The Best LEGO Sets For Adult Builders Of All Stripes
Much like video games, Star Wars toys, and soccer leagues, LEGO sets are no longer just for kids. In fact, the AFOL (Adult Fan Of LEGO) community is flourishing at an astonishing rate, spawning its own blogs, YouTube channels, and social media accounts.
While longtime fans of the tiny colored bricks are well aware of the toy line’s popularity among more mature builders, there’s still plenty of adults claiming to buy them “for their kids.” With over 300 new sets hitting stores every year (including many models specifically aimed at adult fans, it’s the perfect time to bring your block-y hobby out of the basement and into the LEGO-loving limelight
Of course, before you become an MOC (My Own Creation) master—another huge LEGO community—or start a Patreon to fund your brick-building addiction, you’ll want to find the right sets for you and your family. Whether shopping the toy aisles of your local retailer or navigating the seemingly millions of online storefronts, finding the bricks that best fit your interests, budget, and schedule can be as painful as stepping on a LEGO while barefoot.
With that in mind, we’ve scoured the stores, stayed up past the wee hours searching the internet, and even raided our kids’ toy boxes to compile a comprehensive list of the best LEGO sets for adult fans of all stripes.
Best LEGO Sets
LEGO The Disney Castle
You needn’t be a Disney nerd to appreciate this gorgeous amalgamation of tiny, colored bricks. Packed with detail — and over 4000 bricks! — the iconic castle, inspired by Cinderella’s digs at Walt Disney World, is more architectural wonder than plastic toy. That said, you can let the little ones play with the included Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, and Tink minifigures, while you tackle the finer points of constructing this magical masterpiece. Pixie dust not included.
LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store
Thanks to this cool set from the LEGO Ideas’ line, you can enjoy your favorite outdoor pastime without leaving the house. That might sound like a cheesy tag-line, but we’ll be damned if this detail-drenched entry — featuring a manageable 2049 pieces — doesn’t evoke the smell of the sea and rotting bait. Brimming with authentic touches, like the tiny kitty rooting around for the day’s fresh catch, this one would look awesome displayed in the man-cave…right next to that mounted Blue Marlin you bought at a yard sale.
LEGO Classic Creative Building Basket
This one’s just a big ‘ole basket of bricks, and that’s exactly why we love it. Sporting a low price — and no pressure to build something specific from an instruction booklet — this throwback set is perfect for casual fans wanting to break into the brick-building hobby, or folks just looking to relieve a little workday stress on their lunch break. Those craving a creative spark, of course, can also hop online for some specific, inspired ideas that are easy to build.
We love us some goofy Funko POP! figures, but we can’t help but think they could provide a bit more entertainment beyond breaking them from their boxes, displaying them on our desks, and staring at them. Enter LEGO BrickHeadz, the collectible figures you actually build.
Featuring fan-favorite characters from Marvel, Disney, DC, and the LEGO Batman movie, these super-affordable sets let you construct pop-culture icons — from Captain Jack Sparrow to The Joker — with just around 100 bricks. We also dig that they feature plenty of cool, character-specific details, like Captain America’s shield, while also retaining that distinct LEGO style.
LEGO Ideas Yellow Submarine
Easily LEGO’s trippiest set, the Yellow Submarine is an especially vibrant bundle of bricks based on the 1968 Beatles’ film of the same name. Living up to LEGO’s authenticity-achieving standards, this one features rotating periscopes, propellers, and an adjustable rudder. Coolest of all though, it includes John, Paul, George, and Ringo minifigures, complete with era-appropriate facial hair. A cool display stand and creepy Jeremy minifig round-out this unique Fab Four collectible.
LEGO Space Shuttle Explorer
Despite its reasonable price and modest 285 pieces, this LEGO-fied Space Shuttle Explorer packs plenty of fun for fans of space exploration. The detailed shuttle looks great displayed, but the set can also be broken down and built into two other models, a Space Rover or Moon Station. This 3-in-1 versatility makes it an awesome collectible piece that can also be easily transformed into a plaything for the kids. Of course, adult fans are also welcome to stage their own space-faring adventures behind the included minifigure astronaut.
