There really should never be an age limit on LEGO because the basic concept of these bricks and the potential for creations and imaginative play is instilled in us from playtime as young children right through adulthood. What changes is the type of model we create and the bricks we use.
Lego Building Sets That are Ideal for Teens and Adults
There are a number of more detailed sets with smaller piece and intricate designs that come with a recommended age of 16+, including the buildings, landmarks and movie props highlighted below. Whether buyers stick to this is up to them but the complexity of the parts, combined with the detail of the stories that can be created with the figures and scenes, means that they are definitely for teens, adults and a fun activity that all family members can do together.
1. Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer 75252 Lego Set
When Star Wars fans are asked to name the most iconic vessels and spacecraft of the series, there could be some contention over the winner. However, few would have anything negative to say against the Devastator Destroyer used by the Imperial fleet. This massive ship sets the tone of A New Hope and presents the Empire as a truly frightening force. The new Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer 75252 Lego Set replicate this is in great detail with all the grey bricks for the stark exterior and the sharp point at the front.
The ship has more than 4700 pieces to create the iconic design and all its weaponry. Many have different textures to add a greater sense of realism. There are even a few bricks left over to create a small scale model of the Rebel Tantive IV to chase. Additional features include the display stand, two Imperial minifigures and blaster pistols. This 16+ Star Wars LEGO set isn’t available until October 1st, but it is definitely one to place on your wishlist if you are a massive fan of the original trilogy.
2. IDEAS Tree House 75810 Lego Set
Most kids – and many adults for that matter – dream of creating the perfect treehouse. But, this isn’t always practical in real life. The IDEAS Tree House 75810 Lego Set gives builders a chance to realize this dream in brick form. The structure of the treehouse is impressive, from the shape of the interior rooms to the balcony areas and the winding staircase to the ground. The kid and adult minifigures both have their own spaces so adults can look after the chores and management of this off-grid home and kids can play their next adventures.
Each room has all the appropriate furniture and accessories to enhance the creative play. The exterior elements of the tree and landscape are also impressive and add to the remote feel of the treehouse. The large tree has a great shape and pretty canopy of multiple leave elements. These pieces are interchangeable so players can adapt the colour of the tree as the seasons change. There is also a picnic area at the base of the tree, a stream and an additional bird figure. This may be classed as a 16+ set, but it is one for the whole family to enjoy. Enjoy adapting the tree and the adventures all year round.
3. Empire State Building 21046 Architecture Lego Set
The LEGO Architecture range is one that appeals to a lot of LEGO builders for many reasons. The sets can combine the love of building impressive structures with an appreciation for design and history. LEGO recently added the Architecture Empire State Building 21046 Lego Set to the range and it is one of the most impressive yet. The main reason for this is the scale. At 55cm, it is the tallest structure in the series. This is fitting for a building that was once the tallest in the world.
It can now tower over other structure in a builder’s collection, such as the LEGO Statue of Liberty. This 16+ set mostly consists of an array of bricks that gradually rise up to form that well-known 1930s architecture. The shape is true to the original building, right up to the antenna on the top. It is a structure that is recognisable anyway. Yet, it is a nice touch that the set also includes an exterior scene with the Five Avenue street and a series of yellow taxi cabs. There are 1767 pieces in total and lots of information about the New York landmark. So, this means plenty to keep builders entertained.
4. Stranger Things The Upside Down 75810 Lego Set
Stranger Things has become a cult phenomenon in recent years because of its incredible story-lines, paranormal tone, casting and that 80s aesthetic. Audiences are captivated by the tale and the dark side of The Upside Down. LEGO now offers fans the chance to recreate this dimension in an interesting way with the Stranger Things The Upside Down 75810 Lego Set. There are two parts to this build – the real world and The Upside Down – and the later sits underneath the former.
Trees act as supports to allow players to flip the set upside to switch between dimensions whenever they like. Each set mirrors the other in terms of structure, with the different rooms of the Byer’s house. But, they have their own colour scheme and special details. The designers have been very careful to choose just the right tones to match the feel of the show and to add as many accessories and decorations as possible. Fans will love this challenging 16+ build because of the geeky details, the inclusion of so many recognisable characters and the final look of the completed set. Even those unfamiliar with the series can appreciate the clever design choices in this flippable set.
5. The Jurassic Park: T. Rex Rampage 75936 Lego Set
Dinosaurs are something that we often try to build out of LEGO or any other creative material. There is a fascination with their size and form that starts from an early age. Now we can progress from those crude models to something more impressive and detailed. The Jurassic Park: T. Rex Rampage 75936 Lego Set is a 16+ kit that lets collectors build a complex moving model.
