For decades, LEGO has made a name for itself by providing the means to allow our imaginations to go wild. Providing sets for different exciting scenes, many of spent our youth carefully constructing and organizing different models of our creation as well. In fact, many people can recall fun summers spent huddled indoors and playing with LEGO bricks.
Just because we get older doesn’t mean we have to stop playing with LEGO bricks. In fact, many of the activities that go into constructing LEGO brick sets have been found to be as helpful for children as adults. A great way to focus the mind and meditate while constructing something beautiful, many people love LEGO sets as a meditative practice. Other people get them to share the joy of LEGO bricks with their children, ensuring that another generation knew these amazing toys.
With that in mind, we have taken the time to search the Internet and find the best Lego sets for adults. Combining skill, determination, and fun with themes that any adult will appreciate, our LEGO models for adults range from simple buildings and vehicles to more complex constructions based on popular movies. Whether you grew up with LEGO bricks or this is your first time getting into the game, then you will appreciate the following 15 sets.
1. LEGO Creator Expert 10243 Parisian Restaurant
Recreate the street of Paris with this amazing café and building. Central to the set is the main building modeled after the buildings along the famous Paris boulevards. Including 5 different miniatures, the model consists of a second floor apartment, kitchen, patio, and more. Another LEGO Creator Expert where details are key, you will be able to find hundreds of them as you carefully construct this beautiful structure. Consider combining this with other LEGO Creator sets including the Town Hall and the Palace Cinema. At more than 9 inches wide, 9 inches long, and 11 inches wide, the set includes thousands of pieces. A great to stay entertained for days and focus the mind, the Parisian Restaurant will look fantastic when completed.
2. LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office
Interested in taking a brief city snapshot and recreating it in LEGO bricks? The Detective’s Office brings buildings to life with scenes from the city. Featured rooms include the detective’s office, the bathroom, the kitchen, the water tower, and even a cat. In the detective’s office proper, you can find things like assorted clues, brick-built lamp, filing cabinet, and more. The Detective’s Office is another LEGO Creator set where details are key to the enjoyment of the overall piece. A great addition to many other LEGO structure sets, adults can easily get into the complexity and joy of constructing this amazing set. Don’t forget the mysterious lady in red!
3. LEGO Creator 10232 Palace Cinema
The LEGO Palace Cinema is a fantastic model and one well worth the time, money, and effort in construction. At 59 inches long, 16 inches high, and 19 inches wide, the Palace Cinema uses many rarely utilized LEGO bricks as well as many interesting and unique colors. Along with the Palace Cinema itself, several different figures are included as well as a limousine. On the inside is room for six seats in the theater complex and many unique LEGO movie posters on the exterior. Presenting a staggering amount of detail, the 10232 Palace Cinema can be purchased along with the 10224 Town Hall, the 10211 Grand Emporium, and the 10218 Pet shop to complete a small main street.
4. LEGO Creator Expert 10244 Fairground Mixer
Don’t let the ‘Expert’ in the title stop you from trying to assemble this amazing piece of LEGO engineering. Consisting of a carnival ride placed on the back of a flatbed truck, there is a lot in this LEGO set worth exploring. The set itself consists of more than 1,700 pieces including the mixer ride, 2 different transportation trucks, high striker and dunk tank, and glow-in-the-dark elements so that the completed model shines in the dark. When completed, the final building measures in at 11 inches high, 17 inches long, and 12 inches wide. You even have the option to upgrade the model with a LEGO Power Functions motor that is purchased separately.
5. LEGO Creator Fire Brigade 10197
The firehouse is an iconic part of the American architectural landscape. The LEGO Fire Brigade is a 1930’s style fire house incorporating red brick and a classic style. There are many miniature figures including a fire dog, and fire men. Including a great deal of detail and special LEGO bricks rarely found anywhere else, the Fire Brigade includes a 1930’s Fire Truck. In total, the set will include upwards of 2,231 pieces and take several days to finish. A great deal of little details, like the opening garage doors and the finished roof add even more to this already exciting LEGO set. A final consideration if you are on the fence about this kit is that the interior is also decked out with various fire fighting equipment.
6. LEGO Tower Bridge 10214
A iconic image spanning the Thames, the LEGO Tower Bridge brings to life the structure with more than 4,200 different bricks and assorted pieces. An amazing 40 inches long when finished, the bridge measures in at 17 inches high by 10 inches wide. With transportation in mind, the LEGO Tower Bridge can be taken apart in sections for easier transportation. Including 4 iconic miniature vehicles, the bridge includes rare LEGO colors and elements to bring the bridge to life. Whether you are new to LEGO sets for adults or you are well seasoned, the LEGO Tower Bridge is a great LEGO set to complete. Expect to spend several days putting together this amazing model.
