LEGO sets for adults offer the perfect opportunity transform a childhood pastime into an intricate collector’s item and prized display piece. Whether you are interested in a meaningful weekend project or would like a souvenir of your favorite time or place, a grownup Lego set can be the perfect addition to your personal surroundings.
LEGO has been a staple in every household since the brand first arrived on the scene in 1932. Originally produced as a children’s toy, LEGO-mania quickly emerged and has developed quite the adult following.
LEGOs bring out the creativity in everyone, whether you are following instructions to complete a specific design or if you create your own unique construction as a master builder. LEGO has taken notice of its ever growing adult following and has developed a multitude of sets to fit the tastes of almost everyone by strategically aligning itself with some of the biggest names in entertainment.
Why Choose a LEGO Set for Adults?
Lego sets for adults provide an excellent outlet to escape the pressure or monotony of everyday life. They often include numerous pieces with meaningful detail, allowing you to recreate a world of your choosing. A completed project also makes an excellent conversation piece or collectible. You can use the set to display a theme on your desk, brighten up a bookshelf, or perk up office space. In addition, Lego sets for adults make excellent gift sets. Because each features a different theme, these sets allow you to give anyone a thoughtful gift that matches personal style with minimal effort. Use a Lego set to commemorate a milestone or as a unique holiday present. Ranging from iconic movies to skylines and landmarks, these sets match a host of experiences and interests.
What Should You Expect from LEGO Sets for Adults?
Lego sets for adults often feature sophisticated themes that reflect grownup interests. The sets are often complex and may encourage background knowledge of the subject for full appreciation. For this reason, many sets include collectible booklets to explore the subject in greater detail. Lego sets for adults are often intricate with smaller pieces that are greater in number than Legos for children. For safety reasons, manufacturers greatly discourage using small parts around small children. The good news is that these sets are often durable enough to pass down as an heirloom during adolescence and adulthood.
One of the scariest moments from the entire run of Stranger Things is when the characters head into the Upside Down. LEGO makes it easy for you to recreate those scenes with this set, which comes with everything you need to build a brick version of that world. As one of the top LEGO sets for adults, it uses small pieces that make it suitable for teenagers and adults. LEGO recommends the set for those who are at least 16 years of age.
Included in this set are eight minifigs of the characters who headed into that world on the show. You get a a Hopper figure who comes dressed in his classic cop uniform and Joyce who wears a striped shirt and a military jacket. Those two minifigs let you act out some of the romantic moments that the two shared in a more recent season too. Also included are minifigs of Will and Dustin as well as the remaining kid crew. Eleven comes dressed in her pink dress from the first season and wears a blond wig on top of her head. LEGO also gives you Lucas, Mike and Will figures as well as one of the Demogorgon. That figure is the same shape as all the others too. To match the design of the Upside Down, LEGO lets you hang them upside down from the set. The bricks all snap together to keep the minifigs in place.
With 2,287 LEGO bricks included in the box, the Upside Down might be the ultimate LEGO set for fans of the Netflix series. Those parts include bricks that fit together to form the vehicle that Hopper drives on the show and the tree that it catches on when he heads into the Upside Down. You also get bricks that create the world above that is brighter and more realistic. The bricks that create the Upside Down are darker to mimic the frightening vibe of that world. To create an even larger world, you can use this set with others from the Stranger Things line to create a unique LEGO world.
The LEGO Architecture series was created in 2008, as a tribute to the world’s architectural masterpieces. This line allows you to recreate famous skylines and other famous buildings from around the world. The New York City Skyline model set includes the Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, the One World Trade Center, and the statue of liberty. The statue of liberty is a LEGO figure and not representative of the real stature of liberty.
This set is compatible with all other LEGO architecture sets and is relatively quick to assemble with only 598 pieces. However, builders may be disappointed as this set incorporates many buildings that are found in other larger sets. Once complete the set is 10 inches high, 9 inches wide, and 1 inch deep. This set can be purchased for about $50.00.