The 22cm high T-Rex can move its limbs and snap its jaws to make its authority known. The scale and detail are important because it is part of a more interesting Jurassic Park-themed set.
Builders can also create the iconic gates to the park that were made famous in the original film. The set also includes 6 minifigures of the main characters to add to the story-lines. Small rooms with furniture and other accessories lie within the structure of the gate – hidden away from the patrolling dinosaurs. Protect the park, hide from the dinosaur in the bunker and try to regain control in the control room. With 3120 bricks here in total, there is plenty to keep fans entertained. Build it as a play-set or as a static collector’s item.
6. Harley Davidson Fat Boy 10269 LEGO Creator Set
Vehicles often make the short-list when it comes to the best LEGO 16+ sets because these complex, expert builds give collections more to work with. It can be difficult to create convincing, working models with minimal kits. But, this Harley Davidson Fat Boy 10269 takes 1023 bricks and turns them into a sleek, authentic replica of this Harley-Davidson model. There is everything needed here – from the important components of the engine and the wheels to the details in the branding, speedometer and rims.
The red and black elements look great with the grey of the metalwork. There is also a kickstand and display stand so it can sit proudly in any collection. Another great detail about this Creator 16+ set is that there are working parts that add to the fun. As long as the build is correct, you can spin the back wheel and cause a reaction in the engine. The gear shift and handlebars also react to user interaction. This helps to enhance the idea that this is a detailed scale replica rather than a stands LEGO set. There is so much going on here that builders are sure to have other collectors and motorbike enthusiasts purring over the machine for a long time to come.
7. NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander 10266 LEGO Expert Set
The recent anniversary of the 1969 Apollo moon landing is the perfect excuse for LEGO to bring out a new Creator Expert kit with a NASA theme. The NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander 10266 set is a clever build with intricate parts that lets us recreate the moment when the Apollo 11 team touched down on the moon’s surface. The 1087 piece set has lots of detailed pieces and unique elements to create the ascent and descent stages for the mission. The interior and exterior offer a fun replica of the ship with special gold landing pads and other critical apparatus.
The other fun thing about this set is that it gives builders the chance to recreate the moment. There are astronaut minifigures in authentic suits that can climb out of the craft, take their first steps on the moon’s surface and plant their flag. A nice additional touch here is the ability to leave a LEGO brick footprint behind in the dust. Other accessories, such as the camera and laser reflector, give depth to the build and the mission. This is a set that is sure to be a big hit with older collectors and their grandchildren and marks the 50th anniversary in style.
8. Friends Central Perk IDEAS Lego Set 21319
It is hard to believe that Friends first came onto our screens 25 years ago. There are teenagers still rediscovering it to this day. A great way to celebrate this milestone is to recreate some famous scenes with the new Central Perk Friends LEGO Ideas set.
You can build the TV set of the famous cafe – complete with a staging area, studio lights and all the props you need. From there, rearranged the sofa, put the actors in position and create your own stories. If you always wanted Joey and Rachael to get together from the start then here’s your chance. All 6 members of the main cast are here – complete with their authentic Season 1 outfits and hairstyles – and they all have personal accessories. Rachael can carry out her waitressing duties as Phoebe plays a set and the others support them. Even Gunther is there to oversee everything as best he can. This detailed set began with an idea from a super fan and was realised with impressive LEGO craftsmanship and attention to detail. The 1079 piece set has new elements and lots of features to inspire creativity and nostalgia at the same time. This Central Perk IDEAS Lego Set 21319 is one Friends fans will love.
9. LEGO Movie 2 Apocalypseburg 70840 Set
The world organized chaos comes to mind when looking at the Welcome to Apocalypseburg LEGO set from the LEGO Movie 2 series. The design is a mash-up of different units, businesses and scrap all piled together into a surprisingly functional community. The unique charm of the build comes from the salvaged section of the Statue of Liberty – complete with her frame. There is great attention to detail in the shape and design of the build. This is as true for the interiors of each business and hide-out as the exterior bricks and street elements. With more than 3000 pieces to assemble, this complex LEGO 16+ build will require some skill and patience.
When it is built, there is plenty here for builders and LEGO movie fans to enjoy. Each hide-out has plenty to occupy their owner and help further the storyline. For example, there are building compartments in Lucy’s hide-out for weapons and a love letter from Batman. There is even space to watch over the neighborhood in the head of the Statue. During some downtime, Lucy, Emmet, Batman and the rest of the varied cast of mini-figures can get a coffee, a haircut or a tattoo. They can also hit the gym, spa or workshop. There is so much to create and enjoy in this weird, wonderful LEGO Movie set.
