Written by: Jamie Hejna | Updated: March 8, 2023
LEGO is a hobby that can be enjoyed by everyone. It’s an all ages toy and collectible, a way to interact with your favorite series or flex your imagination from childhood into adult years.
LEGO is mostly seen as a brand of toys specifically for children, but those children grow up. LEGO has seen many generations advance and the kids of yesterday have become the adults of today, but their LEGO fascination has remained.
So, for those further-along fans, LEGO has begun releasing adult oriented 18+ LEGO sets.
These are sets for enthusiasts with a little more time, more money, more patience and who want to work with a Lot more bricks. These are the extreme builder’s dreams, sets made to appeal to interests that cover all age ranges but in a way that adults will appreciate much more.
The 18+ models and kits are slow burns done over a few evenings or one all-out day of stacking and clacking together.
If you’re looking for a great LEGO gift for a “kid at heart” in your life, don’t look in the kid’s aisle. A big fan needs a big LEGO set.
Everyone loves motorcycles. They’re loud, they’re fast and they’re cool. They are the mechanical stars of some of the greatest action movies, driven by stuntmen who make crashing look like a really fun job.
Kids are fascinated by the power motorcycles represent, and as an adult, the thrill of riding one can get bogged down in the danger, and the tedium of paperwork just to get the right kind of license.
There are no issues with this LEGO motorcycle, though. The kit is part of the LEGO Technic line, and one of the largest of its kind, a 1:5 scale model of a real racing motorcycle. With rubber wheels that connect to working spokes and even follows the LEGO approximation of its factory assembly specs.
Building this LEGO gift is the first step toward getting your hands dirty piecing together a real one.
Seinfeld is one of the most popular and beloved American sitcoms ever made. It ran for nine seasons on NBC from 1989 to 1998, and its influence can still be felt in comedy today.
The show follows a group of four friends living in New York City as they navigate life’s everyday absurdities with wit and humor.
Seinfeld was created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, who wrote many of the episodes together while also starring in them.
It’s a LEGO set about nothing. Kids seem to get all the tie ins, Marvel superheroes and Star Wars kits are usually targeted at the younger demographic.
For them, it’s all about the appeal of action and good defeating evil.
Adults can like that too, but you know what else is funny? A couple of schlubby New Yorkers and their nonsense lives.
The LEGO Seinfeld Set comes with the whole cast of minifigs in the studio setting of Jerry’s apartment.
A great set to build while watching reruns to see if you can get all the characters lined up to the right moments of the show. This is the perfect LEGO gift for adults who love sitcoms, Larry David, and Seinfeld.
The ancient art of mosaic tiles are akin to an ancient form of LEGO. But instead of interconnecting bricks, it was simple tiles layered and arranged to form shapes out of different colors. Now, LEGO has renovated that artform to allow people to form their own art in a series of wall art Mosaics that you get to build yourself.
These LEGO sets include portraits of famous artists like The Beatles in their prime, a blocky rendition of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe with four different colorful coordinations, and a variety of Iron Man suit faces. Each set has over 3,000 pieces to arrange or, for the particularly skilled, to customize.
The first sets introduced when the 18+ lines were announced are a collection of of LEGO Star Wars themed 1:1 helmet reconstructions.
The LEGO helmets are good enough to wear, albeit a bit blocky. These kits let you build your own TIE fighter, Stormtrooper or infamous Mandalorian bounty hunter helmets which are positioned on balanced stands, so you can display them as the models they are.
There’s no minifig big enough to wear them, so you’ll have to take the chance and don them yourself.
(Do not actually try to wear them unless you want to rebuild them off your floor)
Star Wars is one of those things that never gets old.
The original trilogy is still beloved by those who grew up with it, and those who they raised in turn can now appreciate the labor of love that is building a 25 inch tall AT-AT walker for their own rendition of the Battle of Hoth.
This LEGO set has 6,785 pieces. The kit costs about $800. This is no toy, it’s a LEGO work station. If you want to show off a love for a venerated franchise, this is what you put the work in to prove it.
