Not all LEGO sets are made for younger builders. 18+ Lego sets are a great opportunity for adults to get stuck into something that is a little more complicated to build, or that has a more age-appropriate design. We can still indulge in our passions, with plenty of fandom-themed sets around Marvel, Star Wars and Disney.
But, there are also advanced Architecture and Art sets that might be a little boring for kids. The following sets are all for adult builders and offer projects that are fun and challenging at the same time. You can take you time perfecting replicas of buildings, cars, helmets and paintings with detailed sets, impressive color choices and fun details. Once finished, these sets look great on display, either as models on display stands on in plates hung on the wall. If you find a sub-theme that you like, you could end up with an interesting adult collection.
1. Star Wars The Razor Crest™ 75331 Lego Set
The LEGO Star Wars universe is home to some huge LEGO sets, and the new Star Wars The Razor Crest™ 75331 Lego Set is no different. This 18+ set requires more than 6000 pieces to construct the detailed ship, including the cockpit, weapons area, and more. Although challenging, this impressive build is worth the effort as a way of capturing the essence of The Mandalorian character and series.
What makes this advance set even more appealing for adult fans is the Collector's Edition display stand. This is the perfect home for the ship when it isn't flying around on missions and helps show off the shape of the ship at its best. It also has dedicated spaces for the minifigures, including a buildable Blurgg model and one of Grogu in a pram. This is one that fellow fans are going to be pretty jealous of when they come over to visit your collection.
2. Marvel Hulkbuster Lego Set 76201
Marvel LEGO sets are often a lot of fun to play with, especially the detailed figures and scenes from the movie. But, some are a little more advanced for a complex building experience. That is certainly the case with the new Marvel Hulkbuster LEGO Set 76201. You need some patience here to build this challenging 52cm tall model and its posable limbs. But, the effort is worth it for the scale and look of this domineering figure.
Among the 4049 pieces in the kit are three glowing arc reactors to really prepare Iron Man for battle. There is also a large cockpit area inside the suit if you happen to have a compatible Iron Man model in your collection. If not, this huge LEGO set is still a great addition because of its stature and memories of a key moment in the franchise.
3. IDEAS Table Football Lego Set 21337
Adults that love LEGO and football are sure to appreciate the chance to build the new IDEAS Table Football LEGO Set 21337. This is a great new LEGO set for adults and families because of the blend of the nostalgic table design, the building process, and the game-play afterward. You can create a working 41cm table with enough room for the rotating poles and goals for a 5-a-side game. The design looks great with the retro stripes matching the team colors, the pitch, and the scoreboard. You also get a nice seating area in the stands for the players.
On that note, the standout design choice here is the decision to use interchangeable minifigures acting as real team members. There are 22 in total with different heads and bodies for a customizable team. So, you can expect the whole family to build their perfect team for ongoing competition.
4. Harry Potter Hogwarts Express™ – Collectors' Edition 76405 Lego Set
The only thing better for a Harry Potter LEGO collector than a new build is a Collectors Edition. The new Harry Potter Hogwarts Express™ – Collectors' Edition 76405 Lego Set takes a classic idea in the form of the famous school train and elevates it with new scenes and a beautiful scale model. There are two sides to this challenging set for adults.
The first is the construction of the train itself, which takes up most of the 5129 pieces and stretches for 118cm. This allows for the locomotive and three separate carriages. The remaining pieces are for the accompanying Platform 9 and 3/4. The other side to this intriguing set is the range of scenes, which take Harry and his friends through different phases in the books. Enjoy setting up the 20 figures of Harry, his friends, family, and foes, across the carriages. It really is a well-crafted addition to a collection.
5. Marvel Sanctum Sanctorum 76218 Lego Set
Not all LEGO Marvel sets are made for kids. Some are so complex that they are better off in the hands of older masters. The Marvel Sanctum Sanctorum 76218 Lego Set is a perfect example thanks to its grand three-story structure and 360-degree design.
There is a lot for builders to get to grips with here. The building has three distinct floors with lots of details inside and out.
The library on the second floor stands out because of the hidden portals, which are perfect for introducing one of the 9 minifigures in the room. There is also the brilliantly designed museum of collectibles upstairs. The building is just as impressive on the outside too, with the iconic skylight and enough set dressing of the New York street. This big 18+ LEGO set for adults is going to require some patience and attention to perfect, making it one for the true Dr. Strange fans.
6. Marvel Black Panther LEGO Set 76215
The original Black Panther movie was an important moment in the franchise's history, and now we can celebrate the character with the Marvel Black Panther LEGO Set 76215. This set lets builders construct a bust of the mask and gloves to almost lifelike proportions. The design matches the film nicely with the shape of the cowl, the details on the gloves, and the important necklace connecting the two elements.
They design of the set means that these features all sit in the classic Wakanda Forever salute on a nice display stand. If you want, you can change the pose as the gloves are fully articulated for a more interactive experience. There is a complex building experience with this 46cm larger LEGO set, but one that is also highly rewarding. So, consider this set for Marvel fans that also loved the challenge of the Infinity Gauntlet and other helmets.
7. Creator Expert Titanic 10294 Lego Set
Just from looking at the new Creator Expert Titanic 10294 Largest Lego Set, you can tell that this will be one of the advanced LEGO sets for 18+ builders, rather than one for the whole family. Younger builders may appreciate the working propellers and anchor on completion, but not the repetition and fine detail in this 1:200 scale model. There is nothing here to create the plot of the movie, just a detailed recreation of the real ship across all its floors. This is a classic replica that will be the envy of other collectors.
You can appreciate the decks in clever cross-sections to highlight the contrast between the lower cabins by the boiler room and the ones up near the classy dining room. The set has more than 9000 pieces and is 135cm long, 44cm high, and 16cm wide on completion. Finish it off with the sturdy supports and nameplate so it is ready to set sail.
8. ICONS Christmas High Street Lego Set 10308
If you need a new LEGO set for Christmas, the ICONS Christmas High Street LEGO Set 10308 is a great choice. This set offers a series of new elements that you can either keep together in one small scene or add into something bigger for a grander festive experience. There are 1514 pieces in total over two storefronts, a tram stop, and the tram car.