10. LEGO Harry Potter – Hogwarts Castle 71043
When the LEGO designers decided to sit down and design the ideal Hogwarts set, they really didn’t hold back. This castle set is as grand on the inside as it is on the outside. The exterior has all the courtyards, towers and fine details expected. There is even Hagrid’s hut and the Whomping Willow. Inside there are different classrooms and offices – each kitted out with clever features from different books. There is also the Room of Requirement and the Gryffindor common room. This all means plenty of adventures to act out.
The amount of pieces in this set shows why this is a 16+ edition. Harry Potter may have a wide fan base, and younger children will love the design, but this is a model for teens. The main reason for this is the amount of work involved and the tiny details. There are 6020 bricks in total in this set – including all the decorative accessories and the vast cast list of 27 micro-figures. This will be a labor of love for many fans, with the intricate details on the different levels and the hidden entrance to the Chamber of Secrets. Still, it is one that families will want to play with time and time again.
11. LEGO James Bond Aston Martin DB5 10262
This new James Bond Lego set is one that is sure to appeal to a few different LEGO fan bases. On one side there is the James Bond geek that want to enhance their collection with the very best replicas and gadgets. Then there are those that love to buy LEGO vehicles. They will be impressed with the details and realism in this complex build. Then there are the older kids that simply want something that is challenging to build, but also fun to play with.
This car has everything that buyers will expect from the classic DB5 model from the films. On the surface, the finished model looks like a typical Aston Martin with some nice shapes in grey bricks, great headlights and authentic wheels. Underneath lies all the moving parts and gadget that enhance this 16+ into something extra-special. This includes the working ejector seat, revolving number plates, machine guns and much more. The interior also has a phone and radar. There is plenty to entertain fans in this 1295 piece set. It is as much a display piece as a LEGO toy, which is why it will appeal to this age range so well.
12. LEGO IDEAS Voltron 21311
The aspect about the new LEGO Ideas Voltron set that is perhaps the most appealing is the link to the Transformers style of play. Those older LEGO builders that remember that original toys used to have fun with the multifunctional elements and way that the toys combined into a force to be reckoned with. Here there are 5 posable colored lion models to build and play with as separate entities. These lions then combine to create this massive, 40cm high Voltron figure. Builders can then pose the upper body and arms and allow him to wield his sword and shield.
This 2,321 piece LEGO 16+ set is a nice retro call-back to the original Transforms of the 1980s. This is clear in both the old-fashioned design of the lion and the graphics on the box. Everything about this set screams the word “collectable” and fans will be proud to have this in their collection.
13. LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster 10261
Fairground themes have been popular in LEGO sets for a long time. There are many fun builds that capture the atmosphere and color of the fair with different rides, side shows and other accessories. Avid builders and collectors can add to their scenes with a new set, and many will love to own this new roller coaster. This ride is not for the faint hearted, the two trains travel over lots of dips and bend and a height of 20 inches. The set comes with fun details ling the height checker, ride controls, camera and a concessions stand. There are also 11 minifigures of different ages, including ride attendants.
The scale and level of detail in this 16+ set explains this age limit. Younger kids may structure with the complexity of the track. There are 44 pieces in total and 7 different rail elements. There are also plenty of additional decorative bricks to complete the look of the set. This attention to detail includes the reversible heads to show different emotions, the tasty cotton candy and the moving lap bars on the train cars. There is even the opportunity to use LEGO power functions here. This all ensures that the set is the ideal companion to the ferris wheel and carousel.
14. LEGO Millennium Falcon Set 75192
There are some LEGO builders that may assume that a Star Wars set wouldn’t really be classed as a 16+ set. However, this isn’t the case at all with the LEGO Millennium Falcon Set 75192. A ship with 8 mini-figures and a bunch of interactive accessories and weapons doesn’t seem like the perfect display piece or long-term building project. Yet, this is such a complex build and the biggest LEGO set of any kind so far – Sep 2017, that it would have been difficult for LEGO to lower the rating at all. Younger players will appreciate some of the smaller versions of the Millennium Falcon where there is a balance between the build and the creative play. Here die hard fans can spend hours piecing together the 7541 pieces in this new set to make sure that every single element is in precisely the right place.
The result is a craft that is the most precise version of the ship possible. The fine detail runs from the sensors and weapons on the exterior to the hidden compartments and living quarters within. The additional selling point with this updated 2017 model is the choice of crew. It is up to builders whether it is the original Han and Chewbacca or the older version at the helm. Additional minifigures here include Leia, C-3PO, Rey, Finn and BB-8.
15. LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron 42083
The LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron is a car that will stand out on any LEGO collector’s shelf. There are some incredible lines and curves to the body of this vehicle, which explains why there are so many pieces in this LEGO Technic 16+ set. There are 3,599 pieces that capture the style of this car in all its glory, with the aim of creating a 1:8 scale replica. The brickwork captures the two-tone blue design that motoring-fans will appreciate. There are also lots of additional details to the design with the logos on the rims, the type of tires used and the wings. There are also stickers to add some finishing touches.
Of course, this LEGO Technic set wouldn’t be complete without some clever mechanics and working part to construct and play with. Builder can create the W16 engine, complete with the moving piston. There is also an 8-speed gearbox with a moving paddle and a switch for the rear wings. This all comes together to give new life to what would otherwise be a static model. This is one for those that are as interested in the inner workings of the car as the iconic design.
15. LEGO Creator London Bus Set 10258
There are two ways that the LEGO Creator London Bus Set 10258 is vehicle build for the 16+ builders. The first is the attention to detail with all the small elements and bricks to create the interiors and exterior. There are 1686 pieces in this set with plenty of consideration to each component par. The exterior has the panoramic windshield, lights, grill, authentic tyres and a destination board. The interior – which can be accessed via the removable roof – has appropriate seating, a rear entry point and a designated cab for the driver.
The other reason is the fact that this is simply two nostalgic for young players that want to race around. Young players will appreciate a more simplistic model with red and black bricks and two decks. Young English players wont even recognize the elements and shapes here compared to the sleek buses they see on the streets. There are nice little touches here that provide a glimpse to the past and a social commentary that may suit older, 16+ collectors a little better. One such feature is the use of the reversible advertisements for the side of the bus – with the choice between modern day and 1950s displays. Then there is the discarded elements of the umbrella, chewing gum, can and newspaper that show the rush of the commute, and disregard of younger passengers.
16. LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256 Set
There is a time when the royal palaces of the LEGO Disney theme become a little childish for teenage builders. They want a bigger, more grown up challenge from a LEGO 16+ set instead. Therefore, what better way to increase the difficulty than with a 5900+ piece set – one depicting a real royal structure in all its architectural glory. That is precisely what LEGO fans can achieve with the LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256 Set. This set lets builders craft this modern wonder of the world with some impressive detail and new elements.
The scale of this model draws older builders in. The finished build is 43cm tall at its highest point. But, builders can’t forget that there are four detailed minarets to build, as well as that domed structure. It is also 51cm wide and deep. This square shape highlights the detail in each of the four sides. This means four lots of balconies and windows, four secondary domes and four sets of finishing touches with the tiles and ornate elements. Recessed arches on the raised platform finish the build nicely. This 16+ LEGO Taj Mahal set build works as seven modular elements, for easy transportation, and sits on a series of blue base-plates.
17. Lego Creator Expert Ford Mustang 10265 Set
The Lego Creator Expert Ford Mustang 10265 Set takes a great LEGO design of a vintage car and adds a few little tweaks for this year (2019). This updated model has a clever use of different bricks, moving parts and decorative elements to create a fun, authentic vehicle.
This model looks just like the real thing with the ideal shape, brilliant attention to detail in the wheels and windshield and the white racing stripe. Once built, fans of this Ford model can enjoy the inner workings of the car. These clever features bring life and realism to the design. They include the car’s V8 engine, air filter, steering system and gear shift. There are also some nice, smaller details in the design with the seats and console. On that note, players will also appreciate the amount of customisation that is on offer in this build. It is possible to change the license plates, change the lift on the rear axle and swap out the spoilers and exhaust pipes.
This customisable Ford Mustang from the LEGO Expert range could be a challenge with all the internal elements and details in the design. However, it is one that is sure to impress those with a love of classic cars.
18. LEGO Creator Carousel Set 10257
The LEGO Creator Carousel Set 10257 is one of LEGO’s more detailed and impressive 16+ designs for 2017, mainly because of the range of elements, bricks and story-telling devices that players can enjoy. The story is fairly simple at its core. The carousel has come to town and a family has come to take advantage of this ride and other treats. They buy their printed ticket from the booth – a new element for 2017 – climb the ramp, choose their favorite animal and let the ride operator set it in motion. These animals include attractive, detailed swan, tiger, frog, flamingo and elephant.
The reason that this is sold as a 16+ build, rather than one for younger players, it the level of detail in the build and the patience required to perfect the elements. There are 2670 pieces, many of which go into the fine detail of the old-fashioned canopy above. This includes some tiny pieces that form a precise pattern, as well as some interesting reflective parts. The added level of complexity here is the need to hook this up to LEGO Power Functions components to get the best out of the set.