LEGO Winter Village
Doubling as an incredibly charming set piece and an impressive DIY holiday decoration, the quaint Winter Village Station packs in a ton of great details at just 902 bricks. Its mini coffee shop includes a tiny espresso machine and cups, while the station’s exterior is brought to frosty life by patches of melting snow. Collectors will also appreciate that this one connects with last year’s LEGO holiday entry, the equally festive Winter Holiday Train. A perfect set for seasoned builders and newcomers alike, this one will test your construction skills while getting you in the spirit of the season.
Best LEGO Sets By Theme
Star Wars –Star Wars First Order Heavy Assault Walker
Choosing the right LEGO Star Wars set among the hundreds available can be as daunting as grooming a Wookiee. On top of the usual task of picking one in the proper price range, that doesn’t contain an intimidating amount of pieces — we don’t all have time to build the 4000-plus piece Death Star! — you have to consider which era from a galaxy far, far away you’re most fond of.
After collecting some intel from a few doomed Bothan spies, we’ve settled on the First Order Heavy Assault Walker as our current Force-fueled favorite. At 1376 pieces, this lumbering menace is manageable, while not being an absolute breeze to build. Best of all though, it features a brand new flavor of one of the franchise’s most beloved vehicles; an updated take on the AT-AT Walkers from the Empire Strikes Back, it stings that nostalgia-loving nerve, while also giving us a taste of what we can expect from The Last Jedi.
Of course, this one’s also packed with enough authentic details to fill the Millennium Falcon’s cargo hold, from head-mounted, spring-loaded shooters and stud-firing cannons to tiny First Order Stormtroopers. We’d almost feel bad for the Resistance…if we weren’t having so much fun crushing them beneath this beast’s plastic feet.
Pirates of the Caribbean – LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Silent Mary
The last few Pirates of the Caribbean films have been about as much fun as a bad case of scurvy, but the movies’ questionable quality hasn’t plagued the series’ awesome LEGO sets. In fact, the Silent Mary ghost ship set—based on the last film’s creepy craft—is the licensee’s best yet.
Featuring intricately detailed touches, such as tattered sails and a collapsible main mast, as well as a treasure trove of cool accessories and minifigures—including Captain Jack Sparrow himself!—this beautiful build is suitable for both display and pirate role-play.
At nearly 2300 pieces, it also provides a rewarding construction experience for LEGO novices and master builders alike. If all that wasn’t enough, it also includes a pair of jaw-snapping ghost sharks.
Marvel – Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2: The Milano vs. The Abilisk
Marvel and its iconic cast of comic book super heroes have more LEGO sets than you can spin a web at, but we love this Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2-inspired set because it features Peter Quill’s/Star-Lord’s sweet space ride, the Milano. Well, that, and it also includes an adorable, LEGO-fied Baby Groot.
Its abundance of accessories and minifigures make it more than suitable for movie reenactments, but we like it best as a quick build—460 pieces— allowing us to display one of the coolest crafts in any galaxy.
DC – Wonder Woman Warrior Battle
Thanks to Batman’s enormous popularity, there’s no shortage of DC Comics-based builds to choose from. In fact, we broke Bat’s into his own category (below), just so we could give some of his fellow day-savers and do-gooders a shot at the spotlight.
The Wonder Woman Warrior Battle set stands out among DC’s spandex-clad crowd because it not only celebrates the best DC super hero movie in ages, but also comes with a rad World War II fighter plane, complete with spinning propeller. The small, 286 piece set is supposed to be displayed with pilot Steve Trevor in the plane, while Wonder Woman fights the buildable Ares figure on the ground. Trust us though, it looks way cooler with the Amazonian ass-kicker in the cockpit!
Batman – LEGO Batman Movie: The Ultimate Batmobile
There’s plenty of cool things to love about the Dark Knight, from his cape and cowl to the way he makes bad guys soil their skivvies. As any Bat-fan will attest though, there’s nothing cooler than his car. This 1456 piece set not only allows builders to construct his iconic ride, but also transform it into three other criminal-crushing vehicles, the Batcycle, Batwing, and Bat-Tank.
