Complete Guide to LEGO NBA Figures, Sets & Upper Deck Cards

Complete Guide to LEGO NBA Figures, Sets & Upper Deck Cards

OverviewAlthough the line was relatively short-lived, official LEGO NBA products offer collectors an intriguing alternative for building their basketball collections. LEGO mini-figures are a mainstream option that appeals to both kids and adults, but may not be as commonly thought of in the sports collecting world. While some individual LEGO NBA figures can be be found for a few dollars, unopened player editions and full sets still command big dollars.

LEGO NBA products debuted in 2003 as part of the LEGO SPORTS line. The figures include unique facial designs and expressions, along with spring-loaded legs and team jerseys. The hands are designed so that the players are able to shoot, pass, and even reverse slam dunk. When secured on the court, the spring legs allow the player to be bent back with the ball in hand and shoot it at the basket, while another player controls the basket defense.

If you are not familiar with the LEGO NBA line, or just like videos that feature LEGOS, check out the short video below and take a trip back to the early-2000's.


The figures remain in decent supply despite being actively produced for only one season. Several of the featured NBA players are still playing in the league, but by now, their team, number or jersey is outdated. In addition to the official line, there are custom LEGO figures for collectors who want updated figures for their favorite NBA players, but those are not part of the official line. This gives collectors a shot at obtaining former greats, like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird, or updated current stars, like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. View the available custom LEGO NBA figures here.

The LEGO NBA line received a recent boost based on the inclusion of Shaquille O'Neal in the The LEGO Movie. A Shaq LEGO figure, similar to the yellow jersey version shown in the gallery on the next tab, had a small role in the movie and was voiced by O'Neal. A screenshot from the movie can be seen below.

The LEGO Movie Shaquille O'Neal Cameo

It is important to note that some of the LEGO NBA players have both home and away jersey variations, most of which are found in The NBA Ultimate Arena set. There is also a separate line of LEGO NBA keychains, which include a chain attached to the player's head. When purchasing specific figures, make sure to check the faces closely, as there is a tendency to mix-and-match LEGO when pieces go missing, and the wrong heads will occasionally be matched, as well as the wrong pants/lower torso.

View the tabs above to see images for each LEGO NBA figure, the top sets and arenas, and the exclusive Upper Deck NBA Lego cards.

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Sets & Other Figures

The LEGO NBA figures mainly come in NBA Collectors sets, which include three specific players in each box, as well as Upper Deck cards and figure stands. The stand holds the card and figure for each player. Additional noteworthy LEGO NBA sets, as well as sets that included the various arenas, are noted below with their respective set numbers and product specifics.

NBA Collectors Sets

  • 3 NBA LEGO figures
  • 3 Upper Deck LEGO cards
  • 3 Lego stands

LEGO NBA Collectors Set Checklist

  • Tim Duncan, Ray Allen, Pau Gasol (#3560)
  • Shaquille O'Neal, Antoine Walker, Tony Parker (#3561)
  • Vince Carter, Dirk Nowtizki, Gary Payton (#3562)
  • Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Toni Kukoc (#3563)
  • Allen Iverson, Karl Malone, Steve Francis (#3564)
  • Paul Pierce, Jerry Stackhouse, Steve Nash (#3565)
  • Kevin Garnett, Peja Stojakovic, Jalen Rose (#3566)
  • Chris Webber, Tracy McGrady, Allan Houston (#3567)

Lego NBA Shaquille O'Neal Stand Figure Card Set

LEGO NBA Basketball Teams (#10121)

  • 4 generic players with customizable NBA team stickers for 29 different teams

LEGO Street Ball 2 vs 2 (#3431)

  • 2 street ball players and 2 generic NBA figures (#4 & #10 - shown below with NBA Challenge set)
  • basic basketball court

Lego NBA Street Ball Arena

LEGO NBA Challenge (#3432)

  • 10 generic NBA figures
  • full basketball court

Lego NBA Challenge Arena

LEGO The Ultimate NBA Arena (#3433)

  • 10 NBA figures
  • deluxe basketball court

Lego Ultimate NBA Arena Dark Jersey Figures

Lego Ultimate NBA Arena White Jersey Figures

Lego Ultimate NBA Arena

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2003 Upper Deck NBA LEGO Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

24 cards. Exclusive to LEGO NBA Collectors Sets.
Each pack corresponds to the players included in the LEGO set.
PARALLEL CARDS: Gold Foil - 1 per pack

1 Tim Duncan
2 Ray Allen
3 Pau Gasol
4 Shaquille O'Neal
5 Antoine Walker
6 Tony Parker
7 Vince Carter
8 Dirk Nowitzki
9 Gary Payton
10 Kobe Bryant
11 Jason Kidd
12 Toni Kukoc
13 Allen Iverson
14 Tracy McGrady
15 Karl Malone
16 Paul Pierce
17 Jerry Stackhouse
18 Steve Nash
19 Kevin Garnett
20 Peja Stojakovic
21 Jalen Rose
22 Chris Webber
23 Steve Francis
24 Allan Houston

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Trey Treutel

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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