Sophisticated model of the New York City skyline
Includes 598 pieces for intricate detail
Measures 10 inches high, 9.0 inches wide, and 1.0 inch deep (perfect for tables and desktops)
Some users find it difficult to keep track of smaller pieces
The Ship in a Bottle Lego set is one of the most highly rated collectibles for adults. This nostalgic set allows you to construct all of the elements of a classic nautical display piece, including the bottle, cork, wax seal, compass, and globe elements. In addition, the construction set includes an inspirational booklet to help you start a mechanical puzzle tradition.
Includes over 962 pieces for a classical mechanical puzzle or “impossible bottle” project
Features classic nautical elements and a brick display stand for use in homes or offices
Compact design (Ship measures 3.0 inches high, 5.0 inches long and 1.0 inch wide; stand measures 3.0 inches high, 12.0 inches wide and 3.0 inches deep)
Some users find this set more fragile than other Lego options
If you have ever dreamed of owning your own Porsche, this model offers the charm to match the curb appeal of the real thing. This scaled replica features specifications that match the best-selling Porsche, including true-to-life suspension springs, headlights and taillights, and low-profile tires. With over 2,000 Lego pieces included, this model is a sophisticated project that auto enthusiasts can proudly display upon completion.
Includes 2,704 for precise detail
True-to-life Porsche replica features streamlined body work, suspension springs, headlights and taillights, and low-profile tires
Measures 6.0 inches high, 22.0 inches long, and 9.0 inches wide for easy display (compatible with other Lego construction sets).
Manual may be harder to follow for beginners
At a staggering 7541 pieces, this is LEGO’s largest set ever made. It’s also the most expensive, at around $800.00! This set, released in 2007, is in high demand and sometimes can be hard to find. This is the ultimate set for LEGO builders and Star Wars fanatics everywhere. Due to its size it’s instruction manual is over 450 pages with 1379 steps to complete the construction of this set.
The set is broken down into 4 separate parts with 17 numbered bags to help you stay organized. It includes combined minifigures starting with the classic crew, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and C-3PO and to satisfy the desires of the newer Star Wars generation, the figures from Episode VII/VIII crew, Older Han Solo, Rey and Finn. In addition, this set includes a BB-8 droid, 2 buildable Porgs and a buildable Mynock.
The Millennium Falcon is massive and measures 8 inches high, 33 inches long, and 22 inches wide. Stickers are required to keep up the level of detail LEGO demands. This collector’s model is more of a display piece so do not expect too many moving parts. Its sheer size makes it difficult to play with as well. Expect to spend many hours putting this set together, but once complete it will be well worth it.
This set is one of the new LEGO Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts sets released in 2019. At a whopping 6020 pieces and priced at $400.00, it’s the second largest set made, following that of the millennium falcon previously mentioned. This set includes 10 minifigures, including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Susan Bones, Professor McGonagall, Professor Quirrell with dual Lord Voldemort face, Hagrid, Albus Dumbledore and Nearly Headless Nick, plus buildable Basilisk and Fawkes creatures, and Hedwig and Scabbers figures.
The tower and great hall are extremely intricate and will take a little time to construct. It presents a slightly higher level of difficulty as builders will need to construct some round structures. Since this is such a large project, LEGO has made it easy by breaking down the build into clearly marked bags and 4 instruction booklets to follow.
There are 4 large sheets of stickers that need to be applied to the bricks that some may find the application a bit tedious but are necessary to provide the detail of the buildings. In addition, LEGO aficionados may sneer at the lack of printed bricks provided in previous sets.
The NASA Apollo Saturn V is one of the LEGO Ideas sets. The Ideas sets were inspired and voted on by LEGO fans around the world. This set was created to honor the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 and cost about $120.00. The manual is reminiscent of blueprints and quite fitting for this 1900-piece brick set. The manual also includes facts regarding space exploration and is very educational.
The build uses some complex techniques as the Apollo Saturn is cylindrical. From the intricate build of the engine to the rescue rocket at top of the whole spacecraft. This set allows for role-play recreations of the Moon landings.
For an added bonus to the builder, there is not a single sticker in this set. Any markings or words are already imprinted on the LEGO bricks. The finished product is extremely sturdy measuring 39 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter.
LEGO has been developing entertaining projects for kids and adults for over 80 years. LEGO provides innovative ways to stretch our imagination and test our engineering skills. The construction possibilities are endless and well demonstrated in the sets listed above.