The concept here is that the cute trolley car is taking the two shoppers and their child onto Main Street for some Xmas shopping. They can arrive at the little tram stop area, with its sign and old-fashioned clock. Here, the child can mail their letter to Santa before their parents look for bargains in the music store and toy store. Both storefronts are easily decorated with snow and garlands and there are plenty of accessories to stock each window. The whole set is a delight for adults looking for a nostalgic scene this season.
9. Star Wars AT-AT Lego Set 75313 Lego Set
The Star Wars universe is full of iconic models and the AT-AT is one of the most recognizable. So, any Star Wars fan would love to have the complex and massive Star Wars AT-AT Lego Set 75313 in their collection. When we say this is a complicated Star Wars LEGO set for adults, it is actually one of the more advanced yet. This is all due to the sheer scale of this 62cm tall machine and its complex features.
The interior of this AT-AT opens up show the hold and provides room for up to 40 minifigures and 2 speeder bikes. There is also space for figures in the cockpit. From there, you can enjoy reenacting scenes from the Battle of Hoth with the posable legs, cannons, and the hook for Luke’s line. This may be an 18+ set in terms of its complexity, and the use of close to 7000 pieces, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t enjoy playing with it.
10. Ideas Motorized Lighthouse 21335 Lego Set
When looking for a new large LEGO set for adults, we often look at the number of bricks included and some of the larger houses or public buildings. But, what about a set with more than 2000 pieces that is really tall? That is what you get with the new Ideas Motorized Lighthouse 21335 18+ Lego Set.
It is a challenge to create this tower in all its glory, as there is 54cm to this structure from the rocky base to the main tower and the glass cover for the lamp on top. The final model is very pretty, but also practical. The lamp is functional with a rotating device and Fresnel lens to shine an authentic beacon over the landscape. Furthermore, players get the fun of story elements, such as the interior home of the lighthouse keeper and cat and the smuggler's cave, sailor, and treasure below. There is more than meets the eye to this set and it is definitely worth adding to a collection of motorized LEGO sets.
11. ICONS Lion Knights' Castle 10305 Lego Set
If you are old enough to remember the King's Castle set of 1984, you might be interested in building its updated version. The ICONS Lion Knights' Castle 10305 Lego Set lets knights and archers defend the castle of the new queen with a lot of familiar touches and new details. Although it is far more detailed, it still retains a familiar charm that builders will love.
The bare bones of the castle set are very nostalgic with the classic shapes and gameplay. You can fight off enemies on horseback, prepare for battle inside the castle walls, and build the strongest fortress possible. Now, there are lots of detailed building elements and moving parts, such as trapdoors and the drawbridge, to bring the set a little more up-to-date. The complexity of this set does make it an 18 plus advanced LEGO set for adults, but one that will bring a lot of joy.
12. ICONS Loop Coaster Lego Set 10303
Some LEGO fairground sets are not for kids, and the new ICONS Loop Coaster LEGO Set 10303 is a good example. That doesn't mean your kids aren't going to be able to enjoy this with some supervision, but you'll have a lot of fun building the mechanics of this huge LEGO set yourself. This is because there are two main elements to this advanced set, along with some nice accessories for the staging.
The first is the Loop coaster itself. This impressive feat of engineering is gravity-controlled with two loops for the passenger car. Just get up the rider, flip the lever, and off they go. The other is the elevated drop, a must-have in most modern theme parks. This one has the potential for use with the Powered Up components to send riders plummeting to the ground. This is where the two-faced heads are a nice touch for great expressions. With all the mechanics and fairground details, this challenging set is a lot of fun to put together.
13. Harry Potter Hogwarts™ Icons - Collectors' Edition Lego Set
It isn’t often we see Harry Potter in an adults section of LEGO sets. Normally the builds are so focused on the fun storylines, locations, and minifigures that they are appeal to builders of all ages. But, the Harry Potter Hogwarts™ Icons - Collectors' Edition Lego Set is a little different. There is a lot to create in this stunning design and players are going to need to work piece by piece and take pride in this mammoth project. There are 3010 bricks in total and a special display stand.
Most of these correspond with the realistic model of Hedwig, carrying the Hogwarts invitation. But, the finished design brings together other important elements of the Harry Potter universe like Riddle’s diary, a wand, and a snitch. Therefore, this is one of the more advanced LEGO set in the 18+ category for older Potter fans that are a little nerdier over the details of the stories and that want a more complex build.
14. Creator Expert Camp Nou – FC Barcelona Lego Set 10284
There will always be a great debate over which football stadium is the most impressive. Some will offer opinions based on the sheer scale of the arena, while others focus on the design of the building or the significance of the ground in the modern game. All fans of FC Barcelona will say that there is no contest and that the Creator Expert Camp Nou – FC Barcelona Lego Set 10284 proves their point in its stunning scale model.
This 18+ Creator Expert model lets keen supporters build every possible element of the stadium and game-day experience that they could think of. The stadium consists of replicas of the unmistakable stands, the vital players' tunnel, and the press booths for the media. Builders also get the fun of adding the team bus outside and decorating the stadium with stickers and flags. The final model is impressive and one that other football fans will be jealous of – regardless of who they support.
15. The LEGO® Ideas Fender® Stratocaster™ 21329 Set
You can get some interesting items in the LEGO sets for adults collection. This is where builders don’t need too much in the way of fun interactive features for play, and would rather have some neat realistic features on scale models. That is precisely what you get with the LEGO® Ideas Fender® Stratocaster™ 21329 Set - although there is no doubt that a posable whammy bar is still a fun interactive feature.
This 18+set creates a duo of musical equipment. The first element is the guitar itself with the classic shape, pick-ups, and even some scale picks for the owner. Then there is the 65 Princeton Reverb amplifier. This has removable panels so you can see inside to the motherboard, speaker, and more. With the addition of the footswitch, cords, and a nice foldable stand, it doesn’t seem as though the designs missed anything here.
16. IDEAS Home Alone 21330 Lego Set
In many ways, the new Home Alone 21330 Lego Set looks like it should be a set for all ages. This is true to a point because of all of the brilliant traps and interactive moments between Kevin McAlister and the two slapstick burglars. But, also be aware that this is well suited to an adult LEGO collection because of the size and complexity of the directions.