On top of making any display case or bookshelf look 100% more badass, the Ultimate Batmobile features a utility belt full of extras, including four stud shooters, an opening cockpit, and eight minifigures. A fun build that’s also a blast to play with, this one may be Batman’s most wonderful toy.
LEGO Architecture – London
LEGO’s awesome architecture-themed sets are some of our favorites, featuring iconic skylines, such as Sydney, Chicago, and the Arc de Triomphe, as well as cool, detail-drenched structures, like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Our top pick for architecture geeks, however, is the London skyline model.
Featuring a number of famous, familiar landmarks, from the National Gallery and London Eye, to Big Ben and Tower Bridge, this set is like a brick-based, buildable history lesson. The Thames River is even represented by incredibly cool transparent tiles. It’s a quick project, ideal for displaying, but we guarantee you won’t be able to resist fiddling with the working Tower Bridge.
Minecraft – Minecraft Mountain Cave
The Minecraft community is as passionate as LEGO’s faithful following, so it makes sense the two have collided with a number of cool sets. Our favorite, the Minecraft Mountain Cave, is one of LEGO’s most feature-packed play sets. On top of a working minecart track and integrated elevator, this fan-pleasing package includes a light brick that can illuminate everything from a jack o’ lantern to flowing lava.
The Mountain Cave also embraces the sandbox game’s creative, construction-focused approach, allowing builders to reconfigure it into two other inspired designs. Once built, this sets encourages fans of all ages to unleash their imagination with tons of familiar accessories and minifigures, including a charged Creeper.
At nearly 3000 bricks and over a foot tall, the Mountain Cave is a rewarding, varied project that encourages fans to really get their hands on it to experiment, play, and, of course, construct.
Best LEGO MOC (My Own Creation) Artists
Some of the coolest — and frequently creepiest — LEGO creations don’t come from a set’s instruction booklet, but from the imaginations of master builders like Nathan Sawaya. The certified professional brick artist’s works have been featured everywhere from art houses to the White House. His lightsaber-wielding Lady Liberty is a favorite among his fans.
Minifigs often get tossed aside in favor of the brick-based buildings and structures they’re meant to inhabit. LEGO enthusiast Pokipsiebrik does the exact opposite though, making the tiny plastic people the stars of his creations. His street and stadium scenes are especially impressive, as he uses them as stages to feature hundreds of minifigs in action.
Another certified professional LEGO artist, Sean Kenney’s massive works make the biggest play sets look puny by comparison. His intricately-detailed, toy brick sculptures of nature and wildlife are especially stunning. His over-sized Praying Mantis might even drop your jaw..before popping up in your nightmares.
An artist focused on a very specific niche from a galaxy far, far away, Joyridefalcon places Stormtrooper minifigs in situations usually unbefitting the Empire’s finest. Whether playing poker, sawing through a Kit-Kat bar, or celebrating a Friday night with plastic pizza and beer, the often hilarious Stormtroopers are unlike the ones you’ll find in the films…not even the silly prequels.
Seemingly simple, but packed with sophisticated, nuanced details, Powerpig’s creations put a colorful brick-based spin on everyday items. Old school electronics, like chunky computer monitors, cabinet televisions, and even a Nintendo Entertainment System are among his coolest works, but his block-y cheeseburger — complete with LEGO tomato, pickle, and onion — might actually make your mouth water.
Largest LEGO Sets
LEGO Creator Big Ben
Packing 4080 bricks, the LEGO Disney Castle —our editor’s pick for best set — is a towering toy structure that could bend the shelves of even the sturdiest bookshelf. But it’s far from LEGO’s largest set. In fact, it’s not even in the top five.
