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The best Lego sets for adults in 2020

Welcome to our pick of the best Lego sets for adults. We'll be honest, curating this list is tricky because there's so many sets, and they're all excellent. Not only can Lego be a brilliant way to relax in your downtime, it can also help artists and designers prototype. Play also feeds the imagination, as many a creative can attest.

We've just about managed to decide on what we think are the best Lego sets for adults. Some of these Lego sets may be suitable for kids, too, but they are
all complicated enough that you have an excuse to keep them all to yourself (no judgement from us, either way). 

Lego sets have certainly become more and more sophisticated over time, now coming in the form of complex film scenes, all sorts of vehicles and impressive architecture. Read on to take a look at the best Lego sets for adults money can buy...

And if you're after something more specific, also see our best Lego City sets, best Lego architecture sets or our best Lego space sets.

Best Lego sets for adults: Haunted House

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01. Lego Haunted House

This incredible spooky Lego mansion is filled with mystery

Set no: 10273 | No of pieces: 3231 | Age : 18+

Incredible detail
Motorised components
Sturdy build

Enter if you dare! Manor von Barron is the latest in Lego's Creator range. A spooky haunted theme park-style design, this incredible Lego set for adults is packed full of the most amazingly fine detail. Home to one of the world's greatest villains, this set is a nostalgic throwback to classic Lego adventure sets, featuring rare bricks and so ancient artefacts hidden throughout.

If you want to take this set to another level, you can motorise it with Powered Up, meaning the lights and various rides – including the working and dropping elevator – within the house can all be controlled by your smartphone. The organ is also one to look out for – an incredible piece of lego engineering.

The build is sturdy enough to support the set's open-up design. And stickers are nowhere to be found, with Lego pieces printed instead. For some this will be a welcome change, while others might miss this part of the building process. It's not the most expensive set on this list, but its still by no means cheap. However, for serious Lego fans, the build and overall design will make this latest creator set very worthy investment. 

Lego land rover

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02. Lego Land Rover

This epic car lego set is a feat of engineering

Set no: 42110 | No of pieces: 2573 | Age: 11+

Amazing detail
Satisfyingly complex
Moving parts

Anyone who's into cars and how they work will absolutely love Lego's Land Rover set. All the little details are included, including an extremely complicated gearbox, working steering and forward-folding seats. In short, if you can't afford the real thing, then buy this instead. And if you can afford the real thing, then buy this as a replica to make you even more excited about the real deal.

This set was built in conjunction with Land Rover, and the 2,573 pieces should keep you busy for a while. It might be a little pricey, but when you consider the cost to piece ratio, and the amount of hours you'll spend making it, we think it's well worth it.

Best Lego sets for adults: Stranger Things

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03. Lego Stranger Things: The Upside Down

Hands down, the best TV Lego set

Set no: 75810 | No of pieces: 2287 | Age: 16+

Fantastic detail
Lots of minifigures included
Light-up alphabet wall
Tricky to move

Okay, so it's a bold claim to call this the best TV Lego set, especially if you're not a fan of Stranger Things (although we've yet to come across anyone who isn't). But we're sticking by it. And we'll tell you why.

For a start, the Lego team couldn't have chosen a better scene, opting for Joyce Byers house in a design that features it in both the real and upside down worlds. In true Lego style, this 2,000+ piece set boasts the most intricate detail, including everything from tiny lava lamps in Will's room to the faded, slightly off colours of bricks that represent the terrifying alternate world he gets drawn in to. But probably the biggest highlight comes in the form of a recreated alphabet wall, which fans of the series will instantly recognise. 

The price tag might initially seem a little steep, and there's no doubt the Stranger Things association has bumped it up somewhat, but for true fans of Lego and the TV show this is a very worthy investment. The build is brilliant, just be mindful after making each world, the set has to be turned upside down, so ensuring everything is fixed together properly is vital if you don't want gravity to do any damage. Overall, an absolute delightful Lego set, that you'll never get tired of looking at.