19. LEGO Creator Corner Garage 10264 Set
LEGO Creator 16+ sets provide a nice challenge for builders that want to create a diverse and realistic neighborhood for their minifigures. The modular builds come together to create nearly everything that LEGO City citizens would need. This Corner Garage build adds a mechanic, gas pump and vet to the mix. Residents of the apartments down the street can now fill up their vehicles and get tire changes. The local animals can be treated on the second floor by a skilled vet. The building also contains a new 3rd-floor apartment for a couple to enjoy.
This 16+ set is just as intricate and attractive as the others in the range. There are many buildings in the Creator series that have an old-fashioned charm, such as the fire station and cinema. Here there is a 1950s feel to the design of the garage. The 2560 piece set includes lots of nice brickwork for the exterior, retro signs, bay windows and all the appropriate accessories and figures. There is even an old-fashioned television for the apartment and a period scooter for the forecourt. Once complete, this corner build will fit right into the rest of the street and provide lots of opportunities for creative play.
20. LEGO Technic Porsche 911 42056
The Porsche 911 LEGO set is sold as a recreation of the ultimate Porsche design. Naturally, this means that there will be many collectors and builders taking note of the details and mechanics of this model. Keen fans will be checking to see that this 1:8 scale model really does capture the car at its best. Thankfully, the designers have paid attention to everything from the shape of the body to the use of the lights, tires and branding.
The exterior of this LEGO 16+ Technic product is impressive, with the shape of the orange body and the aerodynamic design. The large, low-profile tires and bright headlights definitely make an impact too. But, the more interesting aspects of this interactive model lie on the inside. The doors open to reveal a detailed cockpit, complete with a dashboard, glove compartment, gearbox, steering wheel and racing seat. From there, builders can pop the truck open for a closer look at the moving pistons of the flat 6 engine. This 2704 piece set is one that will require skill and concentration, but also offers a great reward at the end.
21. LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters 75827 Set
There are many LEGO themes that are geared towards younger users because of the subject matter but some, like the LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters set, are much more suitable for an older demographic. There is so much detail in the interior of this three storey firehouse and the range of characters that many elements could be lost on younger players – although there is still the fun game of capturing Slimer and the other ghosts and running tests.
There is the public area on the ground floor, the living quarters on the first floor – complete with a well-stocked fridge and arcade game – and the top floor contains the lab and darkroom for solving the cases. The other reason for the 16+ rating on this set is the scale of this building project. This is currently the third largest set that LEGO have created and there are so many elements to the design to keep builders occupied.
22. LEGO Disney Castle 71040 Set
Disney Princess sets are often seen as the theme for younger builders. Kids can create the castle of their favorite characters and spend their time playing out scenarios with the minifigures and accessories. The Disney Castle 71040 Set is immediately different because it is classed as a 16+ model – kids can play with all the rooms and characters when its finished, but it needs the patience and skill of older builders to put it together.
This is because of the vast number of detailed parts. There are more than 4000 bricks in this 29 inch high model and lots of rooms. Every room has its own décor, all the turrets have finely crafted brickwork and flags and there are other elements like the clock. The set also comes with 5 classic characters – Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Tinkerbell – and lots of interesting accessories, such as the pumpkin, spinning wheel and magic carpet.
23. LEGO Volkswagen Beetle 10252 Set
This LEGO Volkswagen Beetle 10252 Set is the sort of model that fits in perfectly with the range of LEGO sets for builders 16+. is all about creating that balance between the fun, playful elements of a LEGO model and the building project. There is still a fun element to this product, thanks to all the smaller features, interchangeable elements and moving parts, but it is also tricky to build.
There are 1000 pieces in total for teenagers to get their hands on in this LEGO Creator Expert range model. Many of these are the azure and beige building blocks that form the car, but there are also lights, wheels, door handles and much more to put into place to turn the model into a “functional” car. There are also fun accessories like the cooler box, surfboard and beach towel, so this models can be played with on completion as part of a more diverse beach scene.
24. LEGO Creator Expert Assembly Square 10255 Set
One of the best ways to ensure that a LEGO set is difficult enough for 16+ players is to make sure that there are plenty of small, fiddly bricks that need to be formed into a complex pattern. The LEGO Creator Expert designers have outdone themselves with their new 2017 release – the LEGO Creator Expert Assembly Square Set. This set has more than 4000 pieces to contend with in order to create three very diverse buildings with three storeys. This challenge is made more difficult with the fact that each story contains an entirely different business with its own interior design, accessories and related mini-figure. These areas are the bakery, florist, cafe, music store, photo studio, dental office, dance studio and apartment.
