a black knight as well. The 6086 Black Knight's Castle also had many new pieces that made it a unique addition to the lego world, on top of combining a plethora of new pieces which made the set a much more unique experience, to say the least. Nothing is more fun than building a castle, and during the nineties, we had Sega Genesis to look forward to and building the Black Knight's Castle. (Etsy)

23 King's Mountain Fortress

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With every castle and kingdom there is going to eventually be a need for a Fortress, and luckily for the kids of the nineties Lego knew that this was the case and created the one-of-a-kind 6081 King's Mountain Fortress set. This one of a kind set has exploded in popularity since the nineties, with many examples selling for upwards of $600.00! Naturally, if you still have one of these sets laying around you are sitting on top of a goldmine, as there is a minimal chance that Lego is going to be bringing this set back anytime soon. (Etsy)

22 Wolfpack Tower

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Released in 1992 as part of the Lego system, the 6075-1 Wolfpack Tower is a rather unique set that differentiated itself from the castle sets at the time. Using a variety of new colors and pieces this set was a far cry from the Lego sets that we had seen prior, with the value continuing to rise into today. Lego will probably never produce this set again, as much of the Lego universe has switched to superhero sets and the Lego Ninjago sets which seem to be growing in popularity with the new Netflix TV series. (Etsy)

21 Super Car

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One of the chief complaints that many 90s children had with the Lego sets growing up was the fact that it was nearly impossible to build a car. Thus, the creators at Lego saw this problem as well and introduced the 8880 Super Car. This set which was extremely rare allowed users to build a diecast scale car with a little bit of skill and patience, that was a far cry from any Lego car that had been built up to this point. Naturally, there were a few kinks but the overall design was pretty cool, and you’ll probably never see one of these again. (Etsy)

20 Imperial Flagship

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We’ve covered dragons and castles so what about Pirates? Well, during the nineties Lego was rapidly expanding in popularity and there was, in fact, a pirate ship set that was made as well. The 6271-1 Imperial Flagship was once again a pretty unique set that allowed players to create one of the coolest Lego pirate ships that we have ever seen. Obviously, with the consumer tastes shifting toward other sets we probably won’t ever get to see another 6271-1 Imperial Flagship again. (Etsy)

19 Sabre Island

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In addition to the castles, dragons, and even a pirate ship, there were other unique Lego sets that were sold during the nineties as well. One such set was the 6265 Sabre Island, which featured another unique batch of pieces that worked together to make a little island. This was a definite unique set that really showed just how much variety the Lego sets could pull off, and although it's kind of a unique set we probably won’t be seeing the 6265 Sabre Island again anytime soon. (Etsy)

18 Fort Legoredo

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The nineties Lego sets were very unique, to say the least, and there were so many different options that it was almost hard to choose a set so naturally, the 6769 Fort Legoredo was another unique stand outset, to say the least. When it comes to a unique and one-of-a-kind set the 6769 Fort Legoredo offered Lego players a chance to make a cowboy castle, which at the time was a pretty unique experience. Since cowboys and Indians have fallen out of favor this set probably won’t be making a return any time soon but the chance to find one used online is quite easy. (Etsy)

17 Skull's Eye Schooner

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The pirate based Lego sets of the nineties were becoming quite a popular attraction, so naturally, when the 6286 Skull's Eye Schooner was released Lego fans were quite happy, to say the least. There are quite a few things that make this set a unique attraction, with the first of which is the interesting color combination that the set has to offer players. Not to mention all of the unique pieces which give the set fun to build feeling, and keeps the young players enticed as they build a one-of-a-kind pirate ship. (Etsy)

16 Fire Breathing Fortress

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So we have gone from castles to pirate ships and we are only halfway through the list, apparently, the guys at Lego were quite busy during the nineties. In a more unique attempt at taking the Dragon craze by the horns (literally), the 6082 Fire Breathing Fortress was another unique setting in which allowed players to build a one of a kind Fortress. The set which has been increasing in value as of late has a number of unique pieces and colors which made the combination a much more unique set. (Etsy)

15 Deep Freeze Defender

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Building a spaceship is always a fun experience, especially when growing up as a child on Legos so naturally when the brand developed an actual ice planet series kids were excited. The 6973 Deep Freeze Defender was a rather unique set, to say the least, which offered a one of a kind chance at building a Deep Freeze Defender. This set came with many unique new pieces which hadn’t been seeing on a Lego set as of yet so naturally, it was a pretty fun experience, to say the least. (Etsy)

14 Trans Air Carrier

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Naturally if building pirate ships and spaceships is a fun time then building an airplane would be even better, right? Well, the 6375-1 Trans Air Carrier was another unique set that came out during the nineties that allowed Lego players to build a functional aircraft. One of the most unique aspects about this set was the colors and the advanced shapes that came in the set which allowed a pretty unique airplane to come out of those Lego bags. This set is another extremely rare one nowadays, and it's hard to find a set with all of the pieces still. (Etsy)

13 Shipwreck Island

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Naturally, after you build the pirate ship there is always a chance that it will sink, and that is what Lego came up with when they designed the 6260 Shipwreck Island set. Designed to look like a remote island with a little palm tree this is a rare and quite unique set that many Lego players were able to add to their worlds during the nineties. This is another set that incorporated many small pieces so it can be difficult to find a set that still has all of the pieces together, nevertheless this was a pretty unique Lego set to say the least. (Etsy)