Exact replica of the NASA Apollo Saturn V (approximate scale ratio 1:110), complete with engine details
Features removable first rocket stage, removable s-ii second rocket stage, removable s-ivb third rocket stage, and rescue rocket
Comes with three display stands
Includes 1,960 pieces for precise detail
Measures 39 inches high and 6.0 inches in diameter
Includes collector’s booklet of Apollo manned missions
Some users rate the outside packaging as less than satisfactory
Embrace sophistication and Parisian beauty with this Eiffel Tower Lego set for adults. It includes over 300 pieces to emulate the wrought-iron, latticed structure of the iconic landmark. This set also includes a collectible booklet about the history, design, architecture, and trivia of this timeless building.
Includes 321 pieces for an exact replica of the latticed building
Comes with collectible booklet
Measures 12 inches high, 4.0 inches wide, and 4.0 inches deep
Harder to put together for beginners
Step into the Star Wars Universe with this large-scale replica of the TIE Imperial Star Fighter. This set includes 1,685 pieces to match numerous Star Wars tales with exquisite detail. Created as a tribute to action scenes in films such as The Empire Strikes Back and I Return of the Jedi, this set represents a must-have project for Star Wars enthusiasts.
Includes 1,685 pieces to match numerous Star Wars tales with exquisite detail
Large-scale rendition of the iconic Imperial Starfighter
Measures 18.5 inches high, 12 inches long, and 12.2 inches wide
Some users rate the outside packaging as less than satisfactory
Relive the vintage charm of the world’s most popular car with this Volkswagen Beetle Lego set for adults. This nostalgic set is abundant in classic-era details, including curved fenders, distinctive hubcaps, round headlights, and wing-mounted turn signals. The set’s 1,167 pieces allow you to create opening doors, hood, and trunk as well as pile on the vintage car accessories.
Includes 1,167 pieces to ensure true-to-life interior and exterior details
Allows users to create opening doors, hood, and truck
Measures 5.0 inches high, 11.0 inches long and 4.0 inches wide
Some users find it harder to keep track of tinier pieces
This majestic 4080 piece of Disney beauty was released in 2016 to the excitement of mousketeers everywhere. The $350.00 set includes only 5 minifigures including, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Tinkerbell. When fully built, this model measures over 30 inches in height and 18.5 inches wide.
The ornate castle greets builders with lanterns at the gate that swings open to show a tile floor. For those who may be disappointed by the lack of minfigures, each floor includes several rooms that dedicated to a different Disney fairytale. Surprises hide around every corner, including Cinderella’s glass slipper, Merida’s bow and target, Aladdin’s carpet, Beast’s magical rose, the frogs from Princess and the frog and a clock above the gate displaying 11:52 pm to express the time for Cinderella to be on her way before the fairy godmother’s spell wears off at midnight.
Some may see the lack of minifigures as a disappointment in this set, however the abundance of movie specific accessories throughout the castle seems to gleefully make up for it.
With over 4,000 pieces, builders can construct the evil empire’s battle station. The original death star set was retired, and improvements can be seen in the new one. This upgraded set iwill set you back about $500.00 and ncludes 23 minifigures, including Grand Moff Tarkin, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Imperial Navy Officer, Imperial Officer, Death Star Droid, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, C-3PO, Han Solo, 3 different Luke Skywalkers, plus R2-D2, an Imperial Astromech, a buildable Dianoga trash compactor monster, 2 Stormtroopers, 2 Death Star Troopers, 2 Emperor’s Royal Guards, and 2 Death Star Gunners.
No detail was missed with this, 16 inches by 16 inches, set as it includes a super laser control room, imperial conference chamber, android maintenance room, trash compactor and a turbo laser with spring loaded shooters. The most improved piece on this set is the super laser, as it is more substantial than the one on the original model. Star Wars fans will be delighted with this model and can reenact almost every scene with this.