The aim here is to work stage by stage through the plot of the movie and build this massive 27 by 34 cm family home. It takes almost 4000 bricks from basement to roof, including the light-up furnace brick, decorations, and external elements. Take your time working on this as a family across the holiday season but be prepared for it to take a while. The finished movie set and fun moments within or worth all the effort.
17. Star Wars Republic Gunship Lego Set 75309
Just because Star Wars LEGO sets have their appeal for all ages, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some challenging Star Wars LEGO sets for adults too. The new Star Wars Republic Gunship Lego Set 75309 is a great example as there are 3292 pieces here to carefully arrange into a unique angular ship with its cargo hold, cockpit, wings, and unusual weaponry.
There is a big cabin with a massive sliding door, all ready for troops or vital cargo. Then, when it is time to set off, players can guide the ship to its destination and make use of the swiveling spherical gun turrets on the sides. There are also two minifigures - the Clone Trooper Commander and Legendary Jedi Master - to add to the game-play. A bonus for adult builders is the shape of the display stand, which shows this off brilliantly as a static model, and the additional information plate.
18. Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft Lego Set 10291
LEGO sets based on TV shows are some of the best buildable models for adults as they let us indulge in a fandom and create a lasting celebration of a pop culture phenomenon. Fans of Queer Eye will be pleased to know that this hit show is now part of the LEGO collection, with the new Creator Expert Queer Eye – The Fab 5 Loft Lego Set.
This impressive 18+ set recreates the Atlanta loft apartment of the Fab 5. The build gives each character – all present in minifigure form – the chance to excel at what they do best. This means vital areas for working on makeovers, with the clothing rail and salon chair, as well as comfortable living areas and a well-designed kitchen. There is even a grooming station for Bruley. It all culminates in a working turntable to show off the transformation of Kathi. This is a set full of fun details for true fans.
19. Creator Volkswagen T2 Camper Van Lego Set 10279
The VW van is a vehicle with great appeal to adults of all ages. Older LEGO builders will have great memories of travelling in these and seeing them at events and festivals of their youth. Young adults may dream of fixing one up themselves. The Creator Volkswagen T2 Camper Van LEGO Set 10279 is the next best thing.
This 2207 piece set creates a realistic replica of this van in blue and white with a detailed interior living space, working steering, and intricate access points in the back, sliding door, and roof. That interior includes a little pull-out bed for the owner and a kitchen area with basic appliances and a fridge. You can also pop the roof out for space and add privacy with fabric curtains. If that wasn’t enough, this attractive 18+ Creator LEGO set for adults has bonus features such as folding chairs and a surfboard to add to the theme.
20. Super Mario 64™ Question Mark Block 71395 Lego Set
When you see that there is a new Mario-themed LEGO set for sale, you may assume that this is a great little gift for the kids. That isn’t the case with the new Super Mario 64™ Question Mark Block 71395 LEGO Set. While builders of all ages will love building and interacting with this 18+ set, it is going to require some patience and adult supervision. Part of this is down to the different buildable zones that come out of this large cube. These detailed worlds depict zones from the Super Mario 64 game, complete with relevant mini-figures. The other reason is that there are 2,064 pieces to fit together.
This is one of the true classic LEGO sets for adults because of the care and planning that goes into this build. The final result is a stunning creation that celebrates 25 years of a classic game and lets millennial gamers show off what Mario meant in their youth.
16. Creator Expert Santa’s Visit Lego Set 10293
While many18+ sets are more complicated and detailed than some of the kid-friendly ones, there is no doubt that the new Creator Expert Santa’s Visit Lego Set 10293 set has something for adults and families alike. There is enough complexity to the construction of the two-storey home and its exterior that older builders will enjoy taking their time over the scene. But, there are also so many playful elements that kids can have fun helping their parents set this up.
The playful side comes down to the clever use of decorative elements, such as the light-up Christmas tree, and the storyline involving the Santa minifigure. He can creep around at night leaving presents and enjoying the milk and cookies while the family sleeps. This is a fun set that will test the skills of builders while still offering a fun bonding experience as you reminisce about Christmas Eve nights from your past.
17. Ideas Seinfeld Lego Set 21328
There is an interesting trend in the LEGO Ideas range for nostalgic 90’s TV sets. We saw it with the Friends Apartment and Central Perk builds. Now we have the new Ideas Seinfeld Lego Set 21328. Whether you are a teen that discovered the show for the first time in lockdown or an old fan from its first run, this detailed replica of Jerry’s home is sure to impress.
There is a lot to build here and the model earns its rating as an 18+ set with 1326 bricks to assemble. A lot of this goes into the structure and furniture of the living room, office, and kitchen areas. But, there is also the lighting rig a little stand-up stage to the side, complete with a table, mic stand, and brick-wall backdrop. With all the additional accessories, like the Festivus pole, and 5 key minifigure characters, this is one of the best LEGO sets for creative adults.
18. Lego Creator Pickup Truck Set 10290
There is an immediate appeal to the LEGO Creator Pickup Truck Set 10290 for builders of a certain age. The vintage design of this old-fashioned truck is sure to conjure up fond memories of times travelling out in the country or working in something very similar. This is one of the most nostalgic car LEGO sets for adults and also a fun challenge with over 1000 pieces to put together.
The majority of these pieces go into the truck itself, with its authentic shape, removable rails, hinged tailgate, and plenty of classic features throughout. However, there are also plenty of pieces for building the accessories. These create fun extras for the truck owner’s produce stall. There is fruit and veg, a milk pail, and a sign to tempt passing motorists. You also get a wheelbarrow. It is a fun and detailed set that will bring a lot of joy and look great in any collection.
19. Lego Creator Flower Bouquet Set 10280
The LEGO Creator range has recently expanded to bring in some new sets in a Botanical sub-theme. This beautiful LEGO Flower Bouquet Set 10280 is one set that is sure to delight LEGO builders of all ages and those with a passion for flowers. The wide variety of flowers available to create shows that LEGO wanted to go for beautiful design and realism over more cliched arrangements. Once build to the height of your choice, they are ready to sit proudly in any suitable vase or container.