If that wasn’t enough, LEGO have ensured that this 10th anniversary model contains lots of new ideas and elements. The tiled pieces have become more intricate, there are new curved pieces for the architecture and roofs and there are even new corner pieces to add a new dimension to the build. This set takes modular building to a new level and there are no short cuts with all those detailed designs. There is a lot to think about here and experienced players are sure to enjoy the challenge.
25. LEGO Brick Bank 10251 Building Set
The buildings in the LEGO 16 plus age range are notable for their greater attention to detail in the design and a more serious theme. Kids under the age of 16 may not get too excited by the idea of the grand LEGO Brick Bank building set, with the added laundromat next door, but it makes a great addition to an ongoing collection.
In this Creator Expert model the architecture of the bank is so striking that it works brilliantly as a static, collectors piece to take plenty of time over. This can be seen in the brickwork and the interesting elements used for the windows. There is, however, plenty going on inside as there are 5 mini-figures – the bank manager, secretary, bank teller and a mother and child – and they each have their own rooms and accessories. Players can stamp checks, sort coins, type up letters and even press the silent alarm.
26. LEGO Creator Expert Big Ben 10253 Set
16+ LEGO sets have that rating for a reason: they are still fun building set for young, creative minds but there are elements that are far too challenging for younger children. Many of these sets are play sets with a little more detail and character, but the LEGO Creator Expert Big Ben 10253 set takes builders on a different route.
This is a static display that works as a centerpiece for a collection and requires a lot of time and effort. Some of the basic building elements are great for younger players, but the detail of the removable roof, the internal bell and the clever winding mechanism for the clocks requires a more capable hand. This detailed set – the fifth largest so far – is one for architecture fans that prefer the challenge of the complex build to the potential for play and stands out with its use of colors, shapes and interesting elements.
27. LEGO Creator Fire Brigade 10197 Building Set
The LEGO Creator sets for builders aged 16+ are designed to offer a different approach when the more childlike, simplistic sets just don’t offer the right look or enough of a challenge. If you are building the perfect, detailed town, a primary colored, child-friendly fire station is going to stand out.
The LEGO Creator Fire Brigade building set is the ideal alternative for older collectors because it used an old-fashioned, 1930s design for the architecture and fire engine that work with kits like the Brick Bank and Town Hall. There are internal features over the two storeys and a series of mini-figures and accessories; however, the main selling point is the attention to detail on the exterior. The interesting colors and shapes of the 2231 bricks lead to an interesting effect of brick and stone and there is also an attractive bell tower and sliding door for the garage area.
28. LEGO Creator 10218 Pet Shop Set
A large number of LEGO sets for builders aged 16 and up come in the form of detailed building with lots of interesting facades, interiors and stories to tell. An interesting example of this is the LEGO Creator Pet Shop where players can build two very different, connected buildings and furnish them with plenty of accessories to advance the story.
On one side is the pet shop that gives it its name, complete with a kitchenette upstairs, where the owner can restock all the toys and bones for the dog, cat, parrot or clean out the fish tank while a girl rides over on her bike. Next door, a women can decorate her townhouse or tend her rooftop garden while the painter gives the outside a lick of paint. With so many elements to each floor, fine details like the French windows and even a spiral staircase, there is plenty to keep buyers amused.
29. LEGO Creator Grand Emporium 10211 Set
Shops are attractive for many LEGO players because they offer the chance to build an interesting building with unique accessories and open up ideas for creative play. With 16 plus LEGO sets, there needs to be more of a challenge and something else to capture the interest. That is why the LEGO Creator Grand Emporium set is so appealing. The Grand Emporium is a striking department store that minifigure shoppers will flock to because of its range of goods and the high-end vibe.
This good looking building has three storeys, with flags and fine details on the outside, and each storey is kitted out with a different department. Clothes and accessories can be bought on the first floor, which also has a fitting room, there is glassware on the next floor and the final stop on the escalator is the toy store. Other interesting features include the revolving door, window cleaner and ice cream seller.
30. LEGO Creator Expert Parisian Restaurant 10243 Set
On a similar theme of different floors and stories within one street scene, there is also the Lego Creator Expert Parisian Restaurant to bring a taste of French culture and design to a teenager’s LEGO town. The two floors differ entirely. Downstairs, buyers will find themselves creating a beautiful restaurant with outside seating, where a romantic couple enjoy the service of the chef and waiter.