7. LEGO Creator 10220 – Volkswagen T1 Camper Van
When it comes to iconic vehicles, it is hard to count out the Volkswagen T1 Camper Van. Capturing the spirit of a bygone era, the LEGO Creator set includes 1,322 pieces. The Camper measure in at 11.8 inches in length, and 5.5 inches in height. Features include 11 windows, authentic plaid print textile curtains, wing mirror, a detailed look at the engine in the back, and a ‘Make LEGO Models, Not War’ T-shirt and rear shelf with plant. As with many LEGO Creator sets, the true fun comes both from constructing the model as well as looking at all the small details that make their way into the finished set.
8. LEGO Creator 10242 – Mini Cooper
A part of the LEGO Creator series of adult LEGO brick sets, the Mini Cooper takes a slightly different approach towards construction. Not featuring LEGO bricks at all and instead focusing on parts that resemble the Mini Cooper, the model brings back a nostalgic air and even includes a picnic theme. In total, the Mini Cooper measures at over 4 inches high, 9 inches long, and 5 inches wide. Costing around $85, the LEGO Mini Cooper is definitely a collectable, including a picnic blanket to bring the theme together. As with many LEGO Creator sets, the true beauty of the model can be found in the detail.
9. LEGO Shuttle Expedition 10231
The LEGO Shuttle Expedition brings NASA home to all enthusiasts in the US and abroad. A recreation of the icon Space Shuttle that helped to inspire the imagination and bring about a new age of exploration, the LEGO Shuttle Expedition goes out of its way to provide a realistic depiction of the shuttle. Consisting of 1,230 different pieces and standing at over 17.5 inches tall, the Shuttle Expedition is by no means simple. Included along with the shuttle is a cart as well as 2 astronauts and one service crew member. Opening up the cargo compartment reveals solar cell panels. A great set piece, the LEGO Shuttle Expedition is great in just about any setting.
10. LEGO Superheroes 76023 The Tumbler
The LEGO Superheroes The Tumbler recreates in LEGO form the iconic ride of Batman from the new movies. Including action figures of Batman and the Joker, the set includes hundreds of pieces that all come together to form this awesome ride. When completed, the Tumbler measures in at 5 inches high and 15 inches long as well as 9 inches wide. A challenge that will take several days to build, the Tumbler represents an excellent inclusion to the adult line of LEGO sets currently available. If you love Batman, then give serious thought to picking up this set.
11. Star Wars Death Star 10188
Considered by many the ultimate Star Wars LEGO collectable, the Star Wars Death Star 10188 offers an incredibly range of scenes from the IV and VI movies. Within this large LEGO set are more than a dozen different scenes from the movie. Bringing you back into the world of Star Wars, the Star Wars Death Star set includes many moving parts and detachable sections that you can take with you. If this is your first adult LEGO kit, then consider going with something a little less complex. If you love Star Wars, then you will definitely want to go with this. Around $580, set includes a wide range of character models and surprising tidbits that you will discover as you construct it.
12. LEGO Star Wars Super Star Destroyer 10221
Sometimes LEGO outdoes itself. This is certainly true when it comes to the LEGO Star Wars Super Star Destroyer. Consisting of 3152 pieces, the Super Star Destroyer measures at about 50 inches long and weighs in at around 8 pounds. Definitely not for younger kids, the kit is for those who are true fans of Star Wars and LEGO bricks, who are willing to put in a great deal of time and money into creating a beautiful LEGO brick creation. The Super Star Destroyer is so large that it comes with its very own display stand. Costing around $1,000, be prepared to pay for a chance to assemble this amazing LEGO brick set.
13. LEGO Lord Of The Rings Tower of Orthanc Building Set
It doesn’t matter if you first fell in love with the books or the later movies; the LEGO Lord of the Ring Tower of Orthanc Building Set is a must for any fan. Recreating the iconic tower central to the second movie, the Tower of Orthanc has 6 detailed floors that recreate the imagery of the movie, including alchemy room, throne room, and more. Included along with the LEGO bricks for the building are model characters from the movie as well as a massive Ent. Standing at more than 9 inches in height, the Tower of Orthanc is a notably large LEGO structure that is perfect for any fan of JRR Tolkien.
14. LEGO Architecture Falling Water 21005
Designed for the architect at heart, the LEGO Architecture Falling Water recreates one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic works, Falling Water. A replica of the real world building, the LEGO set looks to hold true to the image of the structure, with careful attention paid to recreating the structure in all it’s iconic glory. With more than 811 pieces and a fantastic bookshelf displace, the overall look is amazing. In addition to the LEGO pieces, LEGO Architecture Falling Water also includes a detailed design book that covers the history and details of the building.
15. The LEGO Architecture Studio 21050 Playset
Last but not least, we arrive at one of the all time favorites for adult LEGO. Designed with an architect in mind, the set includes all white blocks that are perfect for recreating some of the most popular buildings out there. With endless possibilities, there is also a 272 page guidebook included to help show you how some of the most iconic structures are made in miniature. Learning the fundamentals of architectural design with LEGO bricks, the set is an amazing addition for anyone who likes the organization and aesthetics of structures.