Best LEGO Spongebob Sets

The best LEGO SpongeBob sets are semi-subjective. While there are the best sets collectively, everyone has their own preference regarding SpongeBob LEGO sets.

I prefer to merge sets and create all of Bikini Bottom. I keep them in separate boxes but use them all together. This is a habit I picked up when I was a kid.

Now, there are many LEGO SpongeBob sets out there, so if you’re overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Perhaps my list of favorites can help you find your perfect LEGO set to add to your collection.

My Top LEGO SpongeBob Sets

While I love every set that I include below, these are my top favorites in each category. The Glove World set is excellent for kids because it offers a lot of playability and is easy to set up, even for little ones.

The Boating School one is quite stimulating and offers more canon references. Then the Heroes of the Deep and Undersea Party are the best travel set and the best large set for at-home play.

What Do I Look for in a LEGO SpongeBob Set?

I have a different set of criteria for each type of item. When it comes to SpongeBob LEGO sets, my list isn’t long. You can make your own list when shopping or steal mine for your own use.

Accuracy

Accuracy is so important when it comes to LEGO sets modeled after TV shows, games, and movies. SpongeBob LEGO sets shouldn’t just be inspired by the show but directly modeled after them.

Age Range

The age range is displayed right on the LEGO box. The ranges are usually from ages 5, 6, or 7 to 12. Most of the SpongeBob sets won’t be made for adults, but adults can still enjoy them.

Playability

If the set looks cool but isn’t fun to play with, then it’s not a LEGO set; it’s a model SpongeBob set. I always consider playability because LEGOs are meant to be enjoyed, not just collected.

Price

The price range for most SpongeBob LEGO sets is a bit outrageous because they don’t make new sets often. But you can still ensure you get the best deal and stay under your price range.

Best LEGO SpongeBob Sets

There are dozens of licensed sets of SpongeBob LEGOs out there. Many of them have been discontinued, but even those you can get on auction sites. That said, I’ll only list the readily available ones.

Some sets, such as Build-A-Bob and Spaceship, are extremely rare. If you find them for a good price, snag them right away. Otherwise, catch one of these sets.

LEGO SpongeBob Glove World

LEGO SpongeBob Glove World

  • Age Range – 5-12
  • Price Range – 4/5
  • Accuracy – 3/5
  • Playability – 5/5

The LEGO SpongeBob Glove World is one of my favorites ever made. Glove World has some creepy and fantastic episodes. This set comes with SpongeBob, Sandy, Patrick, and an employee. So if you don’t have the three main characters, you can get them here.

While the set altogether isn’t large, it is an excellent addition to any collection and will keep younger children entertained for hours. I can speak from experience when I say kids of all ages enjoy amusement park toys.

Pros

  • It comes with four characters
  • Ferris Wheel moves
  • It’s Glove World
  • Easy to build
  • Cute details

Cons

  • Only small pieces
  • It doesn’t include most of Glove World

Heroic Heroes of the Deep

Heroic Heroes of the Deep

  • Age Range – 5-12
  • Price Range – 5/5
  • Accuracy – 4/5
  • Playability – 4/5

They may not be Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, but they’re the best we got. I wouldn’t call this set a standalone set unless you prefer vehicle LEGOs to building LEGOs. I like to add a building for my characters.

You can’t get LEGO Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy LEGOs. If you could, I’d add them to the list. The Plankton is my favorite part because he’s ready to steal the secret formula, but the jellyfish cannons are here to stop him.

Pros

  • Has two characters
  • Boat rolls
  • Unique

Cons

  • It doesn’t come with a building
  • The price is high for the size

LEGO Flying Dutchman

LEGO Flying Dutchman

  • Age Range – 6-12
  • Price Range – 4/5
  • Accuracy – 3/5
  • Playability – 5/5

The villain we all hate to love is here in LEGO form. This set is adorable and fun to play with. That said, as much as I love the details, the boat’s accuracy could be better. Everything else is great.

I love this set because you get SpongeBob and Patrick in unique costumes, and the Flying Dutchman looks so good. You can use the mini figures in your other sets. 

Pros

  • Three characters
  • Flying Dutchman looks great
  • Fun set

Cons

  • Overthemed for many
  • The ship could be better

SpongeBob Undersea Party

SpongeBob Undersea Party

  • Age Range – 6-12
  • Price Range – 5/5
  • Accuracy – 4/5
  • Playability – 5/5

This expensive yet amazing set is one-of-a-kind. It has five characters, beach playground equipment, and two main characters’ houses. If you only get one set and don’t have a budget, this is the one.

If the set is too pricey, then you may wait a bit and find it at a better price. This is the last set that LEGO made for SpongeBob, so it’s large, special, and expensive. But it’s also the most impressive one.

