Best LEGO Sets For Adults 2020

If you spent your childhood playing with LEGO, then the chances are that you will continue loving it when you grow up as well. It may be an unpopular opinion but LEGO has never been particularly for kids. Yes, there is always an age group written on the box and it is rarely above 16 years, but if you take a look around your local LEGO store, the clients are quite often much older.

When you take a look at social media, at Youtube or Instagram, there are hundreds upon thousands of channels and accounts dedicated to LEGO and the majority of them are owned by adults. It is no wonder that there are also so many LEGO sets for adults which come out every year. Yes, it may not be written on the boxes but these sets require a developed brain to be fully appreciated and sometimes even built.

The following list combines the best LEGO sets for adults out of all themes that you can buy in 2020. These sets offer much more than plain playability. They come at higher price points but offer a true building experience which can hardly be appreciated by a youngster. In other words, these are not toys. In fact, you will see that most of them are magnificent display pieces and once you own one of them, you will not receive the usual criticism of building LEGO as an adult.

All of these LEGO sets would make a great Christmas present for the man (or woman) who has everything!

Note: The sets are not placed in any particular order.

 

75252 UCS Star Destroyer

The newest member of the LEGO Star Wars UCS family came out just days ago – the brand new behemoth Star Destroyer set. As of right now, the set is only available to LEGO VIP members but will hit the shelves at the beginning of October 2019.

Next to the 2017 75192 Millennium Falcon, this is the largest LEGO Star Wars set to ever be released. It captures all the important details of the real ship which can be seen in the Original Trilogy movies or in the opening scene of A New Hope if you want to be specific.

With close to 5000 pieces and incredible size, this set will catch the attention of even the most uninterested person. It will keep you occupied for days as long as you don’t binge-build it without rest.

The set comes with two minifigures one of which is brand new and unique. The new Imperial Officer figure has a new chest printing – it includes a brand new plaque which shows his rank in the Imperial army.

Without a doubt, this set is not a toy, but an outstanding display piece. Having the size, complicity of the build, and the high price, it is definitely not for kids.

Year: 2019

Theme: Star Wars

Piece Count: 4784

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Imperial Officer, Imperial Crew Member

Original Retail Price: $699

75252 UCS Imperial Star Destroyer box front

42083 Bugatti Chiron

The Bugatti Chiron set was released in 2018 in honor of the brand new model of the real car brand also released in the same year. It became the second supercar set released in the Technic theme after the great success of the previous 42056 Porsche 911 GT3 RS set.

Like the majority of the large Technic sets, the Bugatti Chiron has an incredibly complex build with little to no repetition. It is definitely not suitable for kids but can become a great display piece for your children’s room. Of course, only if you don’t want to place it at a more visible place in your home.

The final look of the set is amazing although the creators had to compromise with some sections giving that it is a Technic set. The bonnet and the doors open, you can move it around with the steering wheel, and most notably, you can change the gears. This feature was significantly improved since the Porsche set.

Overall, the set replicates the real car as much as possible. It is good to know that the interior matches the real one. This is a great display set for both hardcore LEGO fans and car fans overall. It could make a great gift even for someone who isn’t into LEGO.

Year: 2018

Theme: Technic

Piece Count: 3599

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: None

Original Retail Price: $349.99

LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron 42083

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21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V

From time to time, LEGO releases sets with finished looks that you cannot believe are made out of LEGO pieces. One of these sets was the NASA Apollo Saturn V released in 2017. It became such a hit that it sold out in a matter of days and it took long before LEGO produced enough to put it back for sale. Fortunately, it is still available for purchase now but you can expect it to be retired soon enough.

The Apollo Saturn V set was created in honor of the 45th Anniversary of the first landing on the moon. The build itself is complex and satisfying and the final version of the set is 100cm (almost 40 inches) high. The finished set is exceptional and without a doubt one of the most beautiful sets to ever be released.

It can be displayed either horizontal or vertical but I believe that people will appreciate it more when placed upwards. After all, it is one of the highest LEGO sets and it will take less space when placed like that.

Without a doubt, this is a jewel of a set and must-have for hardcore LEGO fans. Non-LEGO fans who are, however, interested in space and astronomy will appreciate it as well. If you know someone like that, show them this set.

Year: 2017

Theme: Ideas

Piece Count: 1969

Ages: 14+

Minifigures: 3x Astronauts

Original Retail Price: $119.99

LEGO Ideas 21309 NASA Apollo Saturn V

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21046 Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of the oldest and most famous skyscrapers in the world and finally we have a good LEGO version of it. This set was long requested by fans of the LEGO Architecture theme and they weren’t left disappointed.

