There is a very good reason why Lego is the world’s most successful and profitable toymaker. Almost all families have a shared memory of hunkering down in front of the Christmas tree trying to build and rebuild entire communities all from Lego sets and pieces.
For most of us, playing with Legos feels like travelling back to a much simpler time when the most important item on our to-do list was to build something out of our thousands of Legos. Luckily, the Danish toymaker has, in recent years, started to cater more to grown-ups who grew up (but never quite outgrew) playing Lego.
Lego sets for the grown-up kid are mostly pop-culture-themed, perfectly blurring the line between sophisticated interests and the sheer enjoyment of building Lego sets.
Here are 15 of the best Lego sets for the grown-up kid:
If you’ve ever looked at a Warhol print and thought to yourself, “Well, I can do that, too,” here is your chance to prove it — and make your living room look a lot more artistic. This 3,332-piece set is perfect for fans of Andy Warhol and/or Marilyn Monroe.
There are four unique ways to build this lego set, which means you get to choose which of Warhol’s 13 prints to replicate. If you get tired with one color combination, you can easily start over and pick a different color scheme to display next.
Of all the things that represent London, the bright red, double-decker bus might be the most iconic. Thus, this London bus Lego set is perfect for anyone who wants to reminisce about their time in London, or are looking forward to visiting the city one day.
The detail on this lego set is impressive. Even the adverts posted on the bus give you a choice between showing a 1950s poster or a present-day promotion.
Fans of Star Wars have an entire Lego line to choose models from, but this Millennium Falcon set might be the most challenging one to date. With a grand total of 7,541 pieces and being one of the biggest Lego models ever designed, this is not for the faint of heart.
This intricate replica will definitely need its own spot in the living room, and will impress any Star Wars fan that will step foot into your home. As far as Lego sets go, this one’s definitely got that wow factor.
Of course, not everyone wants to see the Galaxy defended. For Star Wars fans that have devoted themselves to the causes of the dark side, this Stormtrooper Helmet set might be a better fit. It is much easier to build compared to the Millennium Falcon set, having only 647 pieces in total, but the finished product is just as worthy of a spot in the living room display area.
The Stormtrooper Helmet is part of a helmet collection. You can also check out the Boba Fett helmet set here if you want to pay homage to the universe’s most impressive bounty hunter.
Whether it be John, Paul, George, or Ringo, you can build your favorite Beatle using this art canvas Lego set. The best thing about this set is that it comes with a soundtrack, so you can immerse into a whole Beatles experience and learn more about your favorite musicians while you build their likeness through the set.
If you want to display the whole band, you’re going to have to buy four sets. Otherwise, you can just build one Beatle at a time and switch to a different one whenever you feel like rebuilding.
If you love architectural structures and/or travelling, you’d love the fact that Lego has an entire architecture model line. Of course, the ever-iconic skyline of New York City is the top pick for most creative builders.
This build kit features scale representations of some of the world’s most famous structures, such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Flatiron Building, and even the One World Trade Center.
Having this displayed in your home will surely bring you back to the city that never sleeps.
Aside from New York, another city that has a skyline you’d recognize at a snap is London. Featuring the London Eye, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Nelson’s Column, and the National Gallery, this set truly represents the architectural diversity of London.
Notably, each Lego architecture set comes with a collectible booklet that contains information about the history and design of all these popular landmarks.
Of course, we couldn’t talk about beautiful skylines without mentioning Paris. This city has some of the best, most beautiful structures in the world, and this Lego set captures it all – from the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Grand Palais, Champs-Elysées, and Arc de Triomphe.
After you finish this 600-piece build set, you now have the perfect companion for the next time you binge-watch Emily in Paris.
Other Architecture Skyline series if you wish to complete the collection, includes:
- Lego Architecture Skyline: Tokyo 21051
- Lego Architecture Skyline: Paris 21044
- Lego Architecture Skyline: San Francisco 21043
- Lego Architecture Skyline: London 21034
- Lego Architecture Skyline: Dubai 21052
- Lego Architecture Skyline: New York City 21028
- Lego Architecture Skyline: Chicago 21033
- Lego Architecture Skyline: Sydney 21032
- Lego Architecture Skyline: Venice 21026
- Lego Architecture Skyline: Berlin 21027
- Lego Architecture Skyline: Las Vegas 21047
- Lego Architecture Skyline: Shanghai 21039
This is a perfect gift idea for fans of American sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Aside from Monica’s and Chandler’s apartments, all the best moments in the lives of Ross, Joey, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, and Phoebe happened at Central Perk.
Now you can immortalize it all with this building kit, which comes with character pieces that even includes Gunther, the long-suffering manager of the coffee shop.
This Hogwarts lego set may be marketed in the kids’ section, but we all know the kids who grew up wishing they attended Hogwarts with Harry, Ron, and Hermione are all grown up now. Hence, this build set is the perfect for those who want to relive the magic and feel nostalgic all over again over one of the best works of fiction that existed in this lifetime. Aside from the actual Hogwarts castle, this set also features sites like Hagrid’s hut and the Whomping Willow — details that every Potterhead will surely appreciate.
Now here’s a little something for DC fanboys and girls. This Lego set will give you a miniature rendition of the Batmobile from the 1989 Batman movie. After completing one of the best cinematic vehicles of all time, you can show it off on the rotating model car display stand that comes with every purchase of the build set.
Note that this is not the size of a normal toy car, and you can rest assured that it will stand out, wherever you may choose to display it after building.
This Stranger Things set is arguably the most intricate and detailed set that LEGO has come up with in recent memory. Here you can build the Byers’ home in Hawkins, as well as the mystic Upside Down that exists right underneath.
Recreating all your favorite scenes from the hit Netflix series should be a walk in the park, too, since the build set includes minifigures of the whole gang — Eleven, Mik, Lucas, Dustin, Will, Joyce Byers, Chief Jim Hopper, and even the Demogorgon to terrorize everyone else!
For serious bike nuts, one of the best Lego sets would be this Ducati Panigale V4 R model. By building this beast of a bike, anyone can gain a deep insight into how such an iconic bike is made and how it works. Ducati enthusiasts will surely appreciate the front and rear suspension, which allows this bike model to move realistically.
DC fans have their batmobile set, and here we have the Iron Man helmet set for Marvel loyalists. This 480-piece build is not nearly as challenging (and frustrating, to be honest), as the other bigger models in this list, but it can still provide endless hours of relaxation for Iron Man fans who have always adored the engineering of the superhero’s helmet. The gold elements in this set are truly superb and a joy to look at — something that faux and replica units can never completely copy.
Finally, we have this Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set that is sure to be a hit for anyone who’s fascinated with space, particularly man’s first trip to the moon, made possible by Apollo 11. This Lego set is developed in cooperation with NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of man’s moon landing, so don’t be surprised about how detailed and accurate this scale model is. After you build this, you can gain a deeper insight into the Apollo 11 landing, especially when you recreate how it happened, with the help of two astronaut minifigures that come prepared in their NASA-detailed spacesuits.
We bet you’re getting excited to build your next Lego set, just like when you were a kid on Christmas morning. Well, these lego sets for the grown-up kid may be a tad more challenging to build, but trust that building them is just as fun as you remember from your childhood.