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The 12 Best LEGO Sets for Adults
As a kid, you loved playing with LEGO. There was something joyous about connecting those blocks together to create something special. Somewhere along your life’s journey, however, all your precious Lego was given away or tossed in the trash.
While we’re told LEGO is for kids, the reality is that the joy never goes away. When you have kids of your own, their LEGO is a great excuse to rekindle those childhood memories. But you don’t need an excuse. If you love LEGO, then go out and get some blocks!
While the plain blocks may be a little boring for us adults, there are plenty of sets you can buy which are a little more complicated. They are perfect for adults as they let you recreate some amazing things from cars and bikes to buildings and dinosaurs!
This is why we wanted to find the best LEGO sets for adults. We’ve discovered a dozen sets that you will be itching to play with. All you need to do is read on and choose your favorite. Let’s get started!
1. James Bond Aston Martin DB5
There is nothing cooler than the Aston Martin DB5 in a James Bond film. You’ll love building this model and replicating the timeless classic. It has over 1,259 pieces so is recommended for ages 16 and above. The completed model looks fantastic and it’s a pleasure to build.
It’s completely silver and includes all the James Bond gadgetry. It has rim inserts, bonnets, doors, and a car boot that can be opened. In true Bond fashion, it also has a working ejector seat, revolving number plates, and a detailed interior. Perhaps the coolest feature is a machine gun attached at the front, which you can view by pulling the stick shift and tire scythes.
It has phenomenal attention to detail and has been perfectly designed. It even has a radar tracker which can be hidden and a compartment with a telephone. This is a must-have set for James Bond fans.
2. Ultimate Millenium Falcon
If we’re talking about attention to detail, the Millenium Falcon takes it to a new level. It’s fairly expensive but for that, you get a mind-blowing 7,541 pieces. It’s also massive compared to other LEGO models with dimensions of 33 x 22 x 8 inches.
This is one of the most extensively detailed and large LEGO models ever built. It has landing legs, lowering and boarding ramps, a 4-minifigure cockpit, and comes with a canopy that can be detached. The hull panels of the ship can be removed so you can see the inside and view the rear compartment, gunnery station, and main hold. It has cannons as part of the set which you can attach to your ship for an epic battle.
The set is so realistic that it even includes sensor dishes and a vast array of bespoke parts. Along with your blocks, you get some LEGO crew members which include Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and C-3PO along with Older Han Solo, Rey, and Finn. It requires an epic build but is well worth the time and effort.
3. Ship In A Bottle
If you were simply looking for a fun build and something that looks great, this Ship In A Bottle is ideal. This is one of the cheapest adult LEGO sets but still has an impressive 926 pieces.
It looks like a wooden ship inside a bottle, standing on a display. The bottle has a cork with wax-seal-style elements and the water style elements inside are a translucent blue, which looks beautiful
The ship has a raised deck, captain’s quarters, three masts, crow’s nest, six cannons, and printed sails and the flag for the ship. The display stand has the ship’s nameplate, a non-functioning compass, and two globes mounted on the two sides of the display stand. There is plenty of detail to enjoy and it’s quite a challenge to build.
4. 1989 Batmobile
There have been, of course, many versions of Batman. Out of them all, the 1989 version is regarded by many as having the best Batmobile of them all. This Batmobile has 3,306 pieces and faithfully replicates that classic.
It has a cockpit that you can access by sliding open the door. The cockpit has two seats where you can have an interactive play. It also has two machine guns that can pop up from the side of the car when you turn the turbine exhaust.
Once the car is made, it can be set on the display case, which rotates in place. It allows you to look at the car from all angles. There are also grappling hook attachments for decoration, showing the type of detail you can expect here. To go with that display case, you also get three minifigures of Batman, the Joker, and Vicki Vale.
5. Star Wars Death Star
Are you more of a fan of the dark side? If so, you can pass on the Millenium Falcon and instead build the Death Star. This is another very large model with dimensions of 23.03 x 19.29 x 7.48 inches with 4,016 pieces in total.
This set is best for interactive play with over 20 minifigures. It has a multitude of authentic and intricate mini-environments inside the ship. It means you can act out multiple scenes from the different films. Its structures include a trash compactor and two turbo laser towers, which can be moved to wherever you want.