This range of flowers and the adjustability of the stems means there is a wide selection of pieces of various sizes. There are 756 in total, so be prepared for a long session carefully bringing these blooms to life. The effort is worthwhile, however, as you are left with an adaptable display that will never wilt or fade.
20. IDEAS Typewriter Lego Set 21327
There are lots of sets of LEGO for adults where the crossover appeal between generations is bigger than LEGO may assume. Some of the classic cars may be nerdier to an older generation but still appealing on a base level to kids that like toy cars. With the IDEAS Typewriter LEGO Set 21327, that multi-generational appeal may go the other way. There will be millennials wanting this vintage mint-green typewriter because they can’t have a real one and boomers wanting to recreate the one they used in their youth. It all comes down to the nostalgia generated from design and the moving parts.
The attention to detail in this complex 18+ set is impressive. The carriage moves along with the motion of the keys, and there is even a little ink ribbon to finish it off. Those keys have the font printed, rather than relying on stickers. You also get a letter from Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, descendent of LEGO founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen who’s real-life typewriter inspired this set. This isn’t going to be an easy build at all with so many intricate
21. Spiderman Daily Bugle Lego Set 76187
When LEGO decided to add a new Spiderman model to their collection, they didn’t hold back with the difficulty level. The complex Spiderman Daily Bugle Lego Set 76187 could be the most difficult yet because of the scale, the level of detail across multiple floors, and the detachable elements. It is no surprise that this is an 18+ set and the 3772-piece build will provide a fun challenge for a lot of builders.
You can create the 82cm Daily Bugle tower complete with billboards, fire escape, and all the offices inside. This means plenty of options when staging battles between any of the 25 minifigures included. You can go retro with the Peter Parker V Green Goblin match-up or bring in Miles Morales. There are also fun details in the New York street scene below for a little more context. This is a set that keeps on giving and combines so much of the Spiderman Universe in one neat package.
22. Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse 51 Set 42125
Car builds will always be popular as complex LEGO sets for adults. Racing cars, such as the Lego Technic Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse 51 Set 42125, take this even further with fun designs and mechanics to deal with. This 18+ set is one of the more advanced models because of the level of detail inside and outside the car. With the right care and skill, builders can achieve an interactive model that looks ready for a big race.
The interior of the car has a spacious and detailed area for the driver, complete with steering. There is also the V8 engine for high-speed races and the Technic elements allow these to move realistically. On the outside, the car has that perfect aerodynamic shape for handling the course and getting an edge on other drivers. It is low profile with a large spoiler and thick tyres that won’t let the driver down. The bright red paintwork is also covered in neat little stickers from various big-name sponsors.
23. Lego Creator Bird of Paradise Set 10289
Any LEGO for aged 18 and over is sure to bring both a challenge and a more grown-up design to a LEGO collection. These adult builds have diversified greatly over the years with a range of stylish sets – and there are few more stylish than the new LEGO Creator Bird of Paradise Set 10289.
This impressive 18+ kit gives you over 1000 pieces to literally built this plant from the ground up. You get the elegant black pot, some soil, the stems and stalks, big curved tropical leaves, and those unique spiky flowers. The complexity comes from the posable aspect of the build, where you can change the configuration of the leaves and pose the flowers for the best effect. This bendy stems give great freedom of movement and life, while also providing long-term interactivity as you adjust the plant as desired. It is a fake plant that keeps on giving.
24. Lego Adidas Originals Superstar Set 10282
Building a shoe out of LEGO bricks may sound like an unusual project, especially with that old joke of stepping on LEGO being the worst thing in the world. But, the new LEGO Adidas Originals Superstar Set 10282 offers the chance to build an impressive classic sneaker with some interesting elements. These 18+ LEGOs for adults require some thought and skill because while there are under 1000 pieces, there are some unusual elements and lots of important details.
The shoe is built from the sole up, with curved uppers, a nice toe cap, branded tongue, and even laces with eyelets. There is also attention to detail with the true design. If that wasn’t enough, you can choose if it is a left or right shoe and display it on a little stand. The finished piece is worth the time and effort because of the authenticity and the impact it will have on a collection.
25. Marvel Infinity Gauntlet 76191 Lego Set
It is always fun when Marvel creates something a little more grown-up for adult fans of the series. Playing with minifigures is fun, but so is owning your own version of Thanos’ gauntlet. The new Marvel Infinity Gauntlet 76191 LEGO Set is perhaps the closest you will get to the real thing with its realistic design and posable fingers. You could make it snap its fingers for utter devastation or, as this is part of a LEGO collection for Adults, you can have fun playing around with other gestures.
The 18+ set is very attractive as a display piece with the detailed golden brick and the individual gems that grant it its powers. The finished glove takes 590 bricks and stands at 31cm on its display stand, so will look beautiful and imposing on a desk. This is one for the fans of the lore and the designs of the MCU and one that will not disappoint.
26. Ideas Disney Winnie the Pooh 21326 Lego Set
While the new Ideas Disney Winnie the Pooh 21326 Lego Set is classed as an 18+ set for older builders, it is really for all ages. This is a classic family LEGO set at its best with the blend of cute Disney characters, the fun story that ties in so nicely with the Winnie The Pooh world, and the overall aesthetic of the piece. You can build the giant oak tree and Pooh’s house beneath. The house opens to reveal plenty of room for the characters to socialize, listen to stories, and eat the honey they collect from the hives in the tree.
The hard part is getting up there with their balloon. The set is a lot of fun for kids and parents to build together, with a little over 1000 pieces to play with. You also get a nice illustrated book to finish the set off nicely.
27. Porsche 911 Creator Lego Set 10295
Some LEGO car sets are much better suited to older builders and collectors than others because of their complexity and focus on authenticity. While younger collectors can enjoy the emergency vehicles and other models for creative play, adults can enjoy taking their time over the realistic details and building a “real” car of their youth.
The Porsche 911 Creator Lego Set 10295 is the perfect example because the focus is on detailed work to create two versions of a classic car. You can spend ages perfecting the adaptable interior and powerful engine of the Turbo before removing the roof and adding the classic bar to transform this into the Targa. Whichever version of this 18+ model you put on display, you are sure to wow other collectors thanks to the thoughtful design and features provided. It is challenging but also sure to provide a lot of satisfaction and pride.