Actually, there was another Empire State Building set released by LEGO at the beginning of the Architecture theme in 2009 but it was a basic set without any details and overall quality. The brand new version, on the other hand, is outstanding.

LEGO continues to release amazing Architecture sets and this one definitely delights in all categories. The build is interesting and combines techniques that you rarely see in sets. It will definitely not be boring for anyone, child or adult.

The finished set itself is magnificent. It’s an amazing display piece with perfect proportions and a real treat for Architecture fans. If you also look at the price per piece, it is surprisingly cost-effective compared to the majority of sets from this theme.

Year: 2019

Theme: Architecture

Piece Count: 1767

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: None

Original Retail Price: $129.99

LEGO 21406 Empire State Building

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76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier

No other LEGO Theme has gained so much popularity in the recent years (apart from Star Wars) than the Marvel Superheroes. By 2015, there were so many movies in the cinematic universe that it was about time that the LEGO community received a behemoth set from this theme.

The build of the Helicarrier combines a variation of Technic and System constructions but is slightly repetitive as you can already notice from the design of the set. This does not change the fact that the end result of the build is an incredible set with many details and features.

Unlike the majority of adult sets in our list, here you have an amazing selection of minifigures which combines most of the main characters from the Helicarrier scenes in the movie. In addition, there are eight SHIELD Agent microfigures which was a nice addition although regular-sized ones would have been far better.

Overall, this set is both a great display piece and a playset. I wouldn’t recommend the build for children but it can be a great set to play with afterward if you do have children.

Year: 2015

Theme: Marvel Super Heroes

Piece Count: 2996

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Captain America, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Black Widow, Maria Hill, SHIELD Agent Microfigures x8

Original Retail Price: $349.99

LEGO Avengers 76042 SHIELD Hellicarrier

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10256 Taj Mahal

When this set was announced in 2017, it met a surprisingly positive reaction considering that it is a re-release of the original Taj Mahal from 2008. With 5923 pieces, it is not only one of the largest sets to ever be released but also one of the sets with most details.

Overall, it is nothing but satisfying to own this beautiful display piece. It may be difficult to find a place to put this set but it is definitely worth it. It will be an instant conversation starter with anyone who sees it.

The build here is long and nothing but satisfying. Although people usually would name the deficit of color variations boring, here, the white color in combination with tan brown and blue does complement the final look of this exceptional display set.

Year: 2017

Theme: Creator Expert

Piece Count: 5923

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: None

Original Retail Price: $369.99

LEGO Creator Expert Taj Mahal 10256

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75060 UCS Slave 1

Rarely do we see such accurate builds in the LEGO Star Wars Theme. The UCS Slave I from 2015 is without a doubt one of the best sets in this category and is what truly makes it worthy for any hardcore LEGO fan in general.

Stickers, which usually receive a lot of criticism in most sets, have been used perfectly to emphasize the details which would otherwise be missing.  It is one of the greatest display sets to ever come out in the LEGO Star Wars Theme and will not disappoint you in terms of build or even playability.

Year: 2015

Theme: Star Wars

Piece Count: 1996

Ages: 14+

Minifigures: Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Han Solo, Bespin Guard

Original Retail Price: $199.99

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10265 Ford Mustang

After the success of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Bugatti Chiron sets, it appears that LEGO has decided to continue releasing some of the most popular cars in the world in the form of LEGO sets.

The Ford Mustang set from this year is an absolutely spectacular set. LEGO has successfully recreated one of the most influential cars in history capturing almost every important aspect. It is no wonder that people worldwide have ranked it the best LEGO Creator Expert car set to ever be released.

If accuracy and details are not enough for you, then you will be surprised with the delightful build of this set and its functions. It also has many well-made customization options for everyone to try.

To sum up, the Ford Mustang was the perfect car to be made in LEGO and the creators have definitely succeeded. It is a must-have for any car fan and LEGO fan overall.

Year: 2019

Theme: Creator Expert

Piece Count: 1471

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: None

Original Retail Price: $149.99

10265 LEGO Ford Mustang

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10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

After the exceptional Apollo Saturn V, we recently received another anniversary set dedicated to the first landing on the moon in 1969. Although this particular set doesn’t stand close in terms of size, it is an incredibly beautiful display set with an amazing design.

The Apollo 11 Lunar Lander set is truly a worthy successor of the Saturn V. The realistic details definitely set the bar high. The build is rather satisfying and the finished set has an incredible design with a great combination of grey, black, and gold.