4,016 pieces and moveable parts
23 mini-figurines such as Princess Leia, Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Chewbacca, and three Luke Skywalkers
Measures 16 inches high and 16 inches wide
Not for beginners
Enjoy some of the most signature landmarks of the West Coast with this San Francisco Skyline set. This iconic set comes complete with designed-to-scale representation of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Transamerica Pyramid, and Salesforce Tower. Complete with 565 pieces and realistic coloring, this souvenir set is the perfect way to pay tribute to the Golden City.
Includes 565 pieces for a detailed architectural depiction of San Francisco
Features instantly recognizable landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid, Salesforce Tower, Alcatraz Island, and the “painted ladies” Victorian houses near Alamo Square
Measures 6.0 inches high, 11.0 inches wide, and 2.0 inches deep
Some users find it harder to keep track of tinier pieces
Create your own monument to love and architectural beauty with the Taj Mahal Lego set for adults. Hailed as one of the “seven wonders of the world,” the Taj Mahal is one of the most-visited landmarks in history. You can recreate this monumental achievement with a set that includes over 10,000 pieces for unmatched detail. Recreate the impressive arches, Mughal domes, balconies, and walkways using each true-to-life piece in the set. Whether you are waiting to mark the Taj Mahal off of your bucket list or need to relive an unforgettable visit, this classic set represents a timeless treasure.
Over 10,000 pieces for an intricate depiction of Taj Mahal architecture
True-to-life model complete with four facades as well as arches, domes, balconies, and walkways
Measures 16 inches high, 20 inches wide, and 20 inches deep
May require a storage unit to keep track of all of the pieces
Here is another great architectural masterpiece from the US. The LEGO Architecture series rolled out the United States Capital Building in 2016. The set includes a little over 1,000 bricks and costs about $100.00. There is an instruction book included that gives you history on the building, which is great for history enthusiasts.
Unfortunately, the brick bags not labeled so you will have to figure out which part your building as you separate the pieces. Once it’s all together it measures 6 inches tall and 17 inches wide. It’s a nice representation of the building and has removable parts on the roof so you can see inside the structure.
The nostalgic Volkswagen T1 Camper Van LEGO set was released in 2011 and cost about $120.00. The kit comes with 15 bags of bricks that are once again not labeled which adds to the complexity of the build. In addition, stickers will need to be added to the bricks, which can be cumbersome, to get the full effect of the details. When completed, this model stands 5 inches high and 11 inches long.
Much like other LEGO builds, the van offers unique detail both on the inside and the outside of this 1962 camper. There are 1332 bricks and a lot of moving parts on this set, however they do not allow for as much mobility in post build play as we would like. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful model with iconic details including a pop-up roof, textile curtains, folding furniture and safari windshield.
This vehicle build is part of the LEGO Creator Expert Series and is new for 2019. The LEGO Creator Expert Series was developed to challenge builders and includes many collectable models. The James Bond Aston Martin DB5, which first appeared in Goldfinger, is another iconic model set. When completed this model, priced at $150.00, measures 13 inches long and 3 inches tall and about 4 inches wide. It’s quite functional. Pull back the bumper to eject unwanted passengers, open a door and look inside to find a concealable radar detector, a telephone door compartment, and hidden guns. This model has everything a spy would need.
The set come with 1290 bricks, which are separated into numbered bags to help with the assembly. The instruction manual fits the Bond theme and is labeled “For Your Eyes Only.” There are only a few stickers that need applied within this set which is great! However due to the many moving parts construction proves to be complex at times. Once fully constructed the scale of this model is slightly off when compared to other LEGO Creator vehicle models.
Silent Mary is another set that is in high demand and often hard to find. It cost about $200.00. This 2300 brick ghost ship from Disney Pirates of the Caribbean was released in 2017. The set includes 8 ghostly minifigures including, Captain Jack Sparrow, Henry, Carina, Lieutenant Lesaro, Captain Salazar, Officer Magda, Officer Santos and the Silent Mary Masthead, plus two detachable ghost sharks. The ghost sharks are a nice addition, if you look closely you can see a decaying body with the exposed ribs.
Being a ghost ship the set build is a little complex as pins are needed to secure the ribs of the ship as there is no solid hull. The bow can be lifted as if to swallow smaller boats, however the interior of the ship is not accessible. The structure is quite study but seems to lack the flexibly one might expect from its appearance. Once assembled it’s quite a spooky.
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