Best Lego sets for adults: Lego Saturn Apollo V

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04. Lego NASA Apollo Saturn V

Go on your own space mission with this incredible Lego set

Set no: 21309 | No of pieces: 1969 | Age: 14+

Great for sharing
Excellent detail
Minifigures included
Needs room to display

If you're into space and rockets, then this incredible Nasa Apollo Saturn V Lego set is the one for you. Just incase you're wondering why this particular rocket has been immortalised in the famous little brick, between 1967 and 1973, the Apollo Saturn V took multiple missions beyond the limits of earth’s atmosphere and on 16th July, 1969 took the first manned mission to the moon.

This almost one meter-high (approximately 1:110 scale) model is built in a way to replicate the craft as much as possible. Just like the real-life rocket, it can break apart into three elements, with removable S-IC first and removable S-II second rocket stages, and removable S-IVB third rocket stage with the Apollo spacecraft and rescue rocket at the top. 

The set is made up of 1969 pieces - yes, the same year as the moon landing – with the three parts making this a brilliant set to share other space and/or Lego lovers. 

Best Lego sets: Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron

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05. Lego Technic Buggati Chiron

The best Lego set for petrol heads

Set no: 42083 | No of pieces: 3599 | Age: 16+

Authentic replica
Includes collector's booklet
Complete with luxury packaging

This spectacular Lego replica of the Buggati Chiron supercar is the perfect set for the car lovers and petrol heads among you. At over 3,500 pieces, this is an epic set, which features the most fine detail any super-car fan would wish to see.  

Developed in partnership with Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, this hugely impressive set captures the essence of the impressive sports car perfectly. Including a wealth of luxurious features, the bricks for the Bugatti Chiron will enable you to build its aerodynamic bodywork with an active rear wing, logo clad spoked rims with low-profile tires, detailed brake discs and a W16 engine with moving pistons.

An 1:8 scale model also features a true-to-life duo-tone blue colour scheme, with a  set of stickers for additional detailing. If all that wasn't enough, the set comes delivered in luxurious box packaging and includes a colour collector’s booklet with comprehensive building instructions.

This set is far from cheap, however when you add up the number of Lego pieces included, the detail, collectors extras and luxury packaging, it actually offers good value for money. Lego has released a number of high-speed vehicle sets over the years, but if you're a supercar fan, they don't come better than this. 

Best Lego sets for adults: Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon

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06. Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon

The force is strong with this epic Lego set

Set no: 75257 | No of pieces: 1353 | Age: 9+

Authentic design
Lots of minifigures included
Collector's edition better

We couldn't do a list of the best Lego sets for adults without including a Lego Star Wars set. And if we're talking about the best, you can't get much better than the Millennium Falcon. Lego does an unbelievable collector's edition of this set, which, if you've got cashing burning a hole in your pocket, you can pick up here. But aware not everyone has hundreds to spend on Lego, the company has also released this much more affordable model of the famous Star Wars ship. 

This version of the iconic Corellian freighter features an array of details Star Wars and Lego fans will love, including rotating top and bottom gun turrets, 2 spring-loaded shooters, a lowering ramp and an opening cockpit with space for two minifigures. Speaking of minifigures, this set also includes seven Lego Star Wars characters – Finn, Chewbacca, C-3PO, Lando Calrissian and Boolio, R2-D2 and D-O droid.

If the Falcon isn't top of your list, never fear, Lego has developed a huge amount of just as impressive Star Wars-inspired sets over the years, all of which you can find here

Lego Gingerbread House

Give the gift of Lego this Christmas with this charming winter set (Image credit: Lego)

07. Lego Creator Gingerbread House

The best Lego set for Christmas

Set no: 10267 | No of pieces: 1477 | Age: 12+

Great set to share
Perfect Xmas present
Good value for money
Light-up fireplace

Every year Lego releases a new creator set at Christmas, and the 2019 Gingerbread House offering is one of the best Lego sets we've seen. Guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit, this charming set would make a wonderful Christmas gift for the family to enjoy. 

The Gingerbread design is a two-storey house, which comes features all the home comforts you would expect from a loving family home. There's a comfy-looking bedroom, complete with sweet-themed bedside lamp, full bathroom suite, with toilet and full-sized bath, living room with couch and even an open fire with a battery operated light to give it a real cosy feel. 

And don't forget the gingerbread family that's included too. There's a gingerbread man, lady and the baby even has it's very own pushchair. The separate elements to this design make it a brilliant set to share and build with others. 

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