Pros

  • So much to offer
  • Super fun
  • Has rare characters like Mrs. Puff and Gary

Cons

  • Outrageous price
  • Houses could be fuller

Krusty Krab LEGO

Krusty Krab LEGO

  • Age Range – 5-12
  • Price Range – 3/5
  • Accuracy – 4/5
  • Playability – 5/5

The Krusty Krab is the place to be. This set includes three main characters in their best, most versatile form. It also includes the staple of Bikini Bottom. But my favorite piece is the patty car.

My favorite part of the set is that you can get each of the three characters without costumes on. So you can use them in any setting, and it’s still canon. It doesn’t get better than that. 

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Three characters not in costume
  • Can use the Krusty Krab

Cons

  • Krusty Krab not detailed

Chum Bucket LEGO

Chum Bucket LEGO

  • Age Range – 7-12
  • Price Range – 4/5
  • Accuracy – 3/5
  • Playability – 4/5

The Chum Bucket isn’t anyone’s favorite place to be, but you may need it for your Bikini Bottom masterpiece. If you get the Krusty Krab, the Chum Bucket deserves to sit across the road.

The Chum Bucket set comes with five characters, which is the maximum for a SpongeBob set. The Chum Bucket may not have a back or an interior, but playing outside of it is just as fun.

Pros

  • Cute
  • Has unique characters

Cons

  • Not full bucket
  • Kind of strange

SpongeBob Emergency Room

SpongeBob Emergency Room

  • Age Range – 7-12
  • Price Range – 5/5
  • Accuracy – 4/5
  • Playability – 5/5

You probably have a favorite emergency episode, so why not act it out? This isn’t the first set I would get, but if I were a collector, I’d add it to the list. It’s just so unique that it’s hard not to add it to your Bikini Bottom.

I wouldn’t get this set unless it were your favorite, unless you have others that can complete the collection. It’s special, but almost too special because it doesn’t have any staples aside from characters. 

Pros

  • Great details
  • Has car and building
  • Three characters
  • Parking lot
  • Customizable

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Nothing inside

Boating School LEGO

Boating School LEGO

  • Age Range – 7-12
  • Price Range – 4/5
  • Accuracy – 5/5
  • Playability – 5/5

What I learned in boating school is…building LEGO sets is more fun than boating school. I love this set so much. It has so much to offer and lets you play out episodes and set up an entire neighborhood by the docks.

I love any set that comes with Mrs. Puff, so I may be biased, but this is such a great set. Of course, my favorite part is Mrs. Puff and the intense detail that went into creating the set. 

Pros

  • It comes with a lot
  • Track is fun
  • Fun to set up
  • So accurate

Cons

  • Hard for little ones to set up

My Favorite SpongeBob LEGO Concept

Although there is a Krusty Krab licensed by LEGO that you can buy, this concept is so much better. The user that created it has 10,000 supporters who want it to happen, but the concept is under review.

If this makes it through, you can buy this LEGO set, which has the smoothest Krusty Krab, complete with an entire kitchen and dining area. I will bookmark this page to know when I can buy it.

Every Licensed SpongeBob SquarePants LEGO Set

If you want a full list of SpongeBob LEGOs so you can do your own shopping, it’s right here. There are fifteen total sets, and you may be able to collect them all if you know how to shop.

The Krusty Krab

The Krusty Krab

  • Original Retail Price – $19.99
  • Release Year – 2006
  • Pieces – 295
  • Minifigures – 4
  • Number – 3825

This set has a grill, Krabby patties, and a cash register. The dumpster and other small details are great, but the interior of the Krusty Krab is lacking. Don’t confuse this set with the Krusty Krab Adventures, which has a Patty Wagon.

Build-A-Bob

Build-A-Bob

  • Original Retail Price -$29.99
  • Release Year – 2006
  • Pieces – 445
  • Minifigures – 2
  • Number – 3826

This unique set is just a huge SpongeBob and Plankton. You can build the Sponge with over 400 pieces, which is a lot for just one character. But the instructions are still simple enough for a child.

Adventures in Bikini Bottom

Adventures in Bikini Bottom

  • Original Retail Price – $39.99
  • Release Year – 2006
  • Pieces – 579
  • Minifigures – 4
  • Number – 3827

This is the single largest set of SpongeBob LEGOs. While it is similar to Bikini Bottom Undersea Party, it’s more basic yet classy. I love it, but it isn’t easy to find on a non-auction site—so good luck. 

The Chum Bucket

The Chum Bucket

  • Original Retail Price – $34.99
  • Release Year – 2007
  • Pieces – 337
  • Minifigures – 5
  • Number – 4981

The set is complete with a lab room, tank, robot burger, a ladder, SpongeBob, Plankton, Karen, a robot customer, and a robot SpongeBob. The minifigures are the best part of the set.

Puff’s Boating School

Puff's Boating School

  • Original Retail Price – $49.99
  • Release Year – 2007
  • Pieces – 395
  • Minifigures – 3
  • Number – 3982

Mrs. Puff’s Boating School is a good set because it is canon and has so many details. Though small things are added, the majority is the classroom, a lighthouse, and a driving course (complete with a boat.)