It also has a turbo laser on which you can attach shooters and seats, which are loaded with springs. There are plenty of rooms inside such as a control room for the super laser, detention block, the throne room of Emperor Palpatine, and the Imperial conference chamber. It all adds up to endless hours of fun.
6. Dinosaur Fossils
Love dinosaurs? If so, you’ll enjoy building this dinosaur LEGO set. It’s one of the cheaper sets on our list but still boasts 910 pieces. The build is fairly complex without being too difficult.
This set is best for people who love dinosaurs and those who want to get into paleontology. It’s a set with a complete display kit that allows you to show your completed fossil with pride. The 1:32 dinosaurs are made with great attention to detail. There are three available – the Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and Pteranodon.
All three dinosaurs have their own display stands and have adjustable pieces so you can give them ferocious poses. The details are very authentic and it also includes two LEGO characters.
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7. Fast & Furious Dom’s Dodge Charger
Building cars and building LEGO elicits many of the same joys. This set helps you to combine those two loves with its 1,077 pieces. While still a challenge, this is one of the easier builds on this list.
This car comes with the iconic wheelstand bar which can be used to display it proudly. The car is very life-like and you can open the hood to display the amazing representation of the V8 engine, with working pistons.
It has many smaller details which are found in the real car, such as wishbone suspensions, air blower, and steering systems. You can also open the trunk of the car to view Dom’s nitro bottles.
8. Tree House
Many of us dream of the idea of building a treehouse as a kid but never get to live out that fantasy. This Tree House Lego set allows you to make that dream come true with its beautiful design and 3,036 pieces.
There are some great touches here too, such as the LEGO plant pieces being made from plant-based plastic. This set comes with different color leaves, which you can change according to the seasons. You can also make a landscape under the tree, like a picnic set, a bonfire, or even a swing set.
There is a crane attached to one of the upper bedrooms which you can use to lift items to the cabin’s balcony. All the cabins can have their roofs removed for ease of playing. It also comes with a whole family of minifigures; a mom, a dad, two children, and even a pet bird!
9. Harley Davidson Fat Boy
The “Fat Boy” is one of the most famous motorbikes in the world. This LEGO set is perfect for anyone who loves Harley Davidson or simply just loves bikes. It’s more compact than some of the other sets we’ve looked at but still has a good size at 1,023 pieces.
The life-like bike is stunning in its dark red and black color combination with solid disk wheels, attached with beefy tires, and even a teardrop fuel tank. There’s even a speedometer built-in.
The engine is very detailed with moving pistons, dual exhaust pipes, handlebar steering, gearshifts pedals, and brake levers. It also has adjustable mirrors on its handlebars and a detailed suspension. You’ll adore the level of detail here.
10. Nintendo Entertainment System
This set has ridiculous attention to detail. It has 2,646 pieces and you get a whole world of fun with that. It pays homage to the retro classic which is the best console ever made in the eyes of many.
This set can be built into an interactive TV where you can turn the handle to see a scrolling screen. What we love the most was a slot where you can put in a game, along with a classic controller.
It also has a cable and plug that can connect to the NES. The TV has a knob on it which you can turn to pretend that you are changing channels. For fans of classic gaming, this is a must-have.
11. Empire State Building
This is perfect for adults who want to build something with their kids, or you can just do it yourself. It has 1,767 pieces and is a faithful replication of the Empire State Building.
The set is available as a 360-degree displayable model. It has four highly detailed facades and you can also make the iconic antenna towers of this building. The result is a visually stunning model
It also has baseplates, with the titles of Fifth Avenue and the roads surrounding the building, along with the distinctive yellow cabs. This is perfect for people who have an interest in architecture or classic buildings.
12. Bugatti Chiron
For anyone who loves cars, this is the perfect set. With 3,599 pieces, it has the same features as the actual car with its classic blue color scheme. It features an active rear wing, detailed brake disks, low profile tires, and a W16 engine with moving pistons.
You can open the door of the car to access the cockpit, which has an 8-speed gearbox. This box has paddle gear and a steering wheel that has the Bugatti emblem on it. You can insert a key in the car which will switch the spoiler from handling to top speed position.
As with many of these models, you’ll be surprised by the level of detail. You’ll also get a huge sense of achievement when you finish building this beautiful supercar.
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