This set is one of many Star Wars branded model kits that are geared towards serious hobbyists, both of Star Wars and of LEGO. Just know that if you saw it in a movie and wondered how cool it would be to make one yourself, for the right price, you can.
No this isn’t the next big football card. These two LEGO soccer sets are part of a larger series for sports fans to build a shelf-sized replica of their favorite team’s stadiums.
The LEGO Barcelona stadium has real-to-life features from its color palette to the inclusion of the team’s Barca Bus and the 1899 banner of the team’s historic founding. If you’re from farther north, or cheer along to games on BBC instead of Telemundo, the Old Trafford stadium reflects the joy and pride of the perfect season champions with historic detail and perfect recreations of the essential landmarks. Both of these sets are over 5,000 pieces.
You can build these LEGO soccer sets during game day – while your team is winning. They need you to cheer if the pitch is tied up.
One of the staples of LEGO is not in its branding, but its original sets. Fans of movies and shows can come and go, but LEGO fans will stay forever, and they want their own original kits and model sets.
LEGO Assembly Square offers modular building, with floor by floor interchangeable layouts and designs that allow for huge customization across three separate but super-packed three-story buildings.
This adult LEGO set also comes with minifigs to populate the city street, the bakery, the dentist office and the balcony of the highrise apartment.
This kit is aged 16+ with over 4,000 pieces. It’s not just fun for individuals, a group can build it together – or a parent and child.
Adidas is one of the most iconic and recognizable brands in the world. Founded in Germany in 1949 by Adi Dassler, the company is known for its high-quality shoes and apparel which blend style, comfort and performance.
Fashion and LEGO are one in the same. They both exist for you to show off and flaunt the styles of your favorite brand.
With fashion, you wear it, and with LEGO, you build it. It’d be a daring look to go with an all-LEGO outfit. Maybe in the future, because Adidas has already got your feet ready with a model replica of their Superstar line shoe.
This adult LEGO model will build a perfectly LEGO-ified version of the sneaker from the 70s onward. For avid shoe fanatics, adidas addicts or for people who just like a good looking shoe.
There’s something meditative about building LEGO. It puts you in a zen state of mind, where no distractions can enter and pollute the garden of your thoughts with anything past the sounds of bricks snapping delightfully together.
Building LEGO is almost as calming as pruning a bonsai tree. Well, now you can do that – but slightly easier. Your LEGO Bonsai Tree will never grow distracing, imperfect branches or have unsettled leaves that rustle in the wind. But the calming procedure of building one up is its own reward.
As part of the “botanical collection”, this fake plant has plastic parts made from sustainable materials, so you don’t have to break your tranquility over the clash of ideals.
A decently complex build of one of the most important engineering feats in the history of mankind.
Some built towers, pyramids, or monuments on Earth, but mankind set forth to send a dinky little shuttle all the way to the moon – and got there. This replica of the phenomenal achievement comes in just over 1,000 pieces worth of an afternoon of boldly bricking where no man bricked before.
Check out the LEGO NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander if you are looking for an awesome LEGO gift for an adult.
If you’re a fan of cars, good news – so is LEGO.
Car makers the world over, some notable for having distinctly hot rivalries over races for the past couple decades, have all collaborated at one point or another to put their most iconic cars into modeling condition.
The Ford Mustang, the car of America’s 1960s, comes with a turbo-charged stick-out-the-hood engine block and workable doors and trunk.
The track-dominating Ferrari comes with moving pistons in its mighty V8 engine block, detachable spoiler and all the sponsor logos it can fit. And of course, the legendary Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. And yes, it does have front-mounted machine guns. Which lever reveals them, and not the ejector seat? Only a secret agent would know.
You might never get the chance to drive these legendary cars, but you can still find a place for them in your garage. A shelf space.
Who doesn’t love a good roller coaster?
Building your own roller coaster can take years, or just a few hours.
The LEGO Creator Roller Coaster set has 4,000 plus pieces of winding, twisting, falling fun and just enough carnival stands to bring some lively attitude to any modular set you work with.