The Bikini Bottom Express

The Bikini Bottom Express

  • Original Retail Price – $19.99
  • Release Year – 2008
  • Pieces – 210
  • Minifigures – 3
  • Number – 3830

This may be the rarest set of all because I’ve only seen it listed a couple of times. The bus is amazing, though, because you can put the minifigures in it, and the ticket booth is as adorable as possible.

The Emergency Room

The Emergency Room

  • Original Retail Price – $29.99
  • Release Year – 2008
  • Pieces – 236
  • Minifigures – 4
  • Number – 3832

The Emergency Room is great because it has a large board that you can stack other stuff on or use to park the ambulance boat. Plus, the SpongeBob with headwrap can be versatile. 

Rocket Ride

Rocket Ride

  • Original Retail Price – $29.99
  • Release Year – 2008
  • Pieces – 279
  • Minifigures – 3
  • Number – 3831

One of my favorite episodes is when SpongeBob tries to catch aliens for Sandy. This is the rocket that they used in the episode. Not to mention, it’s one of the few sets that has Sandy, and I love the way she looks in LEGO form. 

Krusty Krab Adventures

Krusty Krab Adventures

  • Original Retail Price – $24.99
  • Release Year – 2009
  • Pieces – 209
  • Minifigures – 3
  • Number – 3833

You can’t find much fault in a Krusty Krab LEGO set. The interior is sparse but other than that; it’s an extremely useful set with a Patty Wagon you can use with your other LEGO sets. 

Good Neighbors at Bikini Bottom

Good Neighbors at Bikini Bottom

  • Original Retail Price – $39.99
  • Release Year – 2009
  • Pieces – 425
  • Minifigures – 4
  • Number – 3834

This rare set is difficult to find. It comes with Spongebob’s house, Patrick’s car, and Minifigures. It even has cute additions to SpongeBob’s house, including his couch and TV. This is the perfect set for those who only need or want one set.

Heroes of the Deep

Heroes of the Deep

  • Original Retail Price – $14.99
  • Release Year – 2011
  • Pieces – 95
  • Minifigures – 3
  • Number – 3815

The Heroic Heroes of the Deep feature super SpongeBob and Patrick as they chase after Plankton, who is stealing the Krabby Patty Secret Formula. This is the smallest set, so it’s perfect for road trips or as decor for a smaller space that just needs something. 

Glove World

Glove World

  • Original Retail Price – $19.99
  • Release Year – 2011
  • Pieces – 169
  • Minifigures – 4
  • Number – 3816

This is a smaller set, but it still has much to offer. With four characters and two structures, a lot is going on for a set of its size. The Ferris Wheel and Ice Cream Shop are both so special that I can’t decide which one I like more. 

The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

  • Original Retail Price – $24.99
  • Release Year – 2012
  • Pieces – 241
  • Minifigures – 3
  • Number – 3817

I love pirates, so I am partial to this set. It includes the ship, cannons, a treasure chest, and even an island. I would prefer to pair the set with other SpongeBob LEGO sets, but it can also stand alone.

Bikini Bottom Undersea Party

Bikini Bottom Undersea Party

  • Original Retail Price – $49.99
  • Release Year- 2012
  • Pieces – 471
  • Minifigures – 5
  • Number – 3818

This is the last set that was made, and it’s a fan favorite. The whole gang is here, and they are ready to party. All of the little pieces are moveable, so the playability skyrockets with this one. 

FAQs

Question: When Did They Make SpongeBob LEGO Sets?

Answer: SpongeBob SquarePants LEGO sets were produced from 2006-2012. That’s why they are expensive now. Hopefully, new sets will be available again soon, but until then, we must buy old sets.

Question: Will SpongeBob LEGO Sets Get More Expensive?

Answer: Probably. Most LEGO sets get more valuable as time goes on. The SpongeBob minifig raises around 4% each year. So if you hold onto it for ten years, you can expect to gain 40% profit.

Question: Where Can I Get The Bikini Bottom Express?

Answer: Rare sets like The Bikini Bottom Express are only available on eBay, Mercari, and other similar sites. So keep an eye out if you’re looking for this rare set featuring the Bikini Bottom bus.

Question: How Many SpongeBob LEGO Sets Are There?

Answer: There are 15 official SpongeBob SquarePants LEGO sets. You can get single minifigures too, but when Nickeloden had SpongeBob LEGOs, they made 15 major sets.

Question: Which Set has the Most Minifigures?

Answer: Bikini Bottom Undersea Party and the Chum Bucket set each have five figures. Every other set has four or fewer. However, every set has at least two figures so that you can play with a friend.

Why Get LEGO SpongeBob?

LEGO collectors can get LEGO SpongeBob sets for their collections. Because the series is limited and no longer in production, they are expensive and rare. You can get lucky, though, if you keep an eye out.

Take your time and collect as few or as many as you want. If you want to throw away the box and let your kids play with the set, that’s fine. If you want to keep it unboxed and let it gain value, that’s amazing too.

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