While it may not have the same impact on the LEGO community as the Saturn V, this set is one of the few that go beyond and will be appreciated by people who are not into LEGO as well. It is definitely a beautiful display piece which perfectly resembles the iconic vessel.

Year: 2019

Theme: Ideas

Piece Count: 1087

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Astronauts x2

Original Retail Price: $99.99

10266 NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander

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71042 Hogwarts Castle

The Harry Potter movies have shown us some incredible cinematic locations and taken us on a unique journey. When the Hogwarts Castle was announced, it definitely put LEGO Harry Potter fans on the edge of their seats. With the franchise long over, it was a surprise that such a large set would get released but at the same time, a delight.

As one of the largest LEGO sets to ever be released, the Hogwarts Castle combines many interesting building techniques which complete the incredibly challenging build. The only negative side of the build is that it becomes slightly repetitive during the assembly of the windows.

Besides the satisfying castle, the set includes four exclusive minifigures. There is no other set that has even one of the founders of Hogwarts. Here, you have all four of them. This, combined with the incredible selection of 27 microfigures, completes this incredible set.

Year: 2018

Theme: Harry Potter

Piece Count: 6020

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, Salazar Slytherin, Microfigures x27

Original Retail Price: $499.99

71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle

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10262 Aston Martin DB5

It was a huge surprise to most when this set was announced. After all, there are some aspects of the James Bond franchise that are exactly the opposite of what LEGO stands for. In other words, it is not particularly for kids. This truly makes the Aston Martin DB5 an adult set. Nevertheless, fans of the most famous spy were more than happy about this set.

It is easy to say that this set is very different from the other Creator Expert cars that were released. It offers a lot more in terms of playability with the Technic mechanism that have been incorporated into the build. This, of course, also makes the build far more interesting and uncommon.

Although this set is great as a display piece, we have to mention the most important play feature – the ejector seat. Yes, you can launch the seat out of the car through the roof by pulling the rear bumper. It is fair to say that even adults will have fun with this feature.

Overall, this set has a great design and offers a surprisingly challenging build. The Creator Expert car sets are continuously getting better and give us an opportunity to have some of the most iconic cars in the world in the form of LEGO sets.

Year: 2018

Theme: Creator Expert

Piece Count: 1290

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: None

Original Retail Price: $149.99

LEGO Creator Expert 007 Aston Martin DB5

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75936 Jurassic Park T-Rex Rampage

With new Jurassic World Movies coming every few years, this LEGO theme continuously grew in popularity. Not that the franchise did not have millions of fans beforehand but it was not represented by LEGO until 2015 when they announced the new theme.

When this set was announced, it received mixed opinions from the LEGO community but now that it is out, it has proven to be an overly positive set. Both sections of the set are equally satisfying in terms of design and build. However, the T-Rex is absolutely great and a true improvement from the previous dinosaurs released in the theme.

The minifigure selection is great as well, despite that we could have received a couple more characters.  Nevertheless, the figures are great and the T-Rex completely resembles the most famous dinosaur from the movies.

Year: 2019

Theme: Jurassic World

Piece Count: 3120

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: Ian Malcolm, Ray Arnold, John Hammond, Ellie Sattler, Alan Grant, Dennis Nedry

Original Retail Price: $149.99

The 75936 Jurassic Park T-rex Rampage

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75192 UCS Millenium Falcon

The 2017 Millennium Falcon has to be the LEGO set which created the largest wave of hype among the fan community. When you look at this behemoth set, it is not surprising that even people who have no interest in LEGO commented on it. It spent months on backorder when it was released two years ago.

A set of this size cannot possibly be made for kids, to be honest. The build is simply too complicated and challenging. Besides that, few sets offer such details. People may think that $800 for a LEGO set is way too much and this may also actually be true but nobody dares to repeat this accusation once they see the completed version in all its magnificence.

This is truly a wonderful set that is much more than simply a display piece. Never before has there been a Star Wars set that looks so complete.

Year: 2017

Theme: Star Wars

Piece Count: 7541

Ages: 16+

Minifigures: BB-8, C-3PO, Finn, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Mynock, Porg, Princess Leia, Rey

Original Retail Price: $799.99

75192 UCS Millennium Falcon

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So there we have our list of the Best LEGO sets for adults in 2020, I am sure you will agree we have been pretty spoilt with sets that have beeb released this year. Not forgetting the ones in the list that are still available to buy. My advice is to get them before they are retired as most sets of this size always go up in value.

Let me know in the comments which is your favourite.

2 thoughts on “Best LEGO Sets For Adults 2020”

  1. Man, I love your articles. Really help me fill out and focus up my wishlists, and put me on to sets I hadn’t even heard of! You rock.

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