Inside the building there is the blue and white kitchen with all the necessary units and tools and some clams to turn into chowder. Upstairs is the studio apartment where a girl works on her paintings, with her easel and painting tools, and has the less luxurious features of her kitchenette and pull down bed. There are stairs between the two on the outside and lots of detail to the interior and exterior, such as the restaurant front, to tie it all together.
24. LEGO Star Wars R2-D2 10225 Set
LEGO’s 16+ building range gives collectors the chance to build replicas of famous models with impressive attention to detail and this is also true of the LEGO Star Wars R2-D2. This large droid is part of the Ultimate Collector series and it comes with a range of parts and bonus features to make the model as authentic and appealing as possible. Builders can carefully craft the character’s shape, right down to the controls and wires, and the moving elements, such as the arms and retractable legs, add to the sense of personality.
All these pieces and internal elements mean that this is a rewarding project for Star Wars fans. Once the project is complete, buyers have the choice of playing with this interactive model – using the computer panel and saw to get other characters out of trouble – or they can simply display it proudly beside the fact plaque and miniature figure. This is the first of the two Star Wars 16+ LEGO sets that I have come across and added the this 16+ LEGO set list.
25. LEGO Creator MINI Cooper 101242 Set
The LEGO Creator Expert MINI Cooper is a great choice for builders aged 16+ that are into their model cars and want something a little more interesting and authentic than the standard, buildable LEGO vehicles. This car copies the design of the classic Mk VII model through the boxy shape, the small wheels and the racing strips on the hood. Naturally, the majority of the bricks are in the classic green and white.
There are other interesting details to the car that enthusiasts will enjoy, such as the spare wheel in the trunk, the functional doors and the use of fog lights, as well as extra accessories to tell more of a story. The concept with this set is that the MINI has been driven out into the countryside for a picnic, which is why builders will also find the picnic basket, bottle and blanket to set out next to the car.
26. LEGO Creator Expert Detective’s Office 10246 Set
All of these buildings work to a theme and a scene to play out, which is where the 16+ rating sometimes falls down, and buyers can enjoy all the best cliches and tropes with the LEGO Creator Expert Detectives Office set.
This means the set is great fun with its details and host of characters. There is Detective Ace Brickman, Al the barber, a police women – who is there to help with all the clues in the office and the scuffles in the bar between the suspicious pool player and dart player – and also a woman in red that may end up dead by the time the story is over. The office is full of accessories and has the benefit of a kitchenette and bathroom, downstairs is the barbers shop where Ace can get a shave, reflect in the full length mirror and listen out for gossip and next door is the bar.
27. LEGO Creator Expert Palace Cinema 10232 Set
A building with a bit of a difference is the LEGO Creator Palace Cinema because it has the fun and character of the other buildings but also the collectability of the landmarks. There are some rare pieces here that will appeal to many fans, with the dark tan, dark red and gold bricks giving the cinema a classic look and sense of grandeur to what must have been a city landmark for decades.
This is more than just a detailed building, however, as there is a ticket stand, concessions stand and a big screen for mini-figure to interact with, the chauffeur had pulled up in the limo and the photographer is ready to snap the child star inside. There is a nice mix of old and new, with the “walk of fame” side walk and old fashioned design juxtaposed with the reclining seats for the minifigures, and clearly plenty to inspire builders.
28. LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel Building 10247 Set
In complete contrast to the buildings that are on offer with their heavily detailed rooms, accessories and themes, there are other structures to create that can add something completely different to a collection. The LEGO Creator Expert Ferris Wheel is precise what buyers would expect in that they can build a large scale fairground ride with associated accessories and people – in this case the pretzel, balloon and ice cream stands and the 10 mini figures operating and enjoying the rides and stalls.
What builders may not expect is the detail that has gone into the model, with 2464 pieces, boarding ramps benches and working, multicolored cars for the riders, and the fact that it can rotate if players have the additional Power Functions 8883 motor and battery. Turn the crank and watch as the carefully crafted ride works to its full potential – providing it has been assembled correctly.
29. LEGO Creator Fairground Mixer 10244 Set
There is definitely a childlike sense of fun to LEGO fairground sets but the LEGO Creator Expert Fairground mixer has so much detail in the parts and potential story-lines that it earns its 16+ recommendation. The main build is the Fairground Mixer ride, with the different multicolored cars and moving parts.
The look of this ride has universal appeal but it is the ability to add LEGO Power Functions components, to really set it in motion, that raises the age bracket. Then there is the added benefit of the glow-in-the-dark elements for night-time fun and the fact that it can be folded down to be loaded on the truck and taken to the next town. The set then has added depth with the details on that carny’s truck and the inclusion of the ticket booth, other sideshows with prizes to win, food stalls and twelve different mini-figures.