12 Raft Raiders

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During the nineties, the pirate-themed Lego sets were quite a common occurrence on store shelves, so naturally, the 6261 Raft Raiders is not a surprising set by any means. What comes off as a set of three different unique boating pieces is perhaps one of the rarer sets to come out of the nineties Lego world. The 6261 Raft Raiders is unique in many aspects which have made the set a highly sought after one for many collectors who have been looking to build on their nineties nostalgia. (Etsy)

11 Neptune Discovery Lab - Aqua Dome 7

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The underwater Lego sets have always been some of the coolest, and during the nineties, the brand was working hard to get more sets out there. In terms of sheer uniqueness and piece count the 6195 Neptune Discovery Lab - Aqua Dome 7 is a rather unique look at what one of the most popular underwater Lego sets of the nineties could be. Although the brand has moved on from the underwater world, this is still one of the most highly sought after sets in the collection so naturally finding one that is in good shape can be difficult and costly. (Etsy)

10 Air Tech Claw Rig

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The Lego Technic sets of the nineties were some of the coolest sets by far because they allowed players to build real functioning vehicles with diecast sizes and actual rubber wheels. The 8868 Air Tech Claw Rig was another unique set similar to the other vehicle building sets at the time, and this allowed many players to be able to add more vehicles to their Lego worlds. Because there were so many intricate pieces to these sets it can be hard to find one in good condition with all of the pieces unless you are willing to spend a good deal of money. (Etsy)

9 Imperial Trading Post

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Another pirate themed set that took a cue from the medieval sets, the 6277 Imperial Trading Post was a fun chance for players to add another unique building to their Lego worlds. The 6277 Imperial Trading Post had a lot of unique colors, which really gave the set a more unique look then players were used to seeing in their generic Lego worlds. These sets are extremely hard to come by and have been increasing in value due to consumer and collector demand in these older more unique Lego sets. (Etsy)

8 Enchanted Island

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Falling in line with the island sets of the nineties the 6278 Enchanted Island was another piece of the island series that had Lego players building their ultimate worlds. The 6278 Enchanted Island had a number of unique pieces, to say the least, which gave the set a one of a kind look that many players weren’t used to seeing. This set is definitely one of the rarest sets to come out of the nineties Lego world, and finding one that is still in pristine condition can be a bit of a challenge. (Etsy)

7 Rock Island Refuge

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If there is one thing about Lego sets during the nineties it was the fact that they were quite imaginative, and the 6273 Rock Island Refuge is a true testament to this. Combining interesting colors with a one of a kind design this Lego set is far above even the sets that you might see on today's shelves in terms of quality and pieces. The 6273 Rock Island Refuge is also one of the more expensive sets that you can buy, averaging a price of around $159.00 on most reseller websites. (Bricklink)

6 Fire Control Center

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Checking out a fun Lego set is a one of a kind thing and during the nineties, there were quite a few different Lego worlds that were designed for players to enjoy. The 6389 Fire Control Center is a one of a kind rescue themed set that featured a number of pieces as well as moving pieces that made the set a unique proposition. The 6389 Fire Control Center is also quite expensive to find and if you can find a set with all of the pieces you’ll be in for a one of a kind addition to your retro Lego world. (Bricklink)

5 Whirl And Wheel Super Truck

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The nineties Lego sets were quite unique and the specific “Technic” sets allowed users to create a number of actual moving vehicles, and these are some of the most interesting sets to this day. The 5590 Whirl and Wheel Super Truck are a one-of-a-kind set that retails around $100.00 and it can be hard to find a set that still has all of its pieces. Although Lego has moved on from the Technic sets, finding a set that is in good condition is a one-of-a-kind experience and an excellent addition to any Lego set. (Bricklink)

4 Shuttle Launching Crew

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Another interesting line of Lego products during the nineties were the space crew sets, which were kind of separate from the Technic sets. The 6346 Shuttle Launching Crew is a one of a kind set that allows the player to build a rocket ship complete with the additional launching vehicles, and this is perhaps one of the more detailed space sets to ever come out of a Lego set. There were many other space sets that came out of the Lego world but the 6346 Shuttle Launching Crew is one of the most detailed. (Bricklink)

3 Black Monarch's Ghost

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Just because a Lego set is not a full-size set doesn’t mean that it is a less fun experience, in-fact the 6034 Black Monarch's Ghost is a prime example of that. This small set is part of the much larger fortress series that was popular during the nineties and this is one of the more popular add-on sets. The 6034 Black Monarch's Ghost is perhaps one of the rarest sets as well, probably due to the sheer small size of the set. Finding a 6034 Black Monarch's Ghost in good condition can be a bit of a challenge, but will be well worth the wait. (Bricklink)

2 Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins

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The Lego System during the nineties had a wide variety of different worlds and sets that were being sold at the time, and one of the rarest sets happens to be the 5988 Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins. This one of a kind set is based on the pyramids and the ruins in Egypt and naturally, it is very fun to play with. Finding the 5988 Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins is a little easier because of the sheer size of the set, but the total price is going to run you around $106.00 on most online resellers which can be a bit pricey. (Bricklink)

1 Mega Core Magnetizer

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When it comes to one of the most expensive Lego sets that came out of the nineties, the 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer is a very expensive set that also happens to feature some of the most interesting pieces. The 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer is a one of a kind set that was separate from many of the Lego System worlds, which made the set quite unique and although the set is not sold on the retail market any longer the 6989 Mega Core Magnetizer was featured in the popular Lego Movie. (Bricklink)

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