At 4163 pieces, the LEGO Creator Big Ben set beats out Cinderella’s abode by nearly 100 bricks. Featuring a highly detailed portion of Westminster Palace and the adjoining Elizabeth Tower, this replica of the iconic structure stretches 17” wide, 7” deep, and an impressive 23” tall. Appropriate for master builders with some serious spare time, this one should probably be constructed then locked away forever, lest your curious kids or hyperactive pets bring Big Ben back to its foundation.
LEGO Creator Tower Bridge
Another iconic London structure gets the “largest set” nod, as the massive Tower Bridge clocks in at an impressive 4295 beautiful bricks. 17” high, 10” wide, and a whopping 40” wide, the bridge can be conveniently taken apart in sections; a feature that will surprisingly come in handy when you want to pack this baby up and show it off to friends.
While its elegant design looks too fragile to touch, it’s actually begging to be played with. Four miniature vehicles, including a traditional black London taxi, and, obviously, a red double-decker bus can be scooted across this historic landmark, while the drawbridge can be opened and closed.
Perfect for seasoned builders who like to play with their creations, the Tower Bridge is a favorite among fans of LEGO’s beefier offerings.
LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters
When you want to make London’s most stunning landmarks look like little playthings, who you gonna’ call? That’s right, leave it to specter-hunting heroes Venkman, Stantz, Spengler, and Zeddemore to outdo Big Ben. One of LEGO’s all-time coolest—and largest sets—the Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters includes 4634 haunted pieces. Once constructed, it measures 14-plus” high, 9” wide, and 14” deep. Open its interior walls outward, and you gain another 9” of width.
All that space also allows plenty of room for play, as the building’s brimming with interactive elements ripped right from the films; as the four main spook-slaying characters—as well as Louis Tully, Dana Barrett, and Janine Melnitz minifigs—fans can slide down the fire pole, evade oozing slime, and, of course, bust ghosts.
LEGO Ninjago City
Featuring 4867 pieces and some of the most detailed designs ever seen in a LEGO set, the Ninjago City is not messing around. In fact, while the kid-friendly property is generally geared toward the younger crowd, this complex amalgamation of colorful bricks is recommended for builders 16 and over.
Clocking in at over 24”, high, 12”, wide, and 16” deep, this mini ninja metropolis is brimming with accessories, minifigures, and interactive elements, including a miniature ATM that actually spits out the teeniest, tiniest bank notes you’ve ever seen.
While a complicated build not to be tackled by any Ninjago-loving tyke, this highly impressive piece of LEGO architecture is great for adult fans seeking a challenge, as well as folks looking for a perfect parent-and-child project.
LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon
The LEGO Star Wars line is certainly no stranger to large, brick-brimming sets. Over the years, there’s been Star Destroyers and Jawa Sandcrawlers besting the 3000-plus club, while the most recent brick-built version of the Death Star notched 4016 pieces. Back in 2007, a version of the Millennium Falcon even made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs and over 5000 bricks.
These numbers are smaller than a Womp rat, however, compared to the recently revealed LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon. Billed as the largest, most detailed version of the fastest ship in the galaxy ever created, the replica Corellian freighter measures over 8”, high, 33” long, and 22” wide. And, at an astounding 7541 bricks, it’s also the biggest LEGO set ever!
Absolutely swimming in fan-servicing details, the iconic craft includes awesome exterior features—such as a concealed blaster cannon and working boarding ramp—as well as all kinds of rad interior elements, like a gunnery station, Dejarik chess game, and hidden floor compartment. Coolest of all though, this epic set aims to please both original trilogy purists and new film fans by including crew member minifigs from both eras. Old school enthusiasts can rock the galaxy as Han, Leia, C-3PO, and Chewbacca, while more recent adopters of the Force can take to the stars as gray-haired Han, Rey, Finn, and BB-8.
And for those jaded jackasses about to complain about the era-specific radar dishes, well, those can be swapped out too —round for the original films, rectangular for the new movies! Whether you’re a forty-something Star Wars fan craving a nostalgia fix, a Rey-respecting new recruit looking to smack Kylo Ren’s stupid face, or even a sad moisture farmer pining for a more exciting life, this awesome set’s bound to stretch a smile across your face.