28. Lego Technic Ford F 150 Set 42126
The LEGO Technic range is a great place to look for challenging sets for adults, especially if you also have a strong interest in cars. Some of the models are more niche in appeal than others and a pick up like this LEGO Technic Ford F 150 Set 42126 will appeal to many adults that have driven or worked in something similar in the past.
It is an impressive model inside and out with more than 1000 pieces to assemble into the rugged and reliable truck so many depend on. The large vehicle sits on a full suspension system and big off-road wheels. There is also plenty of room inside the truck and in the bed at the back. Builders can carefully craft the interior, the bright orange exterior paintwork, and the moving pistons in the V6 engine. The finished model will sit proudly in any collection.
29. Ghostbusters ECTO-1 Creator Expert Lego Set 10274
The new Ghostbusters ECTO-1 Creator Expert Lego Set 10274 is based on the design in the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie. There are lots of little nods to the original vehicle here, as well as new features that relate to the new story. The whole build is impressive in its level of detail, which is why this is an 18+ model rather than something for younger players.
There is a lot to get right here, with interior and exterior elements to figure out, so it is no surprise that there are over 2000 pieces here.
LEGO do state that this Creator Expert set is not a toy, but rather a collector's piece for adults. The 18-inch length and classic design support this as it will become the coolest display piece in any collection. But, “big kids” that are fans of the franchise will also appreciate playing with the moving parts, such as the rotating gunner seat, tracking systems and traps.
30. The Friends Apartments LEGO Set
Friends is a show that has aged better than some fans may have expected since its creation in the 90s. The recent trailer may have reminded us just how long it has been, but the six major characters are timeless and ageless to fans. That is why the new 18+ Friends Apartments LEGO set for adults is such a great addition to a collection.
This set pairs nicely with the other Central Perk TV Set for new ways to recreate storylines from the show. All six lead characters are there, as is Janice, and there is careful attention to the costumes worn and the props they have to use. Long-time fans and younger teens can build both apartments in fine detail and spend hours getting lost in this little world. Each home retains the vibe of its inhabitants and lots of important details in the furniture and accessories. Building this is a great journey of rediscovery.
31. The Haunted House Creator Lego Set 10273
When choosing a new adult LEGO set for your creation, why not go for something a little spookier. The Haunted House Creator Lego Set 10273 is a perfect choice because the creepy elements involved. The finished building looks like something from the set of a classic film - both inside and out. The architecture is enough to lure in the diverse group of minifigure visitors. The ghosts, effects and clever interior details mean they won't be leaving for a while.
This set earns its 18+ rating because there are more than 3000 pieces and some fun Powered Up compatible elements. The mechanized parts include the switch for the elevator shaft and the lights. There is plenty of fine detail in each room, on both storeys of the house, including a grand organ, treasures and a cursed painting. Grown-ups will also appreciate classic elements that remind them of their childhood, such as the skeletons and cobwebs.
32. Star Wars R2-D2 Lego Set 75308
There are lots of 18+ sets around right now that focus on display pieces and the grown-up side of LEGOs for adults. Some of the models of the different Star Wars helmets are great examples. But, the new Star Wars R2-D2 Lego Set 75308 shows that you can get an adult Star Wars LEGO set that is also a lot of fun.
There is no doubt that you will spend a long time crafting and perfecting this 31cm tall replica of the world-famous droid. There are 2314 pieces to get into place and so many details in the designs and moving parts to get right You can then place it next to a special 50th-anniversary information plate on display. But, the fun doesn’t stop there because R2D2 has the capacity to move and divulge some secrets. He can switch to a driving stance, use a periscope, and even offer some helpful tools and a lightsaber from a hatch and secret compartment.
33. NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Lego Set 10283
The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery Lego Set 10283 has a lot of fun elements that families can enjoy together. There is an interactive element as you can use the mechanical arm on the payload bay of the shuttle to launch an additional model of the Hubble Telescope. The Discovery Shuttle also has a cockpit and landing gear, making it one of the best space LEGO sets yet..
But, you might find it better to let adults build this complex set and then supervise kids when showing it off. That is because this build is an 18+ model with 2354 pieces and a lot of fiddly details. You don’t just get the models, but also the stands and informational plates to go with them. It will take time and patience to fit the moving parts and little details on the telescope. Still, it is all worth it to create a pair of display pieces that add real value and visual appeal to a NASA LEGO collection.
34. Ideas Medieval Blacksmith Lego Set 21325
The Ideas Medieval Blacksmith Lego Set 21325 doesn’t immediately look like the sort of model that would be an 18+ set. There is an element of child-like fantasy to the medieval story and the use of minifigures and animals. But then there are also nods to fantasy worlds like Middle Earth and Westeros for the adults.
The set focuses on a complex 2000+ piece blacksmith’s workshop and home. He lives with his wife and dog on the first and second floor and spends the working day creating swords, shields, and armour for the Black Falcon Knights in his workshop. There are lots of brick elements to play with, like the fire, the stonework, slate tiles, and the pieces for the apple tree outside. You also get all the tools and lots of accessories for the home and characters. This includes the Knights heading to the house to collect their items. It is challenging and engaging for all those that want to lose themselves in this sort of world.
35. Star Wars Imperial Probe Droid Lego Set 75306
The new Star Wars Imperial Probe Droid Lego Set 75306 model for 2021 looks like it will be one of the most challenging builds yet for Star Wars fans. While so many previous large-scale builds like this retain a blockier look, this one has a lot of curves and a tactile nature. Everyone is going to want to admire this in greater detail. There are 683 pieces in total in this 18+ set, all of which brings the Imperial Probe Droid to life with its poseable legs, antenna, and other important details.
The smartest move here from LEGO was to make the stand a transparent pole. This gives the impression that the 27cm inch tall droid is hovering over a desk. This detailed model works brilliantly as both an interactive model and as a display piece thanks to the snowy Hoth-esque base and the information plate at the side.