And the carts can really go, right along the track, up a long climb and then down and around a winding path back to the start.
You can have fun building it and then have fun running the carts along the track with your favorite figs catching Gs on every corner.
When thinking about world wonders and LEGO, the most obvious build would be the pyramids – it’s just stacks of bricks with an incline. Anyone could build that with spare parts.
How about a Colossus of Rhodes or Statue of Liberty? Good, but there are more minifigs of them than models.
How about the whole Roman Colosseum? A 9,000 brick set – a feat of engineering in and of itself to replicate the then modern miracle that was the original’s constructed form. The model reflects its current state. The outermost wall only half remains, but the amphitheater in the middle is whole and ready to hold some deadly races once again.
This is a LEGO project of the history buffs. Bring one of the 7 wonders of the old world into your den and sit next to a piece of history.
Sega builds what Nintendon’t (although Nintendo has also collaborated with LEGO to produce a Mario themed kit as well.)
Relive the memories of everyone’s favorite 90s gaming icon…runner up, Sonic the Hedgehog.
This set comes with the Sonic minifig, the first time the blue blur has ever been a part of LEGO, and all the iconic hallmarks of the world’s first Sonic level.
The jump, the bridge, a checkpoint, a loop, a spring, some rings – and Robotnik too, after the chaos emeralds like always. It’s a 1,100 piece nostalgia blast from the past you can build and relive.
Add some class to your den or study with a traditional, tastefully inaccurate but close-enough LEGO Globe. And make it out of LEGO.
You will see how bricks can be round with this spinnable, functional, working Globe. A map of the world where every bump is a different opportunity.
You can even fit other figures or pieces onto it to show where you’ve been, or where you might want to go. Give your minifigs a quick walk around the world as it spins on your own desktop.
A modular building from the Creator Expert line, this is a pleasant little villa straight out of a vacation you may have never taken. The pleasant street-corner baroque work is also modular. Each room can be built separately and set up differently, then layered one on top of the other. Part of a special collection that marked the 15th anniversary of LEGO’s modular buildings. They put a lot of thought into making this original construction to allow you all the opportunity to fill it out to your desires. This is a wonderful LEGO adult gift for the design lover in your life.
Some people build ships in bottles. By comparison, building a ship out of LEGO should be pretty easy.
But there is nothing easy about building The LEGO Titanic.
This model is based on the most famous steamliner ship in history, which itself served as the basis of what was, for a long time, the most famous movie in history.
Measuring 54 inches long, it is a beast to build with 9,000 pieces.
Some of these pieces include the layout of the rooms, where each window of the ship is functional to view into a tiny space allotted for guests. It also includes the pumps in the bilge and the engines in the hull, the steam stacks that lead all the way down to the engine rooms, and the wire railings that stretch from bow to stern.
Carefully build it out from one end to another to appreciate the detailed cross section one brick-length at a time.
This LEGO adult set also comes with its own stand so it can stay balanced on your shelf and not fall and…split in half. This is one of the largest LEGO gifts for adults and comes with a price tag!
The main driving difference between LEGO sets for everyone and LEGO sets intended for adults is the sheer complexity and time-to-build required.
Many of these are pastimes waiting to be taken up, long and complicated projects that might not hold a kid’s attention.
It’s not about making figures and scenes for action and battles, it’s about calmly constructing a piece of appreciated artwork. It’s about taking and enjoying all the time in the world to create something with your own hands. It’s about a couple hundred dollars for any given one of these sets, which is money kids just don’t have.
But, one day, they’ll get it. They’ll see all the things they built and will look for something to challenge them, something that will take longer than one afternoon to get bored of.
LEGO welcomes everyone, with any interest, and with open arms to enjoy the hobby their way. The best LEGO gifts to give someone over 18 are just about anything.
Most sets are listed for ages 6-99. Any of those sets are, also, for people 18 and over because anyone of any age can find something fun to do with LEGO.
For a more general list of gifts for adults, check out this article.