30. LEGO Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van 10220 Set
It is all about the detail with LEGO vehicles in the 16+ age range and collectors want more than a few bricks that roughly fit into the right shape. The LEGO Creator Volkswagen T1 Camper Van is a great example of what LEGO Can achieve when they really consider the shape of the build and the additional features. This large, 30cm long van is compiled of 1322 pieces for the most authentic look and shape possible.
The exterior definitely looks the part with the two-tone design, the roof rack and the shape of the lights and mirrors. What makes the set more interesting is the sense that someone is living in this van. The interior has a detailed dashboard but there is also a folding table and seat/bed, a closet and curtains on the eleven windows. The additional “Make LEGO models, not war” t-shirt gives some clue to the van’s destination.
LEGO Landmark Sets to Build in Fine Detail
31. LEGO Creator Expert Sydney Opera House 10234 Set
One of the best things about sets for players aged around 16 years is that they can have the small pieces, fine detail and difficulty that other sets may not allow for. Because of this, LEGO sets based on world landmarks can be great way of providing teenagers with more of a challenge. The LEGO Creator Expert Sydney Opera House set provides a replica of the Australian masterpiece in a complex structure measuring 11x25x15 inches.
This familiar building, with its interesting curves, shell-like roof and odd shapes, is recreated in great detail, including the forecourt and other external element. This is also a desirable addition for LEGO collectors because of the use of hard-to-find colours and shapes, such as sloping bricks, dark tan elements and the first blue 48×48 baseplate, that bring the building to life in a way not possible with regular bricks.
32. LEGO Tower Bridge 10214 Set
Another well-known landmark available to build is the LEGO Creator Tower Bridge set. Just like the Sydney offering, this set gives builders the chance to create a grand structure with plenty of intricate bricks of different shapes and colors but there is also the ability to separate it into sections for easy transportation.
The other difference is that there is a greater element of play to this model that sets it apart and makes it more interesting. The idea of being able to drive traffic along the bridge and stop it by raising the bridge may not be of interest to all 16 year players but the thought that has gone into the mechanism and the choice of vehicles has to be appreciated. In addition to the two fairly normal cars there is a black cab and a red double decker bus – both of which are almost as iconic for London as the structure itself.
Recreating Movie Scenes with LEGO Sets
33. LEGO Star Wars Red Five X-Wing Starfighter Building 10240 Set
Now we come to the 2nd Star Wars 16+ LEGO set on this list. Not all LEGO sets are about creating attractive buildings and landmarks for a town because there are also plenty of kits out there that bring users a taste of the movies. One such example is the LEGO Star Wars Red Five X-Wing, the ideal ship to recreate in brick form for true fans of the franchise thanks to its selection of 1558 pieces and moving parts.
This is the sort of model where that 16+ age rating highlights the need to find a balance between collectors piece and plaything. The description for this model shows that it is designed to be used in mock battle, with the manufacturers encouraging buyers to fire the torpedo that lead to the destruction of the Death Star and the addition of the R2-D2 mini-figure. Despite this, there is also the ability to display this detailed, 20” long model with the included display stand and fact sheet.
34. LEGO Marvel Superheroes The Shield Helicarrier 76042 Set
A rare 16+ Marvel LEGO set. The 16+ age recommendation on these kits will always be seen as an estimation by parents and there is no reason why keen builders who are a little younger won’t appreciate the work and potential involved in kits like the LEGO Shield Helicarrier 76042 set. This is a must-have LEGO set for Marvel fans as the detailed interior and exterior have been designed to match the model seen in the films and explored in LEGO video games.
The range of parts and features is impressive and includes the quinjets and fighter jets for the 2 runways, support vehicles and a lot of characters. The set was updated for 2015 so in addition to Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and the 8 agents there is a Maria Hill figure too. If that was not enough, buyers owning Power Functions parts can also enjoy the lights and rotating rotors.
35. LEGO DC Comics Superheroes The Tumbler 76023 Set
On the subject of the favorite superheroes of teenagers, there is also the LEGO Superheroes The Tumbler set for them to enjoy. This LEGO DC Comics 16+ set is definitely one for the older teenager that is more interested in creating a precise replica of one of the coolest Bat vehicles around than in playing with it. The creators have ensured that every part means the expectation of keen fans as much as possible by carefully crafting the armored exterior, added detail to the interior and putting those massive rubber tires on the wheels.
This could be enough for kids as nothing more than a static model because the finished build and the bonus fact sheet about the real vehicle show that it is a great display piece and conversation starter; however, there is the chance to interact a little more with the adjustable top wings and the exclusive Batman and Joker figures.