36. Creator Expert Police Station Lego Set 10278
The Creator Expert Police Station Lego Set 10278 is another set in a long line of advanced modular builds. While the instructions and storyline related to this set are suitable for younger players, there is plenty here for older builders to make this the ideal 18+ addition to your growing town. There are three complex buildings to create here with nearly 3000 bricks in total
. This includes all the architectural elements for the three-story police station, the tempting donut shop next door, the newsstand outside, and all the other exterior details
.One of the interesting features that make this set so interesting for older players is that you get more of a 3D experience with the back view of the buildings. This side includes fire escapes and other ways for the criminal minifigure to evade the cops. The whole set is intricate and great fun to build.
37. 1989 Batwing 76161 Lego Set
18+ Comic-book themed LEGO sets are a brilliant choice for older collectors that are more about the designs and nostalgia than gameplay. That is why it is such a good idea for LEGO to turn to classic movies like Batman 1989. This film still holds up with its moody theme and uncomplicated plot. It brought the comics to the big screen with great characters and impressive machines like the original Batwing.
Now, adults can have the fun of building this stylish vehicle brick by brick. The design captures the iconic shape perfectly, with the cowl design and flaps, and the scale is big enough to allow for a detailed interior. Builders can put their Batman minifigure in that cockpit too – or either of the two villain figures. Once complete, the 1989 Batwing 76161 Lego Set either sits on its display stand or on a new wall-mount to show it off properly.
38. Star Wars Darth Vader Meditation Chamber Lego Set 75296
There is a new LEGO Star Wars building set for adults that is something a little more unusual and nerdy. There is a key scene in The Empire Strikes Back that isn’t as spectacular as some of the battle scenes but is memorable and disturbing for the way it sells Vader as a villain that could easily kill our heroes.
The Star Wars Darth Vader Meditation Chamber Lego Set 75296 lets fans recreate the moment he chokes Ozzel remotely from inside his spherical chamber. The 663-piece chamber has an opening door, a swivel seat, and a video communication screen. Vader is there as a minifigure, as is General Veers to deliver the news on the missions. There is a button for Veers to stand on and he has his blaster. It is simple but effective - much like the original scene - and sure to be a big hit with 18+ builders.
39. Colosseum Creator Lego Set 10276
It is no surprise that the Colosseum Creator Lego Set 10276 set is an 18+ model when you look at the intricate design. There are lots of pieces here – 9036 to be exact – to create the perfectly round shape of these ruins and all the different tiers of this stunning theatre. The complexity is increased when you consider that the majority of pieces are in the same stone colour to add that sense of realism to the build.
There are precise archways all the way around and all the right details in the architecture to mimic the structure that stands in Rome today.
When finished, the building sits on a display plate complete with paving stones and olive trees to create that finishing touch. This set is sure to be a rewarding challenge for adults keen on history and architecture, as well as the perfect conversation starter in a collection.
40. Crocodile Locomotive Creator Expert 10277 Lego Set
The Crocodile Locomotive Creator Expert 10277 Lego Set is a true train set for adults. While kids are more content making cuter builds with Christmas or Disney trains, this one is for the collectors with a passion for the railways. This 18+ set has 1271 pieces to help builders create a scale model of the Crocodile Locomotive. There is fantastic attention to detail here in the different features to create an interesting train. At 20.5 inches long, complete with its piece of track as a display stand, it will look great on a desk or in any grown-up collection.
But, there is also a sense of fun here with the additional LEGO Powered Up components. Those that by these separately can bring the train to life, offering even more to show off to friends, family and clients. There is also a little information plate about the train and two little minifigures to finish the set off nicely.
41. IDEAS 123 Sesame Street Lego Set 21324
Sesame Street isn’t the sort of theme that you would expect to find in an 18+ set. However, that is the rating on the brand-new IDEAS 123 Sesame Street Lego Set 21324. That is because this build is for collectors that want to relive their childhood and enjoy a bit of nostalgia.
This set lets you build 123 Sesame Street and Hooper’s Store in great detail with some fun design elements and bold colours throughout. The interiors are well furnished to appeal to all the main residents of the street. Bert and Ernie have their apartment, with bathtub, and there is also space underneath for Elmo. Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch also have a place to call home here. With so much to add to this iconic street and over 100 pieces, this is the coolest way to celebrate the show and a trip down memory lane.
42. IDEAS Grand Piano Lego Set 21323
The new IDEAS Grand Piano Lego Set 21323 is an interesting option for an 18+ collection. You get the chance to build a precise replica of a grand piano with all the right keys and features. There is also a little adjustable stool that comes with it. The selling point of this beautiful instrument, however, is the fact that you can actually play this like a real piano. The designers have been careful to ensure that each key has its own hammer.
Skilled builders can carefully put it all together so that it works like the real thing. When you add the Powered Up components and the app, it all comes to life. You can play around with the Auto-play and Self-play modes so the piano can play different songs. It is a neat trick that will impress visitors and means that this difficult set is more than just a display model.text
43. The ELF Club House LEGO Set 10275
You might not expect a Christmas-themed LEGO set with elves and other fun characters to have an 18+ rating. Normally, these adult ratings are for highly complex builds and less-childish themes. However, the ELF Club House LEGO set 10275 is a little more difficult than some other holiday builds because of the complexity of the structure, the small details inside and out, and the fact that this is an over 1000 piece LEGO set.
Parents can delegate tasks and advise kids on this family project, but some aspects do require patience. For example, there is a “working” waffle maker in the chimney of the clubhouse, an alarm system to set-up above the stackable bunk-beds, and an exterior balcony that needs to be in just the right place. There are also lots of additional buildable elements like the Christmas tree, computer, present-wrapping room, and rocket-powered sleigh. It is a difficult set, but well worth the time and effort.
44. The Super Mario Brothers Nintendo Entertainment System 71374
One thing that comes through with a lot of these LEGO 18+ sets is the idea of nostalgia. The themes and designs aren’t meant to appeal to kids, partly because they aren’t old enough to appreciate them. That is what makes the Super Mario Brothers Nintendo Entertainment System 71374 set with the buildable console and TV so appealing.
It transports builders straight back to the 1980s. The console is authentic down to the slot for the game and the fonts. The controller is just the same thanks to the familiar colours and buttons. Builders also get to create the TV to play it on, with its old-fashioned buttons and cabinet design. The star feature, however, is the moving scene within the TV of the first level of the game. Just turn the handle and watch it unfold. This 2646-piece set is advanced, unique and a must for all fans of retro gaming.
45. Architecture The White House LEGO Set 21054
Architecture sets are always a great idea for anyone that wants to build something a little more grown-up. This 18+ The White House LEGO Architecture set is a nice representation of the White house for all those interested in politics or American history. It doesn’t matter who you envisage sitting in the oval office.
Any minifigure president will love this scale building and cute garden. This more than 1000 piece set divides up into three sections with the east and west wing. The finished model is 47cm wide, so a nice length for a display piece in a collect. The features in this adult set are quite simplistic for a more realistic take on the rose garden, offices and official residence. There are still plenty of fine details in the brickwork for authenticity and to ensure that this is one of the hardest architecture LEGO sets.
46. Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina Lego Set 75290
Star Wars sets in the 18+ range typically give players the chance to create something a little more complex or grown-up. You get stylish pieces of décor and collector's items that allow for challenging 3D builds. The Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina Lego Set 75290 is different because it is still a playset with characters, vehicles, and lots of other fun elements.
The higher rating comes from the fact that there is so much to build both inside and out. The exterior is a complex structure on its own and takes players straight back to Tatooine. The interior is where the fun and violence happens. Unfold the set, build the bar and booths, and choose between the 21 characters to stage epic scenes. The design is sympathetic to the real set, but also stylish with the sandstone brick. It will look great in any LEGO Star Wars collection.
47. Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 LEGO Set 42115
Car enthusiasts will love this new 18 plus adults model of the LEGO Technic Lamborghini Sian FKP 37. This model has a lot of great features that you would expect, such as the classic shape and the scissor doors. There are also lots of interesting features all through the interior and exterior to keep builders interested.
There is a lot of fine detail in the moving parts and striking green paintwork. Buyers that add in the Technic features can get the motor running, provided they have put everything in the right place. Another interesting thing about this adult set is that while it may be more challenging than other models, there is still a fun side. The car comes with a little overnight holdall bag. The purpose is unclear – that’s between you and your minifigure driver on the mission. The result is a stunning build to play with or just admire on display.
48. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Buildable Character LEGO Set 43179
These next buildable models are something a little different. Disney sets are always going to be appealing to collectors, but few are driven towards adults. This set of buildable Mickey and Minnie figures is different because of the classic design. You get too large models of both mice that are true to form, right down to the costumes.
The limbs are also posable for a more animated look. This means that you can have a little more fun setting up the figures in a fun scene. The pair comes with additional features that suggest they are on a date. Mickey has his soapbox guitar and Minnie has a bunch of flowers, so you can pose them appropriately to dance and play. There is also an old-fashioned camera ready to capture the moment and a scrapbook for the memories. This is a very sweet 18+ model that adult Disney fans should love.
49. DC Classic TV Series Batman™ Cowl 76238 Set
We all have our favourite depiction of Batman – from the more recent Nolan trilogy back through Keaton’s caped crusader, to the original Adam West. Each Batman had their own costume and that meant their own cowl. Some people laugh at the older models for their lack of articulation and the thick rubber. But, now you can recreate the original version in LEGO bricks – where articulation doesn’t matter.
This new 18+ DC Classic TV Series Batman™ Cowl 76238 Set looks great alongside the modern version in the same line. Avid fans will enjoy comparing the design features on each, such as the shorter “ears” on this 1960s version and the different colors. There are 372 pieces in this Classic version to create a 7-inch model with its own display stand. It is a great gift for any Batman fan, especially those of an older age.
50. Marvel Spiderman Carnage Lego Set 76199
The Venom movies helped to bring a darker side to the Spiderman universe and shift the menacing character of Carnage from the comic books to the big screen. This character is not only a disturbing and interesting part of Marvel lore, but he is an extraordinary piece of design. So, it makes sense that LEGO would want to add his image to their collection of helmets, cowls, and headpieces.
The design of the Marvel Spiderman Carnage Lego Set 76199 is one of the most visually appealing in terms of the colors used and the focus on those vicious teeth. While there are only 546 bricks, this is more than other models in this line to get the fluidity and detail of the form. The finished 18+ piece stands at 7 inches tall on its base and has a name plaque to finish it off. It should end up as a great addition to a LEGO Superheroes collection, even if it is a slightly sinister one.
51.Marvel Spiderman Venom Lego Set 76187
Venom is one of the most interesting characters in the Spider-man world in terms of its character design. A lot of the villains are over-the-top in terms of their style, presentation, and general aims of world domination. Venom is different and we are drawn to this being in a different way. His presence is amplified by the simplicity of the features. You can create a stylized drawing of the long white teeth and twisting tongue and still be creeped out.
So, a 7 inch 3D model made from LEGO bricks will have a dramatic impact. The Marvel Spider man Venom Lego Set 76187 set should be a fun little build for Spiderman fans and those collecting similar DC and Marvel models. Although not that complex in terms of design, the 3D head on this 18+ build still takes a little bit of skill The finished piece also has a nice plaque for display purposes.
52. Star Wars Darth Vader Helmet Lego Set 75304
Is there any piece of costume design from the Star Wars universe that is more iconic than Darth Vader’s helmet? Even in brick form, the moulded form around the face and the unmistakable silhouette are instantly recognisable. This model is a brilliant way to put this helmet on display, with the added fun of building it from scratch. This 18+ Star Wars Darth Vader Helmet Lego Set 75304 set has an added level of difficulty in that all the pieces are black and there are 834 of them to fit together.
This labour of love will be a big hit with older fans that want to celebrate the greatest villain of them all. As with the other models in this collection, the helmet comes with a display stand and nameplate to give it that extra gravitas when on display. The finished model measures over 20cm tall and 15cm wide, so is sure to make an impact in any Star Wars LEGO sets collection.
53. Marvel Iron Man Helmet LEGO Set 76165
There are a few different buildable helmets in the 18 plus LEGO series. This is a great way to add something geeky to a collection that is also a little more grown-up. The combination of the LEGO Marvel Iron Man Helmet and its display stand makes it look like something that would be on display in a museum in the Marvel universal. It is a fitting tribute to the character with its realistic color scheme and shape.
The 3D design of this model means that it is one of the most difficult adult Marvel sets. Build up the red and gold elements careful to create this iconic design. There are also stickers that you can add for the eyes with a glowing effect. This adds a little more life to the piece and more interest for those admiring the collection. There may only by 480 bricks but it all adds up to an impressed 19cm high replica.
54. Star Wars Scout Trooper Helmet Lego Set 75305
The 18+ range of helmet builds from the Star Wars LEGO sets collection has expanded further for 2021. One of the new models is the Star Wars Scout Trooper Helmet Lego Set 75305. This model is one for avid fans as the more casual viewer may not be so familiar with the concept. Still, this accurate LEGO depiction will look great next to the more familiar Stormtrooper Helmet 75276 model.
This interesting build contains 471 bricks in order to replicate the slimmer design with its striking mouthpiece and the visor around the eyes. There may be fewer bricks than some other helmets, such as the new Darth Vader model, but this is still going to be a fun challenge. The finished model sits at 18cm high on the same sort of display stand, with the all-important nameplate. This allows it to fit in nicely with the rest of the collection for a more high-end display.
55. Star Wars TIE Fighter Pilot™ Helmet Lego Set 75274
LEGO helmet builds are a big part of the 18+ range because they are a more grown-up way to show love for a fandom. In the case of this Star Wars TIE Fighter Pilot™ Helmet Lego Set 75274, this is also one of the more difficult ways. First of all, that is a lot of black bricks to sort through and fit in just the right place to create an authentic look. Secondly, there are 724 of those bricks to get through. This complex build does include some nice shapes and features to create the tubing that comes out the front of the pilot’s helmet.
The original helmet was always perfect for the Imperial force and this replica definitely does it justice. When the helmet is complete, you can set it up on its little display stand. This gives the set a little more majesty to show off the size and contours. It also makes it a lot easier to put out on a desk to scare any clients that come into your office.
56. Star Wars Boba Fett™ Helmet Lego Set 7527
The next option in these buildable helmets comes from the Star Wars universe. The Boba Fett helmet is an iconic design and the LEGO designers have done a great job of replicating it in this large-scale replica. As with the Iron Man helmet, there aren’t that many pieces at just 625. However, it does take some skill to work three-dimensionally with this advanced 18+ model to get everything in the right place.
The colors are attractive with the dark red and mint green and you get all the features you would expect to replicate the character. Once finished, it stands at 21cm high. It is just big enough to provide a challenge and become a great collector's piece in any Star Wars collection. The display stand with the neatly printed nameplate elevates the helmet and gives it that final touch of class.
57. Star Wars Stormtrooper™ Helmet LEGO Set 75276
If Boba Fett isn’t one of your preferred characters from the Star Wars universe, perhaps you would prefer the chance to build a Stormtrooper helmet instead. The concept here is the same with the attractive display stand giving you a secure place to show up this large 3D replica. The design of the helmet is actually quite stylish when you see it in brick form like this.
The combination of black, white and grey bricks creates a nice addition to your room’s décor while also presenting a complex challenge. There are 647 pieces in this 18 Plus set, so around the same amount as you get in the Boba Fett set. This is enough to keep keen fans busy for a while but not too many that it becomes an impossible task. The 18cm height and style mean that this will go nicely with the other buildable Star Wars helmets in the series.
58. ART Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe LEGO Set 31197
LEGO art builds are an interesting sub-theme in the 18+ range. They allow builders to unleash their creative side a little bit and create what is essentially the equivalent of a LEGO paint-by-numbers. You get the bricks, the instructions and all the time you need to recreate a masterpiece. This one has nine plates and four options on how to build. That is because it is the classic Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe print.
This is perfect for LEGO with the ideas within pop art of mass production. Choose the theme you want, make the portrait, hang it up, then move them around or rework them at a later date. The inclusion of the soundtrack and audio stories means that this is definitely one for the adults that appreciate the complex nature of his work. It is sure to be a great gift for many art lovers.
59. ART The Beatles LEGO Set 31198
This next option is another example of what you can get when you choose an 18 plus ART LEGO set. Again, there is a clever use of bricks and color for an interesting build. This one is actually four painting in one set because there are four portraits, one for each member of the Beatles. The designers have been careful to pick out colors in the brickwork to match skin tones and hair
. There is also careful consideration for the shadows on the images to help create the idea of real faces. Each piece is distinctly recognizable and the set will make great wall art when complete. This LEGO ART The Beatles set will be a great choice for any fan of the band that want something a little bit different for their man cave or music room. This licensed build has just under 2933 pieces for those detail portraits and you can display them any way you choose.
60. ART Marvel Studios Iron Man LEGO Set 31199
This next option in the 18+ ART LEGO series takes us back to Marvel and Iron Man. We have a similar theme with the portrait of the character in his iconic red and gold helmet. However, this time it is a flat image and a more grown-up depiction of the character. This would actually go really nicely with the buildable helmet because they share the same look and colors. They would complement each other in a Marvel-themed room.
The image is made from lots of tiny circular bricks to create the pixelated effect. The tones and shaping are impressive. There are also more than 3000 pieces here so you can choose the final image from a selection of expressions. You can choose from the Mark III, Mark LXXXV and HulkBuster Mark I. This lets you change the image after a while to keep the décor fresh.text
61. ART Star Wars The Sith LEGO Set 31200
This last model in these challenging adult 18 plus sets is very similar to the one above. Again, this is an ART LEGO set where you can mix up the little circular bricks to create one of three images. You can pick the one you prefer, hang it up and then change it whenever it suits you. This time, the theme is Star Wars. There are three portraits of different Sith Lords – Darth Maul, Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. So, you can choose between the trilogies to create an image of your favorite enemy.
The colors are impressive and the level of detail created from these small pieces creates images true to the original designs. This is another set that includes the soundtrack with audio and interviews to add to the building process. It is much more adult than some adventure building sets but just as engaging.